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The Least Inspiring Sports Movies

Updated September 23, 2019 5.5k votes 465 voters 42.3k 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.
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    Major League: Back to the Minors
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    Major League: Back to the Minors

    Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Warren

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    Juwanna Mann
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    Juwanna Mann

    Lil' Kim, Vivica A. Fox

    Released2002

    Directed byJesse Vaughan

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    Ed
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    Ed

    Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc

    Released1996

    Directed byBill Couturié

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    Little Big League
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    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Scheinman

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    Rudy
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Rookie of the Year
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    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy

    Released1993

    Directed byDaniel Stern

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    The Benchwarmers
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    The Benchwarmers

    James Earl Jones, David Spade

    Released2006

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    Backfield in Motion
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    Backfield in Motion

    Ilona Staller

    Released1990

    Directed byJim Reynolds

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    The Longest Yard
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    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    Kicking & Screaming
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    Kicking & Screaming

    Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall

    Released2005

    Directed byJesse Dylan

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    Here Come the Tigers
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    Here Come the Tigers

    Kevin Moore, Noel John Cunningham

    Released1978

    Directed bySean S. Cunningham

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    Slap Shot 3: The Junior League
    14
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    Slap Shot 3: The Junior League

    Leslie Nielsen, Mark Messier

    Released2008

    Directed byRichard Martin

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    Rollerball
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    Rollerball

    P!nk, Rebecca Romijn

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn McTiernan

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    Quarterback Princess
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    Quarterback Princess

    Helen Hunt, Tim Robbins

    Released1983

    Directed byNoel Black

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    Slam Dunk Ernest
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    Slam Dunk Ernest

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn R. Cherry III

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    Artie Lange's Beer League
    11
    18

    Artie Lange's Beer League

    Tina Fey, Artie Lange

    Released2006

    Directed byFrank Sebastiano

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    Major League II
    10
    18

    Major League II

    Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno

    Released1994

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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    Air Bud
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    Air Bud

    Mark Jackson, Kevin Zegers

    Released1997

    Directed byCharles Martin Smith

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    Like Mike
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    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Schultz

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    The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold
    17
    31

    The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold

    Christine Lakin, Oksana Baiul

    Released2006

    Directed bySean McNamara

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    Racing Stripes
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    Racing Stripes

    Hayden Panettiere, Snoop Dogg

    Released2005

    Directed byFrederik Du Chau

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    Gus
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    Gus

    Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus

    Released1976

    Directed byVincent McEveety

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    Eddie
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    Eddie

    Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman

    Released1996

    Directed bySteve Rash

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    The Air Up There
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    The Air Up There

    Kevin Bacon

    Released1994

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

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    Angels in the Endzone
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    Angels in the Endzone

    Christopher Lloyd, Matthew Lawrence

    Released1997

    Directed byGary Nadeau

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