The Best Sports Thriller Movies, Ranked

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Vote up the most gripping thrillers about sports.

Sports movies are inherently exciting, but when you add an element of danger they become white knuckle thrillers. The top sports thriller movies combine the rush of competition with suspense and intrigue. This is a list of the best sports thriller movies, including everything from Point Break to Days of Thunder to Never Back Down.

What films will you find on this list of the best sports thriller movies? Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in Foxcatcher, a 2014 film about a millionaire who invested in an elite wrestling team, with tragic results. The plot is based on the real-life story of John E. du Pont and Olympic wrestlers Dave and Mark Schultz. Director Tony Scott explores the dangerous obsession of one baseball enthusiast in his 1996 movie The Fan. Other good sports thrillers featured on this list include Premium Rush, Two for the Money, and Heart Like a Wheel.

Which of these thriller movies about sports is your favorite? Vote the best films up to the top of the list, and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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  • The Fighter
    1
    Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: David O. Russell
  • Point Break
    2
    Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Warrior
    3
    Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
  • Kickboxer
    4
    Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dennis Alexio, Dennis Chan
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Mark DiSalle, David Worth
  • Never Back Down
    5
    Djimon Hounsou, Sean Faris, Amber Heard
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
  • The Wrestler
    6
    Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Days Of Thunder
    7
    Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • The Fan
    8
    Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: Tony Scott
  • Foxcatcher
    9
    Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
    • Released: 2014
    • Directed by: Bennett Miller
  • Southpaw
    10
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
  • Blue Chips
    11
    Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, Shaquille O'Neal
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: William Friedkin
  • Death Race
    12
    Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Ian McShane
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
  • Donnybrook
    13
    Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, James Badge Dale
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Tim Sutton
  • Rush
    14
    U;Nee, Lee Min-woo, Kim Seung-hyun
    • Released: 1999
    • Directed by: Lee Sang-in
  • Match Point
    15
    Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emily Mortimer
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Woody Allen
  • Two For The Money
    16
    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: D.J. Caruso
  • The Harder They Fall
    17
    Humphrey Bogart, Rod Steiger, Jan Sterling
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Mark Robson
  • Premium Rush
    18
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez
    • Released: 2012
    • Directed by: David Koepp
  • Airborne
    19
    Shane McDermott, Seth Green, Brittney Powell
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Rob Bowman
  • Heart Like A Wheel
    20
    Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Leo Rossi
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Jonathan Kaplan
  • Night And The City
    21
    Robert De Niro, Jessica Lange, Cliff Gorman
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Irwin Winkler
  • The Recruiter
    22
    Viktor Sukhorukov, Olga Landina, Eduard Tabishev
    • Released: 2004
    • Directed by: Gulshat Omarova
  • Fast Track: No Limits
    23
    Erin Cahill, Maurice Roeves, Andrew Walker
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Axel Sand