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.
Hoop Dreams Movie Poster
Hoop Dreams
PG-131994
Based on 18 critics

Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way... Read More

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Chariots of Fire
PG1981
In Theaters on September 25, 1981

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided United Kingdom of the early 1920s, two determined young... Read More

Field of Dreams Movie Poster
Field of Dreams
PG1989
Based on 17 critics

When Iowa farmer Ray (Kevin Costner) hears a mysterious voice one night in his cornfield saying "If you... Read More

When We Were Kings Movie Poster
When We Were Kings
PG1996
Based on 21 critics

On October 30, 1974, perhaps the most famous heavyweight championship boxing match of all time took place... Read More

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Raging Bull
R1980
Based on 14 critics

The story of a middleweight boxer as he rises through ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight... Read More

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Jerry Maguire
R1996
Based on 28 critics

When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide... Read More

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Bull Durham
R1988
Based on 16 critics

In Durham, N.C., the Bulls minor league baseball team has one asset no other can claim: a poetry-loving... Read More

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Caddyshack
R1980
Based on 10 critics

Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe), a teen down on his luck, works as a caddy at the snob-infested Bushwood... Read More

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Rocky
PG1976
In Theaters on December 1, 1976

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily... Read More

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White Men Can't Jump
R1992
In Theaters on March 27, 1992

Billy Hoyle (Woody Harrelson) is a white basketball hustler who banks on black players underestimating... Read More

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A League of Their Own
PG1992
Based on 20 critics

As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball... Read More

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Remember the Titans
PG2000
Based on 32 critics

In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more... Read More

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Rudy
PG1993
In Theaters on March 15, 1994

Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but has neither the... Read More

Brian's Song Movie Poster
Brian's Song
G1971
In Theaters on November 30, 1971

Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) are teammates on the mid-1960s Chicago... Read More

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The Hustler
1961
In Theaters on March 8, 2002

Story Fast Eddie Felsen (Paul Newman) and his adventures in the world of professional pool. Fast Eddie... Read More

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Miracle
PG2004
Based on 36 critics

When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team,... Read More

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The Bad News Bears
PG1976
In Theaters on July 27, 2003

Hard-drinking, ex-minor-league hopeful Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) grumpily agrees to coach a... Read More

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Slap Shot
R1977
In Theaters on February 25, 1977

In the small New England town of Charlestown, the local mill is about to lay off 10,000 workers. The... Read More

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Friday Night Lights
PG-132004
Based on 35 critics

A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree.... Read More

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Hoosiers
PG1986
Based on 13 critics

Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct... Read More

Breaking Away Movie Poster
Breaking Away
PG1979
In Theaters on April 4, 2004

Dave (Dennis Christopher) and his working-class friends Cyril (Daniel Stern), Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley)... Read More

Bang the Drum Slowly Movie Poster
Bang the Drum Slowly
PG1973
In Theaters on 1973

When hotshot pitcher Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) is signed to the New York Mammoths, his confident... Read More

The Natural Movie Poster
The Natural
PG1984
In Theaters on 1984

On the way to a tryout with the Chicago Cubs, young baseball phenom Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is shot... Read More

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The Set-Up
1949
In Theaters on 1949

A boxer on the wane, Bill "Stoker" Thompson (Robert Ryan) is determined to stay in the game, in spite... Read More

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