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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 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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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Rocky Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Rudy Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Remember the Titans Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

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Million Dollar Baby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Million Dollar Baby Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Brian's Song Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

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The Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Karate Kid Elisabeth Shue, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Blind Side Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

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42 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
42 Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie

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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Field of Dreams Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

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Miracle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Miracle Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

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We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
We Are Marshall Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

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Hoosiers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Hoosiers Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

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Southpaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
TerryLane added Southpaw

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The Wrestler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Wrestler Evan Rachel Wood, Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei

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Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Coach Carter Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
A League of Their Own Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell

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Cinderella Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Cinderella Man Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

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61* is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
RobLein added 61* Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald

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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Invincible Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

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The Hustler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Hustler Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott

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Raging Bull is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Raging Bull Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Martin Scorsese

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The Fighter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Fighter Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Rookie Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

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The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Hurricane Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger

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McFarland, USA is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
McFarland, USA Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Morgan Saylor

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Ali is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Ali Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Friday Night Lights Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

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The Express is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
The Express Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown

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Knute Rockne, All American is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Knute Rockne, All American Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith, George Reeves

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Warrior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Warrior Jennifer Morrison, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte

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Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Blue Chips Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett

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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Jerry Maguire Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

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

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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Any Given Sunday Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

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Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
Glory Road Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali

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The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The 30+ Greatest Sports Drama Movies of All Time
RobLein added The Pride of the Yankees Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey