Drama Movies The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time  

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Camaraderie, heart, and a good underdog story are often at the core of a good sports drama. The top sports drama movies tap into a universal quest for greatness in the setting of a field, court, or track. This is a list of great dramas about athletes featuring everything from Field of Dreams to The Blind Side to Friday Night Lights.

What films will you find on this list of great dramas about sports? Of course, Rocky has to make an appearance here. The 1977 Academy Award winner had everyone rooting for the title character inside the ring and out while he rose up to fight adversity. Raging Bulldirected by Martin Scorsese – is another great sports drama about a tough boxer.

Many notable sports movies are about men, but women stepped into the spotlight, and up to the plate, with A League of Their Own. Other good movies featured on this top sports dramas list include The Hurricane, The Karate Kid, and My All American.

Do you have a favorite sports drama? Take a look at this list, vote your favorites to the top, and please add any good movies about athletes that are missing.

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Miracle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by ...more

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We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players on the Marshall University ...more

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita The Karate Kid is a 1984 American martial arts romantic drama film directed by John G. Avildsen and written by Robert Mark Kamen, starring Ralph Macchio, who was 22 years old during principal ...more

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 American sports drama film directed, co-produced and scored by Clint Eastwood, and starring Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. This film is about an ...more

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League ...more

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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more

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Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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McFarland, USA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor McFarland, USA is an American 2015 sports drama film directed by Niki Caro and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the true story of a 1987 cross country team from a predominantly ...more

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42 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie 42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei The Wrestler is a 2008 American sports drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Robert D. Siegel, and starring Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. Production began in ...more

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Ali is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, from 1964-74 featuring his capture of the heavyweight ...more

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik ...more

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's 1959 novel of the same name Rossen and Sidney Carroll adapted for the screen. It tells the story of ...more

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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg The Fighter is a 2010 biographical sports drama film directed by David O. Russell, and starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. The film centers on the life of ...more

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Southpaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
TerryLane added Rachel McAdams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomie Harris Southpaw is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Antoine Fuqua. A champion boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) fights to get his daughter back as well as revive his professional career, after a ...more

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte Warrior is a 2011 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament ...more

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more

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The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
RobLein added Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman ...more

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61* is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
RobLein added Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald 61* is a 2001 American sports drama film written by Hank Steinberg and directed by Billy Crystal. It stars Barry Pepper as Roger Maris and Thomas Jane as Mickey Mantle on their quest to break ...more

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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more

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Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don ...more

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My All American is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney, Aaron Eckhart

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The Express is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt from a book titled Ernie ...more

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Knute Rockne, All American is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith, George Reeves Knute Rockne, All American is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of Knute Rockne, Notre Dame football coach. It stars Pat O'Brien portraying the role of Rockne and Ronald Reagan as ...more

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Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more