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 Bull – directed 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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- 2821Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional... more
- 178Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor... more
- 3736Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and... more
- 3026The Hustler is a 1961 American drama film directed by Robert Rossen from the Walter Tevis's... more
- 11Slalom is a 2020 French sports drama film directed by Charlène Favier. Under the guidance of a... more
- 2522The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary... more
- 3134High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sports... more
- 11Boogie is an 2021 American sports drama film directed by Eddie Huang. An Asian-American... more
- 94Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two... more
- 95The Way Back is an American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Brad... more
- 2527Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true... more
- 2426The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel... more
- 95For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title... more
- 84Olympic dreams is a 2020 American comedy directed by Jeremy Teicher. A young cross-country... more
- 84The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball... more
- 2124The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder.... more
- 85Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also... more
- 64Days of Thunder is a 1990 American auto racing film released by Paramount Pictures, produced... more
- 87"From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela... more
- 42Ride Like a Girl is a 2020 Australian biographical sports film directed by Rachel Griffiths... more
- 610Overcomer is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick. John Harrison... more
- 813Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the... more