10 Best Sports Movies Ever Made, According To Reddit
With the recent premiere of the critically acclaimed film A league apart reboot series, moviegoers all over the internet had to ponder some of the best sports presentation in movies – and Reddit users were extremely eager to share their picks for the best in the genre.
Sports films have always been one of the most popular genres of film, probably because they are able to tell uplifting and inspiring stories in an environment that all audiences are familiar with – and when done well, they can be among the most entertaining viewing experiences of all.
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
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Whereas white men can’t jump doesn’t tell the same kind of inspirational story found in most sports movies, it remains one of the funniest and most creative entries in the genre in a long time. Woody Harrelson plays a con artist named Billy Hoyle, whose hustle and bustle involves tricking black basketball players into thinking he can’t play.
Harrelson stars alongside Wesley Snipes in the film, and the two have brilliant chemistry together — in both comedic and dramatic scenes. Reddit user tinoynk calls the film “hilarious, cathartic, believable, relatable…and the sports action is pretty solid and realistic”.
Cool Races (1993)
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Cool races is still one of the greatest underdog films ever made, and one that has aged surprisingly well since its release nearly 30 years ago. The film follows the Jamaican bobsled team as they train for the 1988 Winter Olympics.
There’s something about Cool races‘ narrative that is impossible not to root for – all the characters are funny and compelling, and the story is so easy to understand. Editor Druchii5 describes it as a “feel good movie”, which perfectly sums up its unique tone and atmosphere.
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In the center of Rush are two highly regarded Formula 1 drivers, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, who quickly rose to fame for their intense rivalry within the sport. Played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl respectively, the two pilots find themselves pushed to their limits in Rush as their rivalry is put to the test.
Even for those who don’t know much about F1, the deeply human narrative at the heart of the film should be enough to spark interest. Editor lejudojeff claims they “don’t give a damn about Formula 1” but Rush had “hung them all the time”.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
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While it may not be the critics’ choice, Happy Gilmore is one of the most entertaining sports movies ever thanks to a hilarious script and a wonderfully charming performance from Adam Sandler. Although the sport of golf isn’t actually the main focus of the movie, it still plays a huge role in the overall story.
There’s a reason why Happy Gilmore is considered one of Adam Sandler’s finest films, and that’s thanks to its witty script and compelling narrative. Reddit user keep on rolling baby praises Sandler’s protagonist’s writing: “Happy’s goal isn’t to be the best golfer…his motives are completely selfless, he just wants to help his grandmother.”
Raging Bull (1980)
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Throughout his career, Robert De Niro is no stranger to playing real people, but angry bull is probably his most authentic and vulnerable performance to date. He completely transforms into middleweight boxer Jake La Motta, which allows Scorsese to tell this story with an overwhelming sense of honesty and intrigue.
Editor michaelrocco1 names angry bull as “the closest you can get to an objectively correct answer” to the question of which sports movie is better. It has everything you could want – great sporting action, beautiful cinematography, and a story that will entertain as much as it will make you think.
Field of Dreams (1989)
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Despite being quite predictable and formulaic, there’s something about field of dreams it is simply impossible not to enjoy it. Instead of focusing on the sport itself (despite several thrilling sports sequences), field of dreams prioritizes emotional family dynamics at the heart of the story.
There are several moments in field of dreams who still stick with the public today. Reddit user astronaut_general_20 shares a couple: “When he’s playing catch with his dad…and when his daughter chokes and the player saves her knowing he can’t go back – solid writing.”
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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Undoubtedly one of the most moving films on this list, Million dollar baby tells the story of a young boxer named Maggie, who quickly forms a close bond with her trainer Frankie – but a dark moment in Maggie’s career makes things much more complicated for the duo.
According to Redditor destiny_jumpthe only reason more people don’t talk Million dollar baby is because “we’re all still in therapy,” proving just how emotionally devastating the movie is at times. It is certainly not an easy watch, but it is an effective warning against the obsessive nature of competitive sports.
Silver Ball (2011)
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by Bennet Miller silver ball follows Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill as two baseball pundits on a quest to build baseball’s next great team using fully computerized methods, despite the many challenges it presents to the game. more thrilling of the sports genre thanks to the dark tone and careful editing.
Reddit user spaceman_spifffff written on silver ball“I know next to nothing about any sport, but I’ve watched this one over and over again.” It’s one of the most accessible sports films out there, as it doesn’t rely on prior knowledge of the sport to understand its layered narrative.
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When it comes to the most popular sports movies, Rocky just couldn’t go silent. He practically invented the sports film genre with his inspirational underdog story, which still resonates with many audiences around the world today.
Editor rabid_cousin affirm that “Rocky was the greatest sports movie of all time when it came out”, and that “Rocky is still the biggest character in sports film.” There are very few films that have managed to achieve the same level of popularity in pop culture as Rockyand there’s obviously a reason for that.
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Directed by Ryan Coogler, Creed takes everything that was great in the original Rocky films and adapts them for a new era. The movie boasts all of the same sporting action and competitive rivalries, but with the added twist of “legacy sequel” that gives it an inexplicable sentimentality.
Even years later, Creed remains one of lead actor Michael B. Jordan’s finest films, and probably the one he is best known for today. Reddit user Zofinda has a lot to say about the greatness of Creed: “It’s the best of Rocky, plus something a bit new and fresh. And the boxing is (slightly) more realistic.”
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