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The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids

Updated June 14, 2019 2.6k votes 293 voters 11.4k views25 items

There's nothing more exciting than an underdog team fighting to win the big game, especially when kids are involved. The top kids sports movies are typically about overcoming differences and working together to reach the same goal. This is a list of sports movies for children featuring everything from The Karate Kid to Cool Runnings to Ladybugs.

What family-favorite movies will you find on this list of the best children's sports films? Baseball fanatics might vote The Sandlot to the top of the collection. This movie has all of the elements of a classic kids' sports film, including teamwork, friendship, and one big, terrifying, slobbering dog. The Bad News Bears is another classic kids sports movie for the whole family. Although Rudy is about a college football team, the title character's relentless spirit is inspiring for sports fans of all ages. Other good films featured on this roundup of top sports movies for kids include The Mighty Ducks, Cars, and Kicking and Screaming.

Do you have a favorite kids' sports movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good movies that are missing.

Looking for more family friends sports movies? Check out this list of the best Disney sports movies.

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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary
    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy...  more

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    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio
    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G....  more

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    The Mighty Ducks Franchise

    Emilio Estevez, Joshua Jackson
    The Mighty Ducks is a series of three live-action films released in the 1990s by Walt Disney...  more

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    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray
    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring...  more

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    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy
    Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary...  more

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    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin
    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life...  more

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    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis
    Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as...  more

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    Cool Runnings

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

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    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal
    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar...  more

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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars...  more

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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley
    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau...  more

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    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin
    Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12 year-old who suddenly becomes the...  more

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    Air Bud

    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers
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    The Karate Kid

    Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson
    The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It...  more

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    The Game Plan

    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale
    The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and...  more
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    The Big Green

    Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo
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    Ice Princess

    Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg
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    Kicking & Screaming

    Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall
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    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello
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  • 21

    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel
    Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was...  more
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    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda
    Ladybugs is a sports-comedy family film released in 1992 starring Rodney Dangerfield and...  more

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    The Next Karate Kid

    Hilary Swank, Pat Morita
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    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane
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    MVP: Most Valuable Primate

    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas
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