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The Funniest Movies About Sports

Updated January 23, 2021 3.9k votes 471 voters 17.2k views34 items

List RulesVote up the most hilarious comedies about athletes or sports teams.

Sports fans take their teams' games very seriously, but on the big screen, athletics can lead to lots of laughter. The funniest sports movies feature underdogs drawing on all their wits to compete against elite athletes. This is a list of the greatest comedies about sports including everything from Happy Gilmore to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story to Slap Shot.

What films will you find on this list of sports comedy movies? In Caddyshack, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, and more star in this hilarious look at the members and staff of an exclusive golf course. Brian Doyle-Murray wrote the screenplay for the movie, which was directed by Harold Ramis. The Waterboy - starring Adam Sandler - is another funny movie about sports. White Men Can't Jump is largely a drama, but the snappy banter between Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes is downright hilarious. Other funny movies on this best sports films list include Semi-Pro, Kicking & Screaming, and The Longest Yard.

Which funny sports movie deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to number one, and please add any great comedies that are missing.

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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward,...  more

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    Happy Gilmore

    Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller

    Released1996

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert...  more

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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

    The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam...  more

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    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris

    Released2004

    Directed byRawson Marshall Thurber

    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports...  more

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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more

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    Kingpin

    Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson

    Released1996

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Kingpin is a 1996 American sport comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring...  more

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    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Segal

    The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same...  more

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    White Men Can't Jump

    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Shelton

    White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron...  more

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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Shelton

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    Blades of Glory

    Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell

    Released2007

    Directed byWill Speck, Josh Gordon

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    Semi-Pro

    Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig

    Released2008

    Directed byKent Alterman

    Semi-Pro is a 2008 American sports comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by...  more

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    The Benchwarmers

    James Earl Jones, David Spade

    Released2006

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Goon

    Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael Dowse

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    When Jeff Tried to Save the World

    Maya Erskine, Jon Heder

    Released2018

    Directed byKendall Goldberg

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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Shelton

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    BASEketball

    Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Released1998

    Directed byDavid Zucker

    BASEketball is a 1998 American sports comedy film by David Zucker starring South Park creators...  more

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    Kicking & Screaming

    Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall

    Released2005

    Directed byJesse Dylan

    Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will...  more
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    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera

    Released2006

    Directed byJared Hess

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    The Jesus Rolls

    John Turturro, Bobby Cannavale

    Released2020

    Directed byJohn Turturro

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    Celtic Pride

    Larry Bird, Deion Sanders

    Released1996

    Directed byTom DeCerchio

    Celtic Pride is a 1996 American comedy written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, and directed by...  more
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    Major League II

    Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno

    Released1994

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Major League II is a 1994 sequel to the 1989 film Major League. Major League II stars most of...  more

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    Ladybugs

    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda

    Released1992

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    Ladybugs is a sports-comedy family film released in 1992 starring Rodney Dangerfield and...  more

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