The Least Inspiring Sports Movies 

Blake Edwards
Updated September 23, 2019 4.7k votes 464 voters 42.2k views 52 items

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

Released: 2002

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Released: 2002

Directed by: John 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 ...more

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Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers, Michael Jeter

Released: 1997

Directed by: Charles Martin Smith

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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Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc, Tommy Lasorda

Released: 1996

Directed by: Bill 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.

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Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Warren

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1995

Directed by: John R. Cherry III

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Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg, Mandy Moore

Released: 2005

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Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence, David Gallagher

Released: 1997

Directed by: Gary 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.
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Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid

Released: 1988

Directed by: Allan Arkush

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Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Angela Bassett

Released: 2004

Directed by: Charles Stone III

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Rodney Dangerfield, Tommy Lasorda, Jonathan Brandis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Regis Philbin

Released: 1978

Directed by: John Berry

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Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg

Released: 1996

Directed by: Steve Rash

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Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham, Xavier Rodrigo

Released: 1978

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham

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Rose McGowan, Randy Savage, Bill Goldberg

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Tony Bennett

Released: 1994

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal, Rory Calhoun

Released: 1979

Directed by: Howard Zieff

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Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Ed Asner

Released: 1976

Directed by: Vincent McEveety

Gus is a 1976 American film by Walt Disney Productions. Its center character is Gus, a football-playing mule.
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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren

Released: 1990

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Kenan Thompson

Released: 1996

Directed by: Ron Lieberman

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Robert Mitchum, Elliott Gould, Lionel Stander

Released: 1978

Directed by: Daniel Mann

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Gary Busey, Chris Chelios, Stephen Baldwin

Released: 2002

Directed by: Steve Boyum

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Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1988

Directed by: Bud S. Smith

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Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin

Released: 1996

Directed by: Tony Scott

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Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin

Released: 1994

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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