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The Funniest Movies About Sports

Updated April 22, 2020 3.7k votes 416 voters 14.2k views32 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Caddyshack

    Bill Murray, Chevy Chase

    Released1980

    Directed byHarold Ramis

    Caddyshack is a 1980 American sports comedy film directed by Harold Ramis and written by Brian... more on Wikipedia

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    Happy Gilmore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Major League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Slap Shot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Slap Shot

    Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge Roy Hill

    Slap Shot is a 1977 comedy film directed by George Roy Hill, written by Nancy Dowd and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    DodgeBall: A True Underdog Sto is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Talladega Nights: The Ballad o is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Released2006

    Directed byAdam McKay

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby is a 2006 American sports comedy film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Kingpin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia

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    Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor... more on Wikipedia

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    The Benchwarmers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    The Benchwarmers

    James Earl Jones, David Spade

    Released2006

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    The Benchwarmers is a 2006 American sports-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Rob... more on Wikipedia

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    Blades of Glory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Blades of Glory

    Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell

    Released2007

    Directed byWill Speck, Josh Gordon

    Blades of Glory is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Semi-Pro is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Kicking & Screaming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    BASEketball is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Tin Cup is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Tin Cup

    Kevin Costner, Rene Russo

    Released1996

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Tin Cup is a 1996 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring... more on Wikipedia
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    Goon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Goon

    Liev Schreiber, Jay Baruchel

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Dowse

    Goon is a 2011 Canadian-American action sports comedy-drama film directed by Michael Dowse,... more on Wikipedia

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    Celtic Pride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Nacho Libre is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Nacho Libre

    Jack Black, Ana de la Reguera

    Released2006

    Directed byJared Hess

    Nacho Libre is a 2006 American comedy film directed by Jared Hess and written by Jared and... more on Wikipedia
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    Major League II is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Ladybugs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Ladybugs

    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda

    Released1992

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    Rebound is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Rebound

    Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally

    Released2005

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    Fighting with My Family is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Funniest Movies About Sports
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    Fighting with My Family

    Florence Pugh, Lena Headey

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Merchant

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