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Recommended Sports Films

Brian’s Song (1971) is a classic sports film based on the lives of Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears football team.

Million Dollar Baby

Million Dollar Baby (2004) was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning 4 (Best picture, Best director, Best Actress, & Best Supporting Actor). Maggie Fitzgerald, with the help from a male trainer, sets her sights on a career in boxing.



American Underdog

American Underdog (2001) is based on the lives of Kurt and Brenda Warner. The film follows Kurt's path to the National Football League.



A League of Their Own

This 1992 film's story line was inspired by the career of baseball legend Dottie Collins. In 2012, this film was selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry archives.



Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams (1989) is a fantasy film in which Ray Kinsella hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield say, "If you build it, he will come." He then replaces much of his corn with a baseball field.



National Champions

National Champions (2021) explores reactions to college football players' boycotting the National Championship game to attempt to demand fair compensation, equality and respect for all student-athletes.



Rocky (1-5, Rocky Balboa, Creed 1 & 2)

Rocky (1976 - the first film in this franchise) was the first sports film to win an Academy Award for best picture. An unknow boxing contender gets his chance at the heavyweight boxing championship - and more.




Rudy (1993) Ruettiger is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing football for the University of Notre Dame.




Prefontaine (1997) is based on the life and times of long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine who pursued his dream of Olympic gold and became one of the most popular track stars in America. 



Inspired by a true story, Hoosiers (1986) follows a small town high school basketball team to the Indiana State championship game (nominated for 2 Oscars).



After entering the top level of Major League Baseball in 1947, Jackie Robinson plays himself in The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) which follows his life from the early years through his professional baseball career. 

A new version of this film was released in 2013 entitled, 42.