Top 5 Sports Films

Today we are looking at our favourite sports films and we do have a wide range or sports here, but what will you consider your favourite? we have Lesley, Lewis and Myself on this list but who has pick the best film?lesley

5. Bend it Like Beckham (2002)bend it like beckham

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism by running off to Germany with a football team

4. Cool Runnings (1993)cool runnings

Based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.

3. Million Dollar Baby (2004)million dollar baby

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

2. Ali (2001)ali

A biography of sports legend, Muhammad Ali, from his early days to his days in the ring.

1. Rocky (1976)rocky

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.


5. Soul Surfer (2011)soul surfer

Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.

4. The Fan (1996)fan

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

3. Shaolin Soccer (2001)soccer

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

2. The Wrestler (2008)wrestler

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

1. Coach Carter (2005)coach carter

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.


5. Damned United (2009)damned united

A look at Brian Clough’s 44-day reign as the coach of Leeds United.

4. Waterboy (1998)waterboy

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

3. Mean Machine (2001)mean machine

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

2. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)mike basset


1. Space Jam (1996)space jam

Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.


When it comes to sports film you only seem to see them go two directions, one is over the top comedy and the other is inspirational true story. As all rules there are a few exceptions but picking my list I have pick only serious stories but only two true stories the rest are well written original ideas with one winning Oscars and another getting nominated for one. I am not the biggest fans of many of the more popular ones or the sports used in sports film.

5. Million Dollar Baby (2004)million dollar baby

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

4. Rush (2013)rush

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.

3. Gridiron Gang (2006)gridiron gang

Teenagers at a juvenile detention centre, under the leadership of their counsellor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

2. Rounders (1998)rounders

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks.

1. Warrior (2011)warrior

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament – a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother.


  1. […] Films focused on sports produce some of the most interesting narratives in cinema. Sports films blend the joy and pride fans feel while rooting for their favorite athletes or teams, while also giving audiences a chance to witness their hero’s deeper motivations. […]

  2. Warrior is sooooo good, I love that movie. It blew me away the first time I watched it. I also love Mean Machine, it’s good old fashioned English humour, great cast and such a fun, entertaining movie! Shaolin Soccer would probably be my third favourite 🙂

    • i can’t describe how much of an emotional powerful story Warrior and i don’t really like combat sports (not a fan of rocky). Mean Machine was in my top 5 until i bumped it for Rush

      • Ah man you should have kept Mean Machine!! 🙂

        I’ve not seen Rush though, so I can’t really comment.

        Yes I 100% agree and not just saying it to agree with you (if you know what I mean!) I rented Warrior from Lovefilm expecting…..I don’t know what I expected really! But I was absorbed within the first few minutes and captivated the entire film. I found it hugely emotional and powerful as well. I do know just what you mean. Very engaging, emotional movie. Fabulous. Nah I’m not really a fan of Rocky either! I’m not really a fan of any sports movies, especially typical sports movies. But you do get the odd few that have other aspects to them, such as comedy or attachment to characters and then that way they mean more I guess.

        Actually I do have a soft spot for Coach Carter too 🙂

        Hope you’re well Dazza?

      • Rush should have had a few Oscar nods.

        all is well, just putting final touches to the new features that will start on saturday, you all well?

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