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The Best Sports Movies


Sports movies have been made since the start of the previous century and this genre is especially popular among men.

This list gives you the best sport movies, which includes comedies, films based on true sport stories and dramas.

Raging Bull

Raging Bull by director Martin Scorsese is a sports movie about the emotional and destructive life of a violent and temperamental boxer played by Robert de Niro. Other stars in this 1980 movie are Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty.

Jerry Maguire

Tom Cruise stars together with Renee Zellweger and Cuba Gooding Jr in this movie about a sports agent who loses all his clients and tries to build a new sports agency business with the only client that stays with him. The most famous quote from ‘Jerry Maguire’ is ‘Show me the money!’

Cool Runnings

The movie ‘Cool Runnings’ with John Candy is based on the participation of the bobsled team from Jamaica at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary (Canada). Most parts of this sports movie are fictional, although fragments of the 1988 Winter Olympics have been used in the movie.


A list with best sports movies is not complete without Oscar-winning drama Rocky. This movie is from 1976 with Sylvester Stallone as boxer Rocky Balboa, whose not-so-impressive career gets a boost by fighting heavyweight champion Apollo Creed. ‘Rocky’ won in 1977 Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Film Editing.


Hoosiers is a basketball movie about a high school team from Indiana that is competing for the state championship. This 1986 sports movie is based on is based on a true story from 1954. Actors include Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper.

Field of Dreams

The baseball movie Field of Dreams is based on the novel ‘Shoeless Joe’ by W.P. Kinsella, in which a farmer hears a voice, that tells him to build a baseball field near his farm to give his hero Shoeless Joe Jackson, well-known because of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, a chance at redemption. The cast for Field of Dreams include Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta.

The Natural

Another baseball movie in the list of best sports movies is The Natural, which is based on the 1952 novel of the same name. Stars in The Natural include Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall and Kim Basinger. The movie about the life of Roy Hobbs, a man with a great baseball talent, was nominated for Academy Awards and Globe Awards.

(Sources: ESPN, Wiki, SportsinMovies, IMDB)


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