The Athletic's Top 100 Sports Movies

These are the top 100 sports movies of all time, according to the average rankings of 120+ writers on The Athletic's staff. The Athletic is a national sports journalism company consisting of some of the best sports journalists in the U.S. It is a pay service, but here is the link to their official list if you want to check it out. Each of the movies has a short entry by one of the writers, plus the article lays out their methodology and requirements for whether or not a movie qualifies (in short: no TV movies and only documentaries with significant reach).

At the moment, I have seen 49/100. Also, kudos to the Rocky/Creed franchise, which boasts 6 movies on this list.

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  • Rocky

    1

  • Raging Bull

    2

  • Hoop Dreams

    3

  • Bull Durham

    4

  • Miracle

    5

  • The Big Lebowski

    6

  • Breaking Away

    7

  • O.J.: Made in America

    8

  • When We Were Kings

    9

  • Major League

    10

  • The Sandlot

    11

  • Free Solo

    12

  • Caddyshack

    13

  • The Hustler

    14

  • Hoosiers

    15

  • Slap Shot

    16

  • Senna

    17

  • Icarus

    18

  • The Bad News Bears

    19

  • A League of Their Own

    20

  • Field of Dreams

    21

  • Sugar

    22

  • White Men Can't Jump

    23

  • The Wrestler

    24

  • Moneyball

    25

  • Remember the Titans

    26

  • Ford v Ferrari

    27

  • Creed

    28

  • Friday Night Lights

    29

  • The Karate Kid

    30

  • The Natural

    31

  • Dear Basketball

    32

  • Rocky II

    33

  • The Boxer

    34

  • Million Dollar Baby

    35

  • The Color of Money

    36

  • Win Win

    37

  • Fighting with My Family

    38

  • Searching for Bobby Fischer

    39

  • Bang the Drum Slowly

    40

  • I, Tonya

    41

  • Jerry Maguire

    42

  • The Fighter

    43

  • The Damned United

    44

  • North Dallas Forty

    45

  • The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings

    46

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    47

  • He Got Game

    48

  • Foxcatcher

    49

  • Uncut Gems

    50

  • Rounders

    51

  • The Longest Yard

    52

  • Eight Men Out

    53

  • Kingpin

    54

  • Happy Gilmore

    55

  • Murderball

    56

  • Warrior

    57

  • Cinderella Man

    58

  • The Hurricane

    59

  • The Mighty Ducks

    60

  • Rush

    61

  • Rocky III

    62

  • Prefontaine

    63

  • Vision Quest

    64

  • Rocky IV

    65

  • Chariots of Fire

    66

  • Big Fan

    67

  • Dogtown and Z-Boys

    68

  • Creed II

    69

  • Seabiscuit

    70

  • DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story

    71

  • Invictus

    72

  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

    73

  • Bend It Like Beckham

    74

  • The Endless Summer

    75

  • Rudy

    76

  • McFarland, USA

    77

  • Pumping Iron

    78

  • Race

    79

  • Love & Basketball

    80

  • The Rookie

    81

  • Glory Road

    82

  • A River Runs Through It

    83

  • Cool Runnings

    84

  • We Are Marshall

    85

  • Tin Cup

    86

  • Blue Chips

    87

  • Wildcats

    88

  • Space Jam

    89

  • Heaven Can Wait

    90

  • Paper Lion

    91

  • Youngblood

    92

  • Secretariat

    93

  • Mystery, Alaska

    94

  • Bloodsport

    95

  • Beyond the Mat

    96

  • Above the Rim

    97

  • Varsity Blues

    98

  • Ali

    99

  • The Pride of the Yankees

    100