The 50 Greatest Sports Movies

Sports Movies 560x420A bunch of losers that nobody else wanted end up working together to turn the Cleveland Indians into a winning baseball team, the hard way. A small town in Indiana hires a new head coach and the town turns on him before realizing that he is the best thing to happen to that high school in many years. The smallest guy on the football field earns the respect of his teammates and gets to start for Notre Dame. A 12-year veteran minor league catcher finds himself having to make a choice between his future and being happy. An underdog boxer becomes a legend. A sports agent discovers his true meaning in life.

All of these are plots from sports movies that have stood the test of time. They have all given us hope in an otherwise dark world. These stories tell us a tale about an underdog triumphing over adversity and the many roadblocks one might face if in that same position. It is the inspiration and joy we get watching these films that make us beg for more. That is something that sports movies will always have over all other films. It is the reason we keep going back to see them.

In honor of the many amazing sports films that we have all seen in the past 50 years, we decided to build a list that took into consideration every single sports movie ranking we could find. Our rankings are not solely based on just our opinions, it is mostly from all of you, the readers, and the many other editors and sports writers that have ranked these movies before.

50) Invictus – 2009

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  • Sport: Rugby
  • Budget: $60 Million
  • Box Office: $122.2 Million
  • Directed By: Clint Eastwood
  • Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

49) We Are Marshall – 2006

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $65 Million
  • Box Office: $43.5 Million
  • Directed By: McG
  • Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Ian McShane, Matthew Fox, Kate Mara, January Jones, Anthony Mackie

48) Invincible – 2006

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $30 Million
  • Box Office: $58.5 Million
  • Directed By: Ericson Core
  • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks

47) Seabiscuit – 2003

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  • Sport: Horse Racing
  • Budget: $87 Million
  • Box Office: $148.3 Million
  • Directed By: Gary Ross
  • Starring: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Banks

46) Blue Chips – 1994

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  • Sport: Basketball
  • Budget: $35 Million
  • Box Office: $23 Million
  • Directed By: William Friedkin
  • Starring: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, Ed O’Neill, J.T. Walsh, Shaq

45) The Hurricane – 1999

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $50 Million
  • Box Office: $74 Million
  • Directed By: Norman Jewison
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, John Hannah, Deborah Kara Unger

44) Space Jam – 1996

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  • Sport: Basketball
  • Budget: $80 Million
  • Box Office: $230.4 Million
  • Directed By: Joe Pytka
  • Starring: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, Larry Bird, Danny DeVito

43) Creed – 2015

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $35 Million
  • Box Office: $173.6 Million
  • Directed By: Ryan Coogler
  • Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

42) North Dallas Forty – 1979

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  • Sport: Football
  • Box Office: $26.1 Million
  • Directed By: Ted Kotcheff
  • Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon

41) Breaking Away – 1979

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  • Sport: Cycling
  • Budget: $2.3 Million
  • Box Office: $20 Million
  • Directed By: Peter Yates
  • Starring: Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern

40) Any Given Sunday – 1999

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $55 Million
  • Box Office: $100.2 Million
  • Directed By: Oliver Stone
  • Starring: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J

39) Warrior – 2011

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $25 Million
  • Box Office: $23.1 Million
  • Directed By: Gavin O’Connor
  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison

38) 42 – 2013

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $40 Million
  • Box Office: $97.5 Million
  • Directed By: Brian Helgeland
  • Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Alan Tudyk, Nicole Beharie

37) Friday Night Lights – 2004

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $30 Million
  • Box Office: $62 Million
  • Directed By: Peter Berg
  • Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Tim McGraw

36) The Sandlot – 1993

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $7 Million
  • Box Office: $33.8 Million
  • Directed By: David Mickey Evans
  • Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Karen Allen, Denis Leary, James Earl Jones

35) He Got Game – 1998

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  • Sport: Basketball
  • Budget: $25 Million
  • Box Office: $22.4 Million
  • Directed By: Spike Lee
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich

34) Cinderella Man – 2005

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $88 Million
  • Box Office: $108.5 Million
  • Directed By: Ron Howard
  • Starring: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

33) Brian’s Song – 1971

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  • Sport: Football
  • Directed By: Buzz Kulik
  • Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

32) Ali – 2001

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $107 Million
  • Box Office: $87.7 Million
  • Directed By: Michael Mann
  • Starring: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

31) The Fighter – 2010

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $25 Million
  • Box Office: $129.2 Million
  • Directed By: David O. Russell
  • Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

30) The Longest Yard – 1974

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $2.9 Million
  • Box Office: $43 Million
  • Directed By: Robert Aldrich
  • Starring: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter

29) The Blind Side – 2009

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $29 Million
  • Box Office: $309.2 Million
  • Directed By: John Lee Hancock
  • Starring: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins

28) The Karate Kid – 1984

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  • Sport: Karate
  • Budget: $8 Million
  • Box Office: $90.8 Million
  • Directed By: John G. Avildsen
  • Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue

27) Eight Men Out – 1988

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $6.1 Million
  • Box Office: $5.7 Million
  • Directed By: John Sayles
  • Starring: John Cusack, Clifton James, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen

26) Million Dollar Baby – 2004

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $30 Million
  • Box Office: $216.8 Million
  • Directed By: Clint Eastwood
  • Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman

25) The Bad News Bears – 1976

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $9 Million
  • Box Office: $42.3 Million
  • Directed By: Michael Ritchie
  • Starring: Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Chris Barnes, Vic Morrow

24) When We Were Kings – 1996

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Box Office: $2.8 Million
  • Directed By: Leon Gast
  • Starring: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman

23) Bend It Like Beckham – 2002

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  • Sport: Soccer
  • Budget: $6 Million
  • Box Office: $76.6 Million
  • Directed By: Gurinder Chadha
  • Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

22) Tin Cup – 1996

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Budget: $45 Million
  • Box Office: $75.9 Million
  • Directed By: Ron Shelton
  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson

21) Rudy – 1993

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $12 Million
  • Box Office: $22.8 Million
  • Directed By: David Anspaugh
  • Starring: Sean Astin, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton, Lilli Taylor

20) Miracle – 2004

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  • Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Budget: $28 Million
  • Box Office: $64.4 Million
  • Directed By: Gavin O’Connor
  • Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich

19) White Men Can’t Jump – 1992

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  • Sport: Basketball
  • Box Office: $90.8 Million
  • Directed By: Ron Shelton
  • Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez

18) The Wrestler – 2008

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  • Sport: Professional Wrestling
  • Budget: $6 Million
  • Box Office: $44.7 Million
  • Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
  • Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood

17) Remember the Titans – 2000

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $30 Million
  • Box Office: $136.7 Million
  • Directed By: Boaz Yakin
  • Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Ryan Hurst, Wood Harris, Donald Faison

16) Chariots of Fire – 1981

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  • Sport: Athletics
  • Budget: $5.5 Million
  • Box Office: $59 Million
  • Directed By: Hugh Hudson
  • Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nigel Havers, Cheryl Campbell

15) A League of Their Own – 1992

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $40 Million
  • Box Office: $132.4 Million
  • Directed By: Penny Marshall
  • Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Jon Lovitz, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell

14) Jerry Maguire – 1996

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  • Sport: Football
  • Budget: $50 Million
  • Box Office: $273.6 Million
  • Directed By: Cameron Crowe
  • Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jay Mohr

13) The Pride of The Yankees – 1942

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Box Office: $2.5 Million
  • Directed By: Sam Wood
  • Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan, Babe Ruth

12) The Natural – 1984

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $28 Million
  • Box Office: $48 Million
  • Directed By: Barry Levinson
  • Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

11) Hoop Dreams – 1994

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  • Sport: Basketball Documentary
  • Budget: $700,000
  • Box Office: $11.8 Million
  • Directed By: Steve James
  • Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee

10) The Hustler – 1961

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  • Sport: Billiards
  • Budget: $2.1 Million
  • Box Office: $7.6 Million
  • Directed By: Robert Rossen
  • Starring: Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie

9) Major League – 1989

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $11 Million
  • Box Office: $49.8 Million
  • Directed By: David S. Ward
  • Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Corbin Bernsen, Rene Russo

8) Slap Shot – 1977

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  • Sport: Ice Hockey
  • Box Office: $28 Million
  • Directed By: George Roy Hill
  • Starring: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean

7) Caddyshack – 1980

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  • Sport: Golf
  • Budget: $6 Million
  • Box Office: $39.8 Million
  • Directed By: Harold Ramis
  • Starring: Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight

6) Field of Dreams – 1989

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $15 Million
  • Box Office: $84.4 Million
  • Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Starring: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster

5) Moneyball – 2011

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $50 Million
  • Box Office: $110.2 Million
  • Directed By: Bennett Miller
  • Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman

4) Rocky – 1976

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $1.1 Million
  • Box Office: $225 Million
  • Directed By: John Avildsen
  • Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith

3) Hoosiers – 1986

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  • Sport: Basketball
  • Budget: $6 Million
  • Box Office: $28.6 Million
  • Directed By: David Anspaugh
  • Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper

2) Bull Durham – 1988

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  • Sport: Baseball
  • Budget: $7.5 Million
  • Box Office: $58 Million
  • Directed By: Ron Shelton
  • Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

1) Raging Bull – 1980

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  • Sport: Boxing
  • Budget: $18 Million
  • Box Office: $23.4 Million
  • Directed By: Martin Scorsese
  • Starring: Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty