Kids Entertainment 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.

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

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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) 5 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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The Game Plan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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37 31
Air Bud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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 Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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 Big Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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28 31
Ice Princess is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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) 19 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Kicking & Screaming is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Ladybugs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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The Next Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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.
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Hardball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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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MVP: Most Valuable Primate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids
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.