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12 Best Sports Movies for Motivation

It’s a difficult time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a little inspiration from sports movies. From those that make you laugh to instant classics, make it movie night tonight with our top 12 sports movies!

With plenty of time to stay inside these days, many people are turning to books and baking to stay busy. It can also be a great time to catch up on some films with your family! And, if you’re missing out on your favorite recreational sports, there are plenty of classics to choose from. Whether true underdog stories or the best comedies, start streaming these great sports movies! Be sure to share your finds with others on your favorite family app!

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1. Moneyball

This 2011 sports film garnered Oscar nominations for two of its stars, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. It follows Billy Beane, played by Pitt, who is the general manager of the Oakland A’s baseball team. From the star-making performances to the exploration of the science of baseball, Moneyball’s a must-see.

2. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Some of the greatest sports movies might bring on the drama, but this Will Ferrell classic is all about fun. As the second collaboration between Ferrell and Adam McKay, follow the adventures of the best NASCAR driver around, Ricky Bobby. That is, until the appearance of Jean Girard, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, who provides some competition.

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3. Major League

When it comes to sports movies, this is the favorite of many major league baseball players. This comedy follows the plays and adventures of a sports team trying to win. Featuring stars like Charlie Sheen and Rene Russo, it even features the Cleveland Indians baseball team. Share your favorite funny movies on FamilyApp!

4. Caddyshack

For films about golf, nothing has reached the heights of Caddyshack. As a rich millionaire tries to turn the golf course into a property development, chaos ensues. In addition to the comedy gold of Bill Murray, you’ll also love the gopher that gets in the middle of everything!

5. Bull Durham

If you’re looking for one of the definitive sports movies, look no further than Bull Durham. Kevin Costner stars as Crash Davis, who had a career in the minor leagues but never quite made it major. As he trains dim-witted talent Ebby Laloosh, played by Tim Robbins, battles ensue between the two.

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6. A League of Their Own

Featuring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, and Madonna, this film follows a women’s professional baseball league during World War II. While the power of the film lies in the relationship between two sisters, there’s no shortage of memorable performances.

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7. Rudy

For the kind of sports movies that isn’t about winning but how you play the game, this film is classic. Based on a true story, it follows Rudy Ruettiger who just wants a shot at playing the big game. With roles by stars like Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, this football film is worth a watch.

8. The Wrestler

Directed by Darren Aronofsky, this drama featuring Mickey Rourke offers up plenty of insight into an unlikely sport. Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson is a wrestler who wants his glory days back, but the toll could be too high. Make sure you have the box of tissues handy!

9. Hoop Dreams

This documentary follows the stories of William Gates and Arthur Agee as they pursue their inner-city dreams of being NBA stars. While the basketball side of the story is intriguing enough, it also functions as a political commentary. Its look at poverty and racial inequality makes it one of the best sports movies of all time.

10. Hoosiers

This feature from 1986 might show its age, but it’s a classic small-town film about basketball that’s not to be missed. With stellar performances by Hollywood stars Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper, watch this basketball team fight its way to glory! Share your favorite basketball film on your favorite family app.

11. Rocky

This film is what made Sylvester Stallone famous, and it’s still among the most popular sports films today. It follows the story of Rocky Balboa, who is an underdog that wants to do his thing. Fighting his way to boxing success, few sports movies have had the impact this one did.  

12. Raging Bull

Many good sports movies offer a cautionary tale, but no classic has reached the heights of Raging Bull. Directed by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro won an Oscar for his performance as Jake LaMotta. Nothing quite measures up to the glory and pain of making it big.

With all the inside time lately, it’s a good opportunity to catch up on some classics! Whether you’re a sports fan or you like an underdog story, there are plenty of films to inspire. Do you have any favorite sports movies? Share your faves with other movie buffs in our comments.



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