- 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.
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
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
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.
- The Ball Game (1898)
- The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
- The Winning Team (1952)
- A Winner Never Quits (1986)
- Soul of the Game (1996)
- Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way (Made for TV) (1997)
- The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)
- Touching the Game-The Story of the Cape Cod Baseball League (2004)
- The Benchwarmers (2006)
- American Pastime (2007)
- Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero (2008) directed by David Risotto
- Signs of the Time (2008)
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
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
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
Title Year Genre Notes Chak De India 2007 Drama
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Title Year Genre Notes Double Tap 2000 Action
- (1978) Skateboard: The Movie
- (1986) Thrashin'
- (1989) Gleaming the Cube
- (2001) Dogtown and Z-Boys (documentary)
- (2003) Grind
- (2005) Lords of Dogtown
- (2005) Under the Influence (pool skateboarding documentary)
- (2009) A Badlands Adventure (pool skateboarding)
- (2009) Welcome to Ridiculous (pool skateboarding)
- (2009) Street Dreams
Title Year Genre Notes Downhill Racer 1969 Drama Fire and Ice 1986 Action Adventure Aspen Extreme 1993 Action Drama Frozen 2010 Thriller
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.
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
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
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 Evert–Martina 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).
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
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