Special Report

The Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

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40. McFarland, USA (2015)
> Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez
> Director: Niki Caro
> IMDb rating: 7.4 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 80%
> RT audience score: 88%

Kevin Costner starred in this uplifting movie from Disney based on a true story about a former high school football coach who moves to an economically distressed community in California and turns the cross-country team into a champion.

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39. The Champ (1931)
> Starring: Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich
> Director: King Vidor
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 95%
> RT audience score: 75%

“The Champ” is the story of a washed-up former boxer (Wallace Beery) who lives in Tijuana with his young son. After winning a racehorse in a bet, Champ contacts his son’s mother and her new husband, providing him and his son a new opportunity in horseracing. The film was nominated for four Oscars and won two — best actor for Beery and best writing.

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38. Rudy (1993)
> Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
> Director: David Anspaugh
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 78%
> RT audience score: 90%

“Rudy” is the sentimental story about a working-class young man whose goal is to play football for the University of Notre Dame, his dream school, despite the fact he’s undersized. Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes hailed the film for its “uplifting spirit and determination.”

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37. Sugar (2008)
> Starring: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas
> Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
> IMDb rating: 7.2 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> RT audience score: 80%

“Sugar” is the story of Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a Dominican baseball player who moves to Iowa in order to try to work his way through the ranks of minor league baseball. The film largely focuses on the culture shock of Sugar’s time in America, where he encounters racism and other difficulties.

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36. Rocky (1976)
> Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
> Director: John G. Avildsen
> IMDb rating: 8.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> RT audience score: 69%

Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, “Rocky” is the film that put the action star on the map. The movie about an unusually driven young boxer was the top grossing film released in 1976 and has produced seven sequels to date, including the recent Creed flicks.