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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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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 26 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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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 27 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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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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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 29 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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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 30 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 Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 31 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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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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Overcomer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Ben Davies
Overcomer is a 2019 American Christian drama film directed by Alex Kendrick. John Harrison (Alex Kendrick) is a high school basketball coach whose state championship dreams vanish when he ...more
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Brian Banks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Melanie Liburd
Brian Banks is a 2018 American biographical drama film directed by Tom Shadyac, based on the true story of Brian Banks. A football linebacker (Aldis Hodge) is falsely accused of a crime and ...more
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Bottom of the 9th is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Joe Manganiello, Sofía Vergara, Michael Rispoli
Bottom of the 9th is a 2019 American drama film, directed by Raymond De Felitta. A once-aspiring baseball player (Joe Manganiello) returns to his Bronx neighborhood after serving 17 years in
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My All American is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 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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61* is listed (or ranked) 38 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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Knute Rockne, All American is listed (or ranked) 39 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) 40 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