Best Sports Movies/Shows (Not Big 3)

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1. Cobra Kai (2018– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Decades after their 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament bout, a middle-aged Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence find themselves martial-arts rivals again.

Stars: Courtney Henggeler, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Ralph Macchio

Votes: 126,033

2. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

60 Metascore

A martial arts master agrees to teach karate to a bullied teenager.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

Votes: 208,134 | Gross: $90.82M

3. Johnny Tsunami (1999 TV Movie)

TV-G | 88 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Brandon Baker, Mary Page Keller, Yuji Okumoto

Votes: 5,256

4. Caddyshack (1980)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Sport

48 Metascore

An exclusive golf course has to deal with a brash new member and a destructive dancing gopher.

Director: Harold Ramis | Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Votes: 110,960 | Gross: $39.85M

5. Happy Gilmore (1996)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

31 Metascore

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director: Dennis Dugan | Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay

Votes: 208,223 | Gross: $38.62M

6. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

PG-13 | 92 min | Comedy, Sport

55 Metascore

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber | Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn, Rip Torn

Votes: 237,456 | Gross: $114.33M

7. Rocky (1976)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

A small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

Votes: 539,113 | Gross: $117.24M

8. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 154,467 | Gross: $37.49M

9. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 97,672 | Gross: $68.86M

10. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

46 Metascore

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Heidi Kling

Votes: 63,261 | Gross: $50.75M

11. D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Can Gordon's team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs?

Director: Sam Weisman | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe, Michael Tucker, Jan Rubes

Votes: 39,044 | Gross: $45.61M

12. D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

PG | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby, Heidi Kling

Votes: 26,225 | Gross: $22.94M

13. The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers (2021– )

TV-PG | Comedy, Drama, Sport

After failing to make the cut to join the now powerhouse Mighty Ducks junior hockey team, 12-year-old Evan's mother encourages him to form a new team of underdogs with help from Gordon Bombay, the Ducks' original coach.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Brady Noon, Emilio Estevez, Maxwell Simkins

Votes: 3,920

14. Miracle (2004)

PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 51,691 | Gross: $64.38M

15. Creed (II) (2015)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Director: Ryan Coogler | Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad

Votes: 258,106 | Gross: $109.77M

16. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played golf against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.

Director: Bill Paxton | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas, James Paxton

Votes: 29,433 | Gross: $15.33M

17. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for his school's star soccer player, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 151,264 | Gross: $2.34M

18. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 47,633 | Gross: $43.85M

19. Surf's Up (2007)

PG | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

64 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the annual Penguin World Surfing Championship, and its newest participant, up-and-comer Cody Maverick.

Directors: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, Jeff Bridges

Votes: 73,415 | Gross: $58.87M

20. The Karate Kid Part II (1986)

PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Sport

55 Metascore

Daniel accompanies his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, to Miyagi's childhood home in Okinawa. Miyagi visits his dying father and confronts his old rival, while Daniel falls in love and inadvertently makes a new rival of his own.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Pat E. Johnson, Bruce Malmuth

Votes: 83,808 | Gross: $115.10M

21. McFarland, USA (2015)

PG | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

60 Metascore

Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach, and at his new school he turns seven disappointing students into one of the best cross-country teams in the region.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts

Votes: 36,820 | Gross: $44.47M

22. Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | 113 min | Action, Drama, Sport

39 Metascore

A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet

Votes: 98,827 | Gross: $24.85M

23. The Big Green (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A teacher on exchange from England is placed in an underachieving Texan school, where she coaches the children in soccer, improving their self esteem and leading to unexpected success.

Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo, Jay O. Sanders, John Terry

Votes: 9,802 | Gross: $17.73M

24. Real Steel (2011)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

56 Metascore

In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling ex-boxer feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 309,971 | Gross: $85.47M

25. Eddie the Eagle (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

The story of Eddie Edwards, the notoriously tenacious British underdog ski jumper who charmed the world at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Tom Costello, Jo Hartley

Votes: 89,170 | Gross: $15.79M

26. Raging Bull (1980)

R | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

89 Metascore

The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, whose violence and temper that led him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci, Frank Vincent

Votes: 335,391 | Gross: $23.38M

27. Ali (2001)

R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles

Votes: 96,137 | Gross: $58.20M

28. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

86 Metascore

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

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 657,129 | Gross: $100.49M

29. The Fighter (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

79 Metascore

Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo

Votes: 351,156 | Gross: $93.62M

30. Cinderella Man (2005)

PG-13 | 144 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of James J. Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to challenge for the heavyweight championship of the world.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko, Paul Giamatti

Votes: 181,191 | Gross: $61.65M

31. I, Tonya (2017)

R | 119 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 197,855 | Gross: $30.01M

32. Lords of Dogtown (2005)

PG-13 | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970's.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Heath Ledger, Emile Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, Johnny Knoxville

Votes: 53,702 | Gross: $11.01M

33. Sports Night (1998–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Casey McCall and Dan Rydell are sports anchors and best friends. On "Sports Night," their nightly cable program.

Stars: Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina

Votes: 7,838

34. Alley Cats Strike (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 103 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A group of hip retro teenage outsiders become involved in an interschool bowling rivalry.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Kyle Schmid, Robert Ri'chard, Kaley Cuoco, Mimi Paley

Votes: 2,204

35. Going to the Mat (2004 TV Movie)

G | 92 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Jace Newfield has a problem. Besides being blind and being the new kid at school, his problem is that the kids at his new school thinks he's a jerk. Jace has to find a way to be accepted ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gillard | Stars: Andrew Lawrence, Khleo Thomas, Alessandra Torresani, Wayne Brady

Votes: 1,367

36. Motocrossed (2001 TV Movie)

TV-G | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A young girl secretly poses as her twin brother to win the big motocross race for him after he breaks his leg.

Director: Steve Boyum | Stars: Alana Austin, Trever O'Brien, Riley Smith, Mary-Margaret Humes

Votes: 4,868

37. Miracle in Lane 2 (2000 TV Movie)

G | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on a true story, a 13-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair is determined to win a trophy like his athletic older brother.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Frankie Muniz, Rick Rossovich, Molly Hagan, Patrick Levis

Votes: 2,062

38. Brink! (1998 TV Movie)

TV-G | 99 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Andy "Brink" Brinker and his in-line skating crew--Peter, Jordy, and Gabriella--who call themselves "Soul-Skaters" (which means they skate for the fun of it, and not for the money), clash ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Erik von Detten, Sam Horrigan, Christina Vidal, Robin Riker

Votes: 5,992

39. The Karate Kid Part III (1989)

PG | 112 min | Action, Drama, Family

36 Metascore

Ostracised villain John Kreese attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the help of a Vietnam War comrade, the wealthy owner of a toxic waste disposal business.

Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith

Votes: 57,251 | Gross: $38.96M

40. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Two ambitious girls, despite their parents' wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 107,015 | Gross: $32.54M

41. The Bronze (2015)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

44 Metascore

A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status reluctantly trains a rising Olympics aspirant.

Director: Bryan Buckley | Stars: Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson, Thomas Middleditch

Votes: 11,743 | Gross: $0.62M

42. Blades of Glory (2007)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

64 Metascore

In 2002, two rival Olympic ice skaters were stripped of their gold medals and permanently banned from men's single competition. Presently, however, they've found a loophole that will allow them to qualify as a pairs team.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck | Stars: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

Votes: 162,678 | Gross: $118.59M

43. Ice Princess (2005)

G | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

With the help of her coach, her mom, and the boy who drives the Zamboni machine, nothing can stop Casey (Trachtenberg) from realizing her dream to be a champion figure skater.

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Michelle Trachtenberg, Kim Cattrall, Trevor Blumas, Joan Cusack

Votes: 26,104 | Gross: $24.38M

44. Go Figure (2005 TV Movie)

TV-G | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A teenager dreams of becoming a champion ice-skater, and soon discovers a top Russian instructor is working at a nearby private school.

Director: Francine McDougall | Stars: Jordan Danger, Whitney Sloan, Cristine Rose, Ryan Malgarini

Votes: 3,579

45. Rip Girls (2000 TV Movie)

TV-G | 87 min | Drama, Family, Romance

A 13-year-old (Camilla Belle) learns to surf while visiting Hawaii for the first time to see a plantation she inherited.

Director: Joyce Chopra | Stars: Camilla Belle, Dwier Brown, Stacie Hess, Brian Stark

Votes: 1,276

46. Blue Crush (2002)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Sport