A Compilation of The 10 Best Sports Movies of All Time

Who doesn’t love a little motivational movie? What better genre than sports to boost up your spirit and confidence. Given below are the 10 best sports movies of all time that will have you ready to go and give life a shot.

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1.    Rocky (1976)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Movie Length: 120 minutes
  • Director: John G Avildsen
  • Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers
  • Gross revenue: $117.24 million

The very first on my list of Sports movies is the legendary movie, Rocky Balboa.

A not so famous boxer named Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) gets a tremendous opportunity to prove his worth and make a name for himself in the Heavyweight Champion fight against Apollo Creed. He is ecstatic about this chance, but little does he know the challenges that lie ahead.

2.    Raging Bull (1980)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.2/10
  • Movie Length: 129 minutes
  • Director: Martin Scorsese
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent
  • Gross revenue: $23.38 million

Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro) is a young boxer who is filled with anger and has a bad temper. As long as it’s in the ring, this quality is of the highest value, but the same attitude at home turns away his family. He is a champion in the boxing ring, but in life, he is left alone.

A Sports movie worth watching.

3.    The Karate Kid (1984)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Movie Length: 126 minutes
  • Director: John G Avildson
  • Actors: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove
  • Gross revenue: $90.82 million

Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is a young boy who has just to California. He does not fit into the new environment and ends up getting bullied by a group of boys. That is when Miyagi (Pat Morita), a senior man steps in and agrees to teach Daniel martial arts.

4.    A League of their own (1992)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
  • Movie Length: 128 minutes
  • Director: Penny Marshall
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty
  • Gross revenue: $132.44 million

In a time of war when men have gone to fight women do most of their work which includes a women baseball team for which Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) are chosen. But the coach who is supposed to manage them named Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) is a drunk and fails to perform his duties. Will the team and the coach be able to overcome their problems and challenges?

This sports movie is inspiring as it shows women power and how nothing is impossible for a woman.

5.    Rudy (1993)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Movie Length: 138 minutes
  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Actors: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger
  • Gross revenue: $47.95 million

Rudy’s whole life spins around football, and it has been his childhood dream to play for Notre Dame but is not allowed to as people say he is too small for the sport. Rudy is determined to play; will he find a way to pursue what his heart desires?

This sports movie teaches us to try our best and never give up on our dreams.

6.    Remember the Titans (2000)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
  • Movie Length: 113 minutes
  • Director: Boaz Yakin
  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst
  • Gross revenue: $115.65 million

This movie is based on real-life events that took place in 1971 when two schools one was for white and one black were shut down and the students sent to one school. An African- American coach named Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) is selected to be their football coach over a white coach. The team doesn’t get along due to the existence of different races, but they must come together to fight as one.

A truly inspiring and entertaining sports movies to watch.

7.    Miracle (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
  • Movie Length: 135 minutes
  • Director: Gavin O’Connor
  • Actors: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich
  • Gross revenue: $64.38 million

One of the best sports movies that tell us the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) who was a player turned coach and took his US hockey team towards victory in the 1980 Olympics against Russia.

8.    Million Dollar Baby (2004)

  • IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
  • Movie Length: 132 minutes
  • Director: Clint Eastwood
  • Actors: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel
  • Gross revenue: $100.49 million

Maggie is an aspiring boxer who wants to be trained by only the best whom for her is Frankie Dunn. Frankie who despises everything in life refuses Maggie at first, but after seeing her passion, determination, and sincerity, he agrees to take her under his wing to train her to be the best boxer.

9.    Coach Carter (2005)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
  • Movie Length: 136 minutes
  • Director: Thomas Carter
  • Actors: Samuel L Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri’chard
  • Gross revenue: $76.7 million

Ken Carter (Samuel L Jackson) becomes the new coach for his old school where he studied in Richmond. But the students are arrogant and have horrible academic scores. Carter wants his students to do well in the sport as well as life and has set down a list of rules and regulations.


This sports movie is one of my favourite ones.

10.  The Blind Side (2009)

  • IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
  • Movie Length: 129 minutes
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Actors: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head
  • Gross revenue: $255.96 million

Based on a true story, this sports movie focuses on a homeless Black guy called Michael (Quinton Aaron) AKA Big Mike who was a player for the Baltimore Ravens of NFL.

Michael is homeless and is taken in Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and her family who at first want to provide Michael with a good home but end up adopting him.


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