Sports movies can make you sit on the edge of your seat, laugh, cry, or stand up and cheer like you’re at a ballpark.
But most of all, the very best sports movies make you care.
Top 10 Best Sports Movies Of All Time
10. The Natural (1984)
A middle-aged unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary baseball player with almost supernatural talent.
On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs is shot by the unstable woman. After 16 years, Hobbs returns to pro baseball as a rookie for the last-place New York Knights.
9. The Sandlot (1993)
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many misadventures.
No movie captures childhood summers spent playing baseball than The Sandlot, the 1993 classic about days split between the diamond, the pool, and the local fair—all in the company of your pals.
8. A League of Their Own (1992)
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
The late, great Penny Marshall taught us that “there’s no crying in baseball”—no matter who’s playing it.
7. Field of Dreams (1989)
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can’t ignore. He risks financial ruin by turning his cornfield into a place where dreams can come true.
Supported by his wife, Ray meets up with author Terence Mann and together they begin a quest to understand why he did something that many consider insane.
6. Hoosiers (1986)
The only thing more popular than high school football in Texas? High school basketball in Indiana.
A college basketball coach with a checkered past and a local drunk find redemption by coaching a small-town high school basketball team into a top contender for the Indiana State High School championship.
5. Rudy (1993)
- Too small to play for the Fighting Irish? Not if you have grit.
- Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
Rudy is based on the real-life of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles.
Rudy was ranked the 54th-most inspiring film of all time in the “American Film Institutes 100 Years” series.
4. Remember the Titans (2000)
Based on a true story, this modern classic follows coach Herman Boone as he integrates the TC Williams High School football team in 1971 Virginia.
Sing it with me: “We are the Titans…The mighty, mighty Titans.”
3. The Hustler (1961)
An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.
Paul Newman is a hotshot pool shark looking to defeat Minnesota Fats—the greatest billiards player of them all—in this classic exploration of ambition. But to get the glory, he’ll have to give up everything.
2. Raging Bull (1980)
- 1980 Acadamy Award Winner For Best Actor (Robert DeNiro).
- Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
Robert DeNiro stars in Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece about the life of boxer Jake LaMotta.
Inside the ring, Jake LaMotta’s legendary rage made him one of the greatest middleweights in boxing history, but outside the squared circle, it ruined him.
Raging Bull is a haunting tale of self-destruction that ranks not just among the greatest sports films of all time, but as one of the greatest films of all time, period.
1. Rocky (1976)
The film that launched the career of Sylvester Stallone, and 1976s Best Picture winner was about way more than boxing.
Rocky was about nothing less than the American dream, and how you never give up no matter what obstacles life throws at you.
Close But No Cigar ‘Best Sports Movies’
- The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
- Slap Shot (1977)
- Caddyshack (1980)
- Bull Durham (1988)
- Eight Men Out (1988)
- Major League (1989)
- Miracle (2004)
- Friday Night Lights (2004)
- The Wrestler (2008)
- Moneyball (2011)