Top 10 Sports Movies

Zach Piatt
Sports Editor

Great sporting events inspire movies. Some turn out great, and some, well, don’t. Thankfully, this list of the top 10 sports movies of all-time is all about the good ones. You never really know how hard it is to make this list until you try. Fantastic films like The Natural, Blue Chips, A League of Their Own, Friday Night Lights, The Rookie, We Are Marshall and Field of Dreams couldn’t crack the top 10. It was heartbreaking to leave some off, but the final result was worth it.


  1. Rudy

Rudy is a small man on a big mission to play football for Notre Dame. He beats all odds and when he finally gets in the game…it’s something special.


  1. For Love of the Game

Kevin Costner is the king of all sports movies. Costner as Tigers’ pitcher, Billy Chapel throwing a perfect game in the last start of his career is easily top 10 worthy.


  1. The Blind Side

A homeless high school kid taken in by a helpful and willing family. He improves his grades enough to join the football team and ends up going to Ole Miss and getting drafted into the NFL. Michael Oher’s story is one of the most heartwarming out there.


  1. Hoosiers

This may come as a surprise and seem underrated. A small town high school basketball team gets to the big stage and becomes a contender for the championship. This is a great film, and it being at number seven shows just how elite this list is.


  1. Remember the Titans

The Titans are entering their first season as an integrated school with a new head coach, Coach Herman Boone. Boone coaches his players to perfection and accepts nothing short of it even when defensive captain, Gerry Bertier has a life changing injury.


  1. 42

If you haven’t heard Jackie Robinson’s story, you’re already behind, but this movie will clear it right up for you. Any time you are the first person to ever do something, that’s special. Jackie Robinson just so happened to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball. This movie is his story.


  1. Coach Carter

Coach Ken Carter has all the tools he needs to win, but his players won’t buy into his system. He stops all basketball activities until his players improve their academic performance, even though they are undefeated.


  1. Sandlot

What’s better than a bunch of kids playing baseball in a sandlot all summer? These nine kids are the best of friends and play ball with each other all summer long. Scott Smalls is new to the neighborhood and when he finally decides to try to make some friends, he gets so much more than he asked for.


  1. Moneyball

Billy Beane is the Oakland Athletic’s general manager. After losing his best players over the offseason, he needs to find another way to win. Beane turns to science and statistics for the answer. The season starts off slow, but the A’s make the playoffs with a team full of underrated players.


  1. Miracle

Do you believe in miracles? Herb Brooks does. Coach Herb leads his Olympic USA hockey team to a gold medal after defeating the seemingly unbeatable Soviet National Team. When you’re flipping through channels and you come across this one, you don’t keep scrolling. It’s a wonderful movie and is unbelievably inspiring. To top it off, it has the greatest pre-game speech of all-time.


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