List of sports films

List of sports films


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This list of sports films is a compilation of films in the genre covering sports activities. Sports movies have been made since the era of silent films, such as the 1915 film The Champion starring Charlie Chaplin. Films in this genre can range from serious (Raging Bull) to silly (Horse Feathers). A classic theme for sports films is the triumph of an individual or team who prevail despite the difficulties. Men often identify with sports films in ways they wouldn't with other genres, such as spy films.[1]

American football

Title Year Genre Notes
The Freshman 1925 Comedy Silent film
Horse Feathers 1932 Comedy
Knute Rockne, All American 1940 Drama Biographical film
That's My Boy 1951 Comedy
Paper Lion 1968 Comedy
Brian's Song 1971 Drama TV movie
The Longest Yard 1974 Comedy
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Thriller
Gus 1976 Family Comedy
Semi-Tough 1977 Comedy
Heaven Can Wait 1978 Comedy
North Dallas Forty 1979 Comedy Drama
All the Right Moves 1983 Drama
Quarterback Princess 1983 Drama Biographical film
The Bear 1984 Drama Biographical film
Lucas 1986 Comedy
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy Drama
Wildcats 1986 Comedy
Johnny Be Good 1988 Comedy
Everybody's All-American 1988 Drama
Necessary Roughness 1991 Comedy
The Last Boy Scout 1991 Action
School Ties 1992 Drama
The Program 1993 Drama
Rudy 1993 Drama Biographical film based on the life of Rudy Ruettiger.
Little Giants 1994 Family Comedy
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story 1994 Drama Made for TV. Based on the life of, and career-ending injury suffered by, Dennis Byrd.
Jerry Maguire 1996 Romantic Comedy
Angels in the Endzone 1997 Family Comedy
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon 1998 Comedy drama TV movie
The Waterboy 1998 Comedy
Air Bud: Golden Receiver 1998 Family Comedy
Varsity Blues 1999 Drama
Any Given Sunday 1999 Drama
The Fanatics 1999 Comedy
Remember the Titans 2000 Drama Based on a true story
The Replacements 2000 Comedy
Full Ride 2002 Comedy
The Slaughter Rule 2002 Drama
Junction Boys 2002 Drama Made for TV; based on a true story
Hometown Legend 2002 Drama
Second String 2002 Comedy Drama TV movie
Radio 2003 Drama Based on a true story.
Friday Night Lights 2004 Drama Based on a true story.
The Longest Yard 2005 Comedy Remake
Two for the Money 2005 Drama
Invincible 2006 Drama Biographical film
We Are Marshall 2006 Drama Based on the story of Marshall University football in the aftermath of the 1970 plane crash that wiped out the team.
Facing the Giants 2006 Drama
Gridiron Gang 2006 Drama
The Comebacks 2007 Comedy Spoof of sports movies
The Game Plan 2007 Family Comedy
Leatherheads 2007 Comedy
The Express 2008 Drama Biographical film on the life of Ernie Davis.
The Longshots 2008 Family comedy-drama Based on a true story.
The Band that Wouldn't Die 2009 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the history of the Baltimore Colts, the team's controversial move to Indianapolis, and the NFL's return to Baltimore, through the common thread of the Colts marching band.
The Blind Side 2009 Drama Biographical film on the high school career and recruitment of Michael Oher.
The U 2009 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the rise and dominance of the University of Miami program in the 1980s and 1990s.
The 5th Quarter 2011 Drama Based on the story of Jon Abbate and the surprising 2006 season of Wake Forest University.
Pony Excess 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A history of football at Southern Methodist University, focusing especially on the 1987 scandal that shut down the program for two years and on SMU football's struggle to rebuild.

Athletics (track and field)

Title Year Genre Event(s) Notes
College 1927 Comedy
The Bob Mathias Story 1954 Drama Decathlon Biographical film on Bob Mathias.
It Happened in Athens 1962 Comedy Marathon
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Drama Distance running
Billie 1965 Comedy
The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 Comedy Track
The Loneliest Runner 1976 Drama Marathon
See How She Runs 1978 Drama Marathon Made for TV
Crossbar 1979 Drama High Jump Made for TV
The Jericho Mile 1979 Mile Made for TV
Running 1979 Marathon
Chariots of Fire 1981 Drama Sprints
Graduation Day 1981 Horror Track
Personal Best 1982 Drama
Running Brave 1983 Drama 10,000 m Biographical film on the life and career of Billy Mills.
Cracked Up 1987 Drama Track
Run for Your Life 1988 Drama/Thriller Marathon
Across the Tracks 1991 Drama Track
Higher Learning 1995 Drama Track
Prefontaine 1997 Drama Track
Without Limits 1998 Drama Track
The Long Run 2000 Drama Marathon
Pumpkin 2002 Comedy
Hitler's Pawn: The Margaret Lambert Story 2004 Documentary High Jump
Four Minutes 2005 Mile Made for TV. Chronicles the successful quest of Roger Bannister to break the four-minute barrier in the mile.
The Ringer 2005 Comedy
Saint Ralph 2005
Run Fatboy Run 2007 Romantic comedy Marathon
The One Man Olympics 2008
The Runner 2009 Ultra Trail
Into the Wind 2010 Documentary Road running Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Documents the 1980 attempt of cancer patient and amputee Terry Fox to run across Canada.
Marion Jones: Press Pause 2010 Documentary Sprints Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the career of Marion Jones, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.
The Robber 2010 Drama Marathon

Australian rules football

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Macarthy 1975 Comedy
The Club 1980 Comedy/Drama
Australian Rules 2002 Drama

Auto racing

NB: This list excludes films that feature illegally run street races unless legitimate races are integral to the storyline.

Title Year Genre Type Notes
The Crowd Roars 1935
The Big Wheel 1935
Genevieve 1953 Vintage cars
Checkpoint 1956 Road racing
The Green Helmet 1961 Road racing
The Iron Maiden 1962 Traction engines
24 heures d'amant 1964 Sportscar racing
The Great Race 1965
Grand Prix 1966 Open wheel racing
Red Line 7000 1966 Stock car racing
Fireball 500 1966
Spinout 1966
Hell On Wheels 1967
A Man and a Woman 1967
The Love Bug 1968 Comedy
Speedway 1968
Winning 1969
Le Mans 1971 Drama Sports car racing
Weekend of a Champion 1971
The Last American Hero 1973
Herbie Rides Again 1974 Comedy Sequel to The Love Bug.
Flåklypa Grand Prix 1975
Death Race 2000 1975
Bobby Deerfield 1977
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo 1977 Comedy The third entry in The Love Bug series.
The Quick and the Dead 1977
Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 Comedy The fourth entry in The Love Bug series.
Heart Like a Wheel 1983 Biographical drama Drag racing Based on the life of Shirley Muldowney.
Stroker Ace 1983 Stock car racing
La Carrera Panamericana 1990 Historic sportscar racing
Checkered Flag 1990 Open wheel racing Unsold TV pilot
Dorf Goes Auto Racing 1990 Comedy Stock car racing Direct-to-video short film. Part of the Dorf series.
Days of Thunder 1990 Drama Stock car racing
Thunderbolt 1995 Saloon car racing
Race the Sun 1996 Solar car racing
The Love Bug 1997 Comedy Made-for-TV sequel to the original 1968 film of the same title.
Super Speedway 1997 Open wheel racing
Driven 2000 Open wheel racing
éX-Driver The Movie 2002
Michel Vaillant 2003
Right on Track 2003 Drag racing
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 2004 Documentary Stock car racing
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story 2004 Documentary Stock car racing Made for TV. Chronicles the life and career of Dale Earnhardt.
Dust to Glory 2005 Off-road racing
Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 The most recent entry in The Love Bug series.
Cars 2006 Animated family comedy Stock car racing
Chasing the Horizon 2006 Off-road racing
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Comedy Stock car racing
Dale 2007 Documentary Stock car racing Chronicles the life and career of Dale Earnhardt.
Ta Ra Rum Pum 2007 Stock car racing
Speed Racer 2008 Drama Sports car racing A live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime series of the same English-language title.
Death Race 2008
Death Racers 2008
Truth in 24 2008 Documentary Sports car racing
Love The Beast 2009 Documentary Tarmac rally
Senna 2010 Documentary Open wheel racing
Tim Richmond: To the Limit 2010 Documentary Stock car racing Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the career of Tim Richmond, his lifestyle, and his death from AIDS.
Cars 2 2011 Animated family action film Sports car racing

Aviation sport

Title Year Genre Notes
Thunder Over Reno 2008


Title Year Genre Notes
Fireman, Save My Child 1927 Comedy
Elmer, the Great 1933 Drama
Alibi Ike 1935 Comedy
The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Drama Biographical film on the career of Lou Gehrig.
The Babe Ruth Story 1948 Drama Biographical film on the life and career of Babe Ruth.
It Happens Every Spring 1949 Comedy
The Stratton Story 1949 Drama Biographical film on the life and career of Monty Stratton.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 Musical
Angels in the Outfield 1951 Family comedy
Rhubarb 1951 Family Comedy
The Pride of St. Louis 1952 Drama Biographical film based on the playing career of Dizzy Dean.
The Kid from Left Field 1953 Comedy
Fear Strikes Out 1957 Drama Biographical film on the life and career of Jimmy Piersall.
Damn Yankees 1958 Musical
Safe at Home! 1962 Comedy
Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 Drama
The Bad News Bears 1976 Comedy
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings 1976 Comedy
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 Comedy
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story 1978 Drama Made for TV. Biographical film on the life and career of Ron LeFlore.
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 Comedy
The Kid from Left Field 1979 Comedy TV movie, remake
Squeeze Play! 1980 Comedy
Blue Skies Again 1983 Comedy
Tiger Town 1983 Family comedy TV movie
The Natural 1984 Drama
Brewster's Millions 1985 Comedy
The Slugger's Wife 1985 Romantic comedy
Long Gone 1987 Comedy-drama Made for TV
Trading Hearts 1987 Comedy
Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 Drama
Bull Durham 1988 Romantic comedy
Eight Men Out 1988 Drama Based on the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
Stealing Home 1988 Drama
Field of Dreams 1989 Drama
Major League 1989 Comedy
Night Game 1989 Crime drama
Mr. Destiny 1990 Comedy
Talent for the Game 1991 Drama
The Babe 1992 Drama Biography based on the life and career of Babe Ruth.
The Comrades of Summer 1992 Comedy TV movie
A League of Their Own 1992 Comedy-drama A fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s.
Mr. Baseball 1992 Romantic comedy
Rookie of the Year 1993 Comedy
The Man From Left Field 1993 Comedy TV movie
The Sandlot 1993 Family Comedy
Angels in the Outfield 1994 Family comedy Remake of the 1951 film of the same title.
Cobb 1994 Drama Biography based on the life and career of Ty Cobb.
Little Big League 1994 Family comedy
Major League II 1994 Comedy
The Scout 1994 Comedy
Dorf on the Diamond 1996 Comedy Direct-to-video short film. The last film in the Dorf series to date.
Ed 1996 Family comedy
The Fan 1996 Thriller
BASEketball 1998 Comedy
If the Sun Rises in the West 1998 Drama
Major League: Back to the Minors 1998 Comedy
For Love of the Game 1999 Drama
Perfect Game 2000 Family Comedy TV movie
Angels in the Infield 2000 Family Comedy TV movie
61* 2001 Drama Made for TV; based on the 1961 home run record chase of Roger Maris..
Hardball 2001 Drama-comedy
Summer Catch 2001 Romantic comedy
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch 2002 Family comedy
The Rookie 2002 Drama Based on the baseball career of Jim Morris.
Battlefield Baseball 2003 Action
Day of Independence 2003 Drama Short film
Hustle 2004 Drama Made-for-TV biographical film based on the career of Pete Rose.
Mickey 2004 Drama
Mr. 3000 2004 Comedy
Fever Pitch 2005 Romantic comedy
Game 6 2005 Drama-comedy
Bad News Bears 2005 Comedy
The Sandlot 2 2005 Family comedy
The Benchwarmers 2006 Comedy
Everyone's Hero 2006 Animation
Beer League 2006 Comedy
The Final Season 2007 Drama Based on the 1991 season of Norway High School in Norway, Iowa, the school's last season before it was closed and consolidated into its county school district.
The Sandlot 3 2007 Family comedy
The Sandlot: Heading Home 2007 Family comedy
City Without Baseball 2008 Drama
Sugar 2008 Drama
Fernando Nation 2010 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the impact of Fernando Valenzuela's 1981 rookie season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Four Days in October 2010 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the Boston Red Sox' comeback from a 3–0 series deficit against the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS.
Hero 2010 Drama
Jordan Rides the Bus 2010 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores Michael Jordan's brief career in minor league baseball after his first retirement from basketball.
Little Big Men 2010 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the Kirkland National Little League team that scored a stunning victory in the 1982 Little League World Series, and the players' lives in the nearly three decades that followed.
Catching Hell 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the relationship between Steve Bartman and Chicago Cubs fans since Bartman's famous incident in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS.
Moneyball 2011 Drama Based on a true story.



Title Year Genre Notes
One on One 1977 Drama
Coach 1978 Comedy
Fast Break 1979 Comedy
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 Comedy
Teen Wolf 1985 Comedy
Hoosiers 1986 Drama Based loosely on the story of the 1953–54 Milan High School basketball team.
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend 1991 Drama Biographical film based on the early life of Pete Maravich.
White Men Can't Jump 1992 Drama
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story 1992 Drama TV movie, biographical film
Blue Chips 1994 Drama
Hoop Dreams 1994 Documentary
Above the Rim 1994 Drama-comedy
The Air Up There 1994 Comedy
The Basketball Diaries 1995 Drama
Forget Paris 1995 Romantic Comedy
Slam Dunk Ernest 1995 Comedy
Space Jam 1996 Comedy Combines live action and animation.
Eddie 1996 Comedy
Celtic Pride 1996 Comedy
Sunset Park 1996 Drama
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault 1996 Drama TV movie, biographical film
Air Bud 1997 Family Comedy
The Sixth Man 1997 Comedy
My Giant 1998 Comedy
BASEketball 1998 Comedy
Bad as I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story 1998 Drama TV movie, biographical film
He Got Game 1998 Drama
Love and Basketball 2000 Romantic Drama
Finding Forrester 2000 Drama
The Luck of the Irish 2001 Family comedy TV movie
O 2001 Drama An adaptation of Othello, with the setting updated to that of a modern American high school and its basketball team.
Juwanna Mann 2002 Romantic comedy
The Red Sneakers 2002 Fantasy TV movie
Like Mike 2002 Family comedy
A Season on the Brink' 2002 Drama Made for TV. Based on the book of the same title, documenting the 1985–86 season of Indiana University.
The Year of the Yao 2004 Documentary Chronicles Yao Ming's first season in the NBA.
Rebound 2005 Family comedy
Coach Carter 2005 Drama Based on a true story.
Crossover 2006 Action
Like Mike 2 2006 Family comedy
Glory Road 2006 Drama Based on the story of the 1965–66 Texas Western College team.
Home of the Giants 2007 Crime drama
Quantum Hoops 2007 Documentary Focuses on the attempt of Caltech's men's team to end a 21-year losing streak in conference play in the final week of the 2005–06 season.
Dribbles 2007 Drama
Semi-Pro 2008 Comedy
More Than a Game 2009 Documentary Chronicles the high school careers of LeBron James and four of his hometown friends.
Hurricane Season 2009 Drama Based on a true story
Sonicsgate 2009 Documentary Explores the controversial relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
Once Brothers 2010 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. The story of Croat Dražen Petrović and Serb Vlade Divac, former Yugoslavia national teammates, and how the Yugoslav wars irretrievably broke their friendship.
The Fab Five 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Documents the University of Michigan's early-1990s Fab Five and their impact on the sport and culture.
Unguarded 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the life and career of former NBA player Chris Herren, his battle with drug addiction, and his ongoing recovery.


Title Year Genre Notes
Cool Runnings 1993 Comedy Loosely based on the debut of the Jamaica bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


Title Year Genre Notes
Strikes and Spares 1934 Short film
Dreamer 1979 Drama Direct-to-video
Kingpin 1996 Comedy
The Big Lebowski 1998 Comedy
Alley Cats Strike 2000 Family Comedy TV movie
Super Bowlin' 2011 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Crackerjack 2002 Comedy
Blackball 2003 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph 1894 Documentary Silent film
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest 1896 Documentary Silent film
Battling Butler 1926 Comedy Silent film
The Champ 1931 Drama
The Bermondsey Kid 1933 Drama
The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933 Romantic Comedy
Excuse My Glove 1936 Comedy
City for Conquest 1940 Drama
Gentleman Jim 1942 Drama Biographical film
Body and Soul 1947 Film noir
The Set-Up 1949 Film noir
Champion 1949 Film noir
The Square Ring 1952 Drama
The Harder They Fall 1956 Film noir
Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Drama
Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962 Drama
Legendary Champions 1968 Documentary
The Great White Hope 1970 Romantic Drama
Fat City 1972 Drama
Let's Do It Again 1975 Comedy
Rocky 1976 Drama
The Greatest 1977 Drama Biographical film
The Champ 1977 Drama
The Main Event 1979 Comedy
Penitentiary 1979 Drama Blaxploitation
Rocky II 1979 Drama
Raging Bull 1980 Drama Biographical film
Penitentiary II 1982 Drama Blaxploitation
Rocky III 1982 Drama
Rocky IV 1985 Drama
Streets of Gold 1986 Drama
Teen Wolf Too 1987 Family Comedy
Split Decisions 1988 Action Drama
Rocky V 1990 Drama
Diggstown 1992 Drama
Gladiator 1992 Action Drama
Night and the City 1992 Crime Drama
The Great White Hype 1996 Comedy
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary Documents the events before and during the 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The Boxer 1997 Drama
Play It to the Bone 1999 Comedy-drama
Rocky Marciano 1999 Drama TV movie, biographical film
On the Ropes 1999 Documentary
The Hurricane 1999 Drama Biographical film on Rubin "Hurricane" Carter.
Girlfight 2000 Drama
Ali 2001 Drama Biographical film on Muhammad Ali.
Carman: The Champion 2001 Action Drama
Undisputed 2002 Action Thriller
Beautiful Boxer 2002 Drama Biographical film
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Drama
Against the Ropes 2004 Drama
Cinderella Man 2005 Drama Based on the career of James J. Braddock.
Pacquiao: The Movie 2006 Drama Biographical film on the life and career of Manny Pacquiao.
Rocky Balboa 2006 Drama
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing 2006 Action Thriller
Annapolis 2006 Drama
Jump In! 2007 Romantic Comedy TV movie
Apne 2007 Drama
Miracle on 1st Street 2007 Comedy-drama
Muay Thai Chaiya 2007 Drama
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 Drama
The Hammer 2007 Comedy
The Fighter 2010 Drama Biographical film based on the life of Micky Ward.
Max Schmeling 2010 Drama Biographical film
The Real Rocky 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Profiles Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa.
Real Steel 2011 Science fiction


Title Year Genre Notes
Debbie Does Dallas 1978 Pornographic film
Laker Girls 1990 Drama TV movie
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom 1993 Comedy TV movie
Bring It On 2000 Comedy
Sugar & Spice 2001 Comedy
Gotta Kick It Up! 2002 Family Comedy TV movie, based on true story
Cheerleader Queens 2003 Comedy
Bring It On Again 2004 Comedy
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Comedy
Bring It On: In It to Win It 2007 Comedy
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 2009 Comedy
Fired Up! 2009 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Badger's Green 1934 Comedy
Badger's Green 1949 Comedy
It's Not Cricket 1949 Comedy
The Final Test 1953 Comedy-drama
Playing Away 1987 Comedy
Awwal Number 1990 Action
Lagaan 2001 Drama
Wondrous Oblivion 2003 Comedy-drama
Iqbal 2005 Drama
Hit for Six 2007 Drama
Chennai 600028 2007 Romantic Comedy
Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii 2007 Comedy-drama
Say Salaam India 2007 Drama
Hattrick 2007 Comedy-drama
Meerabai Not Out 2008 Drama
Hansie 2008 Drama Based on a true story
I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer 2008 Comedy-horror
Victory 2009 Drama
Dil Bole Hadippa! 2009 Comedy-drama
Patiala House 2011 Family Drama

Cue Sports

Title Year Genre Notes
The Hustler 1961 Drama
The Color of Money 1986 Drama
Pool Hall Junkies 2002 Thriller
Singhaawakokanaya(Sinhalese) 2002 Thriller


Title Year Genre Notes
Men with Brooms 2002 Romantic Comedy


Japanese movie poster for 1956 film Onna Keirin-ō (女競輪王)
Title Year Genre Type Notes
Onna Keirin-ō 1956 Keirin
For A Yellow Jersey 1965 Short
A Sunday in Hell 1977 Documentary Road racing
Breaking Away 1979 Coming-of-age film Road racing and Little 500
BMX Bandits 1983 BMX racing
American Flyers 1985 Drama Road racing
Rad 1986 BMX racing
Quicksilver 1986
Bicycleran 1987
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 1992
Il grande Fausto 1995 Road racing
The Unknown Cyclist 1998
El Amateur 1999 Road racing
Road to Paris 2001 Documentary Road racing
Cyclomania 2001 Road racing
Le Velo de Ghislain Lambert 2001 Road racing
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia 2003 Road racing
Triplets of Belleville 2003
Cycling Chronicles; LandScape The Boy Saw 2004
Hell on Wheels 2005
Overcoming 2005 Documentary Road racing
The Flying Scotsman 2006 Drama Track Cycling
Island Etude 2006 Drama
Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes 2006
Clorophilla 2006 Freeride
The Cycling Genius Is Coming 2008
Bicycle Dreams 2009 Documentary Road racing
The Birth of Big Air 2010 Documentary BMX Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the life and career of Mat Hoffman.


Title Year Genre Notes
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
By the Sword 1991 Drama
The Fencing Master 1992 Drama

Field Hockey

Title Year Genre Notes
Chak De India 2007 Drama

Figure skating

Title Year Genre Notes
Ice Castles 1978 Romantic Drama
The Cutting Edge 1992 Romantic Comedy
Ice Angel 2000 Fantasy TV movie
Ice Princess 2005 Family Comedy
Go Figure 2005 Family Comedy TV movie
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold 2006 Romantic Drama TV movie
Blades of Glory 2007 Comedy
The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream 2008 Romantic Drama TV movie
The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice 2009 Romantic Drama TV movie

Association football

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Game 1930 Comedy
Sportszerelem 1936 Comedy
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery 1939 Crime Comedy
Das Grosse Spiel 1942 Comedy
The Great Game 1953 Comedy-drama
Dhanyee Meye 1971 Comedy
Mohunbaganer Meye 1976
Yesterday's Hero 1979 Drama
Escape to Victory 1981 War
Gregory's Girl 1981 Romantic Comedy
Ultra 1991 Drama
Ladybugs 1992 Comedy
Do I Not Like That! 1994 Documentary
The Big Green 1994 Family Comedy
Fever Pitch 1997 Romantic Comedy
When Saturday Comes 1996 Drama
Soccer Dog: The Movie 1999 Family Comedy
Air Bud: World Pup 2000 Family Comedy
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 Comedy-drama
Shaolin Soccer 2001 Comedy
A Shot at Glory 2001 Drama
Mean Machine 2001 Comedy-drama An adaptation of the original version of The Longest Yard, but featuring association football instead of American football.
Mike Bassett: England Manager 2001 Comedy
The Game of Their Lives 2002 Documentary Chronicles the seven then-surviving members of the North Korea national team that made a surprising run into the quarterfinals of the 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Bend It Like Beckham 2002 Comedy-drama
The Miracle of Bern 2003 Comedy-drama Set against the backdrop of the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, which became known in Germany as the "Miracle of Bern".
The Other Final 2003 Documentary
Soccer Dog: European Cup 2004 Family comedy
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2005 Documentary
Goal! 2005 Drama
Kicking & Screaming 2005 Family Comedy
Real, The Movie 2005 Documentary
The Game of Their Lives 2005 Drama Based on the USA's massive upset of England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Goal II: Living the Dream 2006 Drama
Offside 2006 Comedy
Offside 2006 Comedy-drama
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos 2006 Documentary
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006 Documentary Chronicles the life and career of Zinedine Zidane.
She’s the Man 2006 Romantic comedy
Gracie 2007 Drama Loosely based on the teenage years of Elisabeth Shue, who played the mother of the titular character.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal 2007
Her Best Move 2007 Romantic Comedy
Maradona by Kusturica 2008 Documentary
Kicking It 2008 Documentary
Soccer Mom 2008 Family comedy
Goal! 3: Taking on the World 2009 Drama
Offside 2009 Romantic comedy
The Damned United 2009 Drama A fictionalized version of Brian Clough's tenure as manager of Leeds United.
One Night in Turin 2010 Documentary
The Two Escobars 2010 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the lives of footballer Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar, the links between football and drug money in their country of Colombia in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the connections between the murders of both men.
For the Glory 2011 Drama

Gladiatorial combat

Title Year Genre Notes
Gladiator 2000 Action


Title Year Genre Notes
Follow the Sun 1951 Drama Biographical film
Pat and Mike 1952 Comedy
The Caddy 1953 Comedy
Caddyshack 1980 Comedy
Dorf on Golf 1987 Comedy Direct-to-video short film. The first entry in the Dorf series.
Caddyshack II 1988 Comedy
Dead Solid Perfect 1988 Drama Made for TV.
Dorf's Golf Bible 1987 Comedy Direct-to-video short film. The second film in the Dorf series.
Den ofrivillige golfaren 1991 Comedy
The Man with the Perfect Swing 1995 Comedy-drama
Happy Gilmore 1996 Comedy
Tin Cup 1996 Romantic comedy
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 Drama
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius 2004 Drama Biographical film on the career of Bobby Jones.
The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005 Drama Biographical film
Who's Your Caddy? 2007 Comedy
Chasing the Green 2009 Drama Based on a true story.
Hole in One 2010 Comedy

Greyhound Racing

Title Year Genre Notes
Wild Boy 1934 Comedy
Man About Dog 2004 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Nadia 1984 Drama Biographical film on Nadia Comăneci.
American Anthem 1986 Drama
Stick It 2006 Comedy-drama
Peaceful Warrior 2006 Drama


Title Year Genre Notes
Szansa 1979 Drama
Bulggot shoot tonki 1993 Family Drama
Forever the Moment 2008 Drama

Horse racing

Title Year Genre Notes
The Derby 1895 Documentary Silent film
A Day at the Races 1937 Comedy
Trouble Brewing 1939 Musical comedy
Flying Fifty-Five 1939 Drama
National Velvet 1944 Drama
The Galloping Major 1951 Comedy
Boots Malone 1952 Drama
Just My Luck 1957 Comedy
International Velvet 1978 Drama
The Black Stallion 1979 Family drama
Phar Lap 1983 Drama Based on a true story.
The Black Stallion Returns 1983 Family drama
Fire, Ice and Dynamite 1990 Action comedy
Seabiscuit 2003 Drama Based on a true story.
Hidalgo 2004 Drama Biographical film
Dreamer 2005 Drama
Racing Stripes 2005 Family comedy
Ruffian 2007 Drama Made for TV; based on a true story.
Race 2008 Thriller
The Boys Club 2008 Thriller
Secretariat 2010 Drama Based on a true story.
Charismatic 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the run of Charismatic and his jockey Chris Antley in the 1999 Triple Crown races.

Ice hockey

Title Year Genre Notes
Slap Shot 1977 Comedy
Miracle on Ice 1981 Drama TV movie, based on the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
Strange Brew 1983 Comedy
Youngblood 1986 Drama
The Mighty Ducks 1992 Family comedy
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 Family comedy
D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996 Family comedy
Les Boys 1997 Comedy
Mystery, Alaska 1999 Drama
MVP: Most Valuable Primate 2000 Family comedy
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice 2002 Comedy
Miracle 2004 Drama Based on the 1980 Miracle on Ice.
Maurice Richard 2005 Drama Biographical film on Maurice Richard.
The Love Guru 2008 Comedy
King's Ransom 2009 Documentary Made for TV as the first film of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the impact of the 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
Score: A Hockey Musical 2010 Musical comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Knightriders 1981 Drama
A Knight's Tale 2001 Adventure

Martial arts

Note: Films should not be listed here unless the sporting aspects of martial arts play a major part in the plot.

Title Year Genre Style Notes
Sanshiro Sugata 1943 Action Jujutsu
Sanshiro Sugata Part II 1943 Action Judo
Enter The Dragon 1973 Action Jeet Kune Do
Kung Fu
Cordão de Ouro 1977 Action Capoeira
The Karate Kid 1984 Family Karate
The Karate Kid, Part II 1986 Family Karate
No Retreat, No Surrender 1986 Action drama
Bloodsport 1988 Action MMA
The Karate Kid, Part III 1989 Family Karate
Best of the Best 1989 Action
Kickboxer 1989 Action Kickboxing
Sidekicks 1992 Action Karate
Only the Strong 1993 Action Capoeira
The Next Karate Kid 1994 Family Karate
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie 1994 Action
Mortal Kombat 1995 Action
The Quest 1996 Action
Undisputed 2002 Action MMA
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior 2003 Action Muay Thai
DOA: Dead or Alive 2006 Action Various
Redbelt 2007 Drama MMA
Never Back Down 2008 Action drama MMA
Champions 2008 Action Wushu
Ip Man 2008 Action Wing Chun
Besouro 2009 Action Capoeira
Fighting 2009 Action drama MMA
Tekken 2009 Action
Blood and Bone 2009 Action
Undisputed III: Redemption 2010 Action MMA
Knucklehead 2010 Comedy MMA
The King of Fighters 2010 Action
Ong Bak 3 2010 Action
Ip Man 2 2010 Action Wing Chun
Warrior 2011 Action drama MMA


Title Year Genre Type Notes
No Limit 1935 Comedy Road racing
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary
Sidewinder 1 1977 Drama Motocross
Silver Dream Racer 1980 Drama Road racing
Spetters 1980 Drama Motocross
Space Riders 1984 Documentary Road racing
The Dirtbike Kid 1985 Motocross
Winners Take All 1987 Motocross
Motocrossed 2001 Motocross
Faster 2003 Documentary Road racing
Motocross Kids 2004 Motocross
Dust to Glory 2005 Documentary Off-road racing
Supercross 2005 Drama Supercross
The World's Fastest Indian 2005 Drama Land speed record
TT3D: Closer to the Edge 2011 Documentary Road racing

Olympic Games

Those featuring specific sports featured in the games are listed elsewhere

Title Year Genre Notes
Dorf and the First Games of Mount Olympus 1988 Comedy Direct-to-video short film in the Dorf series. Parody of the Ancient Olympic Games.
Dream Weavers 2008 Documentary

Powerboat racing

Title Year Genre Type Notes
Madison 2001 Drama Hydroplane


Title Year Genre Notes
Junior Bonner 1972 Western
8 Seconds 1994 Drama Biographical film on the career of Lane Frost.
The Cowboy Way 1994 Action Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Airborne 1993 Comedy
Brink! 1998 Family Comedy TV movie

Roller skating

Title Year Genre Notes
Kansas City Bomber 1972 Drama
Rollerball 1975 Action
Rollerball 2002 Action
Roll Bounce 2005 Family
Hell on Wheels 2007 Documentary
Whip It 2009 Comedy-drama


Title Year Genre Notes
A Yank at Oxford 1938 Drama
Oxford Blues 1984 Comedy-drama
True Blue 1996 Drama
Queen of the Night 2001 Drama
Summer Storm 2004 Drama


Title Year Genre Code Notes
This Sporting Life 1963 Rugby league
Grand Slam 1978 Comedy Rugby union
The First Kangaroos 1988 Rugby league
Old Scores 1991 Rugby union
Up 'n' Under 1998 Rugby league
School Wars: Hero 2004 Rugby union
Sye 2004 Rugby union
Murderball 2005 Documentary Wheelchair rugby
Footy Legends 2006 Rugby league
Number 10 2006 Rugby union
The Final Winter 2007 Rugby league
Forever Strong 2008 Drama Rugby union Based on an amalgam of true stories from the rugby program of Highland High School in Salt Lake City.
Invictus 2009 Drama Rugby union Based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the ultimately victorious host team, South Africa.
The 16th Man 2010 Documentary Rugby union Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Also chronicles the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but focuses more on the effect of the event and of Nelson Mandela's support of the Springboks on post-apartheid South Africa.
A Giant Awakens: the Rise of American Rugby 2010 Documentary Rugby union


Title Year Genre Notes
Summer Rental 1985 Comedy
Wind 1992 Drama
Charlie St. Cloud 2010 Romantic Drama

Practical shooting

Title Year Genre Notes
Double Tap 2000 Action



Title Year Genre Notes
Downhill Racer 1969 Drama
Fire and Ice 1986 Action Adventure
Aspen Extreme 1993 Action Drama
Frozen 2010 Thriller

Ski Jumping

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1974 Documentary
Matti 2006 Drama Biographical film based on the life and career of Matti Nykänen.

Skin Diving

Title Year Genre Notes
The Big Blue 1988 Drama


Title Year Genre Notes
Snowboard Academy 1996 Comedy
Johnny Tsunami 1999 Family Comedy TV movie
Out Cold 2001 Comedy
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 2003 Family Comedy
The White Album 2004 Documentary
First Descent 2005 Documentary
White Air 2007 Action Drama
Snow Summit Showdown 2009 Family Comedy
Chalet Girl 2011 Romantic Comedy
[The Art of Flight] 2011 Documentary


Title Year Genre Notes
Like a Virgin 2006 Comedy

Sumo Wrestling

Title Year Genre Notes
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni 1956
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni 1992
Sumo Do, Sumo Don't 1992 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
The Endless Summer 1966 Documentary Follows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a surf trip around the world, and features many other prominent surfers of the day.
Big Wednesday 1978 Comedy-drama
North Shore 1987 Action drama
Back to the Beach 1987 Comedy
Surf Nazis Must Die 1987 Comedy
Point Break 1991 Action
Surf Ninjas 1993 Family comedy
The Endless Summer II 1994 Documentary Pat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver retrace the steps of Hynson and August from The Endless Summer while exploring the growth and evolution of surfing since the original film. Both films were directed by Bruce Brown.
In God’s Hands 1998 Action drama
7 Girls 2001 Documentary Focuses on the surfing lives of seven prominent female surfers.
Blue Crush 2002 Drama
Step into Liquid 2003 Documentary Director Dana Brown, son of the aforementioned Bruce Brown, explores the evolution of the sport since The Endless Summer II, including tow-in surfing.
Riding Giants 2004 Documentary A historical overview of the sport, focusing primarily on big wave surfing.
Surf’s Up 2007 Animated mockumentary
'Shelter 2007 Drama
Surfer, Dude 2009 Comedy
Soul Surfer 2011 Drama Biographical film on the life of Bethany Hamilton.


Title Year Genre Notes
Vsyo reshayet mgnoveniye 1978 Drama
Popcorn und Paprika 1984 Drama
Koni 1986 Bengali film based on Moti Nandi's novel
Sarahsarà 1994 Drama
The Princess & the Barrio Boy 2000 Drama
Waterboys 2001 Synchronised swimming
Swimfan 2002 Erotic thriller
Swimming Upstream 2003 Drama
On a Clear Day 2005 Drama
The Big Bad Swim 2006 Comedy
Einfache Leute 2007 Drama
Pride 2007
Undead Pool 2007 Horror

Table tennis

Title Year Genre Notes
Ping Pong 2002 Comedy-drama
Balls of Fury 2007 Comedy
Ping Pong Playa 2007 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Hard, Fast and Beautiful 1951 Drama
The Christian Licorice Store 1971 Drama
Players 1979 Drama
Second Serve 1986 Drama
Nobody's Perfect 1990 Comedy
The Break 1995 Drama
Wimbledon 2004 Drama
Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai 2005 Action
The Prince of Tennis 2006 Action
Jelenin Svet 2008 Documentary
Somay Ku: A Uganda Tennis Story 2008 Documentary
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach 2009 Comedy
Unmatched 2010 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Focuses on the Chris EvertMartina Navratilova rivalry, and on the long-term friendship between the two women.
Renée 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the life of transsexual tennis player Renée Richards and the impact of her entry in the 1977 US Open.


Title Year Genre Notes
Side Out 1990 Comedy Beach volleyball
The Iron Ladies 2000 Comedy
The Iron Ladies 2 2003 Comedy
Air Bud: Spikes Back 2003 Family Comedy
All You've Got 2006 Drama
Impact Point 2008 Thriller
Beach Spike 2010 Drama Beach volleyball


Note: Lucha films are not included in this list. Although they feature luchadores (Mexican professional wrestlers) as the lead characters, the luchadores typically portray heroes (often superheroes) within non-wrestling stories (such as action, horror, or sci-fi).

Japanese movie poster for Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko (1955)
Title Year Genre Discipline Notes
Night and the City 1950 Crime Pro wrestling
Racket Girls 1951 Crime Pro wrestling
Mr. Universe 1951 Romantic comedy Pro Wrestling
Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko 1955 Puroresu
The Wrestler 1974 Action drama Pro wrestling
Paradise Alley 1978 Drama Pro wrestling
The One and Only 1978 Comedy Pro wrestling
Take Down 1979 Comedy-drama Amateur wrestling
Below the Belt 1980 Comedy Pro wrestling
Vision Quest 1985 Drama Scholastic wrestling
Grunt! The Wrestling Movie 1985 Pro wrestling
Over the Top 1987 Action drama Arm wrestling
Body Slam 1987 Comedy Pro wrestling
No Holds Barred 1989 Action Pro wrestling
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows 1998 Documentary Pro wrestling Direct-to-video. Follows Bret Hart in the final year of his 1980s–1990s World Wrestling Federation run, culminating in one of the most famous events in professional wrestling history, the Montreal Screwjob.
Beyond the Mat 1999 Documentary Pro wrestling
Ready to Rumble 2000 Comedy Pro wrestling
Reversal 2001 Romantic drama Amateur wrestling
The Backyard 2002 Documentary Backyard wrestling
Rikidōzan 2004 Drama Puroresu Biographical film on the seminal Japanese wrestler Rikidōzan.
Sting: Moment of Truth 2004 Drama Pro wrestling Biographical film on the career of Sting.
Going to the Mat 2004 Family Comedy Amateur wrestling Made for TV.
Lipstick and Dynamite, Piss and Vinegar: The First Ladies of Wrestling 2005 Documentary Pro wrestling
Nacho Libre 2006 Comedy Lucha libre Loosely based on the career of luchador Fray Tormenta.
The Absolute Truth About Pro Wrestling 2006 Documentary Pro wrestling
Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy 2007 Romantic comedy Pro wrestling
God's Tackle Box 2007 Documentary Pro wrestling
Vampiro: Angel, Devil, Hero 2008 Documentary Pro wrestling Explores the career and outside-the-ring life of Canadian wrestler Vampiro.
The Wrestler 2008 Drama Pro wrestling
From Parts Unknown 2009 Pro wrestling
Bloodstained Memoirs 2009 Documentary Pro wrestling
Legendary 2010 Drama Scholastic wrestling

See also


  1. ^ Didinger, Ray; Macnow, Glen; Hackman, Gene (2009). The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time. Running Press. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0762435488. 

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