Sports movies: the realm of great motivational speeches, inspirational stories of overcoming the odds and dazzling feats of athleticism.

It's true, not all sports movies are created equal -- how can you compare baseball to football? Comedy to drama? Tough-as-nails coach to plucky quarterback? But we're competitors. And we love a challenge just as much as we love movies ... and sports ... and movies about sports.

Check out our list of the 25 sports movies that pack the most punch.
The Natural
In Theaters on May 11th, 1984

A particular bat gives a flawed baseball hero (Robert Redford) another crack at greatness in 1939. Read More

The Set-Up
Not Yet Rated1949
In Theaters on January 1st, 1949

Aging boxer (Robert Ryan) leaves his wife (Audrey Totter), enters a fixed fight. Read More

Hoop Dreams
Based on 18 critics

Filmmaker Steve James follows the steps of two inner-city-Chicago NBA hopefuls from age 14 to 18. Read More

The Hustler
Not Yet Rated1961
In Theaters on March 8th, 2002

Gambler (George C. Scott) stakes pool shark (Paul Newman) against Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason). Read More

Based on 36 critics

Coach Herb Brooks leads the U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the Soviet team in 1980. Read More

The Bad News Bears
In Theaters on July 27th, 2003

Peewee team manager (Walter Matthau) bribes girl pitcher (Tatum O'Neal) to spark it. Read More

Slap Shot
In Theaters on February 25th, 1977

An old-time hockey player (Paul Newman) tells his minor-league team to play dirty, and fans love it. Read More

Friday Night Lights
Based on 35 critics

A high-school football coach in Odessa, Texas, tries to lead his players to the state championship. Read More

Based on 13 critics

1950s basketball coach (Gene Hackman) leads lowly Indiana high-schoolers. Read More

Breaking Away
In Theaters on April 4th, 2004

Indiana townie (Dennis Christopher) acts Italian opposite college snobs. Read More

Chariots of Fire
In Theaters on September 25th, 1981

Goals spur two Britons (Ian Charleson, Ben Cross) to run in the 1924 Olympics. Read More

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Field Of Dreams
Based on 17 critics

A voice tells an Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) to build a baseball field. Read More

Bang the Drum Slowly
In Theaters on August 26th, 1973

A big-league pitcher (Michael Moriarty) devotes himself to a dying catcher (Robert De Niro). Read More

When We Were Kings
Based on 21 critics

Filmmaker Leon Gast chronicles the 1974 Muhammad Ali/George Foreman championship bout in Zaire. Read More

Raging Bull
Based on 14 critics

The rise and fall of boxing champion Jake LaMotta (Robert De Niro). Read More

Jerry Maguire
Based on 28 critics

An attack of conscience changes an L.A. sports agent's (Tom Cruise) life. Read More

Bull Durham
Based on 16 critics

Baseball groupie (Susan Sarandon) romances two minor-league players (Tim Robbins, Kevin Costner). Read More

In Theaters on July 25th, 1980

Country-club caddy deals with assorted oddballs (Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray). Read More

In Theaters on November 21st, 1976

A heavyweight champ gives a club fighter (Sylvester Stallone) a title shot. Read More

White Men Can't Jump
In Theaters on March 27th, 1992

Black-and-white hoop hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson) cash in. Read More

A League Of Their Own
Based on 20 critics

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League begins in 1943 with a has-been as a manager. Read More

Remember the Titans
Based on 32 critics

A black man (Denzel Washington) coaches high-school football after integration. Read More

In Theaters on March 15th, 1994

Illinois youth (Sean Astin) beats odds to play Notre Dame football. Read More

Brian's Song
In Theaters on November 30th, 1971

Chicago Bear Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) backs dying Brian Piccolo (James Caan). Read More

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