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The Least Inspiring Sports Movies  

Blake Edwards
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List Rules Vote up for the LEAST inspiring movie; vote down for movies you did find inspiring

The least inspiring sports movies might entertain, but they don't necessarily inspire. Sure, watching a cute movie about a golden retriever that can shoot hoops is fun - but does that mean everyone's suddenly going to hit the park for a pick up game? No. Unless you're a golden retriever. Maybe then. From 'Air Bud' to 'Rocky V,' this is a list of football, baseball, hockey and other sports-related movies that, for whatever reason, just don't push the right buttons. If you see a sports film listed that you did, in fact, find inspirational, vote it down. But if you agree that a particular sports movie on this list is ridiculously uninspiring, vote it up. And if you know of a really uninspiring sports movie that isn't on the list, add it!

The most inspirational sports movies of all-time can make sports fans (or almost anyone for that matter) feel energized and motivated. We're talking films like the original 'Rocky' and 'Hoosiers.' They can make us shed tears, too ("Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!") Sadly, this list doesn't include those kinds of movies. No, this list includes some serious stinkers. Did anyone honestly think the football movie 'Johnny Be Good' was, in fact, good? Yes, many loved 'The Bad News Bears' but what about 'The Bad News Bears Go to Japan?' Forgettable, not inspirational in the least - and downright pointless, really.

Among the least inspirational sports films: remakes and sequels. The first two 'Mighty Ducks' movies were pretty great, but 'D3: The Mighty Ducks' fell far short. Same with the remakes of 'The Longest Yard' and 'Rollerball.' Sometimes it's best to leave a good thing alone. Also, if you want to watch a movie about a kangaroo that can box (1978's 'Matilda') or a mule that can kick a football (1976's 'Gus'), fine. Just don't expect it to inspire.
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Lil' Kim, Vivica A. Fox, Vlade Divac
Juwanna Mann is a 2002 American sports romantic comedy film directed by Jesse Vaughan. The film stars Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. as Jamal Jeffries, a basketball star becoming a female ...more
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P!nk, Rebecca Romijn, LL Cool J
Rollerball is a 2002 remake of the 1975 science-fiction film of the same name. This updated version stars Chris Klein, Jean Reno, LL Cool J, Rebecca Romijn, and Naveen Andrews. It was directed ...more
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Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda
Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly ball-playing chimpanzee as his team's mascot.
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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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Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula
Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 film, distributed by Warner Bros., directed and written by John Warren, with David S. Ward taking the co-writer duties. It is the third film in the ...more
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau
Slam Dunk Ernest is a 1995 sports comedy film, and the eighth full-length feature film starring Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell. It was released direct-to-video, and was directed by long-time ...more
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Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore
Racing Stripes is a 2005 American sports comedy-drama family film, directed by Frederik Du Chau, produced by Alcon Entertainment, distributed by Summit Entertainment and Warner Bros. and stars ...more
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Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence, David Gallagher
Angels in the Endzone is a 1997 American film directed by Gary Nadeau and starring Christopher Lloyd. The film is about a high school football team that lacks skill.
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Here Come the Tigers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham, Xavier Rodrigo
Here Come the Tigers is a 1979 film directed by Sean S. Cunningham. Cunningham said in Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th he believed that the film cost $250,000 to ...more
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Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Angela Bassett
Mr. 3000 is a 2004 American sports comedy film starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett. The film's plot surrounds a retired Major League Baseball player who makes a comeback at age 47 in order to ...more
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Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg
Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve Rash.
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Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Regis Philbin
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan is a 1978 film release by Paramount Pictures and was the third and last of a series, following The Bad News Bears and The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training. It ...more
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Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid
Caddyshack II is a 1988 golf comedy film and sequel to Caddyshack. The film stars Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Jonathan Silverman, and Jessica ...more
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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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Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Rory Calhoun
The Main Event is a 1979 comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, written by Gail Parent and directed by Howard Zieff. The film received negative reviews from critics, but was among the ...more
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Rose McGowan, Randy Savage, Bill Goldberg
Ready to Rumble is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Brian Robbins and written by Steven Brill, which is based on Turner Broadcasting's now defunct professional wrestling promotion, World ...more
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Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Tony Bennett
The Scout is a 1994 comedy film starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks and directed by Michael Ritchie, the director of The Bad News Bears.
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Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Ed Asner
Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule.
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
Robert Mitchum, Elliott Gould, Lionel Stander
Matilda is a 1978 American comedy film directed by Daniel Mann and starring Elliott Gould, Robert Mitchum and Lionel Stander.
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Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly
Johnny Be Good is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Bud Smith, starring Anthony Michael Hall as the main character, Johnny Walker. The film also features Robert Downey Jr., Steve James, ...more
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Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin
The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a ...more
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Gary Busey, Chris Chelios, Stephen Baldwin
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice is a 2002 American sports film starring Stephen Baldwin and Gary Busey and directed by Steve Boyum. The direct-to-video film is the sequel to the 1977 film Slap
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Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Kenan Thompson
D3: The Mighty Ducks is 1996 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Lieberman. It is the third and final film in The Mighty Ducks trilogy and was produced by Walt Disney Pictures and ...more
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Like Mike is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Least Inspiring Sports Movies
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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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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren
Rocky V is a 1990 American film. The fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and co-starring Talia Shire, Stallone's real life son Sage, and real life boxer ...more