culture The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids  

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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.

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Sandlot James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Space Jam Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan ...more

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The Mighty Ducks Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Mighty Ducks Franchise The Mighty Ducks is a series of three live-action films released in the 1990s by Walt Disney Pictures. The movies revolve around a Twin Cities ice hockey team, composed of young players that ...more

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Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Angels in the Outfield Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph ...more

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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Little Giants Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Cool Runnings John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau 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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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Rookie of the Year Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan ...more

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Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Little Big League Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin, Jonathan Silverman Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12 year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Bad News Bears Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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Kicking & Screaming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Kicking & Screaming Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Mike Ditka 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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Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Air Bud Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the real-life dog, Buddy, a Golden Retriever. The film was financially successful, grossing $4 million in its ...more

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The Big Green is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Big Green Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo, Jay O. Sanders The Big Green is a 1995 Walt Disney Pictures film starring Steve Guttenberg and Olivia d'Abo, written and directed by Holly Goldberg Sloan. It also stars Bug Hall, Chauncey Leopardi, and Patrick ...more

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Ice Princess is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Ice Princess Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall Ice Princess is a 2005 American figure-skating film directed by Tim Fywell, written by Hadley Davis from a story by Meg Cabot and Davis, and starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Kim ...more

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McFarland, USA is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
McFarland, USA Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Karate Kid Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson, Jaden Smith The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, and it was produced by Jaden's parents Will and Jada. It is a ...more

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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Game Plan Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale, Roselyn Sánchez The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This movie was the last film in which Johnson uses his ring ...more

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The Next Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
The Next Karate Kid Hilary Swank, Pat Morita, Walton Goggins The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama film starring Pat Morita and Hilary Swank. It is the fourth and final film in the original The Karate Kid series. It was directed by ...more

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Ladybugs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Ladybugs Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis Ladybugs is a sports-comedy family film released in 1992 starring Rodney Dangerfield and directed by Sidney J. Furie. Dangerfield plays a businessman who takes over a girls soccer team which the ...more

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MVP: Most Valuable Primate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
MVP: Most Valuable Primate Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas, Jamie Renée Smith MVP: Most Valuable Primate is a 2000 feature film that sparked the MVP franchise. The film's title character, Jack, is a chimpanzee.

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Hardball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Hardball Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, Michael B. Jordan Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and D. B. Sweeney. The screenplay by John Gatins is based on the book Hardball: A Season in ...more

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Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
Like Mike Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Lipnicki Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was produced by NBA Productions and features many cameo appearances by NBA stars.