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]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Freshman 1925 Comedy Silent film
Maker of Men 1931 Drama A football player finds it hard to please his coach, who's his father.
Horse Feathers 1932 Comedy Marx Brothers farce about college football.
College Coach 1933 Drama Stars get money, academic favoritism under new coach (Pat O'Brien).
Pigskin Parade 1936 Comedy A "hillbilly" (Stuart Erwin) becomes a Texas college football hero.
The Big Game 1936 Comedy A gambler kidnaps Atlantic's quarterback before the big game vs. Erie.
Over the Goal 1937 Drama Football star (William Hopper) risks permanent injury if he keeps playing.
Navy Blue and Gold 1937 Drama Midshipman (James Stewart) clears father's name in time to play in Army-Navy game.
Touchdown, Army 1938 Drama A cocky cadet (Robert Cummings) shapes up in time to play in Army-Navy game.
$1000 a Touchdown 1939 Comedy Joe E. Brown inherits a college, offers money to any player who can score a touchdown.
Knute Rockne, All American 1940 Biographical Life and career of Notre Dame coach Knute Rockne (Pat O'Brien), with Ronald Reagan as the Gipper.
Too Many Girls 1940 Comedy Bodyguards hired to watch rich girl (Lucille Ball) in college end up on the football team.
Harmon of MIchigan 1941 Drama Tom Harmon as himself, a college hero who weds sweetheart, becomes a coach.
The Spirit of Stanford 1942 Drama Frankie Albert as himself, a high school quarterback who then attends Stanford.
Never Been Licked 1943 Drama WWII propaganda about Corps of Cadets and football at Texas A&M
Good News 1947 Musical Tait College can win the big game, but only if its star (Peter Lawford) passes an exam.
Father was a Fullback 1949 Comedy Daughter of coach (Fred MacMurray) has boyfriend who chooses her over Notre Dame.
Easy Living 1949 Drama Pro quarterback Pete Wilson (Victor Mature) discovers he has a heart condition.
That's My Boy 1951 Comedy Martin and Lewis college football comedy.
Saturday's Hero 1951 Drama A Virginia university's halfback (John Derek) deals with injuries, money issues.
The Guy Who Came Back 1951 Drama Injured, aging athlete (Paul Douglas) refuses to accept that his playing days are over.
The Rose Bowl Story 1952 Romance A college gridiron star and a Rose Bowl princess fall in love.
Trouble Along the Way 1953 Comedy A Catholic college in New York hires a new football coach (John Wayne).
Crazylegs 1953 Biographical Based on college career of Elroy Hirsch, playing himself.
The All-American 1953 Drama A quarterback (Tony Curtis) deals with hazing and hardship at a Chicago college.
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home 1965 Comedy The CIA tries to get Notre Dame's team to lose a game on purpose.
Paper Lion 1968 Biographical Adaptation of writer George Plimpton's tryout with Detroit Lions, starring Alan Alda.
Number One 1969 Drama Fictional story of aging New Orleans Saints pro quarterback (Charlton Heston).
Brian's Song 1971 Biographical TV 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 Yard 1974 Comedy Burt Reynolds as a convict who plays on his prison football team.
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Thriller Fictional story of stadium sniper, starring Charlton Heston.
Gus 1976 Comedy Disney tale of a mule that is able to take a slumping pro football team to the Super Bowl by winning with the ability to kick field-length field goals.
Black Sunday 1977 Thriller Fictional story of a terrorist attack on the Super Bowl by use of the Goodyear Blimp.
Something for Joey 1977 Biographical TV film on John Cappelletti, who won Heisman Trophy, lost brother to leukemia.
Semi-Tough 1977 Comedy Based on Dan Jenkins pro football novel, starring Burt Reynolds.
Heaven Can Wait 1978 Comedy A remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan, but with football as backdrop instead of boxing. Warren Beatty as owner-quarterback of the Rams.
Superdome 1978 Drama Super Bowl quarterbacks (Tom Selleck, Ken Howard) are distracted by off-the-field worries. Made for TV.
North Dallas Forty 1979 Drama Based on former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Peter Gent's novel of the same title, starring Nick Nolte as the character based on Gent's career.
Fighting Back 1980 Biographical About Rocky Bleier and obstacles he overcame after return from Vietnam.
Grambling's White Tiger 1980 Biographical Fact-based TV film on Grambling University's first white quarterback (played by Bruce Jenner).
All the Right Moves 1983 Drama Tom Cruise as a high school football player.
Quarterback Princess 1983 Biographical Oregon schoolgirl seeks a chance to quarterback the boys' team.
The Bear 1984 Biographical Made for TV biopic on life and coaching career of Alabama's Bear Bryant (played by Gary Busey).
Against All Odds 1984 Drama Pro receiver (Jeff Bridges) develops fatal attraction to daughter of team's corrupt owner.
Lucas 1986 Comedy Not primarily about the sport; has football-related subplot.
The Best of Times 1986 Comedy Childhood friends replay their biggest game, starring Robin Williams and Kurt Russell.
Wildcats 1986 Comedy Goldie Hawn as a high school football coach.
Johnny Be Good 1988 Comedy Anthony Michael Hall as a star high school quarterback.
Everybody's All-American 1988 Drama Dennis Quaid in adaptation of Frank Deford football novel.
Necessary Roughness 1991 Comedy Story of a Texas college team filled with misfits.
The Last Boy Scout 1991 Action Crime action film; football marginal to plot.
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story 1991 Drama A film of the relationship of between Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ricky Bell and Ryan Blankenship.
School Ties 1992 Drama High school bigotry story with Brendan Fraser and Matt Damon.
The Program 1993 Drama James Caan as a college team's coach.
Rudy 1993 Biographical True story of quest by Rudy Ruettiger to enroll and play at Notre Dame.
Little Giants 1994 Comedy Fiction about men who coach children's teams.
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story 1994 Biographical Television film on life and career-ending injury of New York Jets' Dennis Byrd.
Jerry Maguire 1996 Rom-Com Tom Cruise as a pro athlete's agent. An Oscar for Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Angels in the Endzone 1997 Comedy Direct-to-video sequel to 1994 version of Angels in the Outfield.
The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon 1998 Comedy Made for TV tale with Tony Danza.
The Waterboy 1998 Comedy Adam Sandler as a backward boy who helps Louisiana school's team.
Air Bud: Golden Receiver 1998 Comedy The second in the Air Bud series.
Varsity Blues 1999 Drama Texas high school story starring James Van Der Beek.
Any Given Sunday 1999 Drama Fiction about pro football with Al Pacino as a Miami coach.
The Fanatics 1999 Comedy A television film with Ed Asner.
Marshall University: Ashes to Glory 2000 Documentary Made 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 Titans 2000 Drama Based on a true story about a Virginia high school coach, starring Denzel Washington.
The Replacements 2000 Comedy Keanu Reeves in a fictional story about strike-breakers on a pro team.
Brian's Song 2001 Drama A remake of 1971 story of Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo.
Full Ride 2002 Comedy Bad-attitude teen is picked to play in a state all-star game.
Monday Night Mayhem 2002 Biographical The creation of Monday Night Football, with John Turturro as sportscaster Howard Cosell.
The Slaughter Rule 2002 Drama Ryan Gosling as a Montana six-man football player.
Junction Boys 2002 Biographical Made for TV; based on a true story about a grueling football training camp at Texas A&M under coach Bear Bryant.
Hometown Legend 2002 Drama A drifting teenager meets a demanding high school coach.
Second String 2002 Comedy television film on a guy who gets to quarterback Buffalo Bills.
Radio 2003 Drama True story, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. as a challenged young man who aids a football coach.
Friday Night Lights 2004 Drama Based on a true story about Texas high school football.
The Longest Yard 2005 Comedy Remake of the 1974 film of the same title, with Adam Sandler.
Two for the Money 2005 Drama Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey, gambling big on football.
Code Breakers 2005 Drama ESPN film on 1951 West Point cheating scandal, starring Scott Glenn.
Invincible 2006 Drama Biopic of bartender Vince Papale (played by Mark Wahlberg), who gets to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
We Are Marshall 2006 Drama Matthew McConaughey in true story of college team's 1970 plane crash and aftermath.
Facing the Giants 2006 Drama Christian-themed story of a high school coach.
Gridiron Gang 2006 Drama Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, as man who creates team at juvenile detention center.
The Comebacks 2007 Comedy Spoof of sports movies, featuring football coach "Lambeau Fields."
The Game Plan 2007 Comedy Pro quarterback (The Rock) discovers that he has a daughter.
Leatherheads 2007 Comedy George Clooney in fictional story of 1920s pro football.
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29 2008 Documentary Alumni (including Tommy Lee Jones) recall a memorable 1968 Ivy League game.
The Express 2008 Biographical Factual account on life of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis.
The Longshots 2008 Comedy Based on a true story of first girl to play in Pop Warner league.
The Band that Wouldn't Die 2009 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the history of the Baltimore Colts, the team's controversial move to Indianapolis, and the NFL's return to Baltimore, through the common thread of the Colts marching band.
The Blind Side 2009 Biographical High school career and recruitment of Michael Oher. An Oscar for Sandra Bullock.
The Legend of Jimmy the Greek 2009 Documentary Made 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? 2009 Documentary Made 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 U 2009 Documentary Made 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 Was 2010 Documentary Made 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 Run 2010 Documentary Made 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. 2010 Documentary Made 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 & GOAL 2010 Documentary Six 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 Quarter 2011 Drama Based on story of Jon Abbate and surprising 2006 season of Wake Forest University.
The Marinovich Project 2011 Documentary Made 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 Excess 2011 Documentary Made 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 Eagle 2011 Documentary Made 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.
Undefeated 2011 Documentary Chronicles 2009 season of Manassas High School, a doormat of Memphis football seeking first playoff win. Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
Touchback 2012 Drama Ohio farmer relives a high school football game that changed his life.
Ghosts of Ole Miss 2012 Documentary Made 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 Blast 2013 Drama True story about Travis Freeman, a Kentucky teen who loses his sight.
Against the Tide 2013 Documentary Made 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 Marino 2013 Documentary Made 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 Boys 2013 Documentary Made 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 Boz 2014 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the rise, fall, and post-football life of Brian Bosworth.
Draft Day 2014 Drama NFL general manager (Kevin Costner) is torn about draft's top pick.
Keepers of the Streak 2014 Documentary Focuses on four photographers who worked at every Super Bowl from the first game in 1967 through the 2014 game.
Rand University 2014 Documentary Made 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 2 2014 Documentary Made 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 King 2014 Documentary A high school team faced with a merger with its rival.
When the Game Stands Tall 2014 Drama True story of a California school's record-setting winning streak.
Happy Valley 2014 Documentary About the sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and its impact on Pennsylvania State University and its football program.

Association football (soccer)[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Game 1930 Comedy British film about fictional Manningford F.C.
Sportszerelem 1936 Comedy
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery 1939 Crime comedy When a player is poisoned during a match, Detective Inspector Slade must investigate.
Das große Spiel 1942 Comedy
O Leão da Estrela 1947 Comedy-drama This Arthur Duarte movie includes original images of the Portuguese cup final Porto - Sporting
The Great Game 1953 Comedy-drama The chairman of a British club is penalized for approaching a player from a rival team.
Két félidő a pokolban 1961 Drama Based on 1942's The Death Match between team in modern-day Ukraine (including players from Dynamo Kyiv) and a German Wehrmacht side.
Dhanyee Meye 1971 Comedy
Mohunbaganer Meye 1976
Yesterday's Hero 1979 Drama Ian McShane as a former football player turned alcoholic.
Escape to Victory 1981 War Loosely based on The Death Match, with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine; released in North America as Victory.
Gregory's Girl 1981 Comedy Scottish teen tale directed by Bill Forsyth.
Ultra 1991 Drama Italian film.
Cup Final 1991 Drama Israeli film about a kidnapping during the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Ladybugs 1992 Comedy Rodney Dangerfield as a soccer coach who makes a boy suit up as a girl.
An Impossible Job 1994 Documentary
The Big Green 1994 Family Comedy A British woman teaches soccer to Texas school kids.
Fever Pitch 1997 Romantic comedy Colin Firth in an adaptation of Nick Hornby's book about Arsenal.
When Saturday Comes 1996 Drama A factory worker (Sean Bean) is recruited by professional football clubs.
Soccer Dog: The Movie 1999 Family comedy An orphan's dog has an uncanny skill at soccer.
Home Team 1999 Family comedy Ex-pro football player (Steve Guttenberg) is sentenced to serve as a handyman at a boys' home.
Switching Goals 1999 Family comedy Twin sisters (Olsen twins), total opposites, become soccer opponents.
Air Bud: World Pup 2000 Family comedy Direct-to-video film in the Air Bud series.
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 Comedy-drama A 15-year-old's goal is to play for Manchester City.
Shaolin Soccer 2001 Comedy Hong Kong comedy about a football-playing monk.
A Shot at Glory 2001 Drama A coach (Robert Duvall) tries to get his team to the Scottish Cup final.
Mean Machine 2001 Comedy-drama Adaptation of The Longest Yard with association football instead of American football. Stars former footballer Vinnie Jones.
Mike Bassett: England Manager 2001 Comedy Manager from lower leagues becomes manager of England National Football Team, aims for World Cup in Brazil.
The Game of Their Lives 2002 Documentary Chronicles North Korea national team that made surprising run to quarterfinals of 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Bend It Like Beckham 2002 Comedy-drama Two teenaged girls in England (Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley) try out for football.
The Miracle of Bern 2003 Comedy-drama Set against backdrop of 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, which became known in Germany as the "Miracle of Bern".
The Other Final 2003 Documentary Match between Bhutan and Montserrat, lowest-ranked teams in FIFA World Rankings, held on same day as 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.
United 2003 Comedy Norway film.
Just for Kicks 2003 Comedy Film about two Soccer playing twin brothers
Soccer Dog: European Cup 2004 Comedy Sequel to 1999 children's film.
Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team 2005 Documentary A history of the US women's national team.
Goal! 2005 Drama Santiago Muñez (Kuno Becker), a Mexican youth in U.S. illegally, gets an opportunity to play in England.
Green Street 2005 Drama Starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. A film about football hooliganism in England.
Kicking & Screaming 2005 Family comedy Will Ferrell screwball comedy about coaching soccer.
Real, The Movie 2005 Documentary Explores the history of Real Madrid, incorporating some fictional elements.
The Game of Their Lives 2005 Drama Based on USA's massive upset of England in the 1950 FIFA World Cup.
Goal II: Living the Dream 2006 Drama Continuation of 2005 story, with Santiago switching from Newcastle to Real Madrid.
Offside 2006 Comedy Sweden film.
Offside 2006 Drama Iran film.
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos 2006 Documentary Matt Dillon narrates story of North American Soccer League club, with player interviews.
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait 2006 Documentary Chronicles life and career of Zinedine Zidane.
She’s the Man 2006 Comedy (Amanda Bynes) disguises herself so she can play with the boys.
Gracie 2007 Drama New 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 Goal 2007
Her Best Move 2007 Comedy A 15-year-old girl has a shot to make the US national team.
Maradona by Kusturica 2008 Documentary A look at the career of Diego Maradona.
Kicking It 2008 Documentary Colin Farrell narrates a look at the Homeless World Cup.
Soccer Mom 2008 Comedy TV family movie starring Missi Pyle.
Football with a cause 2009 Documentary Académica Coimbra team resistance against Portuguese dictatorship, shown to world in cup final against Benfica in 1969
The Damned United 2009 Drama A fictionalized version of Brian Clough's tenure as manager of Leeds United.
Goal! 3: Taking on the World 2009 Drama Direct-to-video third part of trilogy following the experiences of a Mexican footballer in Europe.
Offside 2009 Romantic comedy Story about rival footballers in Australia.
A Time for Champions 2009 Documentary Made for TV. Explores history of soccer in St. Louis, focusing on Saint Louis University in the 1960s and early 1970s.
One Night in Turin 2010 Documentary Chronicles England's run in the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
The Two Escobars 2010 Documentary Made 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 Glory 2011 Drama
Egaro 2011 Drama Indian 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.
Will 2011 Drama After losing his parents, 12-year-old journeys across Europe to witness 2005 UEFA Champions League Final, which features dad's favorite football club Liverpool.
United 2011 Drama Based on Manchester United squad during the 1950s and Munich air disaster that took lives of eight players.
Playing for Keeps 2012 Romantic comedy A former professional star (Gerard Butler) coaches a kids' team.
Hillsborough 2014 Documentary Made 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 Wins 2014 Documentary British film about American Samoa team trying to qualify for World Cup.
United Passions 2014 Drama French film about origins of FIFA.

Athletics (track and field)[edit]

Title Year Genre Event(s) Notes
College 1927 Comedy Silent film with Buster Keaton trying multiple sports.
Olympic Games 1927 Comedy Our Gang children's version of the Olympics.
Million Dollar Legs 1932 Comedy Shotput W.C. Fields fable of team from "Klopstokia" competing in 1932 Olympic Games.
Jim Thorpe - All-American 1951 Biographical Decathlon Story of famed Native American athlete, starring Burt Lancaster.
The Bob Mathias Story 1954 Drama Decathlon Biographical film on two-time Olympic gold medalist Bob Mathias.
Geordie 1955 Comedy Hammer Story of Scotsman out to get to the Olympic Games.
It Happened in Athens 1962 Comedy Marathon Jayne Mansfield in story set at 1896 Olympics in Greece.
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner 1962 Drama Distance running Acclaimed film from UK starring Tom Courtenay.
Billie 1965 Comedy Sprints Patty Duke as a high school athlete who competes with boys.
Walk, Don't Run 1966 Comedy Race walking Final film of Cary Grant, set during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
The Games 1970 Drama Marathon Ryan O'Neal and Michael Crawford as fictional distance runners.
The World's Greatest Athlete 1973 Comedy Track Disney tale of a jungle boy who becomes a star athlete.
The Loneliest Runner 1976 Drama Marathon Made for TV, written and directed by Michael Landon.
See How She Runs 1978 Drama Marathon Made for TV
Crossbar 1979 Drama High Jump Made for TV
The Jericho Mile 1979 Drama Mile Made for TV about a prisoner trying to qualify for the Olympics.
Running 1979 Drama Marathon Michael Douglas as fictional Olympic distance-running hopeful.
Goldengirl 1979 Sci-fi Sprints A scientifically enhanced girl (Susan Anton) trains for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Chariots of Fire 1981 Drama Sprints True story set during 1924 Olympics. Four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Graduation Day 1981 Horror Track Slasher film about school's track athletes being murdered.
Personal Best 1982 Drama Track Mariel Hemingway in fictional story of women's track and field.
Running Brave 1983 Drama 10,000 m Biographical film on the life and career of Billy Mills, starring Robby Benson.
On the Edge 1985 Drama Trail running A distance runner (Bruce Dern) fights for amateurs' rights during California's Dipsea Race.
The Jesse Owens Story 1985 Biographical Sprints, long jump True story of legendary 1930s athlete Jesse Owens, portrayed by Dorian Harewood.
Cracked Up 1987 Drama Track A high school athlete has a serious problem with cocaine.
Run for Your Life 1988 Drama/Thriller Marathon Italian-British production starring David Carradine.
The Four Minute Mile 1988 Biographical Mile Record-breaking run of Roger Bannister, made for television.
Across the Tracks 1991 Drama Track Brad Pitt and Rick Schroeder as brothers who compete in high school track and field.
Pentathlon 1994 Thriller Pentathlon An East German pentathlete (Dolph Lundgren) defects to USA, where his former coach, now a neo-Nazi, finds and harasses him.
Higher Learning 1995 Drama Track Fictional story of college students, with Omar Epps as track athlete.
Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story 1996 Biography 100m H True story of hardships and success of great U.S. female athlete.
Prefontaine 1997 Biography Running True story of Oregon middle distance runner Steve Prefontaine.
Without Limits 1998 Biography Running Another version of life and death of Steve Prefontaine.
Endurance 1999 Drama Distance running Biographical film about Haile Gebrselassie.
The Long Run 2000 Drama Ultramarathon Story of the Comrades Marathon, an annual 55-mile foot race in South Africa.
Pumpkin 2002 Comedy Christina Ricci in story about a developmentally challenged youth.
Hitler's Pawn - The Margaret Lambert Story 2004 Documentary High Jump True 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 Minutes 2005 Biography Mile Made for TV. Chronicles the successful quest of Roger Bannister to break the four-minute barrier in the mile.
The Ringer 2005 Comedy Johnny Knoxville bad-taste spoof of Special Olympics.
Saint Ralph 2005 Drama Marathon A 15-year-old boy attempts to run in the 1954 Boston Marathon.
Terry 2005 Documentary Road running Made for TV. Documents the Marathon of Hope, 1980 attempt of cancer patient and amputee Terry Fox to run across Canada.
Berlin 36 2009 Drama High jump Top athlete Gretel Bergmann is excluded from Berlin Olympics for being Jewish.
Salute 2008 Documentary Multiple events Australia film looking back at 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
Run Fatboy Run 2007 Romantic comedy Marathon David Schwimmer-directed comedy about an out-of-shape British man who enters a marathon.
The One Man Olympics 2008 Biographical Track Biographic of China's first ever Olympian Liu Changchun and his journey to compete in 1932 Summer Olympics.
The Runner 2009 Ultra Trail
Into the Wind 2010 Documentary Road running Made 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 Pause 2010 Documentary Sprints Made 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 Robber 2010 Drama Marathon German film about an Austrian bank-robbing runner.
Paan Singh Tomar 2012 Drama Steeplechase Indian film based on the true story of an athlete Paan Singh Tomar.
9.79* 2012 Documentary 100 m Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at men's 100 metres of 1988 Olympics, where Ben Johnson set a world record but was disqualified after testing positive for steroids.
Fast Girls 2012 Drama Sprints British film about two women sprinters.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag 2013 Drama Running Indian film based on true story of an athlete Milkha Singh.
McFarland, USA 2015 Biographical Cross country Kevin Costner portrays Jim White, who built the predominantly Latino McFarland High School into a California cross country power.

Australian rules football[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Macarthy 1975 Comedy
The Club 1980 Comedy/Drama
Australian Rules 2002 Drama
Blinder 2013 Drama
Aussie Rules the World 2014 Sports documentary

Auto racing[edit]

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

Title Year Genre Type Notes
The Speed Kings 1913 Comedy 8-minute silent film featuring Fatty Arbuckle.
The Roaring Road 1919 Romance Car salesman "Toodles" Waldron becomes a racer.
Excuse My Dust 1920 Comedy A sequel to The Roaring Road.
Young Oldfield 1924
Speed Madness 1925
The Checkered Flag 1926
The Speed Classic 1928
Speedway 1929 Drama Silent film about a father and son in Indianapolis.
Burning Up 1930 Drama First talkie about auto racers.
Speed 1930
The Racing Strain 1932 Drama A driver who drinks tries to turn around his life.
The Crowd Roars 1932 Drama Open wheel Motor racing saga featuring James Cagney.
Speed 1936 Drama Open Wheel A carburetor's designer (James Stewart) tries Indy 500, then seeks world speed record.
Ten Laps to Go 1936 Drama Midget Rival drivers compete for national championship and a girl.
Speed to Spare 1936
Indianapolis Speedway 1939 Drama Open wheel Three-time Indy champ (Pat O'Brien) wants a young driver to go to college.
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor 1939 A racing story starring Dennis O'Keefe.
Danger on Wheels 1940
Born to Speed 1947
Buck Privates Come Home 1947 Comedy Abbott and Costello aid a young midget-car racer.
The Big Wheel 1935 Drama Open wheel Mickey Rooney as a young driver out to win the Indianapolis 500.
To Please a Lady 1950 Drama Open Wheel Newspaper columnist gets reckless racer Mike Brannan (Clark Gable) banned.
Jalopy 1953 Comedy Going backwards, the Bowery Boys win the big race.
The Racers 1953 Drama Open wheel European circuit racing drama starring Kirk Douglas.
Genevieve 1953 Musical Vintage cars A British comedy about an automobile rally.
Roar of the Crowd 1953 Drama Open wheel Indy 500 contender vows to quit, becomes a sparkplugs salesman.
Johnny Dark 1954 Drama Engineer Tony Curtis enters car in Canada-to-Mexico race.
Checkpoint 1956 Crime Road racing A criminal gets into a confrontation with British police at an auto race.
The Devil's Hairpin 1957 Drama Road racing Undefeated champion (Cornel Wilde) is coaxed out of retirement.
Thunder in Carolina 1960 Drama Stock car Rivals vie in Southern 500, starring Alan Hale, Jr. of Gilligan's Island fame.
The Green Helmet 1961 Drama Road racing A British film about racers competing in Italy.
The Iron Maiden 1962 Comedy Traction engines Alan Hale, Jr. again, in a story about a steam-engine rally.
The Lively Set 1964 Drama A mechanic (James Darren) feels he's perfected a revolutionary turbine engine.
24 heures d'amant 1964 Drama Sports car Claude Lelouch-directed film set at Le Mans.
Viva Las Vegas 1964 Musical Sports car Elvis Presley is out to win the big race and Ann-Margret.
The Great Race 1965 Comedy Vintage cars Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis slapstick about long-distance car race.
Grand Prix 1966 Drama Open wheel James Garner and Yves Montand in fictional story of drivers' lives and loves.
Red Line 7000 1966 Drama Stock car Howard Hawks-directed fiction, starring James Caan.
Fireball 500 1966 Comedy Stock car Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello vehicle.
Spinout 1966 Musical Open wheel Elvis Presley is out to win the big race and Shelley Fabares.
Thunder Alley 1967 Romance Stunt driver (Fabian), boss's daughter (Annette Funicello) team up in 500-mile race.
Hell On Wheels 1967 Romance Mechanic, engineer fall for same dame. Marty Robbins stars.
A Man and a Woman 1967 Drama Open wheel French film about a woman who falls in love with an auto racer.
The Love Bug 1968 Family Demolition derby driver gets his hands on a magical Volkswagen.
Speedway 1968 Musical Stock car Elvis Presley is out to win the big race and Nancy Sinatra.
The Wild Racers 1968 Drama Fabian now races on the European circuit.
Winning 1969 Drama Indy car Paul Newman and Robert Wagner as rival drivers.
Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 Comedy Vintage cars a.k.a. Those Daring Young Men in their Jaunty Jalopies
Le Mans 1971 Drama Sports car Steve McQueen as a competitor in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Weekend of a Champion 1971 Documentary Formula One Documentary directed by Roman Polanski chronicling Jackie Stewart's racing season
The Last American Hero 1973 Biographical Stock car Fictional biography of Junior Johnson, starring Jeff Bridges as "Junior Jackson".
Herbie Rides Again 1974 Comedy Sequel to The Love Bug.
Flåklypa Grand Prix 1975
Death Race 2000 1975 Action Science-fiction about dangerous car race, starring David Carradine.
Bobby Deerfield 1977 Drama Formula One Al Pacino as a famed driver who falls in love with a dying woman.
Greased Lightning 1977 Biographical Stock car True story of stock-car trailblazer Wendell Scott, starring Richard Pryor.
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo 1977 Comedy The third entry in The Love Bug series.
The Quick and the Dead 1977 Documentary Open wheel A behind-the-scenes look at Grand Prix racing, narrated by Stacy Keach.
Herbie Goes Bananas 1980 Comedy The fourth entry in The Love Bug series.
Six Pack 1982 Comedy Stock car Kenny Rogers stars and sings hit theme song.
Safari 3000 1982 Adventure Endurance A 3,000-mile race across Africa attracts a young American (David Carradine).
Heart Like a Wheel 1983 Biographical Drag racing Based on the life of Shirley Muldowney, played by Bonnie Bedelia.
Stroker Ace 1983 Comedy Stock car Burt Reynolds as a fictional NASCAR star.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 1985 Sci fi
Born to Race 1988 Drama Stock car Fiction featuring Joseph Bottoms in lead role.
La Carrera Panamericana 1990 Historic sports car Documentary starring Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Nick Mason and manager Steve O'Rourke.
Checkered Flag 1990 Open wheel Unsold TV pilot
Dorf Goes Auto Racing 1990 Comedy Stock car Direct-to-video short film. Part of Tim Conway's Dorf series.
Days of Thunder 1990 Drama Stock car Tom Cruise as a NASCAR newcomer, based loosely on Tim Richmond.
Speed 1994 TRUCKER Road film
Thunderbolt 1995 Action Touring car Hong Kong film with Jackie Chan as a race-car mechanic.
Race the Sun 1996 Solar car Halle Berry as a teacher who leads a high school team to compete in World Solar Challenge.
La Passione 1996 Drama Italian film about Ferrari racing.
The Love Bug 1997 Comedy Made-for-TV remake of original 1968 film of the same title.
Super Speedway 1997 Documentary Open wheel Paul Newman narrates documentary on the building of a race car.
Driven 2000 Action Open wheel Sylvester Stallone as a former Formula One star.
éX-Driver The Movie 2002
Michel Vaillant 2003 Based on a French comic book.
Right on Track 2003 Family Drag racing Disney Channel story about a pair of drag-racing sisters.
NASCAR: The IMAX Experience 2004 Documentary Stock car
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story 2004 Documentary Stock car Made for TV. Chronicles life and career of Dale Earnhardt.
Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 Comedy Stock car The most recent entry in The Love Bug series.
Cars 2006 Animated Stock car Family comedy featuring voices of Paul Newman, Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 2006 Comedy Stock car Will Ferrell as a cocky, crazy NASCAR driver.
Dale 2007 Documentary Stock car Another look at racing legend Dale Earnhardt.
Ta Ra Rum Pum 2007 Drama Stock car Indian film.
Death Race 2008 Sci-fi Jason Statham in a revised version of 1975 film.
Death Racers 2008 Sci-fi Futuristic story of prisoners competing in race to the death.
Truth in 24 2008 Documentary Sports car A team's preparation for 2008's 24 Hours of LeMans.
Speed Racer 2008 Action Futuristic Live-action version of Japanese anime series, with Emile Hirsch as Speed.
Love The Beast 2009 Documentary Tarmac rally
Racing Dreams 2009 Documentary Karting
Redline 2009 Action Futuristic
Senna 2010 Documentary Open wheel The life and death of Formula One great Ayrton Senna.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit 2010 Documentary Stock car Made 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 Race 2011 Drag racing
Red Dirt Rising 2011 Stock car Based on the life of early driver Jimmie Lewallen.
Cars 2 2011 Animated Sports car Sequel to 2006 family comedy hit.
Truth in 24 II: Every Second Counts 2012 Documentary Sports car Sequel to 2008 film, documenting Audi's adventurous and cliffhanging 2011 race.
Rush 2013 Drama Formula One True story depicting rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One season.
Turbo 2013 Animated Indy car A snail becomes the fastest thing on the race track.
Snake and Mongoose 2013 Drama Drag racing True story depicting rivalry between funny car drivers Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme and Tom 'The Mongoose' McEwen.

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Title Year Genre Notes
Women in the Wind 1939 Drama Aviatrix Kay Francis enters a derby from California to Cleveland.
The Sound Barrier 1952 Drama
Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 1965 Comedy A light-hearted tale of a London-to-Paris air race in 1910.
The Great Waldo Pepper 1975 Drama Depicts 1920s barnstorming and its consequences.
Drop Zone 1994 Thriller Not a sports film; U.S. marshal battles sky terrorists.
Bride Flight 2008 Drama Story of 12,000-mile 1953 race from England to New Zealand.
Thunder Over Reno 2008 Drama
Planes 2013 Animation Crop duster competes in a national championship race.


Title Year Genre Notes
Heading Home 1920 Biographical A silent film about young Babe Ruth, who stars as himself.
Warming Up 1928 Romance New player competes with team's star for owner's daughter.
Fireman, Save My Child 1932 Comedy Joe E. Brown as a small-town fireman who is also the town's star ballplayer.
Elmer, the Great 1933 Drama Joe E. Brown as an egotistical Chicago Cubs baseball star.
Alibi Ike 1935 Comedy Joe E. Brown as a pitcher with a million excuses.
Death on the Diamond 1935 Mystery Ballplayer (Robert Young) tries to find who's killing his fellow St. Louis Cardinals.
The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Biographical The life and career of Lou Gehrig, with Gary Cooper as Gehrig and Babe Ruth as himself.
The Babe Ruth Story 1948 Biographical The life and career of Babe Ruth, starring William Bendix.
It Happens Every Spring 1949 Comedy Ray Milland as a scientist whose secret formula turns him into a great pitcher.
The Stratton Story 1949 Biographical The career and fateful accident of pitcher Monty Stratton, starring James Stewart.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game 1949 Musical Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as singing, dancing ballplayers.
The Kid from Cleveland 1949 Comedy The '48 World Series champion Cleveland Indians come to the aid of a young fan.
Kill the Umpire 1950 Comedy William Bendix as a baseball fan who becomes an umpire.
The Jackie Robinson Story 1950 Biographical Baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson as himself, with Ruby Dee as his wife.
Angels in the Outfield 1951 Comedy A Pittsburgh Pirates manager (Paul Douglas) gets some help from above.
Rhubarb 1951 Comedy Ray Milland in a cute tale about a cat.
The Pride of St. Louis 1952 Biographical Dan Dailey as the colorful pitcher Dizzy Dean.
The Winning Team 1953 Biographical Based on pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, played by Ronald Reagan.
The Kid from Left Field 1953 Comedy The son of a peanut vendor (Dan Dailey) becomes the leader of a big-league team.
Big Leaguer 1953 Drama Hans Lobert (Edward G. Robinson) runs a training camp for baseball's New York Giants.
Fear Strikes Out 1957 Biographical The life and career of Jimmy Piersall, played by Anthony Perkins.
Damn Yankees 1958 Musical A man sells his soul to the devil on behalf of Washington's baseball team.
Safe at Home! 1962 Comedy With Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris as themselves.
Bang the Drum Slowly 1973 Drama A pitcher's friendship with a catcher (Robert De Niro) who has a terminal disease.
The Bad News Bears 1976 Comedy Walter 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 Kings 1976 Comedy About a barnstorming team of Negro Leagues players, with James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor.
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 Comedy Sequel to The Bad News Bears.
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story 1978 Biographical A made-for-television film on the life and career of Ron LeFlore, starring LeVar Burton.
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story 1978 Biographical Fact-based made-for-TV account of Yankee immortal's marriage and tragedy, featuring Blythe Danner and Edward Herrmann.
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 Comedy Second sequel to The Bad News Bears.
The Kid from Left Field 1979 Comedy television film, remake, with Gary Coleman.
Squeeze Play! 1980 Comedy Sexy women form a softball team.
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige 1981 Biographical television film with Louis Gossett, Jr. as the ageless 1940s pitcher.
Blue Skies Again 1983 Comedy Denver Devils' potential second baseman isn't a man, it's a young woman.
Tiger Town 1983 Comedy Early Disney Channel film about an aging Detroit Tiger (Roy Scheider).
The Natural 1984 Drama Robert Redford in a fable about an unlikely, unlucky hero, Roy Hobbs.
Brewster's Millions 1985 Comedy Richard Pryor as a minor-leaguer with a chance to inherit 300 million dollars.
The Slugger's Wife 1985 Romance An Atlanta Braves player tries to break Roger Maris' record and make a marriage work.
A Winner Never Quits 1986 Biographical television film on one-armed pro ballplayer Pete Gray, played by Keith Carradine.
Long Gone 1987 Comedy Early cable television film about a minor-league ballclub starring William Petersen.
Trading Hearts 1987 Comedy Has-been player (Raúl Juliá) and his romance with a Florida single mom.
Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 Drama A Montana boy refuses to pitch Little League until the world bans nuclear weapons. With Gregory Peck as President of the United States.
Bull Durham 1988 Rom-Com Ron Shelton's screwball comedy of a woman's (Susan Sarandon) summer with two minor-leaguers (Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins).
Eight Men Out 1988 Biographical Based on the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
Stealing Home 1988 Drama Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster in a fictional tale of lost love.
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 Comedy Someone'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 Dreams 1989 Drama Voices tell an Iowa farmer (Kevin Costner) to build a baseball stadium in his cornfield.
Major League 1989 Comedy Fictional story of a team of misfit Cleveland Indians.
Night Game 1989 Crime drama A ballpark murder mystery starring Roy Scheider.
Mr. Destiny 1990 Comedy A man (James Belushi) blames his misfortune on a long-ago baseball game.
Taking Care of Business 1990 Comedy A man (James Belushi) escapes jail to see the Chicago Cubs play in a World Series.
Pastime 1990 Drama A pair of minor leaguers, one 17, one 40, form a bond.
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson 1990 Drama Andre Braugher in TV biopic of Robinson's court-martial in U.S. Army.
Talent for the Game 1991 Drama A fictional Angels baseball scout (Edward James Olmos) finds a fantastic young pitcher.
The Babe 1992 Biographical Based on the life and career of Babe Ruth, starring John Goodman.
The Comrades of Summer 1992 Comedy television film about a manager (Joe Mantegna) asked to take over a Soviet ballclub.
A League of Their Own 1992 Comedy A fictionalized account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the 1940s, starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks.
Mr. Baseball 1992 Rom-Com Tom Selleck as a baseball star who ends up in Japan.
Rookie of the Year 1993 Comedy A boy develops a magical right arm and becomes a big-league pitcher for the Cubs.
The Man From Left Field 1993 Comedy television film about a homeless man (Burt Reynolds) coaching a Little League team.
The Sandlot 1993 Comedy A man reminisces about his childhood friends and the games they played.
Baseball 1994 Documentary Comprehensive history of the game, 18 hours-plus, as chronicled by Ken Burns.
Angels in the Outfield 1994 Comedy Disney remake of the 1951 film of the same name.
Cobb 1994 Biographical The career and last days of Ty Cobb, played by Tommy Lee Jones.
Little Big League 1994 Comedy A child becomes owner of the Minnesota Twins.
Major League II 1994 Comedy Second film in the Major League series.
The Scout 1994 Comedy A desperate Yankee scout (Albert Brooks) comes upon a phenomenal but psychologically troubled prospect.
Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream 1995 Documentary Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's all-time homer record, directed by Michael Tollin.
Dorf on the Diamond 1996 Comedy Direct-to-video short film in the Dorf series starring Tim Conway.
Ed 1996 Comedy Matt LeBlanc befriends a baseball-playing chimpanzee.
The Fan 1996 Thriller A deranged San Francisco fan (Robert De Niro) kills a player, kidnaps another's son.
Soul of the Game 1996 Biographical Story of baseball trailblazers including Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson.
Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way 1997 Biographical Paul Sorvino as the former New York Yankees manager.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg 1998 Documentary The life and career of a former Detroit Tigers star and war hero.
BASEketball 1998 Comedy A new game is invented combining baseball with basketball.
If the Sun Rises in the West 1998 Drama South Korean story of an umpire.
Major League: Back to the Minors 1998 Comedy Third film in the Major League series.
For Love of the Game 1999 Drama In possibly his last start, a Detroit pitcher (Kevin Costner) goes after a perfect game.
Perfect Game 2000 Comedy television film starring Ed Asner.
Angels in the Infield 2000 Comedy Second made-for-TV sequel to the 1994 film.
61* 2001 Drama HBO film directed by Billy Crystal about the 1961 season of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
Hardball 2001 Drama Keanu Reeves as a young man who takes charge of an inner-city team.
Summer Catch 2001 Romance Fictional love story starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Air Bud: Seventh Inning Fetch 2002 Comedy Fourth entry in the Air Bud series.
The Rookie 2002 Biographical Based on true story of a high school coach, pitcher Jim Morris, portrayed by Dennis Quaid.
Bleacher Bums 2002 Comedy television film version of the 1970s stage play about diehard fans in the outfield bleachers.
Battlefield Baseball 2003 Action Japanese film.
Day of Independence 2003 Drama Short film
Hustle 2004 Biographical ESPN dramatization on success and scandal of Pete Rose, starring Tom Sizemore.
Mickey 2004 Drama John Grisham story about a Little Leaguer and his father.
Mr. 3000 2004 Comedy A potential Hall of Famer (Bernie Mac) is told he's actually three hits shy of 3,000.
This Old Cub 2004 Documentary Chronicles life of Ron Santo, focusing on his struggle with type 1 diabetes.
Up for Grabs 2004 Documentary A battle over who owns ball hit in 2001 by Barry Bonds for his 73rd home run.
The Winning Season 2004 Drama A child from 1985 wakes up in 1909 and meets hero Honus Wagner (Matthew Modine).
Fever Pitch 2005 Rom-Com Loosely based on Nick Hornby's soccer story, in this case a devoted Boston Red Sox fan (Jimmy Fallon).
Game 6 2005 Drama A playwright (Michael Keaton) has a wild night during a Red Sox playoff series.
Bad News Bears 2005 Comedy Remake of 1976 film of same name, starring Billy Bob Thornton.
The Sandlot 2 2005 Comedy Direct-to-video sequel to The Sandlot.
The Benchwarmers 2006 Comedy David Spade and Rob Schneider as middle-aged nerds who want to play ball.
Everyone's Hero 2006 Animation Cartoon family film with baseball theme.
Beer League 2006 Comedy A town drunk plays in a big softball game.
Off the Black 2006 Drama An umpire (Nick Nolte) befriends a high school player who hated him.
Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball 2006 Documentary Broadcast on the U.S. PBS series POV. Explores the phenomenon of high school baseball in Japan.
The Final Season 2007 Drama Based 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 Home 2007 Comedy Second direct-to-video sequel to The Sandlot.
The Bronx Is Burning 2007 Biographical A docudrama of 1977 New York Yankees, with John Turturro as Billy Martin.
Black Irish 2007 Drama Boston teen tries to escape family problems through his pitching.
Chasing 3000 2008 Drama Two boys go a long way to witness 3,000th career hit of Roberto Clemente.
City Without Baseball 2008 Drama Chinese film.
Sugar 2008 Drama Story about a Dominican prospect and his adjustment to life in the U.S.
Touching Home 2008 Drama Brothers with pro-ball ambitions deal with their homeless father (Ed Harris).
The Perfect Game 2009 Drama Based on true story of Mexico team that won 1957 Little League World Series.
The Open Road 2009 Drama Minor leaguer Justin Timberlake has issues with baseball-legend dad Jeff Bridges.
4192: Crowning of the Hit King 2010 Documentary Reviewing the achievements, controversies of all-time hit leader Pete Rose.
Fernando Nation 2010 Documentary Made 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 October 2010 Documentary Made 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.
Hero 2010 Drama Christian film about fathers and sons.
How Do You Know 2010 Rom-Com A romantic triangle involving a softball player (Reese Witherspoon) and a Washington Nationals pitcher (Owen Wilson).
The House of Steinbrenner 2010 Documentary Made 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 Bus 2010 Documentary Made 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 Men 2010 Documentary Made 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 Game 2010 Documentary Made 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 Hell 2011 Documentary Made 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.
Moneyball 2011 Drama Based on a true story, the Michael Lewis best-seller about Oakland A's exec Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt.
Trouble with the Curve 2012 Drama Clint Eastwood as a veteran Atlanta Braves scout whose vision is fading.
Knuckleball! 2012 Documentary A season following pitchers Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey.
Home Run 2013 Drama A ballplayer dealing with substance abuse returns to his hometown.
42 2013 Biographical Story of Jackie Robinson's histoic signing with Brooklyn Dodgers under guidance of team executive Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford).
Gibsonburg 2013 Drama Story 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 Arm 2014 Drama A sports agent (Jon Hamm) arranges a baseball tryout for two cricket players from India.
The Vancouver Asahi 2014 Drama Set in Canada during the 1930s.[2]



Title Year Genre Notes
The Big Fix 1947 Drama Army vet Ken Williams, a basketball hero, is threatened to fix his school's games.
The Basketball Fix 1951 Drama A college player in need of money agrees to shave points for a gambler.
The Harlem Globetrotters 1951 Drama A new kind of basketball team dazzles audiences with its skills.
Tall Story 1960 Comedy A co-ed (Jane Fonda) tries to win the heart of the team's star (Anthony Perkins).
The Absent-Minded Professor 1961 Comedy Miracle substance called "Flubber" invented by a college professor (Fred MacMurray) enables school's basketball players to bounce sky-high.
Drive, He Said 1971 Drama Directed by Jack Nicholson, story of a college player who becomes a campus activist.
Maurie 1973 Biographical Life-changing injury's impact on NBA teammates Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman.
Mixed Company 1974 Comedy A Phoenix Suns coach and his wife adopt children of various ethnic backgrounds.
Cornbread, Earl and Me 1975 Drama A teenager about to get a basketball scholarship (Jamaal Wilkes) is mistaken for a thief and shot by police.
One on One 1977 Drama A highly recruited college freshman (Robby Benson) runs afoul of a demanding coach.
Coach 1978 Drama A basketball coach (Cathy Lee Crosby) hired by mistake is harassed by her superior.
Fast Break 1979 Comedy Gabe Kaplan as a New Yorker who dreams of being a coach and finally gets a shot.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 Comedy A laughing stock basketball squad transforms itself as the Pittsburgh Pisces.
The Great Santini 1979 Drama A high school star's life is complicated by his father (Robert Duvall), a mean Marine.
Inside Moves 1980 Drama When a bartender's injury heals, he becomes a player for the Golden State Warriors.
That Championship Season 1982 Drama A reunion of a Pennsylvania state championship team turns into an angry confrontation.
Teen Wolf 1985 Comedy Sci-fi slapstick starring Michael J. Fox.
Hoosiers 1986 Drama Gene Hackman in story based loosely on the 1953–54 Milan High School basketball team.
Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 Drama An 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 Legend 1991 Drama Biographical film based on the early life of Pete Maravich.
White Men Can't Jump 1992 Comedy Two outdoor court hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson) try to con opponents as well as each other.
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story 1992 Drama television film, biographical film about doomed Loyola Marymount star.
Blue Chips 1994 Drama Nick Nolte as a successful college coach who violates the rules to recruit new stars.
Hoop Dreams 1994 Documentary A pair of Chicago high school athletes try to succeed on the court and make it to college.
Above the Rim 1994 Drama Story about a New York high school player who falls in with a bad crowd.
The Air Up There 1994 Comedy Kevin Bacon as a college coach who goes to Africa searching for new talent.
The Basketball Diaries 1995 Drama Harrowing true story of drug addiction starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Forget Paris 1995 Rom-Com A temperamental NBA referee (Billy Crystal) tries to make his new marriage work.
Slam Dunk Ernest 1995 Comedy Featuring the character played in many films by Jim Varney.
Space Jam 1996 Comedy Combines live action and animation, featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
Eddie 1996 Comedy Whoopi Goldberg as a New York Knicks fan who becomes their head coach.
Celtic Pride 1996 Comedy A couple of Boston basketball fans (Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd) kidnap the opposition's top player (Damon Wayans).
Sunset Park 1996 Drama A woman (Rhea Perlman) becomes coach of an all-male team.
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault 1996 Drama television film, biographical film of the New York playground legend.
Air Bud 1997 Comedy Family adventure about a basketball-playing dog.
The 6th Man 1997 Comedy Ghost of a teammate returns to inspire a University of Washington player.
My Giant 1998 Comedy A gentle man nearly 8 feet tall (Gheorghe Mureșan) is found by an American (Billy Crystal) with big ideas.
BASEketball 1998 Comedy A league is formed featuring a new game that combines baseball and basketball.
Bad as I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story 1998 Drama television film, biographical film of NBA star.
He Got Game 1998 Drama Fictional look at highly recruited high schooler and imprisoned father (Denzel Washington).
City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal 1998 Documentary HBO's look at a New York college team's point-shaving disgrace.
Michael Jordan: An American Hero 1999 Drama Biographical film of former NBA great.
Passing Glory 1999 Drama A 1960s priest (Andre Braugher) organizes a game between racially segregated teams.
That Championship Season 1999 Drama Remake of 1982 film, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Jason Miller.
Love and Basketball 2000 Romance Male and female basketball players attend college together and fall in love.
Finding Forrester 2000 Drama A reclusive author (Sean Connery) mentors a prep-school student-athlete.
The Luck of the Irish 2001 Comedy TV family film about a junior high school student.
O 2001 Drama An adaptation of Othello, updated to a modern American high school and its team.
Juwanna Mann 2002 Rom-Com A basketball player becomes a female impersonator.
The Red Sneakers 2002 Fantasy television film about a player with a lucky pair of shoes.
Like Mike 2002 Comedy Magical shoes turn a 14-year-old (Lil' Bow Wow) into a basketball sensation.
A Season on the Brink 2002 Drama Television film based on the book of the same title, documenting the 1985–86 season of Bob Knight and Indiana University.
Double Teamed 2002 Biographical Disney Channel biopic of Heather and Heidi Burge, twins from Palos Verdes who both end up in the WNBA.
Crossing the Line 2002 Drama A coach of a girls' team clashes with angry parents.
Full-Court Miracle 2003 Family Story of a team from a Hebrew Academy in a big tournament.
The Year of the Yao 2004 Documentary Chronicles Yao Ming's first season in the NBA.
Rebound 2005 Comedy A coach banned from college ball (Martin Lawrence) ends up teaching middle-school kids.
Coach Carter 2005 Drama Based on a true story, starring Samuel L. Jackson as a high school coach.
The Heart of the Game 2005 Documentary Behind-the-scenes look at a Seattle high school girls team.
Crossover 2006 Action A college student tries to concentrate on both basketball and medical school.
Like Mike 2 2006 Comedy Direct-to-DVD sequel to Like Mike.
Glory Road 2006 Drama Based on true story of the 1965–66 Texas Western College team.
Believe in Me 2006 Drama Assigned to an Oklahoma girls' team against his will, a coach takes it to the state championship game.
Home of the Giants 2007 Crime drama A robbery creates complications for an Indiana high school team.
Quantum Hoops 2007 Documentary Caltech's team tries to end a 21-year losing streak in conference play in the final week of the 2005–06 season.
Dribbles 2007 Drama
The First Basket 2008 Documentary Explores the influence of professional basketball on Jewish culture.
Game of Change 2008 Documentary A 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 Redemption 2008 Documentary Nike-produced film.
Semi-Pro 2008 Comedy Silly story with Will Ferrell about an American Basketball Association team.
Hurricane Season 2009 Drama Based on true story of a Louisiana coach (Forest Whitaker) rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
The Mighty Macs 2009 Drama Based on the 1972 Immaculata College women's team, coached by Cathy Rush, that won the first official women's national championship.
More Than a Game 2009 Documentary Chronicles the high school careers of LeBron James and four of his hometown friends.
Sonicsgate 2009 Documentary Explores the controversial relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
Just Wright 2010 Romance A physical therapist (Queen Latifah) falls for a player from NBA's New Jersey Nets.
Without Bias 2010 Documentary Made 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 Go 2010 Documentary Made 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 Brothers 2010 Documentary Made 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 Knicks 2010 Documentary Made 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 Five 2011 Documentary Made 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 Rez 2011 Documentary Made for TV. Focuses on high school career of future WNBA player Shoni Schimmel, a Native American who grew up on an Oregon reservation.
Unguarded 2011 Documentary Made 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 Announcement 2012 Documentary Made 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.
Benji 2012 Documentary Examines 1984 killing of Ben Wilson, a high school superstar from Chicago's South Side.
The Other Dream Team 2012 Documentary On resurrection of Lithuania national basketball team after restoration of country's independence in 1990 and journey to 1992 Olympics.
Thunderstruck 2012 Family A 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 Ernie 2013 Documentary Made 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 Flashes 2013 Comedy Middle-aged women challenge the state high school champs.
Linsanity 2013 Documentary On the sudden fame of NBA guard Jeremy Lin.
Survive and Advance 2013 Documentary Made 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 Boys 2014 Documentary Made 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 Shot 2014 Documentary German film on the development of Dirk Nowitzki into an NBA superstar, heavily featuring his longtime shooting coach Holger Geschwindner.
Playing for the Mob 2014 Documentary Made 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 East 2014 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A history of Big East Conference, founded in same year as ESPN itself, examining its rise to prominence and what led to 2013 split into two leagues.
When the Garden Was Eden 2014 Documentary Made 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.
I Hate Christian Laettner 2015 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the life and career of Christian Laettner, and the intense dislike some fans still harbor toward the former Duke and NBA star.
Son of the Congo 2015 Documentary Explores the journey of Serge Ibaka from childhood in the war-torn Republic of the Congo to NBA stardom.


Title Year Genre Notes
Cool Runnings 1993 Comedy Loosely based on the debut of the Jamaica bobsled team at the 1988 Winter Olympics.


Title Year Genre Type Notes
Strikes and Spares 1934 Short film Ten-pin
Dreamer 1979 Drama Ten-pin Tim Matheson as a young man whose dream is to become a pro bowler.
Kingpin 1996 Comedy Ten-pin Woody Harrelson as a bowler with a prosthetic hand who takes an Amish man on the road.
Alley Cats Strike 2000 Family Ten-pin Disney Channel movie about junior high school students.
Crackerjack 2002 Comedy Bowls
Blackball 2003 Comedy Bowls Comedy about a rebellious bowler inspired by Griff Sanders
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen 2006 Documentary Ten-pin Behind-the-scenes look at bowlers from PBA Tour.
Super Bowlin' 2009 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph 1894 Documentary Silent film
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest 1896 Documentary Silent film
The Gordon Sisters Boxing 1901 Documentary Silent film
Battling Butler 1926 Comedy Silent film
The Champ 1931 Drama Story of a boy's love for a doomed ex-boxer. Academy Award for Wallace Beery.
Winner Take All 1932 Drama Washed-up Jimmy Kane (James Cagney) fights to help a young widow.
The Big Timer 1932 Comedy Cooky Bradford ends up fighting for, and falling for, his manager's daughter.
The Bermondsey Kid 1933 Drama A British newsboy ends up in a fight contest against a friend.
The Prizefighter and the Lady 1933 Romantic Comedy Real-life boxer Max Baer co-stars in a glove story with Myrna Loy.
Excuse My Glove 1936 Comedy A meek British man accepts a dare to step into a boxing ring at a fair.
The Milky Way 1936 Comedy A milkman (Harold Lloyd) who can deliver a punch becomes an overnight sensation.
Prison Shadows 1936 Drama Out on parole, a boxer called "Killer" ends up with most of his opponents dead.
Keep Fit 1937 Comedy A department store employee (George Formby) takes up boxing.
Kid Galahad 1937 Comedy Edward G. Robinson turns a young bellhop into a boxer.
Golden Boy 1939 Drama A promising violinist (William Holden) risks his hands by prizefighting.
There Ain't No Justice 1939 Drama An aspiring boxer (Jimmy Hanley) discovers corruption in the sport.
They Made Me a Criminal 1939 Drama Accused of murder, a boxing champ (John Garfield) becomes a fugitive.
City for Conquest 1940 Drama James Cagney as a fighter who is blinded in the ring.
Golden Gloves 1940 Drama A sportswriter sets out to clean up amateur boxing.
Here Comes Mr. Jordan 1941 Comedy A 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.
Knockout 1941 Drama Arrogant boxer Johnny Rocket (Arthur Kennedy) has a manipulative manager.
Bowery Blitzkrieg 1941 Comedy The East Side Kids end up in Golden Gloves bouts in this Bowery Boys tale.
Ringside Maisie 1941 Romance Ann Sothern falls for the manager of a fighter blinded in the ring.
Sunday Punch 1942 Rom-Com A janitor and a medical student become pals, then rival prizefighters.
Gentleman Jim 1942 Biographical Light-hearted biopic, with Errol Flynn as heavyweight champ James J. Corbett.
The Great John L. 1945 Biographical Boston strong boy John L. Sullivan wins the belt, battles the bottle.
The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 Comedy Remake of 1936 milkman tale, this time with Danny Kaye.
Body and Soul 1947 Film noir John Garfield ring drama about a boxer involved with corrupt promoters.
Killer McCoy 1947 Drama Mickey Rooney fights to pay off his dad's gambling debts.
Whiplash 1948 Film noir A painter adopts the ring name "Mike Angelo" when he fights for a sadistic club owner.
The Set-Up 1949 Film noir A has-been boxer's manager bets on him to lose, with dire consequences if he doesn't.
Champion 1949 Film noir An arrogant fighter (Kirk Douglas) makes it to the top, alienating those who care about him. Six Academy Award nominations.
Duke of Chicago 1949 Comedy Chicago's retired Jim Brody makes a comeback against champ Killer Bronski.
Right Cross 1950 Romance June Allyson takes over dad's fight promotions, handles boxer Ricardo Montalbán.
The Golden Gloves Story 1950 Drama An amateur boxer falls in love with a referee's daughter.
Iron Man 1951 Drama A coal miner turned prizefighter loses control inside the ring.
The Quiet Man 1952 Romance A visiting American ex-boxer (John Wayne) meets an Irish lass (Maureen O'Hara) and literally has to fight for her.
The Fighter 1952 Drama A story by Jack London about a fighter during the 1910 Mexican rebellion.
The Square Ring 1952 Drama British film about one night's events inside a boxing arena.
Flesh and Fury 1952 Drama A deaf boxer (Tony Curtis) wins the title, undergoes an operation so he can hear.
The Ring 1952 Drama A young Mexican (Lalo Ríos) living in the United States becomes boxer to win the respect of the American population.
The Joe Louis Story 1953 Biographical The life and career of the longtime champ, played by Coley Wallace.
Off Limits 1953 Comedy A boxer (Mickey Rooney) is drafted into the Army, so his manager (Bob Hope) enlists.
It's Always Fair Weather 1953 Musical Fight manager Gene Kelly discovers his contender is about to take a dive.
Tennessee Champ 1954 Drama A fighter mistakenly believes he killed an opponent.
The Harder They Fall 1956 Film noir A former sportswriter (Humphrey Bogart) works for a mobster who fixes fights.
Somebody Up There Likes Me 1956 Drama Based on the life of Rocky Graziano, played by Paul Newman.
The Square Jungle 1956 Drama A grocery clerk (Tony Curtis) fights his way to the middleweight title.
World in My Corner 1956 Drama New Jersey boy (Audie Murphy) seeks fame, fortune to impress millionaire's daughter.
Monkey on My Back 1957 Biographical Barney Ross's boxing career leaves him with a morphine habit.
Requiem for a Heavyweight 1962 Drama A punchy fighter (Anthony Quinn) is betrayed by his manager (Jackie Gleason).
Kid Galahad 1962 Musical A young Catskills car mechanic (Elvis Presley) turns out to pack quite a punch.
Legendary Champions 1968 Documentary Harry Chapin's look at boxers of yesteryear.
The Great White Hope 1970 Romantic Drama Based 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 City 1972 Drama A broke, broken-down fighter (Stacy Keach) tries a comeback as a young one (Jeff Bridges) learns the ropes.
Hard Times 1975 Drama Illegal bare-knuckle bouts in Louisiana, starring Charles Bronson.
Let's Do It Again 1975 Comedy Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier as Atlanta men who rig a match for a good cause.
Rocky 1976 Drama Academy Award winner about a Philadelphia pug (Sylvester Stallone) who gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Greatest 1977 Drama Biographical film with Muhammad Ali as himself.
Every Which Way but Loose 1978 Comedy A truck driver (Clint Eastwood) with a pet orangutan takes on opponents in bare-knuckle street brawls for money.
Matilda 1978 Comedy A promoter (Elliott Gould) pits a man against a boxing kangaroo.
Movie Movie 1978 Comedy Spoof of old boxing films, with palooka Harry Hamlin managed by George C. Scott.
The Champ 1979 Drama Remake of '30s melodrama about a child who worships a has-been boxer (Jon Voight).
The Main Event 1979 Comedy Headstrong woman (Barbra Streisand) owns contract of cocky boxer (Ryan O'Neal).
Penitentiary 1979 Drama Blaxploitation story set in a prison, featuring Leon Isaac Kennedy.
Rocky II 1979 Drama Rocky Balboa gets a rematch with Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).
Ashita no Joe 1980 Animated drama
Raging Bull 1980 Drama Biopic on Jake LaMotta, with Oscar-winning performance by Robert De Niro.
Any Which Way You Can 1980 Comedy In sequel to 1978 film, mobsters coax bare-knuckle brawler Clint Eastwood into one more fight.
Ashita no Joe 2 1981 Animated drama
Body and Soul 1981 Drama Based on 1947 version, with Leon Isaac Kennedy and then-wife Jayne Kennedy.
Penitentiary II 1982 Drama Blaxploitation, sequel to 1979 film.
Honeyboy 1982 Drama Made for TV story with Erik Estrada and Morgan Fairchild.
Rocky III 1982 Drama Now champ, Rocky is challenged by vicious Clubber Lang, played by Mr. T.
Dempsey 1983 Biographical Treat Williams stars in made-for-TV biopic of Jack Dempsey.
Tough Enough 1983 Drama A "toughman" tournament is entered by a Texas musician (Dennis Quaid).
The Sting II 1983 Comedy Con man Jackie Gleason fixes a fight to double-cross a couple of crooks.
Boxer 1984 Drama Indian film
Rocky IV 1985 Drama Rocky goes to the Soviet Union to battle Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren).
Streets of Gold 1986 Drama Two amateur boxers are trained by a Russian (Klaus Maria Brandauer).
Teen Wolf Too 1987 Comedy Sequel to werewolf comedy, this time starring Jason Bateman.
Heart 1987 Drama A punchy fighter gets set up by a shady promoter (Steve Buscemi).
Split Decisions 1988 Drama Gene Hackman as a trainer and father of two totally different sons.
Triumph of the Spirit 1988 Drama In Auschwitz concentration camp, a Jewish boxer (Willem Dafoe) fights for his life.
Homeboy 1988 Drama Mickey Rourke as a down-and-out boxer who risks death in the ring.
Rocky V 1990 Drama A bankrupt Balboa trains up-and-coming heavyweight (real-life boxer Tommy Morrison).
Diggstown 1992 Drama A con man (James Woods) wagers his fighter can defeat 10 men in 24 hours.
Gladiator 1992 Drama Cuba Gooding, Jr. and James Marshall take part in illegal fights.
Night and the City 1992 Drama A shyster (Robert De Niro) defies a mobster to become a boxing promoter.
Tyson 1995 Biographical HBO biopic of Mike Tyson (played by Michael Jai White), co-starring George C. Scott.
The Great White Hype 1996 Comedy An out-of-shape champ steps into the ring against an out-of-his-league chump.
When We Were Kings 1996 Documentary Oscar-winner on 1974 fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
The Boxer 1997 Drama Daniel Day-Lewis as an Irish boxer recently released from prison.
Don King: Only in America 1997 Biographical An ex-con becomes a famous promoter, with Ving Rhames as King.
Legionnaire 1998 War A 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 Bone 1999 Comedy Best friends (Antonio Banderas, Woody Harrelson) fight each other in Las Vegas.
Rocky Marciano 1999 Biographical A television film with Jon Favreau portraying the undefeated champ.
On the Ropes 1999 Documentary A coach takes three young boxers under his wing.
The Hurricane 1999 Biographical False imprisonment of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, played by Denzel Washington.
Thammudu 1999 Drama A 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 Opponent 2000 Drama An abused woman learns to defend herself, then turns pro.
King of the World 2000 Biographical A television film with Terrence Howard as young Cassius Clay.
Price of Glory 2000 Drama A trainer (Jimmy Smits) teaches three of his sons how to fight.
Ali 2001 Biographical A dramatization of Muhammad Ali's success and controversy, with Will Smith.
Undisputed 2002 Drama Fictional story of a heavyweight champ who fights a fellow prison inmate. Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes co-star.
Joe and Max 2002 Biographical The 1930s rivalry between heavyweights Joe Louis and Max Schmeling.
Beautiful Boxer 2002 Drama Biographical film about a transsexual fighter from Thailand.
Hajime No Ippo: Champion Road 2003 Animated action
Hajime No Ippo: Mashiba Vs Kimura 2003 Animated action
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Drama Oscar-winner about trainer (Clint Eastwood) who reluctantly teaches a woman (Hilary Swank) to fight.
Against the Ropes 2004 Drama Based on a true story; Meg Ryan as manager of a young fighter (Omar Epps).
The Calcium Kid 2004 Mockumentary Orlando Bloom in a satire of boxing films.
Cinderella Man 2005 Biographical Depression-era comeback of James J. Braddock, played by Russell Crowe.
Fighting Tommy Riley 2005 Drama A boxer and a gay manager clash, with tragic consequences.
Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story 2005 Documentary A look at welterweight champ who killed an opponent in the ring.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson 2005 Documentary Emmy-winner by Ken Burns about long-ago heavyweight champ Jack Johnson's battles in and out of the ring.
Pacquiao: The Movie 2006 Biographical A look at the life and career of Manny Pacquiao.
Rocky Balboa 2006 Drama Sixth and last in Rocky series, with widower Rocky stepping into ring one more time.
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing 2006 Action Sequel to 2002 film but with entirely new cast.
Annapolis 2006 Drama Boxing story set at Naval Academy starring James Franco.
Jump In! 2007 Family Disney Channel comedy on Golden Gloves boxer's kid in rope-jumping contest.
Poor Boy's Game 2007 Drama Tempers and racial tensions flare in Nova Scotia story, starring Danny Glover.
Apne 2007 Drama Bollywood film.
Miracle on 1st Street 2007 Comedy South Korea film.
Muay Thai Chaiya 2007 Drama Thailand film.
Resurrecting the Champ 2007 Drama A sportswriter believes homeless man (Samuel L. Jackson) is former boxing star.
The Hammer 2007 Comedy A 40-year-old carpenter (Adam Carolla) gets shot at U.S. Olympic boxing team.
Blue Blood 2007 Documentary Five Oxford students attempt to make Amateur Boxing Club.
Shamo 2007 Documentary Adaptation of the manga of the same name
Muhammad and Larry 2009 Documentary Made 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 Punch 2009 Biographical Ving Rhames' portrayal of former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston.
The Fighter 2010 Biographical Story of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). Oscars for Bale and Melissa Leo (playing their mother).
Max Schmeling 2010 Biographical A look back at 1930s German heavyweight who twice fought Joe Louis.
One Night in Vegas 2010 Documentary Made 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.
Lahore 2010 Drama
Ashita no Joe 2011 Drama
The Real Rocky 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Profiles Chuck Wepner, the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa.
Knockout 2011 Drama A janitor (Steve Austin) teaches boxing skills to a student who's up against bullies.
Real Steel 2011 Science fiction Boxing robots, starring Hugh Jackman.
Klitschko 2011 Documentary Lives of Ukraine brothers who both became world heavyweight champions.
Grudge Match 2013 Comedy Washed-up boxers (Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone) square off one last time.
Maan Karate 2014 Comedy A 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 2014 Biographical An Indian biopic about five-time female World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom.
Creed 2015 Drama Spinoff of the Rocky series, with Rocky serving as trainer for Apollo Creed's son.


Title Year Genre Notes
The Descent 2005 Horror A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
The Cave 2005 Horror Bloodthirsty creatures await a pack of divers who become trapped in an underwater cave network.
The Descent Part 2 2009 Horror Sequel to the 2005 film.
Sanctum 2011 Adventure An 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]

Title Year Genre Notes
Debbie Does Dallas 1978 Adult Pornographic film, no connection to the Dallas Cowboys or their cheerleaders.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 1979 Drama Made-for-TV drama about the famous NFL cheerleading squad.
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II 1980 Drama TV sequel to the 1979 movie.
Laker Girls 1990 Drama Television film about the Los Angeles basketball dance team.
Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story 1992 Drama Fact-based television film based on Wanda Holloway, a Channelview, Texas woman who in 1991 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 as Holloway.
The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom 1993 Comedy Made for TV; also based on the Wanda Holloway story, with Emmy-winning performances by Holly Hunter and Beau Bridges.
Bring It On 2000 Comedy A clash between rival cheerleading squads, starring Kirsten Dunst.
Sugar & Spice 2001 Comedy Minnesota high school girls rob a bank. With Mena Suvari and James Marsden.
Gotta Kick It Up! 2002 Family Comedy Television film, based on true story about middle schoolers.
Cheerleader Queens 2003 Comedy Thail film.
Bring It On Again 2004 Comedy Sequel to 2000 film.
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Comedy Second sequel to 2000 film.
Bring It On: In It to Win It 2007 Comedy Third sequel to 2000 film.
Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal 2008 Drama Based on true events
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish 2009 Comedy Fourth sequel to 2000 film.
Fired Up! 2009 Comedy Football players con their way into a cheerleading camp.


Title Year Genre Notes
Badger's Green 1934 Comedy
Badger's Green 1949 Comedy
It's Not Cricket 1949 Comedy
The Final Test 1953 Comedy-drama
Playing Away 1987 Comedy
Awwal Number 1990 Action
Lagaan 2001 Drama
Wondrous Oblivion 2003 Comedy-drama
Iqbal 2005 Drama
Hit for Six 2007 Drama
Chennai 600028 2007 Romantic Comedy Tamil Film
Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii 2007 Comedy-drama
Say Salaam India 2007 Drama
Hattrick 2007 Comedy-drama
Meerabai Not Out 2008 Drama
Hansie 2008 Drama Based on a true story
I Know How Many Runs You Scored Last Summer 2008 Comedy-horror
Victory 2009 Drama
Dil Bole Hadippa! 2009 Comedy-drama
Tournament – Play & Replay 2010 Road movie
Patiala House 2011 Family drama
Golconda High School 2011 Drama Telugu Film
Ferrari Ki Sawaari 2012 Comedy-drama
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi 2013 Drama Story of a boy who dreams to become Shahid Afridi finds himself down on luck when the only club he ever knew goes bankrupt.
Dhoni 2013 Family drama Tamil-Telugu Film
Save Your Legs! 2013 Comedy
1983 2014 Comedy-drama Ten-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]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Hustler 1961 Drama Acclaimed film with Paul Newman as a pool shark and Jackie Gleason as Minnesota Fats. Nominated for nine Academy Awards.
The Baltimore Bullet 1980 Drama A pocket billiards expert (James Coburn) lends his experience to a young protege.
The Color of Money 1986 Drama Hustler sequel 25 years later, with Newman in his Oscar-winning role, co-starring Tom Cruise.
Kiss Shot 1989 Drama
Stickmen 2001 Drama New Zealand film.
Pool Hall Junkies 2002 Thriller Story of a young nine-ball hustler. Co-starring Christopher Walken.
Singhaawakokanaya(Sinhalese) 2002 Thriller
Shooting Gallery 2005 Drama A young player (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) tries to hustle a pool veteran (Ving Rhames).
Turn the River 2007 Drama Famke Janssen as a pool-hall hustler single mom in Canada.


Title Year Genre Notes
Men with Brooms 2002 Romantic Comedy
Kong Curling 2011 Comedy


Japanese movie poster for 1956 film Onna Keirin-ō (女競輪王)
Title Year Genre Type Notes
Onna Keirin-ō 1956 Keirin
For A Yellow Jersey 1965 Short
A Sunday in Hell 1977 Documentary Road racing Chronicles the 1976 Paris–Roubaix race.
Breaking Away 1979 Comedy-drama Road racing and Little 500 Four Bloomington, Indiana friends team up in Little 500 race.
BMX Bandits 1983 Adventure BMX racing Australian children's film, featuring Nicole Kidman.
American Flyers 1985 Drama Road racing Kevin Costner as a world-class long-distance racer.
Rad 1986 BMX racing A boy risks college future to enter Helltrack race.
Quicksilver 1986 Drama Kevin Bacon as a New York bike messenger.
The Cyclist 1987 Drama
Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar 1992 Drama Indian movie about sporting rivalry between three schools.
Il grande Fausto 1995 Road racing
The Unknown Cyclist 1998
El Amateur 1999 Road racing Argentina film.
Road to Paris 2001 Documentary Road racing A look at the training and success of Lance Armstrong.
Cyclomania 2001 Road racing Finland film.
Le vélo de Ghislain Lambert 2001 Comedy/Drama Road racing The 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 Andalusia 2003 Anime Road racing Japan film.
Triplets of Belleville 2003 Animated A grandmother seeks a kidnapped Tour de France cyclist.
Cycling Chronicles; LandScape The Boy Saw 2004
Hell on Wheels 2005 Documentary Road Racing Germany film about 2003 Tour de France.
Overcoming 2005 Documentary Road racing
The Flying Scotsman 2006 Drama Track Cycling Based on life and career of Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree.
Island Etude 2006 Drama Taiwan film.
Klunkerz: A Film About Mountain Bikes 2006
Clorophilla 2006 Freeride Italy film.
The Cycling Genius Is Coming 2008
Bicycle Dreams 2009 Documentary Road racing A look at 3,000-mile Race Across America.
The Birth of Big Air 2010 Documentary BMX Made 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 Cyclist 2013 Documentary Road racing [3]
Ride the Divide 2010 Documentary Endurance racing Race along the Great Divide from Banff, Canada, to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Last Kilometer 2012 Documentary Road racing A portrait of road cycling. With Ignazio & Francesco Moser, Davide Rebellin, Gianni Mura, Didi Senft
The Armstrong Lie 2013 Documentary Road racing A portrait of Lance Armstrong as he trains for his eighth Tour de France victory and the events leading to his downfall.
La grande boucle 2013 Comedy Road racing A French amateur cyclist decides to take part of the "Tour de France".
Slaying the Badger 2014 Documentary Road racing Made 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.


Title Year Genre Notes
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 2004 Comedy Farce about big-time dodgeball, starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller as rival players.


Title Year Genre Notes
By the Sword 1991 Drama A man running a fencing school (Eric Roberts) crosses swords with an ex-convict (F. Murray Abraham).
The Fencing Master 1992 Drama

Field hockey[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Chak De! India 2007 Drama The sports drama stars Shahrukh Khan as a veteran hockey player who starts a woman's hockey team.

Figure skating[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
One in a Million 1936 Drama Innkeeper's daughter (Sonja Henie) skates in 1936 Winter Olympics.
Thin Ice 1937 Romance Sonja Henie is a ski instructor and skater who falls for a prince.
The Ice Follies of 1939 1939 Romance Careers clash for ice follies producer James Stewart, actress wife Joan Crawford.
Wintertime 1943 Comedy Norwegian girl (Henie) must wed an American to skate in New York.
Lady, Let's Dance 1944 Musical Figure skater Belita joins a California dancing act.
Ice Castles 1978 Romance Lynn-Holly Johnson as a blind figure skater who overcomes all odds.
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story 1990 Biographical Fact-based television biopic of the champion skater's drug abuse and depression.
The Cutting Edge 1992 Romantic Comedy A hockey player (D.B. Sweeney) becomes an Olympic pairs skater.
Tonya & Nancy: The Inside Story 1993 Biographical Fact-based television film about the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan saga of 1993.
A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story 1994 Biographical Ukraine orphan's rise to Olympic champion in TV dramatization.
Ice Angel 2000 Fantasy television film; a hockey-playing boy dies, is reincarnated as a girl figure skater.
On Edge 2004 Mockumentary Comedy Fake documentary following a local skating competition.
Ice Princess 2005 Family Comedy Michelle Trachtenberg as a 17-year-old figure skating enthusiast who spurns Harvard to try her hand at the sport.
Go Figure 2005 Family Comedy television film of a would-be figure skater who finds she prefers hockey.
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold 2006 Romantic Drama Made for TV sequel about offspring of skaters from 1992 film.
Blades of Glory 2007 Comedy Spoof of figure skating with Will Ferrell.
The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream 2008 Romantic Drama Second sequel to 1992 original.
The Cutting Edge: Fire & Ice 2009 Romantic Drama Third sequel.
Ice Castles 2010 Romantic Drama A remake of the the 1978 film.
The Price of Gold 2014 Documentary Made 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.


Title Year Genre Notes
The Silver Horde 1930 Drama Joel McCrea, a salmon fisherman, tries to open a cannery.
Tiger Shark 1932 Drama Fisherman Edward G. Robinson loses a hand saving a man's life.
Riffraff 1936 Romance Tuna cannery worker Jean Harlow falls for fisherman Spencer Tracy
Johnny Frenchman 1945 Drama British film about rival Cornwall fishing families.
The Old Man and the Sea 1958 Adventure After 84 days without a catch, a Cuban fisherman (Spencer Tracy) lands a marlin.
Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 Comedy A phony fishing expert (Rock Hudson) ends up entered in a big tournament.
JAWS 1975 Thriller American film about three men trying to catch a giant shark. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Blue Fin 1978 Family Australian film about a boy who learns tuna fishing.
A River Runs Through It 1992 Drama Story of Montana brothers hooked on fly-fishing, directed by Robert Redford.
Gone Fishin' 1997 Comedy Inept anglers Joe Pesci and Danny Glover have an adventure in the Everglades.
The Lost World of Mr. Hardy 2008 Documentary U.K. film about a family firm that manufactures fishing tackle.
Ondine 2009 Drama An Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) catches a woman in his net.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011 Comedy A Brit (Ewan McGregor) helps a sheikh introduce salmon fishing to his country.


Title Year Genre Notes
Follow the Sun 1951 Biographical Story of success and adversity of Ben Hogan, played by Glenn Ford.
Pat and Mike 1952 Comedy Spencer Tracy as the new trainer of a great female athlete (Katharine Hepburn).
The Caddy 1953 Comedy Martin and Lewis golf comedy.
Banning 1967 Drama A PGA pro (Robert Wagner) banned for cheating gets into debt and a dangerous match.
Babe 1975 Biographical television film on life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, starring Susan Clark and Alex Karras.
Caddyshack 1980 Comedy Manic antics at Bushwood Country Club, starring Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield.
Dorf on Golf 1987 Comedy Direct-to-video short film. First entry in Dorf series with Tim Conway.
Caddyshack II 1988 Comedy Sequel to 1980 hit, with Jackie Mason as an insulted guest who decides to buy Bushwood.
Dead Solid Perfect 1988 Drama Made for TV, based on Dan Jenkins novel.
Dorf's Golf Bible 1988 Comedy Direct-to-video short film; second in the Dorf series.
Den ofrivillige golfaren 1991 Comedy
The Man with the Perfect Swing 1995 Comedy-drama A man tries to get investors to back his concept for a can't-miss golf swing.
Happy Gilmore 1996 Comedy Adam Sandler as a hockey player who takes up golf.
Tin Cup 1996 Romantic comedy A driving-range owner (Kevin Costner) qualifies for the U.S. Open.
The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000 Drama Period piece about a golfer (Matt Damon) in a match against Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.
A Gentleman's Game 2002 Drama A young man (Mason Gamble) gets golf and life lessons at a country club.
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius 2004 Biographical Life and career of Bobby Jones, starring James Caviezel.
The Greatest Game Ever Played 2005 Biographical Story 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? 2007 Comedy Big Boi, Lil Wayne and friends at the golf course.
Chasing the Green 2009 Drama Based on a true story.
The Back Nine 2009 Documentary True story of a man's dream to become a professional golfer.
Hole in One 2010 Comedy
Golf in the Kingdom 2011 Drama A mystical figure from India teaches a golfer spirituality.
Seven Days in Utopia 2011 Drama Christian-themed story of young golfer (Lucas Black) and the many lessons he learns.
Arthur Newman 2012 Drama A failed pro golfer (Colin Firth) fakes his own death, starts a new life.
The Short Game 2013 Documentary Profiles eight entrants in a 2012 U.S. golf competition for 7- and 8-year-olds.
Seve 2014 Biographical Spanish film charting the life of Seve Ballesteros.

Greyhound racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Wild Boy 1934 Comedy Corrupt dog owner tries to keep Wild Boy out of the Greyhound Derby.
Man About Dog 2004 Comedy A trio of Irish lads and their greyhound run from a pack of crooks.
The Mighty Celt 2005 Drama Gillian Anderson stars in a story of Northern Ireland greyhound racing.


Title Year Genre Notes
Nadia 1984 Drama Biographical film on Nadia Comăneci.
American Anthem 1986 Drama Starring former Olympian Mitch Gaylord.
Perfect Body 1997 Drama A young female gymnast develops an eating disorder.
Stick It 2006 Comedy-drama Jeff Bridges as a girls' gym coach.
Peaceful Warrior 2006 Drama A mysterious spiritual guide (Nick Nolte) advises a college gymnast.
An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars 2012 Family drama Young schoolgirl McKenna Brooks aims for 2016 Olympic Games.
The Bronze 2015 Comedy A has-been Olympian turns to drugs, theft and desperation.


Title Year Genre Notes
Szansa 1979 Drama
Bulggot shoot tonki 1993 Family Drama
Forever the Moment 2008 Drama South Korea film about 2004 Olympic handball.
Projekt Gold 2007 Documentary Movie about the German Handball team at the World championchip 2007


Title Year Genre Notes
Wild 2014 Biographical drama Depicting a lone woman's (Reese Witherspoon) 1,000-mile trail through Pacific Crest Trail.

Horse racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Derby 1895 Documentary Silent film
Sporting Blood 1931 Comedy Rid Riddell (Clark Gable) enters his horse Tommy Boy in the Kentucky Derby.
Thoroughbred 1936 Drama A plot in Australia to kill favored Stormalong before the Melbourne Cup.
Educated Evans 1936 Comedy A wealthy couple ask a Cockney tipster to train their horse.
Racing Blood 1936 Drama Jockey buys lame colt for under $5, turns him into a champion.
A Day at the Races 1937 Comedy Marx Brothers in a horse-racing farce.
Saratoga 1937 Romance Bookie Clark Gable and thoroughbred owner Jean Harlow horse around at Saratoga.
Racing Lady 1937 Drama Female trainer's filly Katydid is kidnapped before big race at Santa Anita.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry 1937 Musical Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland both end up as jockeys.
Kentucky 1938 Drama A Civil War family feud continues 75 years later for a Derby horse owner (Loretta Young).
Trouble Brewing 1939 Musical Light-hearted adventure of a racetrack gambler paid off in counterfeit cash.
Flying Fifty-Five 1939 Drama British film about the life of a jockey.
Long Shot 1939 Comedy Certified Check has an outside shot to win a big race at Santa Anita.
King of the Turf 1939 Drama A former trainer turned alcoholic meets a kid who helps him recover.
Maryland 1940 Drama A young man decides to ride in Maryland race over his mother's objections.
It Ain't Hay 1943 Comedy Abbott and Costello mistakenly steal the race horse Tea Biscuit.
National Velvet 1944 Drama A young Elizabeth Taylor and the steeplechase horse she loves.
Home in Indiana 1944 Drama An old-timer (Walter Brennan) gives his nephew lessons in harness racing.
She Went to the Races 1945 Comedy Ava Gardner in a rom-com about scientists betting on horse races.
My Brother Talks to Horses 1947 Comedy Lewie Penrose's brother (Peter Lawford) has everything riding on the Preakness.
Green Grass of Wyoming 1948 Drama The past owners of Flicka and Thunderhead take their trotter Crown Jewel to a race in Ohio.
The Return of October 1948 Comedy Horse trainer Uncle Willie is reincarnated as a Derby horse called October.
The Great Dan Patch 1949 Biographical Based on true story of the famous turn-of-the-century trotter.
The Story of Seabiscuit 1949 Biographical A partly fictionalized account of Seabiscuit's success, starring Shirley Temple.
The Rocking Horse Winner 1949 Comedy British tale about a boy with a knack for picking racetrack winners.
County Fair 1950 Drama Rory Calhoun thwarts crooks trying to fix a race.
Riding High 1950 Musical Bing Crosby in a racetrack tale directed by Frank Capra.
Under My Skin 1950 Drama A jockey (John Garfield) races in Europe, is pursued by a mobster.
The Galloping Major 1951 Comedy Exploits of gamblers at an England race course.
Boots Malone 1952 Drama A sports agent (William Holden) takes a jockey under his wing.
Derby Day 1952 Romance A day at Epsom Downs for the running of the Darby.
Born to the Saddle 1953 Western Outlaws try to keep Blue Chip from winning a big quarterhorse race.
Fast Company 1953 Romance Gay Fleet's owner (Polly Bergen) falls for a fellow who fixes horse races.
Glory 1956 Drama Margaret O'Brien wants to run her filly in the Kentucky Derby.
Just My Luck 1957 Comedy Fable of a British bloke whose one-pound wager at the track could win him sixteen thousand.
April Love 1957 Musical In Kentucky, a wayward youth (Pat Boone) trains a sulky racehorse.
Bite the Bullet 1975 Western Cowboys compete in a 700-mile race. Co-starring Gene Hackman and James Coburn.
International Velvet 1978 Drama Tatum O'Neal in an updated version of the 1944 classic.
Casey's Shadow 1978 Drama An aging New Mexico trainer (Walter Matthau) has a lot riding on a two-year-old colt.
Run for the Roses 1978 Drama Vera Miles as the owner of a long-shot Derby contender.
The Black Stallion 1979 Family drama A boy and a horse are rescued from a desert isle, then become masked rider and "mystery horse" in a race.
On the Right Track 1981 Comedy A homeless child (Gary Coleman) has an uncanny knack for choosing winners.
Champions 1983 Biographical Based 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 Lap 1983 Drama Australian film based on a true story of doomed Depression-era racehorse.
The Black Stallion Returns 1983 Family In sequel to 1979 story, a boy travels to Morocco to try to get his horse back.
Sylvester 1985 Family Wild horse is turned into competitive jumper by young woman (Melissa Gilbert).
Hot to Trot 1988 Comedy Bobcat Goldthwait and a talking horse.
Let It Ride 1989 Comedy A down-and-out racetrack gambler (Richard Dreyfuss) has the wildest day of his life.
Fire, Ice and Dynamite 1990 Action German film about a man who fakes a suicide.
Eden Valley 1994 Drama Story of a British harness-racing community.
Shergar 1999 Biographical True story of a champion Irish racehorse that mysteriously disappears.
Ready to Run 2000 Drama Disney Channel family film on a 14-year-old girl who's an aspiring jockey.
On the Nose 2001 Comedy Dan Aykroyd wants a lucky charm that helps gambler Robbie Coltrane pick winners.
Seabiscuit 2003 Biographical Based on a true story, with Jeff Bridges as the great horse's owner and Tobey Maguire as his jockey. Nominated for 7 Academy Awards.
Hidalgo 2004 Drama Based on true story of a 19th-century Arabian distance race, starring Viggo Mortensen.
Dreamer 2005 Drama Family film with Kurt Russell and Dakota Fanning owning an injured thoroughbred.
Racing Stripes 2005 Family A zebra tries to win a race against horses in Kentucky.
Ruffian 2007 Drama Made for TV; based on a true story of tragic ending of undefeated filly.
Race 2008 Thriller Bollywood story.
Secretariat 2010 Biographical Based on a true story, with Diane Lane as the Triple Crown winner's owner.
Shannon's Rainbow 2011 Drama A teen girl finds a race horse, plus a mother she never knew.
Charismatic 2011 Documentary Made 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 Cup 2011 Drama Australia film about Damien Oliver, the jockey who rode Media Puzzle to victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.
50 to 1 2014 Drama Based on the story of Mine That Bird, the 50-1 shot that won the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Ice hockey[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Idol of the Crowds 1937 Drama John Wayne as a hockey player who wants to buy a chicken farm.
The Game That Kills 1937 Drama A left wing dies during a game, and teammates think it was no accident.
White Lightning 1953 Drama Criminals offer bribes to the Red Devils' hockey stars to deliberately lose games.
Slap Shot 1977 Comedy Starring Paul Newman as the player-coach of a rowdy, raunchy minor-league team.
The Deadliest Season 1977 Drama TV film with Michael Moriarty and Meryl Streep about hockey's violence.
Miracle on Ice 1981 Drama A television film on the 1980 Miracle on Ice at the Lake Placid Olympics.
Strange Brew 1983 Comedy Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as SCTV's McKenzie brothers.
Youngblood 1986 Drama Rob Lowe as an American teen assigned to a Canada junior league.
Touch and Go 1986 Romance A National Hockey League player (Michael Keaton) falls for a young single mom.
The Mighty Ducks 1992 Comedy Disney family yarn about a youth team coached by Emilio Estevez.
D2: The Mighty Ducks 1994 Comedy Sequel
D3: The Mighty Ducks 1996 Comedy Sequel
Les Boys 1997 Comedy Quebec story of boys from a low-level amateur team.
H-E Double Hockey Sticks 1999 Family comedy Satan's apprentice tempts a young hockey player.
Mystery, Alaska 1999 Drama Alaska team led by Russell Crowe plays an outdoor game against the New York Rangers.
MVP: Most Valuable Primate 2000 Comedy Family fare about a hockey-playing chimp.
Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice 2002 Comedy Direct-to-video followup to 1977 film, with new cast plus the Hanson Brothers.
Miracle 2004 Drama Based on the 1980 Miracle on Ice, with Kurt Russell as coach Herb Brooks.
Maurice Richard 2005 Drama Biographical film on National Hockey League legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard.
Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2006 Comedy Buddy cop film in which two Canadians investigate murders related to hockey.
The Love Guru 2008 Comedy Toronto Maple Leafs owner hires a guru (Mike Myers) to advise her star player.
Kings Ransom 2009 Documentary Made 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 Musical 2010 Musical comedy A home-schooled 17-year-old becomes a pro hockey player.
Breakaway 2011 Drama A hockey-playing Sikh teen falls in love with coach Rob Lowe's sister.
Goon 2012 Comedy A bar bouncer (Seann William Scott) becomes a hockey team's enforcer.
Big Shot 2013 Documentary Made 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.17 2013 Drama Based on the career of Russian legend Valery Kharlamov.
Red Army 2014 Documentary A look at Russia's hockey dominance during the Cold War.
Of Miracles and Men 2015 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Tells the story of the rise of the Soviet Union as a hockey power, leading up to an exploration of the Miracle on Ice from the Soviet team's point of view.


Title Year Genre Notes
The Warriors 1979 Drama
Knightriders 1981 Drama
Fire And Ice 1983 Fantasy
A Knight's Tale 2001 Adventure


Title Year Genre Language Notes
Okkadu 2003 Drama Telugu Also Remaked as Ghilli
Ajay 2003 Drama Kannada A Remake of Okkadu
Kabbadi 2009 Drama Kannada
Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu 2009 Drama Tamil Also Remaked as Bheemili Kabaddi Jattu
Kabaddi Once Again 2012 Drama Punjabi Film set in England
Aryan 2014 Drama Kannada Fliming


Title Year Genre Notes
Wild Child 2005 Drama
A Warrior's Heart 2011 Drama
Crooked Arrows 2012 Drama

Martial arts[edit]

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

Title Year Genre Style Notes
Sanshiro Sugata 1943 Action Jujutsu
Sanshiro Sugata Part II 1943 Action Judo
Enter the Dragon 1973 Action Jeet Kune Do
Kung Fu
Bruce Lee's final screen appearance before his death.
Hard Times (1975 film) 1975 Action Underground Fighting
Cordão de Ouro 1977 Action Capoeira
Knightriders 1981 Drama
The Karate Kid 1984 Family Karate Retired karate master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) takes a newcomer (Ralph Macchio) under his wing.
The Karate Kid, Part II 1986 Family Karate Sequel to the 1984 hit.
No Retreat, No Surrender 1986 Action drama MMA A Seattle boy ends up fighting a Russian martial-arts star (Jean-Claude Van Damme).
Bloodsport 1988 Action MMA Frank Dux (played by Van Damme), a Canadian, enters a competition in Hong Kong.
The Karate Kid, Part III 1989 Family Karate Second sequel to the 1984 film.
Best of the Best 1989 Action Tae Kwon Do Americans take on Koreans in a tae kwon do tournament. Eric Roberts stars.
Kickboxer 1989 Action Kickboxing & Muay Thai An American and his brother end up in a life-or-death competition in Asia.
Hard To Kill 1990 Action Martial Arts
The Hunt For RED October 1990 Action Spy
Out For Justice 1991 Action Martial Arts
Sidekicks 1992 Action Karate A boy with asthma fantasizes about being taught by Chuck Norris, and gets to compete alongside him in a tournament.
3 Ninjas 1992 Family Karate Three boys learn Ninjutsu from their Japanese grandfather.
Only the Strong 1993 Action Capoeira An ex-Green Beret uses martial arts against Miami drug dealers.
The Next Karate Kid 1994 Family Karate Another sequel, this time with a girl (Hilary Swank) as Mr. Miyagi's apt pupil.
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie 1994 Action Various
Mortal Kombat 1995 Action Various Based on the video game.
The Quest 1996 Action MMA In 1925, a pickpocket flees America, ends up fighting for his life near Siam.
A Fighter's Blues 2000 Drama Muay Thai Andy Lau's 100th film role.
Undisputed 2002 Action Boxing Television film about a boxing match inside a prison.
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior 2003 Action Muay Thai
Johnny 2003 Drama Muay Thai
Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi 2003 Drama Muay Thai
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing 2006 Action MMA Sequel to 2002 prison fight film, with a different cast.
DOA: Dead or Alive 2006 Action Various Four females enter a tournament.
Redbelt 2007 Drama MMA An instructor reluctantly enters a tournament. Written and directed by David Mamet.
Never Back Down 2008 Action drama MMA An Orlando, Florida high school boy discovers martial arts.
Champions 2008 Action Wushu
Ip Man 2008 Action Wing Chun
Besouro 2009 Action Capoeira
Blood and Bone 2009 Action MMA
Fighting 2009 Action drama MMA A New York street hustler (Channing Tatum) reneges on a guarantee to lose a big fight.
Tekken 2009 Action MMA
Ip Man 2 2010 Action Wing Chun
The Karate Kid 2010 Family Kung Fu Remake 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 Fighters 2010 Action Various
Knucklehead 2010 Comedy MMA An amateur wrestler (Big Show) enters a $100,000 tournament in New Orleans.
Ong Bak 3 2010 Action Muay Thai
Undisputed III: Redemption 2010 Action MMA In second sequel, convict is taken to Russia for a fight behind bars.
Warrior 2011 Action drama MMA Brothers fight for an MMA championship, one trained by their dad (Nick Nolte).
Never Back Down 2 2011 Action MMA Sequel to 2008 film.
Here Comes the Boom 2012 Comedy MMA Kevin James as a teacher who moonlights as a UFC competitor.
Unbeatable 2013 Drama MMA
A Grande Vitória 2014 Drama Judo

Powerboat racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Type Notes
Madison 2001 Drama Hydroplane Loosely 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.


Title Year Genre Notes
Ride 'Em Cowboy 1942 Comedy Abbott and Costello rescue kidnapped rodeo rider Bronco Bob.
Rodeo King and the Senorita 1951 Western Rex Allen joins a rodeo and tries to solve a murder.
The Lusty Men 1952 Drama Injured by a bull, a rodeo veteran (Robert Mitchum) quits, then makes an ill-fated comeback.
Arena 1953 Drama Now a rodeo clown, a washed-up rider risks his life for one last try.
Born Reckless 1958 Drama A trick rider (Mamie van Doren) tries to lasso a young cowboy.
The Rounders 1965 Comedy Glenn Ford and Henry Fonda wager nobody in rodeo can ride their horse.
Tickle Me 1965 Musical Lonnie Beale (Elvis Presley) works as a singer until rodeo season returns.
Stay Away, Joe 1968 Musical Cowboys compete to stay aboard Elvis Presley's prize bull.
Junior Bonner 1972 Western Steve McQueen as a rodeo pro with a few family issues. Directed by Sam Peckinpah.
J. W. Coop 1972 Western A just-out-of-jail bronco buster (Cliff Robertson) resumes his career.
When the Legends Die 1972 Western Alcoholic cowboy Richard Widmark mentors a Ute Indian to compete in rodeo.
The Electric Horseman 1979 Romance TV reporter pursues rodeo cowboy (Robert Redford) who steals a valuable horse.
Stir Crazy 1980 Comedy A prison warden gets innocent inmates (Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor) involved in a rodeo.
Rodeo Girl 1980 Drama Rider's wife Katharine Ross gives rodeo competition a try herself.
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys 1991 Drama Rodeo rider (Scott Glenn) returns home after a long absence.
Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story 1993 Documentary Behind the scenes look at a successful bronco buster.
8 Seconds 1994 Drama Biographical film on the career of Lane Frost, with Luke Perry starring as the doomed bull rider.
The Cowboy Way 1994 Comedy Cowpokes Kiefer Sutherland and Woody Harrelson take a trip to New York.
Ruby Jean and Joe 1996 Drama A female hitchhiker befriends former rodeo rider Tom Selleck.
Everything That Rises 1998 Drama Dennis Quaid directs and stars in TV film about a Texas cowboy.
Cowboy Up 2001 Romance Bull rider Kiefer Sutherland falls for barrel racer Daryl Hannah.


Title Year Genre Notes
Airborne 1993 Comedy
Brink! 1998 Family Comedy television film

Roller skating[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Fireball 1950 Drama Mickey Rooney becomes a sensational skater, only to be stricken with polio.
Kansas City Bomber 1972 Drama Roller Derby story with Raquel Welch ending in one-on-one race versus her nemesis.
Unholy Rollers 1972 Drama A girl quits her job in a cannery to become a Roller Derby skater.
Rollerball 1975 Sci-fi James Caan as the game's greatest star, playing for Houston in a futuristic story of a life-and-death sport.
Skatetown, U.S.A. 1979 Drama L.A. skaters including Patrick Swayze compete in a contest for prize money.
Roller Boogie 1979 Romance Linda Blair skates in a California disco while boyfriend aims for the Olympics.
Rollerball 2002 Sci-fi A remake of 1975 sci-fi film, starring LL Cool J and Chris Klein.
Roll Bounce 2005 Family
Hell on Wheels 2007 Documentary Austin, Texas women try to revive Roller Derby for the 21st Century.
Whip It 2009 Comedy-drama Young woman (Ellen Page) tries her luck at Roller Derby, directed by Drew Barrymore.


Title Year Genre Notes
A Yank at Oxford 1938 Drama An arrogant American (Robert Taylor) tries to earn respect by rowing for Oxford.
Oxford Blues 1984 Comedy-drama Rob Lowe leaves Las Vegas to pursue an Englishwoman and ends up rowing for Oxford.
The Boy in Blue 1986 Drama Nicolas Cage as a Canadian sculler.
True Blue 1996 Drama A fact-based story involving a 1987 Oxford vs. Cambridge race.
Queen of the Night 2001 Drama Croatian film.
Summer Storm 2004 Drama German film about young boys rowing in a regatta.
Backwards 2012 Drama A high-level female rower becomes a high-school coach.


Title Year Genre Code Notes
This Sporting Life 1963 Rugby league Richard Harris in an Oscar-nominated performance as a Yorkshire coal miner recruited to play rugby.
Grand Slam 1978 Comedy Rugby union
The First Kangaroos 1988 Rugby league
Old Scores 1991 Rugby union
Up 'n' Under 1998 Rugby league
School Wars: Hero 2004 Rugby union
Sye 2004 Rugby union Telugu film(South Indian)
Murderball 2005 Documentary Wheelchair rugby Oscar-nominated documentary about rival quadraplegic athletes aiming for the Paralympic Games.
Freetime Machos 2005 Documentary Rugby union
Footy Legends 2006 Rugby league
Number 10 2006 Rugby union
The Final Winter 2007 Rugby league
Forever Strong 2008 Drama Rugby union Based on an amalgam of true stories from the rugby program of Highland High School in Salt Lake City.
Invictus 2009 Drama Rugby union Based 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 Man 2010 Documentary Rugby union Made 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 Rugby 2010 Documentary Rugby union
Getroud Met Rugby: Die Onvertelde Storie 2011 Drama Rugby Union A 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.


Title Year Genre Notes
Kon-Tiki 1950 Documentary Oscar-winning film on Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 adventure.
Windjammer 1958 Documentary Following a Norwegian vessel's 17,500-nautical-mile voyage.
The Dove 1974 Drama Based on true story of a 16-year-old's five-year sail around the world.
Summer Rental 1985 Comedy John Candy challenges an obnoxious sailing champ to a race while on a family vacation.
One Crazy Summer 1986 Comedy A romance on Nantucket develops between John Cusack and Demi Moore.
Wind 1992 Drama Matthew Modine as the skipper of an America's Cup yacht.
White Squall 1996 Drama A young crew is taught to sail by Jeff Bridges during a harrowing voyage.
Morning Light 2008 Drama Disney film about a Transpacific Yacht Race.
Charlie St. Cloud 2010 Romantic Drama A teenager (Zac Efron) who sails must cope with a family tragedy.
Kon-Tiki 2012 Historical drama New dramatization of Thor Heyerdahl's 1947 adventure.
All Is Lost 2013 Adventure Robert Redford as an unnamed man, lost at sea.
Maidentrip 2014 Documentary Following Laura Dekker's controversial around the world solo voyage.

Practical shooting[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Double Tap 2000 Action
Triple Tap 2010 Action


Title Year Genre Notes
Skaterdater 1965 Drama Palme d'Or for Best Short Film, 1966 Cannes Film Festival.
Skateboard: The Movie 1978 Drama Features world champion skateboarder Tony Alva in his first movie role.
Thrashin' 1986 Drama Josh Brolin clashes with a punk skateboard gang.
The Search for Animal Chin 1987 Documentary/Drama
Gleaming the Cube 1989 Action/Drama Features Tony Hawk in a small role.
Dogtown and Z-Boys 2001 Documentary Directed by Stacy Peralta, one of the original Z-Boys featured in the film.
Grind 2003 Comedy Four school friends try to impress a skateboard pro.
Stoked: The Rise and Fall of Gator 2003 Documentary The rise and fall of Mark "Gator" Rogowski, from skateboarding legend to convicted rapist and murderer.
Lords of Dogtown 2005 Drama A fictionalized version of many of the events that occurred in Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Under the Influence 2005 Documentary Focuses on pool skateboarding in Southern California.
A Badlands Adventure 2009 Documentary
Welcome to Ridiculous 2009 Documentary
Street Dreams 2009 Drama
Chalet Girl 2011 Romantic Comedy Focuses on an English girl's participation in a snowboarding competition in Austria.


Title Year Genre Notes
Ski Patrol 1940 Drama Rivals from 1936 Winter Olympics also end up at odds in time of war.
Sun Valley Serenade 1941 Romance Sonja Henie falls in love on the ski slopes of Idaho.
Ski Party 1965 Comedy Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman go to Idaho lodge disguised as women.
Ski Fever 1966 Romance Martin Milner competes on skis and for a girl (Claudia Martin).
Downhill Racer 1969 Drama A self-involved skier (Robert Redford) qualifies for the U.S. Olympic team.
The Other Side of the Mountain 1975 Biographical An accident leaves Olympic-bound slalom skier Jill Kinmont paralyzed.
Copper Mountain 1983 Comedy Jim Carrey and Alan Thicke go after fun and women in Colorado.
Hot Dog... the Movie 1984 Comedy Romance and hijinks at a freestyle competition in Squaw Valley.
Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story 1985 Biographical television film with Anthony Edwards as 1984 Sarajevo Olympics downhill gold medalist Bill Johnson.
Fire and Ice 1986 Action Adventure German film, narrated in English by John Denver.
Ski School 1990 Comedy Pals play pranks on one another at a ski school.
Aspen Extreme 1993 Action Drama Two friends from Michigan move to Colorado to become ski instructors.
Ski School 2 1994 Comedy
Frozen 2010 Thriller Horror story set at a New England ski resort.
Truth in Motion 2010 Documentary Contenders prepare for the Vancouver Olympics.

Ski jumping[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1974 Documentary
Matti 2006 Drama Biographical film based on the life and career of Matti Nykänen.


Title Year Genre Notes
Snowboard Academy 1996 Comedy
Johnny Tsunami 1999 Family Comedy television film
Snow Day 2000
Out Cold 2001 Comedy
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 2003 Family Comedy
The White Album 2004 Documentary
First Descent 2005 Documentary
White Air 2007 Action Drama
Switch 2007 Action Drama Norwegian movie
Snow Summit Showdown 2009 Family Comedy
Chalet Girl 2011 Romantic Comedy
The Art of Flight 2011 Documentary


Title Year Genre Notes
Like a Virgin 2006 Comedy A transgender Korean competes in the traditional wrestling.

Sumo wrestling[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni 1956
Wakanohana monogatari dohyou no oni 1992
Sumo Do, Sumo Don't 1992 Comedy
Sumolah 2007 Comedy
A Matter of Size 2009 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Beach Party 1963 Comedy Surfer Frankie Avalon tries to succeed on his board and with Annette Funicello, too.
The Endless Summer 1966 Documentary Follows surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August on a surf trip around the world, featuring many other prominent surfers of the day.
Big Wednesday 1978 Comedy-drama Gary Busey and Jan-Michael Vincent as California surfers during the Vietnam War years.
North Shore 1987 Action drama Arizona boy moves to Hawaii in attempt to become a pro surfer.
Back to the Beach 1987 Comedy Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon reunited for one more beach movie.
Surf Nazis Must Die 1987 Comedy Nonsense 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 Sea 1991 Drama Japanese film about a trash collector learning how to surf.
Point Break 1991 Action Crime caper about an FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) and a bank-robbing surfer (Patrick Swayze).
Surf Ninjas 1993 Family comedy A 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 II 1994 Documentary Pat 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 Juice 1995 Drama Romance with Sean Pertwee, Ewan McGregor, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
In God’s Hands 1998 Action drama Teen boys travel thousands of miles seeking the ultimate wave.
7 Girls 2001 Documentary Focuses on the surfing lives of seven prominent female surfers.
Blue Crush 2002 Drama A young woman surfs Oahu's North Shore, meets a Pro Bowl football player.
Step into Liquid 2003 Documentary Director Dana Brown, son of the aforementioned Bruce Brown, explores the evolution of the sport since The Endless Summer II, including tow-in surfing.
Riding Giants 2004 Documentary A historical overview of the sport, focusing primarily on big wave surfing.
Surf’s Up 2007 Animated Mockumentary of a surfing penguin, voiced by Shia LeBeouf.
Shelter 2007 Drama Gay men meet, surf, hope to live together as a family.
Surfwise 2008 Documentary Life of the Paskowitz family.
Surfer, Dude 2009 Comedy Matthew McConaughey impatiently waits for a big wave to come along.
Blue Crush 2 2010 Drama Sequel to 2002 film with all-new cast surfing in South Africa.
Soul Surfer 2011 Drama Biographical film on the life of Bethany Hamilton.
Chasing Mavericks 2012 Drama Biographical film on the life of Jay Moriarity.
Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau 2013 Documentary Made 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]

Title Year Genre Notes
Bathing Beauty 1944 Comedy A college swim coach (Esther Williams) finds out her husband-to-be is already married.
Million Dollar Mermaid 1952 Musical Based on true story of Australia swimmer Annette Kellerman.
Dangerous When Wet 1953 Family A dairy farmer's daughter (Esther Williams) tries to swim English Channel.
Star Spangled Girl 1971 Romance Swimmer training for Olympics (Sandy Duncan) reluctantly falls in love.
Vsyo reshayet mgnoveniye 1978 Drama
Popcorn und Paprika 1984 Drama
Koni 1986 Drama Bengali film based on Moti Nandi's novel.
Back to School 1986 Comedy A diver's rich dad (Rodney Dangerfield) returns to college and ends up competing himself.
Campus Man 1987 Comedy A college business major convinces a diver to pose for a beefcake calendar.
Diving In 1990 Drama Olympic coach (Kristy Swanson) trains teen diver who's afraid of heights.
Sarahsarà 1994 Drama
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story 1997 Biographical Story of Olympic gold-medal diver Greg Louganis, played by Mario Lopez.
The Princess & the Barrio Boy 2000 Drama
Waterboys 2001 Comedy A Japanese film sabout Synchronised swimming.
Swimfan 2002 Thriller A swimmer's lover (Erika Christensen) feels rejected, begins to stalk him.
Swimming Upstream 2003 Drama Fact-based story of Tony Fingleton, an Australian who skipped the 1964 Summer Olympics to attend Harvard. Screenplay by Fingleton.
On a Clear Day 2005 Drama A shipyard worker attempts to swim the English Channel.
The Big Bad Swim 2006 Comedy Connecticut grown-ups go to a beginner's swim class.
Einfache Leute 2007 Drama
Pride 2007 Drama A swim coach (Terence Howard) confronts racism in 1970s Philadelphia.
Undead Pool 2007 Horror A Japanese zombie story.
Touch the Wall 2014 Documentary How teenager Missy Franklin took four golds at 2012 Olympics.

Table tennis[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
As One 2012 Comedy-drama
Ping Pong 2002 Comedy-drama
Balls of Fury 2007 Comedy A 12-year-old Olympic hopeful faces criminal mastermind Feng (Christopher Walken).
Ping Pong Playa 2007 Comedy


Title Year Genre Notes
Strangers on a Train 1950 Suspense A pro tries to play in the U.S. Open while being framed for murder. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Hard, Fast and Beautiful 1951 Drama A young tennis prodigy can't live up to her mother's expectations.
The Christian Licorice Store 1971 Drama Beau Bridges as a tennis pro who can't handle success.
Players 1979 Drama A love story involving Ali MacGraw and Dean Paul Martin.
Second Serve 1986 Biographical A television film with Vanessa Redgrave as transgender tennis pro Renee Richards.
Nobody's Perfect 1990 Comedy A college freshman (Chad Lowe) hot for a female player masquerades as a woman.
The Break 1995 Drama Vincent van Patten as a former player turned coach.
When Billie Beat Bobby 2001 Biographical Docudrama of 1973 Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs match, with Holly Hunter and Ron Silver.
Wimbledon 2004 Rom-Com Two tennis professionals (Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany) pursue a romance during Wimbledon championships.
Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai 2005 Action / Animated
The Prince of Tennis 2006 Action Japanese film about a tennis prodigy.
Jelenin Svet 2008 Documentary
Somay Ku: A Uganda Tennis Story 2008 Documentary
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach 2009 Comedy Direct-to-video spoof starring Seann William Scott.
Unmatched 2010 Documentary Made 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.
Renée 2011 Documentary Made 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 Serena 2013 Documentary A behind-the-scenes look at the Williams sisters.
Andy Murray: The Man Behind The Racquet 2013 Documentary A behind-the-scenes BBC look at Andy Murray.[citation needed]
This Is What They Want 2013 Documentary Made 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]

Title Year Genre Notes
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef 1953 Adventure Story of sponge divers off the Florida Keys, starring Robert Wagner.
The Silent World 1956 Documentary Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle.
World Without Sun 1964 Documentary Directed 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 World 1976 Documentary Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Philippe Cousteau and Marshall Flaum, chronicles a four months expedition by Cousteau to Antarctica.
The Deep 1977 Adventure Dangerous men go after scuba divers Nick Nolte and Jacqueline Bisset near Bermuda.
The Big Blue 1988 Drama French director Luc Besson's story of free divers, starring Jean Reno and Rosanna Arquette.
Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 Documentary Director James Cameron and crew submerge to explore remains of Titanic.
Open Water 2003 Drama Director Chris Kentis. The story of the disappearance of scuba divers Tom and Eileen Lonergan in 1998.
The Cave 2005 Horror Off coast of Romania, spelunkers and divers discover terrifying parasites.
Into the Blue 2005 Adventure Divers Jessica Alba and Paul Walker find crashed plane transporting cocaine.
Fool's Gold 2008 Adventure Treasure hunter Matthew McConaughey dives searching for Spanish galleon.
Sanctum 2011 Adventure An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.


Title Year Genre Notes
Side Out 1990 Comedy California beach volleyball story starring C. Thomas Howell.
The Iron Ladies 2000 Comedy Thailand film about a men's (and transgender) volleyball team.
The Iron Ladies 2 2003 Comedy
Air Bud: Spikes Back 2003 Family comedy Direct-to-video film in the Air Bud series.
All You've Got 2006 Drama MTV story of rival girls volleyball players.
Impact Point 2008 Thriller Beach volleyball player might have a murderer after her.
Beach Spike 2010 Drama Hong Kong film combining martial arts and beach volleyball.

Water polo[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Freedom's Fury 2006 Documentary A look back at the 1956 Blood in the Water match between Hungary and the USSR.
Children of Glory 2006 Drama A dramatization of Hungarian team's experience at 1956 Melbourne Olympics.


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)
Title Year Genre Discipline Notes
Flesh 1932 Drama Wrestling Wallace Beery as a German wrestler.
Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko 1955 Sports film Puroresu Rikidōzan plays himself and others.
Take Down 1979 Comedy-drama Scholastic wrestling Lorenzo Lamas as a high school wrestler.
Lurich 1984 Drama Greco-Roman wrestling Biographical film on the career of Georg Lurich.
Vision Quest 1985 Drama Scholastic wrestling Matthew Modine as a high school wrestler.
Over the Top 1987 Action drama Arm wrestling Truck driver Sylvester Stallone enters an arm-wrestling competition.
Spooner 1989 Drama Scholastic wrestling Made for TV, premiered on the Disney Channel, stars Robert Urich.[4][5][6]
Reversal 2001 Romantic drama Scholastic wrestling Story of a Pennsylvania high school athlete.
The Backyard 2002 Documentary Backyard wrestling Documentary film examining backyard wrestling.
Rikidōzan 2004 Drama Puroresu Biographical film on the seminal Japanese wrestler Rikidōzan.
Going to the Mat 2004 Family Comedy Scholastic wrestling Made for TV, premiered on the Disney Channel, stars Andrew Lawrence.[7]
Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy 2006 Romantic comedy Wrestling A Jewish man has to wrestle for the love of his life.
Personal Effects 2008 Drama Wrestling Stars Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Wrestler 2008 Drama Professional wrestling Mickey Rourke as an aging professional wrestler.
Legendary 2010 Drama Scholastic wrestling Oklahoma teen is coached by his older brother (John Cena).
The Hammer 2010 Drama Collegiate wrestling Biographical film about a deaf college wrestler.
Win Win 2011 Comedy-drama Scholastic wrestling Broke lawyer Paul Giamatti becomes a boy's coach and guardian.
Foxcatcher 2014 Drama Freestyle wrestling Channing Tatum in a true story about Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz.

See also[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. ^ Kevin Ma (December 24, 2014). "Yo-kai Watch breaks Toho record in Japan". Film Business Asia. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Spooner (TV 1989) - IMDb". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Spooner - Movies - The New York Times". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  6. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, November/December 1989
  7. ^ "Going to the Mat (TV 2004) - IMDb". Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  • Sicks, Kai Marcel and Stauff, Markus (eds.) (2010). Filmgenres: Sportfilm [sic]. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam .ISBN 978-3-15-018786-9.
  • Davidson, Judith A. and Adler, Daryl (1993). Sport on Film and Video. New-York: The Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810827394.
  • Armstrong, Richard B. and Mary Willems (1990) .The Movie List Book: A Reference Guide to Film Themes, Settings, and Series. McFarland. ISBN 9780899502403.
  • Wallenfeldt, Jeffrey H. (1989). Sports Movies: A Guide to Nearly 500 Films Focusing on Sports. CineBooks. ISBN 9780933997240.

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