The 20 Greatest Sports Films

20
Girlfight
This gritty glimpse into the struggle of a female boxer is an overlooked knockout.
19
Balls of Fury
Christopher Walken plays a crazed ping pong champion and honestly not much else needs to be said about this hilarious farce.
18
He Got Game
Spike Lee brings his usual cultural criticism to the NCAA in this powerful, heartbreaking film.
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17
Slap Shot
Vulgarity and profanity rule the day in this seminal sports comedy from the 1970s.
16
The Waterboy
Love him or hate him, Adam Sandler is hilarious as a dim-witted waterboy turned football player, a devil's sport according to his strict mama.
15
Senna
This is the thrilling Formula One racing movie you've been waiting to see.
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14
Breaking Away
Here's a coming-of-age sports film that will make even the biggest cynic cheer at the end.
13
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball." And if you don't find that funny, something is wrong with you.
12
Whip It
Who knew roller derby could be such fun? Ellen Page shines in Drew Barrymore's charming directorial debut.
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11
The Hustler
If you like boozing, self-destructive pool players--and who doesn't?--then you'll love Paul Newman in The Hustler.
10
Win Win
And the award for most underrated sports movie goes to Win Win, a crowd-pleasing tale about love, family, and high school wrestling.
9
Moneyball
The film that proves Jonah Hill can act, Moneyball somehow makes baseball statistics entertaining and even thrilling.
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8
Jerry Maguire
"Show me the money!" "You had me at hello." "You complete me." And on and on...
7
Sugar
You've never heard of this movie, but that's okay. It's a powerful film about the American Dream and the immigrant experience, told from the perspective of a Dominican minor league baseball player.
6
Big Fan
Patton Oswalt plays an obsessive Giants fan in this disturbing depiction of sports fandom.
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5
Bring It On
Let's all do our best spirit fingers for the funniest, most quotable cheer comedy ever made.
4
Hoop Dreams
Roger Ebert called this sports documentary the best movie of the 1990s, and it's hard to disagree with him.
3
Offside
Jafar Panahi exposes the mistreatment of Iranian girls in this eye-opening, extremely important film.
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2
Raging Bull
This harrowing biography of boxer Jake LaMotta demonstrates why some men are attracted to violence and pain in the first place.
1
The Bad News Bears
Part sports comedy, part social criticism, The Bad News Bears is the ultimate must-see.

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