Watchworthy
287 voters

The 25+ Best Sports Movies for Kids

Updated June 14, 2019 2.8k votes 287 voters 10.8k 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.

Photo:
...more
  • The Sandlot1
    175
    31

    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy... more on Wikipedia

    More The Sandlot 

    What Ever Happened To All The Kids From The Sandlot?#100 of 355 The Best Rainy Day Movies

  • The Karate Kid2
    133
    39

    The Karate Kid

    Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio

    Released1984

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G.... more on Wikipedia
  • Rookie of the Year3
    86
    32

    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy

    Released1993

    Directed byDaniel Stern

    Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary... more on Wikipedia
  • The Mighty Ducks Franchise4
    The Mighty Ducks is a series of three live-action films released in the 1990s by Walt Disney... more on Wikipedia

    More The Mighty Ducks Franchise 

    Here's What Happened To All Of The Child Actors From 'The Mighty Ducks'#86 of 103 The Very Best Movie Franchises

  • Space Jam5
    103
    48

    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring... more on Wikipedia

    More Space Jam 

    'Space Jam' Was A '90s Fever Dream With Cynical Origins#37 of 575 The Best Animated Films Ever

  • Rudy6
    80
    33

    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life... more on Wikipedia

    More Rudy 

    Things About The Real Rudy That The 'Rudy' Movie Purposely Misrepresents#486 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • Little Giants7
    85
    40

    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

    Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as... more on Wikipedia
  • Cool Runnings8
    82
    39

    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

    More Cool Runnings 

    #148 of 629 The Best Black Movies Ever Made, Ranked#136 of 1,137 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

  • Cars9
    90
    49

    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

    Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar... more on Wikipedia
  • Angels in the Outfield10
    75
    42

    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars... more on Wikipedia
  • A League of Their Own11
    77
    46

    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account... more on Wikipedia
  • The Bad News Bears12
    67
    39

    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau... more on Wikipedia

    More The Bad News Bears 

    #48 of 62 The Best Movies Where the Bad Guy Wins#77 of 553 The Best '70s Movies

  • Little Big League13
    59
    37

    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Scheinman

    Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12 year-old who suddenly becomes the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Karate Kid14
    68
    50

    The Karate Kid

    Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson

    Released2010

    Directed byHarald Zwart

    The Karate Kid is a 2010 Chinese-American martial arts drama film directed by Harald Zwart. It... more on Wikipedia
  • Air Bud15
    61
    45

    Air Bud

    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

    Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the... more on Wikipedia

    More Air Bud 

    #123 of 145 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies#79 of 190 The Greatest Animal Movies Ever Made

  • The Game Plan16
    56
    41

    The Game Plan

    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2007

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and... more on Wikipedia

    More The Game Plan 

    #343 of 836 The Greatest Chick Flicks Ever Made#26 of 51 The Best Football Movies Ever

  • The Big Green17
    48
    45

    The Big Green

    Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo

    Released1995

    Directed byHolly Goldberg Sloan

    The Big Green is a 1995 Walt Disney Pictures film starring Steve Guttenberg and Olivia d'Abo,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ice Princess18
    38
    53

    Ice Princess

    Hayden Panettiere, Michelle Trachtenberg

    Released2005

    Directed byTim Fywell

    Ice Princess is a 2005 American figure-skating film directed by Tim Fywell, written by Hadley... more on Wikipedia

    More Ice Princess 

    #86 of 200 The Best Teen Romance Movies#283 of 306 The Best Movies For Kids

  • McFarland, USA19
    34
    48

    McFarland, USA

    Kevin Costner, Maria Bello

    Released2014

    Directed byNiki Caro

    McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by... more on Wikipedia

    More McFarland, USA 

    #97 of 172 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#24 of 55 The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time

  • Kicking & Screaming20
    34
    50

    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
  • Like Mike21
    37
    56

    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was... more on Wikipedia
  • Ladybugs22
    28
    46

    Ladybugs

    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda

    Released1992

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

    Ladybugs is a sports-comedy family film released in 1992 starring Rodney Dangerfield and... more on Wikipedia

    More Ladybugs 

    #23 of 32 The Funniest Movies About Sports#42 of 63 The Best Sports Movies About Coaches

  • The Next Karate Kid23
    32
    56

    The Next Karate Kid

    Hilary Swank, Pat Morita

    Released1994

    Directed byChristopher Cain

    The Next Karate Kid is a 1994 American martial arts drama film starring Pat Morita and Hilary... more on Wikipedia

    More The Next Karate Kid 

    #20 of 224 The Worst Sequels Of All Time#7 of 9 The Best Female Reboots Of Men-Led Movies

  • Hardball24
    17
    44

    Hardball

    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves,... more on Wikipedia
  • MVP: Most Valuable Primate25
    20
    60

    MVP: Most Valuable Primate

    Kevin Zegers, Dave Thomas

    Released2000

    Directed byRobert Vince

    MVP: Most Valuable Primate is a 2000 feature film that sparked the MVP franchise. The film's... more on Wikipedia

    More MVP: Most Valuable Primate 

    #22 of 57 The Best Hockey Movies#36 of 43 The Best Ape Movies