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The Least Inspiring Sports Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 8.6k votes 470 voters 42.5k views52 items

List RulesVote 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.
  • 1

    Mr. 3000

    Carmen Electra, Jay Leno


    Directed byCharles Stone III

    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
  • 2


    Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda


    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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  • 3

    Rocky V

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    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 Tommy...  more

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  • 4


    Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc


    Directed byBill Couturié

    Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly ball-playing chimpanzee as his team's mascot....  more
  • 5


    P!nk, Rebecca Romijn


    Directed byJohn McTiernan

    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 by...  more
  • 6

    Slam Dunk Ernest

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney


    Directed byJohn R. Cherry III

    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 Ernest...  more
  • 7

    Here Come the Tigers

    Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham


    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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  • 8

    Angels in the Endzone

    Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence


    Directed byGary Nadeau

    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....  more
  • 9


    Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg


    Directed bySteve Rash

    Eddie is a 1996 American sports 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...  more

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  • 10

    Caddyshack II

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd


    Directed byAllan Arkush

    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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  • 11

    Fever Pitch

    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon


    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name. Both films are loosely based on the Nick...  more

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  • 12

    The Bad News Bears Go to Japan

    Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley


    Directed byJohn Berry

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  • 13

    Ready to Rumble

    Rose McGowan, Randy Savage


    Directed byBrian Robbins

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  • 14

    The Scout

    Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons


    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    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....  more
  • 15


    Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus


    Directed byVincent McEveety

    Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule....  more
  • 16

    The Main Event

    Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal


    Directed byHoward Zieff

    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 top...  more
  • 17

    Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice

    Gary Busey, Chris Chelios


    Directed bySteve Boyum

    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 Shot....  more
  • 18

    Major League: Back to the Minors

    Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins


    Directed byJohn Warren

    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 Major...  more

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  • 19

    Johnny Be Good

    Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman


    Directed byBud S. Smith

    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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  • 20

    The Fan

    Robert De Niro, Jack Black


    Directed byTony Scott

    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
  • 21

    D3: The Mighty Ducks

    Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez


    Directed byRon Lieberman

    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
  • 22

    The Game Plan

    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale


    Directed byAndy Fickman

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  • 23

    8 Seconds

    Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry


    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    8 Seconds is a 1994 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. It stars Luke...  more

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  • 24

    The Air Up There

    Kevin Bacon, Charles Gitonga Maina


    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

    The Air Up There is a 1994 comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and starring Kevin Bacon and Charles Gitonga Maina with Yolanda Vazquez as Sister Susan....  more
  • 25


    Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig


    Directed byKent Alterman

    Semi-Pro is a 2008 American sports comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by Kent Alterman and stars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin and Maura Tierney. The film was...  more