It's a wide-ranging list, one that includes everything from hardball heroes (The Pride of the Yankees, Field of Dreams) to gridiron greats (Remember the Titans, Friday Night Lights). In addition, everything from surfing (Riding Giants) to golf (Caddyshack) to hockey (Slap Shot) to the sport of kings (Seabiscuit) is represented. Whatever your favorite athletic pursuit, you'll find something here to make you fire up the DVD player.
We know that sports movie fans are a passionate breed, and may have some questions about our methodology. In compiling this list, we used a weighted system that combined Tomatometer and the number of reviews. Every movie on this list has 20 reviews or more to ensure there was some critical weight behind every title (tough break, Endless Summer). We didn't include any films that didn't get a theatrical release (sorry, Brian's Song and 61*). We omitted films that we didn't feel were "sporty" enough (so no Strangers on a Train, Big Lebowski, or Match Point).
You may find that some of your sentimental favorites (and ours, including Hoosiers, Rudy, Rocky, or The Natural) are ranked lower than you might anticipate. It's kind of like a good relief pitcher: he may have a lower ERA than a starter, but he'll also get a lot fewer wins. Plus, the surprise entries are more than worth your time; we've got insightful documentaries and lesser-known dramas that will help you think about sports in a new way.
Without further ado, check out RT's Top Sports Movies and enjoy the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat, and everything in between.
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