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Best Hockey Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

Let’s talk about the sport that combines sharp blades, blunt sticks, 100-mile-per-hour pucks, and regularly scheduled fistfights. You’d think hockey and Hollywood would go together like and ice and blood, but that sport-to-movie pipeline is still being built, and we’re still a ways off before movies about hockey can compete with football, basketball, baseball, and Jamaican bobsledding.

We’ll start with the 10 best-reviewed hockey movies, with Certified Fresh films at the top. Red Army is a Soviet-focused documentary, especially on the five players that played for the Detroit Wings in the 1990s. (This so-called Russian Five got their own doc of the same name in 2018.) But if you want to see the Soviets get beaten, then check out 2004’s Miracle, which re-stages the U.S. Olympic hockey team victory at the legendary 1980 match.

Goon captures the day-to-day essence of hockey (an accolade typically shared with 1977’s Slap Shot) and an empathically comedic look at the enforcer, a position further explored in doc Ice Guardians.

Hockeyland highlights the role of the sport in a small Minnesota town. And you can’t go this long talking about hockey without mentioning Canada, as Youngblood, The Rocket 9, and Indian Horse will attest.  Alex Vo

#1

Red Army (2014)
92%

#1
Adjusted Score: 96133%
Critics Consensus: Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.
Synopsis: Hockey captain Slava Fetisov and four other players form a nearly unbeatable unit known as the "Russian Five," but their... [More]
Directed By: Gabe Polsky

#2

Miracle (2004)
81%

#2
Adjusted Score: 86226%
Critics Consensus: Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.
Synopsis: When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, he brings... [More]
Directed By: Gavin O'Connor

#3

Goon (2011)
81%

#3
Adjusted Score: 84665%
Critics Consensus: Goon is a crude slapstick comedy with well-formed characters and a surprising amount of heart.
Synopsis: Though a misfit among his brainy family members, Massachusetts bouncer Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) has a knockout punch that... [More]
Directed By: Michael Dowse

#4

The Russian Five (2018)
100%

#4
Adjusted Score: 82076%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings work to finally break their decadeslong Stanley Cup drought by extracting players... [More]
Directed By: Joshua Riehl

#5

Ice Guardians (2016)
100%

#5
Adjusted Score: 25497%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hockey enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks as the role slowly disappears from the game.... [More]
Directed By: Brett Harvey

#6

Hockeyland (2021)
85%

#6
Adjusted Score: 59504%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Minnesota is the heartland of US hockey, creating more skaters--on the local rinks and in the NHL--than any other state.... [More]
Starring: Blake Biondi
Directed By: Tommy Haines

#7

Slap Shot (1977)
85%

#7
Adjusted Score: 88669%
Critics Consensus: Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.
Synopsis: In the small New England town of Charlestown, the local mill is about to lay off 10,000 workers. The town's... [More]
Directed By: George Roy Hill

#8

Indian Horse (2017)
81%

#8
Adjusted Score: 75755%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A Canadian First Nations boy survives in a residential school in the 1970s.... [More]
Directed By: Stephen S. Campanelli

#9

The Rocket (2005)
56%

#9
Adjusted Score: 21049%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Working-class Quebecois hockey player Maurice Richard (Roy Dupuis) becomes a hero to French Canadians as he stars for the famous... [More]
Directed By: Charles Binamé

#10

Youngblood (1986)
44%

#10
Adjusted Score: 44031%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe) is an exceptionally skilled young ice hockey player trying to make a name in the Canadian... [More]
Directed By: Peter Markle

#11
Adjusted Score: 44626%
Critics Consensus: Seann William Scott remains as watchable as ever in the title role, but Goon: Last of the Enforcers repeats its predecessor's violent and profane formula to diminishing effect.
Synopsis: A lockout has reunited old teammates and brought a crew of new players to the bench for the Halifax Highlanders.... [More]
Directed By: Jay Baruchel

#12

Mystery, Alaska (1999)
37%

#12
Adjusted Score: 40639%
Critics Consensus: The lack of hockey action and authenticity left critics cold.
Synopsis: A publicity stunt turns into the ultimate lopsided competition, when the world famous New York Rangers face off against the... [More]
Directed By: Jay Roach

#13

The Mighty Ducks (1992)
23%

#13
Adjusted Score: 25017%
Critics Consensus: The Mighty Ducks has feel-good goals but only scores a penalty shot for predictability.
Synopsis: After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team... [More]
Directed By: Stephen Herek

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 20236%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: An international competition for junior league hockey teams is being held in Los Angeles. Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is... [More]
Directed By: Sam Weisman

#15
#15
Adjusted Score: 20185%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Having achieved a modicum of fame from their earlier adventures, all the members of the Mighty Ducks hockey team are... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lieberman

#16

Goalie (2019)
18%

#16
Adjusted Score: 11000%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A chronicle of the life and career of NHL goaltender Terry Sawchuk.... [More]
Directed By: Adriana Maggs

#17

Tooth Fairy (2010)
17%

#17
Adjusted Score: 21131%
Critics Consensus: Dwayne Johnson brings the full force of his charm (and his appropriately pale chompers) to the title role, but flat direction and a committee-written script render The Tooth Fairy unacceptably dull.
Synopsis: Rough-and-tumble hockey player Derek Thompson (Dwayne Johnson) is a terror on the ice, earning the nickname "Tooth Fairy" by separating... [More]
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

#18

Breakaway (2011)
17%

#18
Adjusted Score: 4489%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A young man is torn between his traditional Indo-Canadian family expectations and his dreams of playing hockey.... [More]
Directed By: Robert Lieberman