Special Report

The Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

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30. Miracle (2004)
> Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West
> Director: Gavin O’Connor
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 81%
> RT audience score: 90%

“Miracle” is about the man behind one of the most famous victories (and upsets) in the history of hockey. Kurt Russell played Herb Brooks, who coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team against the Soviet squad, which was believed to be unbeatable. The American team eventually won the gold medal.

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29. The Hurricane (1999)
> Starring: Denzel Washington, Vicellous Shannon, Deborah Kara Unger
> Director: Norman Jewison
> IMDb rating: 7.6 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 83%
> RT audience score: 87%

Denzel Washington plays Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, a boxer who was wrongfully convicted (along with another man) of committing murders. The movie is largely about the fight to prove his innocence. Washinbgton was nominated for an Oscar in the best actor category for his performance.

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28. Slap Shot (1977)
> Starring: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin
> Director: George Roy Hill
> IMDb rating: 7.3 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 85%
> RT audience score: 89%

Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes lauded Paul Newman’s performance as the player/coach of a failing minor league hockey team that starts winning after he adds to the roster several overly physical players of questionable ability.

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27. Field of Dreams (1989)
> Starring: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
> Director: Phil Alden Robinson
> IMDb rating: 7.5 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 87%
> RT audience score: 86%

Kevin Costner returned to the national pastime in this sports fantasy about a struggling Iowa farmer who carves a baseball diamond out of his cornfield. Soon afterward, the 1919 Chicago White Sox, infamous for rigging the World Series, showed up at the field. The film is known for the quote “If you build it, he will come.” The film was also the last feature-length movie for actor Burt Lancaster.

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26. Bull Durham (1988)
> Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
> Director: Ron Shelton
> IMDb rating: 7.1 out of 10
> Tomatometer score: 97%
> RT audience score: 82%

Minor league baseball provided the backdrop for a love triangle involving a player with fading skills (Kevin Costner), a rising star (Tim Robbins), and the team groupie (Susan Sarandon) who romances both of them. The script that blended comedy and romance earned a Best Writing Oscar nomination for writer-director Ron Shelton.