130 Best Sports Movies of All Time
130-96 | 95-61 | 60-31 | 31-1
Adjusted Score: 80.02%
Critics Consensus: Powerfully acted and emotionally affecting, The Phenom proves a baseball movie can step away from the mound and still deliver a heater down the middle.
When major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) can't find the plate, he's sent down to the minor leagues and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.461%
Critics Consensus: The Hammer perseveres as both an above-average sports comedy and a perfect starring vehicle for Carolla.
Can a guy edging into middle age become a success fighting guys half his age? That's the big question behind... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.489%
Critics Consensus: This drama about American track star and hero Steve Prefontaine intelligently looks at the character of this oft mythologized athlete and features a fantastic performance by Donald Sutherland as Prefontaine's trainer.
A film about the late Oregon running legend Steve Prefontaine and his coach, Bill Bowerman. Bowerman helped create a generation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.007%
Critics Consensus: White Men Can't Jump provides a fresh take on the sports comedy genre, with a clever script and a charismatic trio of leads.
Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote and directed the basketball-oriented seriocomedy White Men Can't Jump. Woody Harrelson plays Billy Hoyle, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.234%
Critics Consensus: Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.
Since he was a little boy, Rudy Ruttinger (Sean Astin) has idolized the University of Notre Dame and its football... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.644%
Critics Consensus: Implausible but entertaining and poignant, Rocky Balboa finds the champ in fighting form for the first time in years.
The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise. Former... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.858%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.579%
Critics Consensus: A life-affirming, if saccharine, epic treatment of a spirit-lifting figure in sports history.
For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.996%
Critics Consensus: Though not without its flaws, He Got Game finds Spike Lee at or near the top of his late-period game, combining trenchant commentary with his signature visuals and a strong performance from Denzel Washington.
Denzel Washington does some of his best work as a prison inmate trying to earn himself an early release by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.155%
Critics Consensus: Delivered with typically stately precision from director Clint Eastwood, Invictus may not be rousing enough for some viewers, but Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman inhabit their real-life characters with admirable conviction.
The film tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.252%
Critics Consensus: You don't have to be a soccer fan to enjoy this stylish, breezy slice of 1970s sports history.
While professional soccer is still struggling to find a firm foothold in the United States, in the 1970s the North... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.573%
Critics Consensus: A perfect companion piece to The Endless Summer.
A documentary which centers on a cross-section of characters who come from many walks of life, but share one thing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.045%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.
The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.048%
Critics Consensus: Disney's inspirational sports drama formula might be old hat, but McFarland, USA proves it still works -- especially with a talented director and eminently likable star in the mix.
From Disney comes MCFARLAND, the true against-all-odds story of the 1987 McFarland high school cross country team in an economically... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.071%
Critics Consensus: The Boxer is a standard drama that packs a true emotional wallop thanks to the highly tuned central performances.
Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father) co-scripted (with Terry George) and directed this drama about an Irish professional... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.074%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.
Ex-football star Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds) ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen (Eddie Albert). Strong-armed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.433%
Critics Consensus: Even if you aren't a fan, Beyond the Mat provides a riveting, perceptive look into the world of professional wrestling by taking a closer look at the people beneath the personas.
The carnival world of wrestling is explored through the portraits of three men who are at the end points of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.555%
Critics Consensus: Major League may be predictable and formulaic, but buoyed by the script's light, silly humor -- not to mention the well-built sports action sequences and funny performances.
Sample three beers before selecting your favorite for a pint to enjoy during the movie! Also includes snacks. The new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.658%
Critics Consensus: Though heavy with sentiment, The Natural is an irresistible classic, and a sincere testament to America's national pastime.
Nothing was going to stop Roy Hobbs from fulfilling his boyhood dream of baseball superstardom. 14-year-old Hobbs fashions a powerful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.663%
Critics Consensus: Confident directing and acting deliver an insightful look at young athletes.
A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.742%
Critics Consensus: Racing Dreams offers an absorbing peek at the lives of young NASCAR hopefuls that should resonate with racing enthusiasts as well as viewers with no connection to the sport.
Racing Dreams follows three kids during a pivotal, career-making or breaking year, who dream of one day racing in NASCAR.Academy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.125%
Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.
Not content with his job as a bouncer at a local Beantown bar and a bit of an embarrassment to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.394%
Critics Consensus: An acute survey of the football-obsessed heartland that succeeds as both a stirring drama and a rousing sports movie.
A drama that chronicles the entire 1988 season of the Permian High Panthers of Odessa, Texas, with football players, coaches,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.492%
Critics Consensus: Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.
Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.577%
Critics Consensus: 42 is an earnest, inspirational, and respectfully told biography of an influential American sports icon, though it might be a little too safe and old-fashioned for some.
Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.844%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed and scathingly sharp, The Armstrong Lie presents an effective indictment of its unscrupulous subject -- as well as the sports culture that spawned him.
In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong's comeback to cycling. The project was shelved... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.239%
Critics Consensus: Overcomes its formulaic storyline thanks to Anthony Hopkins' warm and endearing portrayal of an age-defying thrill seeker.
The true story of a man who never gave up on his dreams of doing something big -- and doing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.839%
Critics Consensus: With grittiness and an evocative sense of time and place, Cinderella Man is a powerful underdog story. And Ron Howard and Russell Crowe prove to be a solid combination.
The true story of an athlete who achieved his greatest success against the most daunting odds of his life is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.863%
Critics Consensus: Eddie the Eagle's amiable sweetness can't disguise its story's many inspirational clichés -- but for many viewers, it will be more than enough to make up for them.
Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.194%
Critics Consensus: Ken Loach's latest is an uplifting, entertaining and amusing socio-drama featuring a match-winning performance from Eric Cantona.
A man trying to put his life back on track gets some advice from an unexpected benefactor in this comedy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.546%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.876%
Critics Consensus: Downhill Racer plunges the viewer thrillingly into the action of the sport -- and continues to hold the attention as a thoughtful drama.
An ambitious young skier, determined to break all existing records, is contemptuous of the teamwork advocated by the US coach... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.878%
Critics Consensus: Thanks in large part to one of Denzel Washington's most powerful on-screen performances, The Hurricane is a moving, inspirational sports drama, even if it takes few risks in telling its story.
In 1966, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was a top-ranked middleweight boxer whom many fight fans expected to become world champion. When... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.996%
Critics Consensus: A heart-warming sports flick, The Rookie greatly benefits from understated direction and the emotional honesty Dennis Quaid brings to the role of Jim Morris.
Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.028%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He... [More]