30 Sports Movies You Absolutely Have To See

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Sports movies are like the best of both worlds when you think about it. You get to sit and watch a movie that might involve some of your favorite actors and actresses and get to enjoy them potentially giving it a go at one of your favorite sports. Let's use He Got Game for example. Denzel Washington is one of my favorite actors ever, and getting to see him play Ray allen one-on-one in the movie is one of my favorite scenes ever, combined with the fact he was actually giving Ray buckets for a brief moment. It made me believe he could really hold his own on the court. That's just one of the few sports movies I think is worth watching if you have the chance, the other 29 are listed down below.

Remember The Titans

Buena Vista Pictures

Denzel Washington coaching a high school football team that is blended with African American and Caucasian students after two segregated schools combine into one. This is about as dramatic of a movie as you'll get but it is full of light-hearted, funny moments and is a must watch.

Space Jam

Warner Bros.

This movie probably takes the least explanation for why you need to see it. Michael Jordan. Bill Murray. The Looney Tunes. It's just the perfect combination. LeBron's sequel will be better though, don't get it twisted.

Air Bud

Buena Vista Pictures

Is there anything that brings people together quite like sports and pets? I don't think so, put them both together and you have an undeniable movie. A Golden Retriever that can drop buckets like prime Kobe? Come on man, what else could you want?


Walt Disney

A good underdog story is always welcomed and that's exactly what you have with Miracle. Based on the 1980 United States men's hockey team that completed one of the greatest upsets in sports history when they defeated the Soviet hockey team. Kurt Russell also delivers a great performance, and it's Disney. No way this can fail.

Friday Night Lights

Universal Pictures

I'm sure most people never expected to see Billy Bob Thorton playing a high school football coach but here you have it. And it's one of those things that I didn't ask for but I'm not going to deny I like it either. Derek Luke also plays one of his best roles as Periman star running back Boobie Miles. It's your typical high school sports drama but that doesn't make it any less fun.

More Than A Game


A look into the background of one of the best high school basketball players ever, LeBron James, and his dominant high school basketball team St. Vincent-St. Mary. A story of friendship and perseverance, this is a documentary that still holds up well.

He Got Game

Buena Vista Pictures

Spike Lee directing a movie about a high school basketball star whose father has been granted a temporary release from prison for murdering his mother only to convince his son to go to the same university the warder of his prison went to. Sounds outrageous and like it should stink but it's actually great. Also, Denzel Washington and Ray Allen play a great game of one on one at the end of the film.

Glory Road

Walt Disney Pictures

The story of how Texas Western beat the University of Kentucky in the NCAA Championship with the NCAA's first ever all-black starting lineup. This is the ultimate underdog story, and a movie everybody can feel good about.

The Blind Side

Warner Bros.

The story of how Michael Oher was adopted from the streets of Memphis by a white family and became a D1 football player at Ole Miss before being drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Sandra Bullock was incredible in this movie as well, winning an Academy Award for Best Actress.


Walt Disney

Imagine your hometown NFL team that you're a huge fan of has an open tryout and you actually make the team. But you don't just make the team, you actually become a contributor on special teams. That's what this movie is about, and no it's not fake, it's based on a true story. You also get Mark Wahlberg, and who can complain about that?


TriStar Pictures

I'm not the biggest Notre Dame fan, in fact, I don't like Notre Dame at all. But I can't deny how good of a film Rudy is. Sean Astin plays the role of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger and fulfills his dream of playing football at Notre Dame despite his obstacles. A heartwarming movie that is worth the watch.

Coach Carter

Paramount Pictures

Is there any role Samuel L. Jackson can't thrive in? He's played every role imaginable, including high school basketball coach and life coach Coach Carter in the film of the same name. This is one of the more serious roles of Jackson's career and he knocks it out of the park.

Blue Chips

Paramount Pictures

This film gives a somewhat exaggerated but also accurate depiction into the world of college basketball recruiting and what it takes to get big-time players on campus. Nick Nolte plays a head coach desperate to win and brings in blue-chip recruits in the form of Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway, but at what cost?


Columbia Pictures

A movie about the GOAT? starring Will Smith? Sign me up. Ali is a look into Ali's career and life outside of the ring the days leading up to his legendary Thrilla In Manilla fight with George Foreman. It's a must-see sports film.

Hoop Dreams

Fine Line Features

There aren't many sports documentaries that are as brutally honest as Hoop Dreams but that's what makes it great. This is the story of what it looks like when basketball is the only way out of rough situations for inner-city youth and how that can be a burden, but also can be an escape from the harsh realities of the real world.


20th Century Fox

This movie is guaranteed to have you laughing from beginning to end, and who could really blame you? Look at the cast, Ben Stiller and Vince Vaugh are the headliners. The movie also delivers one of the funniest lines in recent memory, "if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball."

The Bad News Bears

Paramount Pictures

An alcoholic former minor league pitcher turned youth coach? What's the worst that can happen? Absolutely everything. The Bad News Bears is a classic and is hilarious from beginning to end. It's such a classic film it was remade in 2005 with Billy Bob Thorton as the lead role.


United Artists

This is probably the most iconic sports film of all-time. That's not an exaggeration either, ask anybody what Sylvester Stallone's most iconic role is and I guarantee this is what they name. The ultimate underdog story of how a small-time club fighter got the chance to fight for the World Heavyweight title. A truly brilliant film.


Warner Bros.

If you needed further proof of the impact of Rocky look no further than the fact that nearly 40 years later a spin-off was created in the form of Creed. Michael B. Jordan plays the role of Adonis Creed and helps revive the boxing film genre in a film that was both successful at the box office and critically acclaimed.

The Longest Yard

Paramount Pictures

No disrespect to the original, but the remake of The Longest Yard is one of the funniest movies I've seen in my life. Adam Sandler, Terry Crews, Nelly, Michael Irvin, Bill Goldberg, Chris Rock, the cast goes on and on, you get the picture. This movie has everything, comedy, tragedy, and football.

Major League

Paramount Pictures

Charlie Sheen playing pitching for the Cleveland Indians is something I wish I would have been able to see in real life but I'll take it in the form a fictional movie. That's what you get with Major League, and honestly, there isn't any more of a plot that needs to be explained. If that isn't enough to draw you in then nothing will.

White Men Can't Jump

20th Century Fox

Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes have great chemistry in this movie about how basketball actually seems to do more harm than good to both of their lives. This movie is hilarious but serves as a romance at the same time. An all-purpose film.

Talladega Nights

Columbia Pictures

Will Ferrell, John C. Reily, and Sacha Baron Cohen trolling Nascar and their fans for almost two hours? This sounds like it was tailor-made for me. No disrespect to Nascar but watching people make a left turn for two hours isn't my cup of tea.

The Karate Kid

Columbia Pictures

This is an absolute classic. If you haven't seen The Karate Kid then something is seriously wrong with you and I'm judging you. Get that Jaden Smith movie out of here, this is the real and only Karate Kid film you need to see.

Happy Gilmore

Universal Pictures

I know Tiger Woods is the best golfer of his generation and just made an amazing comeback at The Masters but if there is anybody who is more entertaining than him on the course, it's Adam Sandler. Happy Gilmore is really the only golf movie I've ever seen but it's hilarious and came in the prime of Sandler's career.

The Waterboy

Buena Vista Pictures

This is Sandler's third movie on this list, let me find out he makes the best sports movies. But this is another one that is sure to have you laughing from beginning to end with Sandler playing waterboy turned star football player at his university. It's a goofy film that shouldn't work but it definitely does.

Love & Basketball

New Line Cinema

Love & Basketball is probably more of a romance film than it is a basketball film but that doesn't matter. There is enough basketball in this to count as a sports film and you get a one on one game of basketball for Omar Epps heart at the end between him and Sanaa Lathan.

The Mighty Ducks

Buena Vista Pictures

This movie singlehandedly made me want to start playing hockey, that's how fire it was to me. It's one of the best kids sports movies you will find but this isn't only for kids, it's an enjoyable film for people of all ages.

A League of Their Own

Columbia Pictures

Anytime you get Tom Hanks on the screen it's a good chance you are going to see a good movie and A League of Their Own is exactly that. The impressive part is he isn't the star of the film as it centers around Geena Davis and the women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Raging Bull

United Artists

Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese is a proven winning combination and Raging Bull is all the proof you need of that. The biographical film of Jake LaMotta and details his destructive tendencies and how he lost everything outside of the ring. It's a pretty rough watch but it's definitely worth it.