25 Most Underrated Sports Movies of All Time

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Underrated Sports Films

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Sports movies are definitely my favorite films. Some of them focus on true stories and others are clearly just for a good laugh. Either way, they can teach you a good life lesson.

It’s pretty easy to point out the best sports movies. Classics like Hoosiers and The Blind Side always get the attention. The movies on this list aren’t like that. These are the underdogs when it comes to sports films.

Surprisingly, most of these films are from the 90’s. I don’t’ know why, but apparently they didn’t get much attention. If it weren’t for Netflix, I wouldn’t have even heard of a couple of these movies. In fact, these movies are slowly becoming more popular due to programs like Netflix and Hulu.

Most sports movies are inspirational and these definitely fit-in with the more popular films. Of course, some of them just provide us with some good humor but there’s always a story behind the humor. Other movies will make some people cry.

The best movies out there are the ones that involve drama because that’s what people like to watch. This list was actually a little hard to make. Some sports movies out there just absolutely suck, but these are ones that most people would enjoy.

I’m not exactly a movie expert, but sports movies are the one exception. Sports movies are pretty much the only ones that I will pay to see in theaters so I know them pretty well. You may agree or disagree with my opinions of these films but take a look and enjoy!

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Hoop Dreams

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I honestly hadn't seen this movie until a few months ago. It follows two young Chicago boys that struggle to become college basketball players. It truly is an inspiring sports film.

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Million Dollar Baby

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A League of Their Own

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Most sports films follow the lives of men. This one focuses on how women can be just as competitive as the guys. It's the story of two sisters that join the first female professional baseball league.

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White Men Can't Jump

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This is a movie that everyone loves. Surprisingly, a lot of people haven't even seen it. It's one of the funnier sports movies out there and focuses on street basketball. Most sports movies out there focus on college or professional sports, not ones that an everyday person would play.

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The Sandlot

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This film is a classic. Yeah, it's kind of a "kid" movie but we all enjoy it. It's one of the top grossing videos of all time yet just gets the credit for being a kid-friendly film.

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Tin Cup

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This is another movie that i hadn't seen until recently. It's actually a pretty realistic film considering it focuses on a washed-up golf pro. Tin Cup is easily one of the most underrated films that i've ever seen.

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Varsity Blues

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This movie barely got any attention but it really is a good film. It's a pretty realistic story-set but not as good as Friday Night Lights. Sure, it could use some better actors, but either way it's a film that I watch consistently.

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Baseketball

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Sure, this is a very comedic film but it's definitely a good one. It's a mix between basketball and baseball so it's a film that any sports fan will love. It was made by the creators of South Park, so you know that you'll get a good laugh.

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Rudy

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This is the one movie that can make some guys cry. It's an inspiring story about a kid that had the dreams of playing football for the University of Notre Dame. In the end, his hard work work paid off and he got to get on the field.

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Field of Dreams

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Okay, so this one may not be fully underrated but it's a great film. However, it takes place in Iowa so it's not exactly something you'd expect.

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61

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I don't even remember this film coming out in theaters. However, I've recently seen it and it's actually a good one. It's the story of two baseball players that compete to beat out Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

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Bad News Bears

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This one is an old film, but it's a classic. Since it's older film, it doesn't get very much attention anymore. The original film is definitely better than the re-make they had in 2005.

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Big Fan

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I hadn't even heard of this film until recently but it's actually pretty good. It follows the life of a crazy Giants fan. Big Fan may sound like it has a dumb plot but it is a decent film.

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All The Right Moves

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This is another film that is older and doesn't get much attention. It follows the story of a high school football player that is desperate for a scholarship.

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Cinderella Man

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This boxing film, directed by Ron Howard, is based on the real life story of James Braddock. After it seems his career might over, Braddock returns to the ring to become a champion.

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Ali

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This movie didn't live up to the hype it was geting, but it's still a must-watch for fans of Muhammad Ali. Will Smith transforms himself into the greatest of all-time and puts on one heck of a performance.

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Dodgeball

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Critics did not like this movie, but they never like sports comedies. "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

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Happy Gilmore

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Another film that critics rated as awful, that's actually one of the best sports comedies of all-time. People still say lines from this movie 17 years after it was released. That speaks volumes.

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Talladega Nights

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Most people just view this one as another Will Ferrell flick, but it's actually one of the most underrated sports films of all-time. The plot isn't great, but it's an entertaining movie from start to finish.

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The Replacements

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If you can stomach Keanu Reeves and you like football, this movie is worth a watch. The title of the movie tells it all. During a pro football strike, owners are forced to hire replacement players.

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Cool Runnings

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You have to go back 20 years for this underrated sports movie. The late great John Candy stars in this film about a real-life Jamaican bobsled team that made it to the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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Major League II

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Major League II doesn't get near as much love as the first one does. It's certainly not a better film, but there are tons of classic one-liners in the sequel, mainly from Harry Doyle (Bob Uecker).

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Rocky IV

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Some people vote this as their favorite of the Rocky films. But critics had mainly gotten off board by the time the fourth installment was released in 1985. The winter weather training montage, alone, makes this one worth watching.

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D2: The Mighty Ducks

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It's not as good as the original, but D2 is still a classic. All the original Ducks return for the sequel and a few new faces are added too. Knuckle Puck.


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  • Blake

    The Hammer!!!

  • jayson Teeman

    “61″ was made for HBO…that’s why the author didn’t see it in theaters.

  • Mike R

    Million Dollar Baby is underrated? It won 4 Oscars including one for best picture and made $200m+ in theaters. I stopped looking at the remaining list once I saw that on here.

    • Kyle Huston

      This seems to be a list of pretty good sports movies in no perticular order.

    • thesparky1

      Too much controversy around it. I haven’t seen one frame of it.

    • Vegas82

      I’m not sure what the author considers “underrated” either. I guess it just means movies his friends don’t like.

    • MrGJG

      Half the list is made-up of popular sports movies that most everyone has seen. How exactly are they underrated?

    • leatherjacket16

      I was thinking the same thing lol

  • videoguy

    This Article sounds like a third grade book report. The Author probably isn’t much older.

  • Adam L.

    You don’t remember 61 being in theaters because it was made for HBO.

    Million Dollar Baby was a steaming turd.

  • Mister D

    How the hell is Field of Dreams underrated? Or Bad News Bears? A League of Their Own? Hoop Dreams? Million Dollar Baby? Do some research next time,

  • Kyle Huston

    BASEketball wasnt created by Tre and Matt, they just act in it. I love the movie and i agree it is underrated but youre wrong on that part.

  • Sin McFall

    Writer is insane.

  • Dev

    I would argue that Field of Dreams is one the most overrated sports films of all time

  • Doomedfuzz

    Wow, the author is a moron lol. Someone who has no clue of popular culture and the comments on the films are written at a first grade level. Almost all of these movies were huge hits outside of 61 (made for cable) and Big Fan.

  • rob

    most of these movies are not underrated …your fired!! …lol

  • John Taylor

    Using underrated to push this list is a chrat. I think you did it deliberately just to see what kind of fan rant you could provoke.

  • Rob Johnson

    Big Fan was awesome

  • Baconator96

    You keep saying “underrated.” You don’t know what that word means, do you?

  • sknywhtboy88

    Most of these movies are very famous, successful, well remembered movies, and a few of them are even oscar winners…..

  • Brogue Kick Hooligan

    No Mr. 3000, no Mr. Baseball? Both extremely good and underrated.

  • Juan Jimenez

    In what way are these movies underrated.

  • leatherjacket16

    You know what an underrated sports movie is that’s NOT on this list? MIRACLE! Oh you know, the movie about U.S. winning against Russia in Hockey during the 1980 Winter Olympics…

  • Joyce

    “The Hot Flashes” is not on this list.

  • Bruce

    someone is actually paying this idiot writer? im fucking dumbfounded

  • http://thoughtsfromamiddleagedcollegestudent.blogspot.com/ Michael Young

    This could be one of the worst list ever. Most of the good movies listed were either Oscar winners or got great reviews. Several of the others were not very good, and some (like Rocky IV) were so bad that they couldn’t never be underrated.

  • Jack Squat

    25 greatest sports movies of all time sans 5

  • Tj Kearney

    I’m thinking the writer was born in the late 80s early 90s.

  • Craig Mitchell

    *61 wasn’t a theatrical release. It was made for HBO by Billy Crystal