List of sports films

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This is a compilation of films in the genre covering sports activities. Sports films have been made since the era of silent films, such as the 1915 film The Champion starring Charlie Chaplin. Films in this genre can range from serious (Raging Bull) to silly (Horse Feathers). A classic theme for sports films is the triumph of an individual or team who prevail despite the difficulties. Men often identify with sports films in ways they wouldn't with other genres, such as spy films.[dubious ][1]

American football[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Freshman1925ComedySilent film
Maker of Men1931DramaA football player finds it hard to please his coach, who's his father.
Horse Feathers1932ComedyMarx Brothers farce about college football.
College Coach1933DramaStars get money, academic favoritism under new coach (Pat O'Brien).
Pigskin Parade1936ComedyA "hillbilly" (Stuart Erwin) becomes a Texas college football hero.
The Big Game1936ComedyA gambler kidnaps Atlantic's quarterback before the big game vs. Erie.
Over the Goal1937DramaFootball star (William Hopper) risks permanent injury if he keeps playing.
Navy Blue and Gold1937DramaMidshipman (James Stewart) clears father's name in time to play in Army-Navy game.
Touchdown, Army1938DramaA cocky cadet (Robert Cummings) shapes up in time to play in Army-Navy game.
$1000 a Touchdown1939ComedyJoe E. Brown inherits a college, offers money to any player who can score a touchdown.
Knute Rockne, All American1940BiographicalLife and career of Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien), with Ronald Reagan as the Gipper.
Too Many Girls1940ComedyBodyguards hired to watch rich girl (Lucille Ball) in college end up on the football team.
Harmon of MIchigan1941DramaTom Harmon as himself, a college hero who weds sweetheart, becomes a coach.
The Spirit of Stanford1942DramaFrankie Albert as himself, a high school quarterback who then attends Stanford.
Never Been Licked1943DramaWWII propaganda about Corps of Cadets and football at Texas A&M
Good News1947MusicalTait College can win the big game, but only if its star (Peter Lawford) passes an exam.
Father was a Fullback1949ComedyDaughter of coach (Fred MacMurray) has boyfriend who chooses her over Notre Dame.
Easy Living1949DramaPro quarterback Pete Wilson (Victor Mature) discovers he has a heart condition.
That's My Boy1951ComedyMartin and Lewis college football comedy.
Saturday's Hero1951DramaA Virginia university's halfback (John Derek) deals with injuries, money issues.
The Guy Who Came Back1951DramaInjured, aging athlete (Paul Douglas) refuses to accept that his playing days are over.
The Rose Bowl Story1952RomanceA college gridiron star and a Rose Bowl princess fall in love.
Trouble Along the Way1953ComedyA Catholic college in New York hires a new football coach (John Wayne).
Crazylegs1953BiographicalBased on college career of Elroy Hirsch, playing himself.
The All-American1953DramaA quarterback (Tony Curtis) deals with hazing and hardship at a Chicago college.
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home1965ComedyThe CIA tries to get Notre Dame's team to lose a game on purpose.
Paper Lion1968BiographicalAdaptation of writer George Plimpton's tryout with Detroit Lions, starring Alan Alda.
Number One1969DramaFictional story of aging New Orleans Saints pro quarterback (Charlton Heston).
Brian's Song1971BiographicalTV film on bond between Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers of Chicago Bears, and Piccolo's cancer battle. James Caan and Billy Dee Williams.
The Longest Yard1974ComedyBurt Reynolds prison-football film.
Two-Minute Warning1976ThrillerFictional story of stadium sniper, starring Charlton Heston.
Gus1976ComedyDisney tale of a football-kicking mule.
Something for Joey1977BiographicalTV film on John Cappelletti, who won Heisman Trophy, lost brother to leukemia.
Semi-Tough1977ComedyBased on Dan Jenkins pro football novel, starring Burt Reynolds.
Heaven Can Wait1978ComedyA remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but with football as backdrop instead of boxing. Warren Beatty as owner-quarterback of the Rams.
Superdome1978DramaSuper Bowl quarterbacks (Tom Selleck, Ken Howard) are distracted by off-the-field worries. Made for TV.
North Dallas Forty1979DramaBased on Peter Gent pro football novel. Nick Nolte as a Dallas wide receiver.
Fighting Back1980BiographicalAbout Rocky Bleier and obstacles he overcame after return from Vietnam.
Grambling's White Tiger1980BiographicalFact-based TV film on Grambling University's first white quarterback (played by Bruce Jenner).
All the Right Moves1983DramaTom Cruise as a high school football player.
Quarterback Princess1983BiographicalOregon schoolgirl seeks a chance to quarterback the boys' team.
The Bear1984BiographicalMade for TV biopic on life and coaching career of Alabama's Bear Bryant (played by Gary Busey).
Against All Odds1984DramaPro receiver (Jeff Bridges) develops fatal attraction to daughter of team's corrupt owner.
Lucas1986ComedyNot primarily about the sport; has football-related subplot.
The Best of Times1986ComedyChildhood friends replay their biggest game, starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell.
Wildcats1986ComedyGoldie Hawn as a high school football coach.
Johnny Be Good1988ComedyAnthony Michael Hall as a star high school quarterback.
Everybody's All-American1988DramaDennis Quaid in adaptation of Frank Deford football novel.
Necessary Roughness1991ComedyStory of a Texas college team filled with misfits.
The Last Boy Scout1991ActionCrime action film; football marginal to plot.
School Ties1992DramaHigh school bigotry story with Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon.
The Program1993DramaJames Caan as a college team's coach.
Rudy1993BiographicalTrue story of quest by Rudy Ruettiger to enroll and play at Notre Dame.
Little Giants1994ComedyFiction about men who coach children's teams.
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story1994BiographicalTelevision film on life and career-ending injury of New York Jets' Dennis Byrd.
Jerry Maguire1996Rom-ComTom Cruise as a pro athlete's agent. An Oscar for Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Angels in the Endzone1997ComedyDirect-to-video sequel to 1994 version of Angels in the Outfield.
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon1998ComedyMade for TV tale with Tony Danza.
The Waterboy1998ComedyAdam Sandler as a backward boy who helps Louisiana school's team.
Air Bud: Golden Receiver1998ComedyThe second in the Air Bud series.
Varsity Blues1999DramaTexas high school story starring James Van Der Beek.
Any Given Sunday1999DramaFiction about pro football with Al Pacino as a Miami coach.
The Fanatics1999ComedyA television film with Ed Asner.
Marshall University: Ashes to Glory2000DocumentaryMade for TV. A history of Marshall University football in the late 20th century, starting with the 1970 plane crash and ending with the school's successes in the 1990s.
Remember the Titans2000DramaBased on a true story about a Virginia high school coach, starring Denzel Washington.
The Replacements2000ComedyKeanu Reeves in a fictional story about strike-breakers on a pro team.
Brian's Song2001DramaA remake of 1971 story of Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo.
Full Ride2002ComedyBad-attitude teen is picked to play in a state all-star game.
Monday Night Mayhem2002BiographicalThe creation of Monday Night Football, with John Turturro as sportscaster Howard Cosell.
The Slaughter Rule2002DramaRyan Gosling as a Montana six-man football player.
Junction Boys2002BiographicalMade for TV; based on a true story about a grueling football training camp at Texas A&M under coach Bear Bryant.
Hometown Legend2002DramaA drifting teenager meets a demanding high school coach.
Second String2002Comedytelevision film on a guy who gets to quarterback Buffalo Bills.
Radio2003DramaTrue story, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. as a challenged young man who aids a football coach.
Friday Night Lights2004DramaBased on a true story about Texas high school football.
The Longest Yard2005ComedyRemake of the 1974 film of the same title, with Adam Sandler.
Two for the Money2005DramaAl Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, gambling big on football.
Code Breakers2005DramaESPN film on 1951 West Point cheating scandal, starring Scott Glenn.
Invincible2006DramaBiopic of bartender Vince Papale (played by Mark Wahlberg), who gets to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
We Are Marshall2006DramaMatthew McConaughey in true story of college team's 1970 plane crash and aftermath.
Facing the Giants2006DramaChristian-themed story of a high school coach.
Gridiron Gang2006DramaDwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, as man who creates team at juvenile detention center.
The Comebacks2007ComedySpoof of sports movies, featuring football coach "Lambeau Fields."
The Game Plan2007ComedyPro quarterback (The Rock) discovers that he has a daughter.
Leatherheads2007ComedyGeorge Clooney in fictional story of 1920s pro football.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-292008DocumentaryAlumni (including Tommy Lee Jones) recall a memorable 1968 Ivy League game.
The Express2008BiographicalFactual account on life of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.
The Longshots2008ComedyBased on a true story of first girl to play in Pop Warner league.
The Band that Wouldn't Die2009DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores history of the Baltimore Colts, team's controversial move to Indianapolis, and NFL's return to Baltimore, through common thread of Colts marching band.
The Blind Side2009BiographicalHigh school career and recruitment of Michael Oher. An Oscar for Sandra Bullock.
The Legend of Jimmy the Greek2009DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder, from start as bookie through firing from The NFL Today.
Small Potatoes: Who Killed the USFL?2009DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Follows rise and demise of 1980s United States Football League, including team owner Donald Trump.
The U2009DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles dominance of University of Miami program in 1980s and 1990s.
The Best That Never Was2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines 1981 Mississippi high school star Marcus Dupree, his injury-prone career, and how he affected recruiting process.
Run Ricky Run2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On life of Ricky Williams, focusing on his 2004 departure from NFL.
Straight Outta L.A.2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Relationship between Raiders and minority fan base during 1982–1994 stint in L.A.
4th & GOAL2010DocumentarySix players followed over six years as they try to make it to NFL. Unique look at journey from high school to professional football.
The 5th Quarter2011DramaBased on story of Jon Abbate and surprising 2006 season of Wake Forest University.
The Marinovich Project2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Rise and fall of USC and NFL quarterback Todd Marinovich, focusing on complex relationship with his father.
Pony Excess2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A history of football at Southern Methodist University, including 1987 scandal that shut down the program for two years.
Roll Tide/War Eagle2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On intense rivalry between Alabama and Auburn, and how devastating tornado and act of vandalism placed rivalry in perspective.
Undefeated2011DocumentaryChronicles 2009 season of Manassas High School, a doormat of Memphis football seeking first playoff win. Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Touchback2012DramaOhio farmer relives a high school football game that changed his life.
Ghosts of Ole Miss2012DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 50-year retrospective on 1962 at University of Mississippi, marked by an undefeated football season against backdrop of violence over the school's integration.
23 Blast2013DramaTrue story about Travis Freeman, a Kentucky teen who loses his sight.
Against the Tide2013DocumentaryMade for TV. A look back at 1970 USCAlabama game, in which an integrated USC team easily defeats all-white Alabama and help to hasten integration of sport in the South.
Elway to Marino2013DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On six quarterbacks selected in first round of 1983 NFL Draft, focusing on John Elway, the first of six picked, and Dan Marino, the last.
Youngstown Boys2013DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines relationship at Ohio State between coach Jim Tressel and player Maurice Clarett.
Brian and The Boz2014DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the rise, fall, and post-football life of Brian Bosworth.
Draft Day2014DramaNFL general manager (Kevin Costner) is torn about draft's top pick.
Rand University2014DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines former NFL star Randy Moss and his origins in Rand, West Virginia.
The U Part 22014DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Sequel to The U, following Miami football's rise from scandal to renewed dominance, only to face new controversy with the Nevin Shapiro scandal..
We Could Be King2014DocumentaryA high school team faced with a merger with its rival.
When the Game Stands Tall2014DramaTrue story of a California school's amazing winning streak.
Happy Valley2014DocumentaryAbout the sex-abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and its impact on Penn State University and its football program.

Association football (soccer)[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Great Game1930ComedyBritish film about fictional Manningford F.C.
Sportszerelem1936Comedy
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery1939Crime comedyWhen a player is poisoned during a match, Detective Inspector Slade must investigate.
Das große Spiel1942Comedy
O Leão da Estrela1947Comedy-dramaThis Arthur Duarte movie includes original images of the Portuguese cup final Porto - Sporting
The Great Game1953Comedy-dramaThe chairman of a British club is penalized for approaching a player from a rival team.
Két félidő a pokolban1961DramaBased on 1942's The Death Match between team in modern-day Ukraine (including players from Dynamo Kyiv) and a German Wehrmacht side.
Dhanyee Meye1971Comedy
Mohunbaganer Meye1976
Yesterday's Hero1979DramaIan McShane as a former football player turned alcoholic.
Escape to Victory1981WarLoosely based on The Death Match, with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine; released in North America as Victory.
Gregory's Girl1981ComedyScottish teen tale directed by Bill Forsyth.
Ultra1991DramaItalian film.
Cup Final1991DramaIsraeli film about a kidnapping during the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Ladybugs1992ComedyRodney Dangerfield as a soccer coach who makes a boy suit up as a girl.
An Impossible Job1994Documentary
The Big Green1994Family ComedyA British woman teaches soccer to Texas school kids.
Fever Pitch1997Romantic comedyColin Firth in an adaptation of Nick Hornby's book about Arsenal.
When Saturday Comes1996DramaA factory worker (Sean Bean) is recruited by professional football clubs.
Soccer Dog: The Movie1999Family comedyAn orphan's dog has an uncanny skill at soccer.
Home Team1999Family comedyEx-pro football player (Steve Guttenberg) is sentenced to serve as a handyman at a boys' home.
Switching Goals1999Family comedyTwin sisters (Olsen twins), total opposites, become soccer opponents.
Air Bud: World Pup2000Family comedyDirect-to-video film in the Air Bud series.
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble2000Comedy-dramaA 15-year-old's goal is to play for Manchester City.
Shaolin Soccer2001ComedyHong Kong comedy about a football-playing monk.
A Shot at Glory2001DramaA coach (Robert Duvall) tries to get his team to the Scottish Cup final.
Mean Machine2001Comedy-dramaAdaptation of The Longest Yard with association football instead of American football. Stars former footballer Vinnie Jones.
Mike Bassett: England Manager2001ComedyManager from lower leagues becomes manager of England National Football Team, aims for World Cup in Brazil.
The Game of Their Lives2002DocumentaryChronicles North Korea national team that made surprising run to quarterfinals of 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Bend It Like Beckham2002Comedy-dramaTwo teenaged girls in England (Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley) try out for football.
The Miracle of Bern2003Comedy-dramaSet against backdrop of 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, which became known in Germany as the "Miracle of Bern".
The Other Final2003DocumentaryMatch between Bhutan and Montserrat, lowest-ranked teams in FIFA World Rankings, held on same day as 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.
United2003ComedyNorway film.
Just for Kicks2003ComedyFilm about two Soccer playing twin brothers
Soccer Dog: European Cup2004ComedySequel to 1999 children's film.
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team2005DocumentaryA history of the US women's national team.
Goal!2005DramaSantiago Muñez (Kuno Becker), a Mexican youth in U.S. illegally, gets an opportunity to play in England.
Green Street2005DramaStarring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. A film about football hooliganism in England.
Kicking & Screaming2005Family comedyWill Ferrell screwball comedy about coaching soccer.
Real, The Movie2005DocumentaryExplores the history of Real Madrid, incorporating some fictional elements.
The Game of Their Lives2005DramaBased on USA's massive upset of England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Goal II: Living the Dream2006DramaContinuation of 2005 story, with Santiago switching from Newcastle to Real Madrid.
Offside2006ComedySweden film.
Offside2006DramaIran film.
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos2006DocumentaryMatt Dillon narrates story of North American Soccer League club, with player interviews.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait2006DocumentaryChronicles life and career of Zinedine Zidane.
She’s the Man2006Comedy(Amanda Bynes) disguises herself so she can play with the boys.
Gracie2007DramaNew Jersey girl battles to play on boys' team. Loosely based on Elisabeth Shue, who co-produced film and plays girl's mother.
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal2007
Her Best Move2007ComedyA 15-year-old girl has a shot to make the US national team.
Maradona by Kusturica2008DocumentaryA look at the career of Diego Maradona.
Kicking It2008DocumentaryColin Farrell narrates a look at the Homeless World Cup.
Soccer Mom2008ComedyTV family movie starring Missi Pyle.
Football with a cause2009DocumentaryAcadémica Coimbra team resistance against Portuguese dictatorship, shown to world in cup final against Benfica in 1969
The Damned United2009DramaA fictionalized version of Brian Clough's tenure as manager of Leeds United.
Goal! 3: Taking on the World2009DramaDirect-to-video third part of trilogy following the experiences of a Mexican footballer in Europe.
Offside2009Romantic comedyStory about rival footballers in Australia.
A Time for Champions2009DocumentaryMade for TV. Explores history of soccer in St. Louis, focusing on Saint Louis University in the 1960s and early 1970s.
One Night in Turin2010DocumentaryChronicles England's run in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
The Two Escobars2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores lives of footballer Andrés Escobar and drug lord Pablo Escobar, and links between murders of both men.
For the Glory2011Drama
Egaro2011DramaIndian Bengali team Mohun Bagan wins 1911 IFA Shield against mighty British team East Yorkshire Regiment in Calcutta under background circumstances of Partition of Bengal of 1905.
Will2011DramaAfter losing his parents, 12-year-old journeys across Europe to witness 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, which features dad's favorite football club Liverpool.
United2011DramaBased on Manchester United squad during the 1950s and Munich air disaster that took lives of eight players.
Playing for Keeps2012Romantic comedyA former professional star (Gerard Butler) coaches a kids' team.
Hillsborough2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 25-year retrospective of the Hillsborough disaster, featuring many accounts from fans in attendance, police officers, and victims' family members.
Next Goal Wins2014DocumentaryBritish film about American Samoa team trying to qualify for World Cup.
United Passions2014DramaFrench film about origins of FIFA.

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

TitleYearGenreEvent(s)Notes
College1927ComedySilent film with Buster Keaton trying multiple sports.
Olympic Games1927ComedyOur Gang children's version of the Olympics.
Million Dollar Legs1932ComedyShotputW.C. Fields fable of team from "Klopstokia" competing in 1932 Olympic Games.
Jim Thorpe - All-American1951BiographicalDecathlonStory of famed Native American athlete, starring Burt Lancaster.
The Bob Mathias Story1954DramaDecathlonBiographical film on two-time Olympic gold medalist Bob Mathias.
Geordie1955ComedyHammerStory of Scotsman out to get to the Olympic Games.
It Happened in Athens1962ComedyMarathonJayne Mansfield in story set at 1896 Olympics in Greece.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner1962DramaDistance runningAcclaimed film from UK starring Tom Courtenay.
Billie1965ComedySprintsPatty Duke as a high school athlete who competes with boys.
Walk, Don't Run1966ComedyRace walkingFinal film of Cary Grant, set during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Games1970DramaMarathonRyan O'Neal and Michael Crawford as fictional distance runners.
The World's Greatest Athlete1973ComedyTrackDisney tale of a jungle boy who becomes a star athlete.
The Loneliest Runner1976DramaMarathonMade for TV, written and directed by Michael Landon.
See How She Runs1978DramaMarathonMade for TV
Crossbar1979DramaHigh JumpMade for TV
The Jericho Mile1979DramaMileMade for TV about a prisoner trying to qualify for the Olympics.
Running1979DramaMarathonMichael Douglas as fictional Olympic distance-running hopeful.
Goldengirl1979Sci-fiSprintsA scientifically enhanced girl (Susan Anton) trains for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Chariots of Fire1981DramaSprintsTrue story set during 1924 Olympics. Four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Graduation Day1981HorrorTrackSlasher film about school's track athletes being murdered.
Personal Best1982DramaTrackMariel Hemingway in fictional story of women's track and field.
Running Brave1983Drama10,000 mBiographical film on the life and career of Billy Mills, starring Robby Benson.
On the Edge1985DramaTrail runningA distance runner (Bruce Dern) fights for amateurs' rights during California's Dipsea Race.
The Jesse Owens Story1985BiographicalSprints, long jumpTrue story of legendary 1930s athlete Jesse Owens, portrayed by Dorian Harewood.
Cracked Up1987DramaTrackA high school athlete has a serious problem with cocaine.
Run for Your Life1988Drama/ThrillerMarathonItalian-British production starring David Carradine.
The Four Minute Mile1988BiographicalMileRecord-breaking run of Roger Bannister, made for television.
Across the Tracks1991DramaTrackBrad Pitt and Rick Schroeder as brothers who compete in high school track and field.
Pentathlon1994ThrillerPentathlonAn East German pentathlete (Dolph Lundgren) defects to USA, where his former coach, now a neo-Nazi, finds and harasses him.
Higher Learning1995DramaTrackFictional story of college students, with Omar Epps as track athlete.
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story1996Biography100m HTrue story of hardships and success of great U.S. female athlete.
Prefontaine1997BiographyRunningTrue story of Oregon middle distance runner Steve Prefontaine.
Without Limits1998BiographyRunningAnother version of life and death of Steve Prefontaine.
Endurance1999DramaDistance runningBiographical film about Haile Gebrselassie.
The Long Run2000DramaUltramarathonStory of the Comrades Marathon, an annual 55-mile foot race in South Africa.
Pumpkin2002ComedyChristina Ricci in story about a developmentally challenged youth.
Hitler's Pawn - The Margaret Lambert Story2004DocumentaryHigh JumpTrue story of Gretel Bergmann, who was not permitted to compete in 1936 Olympics for being Jewish, then replaced by an athlete who turned out to be a man. Later dramatized in film Berlin 36.
Four Minutes2005BiographyMileMade for TV. Chronicles the successful quest of Roger Bannister to break the four-minute barrier in the mile.
The Ringer2005ComedyJohnny Knoxville bad-taste spoof of Special Olympics.
Saint Ralph2005DramaMarathonA 15-year-old boy attempts to run in the 1954 Boston Marathon.
Terry2005DocumentaryRoad runningMade for TV. Documents the Marathon of Hope, 1980 attempt of cancer patient and amputee Terry Fox to run across Canada.
Berlin 362009DramaHigh jumpTop athlete Gretel Bergmann is excluded from Berlin Olympics for being Jewish.
Salute2008DocumentaryMultiple eventsAustralia film looking back at 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Run Fatboy Run2007Romantic comedyMarathonDavid Schwimmer-directed comedy about an out-of-shape British man who enters a marathon.
The One Man Olympics2008BiographicalTrackBiographic of China's first ever Olympian Liu Changchun and his journey to compete in 1932 Summer Olympics.
The Runner2009Ultra Trail
Into the Wind2010DocumentaryRoad runningMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Another look at Terry Fox's 1980 Marathon of Hope, co-directed by NBA star Steve Nash, who followed Fox's run as child in Vancouver.
Marion Jones: Press Pause2010DocumentarySprintsMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On career of Marion Jones, her 2007 admission of performance-enhancing drug use, and subsequent prison sentence.
The Robber2010DramaMarathonGerman film about an Austrian bank-robbing runner.
Paan Singh Tomar2012DramaSteeplechaseIndian film based on the true story of an athlete Paan Singh Tomar.
9.79*2012Documentary100 mMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at men's 100 metres of 1988 Summer Olympics, in which Ben Johnson set a world record but was disqualified after testing positive for steroids.
Fast Girls2012DramaSprintsBritish film about two women sprinters.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag2013DramaRunningIndian film based on true story of an athlete Milkha Singh.

Australian rules football[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Great Macarthy1975Comedy
The Club1980Comedy/Drama
Australian Rules2002Drama
Blinder2013Drama
Aussie Rules the World2014Sports documentary

Auto racing[edit]

NB: This list excludes films that feature illegally run street races unless legitimate races are integral to the storyline.

TitleYearGenreTypeNotes
The Speed Kings1913
The Roaring Road1919Romance
Excuse My Dust1920ComedyA sequel to The Roaring Road.
Young Oldfield1924
Speed Madness1925
The Checkered Flag1926
The Speed Classic1928
Speedway1929DramaSilent film about a father and son in Indianapolis.
Burning Up1930
Speed1930
The Racing Strain1932DramaA driver who drinks tries to turn around his life.
The Crowd Roars1932DramaOpen wheelMotor racing saga featuring James Cagney.
Speed1936DramaOpen WheelA carburetor's designer (James Stewart) tries Indy 500, then seeks world speed record.
Ten Laps to Go1936DramaMidgetRival drivers compete for national championship and a girl.
Speed to Spare1936
Indianapolis Speedway1939DramaOpen wheelThree-time Indy champ (Pat O'Brien) wants a young driver to go to college.
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor1939A racing story starring Dennis O'Keefe.
Danger on Wheels1940
Born to Speed1947
Buck Privates Come Home1947ComedyAbbott and Costello aid a young midget-car racer.
The Big Wheel1935DramaOpen wheelMickey Rooney as a young driver out to win the Indianapolis 500.
To Please a Lady1950DramaOpen WheelNewspaper columnist gets reckless racer Mike Brannan (Clark Gable) banned.
Jalopy1953ComedyGoing backwards, the Bowery Boys win the big race.
The Racers1953DramaOpen wheelEuropean circuit racing drama starring Kirk Douglas.
Genevieve1953MusicalVintage carsA British comedy about an automobile rally.
Roar of the Crowd1953DramaOpen wheelIndy 500 contender vows to quit, becomes a sparkplugs salesman.
Johnny Dark1954DramaEngineer Tony Curtis enters car in Canada-to-Mexico race.
Checkpoint1956CrimeRoad racingA criminal gets into a confrontation with British police at an auto race.
The Devil's Hairpin1957DramaRoad racingUndefeated champion (Cornel Wilde) is coaxed out of retirement.
Thunder in Carolina1960DramaStock carRivals vie in Southern 500, starring Alan Hale, Jr. of Gilligan's Island fame.
The Green Helmet1961DramaRoad racingA British film about racers competing in Italy.
The Iron Maiden1962ComedyTraction enginesAlan Hale, Jr. again, in a story about a steam-engine rally.
The Lively Set1964DramaA mechanic (James Darren) feels he's perfected a revolutionary turbine engine.
24 heures d'amant1964DramaSports carClaude Lelouch-directed film set at Le Mans.
Viva Las Vegas1964MusicalSports carElvis Presley is out to win the big race and Ann-Margret.
The Great Race1965ComedyVintage carsJack Lemmon and Tony Curtis slapstick about long-distance car race.
Grand Prix1966DramaOpen wheelJames Garner and Yves Montand in fictional story of drivers' lives and loves.
Red Line 70001966DramaStock carHoward Hawks-directed fiction, starring James Caan.
Fireball 5001966ComedyStock carFrankie Avalon and Annette Funicello vehicle.
Spinout1966MusicalOpen wheelElvis Presley is out to win the big race and Shelley Fabares.
Thunder Alley1967RomanceStunt driver (Fabian), boss's daughter (Annette Funicello) team up in 500-mile race.
Hell On Wheels1967RomanceMechanic, engineer fall for same dame. Marty Robbins stars.
A Man and a Woman1967DramaOpen wheelFrench film about a woman who falls in love with an auto racer.
The Love Bug1968FamilyDemolition derby driver gets his hands on a magical Volkswagen.
Speedway1968MusicalStock carElvis Presley is out to win the big race and Nancy Sinatra.
The Wild Racers1968DramaFabian now races on the European circuit.
Winning1969DramaIndy carPaul Newman and Robert Wagner as rival drivers.
Monte Carlo or Bust!1969ComedyVintage carsa.k.a. Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies
Le Mans1971DramaSports carSteve McQueen as a competitor in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Weekend of a Champion1971documentaryFormula OneDocumentary directed by Roman Polanski chronicling Jackie Stewart's racing season
The Last American Hero1973BiographicalStock carFictional biography of Junior Johnson, starring Jeff Bridges as "Junior Jackson".
Herbie Rides Again1974ComedySequel to The Love Bug.
Flåklypa Grand Prix1975
Death Race 20001975ActionScience-fiction about dangerous car race, starring David Carradine.
Bobby Deerfield1977DramaFormula OneAl Pacino as a famed driver who falls in love with a dying woman.
Greased Lightning1977BiographicalStock carTrue story of stock-car trailblazer Wendell Scott, starring Richard Pryor.
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo1977ComedyThe third entry in The Love Bug series.
The Quick and the Dead1977DocumentaryOpen wheelA behind-the-scenes look at Grand Prix racing, narrated by Stacy Keach.
Herbie Goes Bananas1980ComedyThe fourth entry in The Love Bug series.
Six Pack1982ComedyStock carKenny Rogers stars and sings hit theme song.
Safari 30001982AdventureEnduranceA 3,000-mile race across Africa attracts a young American (David Carradine).
Heart Like a Wheel1983BiographicalDrag racingBased on the life of Shirley Muldowney, played by Bonnie Bedelia.
Stroker Ace1983ComedyStock carBurt Reynolds as a fictional NASCAR star.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome1985Sci fi
Born to Race1988DramaStock carFiction featuring Joseph Bottoms in lead role.
La Carrera Panamericana1990Historic sports carDocumentary starring Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Nick Mason and manager Steve O'Rourke.
Checkered Flag1990Open wheelUnsold TV pilot
Dorf Goes Auto Racing1990ComedyStock carDirect-to-video short film. Part of Tim Conway's Dorf series.
Days of Thunder1990DramaStock carTom Cruise as a NASCAR newcomer, based loosely on Tim Richmond.
Speed1994TRUCKERRoad film
Thunderbolt1995ActionTouring carHong Kong film with Jackie Chan as a race-car mechanic.
Race the Sun1996Solar carHalle Berry as a teacher who leads a high school team to compete in World Solar Challenge.
La Passione1996
The Love Bug1997ComedyMade-for-TV remake of original 1968 film of the same title.
Super Speedway1997DocumentaryOpen wheelPaul Newman narrates documentary on the building of a race car.
Driven2000ActionOpen wheelSylvester Stallone as a former Formula One star.
éX-Driver The Movie2002
Michel Vaillant2003Based on a French comic book.
Right on Track2003FamilyDrag racingDisney Channel story about a pair of drag-racing sisters.
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience2004DocumentaryStock car
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story2004DocumentaryStock carMade for TV. Chronicles life and career of Dale Earnhardt.
Herbie: Fully Loaded2005ComedyStock carThe most recent entry in The Love Bug series.
Cars2006AnimatedStock carFamily comedy featuring voices of Paul Newman, Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby2006ComedyStock carWill Ferrell as a cocky, crazy NASCAR driver.
Dale2007DocumentaryStock carAnother look at racing legend Dale Earnhardt.
Ta Ra Rum Pum2007DramaStock carIndian film.
Death Race2008Sci-fiJason Statham in a revised version of 1975 film.
Death Racers2008Sci-fiFuturistic story of prisoners competing in race to the death.
Truth in 242008DocumentarySports carA team's preparation for 2008's 24 Hours of LeMans.
Speed Racer2008ActionFuturisticLive-action version of Japanese anime series, with Emile Hirsch as Speed.
Love The Beast2009DocumentaryTarmac rally
Racing Dreams2009DocumentaryKarting
Redline2009ActionFuturistic
Senna2010DocumentaryOpen wheelThe life and death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit2010DocumentaryStock carMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at Tim Richmond, his lifestyle, and his death from AIDS.
Born to Race2011Drag racing
Red Dirt Rising2011Stock carBased on the life of early driver Jimmie Lewallen.
Cars 22011AnimatedSports carSequel to 2006 family comedy hit.
Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts2012DocumentarySports carSequel to 2008 film, documenting Audi's adventurous and cliffhanging 2011 race.
Rush2013DramaFormula OneTrue story depicting rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season.
Turbo2013AnimatedIndy carA snail becomes the fastest thing on the race track.
Snake and Mongoose2013DramaDrag racingTrue story depicting rivalry between funny car drivers Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme and Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen.

Aviation sport[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Women in the Wind1939DramaAviatrix Kay Francis enters a derby from California to Cleveland.
The Sound Barrier1952Drama
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines1965ComedyA light-hearted tale of a London-to-Paris air race in 1910.
Drop Zone1994ThrillerNot a sports film; U.S. marshal battles sky terrorists.
Bride Flight2008DramaStory of 12,000-mile 1953 race from England to New Zealand.
Thunder Over Reno2008Drama
Planes2013AnimationCrop duster competes in a national championship race.

Baseball[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Heading Home1920BiographicalA silent film about young Babe Ruth, who stars as himself.
Fireman, Save My Child1932ComedyJoe E. Brown as a small-town fireman who is also the town's star ballplayer.
Elmer, the Great1933DramaJoe E. Brown as an egotistical Chicago Cubs baseball star.
Alibi Ike1935ComedyJoe E. Brown as a pitcher with a million excuses.
Death on the Diamond1935MysteryBallplayer (Robert Young) tries to find who's killing his fellow St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pride of the Yankees1942BiographicalThe life and career of Lou Gehrig, with Gary Cooper as Gehrig and Babe Ruth as himself.
The Babe Ruth Story1948BiographicalThe life and career of Babe Ruth, starring William Bendix.
It Happens Every Spring1949ComedyRay Milland as a scientist whose secret formula turns him into a great pitcher.
The Stratton Story1949BiographicalThe career and fateful accident of pitcher Monty Stratton, starring James Stewart.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game1949MusicalFrank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as singing, dancing ballplayers.
The Kid from Cleveland1949ComedyThe '48 World Series champion Cleveland Indians come to the aid of a young fan.
Kill the Umpire1950ComedyWilliam Bendix as a baseball fan who becomes an umpire.
The Jackie Robinson Story1950BiographicalBaseball pioneer Jackie Robinson as himself, with Ruby Dee as his wife.
Angels in the Outfield1951ComedyA Pittsburgh Pirates manager (Paul Douglas) gets some help from above.
Rhubarb1951ComedyRay Milland in a cute tale about a cat.
The Pride of St. Louis1952BiographicalDan Dailey as the colorful pitcher Dizzy Dean.
The Winning Team1953BiographicalBased on pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, played by Ronald Reagan.
The Kid from Left Field1953ComedyThe son of a peanut vendor (Dan Dailey) becomes the leader of a big-league team.
Big Leaguer1953DramaHans Lobert (Edward G. Robinson) runs a training camp for baseball's New York Giants.
Fear Strikes Out1957BiographicalThe life and career of Jimmy Piersall, played by Anthony Perkins.
Damn Yankees1958MusicalA man sells his soul to the devil on behalf of Washington's baseball team.
Safe at Home!1962ComedyWith Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris as themselves.
Bang the Drum Slowly1973DramaA pitcher's friendship with a catcher (Robert De Niro) who has a terminal disease.
The Bad News Bears1976ComedyWalter Matthau's bad Little League team gets help from a girl pitcher (Tatum O'Neal) and a motorcycle-riding slugger (Jackie Earle Haley).
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings1976ComedyAbout a barnstorming team of Negro Leagues players, with James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor.
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training1977ComedySequel to The Bad News Bears.
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story1978BiographicalA made-for-television film on the life and career of Ron LeFlore, starring LeVar Burton.
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story1978BiographicalFact-based made-for-TV account of Yankee immortal's marriage and tragedy, featuring Blythe Danner and Edward Herrmann.
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan1978ComedySecond sequel to The Bad News Bears.
The Kid from Left Field1979Comedytelevision film, remake, with Gary Coleman.
Squeeze Play!1980ComedySexy women form a softball team.
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige1981Biographicaltelevision film with Louis Gossett, Jr. as the ageless 1940s pitcher.
Blue Skies Again1983ComedyDenver Devils' potential second baseman isn't a man, it's a young woman.
Tiger Town1983ComedyEarly Disney Channel film about an aging Detroit Tiger (Roy Scheider).
The Natural1984DramaRobert Redford in a fable about an unlikely, unlucky hero, Roy Hobbs.
Brewster's Millions1985ComedyRichard Pryor as a minor-leaguer with a chance to inherit 300 million dollars.
The Slugger's Wife1985RomanceAn Atlanta Braves player tries to break Roger Maris' record and make a marriage work.
A Winner Never Quits1986Biographicaltelevision film on one-armed pro ballplayer Pete Gray, played by Keith Carradine.
Long Gone1987ComedyEarly cable television film about a minor-league ballclub starring William Petersen.
Trading Hearts1987ComedyHas-been player (Raúl Juliá) and his romance with a Florida single mom.
Amazing Grace and Chuck1987DramaA Montana boy refuses to pitch Little League until the world bans nuclear weapons. With Gregory Peck as President of the United States.
Bull Durham1988Rom-ComRon Shelton's screwball comedy of a woman's (Susan Sarandon) summer with two minor-leaguers (Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins).
Eight Men Out1988BiographicalBased on the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
Stealing Home1988DramaMark Harmon and Jodie Foster in a fictional tale of lost love.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!1988ComedySomeone's out to kill the Queen of England during an Angels baseball game, and it's up to bumbling detective Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) to foil the plot.
Field of Dreams1989DramaVoices tell an Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) to build a baseball stadium in his cornfield.
Major League1989ComedyFictional story of a team of misfit Cleveland Indians.
Night Game1989Crime dramaA ballpark murder mystery starring Roy Scheider.
Mr. Destiny1990ComedyA man (James Belushi) blames his misfortune on a long-ago baseball game.
Taking Care of Business1990ComedyA man (James Belushi) escapes jail to see the Chicago Cubs play in a World Series.
Pastime1990DramaA pair of minor leaguers, one 17, one 40, form a bond.
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson1990DramaAndre Braugher in TV biopic of Robinson's court-martial in U.S. Army.
Talent for the Game1991DramaA fictional Angels baseball scout (Edward James Olmos) finds a fantastic young pitcher.
The Babe1992BiographicalBased on the life and career of Babe Ruth, starring John Goodman.
The Comrades of Summer1992Comedytelevision film about a manager (Joe Mantegna) asked to take over a Soviet ballclub.
A League of Their Own1992ComedyA fictionalized account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks.
Mr. Baseball1992Rom-ComTom Selleck as a baseball star who ends up in Japan.
Rookie of the Year1993ComedyA boy develops a magical right arm and becomes a big-league pitcher for the Cubs.
The Man From Left Field1993Comedytelevision film about a homeless man (Burt Reynolds) coaching a Little League team.
The Sandlot1993ComedyA man reminisces about his childhood friends and the games they played.
Baseball1994DocumentaryComprehensive history of the game, 18 hours-plus, as chronicled by Ken Burns.
Angels in the Outfield1994ComedyDisney remake of the 1951 film of the same name.
Cobb1994BiographicalThe career and last days of Ty Cobb, played by Tommy Lee Jones.
Little Big League1994ComedyA child becomes owner of the Minnesota Twins.
Major League II1994ComedySecond film in the Major League series.
The Scout1994ComedyA desperate Yankee scout (Albert Brooks) comes upon a phenomenal but psychologically troubled prospect.
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream1995DocumentaryAaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's all-time homer record, directed by Michael Tollin.
Dorf on the Diamond1996ComedyDirect-to-video short film in the Dorf series starring Tim Conway.
Ed1996ComedyMatt LeBlanc befriends a baseball-playing chimpanzee.
The Fan1996ThrillerA deranged San Francisco fan (Robert De Niro) kills a player, kidnaps another's son.
Soul of the Game1996BiographicalStory of baseball trailblazers including Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson.
Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way1997BiographicalPaul Sorvino as the former New York Yankees manager.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998DocumentaryThe life and career of a former Detroit Tigers star and war hero.
BASEketball1998ComedyA new game is invented combining baseball with basketball.
If the Sun Rises in the West1998DramaSouth Korean story of an umpire.
Major League: Back to the Minors1998ComedyThird film in the Major League series.
For Love of the Game1999DramaIn possibly his last start, a Detroit pitcher (Kevin Costner) goes after a perfect game.
Perfect Game2000Comedytelevision film starring Ed Asner.
Angels in the Infield2000ComedySecond made-for-TV sequel to the 1994 film.
61*2001DramaHBO film directed by Billy Crystal about the 1961 season of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
Hardball2001DramaKeanu Reeves as a young man who takes charge of an inner-city team.
Summer Catch2001RomanceFictional love story starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch2002ComedyFourth entry in the Air Bud series.
The Rookie2002BiographicalBased on true story of a high school coach, pitcher Jim Morris, portrayed by Dennis Quaid.
Bleacher Bums2002Comedytelevision film version of the 1970s stage play about diehard fans in the outfield bleachers.
Battlefield Baseball2003ActionJapanese film.
Day of Independence2003DramaShort film
Hustle2004BiographicalESPN dramatization on success and scandal of Pete Rose, starring Tom Sizemore.
Mickey2004DramaJohn Grisham story about a Little Leaguer and his father.
Mr. 30002004ComedyA potential Hall of Famer (Bernie Mac) is told he's actually three hits shy of 3,000.
This Old Cub2004DocumentaryChronicles life of Ron Santo, focusing on his struggle with type 1 diabetes.
Up for Grabs2004DocumentaryA battle over who owns ball hit in 2001 by Barry Bonds for his 73rd home run.
The Winning Season2004DramaA child from 1985 wakes up in 1909 and meets hero Honus Wagner (Matthew Modine).
Fever Pitch2005Rom-ComLoosely based on Nick Hornby's soccer story, in this case a devoted Boston Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon).
Game 62005DramaA playwright (Michael Keaton) has a wild night during a Red Sox playoff series.
Bad News Bears2005ComedyRemake of 1976 film of same name, starring Billy Bob Thornton.
The Sandlot 22005ComedyDirect-to-video sequel to The Sandlot.
The Benchwarmers2006ComedyDavid Spade and Rob Schneider as middle-aged nerds who want to play ball.
Everyone's Hero2006AnimationCartoon family film with baseball theme.
Beer League2006ComedyA town drunk plays in a big softball game.
Off the Black2006DramaAn umpire (Nick Nolte) befriends a high school player who hated him.
Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball2006DocumentaryBroadcast on the U.S. PBS series POV. Explores the phenomenon of high school baseball in Japan.
The Final Season2007DramaBased on 1991 season of Norway High School in Norway, Iowa, before it was closed and consolidated into its county school district, starring Sean Astin.
The Sandlot: Heading Home2007ComedySecond direct-to-video sequel to The Sandlot.
The Bronx Is Burning2007BiographicalA docudrama of 1977 New York Yankees, with John Turturro as Billy Martin.
Black Irish2007DramaBoston teen tries to escape family problems through his pitching.
Chasing 30002008DramaTwo boys go a long way to witness 3,000th career hit of Roberto Clemente.
City Without Baseball2008DramaChinese film.
Sugar2008DramaStory about a Dominican prospect and his adjustment to life in the U.S.
Touching Home2008DramaBrothers with pro-ball ambitions deal with their homeless father (Ed Harris).
The Perfect Game2009DramaBased on true story of Mexico team that won 1957 Little League World Series.
The Open Road2009DramaMinor leaguer Justin Timberlake has issues with baseball-legend dad Jeff Bridges.
4192: Crowning of the Hit King2010DocumentaryReviewing the achievements, controversies of all-time hit leader Pete Rose.
Fernando Nation2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles impact of Fernando Valenzuela's 1981 rookie season with Los Angeles Dodgers.
Four Days in October2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On the Boston Red Sox' comeback from 3–0 series deficit against Yankees in 2004 ALCS.
Hero2010DramaChristian film about fathers and sons.
How Do You Know2010Rom-ComA romantic triangle involving a softball player (Reese Witherspoon) and a Washington Nationals pitcher (Owen Wilson).
The House of Steinbrenner2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the legacy of George Steinbrenner's ownership of the New York Yankees.
Jordan Rides the Bus2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores Michael Jordan's brief career in minor league baseball after his first retirement from basketball.
Little Big Men2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On a Kirkland National Little League team's stunning victory in 1982 Little League World Series, and players' lives in the decades that followed.
Silly Little Game2010DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. About the New York writers and academics who created Rotisserie fantasy baseball, and how their creation eventually left them behind.
Catching Hell2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores relationship between Steve Bartman and other Chicago Cubs fans since foul-ball incident in Game 6 of 2003 NLCS.
Moneyball2011DramaBased on a true story, the Michael Lewis best-seller about Oakland A's exec Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt.
Trouble with the Curve2012DramaClint Eastwood as a veteran Atlanta Braves scout whose vision is fading.
Knuckleball!2012DocumentaryA season following pitchers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey.
Home Run2013DramaA ballplayer dealing with substance abuse returns to his hometown.
422013BiographicalStory of Jackie Robinson's histoic signing with Brooklyn Dodgers under guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford).
Gibsonburg2013DramaStory of 2005 Gibsonburg High School team from Ohio, the first (and, to date, only) U.S. high school team in any sport to win a state championship with a losing record.
Million Dollar Arm2014DramaA sports agent (Jon Hamm) arranges a baseball tryout for two cricket players from India.

Non-fiction[edit]

Basketball[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Big Fix1947DramaArmy vet Ken Williams, a basketball hero, is threatened to fix his school's games.
The Basketball Fix1951DramaA college player in need of money agrees to shave points for a gambler.
The Harlem Globetrotters1951DramaA new kind of basketball team dazzles audiences with its skills.
Tall Story1960ComedyA co-ed (Jane Fonda) tries to win the heart of the team's star (Anthony Perkins).
The Absent-Minded Professor1961ComedyMiracle substance called "Flubber" invented by a college professor (Fred MacMurray) enables school's basketball players to bounce sky-high.
Drive, He Said1971DramaDirected by Jack Nicholson, story of a college player who becomes a campus activist.
Maurie1973BiographicalLife-changing injury's impact on NBA teammates Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman.
Mixed Company1974ComedyA Phoenix Suns coach and his wife adopt children of various ethnic backgrounds.
Cornbread, Earl and Me1975DramaA teenager about to get a basketball scholarship (Jamaal Wilkes) is mistaken for a thief and shot by police.
One on One1977DramaA highly recruited college freshman (Robby Benson) runs afoul of a demanding coach.
Coach1978DramaA basketball coach (Cathy Lee Crosby) hired by mistake is harassed by her superior.
Fast Break1979ComedyGabe Kaplan as a New Yorker who dreams of being a coach and finally gets a shot.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979ComedyA laughing stock basketball squad transforms itself as the Pittsburgh Pisces.
The Great Santini1979DramaA high school star's life is complicated by his father (Robert Duvall), a mean Marine.
Inside Moves1980DramaWhen a bartender's injury heals, he becomes a player for the Golden State Warriors.
That Championship Season1982DramaA reunion of a Pennsylvania state championship team turns into an angry confrontation.
Teen Wolf1985ComedySci-fi slapstick starring Michael J. Fox.
Hoosiers1986DramaGene Hackman in story based loosely on the 1953–54 Milan High School basketball team.
Amazing Grace and Chuck1987DramaAn NBA superstar (real-life NBA star Alex English) joins the anti-nuclear protest of a Montana Little League pitcher (see also "Baseball" section above).
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend1991DramaBiographical film based on the early life of Pete Maravich.
White Men Can't Jump1992ComedyTwo outdoor court hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson) try to con opponents as well as each other.
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story1992Dramatelevision film, biographical film about doomed Loyola Marymount star.
Blue Chips1994DramaNick Nolte as a successful college coach who violates the rules to recruit new stars.
Hoop Dreams1994DocumentaryA pair of Chicago high school athletes try to succeed on the court and make it to college.
Above the Rim1994DramaStory about a New York high school player who falls in with a bad crowd.
The Air Up There1994ComedyKevin Bacon as a college coach who goes to Africa searching for new talent.
The Basketball Diaries1995DramaHarrowing true story of drug addiction starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Forget Paris1995Rom-ComA temperamental NBA referee (Billy Crystal) tries to make his new marriage work.
Slam Dunk Ernest1995ComedyFeaturing the character played in many films by Jim Varney.
Space Jam1996ComedyCombines live action and animation, featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
Eddie1996ComedyWhoopi Goldberg as a New York Knicks fan who becomes their head coach.
Celtic Pride1996ComedyA couple of Boston basketball fans (Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd) kidnap the opposition's top player (Damon Wayans).
Sunset Park1996DramaA woman (Rhea Perlman) becomes coach of an all-male team.
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault1996Dramatelevision film, biographical film of the New York playground legend.
Air Bud1997ComedyFamily adventure about a basketball-playing dog.
The 6th Man1997ComedyGhost of a teammate returns to inspire a University of Washington player.
My Giant1998ComedyA gentle man nearly 8 feet tall (Gheorghe Mureșan) is found by an American (Billy Crystal) with big ideas.
BASEketball1998ComedyA league is formed featuring a new game that combines baseball and basketball.
Bad as I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story1998Dramatelevision film, biographical film of NBA star.
He Got Game1998DramaFictional look at highly recruited high schooler and imprisoned father (Denzel Washington).
City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal1998DocumentaryHBO's look at a New York college team's point-shaving disgrace.
Michael Jordan: An American Hero1999DramaBiographical film of former NBA great.
Passing Glory1999DramaA 1960s priest (Andre Braugher) organizes a game between racially segregated teams.
That Championship Season1999DramaRemake of 1982 film, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Jason Miller.
Love and Basketball2000RomanceMale and female basketball players attend college together and fall in love.
Finding Forrester2000DramaA reclusive author (Sean Connery) mentors a prep-school student-athlete.
The Luck of the Irish2001ComedyTV family film about a junior high school student.
O2001DramaAn adaptation of Othello, updated to a modern American high school and its team.
Juwanna Mann2002Rom-ComA basketball player becomes a female impersonator.
The Red Sneakers2002Fantasytelevision film about a player with a lucky pair of shoes.
Like Mike2002ComedyMagical shoes turn a 14-year-old (Lil' Bow Wow) into a basketball sensation.
A Season on the Brink2002DramaTelevision film based on the book of the same title, documenting the 1985–86 season of Bob Knight and Indiana University.
Double Teamed2002BiographicalDisney Channel biopic of Heather and Heidi Burge, twins from Palos Verdes who both end up in the WNBA.
Crossing the Line2002DramaA coach of a girls' team clashes with angry parents.
Full-Court Miracle2003FamilyStory of a team from a Hebrew Academy in a big tournament.
The Year of the Yao2004DocumentaryChronicles Yao Ming's first season in the NBA.
Rebound2005ComedyA coach banned from college ball (Martin Lawrence) ends up teaching middle-school kids.
Coach Carter2005DramaBased on a true story, starring Samuel L. Jackson as a high school coach.
The Heart of the Game2005DocumentaryBehind-the-scenes look at a Seattle high school girls team.
Crossover2006ActionA college student tries to concentrate on both basketball and medical school.
Like Mike 22006ComedyDirect-to-DVD sequel to Like Mike.
Glory Road2006DramaBased on true story of the 1965–66 Texas Western College team.
Believe in Me2006DramaAssigned to an Oklahoma girls' team against his will, a coach takes it to the state championship game.
Home of the Giants2007Crime dramaA robbery creates complications for an Indiana high school team.
Quantum Hoops2007DocumentaryCaltech's team tries to end a 21-year losing streak in conference play in the final week of the 2005–06 season.
Dribbles2007Drama
The First Basket2008DocumentaryExplores the influence of professional basketball on Jewish culture.
Game of Change2008DocumentaryA segregated Mississippi State team, defying a court order, plays integrated Loyola in the 1963 NCAA Tournament. Produced and directed by Jerald Harkness, son of 1963 Loyola star Jerry Harkness.
Road to Redemption2008DocumentaryNike-produced film.
Semi-Pro2008ComedySilly story with Will Ferrell about an American Basketball Association team.
Hurricane Season2009DramaBased on true story of a Louisiana coach (Forest Whitaker) rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
The Mighty Macs2009DramaBased on the 1972 Immaculata College women's team, coached by Cathy Rush, that won the first official women's national championship.
More Than a Game2009DocumentaryChronicles the high school careers of LeBron James and four of his hometown friends.
Sonicsgate2009DocumentaryExplores the controversial relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
Just Wright2010RomanceA physical therapist (Queen Latifah) falls for a player from NBA's New Jersey Nets.
Without Bias2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores career of Len Bias and his death from a cocaine overdose shortly after he was selected in 1986 NBA Draft.
Guru of Go2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On 1985–1990 coaching tenure of Paul Westhead at Loyola Marymount University, highlighted by frenzied offensive pace and players Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble.
Once Brothers2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. The story of Croat Dražen Petrović and Serb Vlade Divac, former Yugoslavia national teammates, and how Yugoslav Wars irretrievably broke their friendship.
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at Reggie Miller rivalry with New York Knicks in 1990s, especially on 1994 and 1995 playoffs and Miller's interaction with Knicks superfan Spike Lee.
The Fab Five2011DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Documents the University of Michigan's early-1990s Fab Five ups and downs.
Off the Rez2011DocumentaryMade for TV. Focuses on high school career of future WNBA player Shoni Schimmel, a Native American who grew up on an Oregon reservation.
Unguarded2011DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles life and career of former NBA player Chris Herren, battle with drug addiction and ongoing recovery.
The Announcement2012DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. About the impact of Magic Johnson's 1991 announcement that he had tested positive for HIV.
Benji2012DocumentaryExamines 1984 killing of Ben Wilson, a high school superstar from Chicago's South Side.
The Other Dream Team2012DocumentaryOn resurrection of Lithuania national basketball team after restoration of country's independence in 1990 and journey to 1992 Olympics.
Thunderstruck2012FamilyA teenager who idolizes Kevin Durant (who stars as himself) switches talents with the NBA star, becoming a phenom while Durant is mired in a slump.
Bernie and Ernie2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. About friendship between NBA players Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, which began when both played for the Tennessee in 1970s.
The Hot Flashes2013ComedyMiddle-aged women challenge the state high school champs.
Linsanity2013DocumentaryOn the sudden fame of NBA guard Jeremy Lin.
Survive and Advance2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 30-year retrospective on North Carolina State's improbable run to win the 1983 ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
Bad Boys2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the Detroit Pistons of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot2014DocumentaryGerman film on the development of Dirk Nowitzki into an NBA superstar, heavily featuring his longtime shooting coach Holger Geschwindner.
Playing for the Mob2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores how Mafia associate Henry Hill orchestrated a massive point-shaving scheme at Boston College.
Requiem for the Big East2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A history of the Big East Conference, founded in the same year as ESPN itself, examining its rise to prominence and the issues that led to its 2013 split into two leagues.
When the Garden Was Eden2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the early-1970s championship teams of the New York Knicks..

Bobsledding[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Cool Runnings1993ComedyLoosely based on the debut of the Jamaica bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Bowling[edit]

TitleYearGenreTypeNotes
Strikes and Spares1934Short filmTen-pin
Dreamer1979DramaTen-pinTim Matheson as a young man whose dream is to become a pro bowler.
Kingpin1996ComedyTen-pinWoody Harrelson as a bowler with a prosthetic hand who takes an Amish man on the road.
Alley Cats Strike2000FamilyTen-pinDisney Channel movie about junior high school students.
Crackerjack2002ComedyBowls
Blackball2003ComedyBowlsComedy about a rebellious bowler inspired by Griff Sanders
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen2006DocumentaryTen-pinBehind-the-scenes look at bowlers from PBA Tour.
Super Bowlin'2009Comedy

Boxing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph1894DocumentarySilent film
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest1896DocumentarySilent film
The Gordon Sisters Boxing1901DocumentarySilent film
Battling Butler1926ComedySilent film
The Champ1931DramaStory of a boy's love for a doomed ex-boxer. Academy Award for Wallace Beery.
Winner Take All1932DramaWashed-up Jimmy Kane (James Cagney) fights to help a young widow.
The Big Timer1932ComedyCooky Bradford ends up fighting for, and falling for, his manager's daughter.
The Bermondsey Kid1933DramaA British newsboy ends up in a fight contest against a friend.
The Prizefighter and the Lady1933Romantic ComedyReal-life boxer Max Baer co-stars in a glove story with Myrna Loy.
Excuse My Glove1936ComedyA meek British man accepts a dare to step into a boxing ring at a fair.
The Milky Way1936ComedyA milkman (Harold Lloyd) who can deliver a punch becomes an overnight sensation.
Prison Shadows1936DramaOut on parole, a boxer called "Killer" ends up with most of his opponents dead.
Keep Fit1937ComedyA department store employee (George Formby) takes up boxing.
Kid Galahad1937ComedyEdward G. Robinson turns a young bellhop into a boxer.
Golden Boy1939DramaA promising violinist (William Holden) risks his hands by prizefighting.
There Ain't No Justice1939DramaAn aspiring boxer (Jimmy Hanley) discovers corruption in the sport.
They Made Me a Criminal1939DramaAccused of murder, a boxing champ (John Garfield) becomes a fugitive.
City for Conquest1940DramaJames Cagney as a fighter who is blinded in the ring.
Golden Gloves1940DramaA sportswriter sets out to clean up amateur boxing.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan1941ComedyA fighter taken too soon is reincarnated in a new body. Remade in 1978 as Heaven Can Wait, using American football as backdrop instead of boxing.
Knockout1941DramaArrogant boxer Johnny Rocket (Arthur Kennedy) has a manipulative manager.
Bowery Blitzkrieg1941ComedyThe East Side Kids end up in Golden Gloves bouts in this Bowery Boys tale.
Sunday Punch1942Rom-ComA janitor and a medical student become pals, then rival prizefighters.
Gentleman Jim1942BiographicalLight-hearted biopic, with Errol Flynn as heavyweight champ James J. Corbett.
The Great John L.1945BiographicalBoston strong boy John L. Sullivan wins the belt, battles the bottle.
The Kid from Brooklyn1946ComedyRemake of 1936 milkman tale, this time with Danny Kaye.
Body and Soul1947Film noirJohn Garfield ring drama about a boxer involved with corrupt promoters.
Killer McCoy1947DramaMickey Rooney fights to pay off his dad's gambling debts.
Whiplash1948Film noirA painter adopts the ring name "Mike Angelo" when he fights for a sadistic club owner.
The Set-Up1949Film noirA has-been boxer's manager bets on him to lose, with dire consequences if he doesn't.
Champion1949Film noirAn arrogant fighter (Kirk Douglas) makes it to the top, alienating those who care about him. Six Academy Award nominations.
Duke of Chicago1949ComedyChicago's retired Jim Brody makes a comeback against champ Killer Bronski.
Right Cross1950RomanceJune Allyson takes over dad's fight promotions, handles boxer Ricardo Montalbán.
The Golden Gloves Story1950DramaAn amateur boxer falls in love with a referee's daughter.
Iron Man1951DramaA coal miner turned prizefighter loses control inside the ring.
The Quiet Man1952RomanceA visiting American ex-boxer (John Wayne) meets an Irish lass (Maureen O'Hara) and literally has to fight for her.
The Fighter1952DramaA story by Jack London about a fighter during the 1910 Mexican rebellion.
The Square Ring1952DramaBritish film about one night's events inside a boxing arena.
Flesh and Fury1952DramaA deaf boxer (Tony Curtis) wins the title, undergoes an operation so he can hear.
The Ring1952DramaA young Mexican (Lalo Ríos) living in the United States becomes boxer to win the respect of the American population.
The Joe Louis Story1953BiographicalThe life and career of the longtime champ, played by Coley Wallace.
Off Limits1953ComedyA boxer (Mickey Rooney) is drafted into the Army, so his manager (Bob Hope) enlists.
It's Always Fair Weather1953MusicalFight manager Gene Kelly discovers his contender is about to take a dive.
Tennessee Champ1954DramaA fighter mistakenly believes he killed an opponent.
The Harder They Fall1956Film noirA former sportswriter (Humphrey Bogart) works for a mobster who fixes fights.
Somebody Up There Likes Me1956DramaBased on the life of Rocky Graziano, played by Paul Newman.
The Square Jungle1956DramaA grocery clerk (Tony Curtis) fights his way to the middleweight title.
World in My Corner1956DramaNew Jersey boy (Audie Murphy) seeks fame, fortune to impress millionaire's daughter.
Monkey on My Back1957BiographicalBarney Ross's boxing career leaves him with a morphine habit.
Requiem for a Heavyweight1962DramaA punchy fighter (Anthony Quinn) is betrayed by his manager (Jackie Gleason).
Kid Galahad1962MusicalA young Catskills car mechanic (Elvis Presley) turns out to pack quite a punch.
Legendary Champions1968DocumentaryHarry Chapin's look at boxers of yesteryear.
The Great White Hope1970Romantic DramaBased on Jack Johnson, a story about black prizefighter "Jack Jefferson" in the early 20th century. Oscar-nominated performances by James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander.
Fat City1972DramaA broke, broken-down fighter (Stacy Keach) tries a comeback as a young one (Jeff Bridges) learns the ropes.
Hard Times1975DramaIllegal bare-knuckle bouts in Louisiana, starring Charles Bronson.
Let's Do It Again1975ComedyBill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as Atlanta men who rig a match for a good cause.
Rocky1976DramaAcademy Award winner about a Philadelphia pug (Sylvester Stallone) who gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Greatest1977DramaBiographical film with Muhammad Ali as himself.
Every Which Way but Loose1978ComedyA truck driver (Clint Eastwood) with a pet orangutan takes on opponents in bare-knuckle street brawls for money.
Matilda1978ComedyA promoter (Elliott Gould) pits a man against a boxing kangaroo.
Movie Movie1978ComedySpoof of old boxing films, with palooka Harry Hamlin managed by George C. Scott.
The Champ1979DramaRemake of '30s melodrama about a child who worships a has-been boxer (Jon Voight).
The Main Event1979ComedyHeadstrong woman (Barbra Streisand) owns contract of cocky boxer (Ryan O'Neal).
Penitentiary1979DramaBlaxploitation story set in a prison, featuring Leon Isaac Kennedy.
Rocky II1979DramaRocky Balboa gets a rematch with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
Ashita no Joe1980Animated drama
Raging Bull1980DramaBiopic on Jake LaMotta, with Oscar-winning performance by Robert De Niro.
Any Which Way You Can1980ComedyIn sequel to 1978 film, mobsters coax bare-knuckle brawler Clint Eastwood into one more fight.
Ashita no Joe 21981Animated drama
Body and Soul1981DramaBased on 1947 version, with Leon Isaac Kennedy and then-wife Jayne Kennedy.
Penitentiary II1982DramaBlaxploitation, sequel to 1979 film.
Honeyboy1982DramaMade for TV story with Erik Estrada and Morgan Fairchild.
Rocky III1982DramaNow champ, Rocky is challenged by vicious Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T.
Dempsey1983BiographicalTreat Williams stars in made-for-TV biopic of Jack Dempsey.
Tough Enough1983DramaA "toughman" tournament is entered by a Texas musician (Dennis Quaid).
The Sting II1983ComedyCon man Jackie Gleason fixes a fight to double-cross a couple of crooks.
Boxer1984DramaIndian film
Rocky IV1985DramaRocky goes to the Soviet Union to battle Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Streets of Gold1986DramaTwo amateur boxers are trained by a Russian (Klaus Maria Brandauer).
Teen Wolf Too1987ComedySequel to werewolf comedy, this time starring Jason Bateman.
Heart1987DramaA punchy fighter gets set up by a shady promoter (Steve Buscemi).
Split Decisions1988DramaGene Hackman as a trainer and father of two totally different sons.
Triumph of the Spirit1988DramaIn Auschwitz concentration camp, a Jewish boxer (Willem Dafoe) fights for his life.
Homeboy1988DramaMickey Rourke as a down-and-out boxer who risks death in the ring.
Rocky V1990DramaA bankrupt Balboa trains up-and-coming heavyweight (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison).
Diggstown1992DramaA con man (James Woods) wagers his fighter can defeat 10 men in 24 hours.
Gladiator1992DramaCuba Gooding, Jr. and James Marshall take part in illegal fights.
Night and the City1992DramaA shyster (Robert De Niro) defies a mobster to become a boxing promoter.
Tyson1995BiographicalHBO biopic of Mike Tyson (played by Michael Jai White), co-starring George C. Scott.
The Great White Hype1996ComedyAn out-of-shape champ steps into the ring against an out-of-his-league chump.
When We Were Kings1996DocumentaryOscar-winner on 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The Boxer1997DramaDaniel Day-Lewis as an Irish boxer recently released from prison.
Don King: Only in America1997BiographicalAn ex-con becomes a famous promoter, with Ving Rhames as King.
Legionnaire1998WarA 1920s French boxer named Alain Lefevre (Jean-Claude Van Damme) wins a fight after having been hired by gangsters to lose it, then flees to join the Foreign Legion.
Play It to the Bone1999ComedyBest friends (Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson) fight each other in Las Vegas.
Rocky Marciano1999BiographicalA television film with Jon Favreau portraying the undefeated champ.
On the Ropes1999DocumentaryA coach takes three young boxers under his wing.
The Hurricane1999BiographicalFalse imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, played by Denzel Washington.
Thammudu1999DramaA wayward youth takes up boxing in order to fight a match in place of his injured boxer elder brother and win back his father's support. A Telugu film.
The Opponent2000DramaAn abused woman learns to defend herself, then turns pro.
King of the World2000BiographicalA television film with Terrence Howard as young Cassius Clay.
Price of Glory2000DramaA trainer (Jimmy Smits) teaches three of his sons how to fight.
Ali2001BiographicalA dramatization of Muhammad Ali's success and controversy, with Will Smith.
Undisputed2002DramaFictional story of a heavyweight champ who fights a fellow prison inmate. Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes co-star.
Joe and Max2002BiographicalThe 1930s rivalry between heavyweights Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
Beautiful Boxer2002DramaBiographical film about a transsexual fighter from Thailand.
Hajime No Ippo: Champion Road2003Animated action
Hajime No Ippo: Mashiba Vs Kimura2003Animated action
Million Dollar Baby2004DramaOscar-winner about trainer (Clint Eastwood) who reluctantly teaches a woman (Hilary Swank) to fight.
Against the Ropes2004DramaBased on a true story; Meg Ryan as manager of a young fighter (Omar Epps).
The Calcium Kid2004MockumentaryOrlando Bloom in a satire of boxing films.
Cinderella Man2005BiographicalDepression-era comeback of James J. Braddock, played by Russell Crowe.
Fighting Tommy Riley2005DramaA boxer and a gay manager clash, with tragic consequences.
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story2005DocumentaryA look at welterweight champ who killed an opponent in the ring.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson2005DocumentaryEmmy-winner by Ken Burns about long-ago heavyweight champ Jack Johnson's battles in and out of the ring.
Pacquiao: The Movie2006BiographicalA look at the life and career of Manny Pacquiao.
Rocky Balboa2006DramaSixth and last in Rocky series, with widower Rocky stepping into ring one more time.
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing2006ActionSequel to 2002 film but with entirely new cast.
Annapolis2006DramaBoxing story set at Naval Academy starring James Franco.
Jump In!2007FamilyDisney Channel comedy on Golden Gloves boxer's kid in rope-jumping contest.
Poor Boy's Game2007DramaTempers and racial tensions flare in Nova Scotia story, starring Danny Glover.
Apne2007DramaBollywood film.
Miracle on 1st Street2007ComedySouth Korea film.
Muay Thai Chaiya2007DramaThailand film.
Resurrecting the Champ2007DramaA sportswriter believes homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) is former boxing star.
The Hammer2007ComedyA 40-year-old carpenter (Adam Carolla) gets shot at U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Blue Blood2007DocumentaryFive Oxford students attempt to make Amateur Boxing Club.
Shamo2007DocumentaryAdaptation of the manga of the same name
Muhammad and Larry2009DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the 1980 fight between Muhammad Ali and Larry Holmes and its impact on both men.
Phantom Punch2009BiographicalVing Rhames' portrayal of former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston.
The Fighter2010BiographicalStory of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). Oscars for Bale and Melissa Leo (playing their mother).
Max Schmeling2010BiographicalA look back at 1930s German heavyweight who twice fought Joe Louis.
One Night in Vegas2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the friendship between boxer Mike Tyson and rapper Tupac Shakur, leading up to Shakur's murder in 1996 shortly after attending Tyson's fight with Bruce Seldon in Las Vegas.
Lahore2010Drama
Ashita no Joe2011Drama
The Real Rocky2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Profiles Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa.
Knockout2011DramaA janitor (Steve Austin) teaches boxing skills to a student who's up against bullies.
Real Steel2011Science fictionBoxing robots, starring Hugh Jackman.
Klitschko2011DocumentaryLives of Ukraine brothers who both became world heavyweight champions.
Grudge Match2013ComedyWashed-up boxers (Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone) square off one last time.
Maan Karate2014ComedyA man takes part in a boxing tournament to impress his sports-loving girlfriend, despite knowing nothing about the sport. An Indian Tamil film.
Mary Kom (film)2014BiographicalAn Indian biopic about five-time female World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom.

Caving[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Descent2005HorrorA caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
The Cave2005HorrorBloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.
The Descent Part 22009HorrorSequel to the 2005 film.
Sanctum2011AdventureAn underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Cheerleading and dance[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Debbie Does Dallas1978PornographicAdult film, no connection to Dallas Cowboys.
Laker Girls1990DramaTelevision film about Los Angeles basketball dance team.
Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story1992DramaTelevision film based on Wanda Holloway, who pleaded no contest to charges that she attempted to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's cheerleading rival. With Lesley Ann Warren.
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom1993ComedyMade for TV; also based on the Wanda Holloway story, with Emmy-winning performances by Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges.
Bring It On2000ComedyA clash between rival cheerleading squads, starring Kirsten Dunst.
Sugar & Spice2001ComedyMinnesota high school girls rob a bank. With Mena Suvari and James Marsden.
Gotta Kick It Up!2002Family ComedyTelevision film, based on true story about middle schoolers.
Cheerleader Queens2003ComedyThail film.
Bring It On Again2004ComedySequel to 2000 film.
Bring It On: All or Nothing2006ComedySecond sequel to 2000 film.
Bring It On: In It to Win It2007ComedyThird sequel to 2000 film.
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal2008DramaBased on true events
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish2009ComedyFourth sequel to 2000 film.
Fired Up!2009ComedyFootball players con their way into a cheerleading camp.

Cricket[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Badger's Green1934Comedy
Badger's Green1949Comedy
It's Not Cricket1949Comedy
The Final Test1953Comedy-drama
Playing Away1987Comedy
Awwal Number1990Action
Lagaan2001Drama
Wondrous Oblivion2003Comedy-drama
Iqbal2005Drama
Hit for Six2007Drama
Chennai 6000282007Romantic Comedy
Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii2007Comedy-drama
Say Salaam India2007Drama
Hattrick2007Comedy-drama
Meerabai Not Out2008Drama
Hansie2008DramaBased on a true story
I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer2008Comedy-horror
Victory2009Drama
Dil Bole Hadippa!2009Comedy-drama
Tournament – Play & Replay2010Road movie
Patiala House2011Family drama
Golconda High School2011Drama
Ferrari Ki Sawaari2012Comedy-drama
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi2013DramaStory of a boy who dreams to become Shahid Afridi finds himself down on luck when the only club he ever knew goes bankrupt.
Dhoni2013Family drama
Save Your Legs!2013Comedy
19832014Comedy-dramaTen-year-old Rameshan (Nivin Pauly) is hooked to the game of cricket when India wins the World Cup in 1983. The film shows his life from that point on until the present.

Cue Sports[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Hustler1961DramaAcclaimed film with Paul Newman as a pool shark and Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats. Nominated for nine Academy Awards.
The Baltimore Bullet1980DramaA pocket billiards expert (James Coburn) lends his experience to a young protege.
The Color of Money1986DramaHustler sequel 25 years later, with Newman in his Oscar-winning role, co-starring Tom Cruise.
Kiss Shot1989Drama
Stickmen2001DramaNew Zealand film.
Pool Hall Junkies2002ThrillerStory of a young nine-ball hustler. Co-starring Christopher Walken.
Singhaawakokanaya(Sinhalese)2002Thriller
Shooting Gallery2005DramaA young player (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) tries to hustle a pool veteran (Ving Rhames).
Turn the River2007DramaFamke Janssen as a pool-hall hustler single mom in Canada.

Curling[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Men with Brooms2002Romantic Comedy
Kong Curling2011Comedy

Cycling[edit]

Japanese movie poster for 1956 film Onna Keirin-ō (女競輪王)
TitleYearGenreTypeNotes
Onna Keirin-ō1956Keirin
For A Yellow Jersey1965Short
A Sunday in Hell1977DocumentaryRoad racingChronicles the 1976 Paris–Roubaix race.
Breaking Away1979Comedy-dramaRoad racing and Little 500Four Bloomington, Indiana friends team up in Little 500 race.
BMX Bandits1983AdventureBMX racingAustralian children's film, featuring Nicole Kidman.
American Flyers1985DramaRoad racingKevin Costner as a world-class long-distance racer.
Rad1986BMX racingA boy risks college future to enter Helltrack race.
Quicksilver1986DramaKevin Bacon as a New York bike messenger.
The Cyclist1987Drama
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar1992DramaIndian movie about sporting rivalry between three schools.
Il grande Fausto1995Road racing
The Unknown Cyclist1998
El Amateur1999Road racingArgentina film.
Road to Paris2001DocumentaryRoad racingA look at the training and success of Lance Armstrong.
Cyclomania2001Road racingFinland film.
Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert2001Comedy/DramaRoad racingThe story of a modest Belgian bike racer in the 70's. There was Eddy Merckx and there were the others. Ghislain Lambert was one of the others...
Nasu: Summer in Andalusia2003AnimeRoad racingJapan film.
Triplets of Belleville2003AnimatedA grandmother seeks a kidnapped Tour de France cyclist.
Cycling Chronicles; LandScape The Boy Saw2004
Hell on Wheels2005DocumentaryRoad RacingGermany film about 2003 Tour de France.
Overcoming2005DocumentaryRoad racing
The Flying Scotsman2006DramaTrack CyclingBased on life and career of Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree.
Island Etude2006DramaTaiwan film.
Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes2006
Clorophilla2006FreerideItaly film.
The Cycling Genius Is Coming2008
Bicycle Dreams2009DocumentaryRoad racingA look at 3,000-mile Race Across America.
The Birth of Big Air2010DocumentaryBMXMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the life and career of Mat Hoffman.
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist2013DocumentaryRoad racing[2]
Ride the Divide2010DocumentaryEndurance racingRace along the Great Divide from Banff, Canada, to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Last Kilometer2012DocumentaryRoad racingA portrait of road cycling. With Ignazio & Francesco Moser, Davide Rebellin, Gianni Mura, Didi Senft
The Armstrong Lie2013DocumentaryRoad racingA portrait of Lance Armstrong as he trains for his eighth Tour de France victory and the events leading to his downfall.
La grande boucle2013ComedyRoad racingA French amateur cyclist decides to take part of the "Tour de France".
Slaying the Badger2014DocumentaryRoad racingMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the rivalry between Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault ("The Badger"), especially as it played out when the two were teammates during the 1986 Tour de France.

Dodgeball[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story2004ComedyFarce about big-time dodgeball, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as rival players.

Fencing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
By the Sword1991DramaA man running a fencing school (Eric Roberts) crosses swords with an ex-convict (F. Murray Abraham).
The Fencing Master1992Drama

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Field Hockey[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Chak De! India2007DramaThe sports drama stars Shahrukh Khan as a veteran hockey player who starts a woman's hockey team.

Figure skating[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
One in a Million1936DramaInnkeeper's daughter (Sonja Henie) skates in 1936 Winter Olympics.
Thin Ice1937RomanceSonja Henie is a ski instructor and skater who falls for a prince.
The Ice Follies of 19391939RomanceCareers clash for ice follies producer James Stewart, actress wife Joan Crawford.
Wintertime1943ComedyNorwegian girl (Henie) must wed an American to skate in New York.
Lady, Let's Dance1944MusicalFigure skater Belita joins a California dancing act.
Ice Castles1978RomanceLynn-Holly Johnson as a blind figure skater.
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story1990BiographicalFact-based television biopic of champion skater's drug abuse and depression.
The Cutting Edge1992Romantic ComedyA hockey player (D.B. Sweeney) becomes an Olympic pairs skater.
Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story1993BiographicalFact-based television film about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan.
A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story1994BiographicalUkraine orphan's rise to Olympic champion in TV dramatization.
Ice Angel2000Fantasytelevision film; a hockey-playing boy dies, is reincarnated as a girl figure skater.
On Edge2004Mockumentary ComedyFake documentary following a local skating competition.
Ice Princess2005Family ComedyA 17-year-old spurns Harvard to try figure skating.
Go Figure2005Family Comedytelevision film of a would-be figure skater who finds she prefers hockey.
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold2006Romantic DramaMade for TV sequel about offspring of skaters from 1992 film.
Blades of Glory2007ComedySpoof of figure skating with Will Ferrell.
The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream2008Romantic DramaSecond sequel to 1992 original.
The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice2009Romantic DramaThird sequel.
Ice Castles2010Romantic DramaA remake of the 1978 film.
The Price of Gold2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 20-year retrospective of the 1994 attack on Kerrigan by associates of Harding.

Fishing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Silver Horde1930DramaJoel McCrea, a salmon fisherman, tries to open a cannery.
Tiger Shark1932DramaFisherman Edward G. Robinson loses a hand saving a man's life.
Riffraff1936RomanceTuna cannery worker Jean Harlow falls for fisherman Spencer Tracy
Johnny Frenchman1945DramaBritish film about rival Cornwall fishing families.
The Old Man and the Sea1958AdventureAfter 84 days without a catch, a Cuban fisherman (Spencer Tracy) lands a marlin.
Man's Favorite Sport?1964ComedyA phony fishing expert (Rock Hudson) ends up entered in a big tournament.
JAWS1975ThrillerAmerican film about three men trying to catch a giant shark. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Blue Fin1978FamilyAustralian film about a boy who learns tuna fishing.
A River Runs Through It1992DramaStory of Montana brothers hooked on fly-fishing, directed by Robert Redford.
Gone Fishin'1997ComedyInept anglers Joe Pesci and Danny Glover have an adventure in the Everglades.
The Lost World of Mr. Hardy2008DocumentaryU.K. film about a family firm that manufactures fishing tackle.
Ondine2009DramaAn Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) catches a woman in his net.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen2011ComedyA Brit (Ewan McGregor) helps a sheikh introduce salmon fishing to his country.

Golf[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Follow the Sun1951BiographicalStory of success and adversity of Ben Hogan, played by Glenn Ford.
Pat and Mike1952ComedySpencer Tracy as the new trainer of a great female athlete (Katharine Hepburn).
The Caddy1953ComedyMartin and Lewis golf comedy.
Banning1967DramaA PGA pro (Robert Wagner) banned for cheating gets into debt and a dangerous match.
Babe1975Biographicaltelevision film on life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, starring Susan Clark and Alex Karras.
Caddyshack1980ComedyManic antics at Bushwood Country Club, starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield.
Dorf on Golf1987ComedyDirect-to-video short film. First entry in Dorf series with Tim Conway.
Caddyshack II1988ComedySequel to 1980 hit, with Jackie Mason as an insulted guest who decides to buy Bushwood.
Dead Solid Perfect1988DramaMade for TV, based on Dan Jenkins novel.
Dorf's Golf Bible1988ComedyDirect-to-video short film; second in the Dorf series.
Den ofrivillige golfaren1991Comedy
The Man with the Perfect Swing1995Comedy-dramaA man tries to get investors to back his concept for a can't-miss golf swing.
Happy Gilmore1996ComedyAdam Sandler as a hockey player who takes up golf.
Tin Cup1996Romantic comedyA driving-range owner (Kevin Costner) qualifies for the U.S. Open.
The Legend of Bagger Vance2000DramaPeriod piece about a golfer (Matt Damon) in a match against Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.
A Gentleman's Game2002DramaA young man (Mason Gamble) gets golf and life lessons at a country club.
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius2004BiographicalLife and career of Bobby Jones, starring James Caviezel.
The Greatest Game Ever Played2005BiographicalStory of young Francis Ouimet, played by Shia LaBeouf, and his victory in 1913 U.S. Open, which led to major golf boom in U.S.
Who's Your Caddy?2007ComedyBig Boi, Lil Wayne and friends at the golf course.
Chasing the Green2009DramaBased on a true story.
The Back Nine2009DocumentaryTrue story of a man's dream to become a professional golfer.
Hole in One2010Comedy
Golf in the Kingdom2011DramaA mystical figure from India teaches a golfer spirituality.
Seven Days in Utopia2011DramaChristian-themed story of young golfer (Lucas Black) and the many lessons he learns.
Arthur Newman2012DramaA failed pro golfer (Colin Firth) fakes his own death, starts a new life.
The Short Game2013DocumentaryProfiles eight entrants in a 2012 U.S. golf competition for 7- and 8-year-olds.
Seve2014BiographicalSpanish film charting the life of Seve Ballesteros.

Greyhound Racing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Wild Boy1934ComedyCorrupt dog owner tries to keep Wild Boy out of the Greyhound Derby.
Man About Dog2004ComedyA trio of Irish lads and their greyhound run from a pack of crooks.
The Mighty Celt2005DramaGillian Anderson stars in a story of Northern Ireland greyhound racing.

Gymnastics[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Nadia1984DramaBiographical film on Nadia Comăneci.
American Anthem1986DramaStarring former Olympian Mitch Gaylord.
Perfect Body1997DramaA young female gymnast develops an eating disorder.
Stick It2006Comedy-dramaJeff Bridges as a girls' gym coach.
Peaceful Warrior2006DramaA mysterious spiritual guide (Nick Nolte) advises a college gymnast.
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars2012Family dramaYoung schoolgirl McKenna Brooks aims for 2016 Olympic Games.

Handball[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Szansa1979Drama
Bulggot shoot tonki1993Family Drama
Forever the Moment2008DramaSouth Korea film about 2004 Olympic handball.
Projekt Gold2007DocumentaryMovie about the German Handball team at the World championchip 2007

Hiking[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Wild2014Biographical dramaDepicting a lone woman's (Reese Witherspoon) 1000 mile trail through Pacific Crest Trail.

Horse racing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Derby1895DocumentarySilent film
Sporting Blood1931ComedyRid Riddell (Clark Gable) enters his horse Tommy Boy in the Kentucky Derby.
Thoroughbred1936DramaA plot in Australia to kill favored Stormalong before the Melbourne Cup.
Educated Evans1936ComedyA wealthy couple ask a Cockney tipster to train their horse.
Racing Blood1936DramaJockey buys lame colt for under $5, turns him into a champion.
A Day at the Races1937ComedyMarx Brothers in a horse-racing farce.
Saratoga1937RomanceBookie Clark Gable and thoroughbred owner Jean Harlow horse around at Saratoga.
Racing Lady1937DramaFemale trainer's filly Katydid is kidnapped before big race at Santa Anita.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry1937MusicalMickey Rooney and Judy Garland both end up as jockeys.
Kentucky1938DramaA Civil War family feud continues 75 years later for a Derby horse owner (Loretta Young).
Trouble Brewing1939MusicalLight-hearted adventure of a racetrack gambler paid off in counterfeit cash.
Flying Fifty-Five1939DramaBritish film about the life of a jockey.
Long Shot1939ComedyCertified Check has an outside shot to win a big race at Santa Anita.
King of the Turf1939DramaA former trainer turned alcoholic meets a kid who helps him recover.
Maryland1940DramaA young man decides to ride in Maryland race over his mother's objections.
It Ain't Hay1943ComedyAbbott and Costello mistakenly steal the race horse Tea Biscuit.
National Velvet1944DramaA young Elizabeth Taylor and the steeplechase horse she loves.
Home in Indiana1944DramaAn old-timer (Walter Brennan) gives his nephew lessons in harness racing.
My Brother Talks to Horses1947ComedyLewie Penrose's brother (Peter Lawford) has everything riding on the Preakness.
Green Grass of Wyoming1948DramaThe past owners of Flicka and Thunderhead take their trotter Crown Jewel to a race in Ohio.
The Return of October1948ComedyHorse trainer Uncle Willie is reincarnated as a Derby horse called October.
The Great Dan Patch1949BiographicalBased on true story of the famous turn-of-the-century trotter.
The Story of Seabiscuit1949BiographicalA partly fictionalized account of Seabiscuit's success, starring Shirley Temple.
The Rocking Horse Winner1949ComedyBritish tale about a boy with a knack for picking racetrack winners.
County Fair1950DramaRory Calhoun thwarts crooks trying to fix a race.
Riding High1950MusicalBing Crosby in a racetrack tale directed by Frank Capra.
Under My Skin1950DramaA jockey (John Garfield) races in Europe, is pursued by a mobster.
The Galloping Major1951ComedyExploits of gamblers at an England race course.
Boots Malone1952DramaA sports agent (William Holden) takes a jockey under his wing.
Derby Day1952RomanceA day at Epsom Downs for the running of the Darby.
Born to the Saddle1953WesternOutlaws try to keep Blue Chip from winning a big quarterhorse race.
Fast Company1953RomanceGay Fleet's owner (Polly Bergen) falls for a fellow who fixes horse races.
Glory1956DramaMargaret O'Brien wants to run her filly in the Kentucky Derby.
Just My Luck1957ComedyFable of a British bloke whose one-pound wager at the track could win him sixteen thousand.
April Love1957MusicalIn Kentucky, a wayward youth (Pat Boone) trains a sulky racehorse.
Bite the Bullet1975WesternCowboys compete in a 700-mile race. Co-starring Gene Hackman and James Coburn.
International Velvet1978DramaTatum O'Neal in an updated version of the 1944 classic.
Casey's Shadow1978DramaAn aging New Mexico trainer (Walter Matthau) has a lot riding on a two-year-old colt.
Run for the Roses1978DramaVera Miles as the owner of a long-shot Derby contender.
The Black Stallion1979Family dramaA boy and a horse are rescued from a desert isle, then become masked rider and "mystery horse" in a race.
On the Right Track1981ComedyA homeless child (Gary Coleman) has an uncanny knack for choosing winners.
Champions1983BiographicalBased on the story of the winners of the 1981 Grand NationalAldaniti, who came back from chronic leg injuries, and jockey Bob Champion, a testicular cancer survivor. Starring John Hurt.
Phar Lap1983DramaAustralian film based on a true story of doomed Depression-era racehorse.
The Black Stallion Returns1983FamilyIn sequel to 1979 story, a boy travels to Morocco to try to get his horse back.
Sylvester1985FamilyWild horse is turned into competitive jumper by young woman (Melissa Gilbert).
Hot to Trot1988ComedyBobcat Goldthwait and a talking horse.
Let It Ride1989ComedyA down-and-out racetrack gambler (Richard Dreyfuss) has the wildest day of his life.
Fire, Ice and Dynamite1990ActionGerman film about a man who fakes a suicide.
Eden Valley1994DramaStory of a British harness-racing community.
Shergar1999BiographicalTrue story of a champion Irish racehorse that mysteriously disappears.
Ready to Run2000DramaDisney Channel family film on a 14-year-old girl who's an aspiring jockey.
On the Nose2001ComedyDan Aykroyd wants a lucky charm that helps gambler Robbie Coltrane pick winners.
Seabiscuit2003BiographicalBased on a true story, with Jeff Bridges as the great horse's owner and Tobey Maguire as his jockey. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
Hidalgo2004DramaBased on true story of a 19th-century Arabian distance race, starring Viggo Mortensen.
Dreamer2005DramaFamily film with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning owning an injured thoroughbred.
Racing Stripes2005FamilyA zebra tries to win a race against horses in Kentucky.
Ruffian2007DramaMade for TV; based on a true story of tragic ending of undefeated filly.
Race2008ThrillerBollywood story.
Secretariat2010BiographicalBased on a true story, with Diane Lane as the Triple Crown winner's owner.
Shannon's Rainbow2011DramaA teen girl finds a race horse, plus a mother she never knew.
Charismatic2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the run of Charismatic and his jockey Chris Antley in the 1999 Triple Crown races.
The Cup2011DramaAustralia film about Damien Oliver, the jockey who rode Media Puzzle to victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.
50 to 12014DramaBased on the story of Mine That Bird, the 50-1 shot that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Ice hockey[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Idol of the Crowds1937DramaJohn Wayne as a hockey player who wants to buy a chicken farm.
The Game That Kills1937DramaA left wing dies during a game, and teammates think it was no accident.
White Lightning1953DramaCriminals offer bribes to the Red Devils' hockey stars to deliberately lose games.
Slap Shot1977ComedyStarring Paul Newman as the player-coach of a rowdy, raunchy minor-league team.
The Deadliest Season1977DramaTV film with Michael Moriarty and Meryl Streep about hockey's violence.
Miracle on Ice1981DramaA television film on the 1980 Miracle on Ice at the Lake Placid Olympics.
Strange Brew1983ComedyRick Moranis and Dave Thomas as SCTV's McKenzie brothers.
Youngblood1986DramaRob Lowe as an American teen assigned to a Canada junior league.
Touch and Go1986RomanceA National Hockey League player (Michael Keaton) falls for a young single mom.
The Mighty Ducks1992ComedyDisney family yarn about a youth team coached by Emilio Estevez.
D2: The Mighty Ducks1994ComedySequel
D3: The Mighty Ducks1996ComedySequel
Les Boys1997ComedyQuebec story of boys from a low-level amateur team.
H-E Double Hockey Sticks1999Family comedySatan's apprentice tempts a young hockey player.
Mystery, Alaska1999DramaAlaska team led by Russell Crowe plays an outdoor game against the New York Rangers.
MVP: Most Valuable Primate2000ComedyFamily fare about a hockey-playing chimp.
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice2002ComedyDirect-to-video followup to 1977 film, with new cast plus the Hanson Brothers.
Miracle2004DramaBased on the 1980 Miracle on Ice, with Kurt Russell as coach Herb Brooks.
Maurice Richard2005DramaBiographical film on National Hockey League legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop2006ComedyBuddy cop film in which two Canadians investigate murders related to hockey.
The Love Guru2008ComedyToronto Maple Leafs owner hires a guru (Mike Myers) to advise her star player.
Kings Ransom2009DocumentaryMade for TV as the first film of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles the impact of the 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.
Score: A Hockey Musical2010Musical comedyA home-schooled 17-year-old becomes a pro hockey player.
Breakaway2011DramaA hockey-playing Sikh teen falls in love with coach Rob Lowe's sister.
Goon2012ComedyA bar bouncer (Seann William Scott) becomes a hockey team's enforcer.
Big Shot2013DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. How young businessman John Spano struck a deal to buy the New York Islanders, only to be later revealed as a fraud.
Legend No.172013DramaBased on the career of Russian legend Valery Kharlamov.
Red Army2014DocumentaryA look at Russia's hockey dominance during the Cold War.

Jousting[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Warriors1979Drama
Knightriders1981Drama
Fire And Ice1983Fantasy
A Knight's Tale2001Adventure

Kabaddi[edit]

TitleYearGenreLanguageNotes
Okkadu2003DramaTeluguAlso Remaked as Ghilli
Ajay2003DramaKannadaA Remake of Okkadu
Kabbadi2009DramaKannada
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu2009DramaTamilAlso Remaked as Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu
Kabaddi Once Again2012DramaPunjabiFilm set in England
Aryan2014DramaKannadaFliming

Lacrosse[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Wild Child2005Drama
A Warrior's Heart2011Drama
Crooked Arrows2012Drama

Martial arts[edit]

Note: Films should not be listed here unless the sporting aspects of martial arts play a major part in the plot.

TitleYearGenreStyleNotes
Sanshiro Sugata1943ActionJujutsu
Judo
Sanshiro Sugata Part II1943ActionJudo
Enter the Dragon1973ActionJeet Kune Do
Kung Fu
Bruce Lee's final screen appearance before his death.
Cordão de Ouro1977ActionCapoeira
Knightriders1981Drama
The Karate Kid1984FamilyKarateRetired karate master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) takes a newcomer (Ralph Macchio) under his wing.
The Karate Kid, Part II1986FamilyKarateSequel to the 1984 hit.
No Retreat, No Surrender1986Action dramaMMAA Seattle boy ends up fighting a Russian martial-arts star (Jean-Claude Van Damme).
Bloodsport1988ActionMMAFrank Dux (played by Van Damme), a Canadian, enters a competition in Hong Kong.
Black Rain1989ActionBikerMichael Douglas
The Karate Kid, Part III1989FamilyKarateSecond sequel to the 1984 film.
Best of the Best1989ActionTae Kwon DoAmericans take on Koreans in a tae kwon do tournament. Eric Roberts stars.
Kickboxer1989ActionKickboxing & Muay ThaiAn American and his brother end up in a life-or-death competition in Asia.
Hard To Kill1990ActionMartial Arts
Out For Justice1991ActionMartial Arts
Rapid Fire1992ActionMartial Arts
Sidekicks1992ActionKarateA boy with asthma fantasizes about being taught by Chuck Norris, and gets to compete alongside him in a tournament.
3 Ninjas1992FamilyKarateThree boys learn Ninjutsu from their Japanese grandfather.
Only the Strong1993ActionCapoeiraAn ex-Green Beret uses martial arts against Miami drug dealers.
The Next Karate Kid1994FamilyKarateAnother sequel, this time with a girl (Hilary Swank) as Mr. Miyagi's apt pupil.
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie1994ActionVarious
Mortal Kombat1995ActionVariousBased on the video game.
Independence Day1996Sci fiDisasterIN Aviaiton SKY AIR
The Quest1996ActionMMAIn 1925, a pickpocket flees America, ends up fighting for his life near Siam.
Masterminds1997ActionComputingPatrick Stewart's 100th film role'
Volcano1997ActionDisasterTommy Lee Jones's 100th film role'
A Fighter's Blues2000DramaMuay ThaiAndy Lau's 100th film role.
Undisputed2002ActionBoxingTelevision film about a boxing match inside a prison.
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior2003ActionMuay Thai
Johnny2003DramaMuay Thai
Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi2003DramaMuay Thai
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing2006ActionMMASequel to 2002 prison fight film, with a different cast.
DOA: Dead or Alive2006ActionVariousFour females enter a tournament.
Redbelt2007DramaMMAAn instructor reluctantly enters a tournament. Written and directed by David Mamet.
Never Back Down2008Action dramaMMAAn Orlando, Florida high school boy discovers martial arts.
Champions2008ActionWushu
Ip Man2008ActionWing Chun
Besouro2009ActionCapoeira
Blood and Bone2009ActionMMA
Fighting2009Action dramaMMAA New York street hustler (Channing Tatum) reneges on a guarantee to lose a big fight.
Tekken2009ActionMMA
Ip Man 22010ActionWing Chun
The Karate Kid2010FamilyKung FuRemake of 1984 film, with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Unlike original film, and despite title, this version involves kung fu instead of karate.
The King of Fighters2010ActionVarious
Knucklehead2010ComedyMMAAn amateur wrestler (Big Show) enters a $100,000 tournament in New Orleans.
Ong Bak 32010ActionMuay Thai
Undisputed III: Redemption2010ActionMMAIn second sequel, convict is taken to Russia for a fight behind bars.
Warrior2011Action dramaMMABrothers fight for an MMA championship, one trained by their dad (Nick Nolte).
Never Back Down 22011ActionMMASequel to 2008 film.
Here Comes the Boom2012ComedyMMAKevin James as a teacher who moonlights as a UFC competitor.
Unbeatable2013DramaMMA
A Grande Vitória2014DramaJudo

Pool[edit]

see Cue Sports above

Powerboat racing[edit]

TitleYearGenreTypeNotes
Madison2001DramaHydroplaneLoosely based on Miss Madison, a boat raced by a community-owned team from Madison, Indiana, and especially on the boat's 1971 victory in the town's Madison Regatta.

Rodeo[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Ride 'Em Cowboy1942ComedyAbbott and Costello rescue kidnapped rodeo rider Bronco Bob.
Rodeo King and the Senorita1951WesternRex Allen joins a rodeo and tries to solve a murder.
The Lusty Men1952DramaInjured by a bull, a rodeo veteran (Robert Mitchum) quits, then makes an ill-fated comeback.
Arena1953DramaNow a rodeo clown, a washed-up rider risks his life for one last try.
Born Reckless1958DramaA trick rider (Mamie van Doren) tries to lasso a young cowboy.
The Rounders1965ComedyGlenn Ford and Henry Fonda wager nobody in rodeo can ride their horse.
Tickle Me1965MusicalLonnie Beale (Elvis Presley) works as a singer until rodeo season returns.
Stay Away, Joe1968MusicalCowboys compete to stay aboard Elvis Presley's prize bull.
Junior Bonner1972WesternSteve McQueen as a rodeo pro with a few family issues. Directed by Sam Peckinpah.
J. W. Coop1972WesternA just-out-of-jail bronco buster (Cliff Robertson) resumes his career.
When the Legends Die1972WesternAlcoholic cowboy Richard Widmark mentors a Ute Indian to compete in rodeo.
The Electric Horseman1979RomanceTV reporter pursues rodeo cowboy (Robert Redford) who steals a valuable horse.
Stir Crazy1980ComedyA prison warden gets innocent inmates (Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor) involved in a rodeo.
Rodeo Girl1980DramaRider's wife Katharine Ross gives rodeo competition a try herself.
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys1991DramaRodeo rider (Scott Glenn) returns home after a long absence.
Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story1993DocumentaryBehind the scenes look at a successful bronco buster.
8 Seconds1994DramaBiographical film on the career of Lane Frost, with Luke Perry starring as the doomed bull rider.
The Cowboy Way1994ComedyCowpokes Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson take a trip to New York.
Ruby Jean and Joe1996DramaA female hitchhiker befriends former rodeo rider Tom Selleck.
Everything That Rises1998DramaDennis Quaid directs and stars in TV film about a Texas cowboy.
Cowboy Up2001RomanceBull rider Kiefer Sutherland falls for barrel racer Daryl Hannah.

Rollerblading[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Airborne1993Comedy
Brink!1998Family Comedytelevision film

Roller skating[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Fireball1950DramaMickey Rooney becomes a sensational skater, only to be stricken with polio.
Kansas City Bomber1972DramaRoller Derby story with Raquel Welch ending in one-on-one race versus her nemesis.
Unholy Rollers1972DramaA girl quits her job in a cannery to become a Roller Derby skater.
Rollerball1975Sci-fiJames Caan as the game's greatest star, playing for Houston in a futuristic story of a life-and-death sport.
Skatetown, U.S.A.1979DramaL.A. skaters including Patrick Swayze compete in a contest for prize money.
Roller Boogie1979RomanceLinda Blair skates in a California disco while boyfriend aims for the Olympics.
Rollerball2002Sci-fiA remake of 1975 sci-fi film, starring LL Cool J and Chris Klein.
Roll Bounce2005Family
Hell on Wheels2007DocumentaryAustin, Texas women try to revive Roller Derby for the 21st Century.
Whip It2009Comedy-dramaYoung woman (Ellen Page) tries her luck at Roller Derby, directed by Drew Barrymore.

Rowing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
A Yank at Oxford1938DramaAn arrogant American (Robert Taylor) tries to earn respect by rowing for Oxford.
Oxford Blues1984Comedy-dramaRob Lowe leaves Las Vegas to pursue an Englishwoman and ends up rowing for Oxford.
The Boy in Blue1986DramaNicolas Cage as a Canadian sculler.
True Blue1996DramaA fact-based story involving a 1987 Oxford vs. Cambridge race.
Queen of the Night2001DramaCroatian film.
Summer Storm2004DramaGerman film about young boys rowing in a regatta.
Backwards2012DramaA high-level female rower becomes a high-school coach.

Rugby[edit]

TitleYearGenreCodeNotes
This Sporting Life1963Rugby leagueRichard Harris in an Oscar-nominated performance as a Yorkshire coal miner recruited to play rugby.
Grand Slam1978ComedyRugby union
The First Kangaroos1988Rugby league
Old Scores1991Rugby union
Up 'n' Under1998Rugby league
School Wars: Hero2004Rugby union
Sye2004Rugby union
Murderball2005DocumentaryWheelchair rugbyOscar-nominated documentary about rival quadraplegic athletes aiming for the Paralympic Games.
Freetime Machos2005DocumentaryRugby union
Footy Legends2006Rugby league
Number 102006Rugby union
The Final Winter2007Rugby league
Forever Strong2008DramaRugby unionBased on an amalgam of true stories from the rugby program of Highland High School in Salt Lake City.
Invictus2009DramaRugby unionBased on the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the ultimately victorious host team, South Africa. Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Springboks captain François Pienaar.
The 16th Man2010DocumentaryRugby unionMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Also chronicles the 1995 Rugby World Cup, but focuses more on the effect of the event and of Mandela's support of the Springboks on post-apartheid South Africa.
A Giant Awakens: the Rise of American Rugby2010DocumentaryRugby union
Getroud Met Rugby: Die Onvertelde Storie2011DramaRugby UnionA struggling Rugby union player fights to regain his place in his former team by coaching a troubled ex-convict to be a star player himself. Starring Izak Davel and Altus Theart. A tie-in to Season 4 of the Afrikaans TV-series Getroud Met Rugby.

Sailing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Kon-Tiki1950DocumentaryOscar-winning film on Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 adventure.
Windjammer1958DocumentaryFollowing a Norwegian vessel's 17,500-nautical-mile voyage.
The Dove1974DramaBased on true story of a 16-year-old's five-year sail around the world.
Summer Rental1985ComedyJohn Candy challenges an obnoxious sailing champ to a race while on a family vacation.
One Crazy Summer1986ComedyA romance on Nantucket develops between John Cusack and Demi Moore.
Wind1992DramaMatthew Modine as the skipper of an America's Cup yacht.
White Squall1996DramaA young crew is taught to sail by Jeff Bridges during a harrowing voyage.
Morning Light2008DramaDisney film about a Transpacific Yacht Race.
Charlie St. Cloud2010Romantic DramaA teenager (Zac Efron) who sails must cope with a family tragedy.
Kon-Tiki2012Historical dramaNew dramatization of Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 adventure.
All Is Lost2013AdventureRobert Redford as an unnamed man, lost at sea.
Maidentrip2014DocumentaryFollowing Laura Dekker's controversial around the world solo voyage.

Practical shooting[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Double Tap2000Action
Triple Tap2010Action

Skateboarding[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Skaterdater1965DramaPalme d'Or for Best Short Film, 1966 Cannes Film Festival.
Skateboard: The Movie1978DramaFeatures world champion skateboarder Tony Alva in his first movie role.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076721/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Thrashin'1986DramaJosh Brolin clashes with a punk skateboard gang.
The Search for Animal Chin1987Documentary/Drama
Gleaming the Cube1989Action/DramaFeatures Tony Hawk in a small role.
Dogtown and Z-Boys2001DocumentaryDirected by Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-Boys featured in the film.
Grind2003ComedyFour school friends try to impress a skateboard pro.
Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator2003DocumentaryThe rise and fall of Mark "Gator" Rogowski, from skateboarding legend to convicted rapist and murderer.
Lords of Dogtown2005DramaA fictionalized version of many of the events that occurred in Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Under the Influence2005DocumentaryFocuses on pool skateboarding in Southern California.
A Badlands Adventure2009Documentary
Welcome to Ridiculous2009Documentary
Street Dreams2009Drama
Chalet Girl2011Romantic ComedyFocuses on an English girl's participation in a snowboarding competition in Austria.

Skiing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Ski Patrol1940DramaRivals from 1936 Winter Olympics also end up at odds in time of war.
Sun Valley Serenade1941RomanceSonja Henie falls in love on the ski slopes of Idaho.
Ski Fever1966RomanceMartin Milner competes on skis and for a girl (Claudia Martin).
Downhill Racer1969DramaA self-involved skier (Robert Redford) qualifies for the U.S. Olympic team.
The Other Side of the Mountain1975BiographicalAn accident leaves Olympic-bound slalom skier Jill Kinmont paralyzed.
Copper Mountain1983ComedyJim Carrey and Alan Thicke go after fun and women in Colorado.
Hot Dog... the Movie1984ComedyRomance and hijinks at a freestyle competition in Squaw Valley.
Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story1985Biographicaltelevision film with Anthony Edwards as 1984 Sarajevo Olympics downhill gold medalist Bill Johnson.
Fire and Ice1986Action AdventureGerman film, narrated in English by John Denver.
Ski School1990ComedyPals play pranks on one another at a ski school.
Aspen Extreme1993Action DramaTwo friends from Michigan move to Colorado to become ski instructors.
Ski School 21994Comedy
Frozen2010ThrillerHorror story set at a New England ski resort.
Truth in Motion2010DocumentaryContenders prepare for the Vancouver Olympics.

Ski Jumping[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner1974Documentary
Matti2006DramaBiographical film based on the life and career of Matti Nykänen.

Snowboarding[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Snowboard Academy1996Comedy
Johnny Tsunami1999Family Comedytelevision film
Snow Day2000
Out Cold2001Comedy
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate2003Family Comedy
The White Album2004Documentary
First Descent2005Documentary
White Air2007Action Drama
Switch2007Action DramaNorwegian movie
Snow Summit Showdown2009Family Comedy
Chalet Girl2011Romantic Comedy
The Art of Flight2011Documentary

Ssireum[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Like a Virgin2006ComedyA transgendered Korean competes in the traditional wrestling.

Sumo Wrestling[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni1956
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni1992
Sumo Do, Sumo Don't1992Comedy
Sumolah2007Comedy
A Matter of Size2009Comedy

Surfing[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Beach Party1963ComedySurfer Frankie Avalon tries to succeed on his board and with Annette Funicello, too.
The Endless Summer1966DocumentaryFollows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a surf trip around the world, featuring many other prominent surfers of the day.
Big Wednesday1978Comedy-dramaGary Busey and Jan-Michael Vincent as California surfers during the Vietnam War years.
North Shore1987Action dramaArizona boy moves to Hawaii in attempt to become a pro surfer.
Back to the Beach1987ComedyAnnette Funicello and Frankie Avalon reunited for one more beach movie.
Surf Nazis Must Die1987ComedyNonsense about rival surf gangs feuding in earthquake-struck California, and the bloody revenge taken by the mother of a victim of one of the gangs.
A Scene at the Sea1991DramaJapanese film about a trash collector learning how to surf.
Point Break1991ActionCrime caper about an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) and a bank-robbing surfer (Patrick Swayze).
Surf Ninjas1993Family comedyA pair of teen surfers from L.A. discover that they are actually Asian princes, and end up warring with a mysterious colonel (Leslie Nielsen).
The Endless Summer II1994DocumentaryPat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver retrace the steps of Hynson and August from The Endless Summer while exploring the growth and evolution of surfing since the original film. Both films were directed by Bruce Brown.
Blue Juice1995DramaRomance with Sean Pertwee, Ewan McGregor, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
In God’s Hands1998Action dramaTeen boys travel thousands of miles seeking the ultimate wave.
7 Girls2001DocumentaryFocuses on the surfing lives of seven prominent female surfers.
Blue Crush2002DramaA young woman surfs Oahu's North Shore, meets a Pro Bowl football player.
Step into Liquid2003DocumentaryDirector Dana Brown, son of the aforementioned Bruce Brown, explores the evolution of the sport since The Endless Summer II, including tow-in surfing.
Riding Giants2004DocumentaryA historical overview of the sport, focusing primarily on big wave surfing.
Surf’s Up2007AnimatedMockumentary of a surfing penguin, voiced by Shia LeBeouf.
Shelter2007DramaGay men meet, surf, hope to live together as a family.
Surfwise2008DocumentaryLife of the Paskowitz family.
Surfer, Dude2009ComedyMatthew McConaughey impatiently waits for a big wave to come along.
Blue Crush 22010DramaSequel to 2002 film with all-new cast surfing in South Africa.
Soul Surfer2011DramaBiographical film on the life of Bethany Hamilton.
Chasing Mavericks2012DramaBiographical film on the life of Jay Moriarity.|
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Biographical film on the life of big wave surfing legend Eddie Aikau, and how his untimely death inspired a spiritual movement.

Swimming & Diving[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Bathing Beauty1944ComedyA college swim coach (Esther Williams) finds out her husband-to-be is already married.
Million Dollar Mermaid1952MusicalBased on true story of Australia swimmer Annette Kellerman.
Dangerous When Wet1953FamilyA dairy farmer's daughter (Esther Williams) tries to swim English Channel.
Star Spangled Girl1971RomanceSwimmer training for Olympics (Sandy Duncan) reluctantly falls in love.
Vsyo reshayet mgnoveniye1978Drama
Popcorn und Paprika1984Drama
Koni1986DramaBengali film based on Moti Nandi's novel.
Back to School1986ComedyA diver's rich dad (Rodney Dangerfield) returns to college and ends up competing himself.
Campus Man1987ComedyA college business major convinces a diver to pose for a beefcake calendar.
Diving In1990DramaOlympic coach (Kristy Swanson) trains teen diver who's afraid of heights.
Sarahsarà1994Drama
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story1997BiographicalStory of Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis, played by Mario Lopez.
The Princess & the Barrio Boy2000Drama
Waterboys2001ComedyA Japanese film sabout Synchronised swimming.
Swimfan2002ThrillerA swimmer's lover (Erika Christensen) feels rejected, begins to stalk him.
Swimming Upstream2003DramaFact-based story of Tony Fingleton, an Australian who skipped the 1964 Summer Olympics to attend Harvard.
On a Clear Day2005DramaA shipyard worker attempts to swim the English Channel.
The Big Bad Swim2006ComedyConnecticut grown-ups go to a beginner's swim class.
Einfache Leute2007Drama
Pride2007DramaA swim coach (Terence Howard) confronts racism in 1970s Philadelphia.
Undead Pool2007HorrorA Japanese zombie story.
Touch the Wall2014DocumentaryHow teenager Missy Franklin took four golds at 2012 Olympics.

Table tennis[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
As One2012Comedy-drama
Ping Pong2002Comedy-drama
Balls of Fury2007ComedyA 12-year-old Olympic hopeful faces criminal mastermind Feng (Christopher Walken).
Ping Pong Playa2007Comedy

Tennis[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Strangers on a Train1950SuspenseA pro tries to play in the U.S. Open while being framed for murder. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Hard, Fast and Beautiful1951DramaA young tennis prodigy can't live up to her mother's expectations.
The Christian Licorice Store1971DramaBeau Bridges as a tennis pro who can't handle success.
Players1979DramaA love story involving Ali MacGraw and Dean Paul Martin.
Second Serve1986BiographicalA television film with Vanessa Redgrave as transgender tennis pro Renee Richards.
Nobody's Perfect1990ComedyA college freshman (Chad Lowe) hot for a female player masquerades as a woman.
The Break1995DramaVincent van Patten as a former player turned coach.
When Billie Beat Bobby2001BiographicalDocudrama of 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs match, with Holly Hunter and Ron Silver.
Wimbledon2004Rom-ComTwo tennis professionals (Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany) pursue a romance during Wimbledon championships.
Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai2005Action / Animated
The Prince of Tennis2006ActionJapanese film about a tennis prodigy.
Jelenin Svet2008Documentary
Somay Ku: A Uganda Tennis Story2008Documentary
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach2009ComedyDirect-to-video spoof starring Seann William Scott.
Unmatched2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Focuses on the Chris EvertMartina Navratilova rivalry, and on the long-term friendship between the two women.
Renée2011DocumentaryMade for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the life of transsexual tennis player Renée Richards and the impact of her entry in the 1977 US Open.
Venus and Serena2013DocumentaryA behind-the-scenes look at the Williams sisters.
Andy Murray: The Man Behind The Racquet2013DocumentaryA behind-the-scenes BBC look at Andy Murray.[citation needed]
This Is What They Want2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the run of then 39-year-old Jimmy Connors to the semifinals of the 1991 US Open.

Underwater Diving[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef1953AdventureStory of sponge divers off the Florida Keys, starring Robert Wagner.
The Silent World1956DocumentaryDirected by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle.
World Without Sun1964DocumentaryDirected by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, chronicles Conshelf Two, the first attempt to create an underwater habitat for humans to live on the sea floor.
Voyage to the Edge of the World1976DocumentaryDirected by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau and Marshall Flaum, chronicles a four months expedition by Cousteau to Antarctica.
The Deep1977AdventureDangerous men go after scuba divers Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset near Bermuda.
The Big Blue1988DramaFrench director Luc Besson's story of free divers, starring Jean Reno and Rosanna Arquette.
Ghosts of the Abyss2003DocumentaryDirector James Cameron and crew submerge to explore remains of Titanic.
Open Water2003DramaDirector Chris Kentis. The story of the disappearance of scuba divers Tom and Eileen Lonergan in 1998.
The Cave2005HorrorOff coast of Romania, spelunkers and divers discover terrifying parasites.
Into the Blue2005AdventureDivers Jessica Alba and Paul Walker find crashed plane transporting cocaine.
Fool's Gold2008AdventureTreasure hunter Matthew McConaughey dives searching for Spanish galleon.
Sanctum2011AdventureAn underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Volleyball[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Side Out1990ComedyCalifornia beach volleyball story starring C. Thomas Howell.
The Iron Ladies2000ComedyThailand film about a men's (and transgender) volleyball team.
The Iron Ladies 22003Comedy
Air Bud: Spikes Back2003Family comedyDirect-to-video film in the Air Bud series.
All You've Got2006DramaMTV story of rival girls volleyball players.
Impact Point2008ThrillerBeach volleyball player might have a murderer after her.
Beach Spike2010DramaHong Kong film combining martial arts and beach volleyball.

Water polo[edit]

TitleYearGenreNotes
Freedom's Fury2006DocumentaryA look back at the 1956 Blood in the Water match between Hungary and the USSR.
Children of Glory2006DramaA dramatization of Hungarian team's experience at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Wrestling[edit]

Note: Lucha films are not included in this list. Although they feature luchadores (Mexican professional wrestlers) as the lead characters, the luchadores typically portray heroes (often superheroes) within non-wrestling stories (such as action, horror, or sci-fi).

Japanese movie poster for Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko (1955)
TitleYearGenreDisciplineNotes
Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko1955Puroresu
Take Down1979Comedy-dramaScholastic wrestlingLorenzo Lamas as a high school wrestler.
Lurich1984DramaBiographical film on the career of Georg Lurich.
Vision Quest1985DramaScholastic wrestlingMatthew Modine as a high school wrestler.
Over the Top1987Action dramaArm wrestlingTruck driver Sylvester Stallone enters an arm-wrestling competition.
Spooner1989DramaScholastic wrestlingMade for TV, premiered on the Disney Channel, stars Robert Urich.[3][4][5]
Reversal2001Romantic dramaScholastic wrestlingStory of a Pennsylvania high school athlete.
The Backyard2002DocumentaryBackyard wrestling
Rikidōzan2004DramaPuroresuBiographical film on the seminal Japanese wrestler Rikidōzan.
Going to the Mat2004Family ComedyScholastic wrestlingMade for TV, premiered on the Disney Channel, stars Andrew Lawrence.[6]
The Wrestler2008DramaProfessional wrestling
Legendary2010DramaScholastic wrestlingOklahoma teen is coached by his older brother (John Cena).
Win Win2011Comedy/DramaScholastic wrestlingBroke lawyer Paul Giamatti becomes a boy's coach and guardian.
Foxcatcher2014DramaFreestyle wrestlingChanning Tatum in a true story about Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Didinger, Ray; Macnow, Glen; Hackman, Gene (2009). The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time. Running Press. pp. 10–11. ISBN 0-7624-3548-8. 
  2. ^ http://road.cc/content/news/62421-documentary-marco-pantanis-life-and-death-coming-british-cinemas-may-2013
  3. ^ "Spooner (TV 1989) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Spooner - Movies - The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  5. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, November/December 1989
  6. ^ "Going to the Mat (TV 2004) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 

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