Best sports movies of all time

The best sports movies of all time

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The classic Rocky Balboa franchise, A Very Special Team Up and I, Tonya are some of the best sports films. Check out the full list!
Table of Contents
  1. The Wave of Dreams (2002)
  2. The Best Game in History (2005)
  3. On the Edge – The Ernie Davis Story (2008)
  4. Rocky III: The Ultimate Challenge (1982)
  5. Cobb, the Legend (1994)
  6. Teenagers: The Spicy Ones (2000)
  7. Dreamer (2005)
  8. Secretariat – An Impossible Story (2010)
  9. If You Play, the Animal Bites (1993)
  10. Race (2016)
  11. Coach Carter: Train for Life (2005)
  12. Rollerball: Future Gladiators (1975)
  13. Golden Throw (2014)
  14. More Than a Game (2008)
  15. Love on the Game (2005)
  16. Olympic Dream (2019)
  17. Rocky II: The Revenge (1979)
  18. There (2001)
  19. Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)
  20. The Blind Side (2009)
  21. Karate Kid (2010)
  22. The Passion Game (1996)
  23. Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018)
  24. With the Whole Ball (2004)
  25. The Partners (1982)
  26. Savage Land (2019)
  27. The Invincible (2006)
  28. Sliding to Glory (2007)
  29. Duel of the Titans (2000)
  30. Ricky Bobby, Full Speed ​​(2006)
  31. Pilantra's Club (1980)
  32. The Phenom (2016)
  33. Jamaica Below Zero (1993)
  34. Jerry's Knockout (2007)
  35. Trial by Fire (1998)
  36. White Men Don't Know How to Bury (1992)
  37. Security (2020)
  38. Breath (2017)
  39. Rudy (1993)
  40. The Short Game (2013)
  41. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)
  42. Low Blow (1974)
  43. Step Into Liquid – On Onda Certa (2003)
  44. Decisive Play (1998)
  45. Seabiscuit: Soul of a Hero (2003)
  46. Rocky Balboa (2006)
  47. The Fighter (1997)
  48. Ice Trial (2004)
  49. Invictus (2009)
  50. Claw of Champions (1989)
  51. The Brutes (2011)
  52. Pelotero (2011)
  53. USA's McFarland (2015)
  54. A Very Special Team (1992)
  55. Heroes Without Tomorrow (1979)
  56. An Outlandish Man (1984)
  57. Defying the Limits (2005)
  58. The Armstrong Lie (2013)
  59. Everything for Victory (2004)
  60. Beyond the Limits (2000)
  61. The Struggle for Hope (2005)
  62. The Other Dream Team (2012)
  63. Looking for Eric (2009)
  64. Challenge of Destiny (2002)
  65. Anything Goes (1977)
  66. The Danger Lovers (1969)
  67. Hurricane the Hurricane (1999)
  68. Big Fan (2009)
  69. Happy Valley (2014)
  70. Jerry Maguire – The Big Turn (1996)
  71. The Caveman (2018)
  72. 42: The Story of a Legend (2013)
  73. Fire in Babylon (2010)
  74. Chariots of Fire (1981)
  75. Tyson (2008)
  76. Dodging Destiny (2002)
  77. The Heart of the Game (2005)
  78. Warrior (2011)
  79. Out of the Game (1988)
  80. Flying High (2016)
  81. Fantastic Girl (2009)
  82. Meru – The Center of the Universe (2015)
  83. L'empire de la perfection (2018)
  84. Karate Kid: The Moment of Truth (1984) 
  85. Up for Grabs (2004)
  86. Good Fight (2000)
  87. Kung-Fu Football Club (2001)
  88. Field of Dreams (1989)
  89. Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)
  90. Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  91. Diego Maradona (2019)
  92. The Way Back (2020)
  93. The Horse of My Dreams (2020)
  94. The Color of Money (1986)
  95. Dogtown & Z-Boys: Where It All Began (2001)
  96. On the Edge of Emotion (2004)
  97. Prayer at Dawn (2017)
  98. The Man with Muscles of Steel (1977)
  99. Decisive Moments (1986)
  100. One Player's Last Battle (1973)
  101. Red Army (2014)
  102. Senna (2010)
  103. The Crash Reel (2013)
  104. Damn Football Club (2009)
  105. Out of the Game (2006)
  106. No No: A Dockumentary (2014)
  107. Lagaan – The Courage of a People (2001)
  108. Touching the Void (2003)
  109. Deep Water (2006)
  110. Chasing a Dream (2008)
  111. Idol, Lover and Hero (1942)
  112. Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)
  113. Golden Girl (2004)
  114. The Winner (1979)
  115. Rush: Edge of Emotion (2013)
  116. The Winner (2010)
  117. Foxcatcher: A Story That Shocked the World (2014)
  118. Creed II (2018)
  119. Boys in Bullet Point (1976)
  120. When We Were Kings (1996)
  121. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)
  122. In Search of a Dream (2009)
  123. Challenge to Corruption (1961)
  124. Undefeated (2011)
  125. Win or Win: Life is a Game (2011)
  126. Next Goal Wins (2014)
  127. Rocky: A Fighter (1976)
  128. Geniuses of Pelota (1932)
  129. Changing the Game (2019)
  130. Murderball (2005)
  131. Raging Bull (1980)
  132. Blues Basketball (1994)
  133. Summer Joy (1966)
  134. Luck in Love (1988)
  135. Maiden (2018)
  136. Youth Is Just That Way (1944)
  137. The Man Who Changed the Game (2011)
  138. Free Solo (2018)
  139. Fighting for the Family (2019)
  140. The Fighter (2008)
  141. I, Tonya (2017)
  142. Creed: Born to Fight (2015)
  143. Ford v Ferrari (2019)

When it's about sports movies, a diverse range of stories can be told and explored whether fiction or documentary. From films about fighting, surfing and American football to sports such as skiing, hockey and many others from various niches, motivation and dedication always appear intertwined, making the audience have fun, get excited, root for the athlete and the team and even think about starting some activity or resuming your gym membership.

The list follows an order of ranking, with the last film being considered the best. Furthermore, the films cover a variety of sports such as American football, baseball, hockey, soccer, boxing, ice skating, racing in its various forms and even fictional sports. Check it out below!

The Wave of Dreams (2002)

Original title: Blue Crush

5,7 on IMDb | 62% Rotten Tomatoes

In the movie about surfing The Wave of Dreams, living in a beach hut with three classmates, including her rebellious younger sister, Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) rises before dawn every day to conquer the waves and count the days left until the Rip Masters surfing competition.

The Best Game in History (2005)

Original title: The Greatest Game Ever Played

7,4 on IMDb | 63% Rotten Tomatoes

Based on a true story, the sports film The Best Game in History follows young Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) who always dreamed of playing golf, but the boy's financial condition and the fact that he needed to work to help support the house did not allow it. Until a guardian angel enrolls him in the biggest golf tournament in the United States, and the young man not only attracts attention for his talent, but also surpasses one of the sport's greatest idols.

On the Edge – The Ernie Davis Story (2008)

Original title: The Express

7,2 on IMDb | 62% Rotten Tomatoes

In the plot, born into a reality of poverty, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown) manages to overcome several obstacles until he enters the football program at Syracuse University. Coached by Ben Schwartzwalder (Dennis Quaid), he becomes one of the best players at his school, even managing to be more successful than Jim Brown. 

Rocky III: The Ultimate Challenge (1982)

Original title: Rocky III

6,8 on IMDb | 65% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, after being defeated by the arrogant Clubber Lang (Mr. T.), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) decides to regain the title of heavyweight champion and prepares for a rematch. To train, the fighter asks for help from his former opponent, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Cobb, the Legend (1994)

Original title: Cobb

6,4 on IMDb | 65% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Cobb the Legend, while writing the biography of his idol, a reporter discovers that he is far from being a hero and needs to decide whether or not to reveal the truth.

Teenagers: The Spicy Ones (2000)

Original title: Bring It On

6,1 on IMDb | 65% Rotten Tomatoes

In this classic sports film coming of age, the champion cheerleading team, from a rich neighborhood, discovers that its previous captain stole the choreography from a competing team, from the city center. The championship is coming, and they need to rush to create another choreography.

Dreamer (2005)

Original title: Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story

6,8 on IMDb | 64% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Dreamer, Ben Crane (Kurt Russell) is a trainer who takes care of an injured horse with his daughter, Cale (Dakota Fanning). In the process, father and daughter contemplate the opportunity to rebuild lost family ties. They develop a special affection for the animal and strive to ensure that it recovers as quickly as possible. When he shows signs that he is improving, Ben and Cale decide to sign him up to compete in an important horse race.

Secretariat – An Impossible Story (2010)

Original title: Secretariat

7,2 on IMDb | 64% Rotten Tomatoes

Based on facts, the film follows housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) who didn't understand anything about horse racing, an area previously dominated by men. But she took control of her ailing father's stable and, with the help of a veteran trainer, against all odds, managed to win the Triple Crown award in 1973. 

If You Play, the Animal Bites (1993)

Original title: The Sandlot

7,8 on IMDb | 64% Rotten Tomatoes

In the story, Scottie Smalls (Tom Guiry) is new to the neighborhood and has trouble getting along with the kids who play baseball in a vacant lot. But things change for the better when the class leader lets Scottie play with the group, and he shows that he is talented.

Race (2016)

Original title: Race

7,1 on IMDb | 63% Rotten Tomatoes

This is the story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), an American athlete who overcame racism and not only participated in the Berlin Olympic Games in 1936, during the Nazi regime, but also won four gold medals.

Coach Carter: Train for Life (2005)

Original title: Coach Carter

7,3 on IMDb | 64% Rotten Tomatoes

In the story set in 1999, Ken Carter (Samuel L. Jackson) returns to his old high school in Richmond, California, accepting to become the coach of the basketball team to get him in shape. With a lot of discipline and tough rules, he manages to make the team win. But when the players' grades start to drop, Carter closes the gym and stops the championship.

Rollerball: Future Gladiators (1975)

Original title: Rollerball

6,6 on IMDb | 67% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis, set in 2018, in a futuristic society, corporations have replaced countries and there is a recreational and violent game known as “Rollerball”, controlled by organizations and played all over the world. At a certain point, Jonathan E. (James Caan), one of the players, decides to fight for his freedom and leaves control of the corporation in danger.

Golden Throw (2014)

Original title: Million Dollar Arm

7,0 on IMDb | 65% Rotten Tomatoes

In the plot of the sports film Golden Throw, a sports agent in a bad professional moment decides to take an unexpected step to say the least: go to India to recruit a cricket player to play baseball in the United States. However, to change his luck, he will have to overcome several obstacles.

More Than a Game (2008)

Original title: More Than a Game

7,6 on IMDb | 71% Rotten Tomatoes

Filmmaker Kristopher Belman chronicles the early career of basketball star LeBron James. James and four other talented teammates formed a powerful combination at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, in the city of Akron, Ohio. The five athletes performed very well throughout the state of Ohio, but James' skills and determination shook the original group, and James ended up going to the NBA.

Love on the Game (2005)

Original title: Fever Pitch

6,2 on IMDb | 66% Rotten Tomatoes

A combination of love and sports. In the story, Ben (Jimmy Fallon) is an obsessed fan of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. He meets Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore) giving a lecture to a group of students and ends up falling in love with her immediately. The relationship between them continues very well, until the girl realizes that she is always in the background in relation to the team that the protagonist loves so much.

Olympic Dream (2019)

Original title: Olympic Dreams

5,8 on IMDb | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Olympic Dream, Penelope (Alexi Pappas) is a young skier participating in the Winter Olympics for the first time, in which she falls in love with volunteer dentist Ezra (Nick Kroll). Supporting each other, they end up creating an unexpected bond.

Rocky II: The Revenge (1979)

Original title: Rocky II

7,3 on IMDb | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sequence, after the fight against Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) promises his wife to leave the ring. But boxing fans insist on a rematch between the two boxers. Without money, Rocky is forced to accept the challenge and receives his wife's blessing to fight. Now the fighter must prepare for the fight of the century and decides to train intensely, dreaming only of finishing the fight without being knocked out by the champion.

There (2001)

6,7 on IMDb | 68% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, Cassius Clay (Will Smith) has always impressed everyone with both his boxing skills and his articulate and intelligent manner outside the ring. In the 1960s, he became even more famous when he converted to Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali.

Gunnin' for That #1 Spot (2008)

6,3 on IMDb | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

The film follows eight of the best high school basketball players in the US in 2006. The plot focuses on the entire first drive of the first annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 Hoops Classic game at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem.

The Blind Side (2009)

Original title: The Blind Side

7,6 on IMDb | 66% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a young black man, the son of an addicted mother who has nowhere to live. With a good knack for sports, one day he is spotted by Leigh Anne Tuohy's (Sandra Bullock) family, walking towards the school stadium to sleep away from the rain. 

When invited to spend a night at the millionaires' house, Michael has no idea that that day would change his life forever. With the help of his new family and a dedicated tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player.

Karate Kid (2010)

Original title: The Karate Kid

6,2 on IMDb | 66% Rotten Tomatoes

A 12-year-old boy named Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) moves to China with his mother and finds himself in a completely new and strange place. He knows a little karate, but his skills are not enough to face the school bully, Cheng (Wang Zhenwei). Then, Dre befriends Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a martial arts master, who teaches him the secrets of kung fu in the hopes that the boy can defeat Cheng and, who knows, win the heart of the beautiful Meiying ( Han Wenwen).

The Passion Game (1996)

Original title: Tin cup

6,4 on IMDb | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

Em The Game of Passion, psychologist Molly (Rene Russo) helps a former golfer compete in the US. Open. The athlete's biggest motivation for winning the tournament is to win Molly's heart.

Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable (2018)

7,4 on IMDb | 74% Rotten Tomatoes

The surfing film follows the trajectory of professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, an athlete who lost her arm as a teenager, and shows details of her personal life.

With the Whole Ball (2004)

Original title: Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

6,7 on IMDb | 71% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis, Average Joe's gym and its owner, Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn), are down on their luck. A sophisticated competing gym, Globo-Gym, run by health junkie White Goodman (Ben Stiller), is about to bankrupt Average Joe unless Peter can raise fifty thousand dollars to pay his mortgage. To save the gym, Peter, a group of Average Joe's members and employees enter a dodgeball contest, which offers a large cash prize.

The Partners (1982)

Original title: Personal Best

6,3 on IMDb | 73% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis, young sprinter Chris Cahill (Mariel Hemingway) is having a hard time reaching her potential as an athlete, until she meets track and field star Tory Skinner (Patrice Donnelly). 

At first, the two young women form a friendship when Tory and her trainer (Scott Glenn) help Chris with his training. Gradually, Tory and Chris begin to have a romantic relationship and grow closer.

Savage Land (2019)

Original title: jungleland

6,2 on IMDb | 74% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Wild land, a fighting film, a reluctant boxer and his brother must travel across the country for one last fight, but an unexpected traveling companion exposes the cracks in their bond along the way.

The Invincible (2006)

Original title: Invincible

7,0 on IMDb | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

in the plot of The invincible, Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) sees his biggest dream come true when he joins the Philadelphia Eagles. At age 30, he manages to try out for his favorite American football team, becoming the oldest rookie in the league's history.

Sliding to Glory (2007)

Original title: Blades of Glory

6,3 on IMDb | 70% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Sliding to Glory, Chazz (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy (Jon Heder), two ice skating rivals, are banned from competitions because of their fights. When they find a loophole in the system, they return to the ring to try to win another medal. However, this time they will have to put their fights aside to work together.

Duel of the Titans (2000)

Original title: Remember the Titans

7,8 on IMDb | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Duel of titans, set in 1971, the principal of a high school in Alexandria, Virginia, is forced to integrate black teenagers into an all-white school. So, she hires Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), a black coach, to lead the institution's football team. 

Enthusiasm for the famous and revered sport is put to the test by racial tension, while Boone suffers racial prejudice from other coaches and even players on his team.

Ricky Bobby, Full Speed ​​(2006)

Original title: Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

6,6 on IMDb | 71% Rotten Tomatoes

NASCAR star Ricky Bobby (Will Ferrell) is at the top. Adored by fans, with his beautiful wife by his side and incredible wealth. However, Ricky loses everything when French Formula 1 champion Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen) appears on the scene. Ricky, with the help of his father, has to restore his honor on the track.

Pilantra's Club (1980)

Original title: Caddyshack

7,2 on IMDb | 72% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Pilantras Club, teenager Danny (Michael O'Keefe) works at a golf club infested with snobs. In an attempt to gain votes to receive a university scholarship reserved for a club carrier, he offers to work for a very influential club member.

The Phenom (2016)

5,2 on IMDb | 79% Rotten Tomatoes

When rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) suffers a minor incident, he is sent to the minor leagues and forced to undergo sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist. During the process, hidden conflicts with his authoritarian father come to the surface regarding the expectations created within the sport.

Jamaica Below Zero (1993)

Original title: cool Runnings

7,0 on IMDb | 76% Rotten Tomatoes

Four Jamaicans dream of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow. With the help of a disgraced former champion desperate to redeem himself, the Jamaicans decide to try to qualify for the Olympic team and seek glory.

Jerry's Knockout (2007)

Original title: The Hammer

7,1 on IMDb | 82% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, at the age of 40, Jerry Ferro (Adam Carolla) loses his job and his girlfriend. When everything seems to be lost, a famous boxing trainer offers you the opportunity to train with him.

Trial by Fire (1998)

Original title: Without Limits

7,2 on IMDb | 79% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports films, runner Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup) overcomes all limits and trains rigorously with coach Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland) to set speed records in the 1970s. 

White Men Don't Know How to Bury (1992)

Original title: White Men Can't Jump

6,8 on IMDb | 75% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) are excellent basketball players. They decide to join forces and start deceiving their competitors. Since Billy is white, he pretends to know nothing about the sport. But, on the court, they are great when playing a fast game.

Security (2020)

6,8 on IMDb | 79% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie SafetyHelped by his teammates and the community, Clemson University football player Ray McElrathbey (Jay Reeves) finds success on the field while caring for his 11-year-old brother, Fahmarr (Thaddeus J. Mixson).

Breath (2017)

6,7 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

In Australia in the 1970s, two bored teenagers, but with a thirst for discovery, become friends with a mysterious adventurer who challenges them to leave the protective dome in which they live to experience risk and adrenaline, profoundly impacting their lives.

Rudy (1993)

7,5 on IMDb | 78% Rotten Tomatoes

Rudy, despite his poor grades and poor physical skills, has the dream of becoming an American football star playing for Notre Dame.

The Short Game (2013)

7,3 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

In the plot, these young athletes are very competitive and are determined to become winners of one of the most difficult golf championships in the world.

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

7,3 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

One of the best sports films tells about the moment when football briefly captured America's attention. The film portrays the New York Cosmos team and the sensation it created in the 1970s. Using archival footage, old photos and stories from former players and managers, it tells the story – or several conflicting stories – of the team starring the legend football player Pelé, as well as stars such as Beckenbauer, Carlos Alberto Torres and Chinaglia.

Low Blow (1974)

Original title: The Longest Yard

7,1 on IMDb | 76% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Low blow, Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds) is a former American football star who, after being caught driving drunk, is arrested. The prison director makes a proposal to him: put together a team of inmates to face the team of sadistic prison guards. Paul then assembles his team.

Step Into Liquid – On Onda Certa (2003)

Original title: Step Into Liquid

7,4 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

Step Into Liquid – On the Right Wave shows big names in surfing on Pipeline's challenging waves.

Decisive Play (1998)

Original title: He Got A Game

6,9 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Decisive Play, Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is promised a reduced sentence if he can convince the best basketball player in the country, his son Jesus (Ray Allen), to play basketball for the university the governor graduated from.

Seabiscuit: Soul of a Hero (2003)

Original title: Seabiscuit

7,3 on IMDb | 78% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, set during the Great American Depression, a jockey with a history of injuries, a tycoon trying to overcome the loss of his son and a trainer transform a horse into a winner at a time when the country needed inspiration.

Rocky Balboa (2006)

7,1 on IMDb | 78% Rotten Tomatoes

Retired, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) works in a restaurant and mourns the loss of his beloved wife, Adrian (Talia Shire). Missing his glory days, he intends to return to the ring and accept the challenge of fighting the current world heavyweight champion, Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver). 

The Fighter (1997)

Original title: The Boxer

7,0 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis of The fighter, after 14 years in prison for involvement with the IRA, Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis) wants to resume his life, stay away from politics and reopen his gym, but discovers that his old girlfriend, with whom he is still in love, is married with an IRA member serving a sentence.

Ice Trial (2004)

Original title: Miracle

7,4 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), with his unique style, is hired to coach the US hockey team at the 1980 Olympics. Facing the favorite Soviet Union in the fight for gold, the team becomes an icon of patriotism American during the Cold War.

Invictus (2009)

7,3 on IMDb | 76% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis of Invictus, after the end of apartheid, newly elected president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) leads a South Africa that remains racially and economically divided. He believes he can unify the nation through the universal language of sport. To this end, Mandela joins forces with François Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the rugby team, promoting the unity of South Africans in favor of the local team in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Claw of Champions (1989)

Original title: Major League

7,2 on IMDb | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Champions Claw, the owner of a baseball team hires the worst players available so she can sell it. But the plan doesn't go as expected.

The Brutes (2011)

Original title: Goon

6,8 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

Em The Brutes, Doug (Seann William Scott) is a man satisfied with his life, whose only talent is hitting people. One day, he goes to a hockey game and beats up one of the players, and the coach of a failed team sees in Doug the potential to lift the team and decides to hire him.

Pelotero (2011)

7,3 on IMDb | 86% Rotten Tomatoes

Every baseball player's dream is to be part of the big leagues. An unattainable dream for many, but for great athletes from the Dominican Republic it can become reality.

USA's McFarland (2015)

Original title: McFarland, USA

7,4 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, after successive changes caused by incidents in his career, coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) settles in the small town of McFarland, California. There, he accepts the task of working with a group of young athletes and the challenge of transforming potential talents into racing champions.

A Very Special Team (1992)

Original title: A League of Their Own

7,3 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

As America's athletic youth are drafted into World War II, a women's professional baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall).

Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) join the team and share the screens with scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy former coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks). Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell co-star as two of the sisters' teammates.

Heroes Without Tomorrow (1979)

Original title: North Dallas Fort

6,9 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Heroes Without Tomorrow, a man spends six years as a reserve for an American football team until he gets a chance to show his potential. However, he becomes the target of intrigue.

An Outlandish Man (1984)

Original title: The Natural

7,4 on IMDb | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

En route to an internship with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot by Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey). After 16 years, Roy returns to professional baseball as a rookie for the last-place New York Knights.

Despite arguments with manager Pop Fisher (Wilford Brimley), Roy becomes one of the best players in the league and the Knights start to win. But the fact displeases Judge, the owner, who wants Roy to miss the games.

Defying the Limits (2005)

Original title: The World's Fastest Indian

7,8 on IMDb | 82% Rotten Tomatoes

Born in a small town in New Zealand in 1899, Burt Munro (Anthony Hopkins) dreamed of breaking the barriers of provincial anonymity and writing his name in history as the fastest man in the world. In 1967, after spending his life working on his adorable Indian Scout motorcycle, he finally embarks on a trip to Utah, United States, to participate in a race.

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

Original title: The Armstrong Lie

7,3 on IMDb | 82% Rotten Tomatoes

The sports movie The Armstrong Lie follows the life of cyclist Lance Armstrong who, after confessing to using illicit substances, lost his seven Tour de France championship titles, becoming the protagonist of the biggest lie in the history of sport.

Everything for Victory (2004)

Original title: Friday Night Lights

7,2 on IMDb | 82% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, a small town in Texas is completely obsessed with American football. When one of the team's stars is seriously injured in the first game of the season, the coach has to fight to keep the team together.

Beyond the Limits (2000)

Original title: Love & Basketball

7,2 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Beyond Limits, Monica (Sanaa Lathan) becomes Quincy's (Omar Epps) neighbor. Both want to play in the NBA and, a few years later, their professional careers find themselves at a crossroads. It's time for a final game, with high stakes.

The Struggle for Hope (2005)

Original title: Cinderella Man

8,0 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

The Fight for Hope tells the story of boxer Jim Braddock (Russell Crowe), known as “Cinderella”, who overcame the difficulties brought about by the Great American Depression and became a national hero when facing champion Max Baer (Craig Bierko) in a memorable fight.

The Other Dream Team (2012)

8,3 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

This is the story of the Lithuanian Olympic basketball team that won the bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona games.

Looking for Eric (2009)

Original title: Looking for Eric

7,1 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

In the movie Looking for Eric, Manchester United football player Eric Cantona helps a fanatical fan sort out the chaos that is his life.

Challenge of Destiny (2002)

Original title: The Rookie

6,9 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

Based on facts, the sports film tells the story of a coach who discovers that it is never too late for dreams to come true. Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) never made it out of the minor leagues because of a shoulder injury that ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now, Jim is a chemistry teacher, married with children, and a baseball coach in Texas; His team makes a deal with him: if he wins the district championship, Jim will try to compete in a bigger league.

Anything Goes (1977)

Original title: Slap Shot

7,3 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Vale Tudo, a minor league hockey team decides to gain attention during the championship in an unconventional way. The team's coach hires three tough players to destroy his opponents, pleasing his fans.

The Danger Lovers (1969)

Original title: Downhill Racer

6,3 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

Em The Danger Lovers, the rebellious and selfish temperament of a young skier puts him in conflict with the rest of the American delegation that would compete in the Winter Olympics.

Hurricane the Hurricane (1999)

Original title: The Hurricane

7,6 on IMDb | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

In this fighting film, boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s (Denzel Washington) dream of winning the middleweight boxing title is shattered when he is wrongly arrested and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of three people in a New York bar. Jersey.

Big Fan (2009)

6,7 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Big Fan, Paul Aufiero (Patton Oswalt) proclaims himself to be the biggest fan of the American football team, New York Giants. When he and his best friend decide to follow their favorite player, they see him making a suspicious transaction. Continuing the saga behind the athlete to a nightclub, they decide to introduce themselves to him and mention the scene they saw, but the result is not good.

Happy Valley (2014)

7,1 on IMDb | 89% Rotten Tomatoes

H is a documentary looking at the year following the arrest of Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of harassment.

Jerry Maguire – The Big Turn (1996)

Original title: Jerry Maguire

7,3 on IMDb | 84% on Rotten Tomatoes

In the film, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who makes the mistake of saying what he thinks and therefore finds himself abandoned by all his clients, except for football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Maguire's personal life also begins to disintegrate as he is torn between love and finance amid the business world that urges people to prioritize the need for money and power.

The Caveman (2018)

Original title: Early Man

6,1 on IMDb | 80% Rotten Tomatoes

In times when dinosaurs and mammoths still roamed the face of the earth, a brave caveman unites his tribe against a powerful Bronze Age enemy to try to defeat him in a great battle.

42: The Story of a Legend (2013)

Original title: 42

7,5 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) is a baseball player who plays in the national league until he is recruited by Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), the executive of a team that competes in the biggest sports competition in the United States. Rickey wants Robinson to be the first black person to play in the Major League in the modern era, which means that both of them have to face the racism that exists not only from the fans and the board, but also on the fields.

Fire in Babylon (2010)

7,7 on IMDb | 91% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Fire in Babylon, captain Clive Lloyd transforms his 1970s West Indies cricket team into champions who dominate the sport for years to come.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Original title: Chariots of Fire

7,1 on IMDb | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Chariots of Fire, runners Harold Abrams (Ben Cross), son of Jewish immigrants, and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), a Protestant of Scottish origin, defend England in the 1924 Olympics. Colleagues at Cambridge college, the young people decide to compete to overcome personal challenges .

Tyson (2008)

7,4 on IMDb | 86% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Tyson, a film about fighting, former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson reflects on his tumultuous life inside and outside the ring. Filmmaker James Toback offers a complex portrait of the former fighter as the two discuss Tyson's time in juvenile detention and his relationship with mentor Cus D'Amato, his boxing career and the rape accusation that landed him in prison. .

Dodging Destiny (2002)

Original title: Bend It Like Beckham

6,7 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Dribbling the Destiny, Jess (Parminder Nagra) is an Indian teenager who lives in England and dreams of following in the footsteps of her idol, British football player David Beckham. Her family has other plans for her, somewhat traditional.

The Heart of the Game (2005)

7,6 on IMDb | 87% Rotten Tomatoes

This is a documentary about the Roosevelt Roughriders, a women's high school basketball team. The film focuses on the new coach, Bill Resler, and his star player, Darnellia Russell, a young woman who fights to stay on the team despite obstacles.

Warrior (2011)

Original title: Warrior

8,1 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Warrior, a war veteran returns home and decides to participate in a martial arts tournament. He asks his father, a former alcoholic, for help to train him, but ends up clashing with his older brother, who is also fighting for the title.

Out of the Game (1988)

Original title: Eight Men Out

7,2 on IMDb | 87% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Out of Play, the owner of the White Sox does not want to reward the team for its spectacular season. When a betting consortium becomes aware of players' discontent, it offers the stars more money to play poorly than they would receive if they won the championship.

Flying High (2016)

Original title: Eddie the Eagle

7,3 on IMDb | 81% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Flying high, Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton), cut from the British ski team, tries for a place in the jumping event at the 1988 Winter Olympics. He has the help of Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman), a former athlete who works as a driver of snow plowing machine.

Fantastic Girl (2009)

Original title: Whip it

6,9 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports movies, Bliss Cavendar (Elliot Page) is a 17-year-old girl living in a small Texas town who longs to break free from her mother's world of beauty pageants and conformity. She sees an opportunity when she meets a women's roller skating team and becomes interested. Bliss tries out for the team and gets a spot by lying to her parents about her new hobby. She finds friendship and freedom among her companions, but a conflict between a championship match and the beauty pageant threatens her secret.

Meru – The Center of the Universe (2015)

Original title: Meru

7,7 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

In the risky game of wall climbing, the Meru Mountain Shark Fin is perhaps the biggest prize. Anker, Chin and Ozturk test all their possibilities to try to climb.

L'empire de la perfection (2018)

6,7 on IMDb | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis, an ironic view of the parallels between film and the sporting world reveals the problems of coexistence between a perfectionist champion and impeccable referees, an audience eager for entertainment and a film crew that decided to capture every movement of the American tennis player.

Karate Kid: The Moment of Truth (1984) 

Original title: The Karate Kid

89% on Rotten Tomatoes | 7,3 on IMDb 

A milestone in 1980s cinema, Karate Kid: The Moment of Truth follows Daniel (Ralph Macchio), who moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller). Even though he's barely arrived in town, the young man quickly becomes the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo.

To Daniel's relief, he befriends the iconic Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), who turns out to be a master martial artist. He takes the young man under his protection and trains him in order to prepare him for an important competition.

Up for Grabs (2004)

7,3 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

Up for Grabs shows the true story of the legal battle over the “million dollar baseball.” Barry Bonds' record 73rd home run causes confusion in the stands at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. 

One man caught the ball, another ended up keeping it. Who is the rightful owner? The lawyers cannot reach an agreement; fans cannot reach an agreement; not even the wise professors of property law reach an agreement. This is a story that documents the hilarious lengths someone will go to for a baseball and the few fans who put their lives on hold for years, betting everything on an umpire's decision.

Good Fight (2000)

Original title: Girlfight

6,7 on IMDb | 87% Rotten Tomatoes

In this fighting film, Diana Guzman (Michelle Rodriguez) is a rebellious teenager from Brooklyn who faces problems at school and lives with her father. The young woman discovers boxing by chance. When she's ready to step into the ring, her opponent is also her love interest, Adrian Sturges (Santiago Douglas). 

Kung-Fu Football Club (2001)

Original title: siu lam juk kau

7,3 on IMDb | 89% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Kung-Fu Football Club, Sing (Stephen Chow), who is a fan of Shaolin kung fu, decides to use his powerful kicks in another sport. He gathers his fighter friends and puts together a football team that manages to do well in the city championship.

Field of Dreams (1989)

Original title: Field of Dreams

7,5 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Field of Dreams, Ray (Kevin Costner), a farmer in Iowa, hears a mysterious voice at night coming from his cornfield. So he builds a baseball field, supported by his wife, Annie (Amy Madigan). Later, the ghosts of great players begin to appear to play, led by “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta). Ray seeks a reclusive author to understand these messages and the true purpose of the field he built.

Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 (2008)

7,3 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

Critically acclaimed documentary about the 1968 American football game played by two undefeated Harvard and Yale teams.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Original:Heaven Can Wait

6,9 on IMDb | 85% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Heaven can wait, Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), a player for the Los Angeles Rams football team, dies in a car accident. In the afterlife, Joe discovers that his guardian angel took him from his body prematurely, and he still has a few more years to live on Earth.

Unable to return to his body, Joe takes the form of a greedy multimillionaire, Leo Farnsworth. Like Farnsworth, Joe tries to return to football and ends up falling in love with environmental activist Betty Logan (Julie Christie).

Diego Maradona (2019)

7,7 on IMDb | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In July 1984, Diego Maradona arrived in Italy to play for Napoli. One of the most celebrated football players in history, the Argentine star led the team to win its first major championship and spent seven years breaking records.

The Way Back (2020)

Original title: The Way Back

6,7 on IMDb | 84% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis of this sports film, a former athlete considered a basketball phenomenon in his high school years struggles with alcoholism while facing the difficulties of a monotonous job. He then receives the opportunity to coach a basketball team and start over. As the team starts to win, his life improves, but the victories don't seem enough to save him.

The Horse of My Dreams (2020)

Original title: Dream Horse

6,9 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

Em The Horse of My Dreams, Jan Vokes (Toni Collette) is a Welsh cleaner and waitress who decides to breed and care for a racehorse and convinces her neighbors and friends to contribute financially towards her goal.

The Color of Money (1986)

Original title: The Color of Money

7,0 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

A veteran billiards player meets a promising young player, sees a younger version of himself in him, and offers to teach him the tricks of the trade. The young man accepts and goes on tour around the country with his girlfriend and his teacher. Conflicts soon arise between them.

Dogtown & Z-Boys: Where It All Began (2001)

Original title: Dogtown and Z-Boys

7,6 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

Documentary and film about surfing that celebrates 25 years of the group of young Californian surfers who founded the foundations of skateboarding. The friends lived in an area called Dogtown and the name of their group was Zephyr Teamequipe, or Z-Boys.

On the Edge of Emotion (2004)

Original title: Riding Giants

7,8 on IMDb | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

At the Limit of Emotion explores the origins of surfing and how the sport developed, from its modest origins in Hawaii to the million-dollar business it is today.

Prayer at Dawn (2017)

Original title: A Prayer Before Dawn

6,8 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, a young British man is imprisoned in one of the most dangerous prisons in Thailand. He soon discovers that, to survive, he needs to explore his talent as a boxer, but he finds a partner who leads him on the right path.

The Man with Muscles of Steel (1977)

Original title: Pumping Iron

7,3 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

This independent documentary shined a light on the world of bodybuilding, launched one man's multi-million dollar career and changed the world of bodybuilding and exercise forever. 

Decisive Moments (1986)

Original title: Hoosiers

7,4 on IMDb | 91% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Decisive Moments, a failed college basketball coach gets a chance to redeem himself when he is hired to run the athletic department at an Indiana high school. After the departure of the main player, however, his team began to face great difficulties. To top it off, he also receives criticism from the community for choosing a notorious alcoholic as his assistant coach.

One Player's Last Battle (1973)

Original title: Bang the drum slowly

6,8 on IMDb | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports movies, Bruce Pearson (Robert DeNiro) is an average baseball player in New York. On the same team is Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty), a sports star. The two don't get along, but the situation changes when Bruce discovers that he has a fatal illness.

Red Army (2014)

7,6 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

Red Army is a documentary about the Soviet ice hockey team and the rigor of its coaches, who demanded love for their homeland on and off the court.

Senna (2010)

8,5 on IMDb | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

A documentary about Brazil's greatest Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, who won the world championship three times before tragically dying at the age of 34.

The Crash Reel (2013)

8,2 on IMDb | 96% Rotten Tomatoes

This documentary follows 15 years in the lives of childhood friends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, snowboarding legends.

Damn Football Club (2009)

Original title: The Damned United

7,5 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

Based on the book by David Pearce, Damn Football Club follows the story of Brian Clough (Michael Sheen) who manages the most important football team in England in 1974. His abrupt temper and the way he leads the team to play dirty cause a lot of tension in his coaching days.

Out of the Game (2006)

Original title: Afsaid

7,3 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports films, a group of women defy the law in Iran by trying to watch a football match. The fans want to see the decisive game for the team's qualification for the World Cup and, to do so, they disguise themselves as men, trying to bypass security.

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

7,2 on IMDb | 97% Rotten Tomatoes

This documentary portrays the career of baseball player Dock Ellis, who played a perfect game in 1970 while under the influence of LSD.

Lagaan – The Courage of a People (2001)

Original title: Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

8,1 on IMDb | 95% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Lagaan – The Courage of a People, in India in 1890, an arrogant British commander makes a bet with the residents of a village.

Touching the Void (2003)

Original title: Touching the void

8,0 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Touching the Void, set in 1985, climbers Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey) and Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron) faced challenges in their attempt to climb Siula Grande, a mountain in the Peruvian Andes. After their success on the climb, they weren't as lucky on the descent: Joe falls and breaks his leg. Simon is then left with a difficult decision on his hands.

Deep Water (2006)

7,8 on IMDb | 96% Rotten Tomatoes

In 1968, Englishman Donald Crowhurst pledged his house to participate in the first regatta – a nautical speed race between several boats – around the world. Despite his boat not being ready on the date of departure, he launches into the sea, starting a series of disasters.

Chasing a Dream (2008)

Original title: Sugar

7,2 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

In the sports movie Chasing a Dream, like many young people, a 19-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic dreams of being part of the American baseball team. He has the chance to start on an Iowa team, however, even with a lot of talent, he will encounter cultural and racist difficulties that could frustrate his dreams.

Idol, Lover and Hero (1942)

Original title: The Pride of the Yankees

7,6 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

This is the biography of Lou Gehrig, the famous American baseball player, who played 2130 consecutive games until he contracted a deadly nerve disease at the age of 37. The film shows his childhood until his farewell speech in 1939.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster* (2008)

Original title: Bigger Stronger Faster*

7,5 on IMDb | 96% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis, based on his own story and that of his brothers, raised in a middle-class American family, director Christopher Bell investigates the models of perfection that athletes pursue in the USA and the use of steroids to achieve them.

Golden Girl (2004)

Original title: Million Dollar Baby

8,1 on IMDb | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In this famous fighting film, Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) is a veteran boxing trainer from Los Angeles who keeps almost everyone at arm's length, except his old friend and business partner Eddie Dupris (Morgan Freeman). When Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a factory worker transferred from Missouri, arrives at Frankie's gym seeking her help, he is reluctant to train her. But when he gives in to his reserved ways, the two form a very close bond that will inevitably change their lives.

The Winner (1979)

Original title: Breaking Away

7,7 on IMDB 

The film tells the story of four teenagers in Bloomington, Indiana who have graduated high school and aren't sure what they want to do with their lives. It stars Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie and Paul Dooley.

Rush: Edge of Emotion (2013)

Original title: Rush

8,1 on IMDb | 88% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis of this sports film, the glamorous world of Formula 1 is mobilized mainly by the rivalry between drivers Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) in the 1970s. They had very different characteristics: while Lauda was methodical and Brilliant, Hunt adopted a more laid-back style, typical of a playboy.

The Winner (2010)

Original title: The Fighter

7,8 on IMDb | 91% Rotten Tomatoes

In this fighting film, Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) reached his peak when he faced world champion Sugar Ray Leonard in a boxing match, putting the small town of Lowell on the map. To this day he lives off this fame, despite having wasted his career due to drugs. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), his brother, is now trying his luck in the world of boxing. Being always put in second place by his family in relation to Dicky, Micky starts dating Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), who encourages him to leave the family influence and treat his career in a more professional way.

Foxcatcher: A Story That Shocked the World (2014)

Original title: foxcatcher

7,0 on IMDB 

In this sports film, millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling champion, to move into his mansion and help form a team for the 1988 Olympics. 

The fighter sees the opportunity as a way to step out of the shadow of his older brother, a legend in the sport. Also attracted by the salary and living conditions offered, he accepts the proposal. Mark and John become friends, but the millionaire's difficult personality causes Mark to end up heading towards tragedy.

Creed II (2018)

7,1 on IMDb | 83% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) faces the biggest challenge of his life: an enemy who is linked to his family's past. Alongside Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), they face the past to discover what is worth fighting for.

Boys in Bullet Point (1976)

Original title: The Bad News Bears

7,3 on IMDb | 97% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports films, a former baseball player more interested in beer than games takes the risk of coaching a children's team. The kids, however, don't seem very motivated either and only a miracle could make them league champions.

When We Were Kings (1996)

Original title: When We Were Kings

8,0 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

When We Were Kings chronicles the events that led to the historic 1974 clash in Zaire between two of the greatest boxers of all time: Muhammad Ali, an expected loser, and George Foreman, a seemingly unbeatable opponent.

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (2016)

Original title: Hymyilevä mies

7,2 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, Olli Maki (Jarkko Lahti), a Finnish boxer, struggles to survive in the difficult and complicated year of 1962. He leads a quiet and peaceful life that is turned upside down when he suddenly receives the chance of a lifetime. : fight in the final of the World Boxing Championship in the Featherweight category. Quickly elevated to the status of national symbol, Olli needs to control the nation's expectations to try to win the fight.

In Search of a Dream (2009)

Original title: Racing dreams

7,1 on IMDb | 100% Rotten Tomatoes

In the movie Searching for a dream, three young drivers compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Accelerating at speeds of up to 70 km/h, children chase the title of National Champion and head towards the biggest dream of their lives: becoming NASCAR drivers.

Challenge to Corruption (1961)

Original title: The Hustler

8,0 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

In one of the best sports films, Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is a talented pool player but with a destructive attitude. His ambition leads him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats in a match where he will learn a great lesson.

Undefeated (2011)

7,7 on IMDb | 96% Rotten Tomatoes

Undefeated is one of the best sports films that shows American football coach Bill Courtney's struggle to lead a school team in Memphis, USA, to victory. The story also addresses Courtney's relationship with the players, who come from poor communities.

Win or Win: Life is a Game (2011)

Original title: Win Win

7,1 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

In this movie about fighting, Mike (Paul Giamatti) is a lawyer who works as a fight coach at a school. When the grandson of one of his clients arrives in town, Mike discovers that the boy can be a good fighter, and this could be his big chance to make a comeback.

Next Goal Wins (2014)

7,8 on IMDB 

Next Goal Wins is a 2014 British documentary, directed by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, which shows the campaign of the American Samoa Football Team in qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Rocky: A Fighter (1976)

Original title: Rocky

8,1 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

In this classic and famous fighting film, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a working-class boxer from Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to fight heavyweight champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the undefeated fighter's opponent is scheduled for the fight is injured. While training with the feisty Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), Rocky shyly begins a relationship with Adrian (Talia Shire), the sister of Paulie (Burt Young), his meatpacking friend.

Geniuses of Pelota (1932)

Original title: Horse Feathers

7,5 on IMDb | 97% Rotten Tomatoes

In the synopsis of this sports film, trying to help the college football team, the director goes to a bar near the school, where they say the best players are. He hires two men, but he will discover that this pair of weirdos will do everything except play football.

Changing the Game (2019)

6,4 on IMDb | 100% Rotten Tomatoes

changing the game is a documentary that presents the struggles to gain the rights of young transgender athletes in the United States. Taking schools and gymnasiums in Texas and Connecticut as a backdrop, cases of prejudice and segregation are brought into question as points that still need to be improved.

Murderball (2005)

7,7 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

This is a documentary about a team of athletes who, at the Paralympics in Athens, Greece, overcome incredible obstacles and their physical and personal limitations through sport.

Raging Bull (1980)

Original title: Raging Bull

8,1 on IMDb | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

Indomitable Bull, a film about fighting, tells the story of a middleweight boxer and his victories until he has his first opportunity to become champion of his category. He falls in love with a beautiful girl from the Bronx, but his inability to express his feelings eventually gets in the way of his professional life, costing him everything.

Blues Basketball (1994)

Original title: Hoop Dreams

8,3 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Blues Basketball, one of the best sports films, two young Chicago high school basketball stars face pressure on and off the court in this iconic documentary about sports, family and racial differences.

Summer Joy (1966)

Original title: The Endless Summer

7,6 on IMDb | 100% Rotten Tomatoes

Summer Joy is a film about surfing that follows the journey of Mike Hynson and Robert August, in search of perfect waves and endless summer. Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Tahiti and Hawaii are some of the peaks explored.

Luck in Love (1988)

Original title: Bull Durham

7,1 on IMDb | 97% Rotten Tomatoes

Em luck in love, one of the best sports films, Crash Davis (Kevin Costner), a veteran baseball player, is hired to train rookie Nuke (Tim Robbins), who has a romance with Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon), an unconditional fan of the team . By showing interest in the coach, she ends up generating jealousy and conflicts between the two men.

Maiden (2018)

7,8 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

Against all odds, Maiden tells the story of sailor Tracy Edwards, who commanded the first all-female international crew in the 2007 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.

Youth Is Just That Way (1944)

Original title: National Velvet

7,3 on IMDb | 97% Rotten Tomatoes

In this sports film, Velvet Brown (Elizabeth Taylor) is a 12-year-old girl who decides to train her horse for a big race. Supported by her family, she counts on the help of a former jockey, but her dream is in danger of not becoming reality.

The Man Who Changed the Game (2011)

Original title: moneyball

7,6 on IMDb | 94% Rotten Tomatoes

The Man Who Changed the Game tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), general manager of the Oakland Athletics who seeks an innovative approach to attract new players to the team, keeping in mind the low budget available. Joining forces with Ivy League graduate Peter Brand, Beane sets out to challenge old-school traditions. He recruits players that scouts have labeled as not good enough, but who actually have the potential to win the game.

Free Solo (2018)

8,1 on IMDB 

In one of the best sports films, Alex Honnold, the world's most successful solo climber, prepares himself mentally and physically for his most daring adventure: climbing El Capitán, the 975-meter wall in Yosemite, without ropes or protective equipment. . If he succeeds, it will be the biggest wall he, or anyone else, has ever climbed without any type of equipment.

Fighting for the Family (2019)

Original title: Fighting with My Family

7,1 on IMDb | 93% Rotten Tomatoes

Em Fighting for the Family, one of the best sports films, a young woman wants to fight in the WWE, the American wrestling association, but, to make her dream come true, she needs to convince her parents and endure a tough training routine.

The Fighter (2008)

Original title: The Wrestler

7,9 on IMDb | 98% Rotten Tomatoes

In this film about fighting, boxer Randy Robinson (Mickey Rourke) has had his glory days, but still insists on his career. However, after taking a lot of beating in a fight, Randy decides to hang up his gloves and starts working at a restaurant to pay the bills. He then starts a relationship with a stripper and tries to get closer to his daughter. But the fighter can't resist the urge to fight again and prepares to return to the ring, even more motivated.

I, Tonya (2017)

Original title: I, Tonya

7,5 on IMDb | 90% Rotten Tomatoes

In the fact-based plot, in one of the best sports films, during the 1990s, figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie) managed to overcome her poor childhood and emerge as champion in the United Kingdom, in addition to winning second place in the Championship Worldwide. 

In 1994, she really became famous when her husband, Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan), and two thieves tried to incapacitate one of her competitors by breaking her leg during a practice session on the eve of the national skating championships in Detroit.

Creed: Born to Fight (2015)

Original title: Creed

7,6 on IMDb | 95% Rotten Tomatoes

In this famous fighting film, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), son of boxing champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), asks retired Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to be his trainer. Rocky accepts, but has doubts as to whether Adonis has the heart of a true fighter.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

8,1 on IMDb | 92% Rotten Tomatoes

Considered the best of the best sports films on this list, Ford vs. Ferrari follow designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who face corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own demons to build a race car for Ford to defeat Enzo Ferrari's hegemony in the 24 hour race of Le Mans.

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Text proofread by: Pedro Bomfim (16 / 10 / 23)

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