The 10 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

Fun fact: association football (aka soccer, in America) is the most popular sport in the whole world, gaining about 4 billion fans! And you can tell, too, with the large amount of sports movies centered around the sport. 

But there are more movies about sports than just soccer, which are all worth your watch time. Here are ten that you should put on your watch list. 

You Must Watch These Sports Movies!

Selecting a movie to rent for family night? Hosting a Netflix party with your friends in quarantine? Here are the ten best sports movies to watch!

1. For the Olympian 

A recent movie that covers the true story of Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding is I, Tonya. Harding’s history became controversial when she was suspected of causing her fellow competitor Nancy Kerrigan’s knee injury. 

Actress Margot Robbie takes on Harding’s persona in this film chronicling Harding’s life as a skater and her relationship with her abusive mother and abusive boyfriend all while she continued to grow as a competitive skater. 

2. For the Leading Lady 

Have you ever looked up to a member of the opposite sex for success in sport or otherwise? The movie Bend it Like Beckham takes this concept and drives it home when the main character beats the odds to become a great soccer player just like David Beckham. 

The protagonist Jess isn’t allowed to play soccer because of her strict parents, but her real talent isn’t going to stop her as she finds ways to keep killing it at soccer practice. This movie adds a feel-good and inspiring vibe to any movie night!

3. For a Tiger

Sure, everyone knows movie classics like Creed and Rocky, but where is the eye of the tigress? The movie Girlfight is the antidote. 

This movie chronicles the boxing journey of the main character named Diana. If you’re looking for a watch that packs a punch but you want to change it up compared to the classics, Girlfight is the perfect pick. 

4. For a Classic

However, it’s hard to go wrong with a classic movie. In that case, you should consider watching A League of their Own, where the famous line “There’s no crying in baseball!” originates. 

Join the talented females that make up the Rockford Peaches and pioneer the All American game of baseball for women. This movie is sure to make you feel nostalgic and warm inside no matter who you’re watching with!

5. For a Fun Twist

Maybe your movie night isn’t totally filled with sports lovers. In fact, maybe you’re trying to get your book-smart friends into some movies that are more your style.

She’s the Man is the perfect choice, because you can introduce it as a parody of Shakespeare’s play The Twelfth Night. Your literary friends will love it and you’ll get to enjoy a girl kicking some major butt disguised as a man playing soccer. 

6. For Some Romance

If it’s date night, Love & Basketball is a great movie that merges sports with romance – because we all know that it’s there. Two childhood friends who both have big basketball dreams both work extremely hard to be great players. 

However, their dedication to the sport pulls them apart on their pathways to becoming amazing athletes. You’ll root for their relationship as they fall in love with each other and get to enjoy the magic of basketball at the same time. 

7. For the Contenders

For those who say, “Cheerleading isn’t a real sport!” Bring it On is the movie to meet them with. This movie is easy going, fun, and centers around competing high school cheerleading teams. 

Even if you might disagree on whether or not cheerleading is a sport, one thing is for sure, these actors work hard! The flips and tricks and full sassiness that this movie brings to the table makes it a worthy choice for your next sports-themed movie night. 

8. For Some Tears

If you’re looking for a more dramatic turn to take while you’re watching, The Blind Side is a great movie selection. Equally chronicling an affluent white woman’s compassion for a stereotyped black man along with the difference football can make, this movie is a recipe for some tears. 

The Blind Side is a great choice if you’re looking for a deeper connection to the sport as well as racial injustice in America. Don’t skip over these kinds of movies when browsing for your next watch!

9. For the Wave-maker

Now, let’s not forget about the beauty of surfing as a sport! For the beach lover and wave-maker in your life, Soul Surfer is the perfect pick. 

Based on the inspiring true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, this movie ignites a fire for perseverance like no other. After losing her arm in a shark attack, Hamilton refuses to give up her love for surfing and vows to return to competition with a lot of hard work. 

10. For a Change of Pace

Finally, if you want to experience another seemingly underground sport up close and personal, Whip It is the movie for you. The main character Bliss, played by Ellen Page, breaks away from her mom’s dreams for her to become a beauty pageant queen through the sport of roller derby. 

If you’re looking for a heartwarming girl power movie with a touch of rebellion and all of the sportiness that comes with roller derby, you have your Friday night all planned out for you!

Hit A Home Run With These Films

If you love triumph and great sportsmanship, any of these sports movies are sure to hit it out of the park. This list also allows you to be flexible with the people you’re watching with, so everyone is sure to be entertained. 

So what are you waiting for? Start up your laptops or head to the closest Redbox and get to watching some of the best sports movies today!

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