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Top Sports Movies

Movies have a way of appealing to our most basic interests and transforming that appeal into emotional connection. For sports enthusiasts, sports films will do just that.

Portraying the stories of a character’s rise and fall, sports films captivates the viewer often tapping deep into their own personal emotions.

Watching a story of adversity and the battle to overcome it can be as motivational, as it is entertaining. From the laughs and tears that result from such movies, viewers tend to get more out of them than sheer entertainment.

There are good sports films, and then their great ones that resonate more and their impact lasts much longer.

Here is a list of Coach’s Top Sports Movies from each sport. Enjoy!



1 Glory Road

2 White Men Can’t Jump

3 Hoosiers

4 Coach Carter

5 He Got Game

6 The Air Up There

7 Blue Chips

8 Eddie

9 6th Man

10 Finding Forester

Honorable Mention

Air Bud, Love & Basketball, Hurricane Season, Sunset Park, Space Jam, Teen Wolf



1 For Love of the Game

2 The Rookie

3 Moneyball

4 Trouble with the Curve

5 Sandlot

6 42

7 Bull Durham

8 Major League 2

9 A League of Their Own

10 Field of Dreams

Honorable Mention

The Natural, Major League, Rookie of the Year, Angels in the Outfield,

Million Dollar Arm



1 Rudy

2 Friday Night Lights

3 Remember the Titans

4 Draft Day

5 When the Game Stood Tall

6 We Are Marshall

7 Varsity Blues

8 Blindside

9 Any Given Sunday

10 Facing the Giants

Honorable Mention

The Waterboy, The Replacements, Longest Yard (2005), Gridiron Gang, Concussion


Ice Hockey

1 Miracle

2 Mighty Ducks

3 D2: The Mighty Ducks

4 Mystery Alaska

5 Youngblood

6 D3: The Mighty Ducks

7 Slap Shot

8 Doc: Of Miracles and Men

9 Doc: Do You Believe in Miracles

10 Doc: Red Army

Honorable Mention

Miracle on Ice, Goon, The Rocket



1 Rocky IV

2 Rocky II

3 Rocky

4 Creed II

5 Rocky III

6 Creed

7 Cinderella Man

8 The Hurricane

9 The Fighter

10 Raging Bull

Honorable Mention

Ali, Million Dollar Baby, Reel Steel, Southpaw, Rocky Balboa


Track & Field

1 McFarland, USA

2 Unbroken

3 Without Limits

4 Prefontaine

5 Race

Honorable Mention

Chariots of Fire

World’s Greatest Athlete


Martial Arts

1 Warrior

2 Karate Kid

3 Blood Sport

4 The Quest

5 Enter the Dragon

Honorable Mention

3 Ninjas

Mortal Kombat

Karate Kid (Remake)


Auto Racing

1 Rush

2 Days of Thunder

3 3: Dale Earnhardt Story

4 Ford vs. Ferrari

5 Race the Sun

Honorable Mention


Talladega Nights


Horse Racing

1 Seabiscuit

2 Secretariat

3 Hidalgo

Honorable Mention

50 to 1



1 Happy Gilmore Honorable Mention

2 Legend of Bagger Vance Greatest Game Ever Played

3 Tin Cup


1 Green Street Honorable Mention

2 Big Green Bend It Like Beckham

3 Kicking & Screaming The Game of Their Lives


1 Foxcatcher Honorable Mention

2 Vision Quest Going to the Mat

3 Doc: Prince of Pennsylvania


Best of the Rest

1 Cool Runnings

2 Invictus

3 Chasing Mavericks

4 The Guardian

5 Eddie the Eagle

6 Everest

7The Color of Money

8 Battle of the Sexes

9 Bring It On

10 I, Tonya

Honorable Mention

Side Out, Airborne, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Kingpin

Note: Best of the Rest List Includes: Cheerleading, Swimming, Figure Skating, Surfing, Gymnastics, Tennis, Volleyball, Rollerblade/skating, Climbing, Rodeo, Softball, Bowling, Dodgeball, Ski Jumping, Cycling, Billiards, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Bobsled

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