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Top Sports Films

Rank Title Year Director(s) Sport Overall
Rank
1 Raging Bull 1980 Martin Scorsese Boxing 25
2 Rocky 1976 John G. Avildsen Boxing 109
3 Hoop Dreams 1994 Steve James Basketball 242
4 The Hustler 1961 Robert Rossen Pool 272
5 Field of Dreams 1989 Phil Alden Robinson Baseball 313
6 Million Dollar Baby 2004 Clint Eastwood Boxing 347
7 Jerry Maguire 1996 Cameron Crowe American Football 372
8 Chariots of Fire 1981 Hugh Hudson Track 396
9 Caddyshack 1980 Harold Ramis Golf 434
10 When We Were Kings 1996 Leon Gast Boxing 479
11 Bull Durham 1988 Ron Shelton Baseball 483
12 Breaking Away 1979 Peter Yates Bicycle Racing 553
13 Olympia 1938 Leni Riefenstahl Olympic Sports 573
14 This Sporting Life 1963 Lindsay Anderson Rugby 681
15 The Karate Kid 1984 John G. Avildsen Karate 686
16 Hoosiers 1986 David Anspaugh Basketball 695
17 Slap Shot 1977 George Roy Hill Ice Hockey 715
18 A League of Their Own 1992 Penny Marshall Baseball 733
19 The Wrestler 2008 Darren Aronofsky Professional Wrestling 748
20 The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Tony Richardson Cross-Country Running 763
21 The Natural 1984 Barry Levinson Baseball 767
22 Rocco and His Brothers 1960 Luchino Visconti Boxing 790
23 The Bad News Bears 1976 Michael Ritchie Baseball 802
24 Eight Men Out 1988 John Sayles Baseball 810
25 Fat City 1972 John Huston Boxing 825
26 The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Sam Wood Baseball 828
27 Bend It Like Beckham 2002 Gurinder Chadha Association Football (Soccer) 853
28 Touching the Void 2003 Kevin Macdonald Mountain Climbing 962
29 National Velvet 1944 Clarence Brown Horse Racing 970
30 Kingpin 1996 Bobby and Peter Farrelly Bowling 994
31 Night and the City 1950 Jules Dassin Professional Wrestling 1000
32 Miracle 2004 Gavin O'Connor Ice Hockey 1002
33 Rollerball 1975 Norman Jewison Rollerball 1003
34 The Longest Yard 1974 Robert Aldrich American Football 1035
35 Happy Gilmore 1996 Dennis Dugan Golf 1051
36 Murderball 2005 Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro Wheelchair Rugby 1053
37 Body and Soul 1947 Robert Rossen Boxing 1062
38 Cinderella Man 2005 Ron Howard Boxing 1094
39 Tin Cup 1996 Ron Shelton Golf 1095
40 Friday Night Lights 2004 Peter Berg and Josh Pate American Football 1099
41 Heaven Can Wait 1978 Warren Beatty and Buck Henry American Football 1102
42 Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 Rawson Marshall Thurber Dodgeball 1124
43 Rudy 1993 David Anspaugh American Football 1125
44 Remember the Titans 2000 Boaz Yakin American Football 1138
45 Ali 2001 Michael Mann Boxing 1139
46 The Freshman 1925 Fred C. Newmeyer and Sam Taylor American Football 1169
47 Cool Runnings 1993 Jon Turteltaub Bobsledding 1173
48 North Dallas Forty 1979 Ted Kotcheff American Football 1208
49 The Set-Up 1949 Robert Wise Boxing 1234
50 Horse Feathers 1932 Norman Z. McLeod American Football 1283
51 Seabiscuit 2003 Gary Ross Horse Racing 1286
52 Brian's Song 1971 Buzz Kulik American Football 1302
53 The Fighter 2010 David O. Russell Boxing 1360
54 Woman of the Year 1942 George Stevens Baseball 1368
55 Lagaan: Once upon a Time in India 2001 Ashutosh Gowariker Cricket 1404
56 Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Stacy Peralta Skateboarding 1407
57 Any Given Sunday 1999 Oliver Stone American Football 1414
58 The Sandlot 1993 David M. Evans Baseball 1435
59 White Men Can't Jump 1992 Ron Shelton Basketball 1447
60 The Rookie 2002 John Lee Hancock Baseball 1458
61 The Black Stallion 1979 Carroll Ballard Horse Racing 1489
62 Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 John D. Hancock Baseball 1511
63 The Endless Summer 1966 Bruce Brown Surfing 1551
64 Major League 1989 David S. Ward Baseball 1559
65 Damn Yankees! 1958 George Abbott and Stanley Donen Baseball 1570
66 The Color of Money 1986 Martin Scorsese Pool 1604
67 A Day at the Races 1937 Sam Wood Horse Racing 1610
68 The Hurricane 1999 Norman Jewison Boxing 1638
69 Senna 2010 Asif Kapadia Auto Racing 1685
70 Victory 1981 John Huston Association Football (Soccer) 1686
71 Pumping Iron 1977 George Butler and Robert Fiore Bodybuilding 1723
72 Bring It on 2000 Peyton Reed Cheerleading 1728
73 Pat and Mike 1952 George Cukor Golf and Tennis 1757
74 Girlfight 2000 Karyn Kusama Boxing 1828
75 Rocky IV 1985 Sylvester Stallone Boxing 1866
76 Knute Rockne, All American 1940 Lloyd Bacon American Football 1879
77 The King of Kong 2007 Seth Gordon Video Games 1892
78 Warrior 2011 Gavin O'Connor Mixed Martial Arts 1901
79 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 1976 John Badham Baseball 1902
80 Downhill Racer 1969 Michael Ritchie Downhill Skiing 1922
81 He Got Game 1998 Spike Lee Basketball 1947
82 Love & Basketball 2000 Gina Prince-Bythewood Basketball 1972
83 Tokyo Olympiad 1965 Kon Ichikawa Olympic Sports 1980
84 Champion 1949 Mark Robson Boxing 1981
85 Personal Best 1982 Robert Towne Track 2021
86 Rocky III 1982 Sylvester Stallone Boxing 2044
87 Big Wednesday 1978 John Milius Surfing 2056
88 Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Adam McKay Auto Racing 2071
89 Moneyball 2011 Bennett Miller Baseball 2096
90 Shaolin Soccer 2001 Stephen Chow Association Football (Soccer) 2147
91 Without Limits 1998 Robert Towne Track 2187
92 The Blind Side 2009 John Lee Hancock American Football 2190
93 Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Robert Wise Boxing 2233
94 Gentleman Jim 1942 Raoul Walsh Boxing 2248
95 The Lusty Men 1952 Nicholas Ray Rodeo 2256
96 Rocky II 1979 Sylvester Stallone Boxing 2274
97 The Mighty Ducks 1992 Stephen Herek Ice Hockey 2313
98 Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962 Ralph Nelson Boxing 2324
99 Blue Chips 1994 William Friedkin Basketball 2326
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