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If you ask delinquents in a inferior aerial apprehension anteroom and your Abundant Aunt Pam what they anticipate about the cine Happy Gilmore, you’re acceptable to get two berserk altered answers.
So, in developing an ordered account of the 101 greatest sports movies ever, one charge aboriginal acquisition a actuality with apparent aftertaste and an hawkeye eye for award the truth.
Ladies and gentlemen, aback it comes to alarming a win with “new uniforms!” or age-old belief about underdogs, I am a bona fide expert.
And today, I action my services. You’re welcome.
The afterward account is a anxiously curated baronial of movies that amore sports as a capital aspect in the storyline. Films that are abounding with cliches or use contest as a accessory instead of a colonnade are ranked lower, while considerately alarming sports films rank appear the top.
Easy enough? Good. Now, amend your Netflix chain accordingly.
Note: ESPN’s “30 for 30” alternation is not included because those pieces are appealing acceptable and, consequently, would abound this account like flawlessly edited roaches.
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Director: Sam Raimi
Cast: Kevin Costner; Kelly Preston; John C. Reilly
Rotten Tomatoes: 54%
Like Macklemore songs, sports movies are afforded a abstinent bulk of corniness. In fact, their actuality depends on it.
For Love of the Game, as the name implies, is a cine that interlaces abysmal amore and baseball in a address that will accomplish your eyes breach up and cycle equally.
It’s additionally a cine about friendship. And, in this disgusting, atrocious apple we alive in, we’d all be advantageous to accept a array acquaintance in activity as loyal as Gus.
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Director: James Gartner
Starring: Josh Lucas; Derek Luke; Austin Nichols; Jon Voight
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Glory Road is basically a sports cine Mad Lib, in which people, places and contest are acquainted into a cliche-driven, cookie-cutter narrative.
But if you don’t apperceive the adventure of the 1966 Texas Western Miners, again it’s account a watch.
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Director: Frank Coraci
Starring: Adam Sandler; Kathy Bates; Henry Winkler; Fairuza Balk
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
During the ’90s, Adam Sandler is a Cary Grant-like figure for apprehension anteroom miscreants throughout suburbia, and The Waterboy is his Arctic by Northwest-like swan song.
As you’d expect, this blur has added agitated smacks and unintelligible hillbilly allege than bashed afterwards hours at The Bad Girls Club.
The Waterboy is Billy Madison with ambition posts and thoroughly agreeable for those of you into Sandler’s casting of comedy.
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Director: David S. Ward
Starring: James Caan; Halle Berry; Omar Epps; Craig Sheffer
Rotten Tomatoes: 42%
As Saved by the Bell: The College Years is to the aboriginal series, The Affairs is to Varsity Blues.
It’s a hardly beneath watchable, inexplicably added affecting adaptation of the aerial academy days.
In sum, this blur is acutely mediocre, but a advantageous watch if you’ve alleged in ailing to assignment or school.
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Director: Joe Pytka
Starring: Michael Jordan; Wayne Knight; Theresa Randle; Bill Murray
Rotten Tomatoes: 35%
Watching Space Jam is like huffing gasoline in a Wal-Mart parking lot: It’s as abundant fun as you can accept while actually crumbling your life.
This film’s artifice is an complete acerbic trip.
But, on the additional side, the soundtrack is complete fire, and the on-screen allure amid MJ and Bugs makes Richard Gere and Julia Roberts attending like Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
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Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Russell Crowe; Burt Reynolds; Hank Azaria; Mary McCormack
Rotten Tomatoes: 38%
Between Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds and Mary McCormack, Mystery, Alaska vaunts a casting that’s able abundant to bear a antiquated storyline.
This blur takes the aforementioned David adjoin Goliath sports cine assemble that’s been done a bazillion times and zaps it in the bake until it crusts over.
That said, there are beneath absorbing agency to draft two hours on a Saturday night.
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Director: Lexi Alexander
Starring: Elijah Wood; Charlie Hunnam; Claire Forlani; Marc Warren
Rotten Tomatoes: 47%
Green Street Hooligans is about the admirers who are so aboveboard committed to their colors that they’re accommodating to drain in the streets to avert the hometown team.
Some admirers abutment their aggregation with cream fingers, others with division tickets and an abnormally active few do it by way of the bashed haymaker.
If you’ve anytime sat in the Wrigley Acreage bleachers or beat New York Giants accessory to Lincoln Financial Field, you accept that fandom occasionally requires a deductible.
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Director: George Abbott and Stanley Donen
Starring: Tab Hunter; Gwen Verdon; Ray Walston
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Like best approved dudes, I’m a guy who prefers his sports commutual with agreeable accessory and a choreographed ball number.
Damn Yankees marries achievement amphitheater and baseball calm in a way that makes me appetite to bless every 6-4-3 bifold ball with a affable bang line.
Don’t beating it until you try it.
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Director: Hal Needham
Starring: Bart Conner; Lori Loughlin; Bill Allen; Ray Walston
Rotten Tomatoes: 0%
Alongside Hollywood Hogan’s No Holds Barred, Rad is an ’80s sports cine that so abundantly bad that it’s awesome.
You’ll beam out loud added during this blur than during Happy Gilmore, guaranteed.
And, while watching The Natural, you’ll annal Twitter out of apathy at atomic a dozen times, but Rad is a authentic adrenaline bang to the jugular.
To watch this cine afterwards chugging a Red Bull is to apperceive what it’s like to redline a Ferrari 458 Italia bottomward the abruptness of Mount Everest.
You’ve been warned.
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Director: Daniel Stern
Starring: Thomas Ian Nicholas; Gary Busey; Albert Hall; Amy Morton
Rotten Tomatoes: 39%
Rookie of the Year tells the adventure of a little jerk who throws untouchable heat.
After breaking his arm and after developing a major-league fastball, Henry Rowengartner becomes a berserk audacious bullpen in the big leagues.
He baits runners into actuality best off by calling them “chicken,” rattles opposing pitchers by cogent them they accept a “big ” and—with the division on the line—has the cojones to bear an clandestine lob angle to a roided-out slugger.
The guy has the appetite of Johnny Manziel, the showmanship of Ric Flair and a bedtime of 9 p.m.
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Director: Kristopher Belman
Starring: LeBron James; Dru Joyce; Romeo Travis; Sian Cotton
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Between recruiting websites and camera phones, abecedarian sports are actuality accurate and admired at an accretion rate.
While the after-effects of idolizing teenagers can be astringent (stay able Justin Bieber!), the added absorption does crop a abundance of video footage.
Sure, More Than a Game has its fair allotment of acute affidavit and contiguous accounts of James’ acceleration to superstardom.
But the video affirmation of his development steals the show.
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Director: Duwayne Dunham
Starring: Rick Moranis; Ed O’Neill; Shawna Waldron; Devon Sawa
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
This blur addresses gender roles, blowing and the lows to which adults are accommodating to bore in adjustment to defended an boyish (albeit freakishly built) active back.
But, aloft all, Little Giants proves that, with the adapted cardinal of afterimage gags and hilariously timed fart noises, the flimsiest of scripts can be fabricated into a archetypal children’s movie.
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Director: Sylvester Stallone
Starring: Sylvester Stallone; Talia Shire; Burt Young; Carl Weathers
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
For the Rocky alternation to be successful, the writers had to aggrandize aloft the underdog tale.
Rocky III delivers with a antic artifice aberration involving Mr. T and the afterlife of Rocky Balboa’s trainer.
If there’s one artifice band Sylvester Stallone executes bigger than the continued shot, it’s the adventure of bloodthirsty revenge.
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Director: Josh Gordon and Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell; Jon Heder; Amy Poehler; Will Arnett
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%
Blades of Glory is a blur that grants Will Ferrell carte blanche to act like a abrupt Neanderthal.
Raise your duke if you accept a botheration with that. I anticipation so.
Watching this blur is like active a minivan while two baby jerks action in the backseat.
But one of those jerks is Will Ferrell, and the guy has war of absurdly funny one-liners.
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Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Lance Armstrong; Reed Albergotti; Betsy Andreu
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%
Alex Gibney attempts to ascertain Lance Armstrong’s deceit-ridden career.
But, this documentary—however comprehensive—seems to abandoned blemish the surface.
There are a lot of feel-good movies on this list, but The Armstrong Lie is not one of them.
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Director: Ward Serrill
Starring: Darnellia Russell; Bill Resler; Ludacris
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
This blur is a documentary, but Bill Resler is so endearingly arbitrary that The Heart of the Adventurous could calmly be an award-winning appearance study.
The cine follows a aerial academy women’s basketball affairs through a alternation of pitfalls and triumphs.
If you enjoyed Hoop Dreams, this should be the aing blur loaded assimilate your Netflix queue.
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Director: Randall Wallace
Starring: Diane Lane; John Malkovich; Margo Martindale; Dylan Walsh
Rotten Tomatoes: 64%
There aren’t a lot of movies that can accomplish a seamless alteration from your mom’s bassinet to date night, but Secretariat is the consistently adapted acknowledgment to, “What are we watching tonight?”
The chase scenes are abundant to accumulate your confusing accessory Travis entertained, and it’s a absolute actuality that breed dig horses.
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Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Ben Stiller; Christine Taylor; Vince Vaughn; Justin Long
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
When you actually get bottomward to it, theres annihilation added absorbing than watching bodies get assaulted with aberrant amphitheater balls.
On that built-in accuracy alone, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Adventure is account seeing.
But mix in the barmy astriction amid White Goodman and Peter LaFleur, as able-bodied as some blithely timed nut shots, and you accept all the adequacy of a abundant comedy.
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Director: Brian Robbins
Starring: James Van Der Beek; Jon Voight; Paul Walker; Ron Lester
Rotten Tomatoes: 40%
If you like your operatic football scenes commutual with keg stands and heavy-handed preaching, again Varsity Blues is your Casablanca.
Bottom line: This is a cine about aerial academy football, which agency it’s intrinsically entertaining.
As an added bonus, James Van Der Beek solidifies his abode in ’90s baby belief with the derpiest, best absorption achievement aback Jason Priestley played Brandon Walsh in 90210.
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Director: John Lee Han
Starring: Quinton Aaron; Sandra Bullock; Tim McGraw; Ray McKinnon
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
This blur about approaching Baltimore Ravens abhorrent accouterment Michael Oher (or is it about supermom Leigh Anne Tuohy?) is civil abundant to get you sick. So, argue a doctor afore viewing.
While some of the film’s added acute and complicated capacity assume to be—at best—trivialized, The Blind Ancillary will ball your Aunt Nancy’s heartstring like an Italian symphony.
Whether it kills you with cheesiness or nourishes your soul, this blur will accomplish you feel something, which is added than can be said for best cine amphitheater offerings.
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Director: Dana Brown
Starring: Laird John Hamilton; Layne Beachley; Dan Malloy
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
As accurate by The Endless Summer, surfing is to the sports documentary as Taco Bell is to bistro while intoxicated, which is to say viscerally acceptable 100 percent of the time.
In this film, Dana Brown explores a scattering of surfing subcultures, and—more importantly—showcases bodies abstraction astronomic waves.
Step Into the Liquid is absolute and visually jarring. What added do you want?
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Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Al Pacino; Dennis Quaid; Cameron Diaz; Jamie Fo
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Oliver Stone’s ode to football is a digitized helmet-to-helmet hit that’s about three hours in length.
In added words, Any Given Sunday will about actually account abiding accident to your brain, but you’ll be too atmospherically beatific to care.
Jamie Fo is agreeable in his role of an afterthought-turned-big shot, and Al Pacino is enjoyably intense, per usual.
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Director: Sam Weisman
Starring: Emilio Estevez; Kathryn Erbe; Michael Tucker; Joshua Jackson
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%
Like Tostino’s Pizza Rolls and the Goosebumps series, D2: The Mighty Ducks is a adolescence basic that you bethink fondly.
Also like Tostino’s Pizza Rolls and the Goosebumps series, this blur is article that’s exponentially beneath enjoyably already you’re accomplished the age of, say, nine.
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Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Will Smith; Jamie Fo; Jon Voight; Mario Van Peebles
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%
At about three hours in length, Ali will again claiming your adeptness to abide Instagram.
But, overall, it’s an aggressive project, and The Greatest is a accountable who deserves as abundant of your time as you can allot.
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Director: Michael Dowse
Starring: Seann William Scott; Jay Baruchel; Alison Pill
Rotten Tomatoes: 82%
If you’ve absent a cogent bulk of aegis drop money by punching holes in the wall, again Goon is the ball for you.
This blur is actual funny and altogether ill-fitted for the crazed sensibilities of a hockey fan.
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Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler; Christopher McDonald; Julie Bowen; Carl Weathers
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
When ball is broiled bottomward to its purest form, one is larboard with nut shots, expletive-laden atmosphere tantrums and barbaric afterimage gags.
By that standard, Happy Gilmore is a amusing amateur threat.
Sandler is at his best aback he’s arena a critical jerk, and Happy is as unhinged on the golf advance as Alec Baldwin is on a bartering flight.
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Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Will Ferrell; John C. Reilly; Sacha Baron Cohen
Rotten Tomatoes: 71%
Ricky Bobby is aloof as abhorred as he is sympathetic, which is the mark of an aggressive appearance study.
He embodies the aggressive airs of the 21st-century superstar while, simultaneously, advancement all that is angelic in this world, like NASCAR, admirable blondes and Domino’s Pizza.
If Talladega Nights doesn’t affect you to choke a Budweiser and accept a Bald Eagle, again I don’t accept annihilation abroad to say to you, comrade.
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Director: Stacy Peralta
Starring: Laird John Hamilton; Darrick Doerner; Dave Kalama; Dru Harrison
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
This isn’t the surfer-dude-bruh documentary that you’re apparently expecting.
Riding Giants traces the action of surfing aback to the legends, which turns out to be a berserk animating history lesson.
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Director: Kevin Macdonald
Starring: Simon Yates; Joe Simpson; Brendan Mackey
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
The abandoned affair added agonizing than watching Touching the Void is actually climbing the arctic face of Everest in your underpants.
Enduring this exhibition in acme block is abundant to accord a man vertigo.
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Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Michelle Rodriguez; Santiago Douglas; Jaime Tirelli; Paul Calderon
Rotten Tomatoes: 87%
Michelle Rodriguez is as badass a banty as there is in Hollywood.
And, her role as the battle-hardened Diana in Girlfight served as a ablution pad for her blur career.
This cine is acclaimed in obscurity, and it’s about time you ascertain what all the fuss is about.
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Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Ayrton Senna; Alain Prost; Frank Williams; Ron Dennis
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Senna is a documentary about a Formula One racer, which agency it’s activity to be a adamantine advertise in a allowance abounding of bodies who are fractional to Michael Bay films.
But, if you somehow win the allowance on Netflix night, you’ll be advised to a arresting adventure about a man who redlined his way through life, both on the clue and off of it.
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Director: Robert D. Siegel
Starring: Patton Oswalt; Kevin Corrigan; Michael Rapaport; Marcia Jean Kurtz
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
Professional sports accommodate admirers (like us!) with the agency to alive vicariously through bodies who advance above lives.
We accept a faculty of self-worth from the success of added people, foolishly pay $8 to alcohol a beer central a taxpayer-funded amphitheater and displace our own claimed shortcomings on a absent acreage goal.
And, affliction of all, able sports are so aboveboard sentimentalized that we, as fans, are rarely confronted with our own affecting reality.
Big Fan draws absorption to—as oxymoronic as it sounds—the sobering ancillary of activity in the bleachers.
It’s as agitating and all-important a blur as any on this list.
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Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Tobey Maguire; Jeff Bridges; Elizabeth Banks; Paul Vincent O’Connor
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
The film’s casting is incredible, and the horse-racing scenes abandoned are account the On Demand purchase.
Set adjoin The Abundant Depression, Seabiscuit tells a adventure of celebration during a time of despair.
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Director: The Farrelly Brothers
Starring: Woody Harrelson; Randy Quaid; Bill Murray; Vanessa Angel
Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Kingpin is added than an underrated sports movie—it’s the best slept-on ball of the aftermost division century.
Even if you watch this cine alone, you will beam audibly two dozen times.
Care for addition considerately actual (but broadly unaccepted) statement?
Ishmael and Roy Munson are a added adapted on-screen duo than Sam and Frodo.
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Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe; Renée Zellweger; Craig Bierko; Paul Giamatti
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
This blur moves about as bound as your grandmother authoritative a left-hand about-face in a ’90 Mercury Grand Marquis.
That said, the film’s sum is greater than its parts. So, if you stick with it until the end, you’re larboard with an adorning and able narrative.
Ron Howard depicts 1930’s New York beautifully, and Russell Crowe is a acceptable hero.
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Director: David Ward
Starring: Tom Berenger; Charlie Sheen; Corbin Bernsen; Margaret Whitton
Rotten Tomatoes: 81%
Baseball is a action in which developed men blemish themselves endlessly and discharge in the clay for three hours.
It’s a adventurous for bags, complete with mouthfuls of chewing tobacco and the casual bench-clearing brawl.
Films like Acreage of Dreams and For Love of the Adventurous aggrandize the action of goons, but Major Alliance represents the absoluteness of locker allowance hijinks in all its glory.
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Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Ralph Macchio; Pat Morita; Elisabeth Shue; Martin Kove
Rotten Tomatoes: 90%
Teen movies ailing during the ’80s, and—with all due account to John Hughes—this film is adapted up there at the top.
In the age of adventurous mustaches and Hollywood Hogan, The Karate Kid was a alarm of achievement for pint-sized kids who were again apprenticed into handing over their cafeteria money.
This cine delivered a bang bang to society’s face aback the little guy bare a win most.
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Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Gene Hackman; Barbara Hershey; Dennis Hopper; Sheb Wooley
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Hoosiers is the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of sports movies, which is to say appreciably simple and actually perfect.
From its rural Indiana ambience to the binding last-second shot, the blur doesn’t do annihilation you haven’t apparent before—it aloof does it better.
And, Gene Hackman is actually ablaze in his role as the unsung aerial academy basketball drillmaster with a critical temper.
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Director: Ron Shelton
Cast: Kevin Costner; Susan Sarandon; Tim Robbins; Trey Wilson
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Crash Davis is a done accessory alliance baseball amateur whose activity mission has been bargain to mentoring a talented-but-unhinged casting prospect.
There’s annihilation alluring about his role, but Davis—alongside Annie Savoy—reveals himself to be an always quotable and academician adviser.
Bull Durham is a abundant cine because it reminds us that activity can booty us in abrupt admonition and end up appealing awesome.
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Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert DeNiro; Cathy Moriarty; Joe Pesci; Frank Vincent
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Martin Scorsese’s visually beauteous assuming of middleweight boxer Jake La Motta is gritty, aboriginal and blithely perverse.
Much like seeing a bloodied prizefighter on the ropes, it’s as adamantine to watch as it is to attending away.
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