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The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports 

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Updated February 14, 2020 2.6k votes 350 voters 10.4k views 32 items

List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield

Released: 1980

Directed by: Harold Ramis

Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian Doyle-Murray, Ramis and Douglas Kenney. It stars Michael O'Keefe, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, ...more

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Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, Julie Bowen

Released: 1996

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and produced by Robert Simonds. It stars Adam Sandler as the title character, an unsuccessful ice hockey player who discovers ...more

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more

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DodgeBall: A True Underd... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Ben Stiller, Chuck Norris, Vince Vaughn

Released: 2004

Directed by: Rawson Marshall Thurber

DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, commonly referred to as DodgeBall, is a 2004 American sports comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Red Hour Productions, written and directed by Rawson ...more

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Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Swoosie Kurtz

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Roy Hill

Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean. It depicts a minor league hockey team that resorts to violent ...more

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The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more

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Talladega Nights: The Ba... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Amy Adams

Released: 2006

Directed by: Adam McKay

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by Adam McKay. Number one NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) stays atop the heap thanks to a pact ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Bill Murray, Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid

Released: 1996

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Kingpin is a 1996 American sport comedy film directed by the Farrelly brothers and starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, and Bill Murray. It was filmed in and around Pittsburgh, ...more

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The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Segal

The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Adam Sandler plays the protagonist, Paul Crewe, a disgraced former professional quarterback ...more

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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Shelton

White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as streetball hustlers. The film was released in ...more

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Blades of Glory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jenna Fischer

Released: 2007

Directed by: Will Speck, Josh Gordon

Blades of Glory is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, and starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. The movie was produced by MTV Films, Red Hour and Smart ...more

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Semi-Pro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Woody Harrelson

Released: 2008

Directed by: Kent Alterman

Semi-Pro is a 2008 American sports comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by Kent Alterman and stars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin and Maura Tierney. The ...more

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The Benchwarmers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
James Earl Jones, David Spade, Rob Schneider

Released: 2006

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

The Benchwarmers is a 2006 American sports-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder. It is produced by Revolution Studios and Happy Madison ...more

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Olympic Dreams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll, Gus Kenworthy

Released: 2020

Directed by: Jeremy Teicher

Olympic dreams is a 2020 American comedy directed by Jeremy Teicher. A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.
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Kicking & Screaming ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jesse Dylan

Kicking & Screaming is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Jesse Dylan starring Will Ferrell and Robert Duvall. It focuses on the exploits of a boys' soccer team and their new coach.
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Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Shelton

Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo with Cheech Marin and Don Johnson in major supporting roles.

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Goon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill

Released: 2011

Directed by: Michael Dowse

Goon is a 2011 Canadian-American action sports comedy-drama film directed by Michael Dowse, written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, and starring Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber. The ...more

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Celtic Pride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Larry Bird, Deion Sanders, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tom DeCerchio

Celtic Pride is a 1996 American comedy written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, and directed by Tom DeCerchio. It stars Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd as Mike O'Hara and Jimmy Flaherty, two ...more
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BASEketball is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Victoria Silvstedt

Released: 1998

Directed by: David Zucker

BASEketball is a 1998 American sports comedy film by David Zucker starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Dian Bachar, Robert Vaughn, Ernest Borgnine, Yasmine Bleeth, ...more
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Nacho Libre is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera, Peter Stormare

Released: 2006

Directed by: Jared Hess

Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and Mike White. It was loosely based on the story of Fray Tormenta, aka Rev. Sergio ...more

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Major League II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
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Released: 1994

Directed by: David S. Ward

Major League II is a 1994 sequel to the 1989 film Major League. Major League II stars most of the same cast from the original, including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Corbin Bernsen. Absent ...more
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Fighting with My Family ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost

Released: 2019

Directed by: Stephen Merchant

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Major League: Back to th... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Comedy Movies About Sports
Christian Shewcraft added Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Warren

Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 film, distributed by Warner Bros., directed and written by John Warren, with David S. Ward taking the co-writer duties. It is the third film in the ...more