Special Report

The Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

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35. The Karate Kid (1984)
> Starring: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue
> Director: John G. Avildsen
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 89%
> RT audience score: 82%

“The Karate Kid” is not just one of the most famous sports movies, it’s also among the most popular movies of all time, grossing over $91 million across three cinematic releases. The feel-good cult classic follows a martial arts master who teaches a bullied teenager karate.

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34. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
> Starring: Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Everett Sloane
> Director: Robert Wise
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 83%
> RT audience score: 86%

“Somebody Up There Likes Me” is based on the autobiography of boxer Rocky Graziano. The movie tells the story of how Graziano, played by Paul Newman, became the world’s middleweight champion in 1947.

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33. Remember the Titans (2000)
> Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris
> Director: Boaz Yakin
> IMDb rating: 7.8 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 73%
> RT audience score: 93%

Described by Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus as “an inspirational crowd-pleaser with a healthy dose of social commentary,” “Remember the Titans” stars Denzel Washington as high school football coach Herman Boone, who is hired to oversee the newly desegregated public school team.

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32. The Natural (1984)
> Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close
> Director: Barry Levinson
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 82%
> RT audience score: 88%

Barry Levinson directed this homage to the national pastime based on Bernard Malamud’s novel of the same name that is part sports drama and part fantasy. Robert Redford played a Depression-era baseball player whose hitting prowess seems almost divinely ordained. The staff at Variety said “The Natural” was “an impeccably made, but quite strange, fable about success and failure in America.”

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31. Hard Times (1975)
> Starring: Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Jill Ireland
> Director: Walter Hill
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 92%
> RT audience score: 81%

“Hard Times” is the story of a man who boxes as a way to earn money and survive during the Great Depression in New Orleans. The rough bare-knuckle fighting drama was Walter Hill’s first feature film as a director.