150 Best Sports Movies of All Time
In the arena of the sports movie, every story can be told. The impossible underdog team that survives a brutal season into the final game. The kid who’s just starting out and the veteran being pulled back into the game, who both share the same odds: Against. Stories of the power of coming together as a selfless team, and myths of individual strength when you remove all the limits. Sports movies make us cheer, laugh, cry, and scream. They even make us think about renewing that gym membership.
We’re going all the way to the end zone with our list of the 150 Best Sports Movies of All Time, sorted by Adjusted Tomatometer from at least 20 reviews each. (The Adjusted Tomatometer is our special formula which takes into account, among other factors, the movie’s year of release and its number of reviews.) Just about every sport ever played is here: football (Rudy), baseball (Bull Durham), hockey (Miracle), soccer (Bend It Like Beckham), boxing (Rocky), ice skating (I, Tonya). There’s racing: by foot (Without Limits), by car (Talladega Nights), by horse (Seabiscuit). We got fictional sports (Rollerball) and sports we made up through sheer tyranny of will (Murderball). If it’s in the spirit of competition, it’s in this list.
Because this is a movie list, there are no TV movies (we pour one out for Brian’s Song), and nothing rated Rotten — even fan favorites like Any Given Sunday. Please deal with your rage accordingly before continuing.
And with our most recent updates, we welcome in new popular hits like Ben Affleck’s The Way Back, Best Picture nominee Ford v Ferrari, wrestling family drama Fighting With My Family, the vertigo-inducing Free Solo, and Maiden, about the first all-woman crew in a global yacht race.
Ready? For the leisure, life, and love of the game, here are the 150 Best Sports Movies of All Time! (And if you’re ready to go the distance, you can purchase the movies on FandangoNow!)
Adjusted Score: 65782%
Critics Consensus: The Express crosses the goal line as an inspirational sports drama, although fans of the genre will recognize many -- if not most -- of its clichÃ©s.
Under the guidance of Syracuse University football coach Ben Schwartzwalder, Ernie Davis overcomes poverty and prejudice to become the first... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63412%
Critics Consensus: A gentle, light, kid friendly comedy about a Chinese-American hoopster turned ping pong pro, Playa is a charming but considerable digression from director Jessica Yu's previous works.
A slacker (Jimmy Tsai) must preserve his family's honor by winning a table tennis tournament.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64284%
Critics Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.
A powerful swing convinces a hockey player (Adam Sandler) he can join the PGA tour and win back his grandmother's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65610%
Critics Consensus: The surfing sequences are exhilarating, but the plot is pretty forgettable and trite.
A maid (Kate Bosworth) falls for an NFL quarterback (Matthew Davis) while preparing for an upcoming surfing competition in Hawaii.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64354%
Critics Consensus: A predictable, bland rom-com, but Bettany proves to be an appealing lead.
An English tennis player (Paul Bettany) reinvigorates his game after finding romance with an American counterpart (Kirsten Dunst).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68471%
Critics Consensus: It may be shamelessly derivative and overly nostalgic, but The Sandlot is nevertheless a genuinely sweet and funny coming-of-age adventure.
The best baseball player (Mike Vitar) in the neighborhood helps a new kid (Thomas Guiry) with his clumsy ball-handling.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64644%
Critics Consensus: Kyrie Irving's crossover to comedy is amiable enough to score with basketball fans, but Uncle Drew is held back by formulaic plotting and too much product placement.
Uncle Drew recruits a squad of older basketball players to return to the court to compete in a tournament.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65720%
Critics Consensus: Despite all the underdog sports movie conventions, the likable cast and lush production values make The Greatest Game Ever Played a solid and uplifting tale.
An amateur golfer (Shia LaBeouf) from a working-class family takes on the reigning champion (Stephen Dillane) at the 1913 U.S.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67901%
Critics Consensus: Despite the formulaic, fluffy storyline, this movie is surprisingly fun to watch, mostly due to its high energy and how it humorously spoofs cheerleading instead of taking itself too seriously.
An urban cheerleading squad accuses a champion team's captain (Kirsten Dunst) of stealing its choreography on the eve of a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66849%
Critics Consensus: It's noticeably subject to the law of diminishing returns, but Rocky III still has enough brawny spectacle to stand in the ring with the franchise's better entries.
Old foe Apollo Creed trains ex-boxing champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) for a rematch with brutish Clubber Lang (Mr. T).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68307%
Critics Consensus: Rousing, heartwarming, and squarely traditional, Secretariat offers exactly what you'd expect from an inspirational Disney drama -- no more, and no less.
Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father's Thoroughbred farm and, together with trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich), fosters... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67948%
Critics Consensus: Though formulaic, this horse story's saving grace is its strong performances.
A racehorse trainer (Kurt Russell) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning) nurse a gravely injured filly back to health and aim... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69211%
Critics Consensus: Race is nowhere near as thrillingly fleet or agile as its subject, but the story -- and a winning central performance from Stephan James -- are enough to carry it over the finish line.
Overcoming racism at home and abroad, track and field superstar Jesse Owens (Stephan James) competes for Olympic glory in 1936... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67302%
Critics Consensus: Tommy Lee Jones's searing performance helps to elevate Cobb above your typical sports biopic; he's so effective, in fact, that some may find the film unpleasant.
Baseball legend Ty Cobb (Tommy Lee Jones) pressures biographer Al Stump (Robert Wuhl) to whitewash the sordid details of his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82300%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
The world's best 7-year-old golfers travel to Pinehurst, N.C., to compete in the World Championships of Junior Golf.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71718%
Critics Consensus: Even if it's mainly distinguished by its unique setting, Olympic Dreams remains a romcom with a heartfelt story and likable leads.
A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor in the Olympic athletes village.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69325%
Critics Consensus: Even though it's based on a true story, Coach Carter is pretty formulaic stuff, but it's effective and energetic, thanks to a strong central performance from Samuel L. Jackson.
A high-school basketball coach (Samuel L. Jackson) turns a losing team around, then faces criticism for pushing the athletes to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69645%
Critics Consensus: In Rollerball, social commentary collides with high-speed action -- and the audience is the winner.
A corporate dictator (John Houseman) tries to oust the star player (James Caan) of a brutal 21st-century spectator sport.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70898%
Critics Consensus: Pleasant to a fault, Million Dollar Arm is a middle-of-the-plate pitch that coasts on Jon Hamm's considerable charm without adding any truly original curves to Disney's inspirational sports formula.
In a last-ditch effort to save his career, a sports agent (Jon Hamm) brings a pair of Indian cricket players... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74783%
Critics Consensus: Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable is far more risk-averse than its thrill-seeking subject, but still provides a reasonably inspiring introduction to her story.
One of the most accomplished athletes of her generation, Bethany Hamilton, became a surfing wunderkind when she returned to the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71266%
Critics Consensus: While not a home run, Fever Pitch has enough charm and on-screen chemistry between the two leads to make it a solid hit.
A corporate executive (Drew Barrymore) falls for an affable schoolteacher (Jimmy Fallon) obsessed with the Boston Red Sox.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71085%
Critics Consensus: Though the film may not delve as deep as some would prefer, More Than a Game is an inspiring documentary featuring likable youngsters, a positive message, and some exciting in-game footage.
From grade-school through high-school, LeBron James and four talented teammates burn up the basketball courts throughout Ohio.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73018%
Critics Consensus: Though perhaps no film could fully do justice to the fascinating life and personality of Muhammad Ali, Mann's direction and Smith's performance combine to pack a solid punch.
Muhammad Ali (Will Smith) battles Sonny Liston, Joe Frazier and George Foreman and raises controversy outside the ring.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89309%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Capt. Clive Lloyd transforms his 1970s-era West Indies cricket team into champions who dominate the sport for many years afterward.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73423%
Critics Consensus: It may not be as powerful as the 1984 edition, but the 2010 Karate Kid delivers a surprisingly satisfying update on the original.
A Chinese maintenance man (Jackie Chan) instructs an American boy (Jaden Smith) in the art of kung fu to help... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73421%
Critics Consensus: It might strike some viewers as a little too pat, but The Blind Side has the benefit of strong source material and a strong performance from Sandra Bullock.
A well-to-do white family (Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw) takes in a homeless black teen and helps him realize his potential... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74203%
Critics Consensus: Breezy and predictable, Tin Cup is a likeable sports comedy that benefits greatly from Kevin Costner's amiable lead performance.
A curvy customer (Rene Russo) and a smarmy golf-pro pal motivate a down-and-out Texas driving-range owner (Kevin Costner) to try... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72702%
Critics Consensus: Rocky II is a movie that dares you to root again for the ultimate underdog -- and succeeds due to an infectiously powerful climax.
Underdog Philadelphia fighter Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets another shot at heavyweight champ Apollo Creed.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75123%
Critics Consensus: Mariel Hemingway has a career-making star turn in this highly physical drama about two Olympic athletes who find each other during competitive training.
Two women runners (Mariel Hemingway, Patrice Donnelly) have an affair while training for the 1980 Olympics.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75058%
Critics Consensus: Proudly profane and splendidly silly, Dodgeball is a worthy spiritual successor to the goofball comedies of the 1980s.
The owner (Vince Vaughn) of a gym and an overbearing entrepreneur (Ben Stiller) form dodgeball teams to compete for $50,000... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74842%
Critics Consensus: Taking full advantage of the large IMAX screen, Ultimate X is a thrill ride for extreme sports junkies and novices alike.
Bruce Hendricks highlights events of the 2001 Summer X Games, including skateboarding, BMX biking and the street luge.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73055%
Critics Consensus: Beastie Boy Adam Yauch proves his worth as a director with Gunnin' for That #1 Spot, a fun-filled chronicle of the top high school hoopsters of 2006.
To compete in the first annual "Elite 24" all-star game, some of America's top high-school basketball players assemble on the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77053%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the spirited performances of a talented cast - particularly Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as rivals-turned-teammates -- Blades of Glory successfully spoofs inspirational sports dramas with inspired abandon.
Several years after being banned from men's singles competition, two rival skaters (Will Ferrell, Jon Heder) exploit a loophole that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76975%
Critics Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.
At 30 years old, bartender Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) sees his wildest dreams come true when he becomes a member... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78216%
Critics Consensus: Though it occasionally stalls, Talladega Nights' mix of satire, clever gags, and excellent ensemble performances put it squarely in the winner's circle.
NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) faces his greatest challenge ever when French Formula One driver Jean Girard (Sacha Baron... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58874%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Teenage table-tennis players (YÃ´suke Kubozuka, Arata) have different approaches to their chosen sport.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77639%
Critics Consensus: An inspirational crowd-pleaser with a healthy dose of social commentary, Remember the Titans may be predictable, but it's also well-crafted and features terrific performances.
A Virginia high school hires a black football coach (Denzel Washington) after undergoing integration in 1971.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78701%
Critics Consensus: Though unabashedly crude and juvenile, Caddyshack nevertheless scores with its classic slapstick, unforgettable characters, and endlessly quotable dialogue.
Oddballs (Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray) and gophers undermine a country-club caddy out to win a college scholarship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79724%
Critics Consensus: Cool Runnings rises above its formulaic sports-movie themes with charming performances, light humor, and uplifting tone.
Two Jamaicans (Leon, Doug E. Doug) make their way to Calgary as long-shot bobsledders in the 1988 Olympics.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81097%
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.
Two basketball hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson), black and white, count on racial myth to cash in on street games.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79427%
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.
A sports therapist (Paul Giamatti) tries to help a troubled rookie pitcher (Johnny Simmons) who grew up with an abusive... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80908%
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.
Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup) trains rigorously with coach Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland) to set 1970s track records.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80712%
Critics Consensus: The Hammer perseveres as both an above-average sports comedy and a perfect starring vehicle for Carolla.
A famous boxing coach offers a 40-year-old underachiever (Adam Carolla) another chance to train for a spot on the U.S.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82174%
Critics Consensus: Though undeniably sentimental and predictable, Rudy succeeds with an uplifting spirit and determination.
With heart and determination an Illinois youth (Sean Astin) tackles shortcomings to play Notre Dame football.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81682%
Critics Consensus: A coming of age drama with a surfing twist, Breath navigates seemingly familiar waters -- but has surprising depth below the surface.
A former professional surfer decides to go out of his way to mentor two teens who are obsessed with surfing.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80811%
Critics Consensus: The harder they come, the harder they fall -- this film shows, in raw, gripping detail, that even skater dudes can't resist the life of the rich and famous. It's more poignant than hard-core, and gives us a portrait of a life run over by the whims of the entertainment industry.
Skateboarder Mark Rogowski enjoys success in the 1980s, then goes to prison for rape and murder.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82592%
Critics Consensus: You don't have to be a soccer fan to enjoy this stylish, breezy slice of 1970s sports history.
Former players and others talk about the North American Soccer League team the New York Cosmos and its heyday during... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82637%
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.
A warden (Eddie Albert) forces an ex-football star (Burt Reynolds) to lead fellow inmates in a game against the guards.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83080%
Critics Consensus: A perfect companion piece to The Endless Summer.
Filmmaker Dana Brown documents surfers catching waves in the waters off the Irish coast, Easter Island, Texas and other locations.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85783%
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 begins in 1943 with a major-league has-been as a manager (Tom Hanks).... [More]