130 Best Sports Movies of All Time

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#60

Warrior (2011)
83%

#60
Adjusted Score: 88.092%
Critics Consensus: Warrior relies on many of the clichés that critics of the genre love to mock -- and it transcends them with gripping action, powerful acting, and heart.
Synopsis: Haunted by a tragic past, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#59
#59
Adjusted Score: 88.269%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Led by the unique skills of Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis, the 1992 Lithuanian Olympic basketball team helped their country... [More]
Directed By: Marius A. Markevicius

#58

Chariots of Fire (1981)
83%

#58
Adjusted Score: 88.308%
Critics Consensus: Decidedly slower and less limber than the Olympic runners at the center of its story, the film nevertheless manages to make effectively stirring use of its spiritual and patriotic themes.
Synopsis: Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the internationally acclaimed Oscar-winning drama of two very different men who... [More]
Directed By: Hugh Hudson

#57

Tyson (2009)
85%

#57
Adjusted Score: 88.886%
Critics Consensus: A fascinating, emotional, and frank confessional from Iron Mike that sheds a sympathetic light on one of boxing's most controversial icons.
Synopsis: "Tyson" is acclaimed indie director James Toback's stylistically inventive portrait of a mesmerizing Mike Tyson. Toback allows Tyson to reveal... [More]
Directed By: James Toback

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 88.918%
Critics Consensus: Inspiring, compassionate, and with a sly undercurrent of social commentary, Bend It Like Beckham is a lively feel-good movie that genuinely charms.
Synopsis: An Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her traditional older sister,... [More]
Directed By: Gurinder Chadha

#55
#55
Adjusted Score: 89.071%
Critics Consensus: Gripping and surprisingly nuanced, Ballplayer: Pelotero is a frank exploration of the nature of corruption in baseball recruitment.
Synopsis: This compelling documentary, narrated by John Leguizamo and executive produced by Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, is a gritty... [More]

#54

Whip It (2009)
84%

#54
Adjusted Score: 89.263%
Critics Consensus: While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches.
Synopsis: Bliss is a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller... [More]
Directed By: Drew Barrymore

#53

Happy Valley (2014)
89%

#53
Adjusted Score: 89.517%
Critics Consensus: Sober, even-handed, and quietly devastating, Happy Valley illuminates the wreckage of a tragedy while leaving viewers room to draw their own conclusions.
Synopsis: In his newest film, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev (My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story) takes audiences on... [More]
Directed By: Amir Bar-Lev

#52

Eight Men Out (1988)
86%

#52
Adjusted Score: 89.549%
Critics Consensus: Perhaps less than absorbing for non-baseball fans, but nevertheless underpinned by strong performances from the cast and John Sayles' solid direction.
Synopsis: Writer/director John Sayles' dramatization of the most infamous episode in professional sports -- the fix of the 1919 World Series... [More]
Directed By: John Sayles

#51
#51
Adjusted Score: 89.678%
Critics Consensus: This group of high school girls and their eccentric basketball coach easily win your heart with their unusual humanity and dynamism.
Synopsis: When Seattle filmmaker Ward Serrill met Bill Resler, a college tax professor who moonlights as a girls' basketball coach, he... [More]
Directed By: Ward Serrill, Ward Serrell

#50

Early Man (2018)
82%

#50
Adjusted Score: 89.734%
Critics Consensus: Early Man isn't quite as evolved as Aardman's best work, but still retains the unique visuals and sweet humor that have made the studio a favorite among animation enthusiasts.
Synopsis: In this stop-motion animated comedy set in prehistoric times, a tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by... [More]
Directed By: Nick Park

#49

Girlfight (2000)
87%

#49
Adjusted Score: 89.955%
Critics Consensus: Michelle Rodriguez gives a compelling performance, despite lack of a boxing background; Karyn Kusama packs a punch with this directorial debut.
Synopsis: A high-school senior with a fiery temper and reputation for trouble, Diana lives with her brother and single dad, Sandro,... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#48

Field of Dreams (1989)
86%

#48
Adjusted Score: 90.287%
Critics Consensus: Field of Dreams is sentimental, but in the best way; it's a mix of fairy tale, baseball, and family togetherness.
Synopsis: "If you build it, he will come." That's the ethereal message that inspires Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to... [More]
Directed By: Phil Alden Robinson

#47

The Karate Kid (1984)
88%

#47
Adjusted Score: 91.139%
Critics Consensus: Utterly predictable and wholly of its time, but warm, sincere, and difficult to resist, due in large part to Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio's relaxed chemistry.
Synopsis: Newly arrived in California from New Jersey, teenager Daniel (Ralph Macchio) almost immediately runs afoul of karate-trained high school bullies.... [More]
Directed By: John G. Avildsen

#46

Hoosiers (1986)
88%

#46
Adjusted Score: 91.762%
Critics Consensus: It may adhere to the sports underdog formula, but Hoosiers has been made with such loving craft, and features such excellent performances, that it's hard to resist.
Synopsis: Nominated for two Oscars (R) and hailed by Sports Illustrated and ESPN as one of the best sports movies of... [More]
Directed By: David Anspaugh

#45

Shaolin Soccer (2004)
90%

#45
Adjusted Score: 91.919%
Critics Consensus: The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.
Synopsis: One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Chow

#44

Meru (2015)
90%

#44
Adjusted Score: 92.045%
Critics Consensus: Gripping visually as well as narratively, Meru is the rare documentary that proves thought-provoking while offering thrilling wide-screen vistas.
Synopsis: In the high-stakes pursuit of big-wall climbing, the Shark's Fin on Mount Meru may be the ultimate prize. Sitting 21,000... [More]

#43

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
89%

#43
Adjusted Score: 92.55%
Critics Consensus: A throwback to the high-gloss screwball comedies of the 1940s, Heaven Can Wait beguiles with seamless production values and great comic relief from Charles Grodin and Dianne Cannon.
Synopsis: In this film, Warren Beatty plays pro-football-player Joe Pendleton, who is whisked to Heaven before his due date by over-eager... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry

#42
#42
Adjusted Score: 92.466%
Critics Consensus: Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 is compelling viewing even though it spoils the score of the titular college football matchup - and even if you aren't a fan of the sport.
Synopsis: Kevin Rafferty's documentary Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 looks at this historic 1968 matchup between those two longtime college football rivals.... [More]
Directed By: Kevin Rafferty

#41

Up for Grabs (2005)
92%

#41
Adjusted Score: 92.783%
Critics Consensus: You don't have to be a baseball fan to be entertained by the absurdities, obsessions, and greed on display in this documentary.
Synopsis: In the summer of 2001, baseball star Barry Bonds was in the final stretch of a remarkable season when he... [More]
Directed By: Michael Wranovics

#40
#40
Adjusted Score: 93.094%
Critics Consensus: That it's inferior to the original goes without saying, but Paul Newman and Tom Cruise are a joy to watch, and Martin Scorsese's direction is typically superb.
Synopsis: Oscar-nominated in 1961 for his performance as pool hustler Fast Eddie Felson in The Hustler, Paul Newman won that award... [More]
Directed By: Martin Scorsese

#39
#39
Adjusted Score: 94.34%
Critics Consensus: Bang the Drum Slowly is a touching melodrama that explores the inner workings of a baseball club and its players' personalities with remarkable depth.
Synopsis: In this film, hayseed Bruce Pearson joins a professional baseball team. The team members were none to thrilled to have... [More]

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 94.588%
Critics Consensus: Dogtown and Z-Boys is a colorful, exhilarating look at the skateboarding subculture.
Synopsis: Skateboarding has crossed over into the mainstream population due in large part to the humble beginnings of a group of... [More]
Directed By: Stacy Peralta

#37

Senna (2011)
92%

#37
Adjusted Score: 94.907%
Critics Consensus: Even for filmgoers who aren't racing fans, Senna offers heart-pounding thrills -- and heartbreaking emotion.
Synopsis: Spanning his years as a Formula One racing driver from 1984 to his untimely death a decade later, Senna explores... [More]
Directed By: Asif Kapadia

#36

Riding Giants (2004)
93%

#36
Adjusted Score: 95.014%
Critics Consensus: A great addition to the existing surfing documentaries.
Synopsis: A semi-serious, often rollicking, multigenerational insider's look at the origins of surfing, the colorful and subversive birth of surf culture,... [More]
Directed By: Stacy Peralta, Sam George

#35
#35
Adjusted Score: 95.508%
Critics Consensus: Better than your average football pic, Damned United is carried by another star turn from Michael Sheen as Brian Clough.
Synopsis: Set in 1960s and 1970s England, "The Damned United" tells the confrontational and darkly humorous story of Brian Clough's doomed... [More]
Directed By: Tom Hooper

#34

Rush (2013)
88%

#34
Adjusted Score: 95.943%
Critics Consensus: A sleek, slick, well-oiled machine, Rush is a finely crafted sports drama with exhilarating race sequences and strong performances from Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl.
Synopsis: Two-time Academy Award (R) winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams once again with two-time Academy Award (R)-nominated writer... [More]
Directed By: Ron Howard

#33

Offside (2006)
94%

#33
Adjusted Score: 96.153%
Critics Consensus: A spirited film that explores gender politics with comedy, intelligence, and a variety of interesting characters.
Synopsis: Six Iranian girls disguise themselves as boys in order to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch the 2006 World Cup... [More]
Directed By: Jafar Panahi

#32
#32
Adjusted Score: 96.214%
Critics Consensus: While taking full advantage of its subject's colorful baseball career, No No: A Dockumentary also imparts broader, thought-provoking messages that should resonate with viewers who aren't sports fans.
Synopsis: On June 12, 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 137 years of organized professional baseball,... [More]
Starring: Dock Ellis
Directed By: Jeffrey Radice

#31
Adjusted Score: 96.228%
Critics Consensus: Lagaan is lavish, rousing entertainment in the old-fashioned tradition of Hollywood musicals.
Synopsis: Lagaan is the story of a battle without bloodshed fought by a group of unlikely heroes led by Bhuvan (Aamir... [More]

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