The 20 Best Sports Movies of All Time

20. The Rookie – The best dramatic sports movies often come in the form of a true story. A Texas baseball coach played by Dennis Quaid makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

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19. Any Given Sunday – Oliver Stone and an all star cast give a great peak into the world of professional football. The sound alone is an amazing achievement with the most realistic in game action ever filmed for a sports movie.

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18. Major League – The Cleveland Indians are stocked with memorable characters in the funny classic.

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17. Caddyshack – Most lists have it at the top and will argue its the greatest sports movie ever as an exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

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16. Bang the Drum Slowly – An emotional and believable performance by Robert De Niro. The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher’s terminal illness through a baseball season.

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15. Cinderella Man – The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

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14. White Men Can’t Jump – Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances and crack wise.

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13. He Got Game – A basketball player’s convict father played by Denzel must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence. A great performance by Ray Allen helps the Spike Lee underrated classic.

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12. Karate Kid – A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting in the 80’s classic.

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11. Brian’s Song – Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

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10. Rudy – Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. Sean Astin makes you believe.

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9. Miracle – Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

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8. The Wrestler – A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle. An amazingly sobering look at pro wrestling.

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7. Raging Bull – An emotionally self-destructive boxer’s journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring, destroys his life outside it.

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6. Slap Shot – A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. Paul Newman is fiesty in the cult classic.

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5. Rocky (all of them) – Sylvester Stallone’s signature role made him a star for a reason. A small time boxer gets a once in a lifetime chance to fight the heavyweight champ in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

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4. Field of Dreams – An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago Black Sox come. It’ll make you want to call your dad immediately after watching.

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3. Bad News Bears – An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. Foul mouthed kids and drunken coach give the most endearing and realistic look at children in sports.

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2. The Natural – An average baseball player comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. The magic of any good dramatic sports movie is here on full display.

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1. Hoosiers – The ultimate underdog story! A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. Gets me every time.

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