List of sports films

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This compilation of films covers all 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.[1]

American football[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Freshman 1925 Comedy Silent film
Brown of Harvard 1926 Drama Silent film
The Quarterback 1926 Comedy A college athlete spends 27 years trying to defeat the school's arch-rival.
The Drop Kick 1927 Drama A man's suicide damages a football player's reputation.
The College Widow 1927 Comedy A coach's daughter helps Atwater College land a star player.
West Point 1927 Drama Cadet fights coach, insults the academy, risks losing girl (Joan Crawford).
Salute 1929 Drama Brothers become opponents for Army-Navy game.
So This Is College 1929 Comedy College teammates Biff and Eddie compete for the love of lovely Babs Baxter.
The Forward Pass 1929 Comedy A co-ed (Loretta Young) persuades a reluctant star to return to the gridiron.
College Hounds 1930 Comedy Short film of "All Barkie Dogville Comedies" series in which trained dogs play football players.
Maybe It's Love 1930 Musical College president's daughter (Joan Bennett) brings in ringers to win the big game.
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.
That's My Boy 1932 Drama A college hero demands $50,000 to keep playing, which his stockbroker loses.
The All American 1932 Drama After a football player ruins his life, he keeps his brother from making the same mistake.
70,000 Witnesses 1932 Mystery His teammate murdered during a game, Buck Buchanan suspects his own brother.
College Coach 1933 Drama Stars get money, academic favoritism under new coach (Pat O'Brien).
Saturday's Millions 1933 Drama Western U's top player (Robert Young) sees football strictly as a business.
Hold 'Em Yale 1935 Comedy Colorful crooks and a love-crazy girl distract Yale football player (Buster Crabbe).
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.
Rose Bowl 1936 Romance "Cheers" Reynolds must decide which Rose Bowl team's star she likes best.
Over the Goal 1937 Drama Football star (William Hopper) risks permanent injury if he keeps playing.
That Navy Spirit 1937 Romance A new quarterback (Lew Ayres) and his rival play football for the academy.
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.
Hold That Co-ed 1938 Comedy Football fortunes change for State thanks to a politician (John Barrymore) and a female kicker.
$1,000 a Touchdown 1939 Comedy Joe E. Brown inherits a college, offers money to any player who can score a touchdown.
The Cowboy Quarterback 1939 Comedy A pro scout from the "Chicago Packers" discovers a new star in rural Montana.
Knute Rockne, All American 1940 Biographical Story 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 (unrelated to 1932 film of same name).
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.
Hold That Line 1952 Comedy The Bowery Boys discover a miracle "vitamin" and join the school's team.
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.
They Call It Pro Football 1967 Documentary First full-length production from NFL Films.
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.
Coach of the Year 1980 Drama A former pro player, paralyzed in Vietnam, agrees to coach at a correctional facility.
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 Caitlyn Jenner (credited as Bruce Jenner).[a]
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.
Playmakers 2003 Drama This ESPN-aired drama depicted the lives of the Cougars, a fictional professional football team in an unidentified city.
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 the 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.
Blue Mountain State 2010 Comedy The series is about a fictional university, Blue Mountain State, and its football team, "The Mountain Goats".
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.
Herschel 2011 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series about Herschel Walker
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.
Season of a Lifetime 2012 Documentary Inspiring story of football coach, Jeremy Williams, who, terminally ill with ALS refuses to retire, deciding instead to coach for one last season
You Don't Know Bo 2012 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series about baseball and football star Bo Jackson.
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.
The Book of Manning 2013 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series examining football's famous Manning family, father Archie and his sons Peyton and Eli
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.
Balls Out 2014 Comedy A sports-movie spoof about students who form an intramural team.
'51 Dons 2014 Documentary In 1951, undefeated U of San Francisco Dons decline invitation to play in Orange Bowl after being told they must play without two African-American stars.
Concussion 2015 Drama Forensic pathologist Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) links brain trauma to football players' suicides.
Carter High 2015 Drama Robberies and a grades scandal cost a Dallas school its 1988 state championship.
Four Falls of Buffalo 2015 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. The story of the Buffalo Bills of the early 1990s, the only team ever to reach four consecutive Super Bowls—but loser of all four.
The Gospel According to Mac 2015 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the tenure of Bill McCartney as Colorado Buffaloes coach, which combined great success (including a national title) and controversy in some quarters over his overt evangelicalism.
My All American 2015 Biographical Dramatization of Texas Longhorns player Freddie Steinmark's fight with cancer.
Trojan War 2015 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the return to prominence of the USC Trojans under Pete Carroll and the pay-for-play scandal that tarnished Carroll's success.
Woodlawn 2015 Drama Racial tensions and Christian revival affect Alabama athletes and coach (Jon Voight) in 1973.
The '85 Bears 2016 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 30-year retrospective on the 1985 Chicago Bears, one of the most dominant and colorful teams in NFL history.
Greater 2016 Biographical The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.
Gleason 2016 Documentary NFL defensive back Steve Gleason bravely copes with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Association football (soccer)[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Winning Goal 1920 Drama Silent film about a fictional team called the Blackton Rovers.
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.
Coup de tête 1979 Comedy/Drama A French film about a player who is kicked off the team for fighting with the star but eventually gets sweet revenge
El Chanfle 1979 Comedy Chespirito as a untalented, but extremely kind waterboy who works for a Mexican soccer team, and how his life unexpectedly changed, when his wife fell pregnant.
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.
Those Glory Glory Days 1983 Drama A group of girls growing up in 1960-61 London develop an interest in football and support for Tottenham Hotspur.
Piłkarski poker 1988 Comedy-drama Polish film about the corruption in football environment directed by Janusz Zaorski.
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.
The Final Goal 1995 Drama An Idealistic pro soccer player is pressured to throw the biggest game of his life.
I.D. 1995 Drama The story is about four police officers who go undercover to find out who is the ringleader of a group of violent thugs at a fictitious East London soccer team
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.
Merry Christmas aka Joyeux Noël 2005 Drama Relives a true event during World War I when the soldiers on the frontline put aside their differences long enough to play a fun game of soccer
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.
Looking for Eric 2009 Fiction Eric Bishop is a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis. When he gets high his idol Eric Cantona appears to him and offers him advice.
The Referee 2010 Documentary Film about Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson and his dramatic journey to 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
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.
The Four Year Plan 2011 Documentary Chronicles the 2007 takeover of nearly bankrupt Queens Park Rangers by a group of billionaires and their attempt to get the club promoted to the Premier League by 2011.
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.
The Other Sport 2013 Documentary 3-part TV series about the history and developments inside women's soccer in Sweden.
The Class of '92 2013 Documentary Chronicles the rise of six young Manchester United players—David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, and Paul Scholes—from the club's 1992 FA Youth Cup win, featuring four of the group, to United's Treble victory in 1999.
The 99ers 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. An insider account of the 1999 US World Cup soccer team that broke new ground for women's sports
The Whistle 2013 Documentary Winner of the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Short Film, The Whistle is a documentary about a soccer referee who has reached a critical crossroads in his life
Hillsborough 2014 Documentary Made for TV as an ESPN–BBC co-production. A 25-year retrospective of the Hillsborough disaster, featuring many accounts from fans in attendance, police officers, and victims' family members. First aired in the U.S. as part of the 30 for 30 series in 2014; first aired in the UK in 2016.
Messi 2014 Documentary Spanish film exploring the rise of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
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.
White, Blue and White 2014 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. After victory in the 1978 World Cup, Argentines Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa become cult heroes at Tottenham Hotspur, but later find themselves torn by the impending conflict between Argentina and Britain.
Ronaldo 2015 Documentary Filmmaker Anthony Wonke examines the life and career of famed soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Becoming Zlatan 2016 Documentary Swedish film that explores the early life and football development of Zlatan Ibrahimović, leading up to his international breakthrough in 2005 with Juventus.
Ola Bola 2016 Comedy/Drama Malaysia first sport football film exploring the real story about Malaysia during qualifying to 1980 Summer Olympics.

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.
Local Boy Makes Good 1931 Comedy Sprints Shy librarian (Joe E. Brown) joins a college track team to impress a girl.
Million Dollar Legs 1932 Comedy Shot put W.C. Fields fable of team from "Klopstokia" competing in 1932 Olympic Games.
A Million to One 1937 Drama Decathlon After his dad is stripped of an Olympic gold medal, Johnny Kent trains to win one.
The Bob Mathias Story 1954 Biographical Decathlon A look at career of 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.
A Shining Season 1979 Biographical Running True story about John Baker a runner/girls' track coach who is dying of cancer but refuses to let it beat him
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 Biographical 100m H True story of hardships and success of great U.S. athlete Gail Devers.
Prefontaine 1997 Biographical Running True story of Oregon middle distance runner Steve Prefontaine, played by Jared Leto.
Without Limits 1998 Biographical Running Another version of life and death of Steve Prefontaine, starring Billy Crudup.
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, kept out of 1936 Olympics for being Jewish, replaced by an athlete who turned out to be a man. Later dramatized in Berlin 36.
Miracle Run 2004 Family Cross country A young autistic boy (Zac Efron) becomes interested in cross-country running.
Four Minutes 2005 Biographical 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.
Run Fatboy Run 2007 Romantic comedy Marathon David Schwimmer-directed comedy about an out-of-shape British man who enters a marathon.
Racing for Time 2008 Track Made for TV. Based on a true story about youths in a correctional facility.
Salute 2008 Documentary Multiple events Australian film looking back at 1968 Mexico City Olympics, focusing on Peter Norman, who stood alongside Tommie Smith and John Carlos in support of their protest after winning medals in the 200 metres. Directed by Norman's nephew Matt Norman.
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.
Berlin 36 2009 Drama High jump Top athlete Gretel Bergmann is excluded from Berlin Olympics for being Jewish.
Chasing a Dream 2009 Drama Mile run TV film on emotionally scarred boy who attempts to run a sub-4-minute mile.
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 Marathon of Hope, co-directed by NBA's Steve Nash, who followed Fox's run as a child.
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. On men's 100 metres of 1988 Olympics, where Ben Johnson set world record but was disqualified after positive test 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.
Runner 2013 Documentary Distance Running Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. The stunning collision that defined the one thing missing from the otherwise brilliant career of distance runner Mary Decker
Unbroken 2014 Biographical Running An Olympic runner becomes and survives being a WWII prisoner of war
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.
Race 2016 Biographical Sprints A new dramatization of the life of Jesse Owens, highlighted by the 1936 Summer Olympics.

Australian rules football[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Great Macarthy 1975 Comedy
The Club 1980 Comedy/Drama Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.
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" Walden becomes a racer.
Excuse My Dust 1920 Comedy Wife wants Toodles to give up racing in Roaring Road sequel.
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.
High Gear 1933 Drama After a friend's death, an auto racer takes a job driving a taxi.
Speed 1936 Drama Open Wheel A carburetor's designer (James Stewart) tries Indy 500, 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 Distance race 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.
Track of Thunder 1967 Drama Stock car Two rival drivers end up involved with the same girl.
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
The Racing Scene 1969 Documentary A look at actor James Garner's involvement with auto racing.
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.
Once Upon a Wheel 1971 Documentary Sports car Paul Newman narrates an ABC television insider's look at auto racing.
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.
Fast Company 1979 Drama Drag Racing An up-and-coming drag racer and an aging star cope with a corrupt manager.
Dirt 1979 Documentary Off Road From motorcycles to Swamp buggies, off-road racing competitions.
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.
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 Drama Open wheel Unsold TV pilot about friendship of a driver and mechanic.
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.
Thunderbolt 1995 Action Touring car Hong Kong film with Jackie Chan as a race-car mechanic.
Race the Sun 1996 Family Solar car Halle Berry as a teacher whose school competes in World Solar Challenge.
La Passione 1996 Drama Formula One 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 with voices of Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, 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 Australian film directed by and featuring Eric Bana and his 1970s Ford car.
Racing Dreams 2009 Documentary Karting Kids ages 11-13 aspire to someday become NASCAR drivers.
Redline 2009 Action Futuristic Japanese film.
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.
25 Hill 2011 Drama Soap Box Derby Boy who lost his father teams in Soap Box Derby with man who lost his son.
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.
Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans 2015 Documentary Sports car On the actor's quest to make his 1971 auto-racing film Le Mans.

Aviation sport[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Going Wild 1930 Comedy Pretending to be a pilot, Joe E. Brown enters a $25,000 air race.
Flying Devils 1933 Romance Ralph Bellamy and a crew of air daredevils perform dangerous stunts.
Women in the Wind 1939 Drama Aviatrix Kay Francis enters a derby from California to Cleveland.
The Sound Barrier 1952 Drama Story of brave test pilots, directed by David Lean.
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. Robert Redford stars as the title character.
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.

Baseball[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Baseball and Bloomers 1911 Short An all-girl baseball team uses two Harvard boys in disguise.
Somewhere in Georgia 1917 Drama Ty Cobb as a ball-playing bank clerk in a story by Grantland Rice.
Heading Home 1920 Biographical A silent film about young Babe Ruth, who stars as himself.
Slide, Kelly, Slide 1927 Comedy A cocky newcomer thinks he's the New York Yankees' new star.
Warming Up 1928 Romance New player competes with team's star for owner's daughter.
Hot Curves 1930 Comedy Pittsburgh pitcher finds romance with manager'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.
The Great American Pastime 1956 Comedy A man (Tom Ewell) decides to coach a Little League team, then regrets it.
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.
It's Good To Be Alive 1974 Biography TV movie about former Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella, whose career was cut short when he lost the use of his legs in an auto accident in January 1958.
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 A barnstorming team of Negro Leagues players, with James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor.
Murder at the World Series 1977 Drama TV film starring Karen Valentine and Janet Leigh.
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training 1977 Comedy Sequel to 1976 film, with William Devane as the team's coach.
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story 1978 Biographical TV film on the life and career of Ron LeFlore, starring LeVar Burton.
A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story 1978 Biographical TV film on Yankee immortal's marriage and tragedy, featuring Blythe Danner and Edward Herrmann.
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan 1978 Comedy Second sequel to 1976 film, this time starring Tony Curtis.
The Kid from Left Field 1979 Comedy TV film, remake, with Gary Coleman.
Aunt Mary 1979 Drama A disabled women sets up a baseball team of street kids to save them from juvenile delinquency.
Squeeze Play! 1980 Comedy Sexy women form a softball team.
The Comeback Kid 1980 Comedy Former minor leaguer (John Ritter) begins coaching underprivileged kids.
Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige 1981 Biographical TV film with Louis Gossett, Jr. as the ageless 1940s pitcher.
Only The Ball Was White 1981 Documentary A tribute to the topflight players of the Negro League.
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 Tigers (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 Los Angeles 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.
Cooperstown 1993 Drama A former pitcher is visited by the ghost of his catcher.
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 about the Cleveland Indians.
The Scout 1994 Comedy A New York Yankees scout (Albert Brooks) finds 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 TV 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.
Nine Innings From Ground Zero 2004 Documentary How the 2001 World Series helped America cope with 9/11.
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 soccer story, in this case a 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.
A Mile in His Shoes 2011 Drama A minor-league manager stumbles on a hidden talent who throws apples on a farm.
Moneyball 2011 Drama Based on a true story, the Michael Lewis best-seller about Oakland A's exec Billy Beane, played by Brad Pitt.
Ballplayer: Pelotero 2011 Documentary A behind-the-scenes glimpse into the remarkably organized and well-managed system in the Dominican Republic that has produced an inordinate amount of elite athletes.
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.
You Don't Know Bo 2012 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series about baseball and football star Bo Jackson.
Home Run 2013 Drama A ballplayer dealing with substance abuse returns to his hometown.
42 2013 Biographical Story of Jackie Robinson's historic 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.[3]
The Phenom 2015 Drama A talented young baseball player struggles professionally as he deals with his abusive father.
Everybody Wants Some!! 2016 Comedy Film by Richard Linklater about immature 1980 college baseball players in Texas.
Doc & Darryl 2016 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the lives, careers, and struggles with addiction of former New York Mets stars Dwight "Doc" Gooden and Darryl Strawberry.
Spaceman 2016 Biographical Josh Duhamel portrays a colorful left-handed pitcher, Bill Lee.

Non-fiction[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Fair Co-Ed 1927 Comedy Silent film about a college girl (Marion Davies) who plays basketball to hook the coach.
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 Teen about to get basketball scholarship (Jamaal Wilkes) is mistaken for 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, starring Robert Mitchum and Bruce Dern.
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.
Heaven Is a Playground 1991 Drama A coach and lawyer team up to help an urban high school team stay out of trouble.
White Men Can't Jump 1992 Comedy Outdoor court hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson) con opponents as well as each other.
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story 1992 Drama TV 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 St. Tammany Miracle 1994 Family Story of an Episcopalian all-girl team.
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 Boston fans (Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd) kidnap 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 Biographical TV film starring Don Cheadle as 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 man nearly 8 feet tall (Gheorghe Mureșan) is found by a guy (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 TV 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 TV film about a player with a lucky pair of shoes, directed by Gregory Hines.
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 TV film based on the book, documenting 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 end up in WNBA.
Crossing the Line 2002 Drama A coach of a girls' team clashes with angry parents.
Something to Cheer About 2002 Documentary About the Crispus Attucks Tigers, first all-black high school team to win state championship, behind future NBA star Oscar Robertson.
Full-Court Miracle 2003 Family Story of a team from a Hebrew Academy in a big tournament.
Sky Walker - The David Thompson Story 2004 Documentary A look at North Carolina State and NBA star David Thompson.
The Year of the Yao 2004 Documentary Chronicles Yao Ming's first season in the NBA.
The Cookout 2004 Comedy A neighbor tries to get even with a New Jersey Nets player by selling memorabilia.
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, coach takes it to state title 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 21-year losing streak in conference play during 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 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 1972 Immaculata College women's team, coached by Cathy Rush, that won 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 controversial relocation of Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
The Winning Season 2009 Comedy A has-been coach (Sam Rockwell) with a drinking problem takes over a girls varsity team.
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, team's frenzied offensive pace and players Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble.
Once Brothers 2010 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Story of Croat Dražen Petrović and Serb Vlade Divac, teammates on Yugoslavia national team, and how Yugoslav Wars 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 1994 and 1995 playoffs and interaction with Knicks fan 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 team after restoration of country's independence in 1990 and journey to 1992 Olympics.
There's No Place Like Home 2012 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series looking at attempt to bring James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball back to University of Kansas, where Naismith worked for over 40 years.
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.
Winning Favor 2012 Drama Two childhood friends meet each other in the state championship.
Dream Team 1935 2012 Drama Little-known true story of origins of basketball in Europe, culminating with first European Basketball Championship Tournament, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1935.
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 Tennessee Volunteers in 1970s.
Free Spirits 2013 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series taking a look at The Spirits of St. Louis ABA basketball team, and how the team's owners kept them involved with NBA after Spirits folded.
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.
Swoopes 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. A look at Sheryl Swoopes, sometimes called the female Michael Jordan.
Pat XO 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX. Examines the Tennessee coach, Pat Summitt, and her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's.
Bad Boys 2014 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at Detroit Pistons of late 1980s and early 1990s.
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot 2014 Documentary German film on development of Dirk Nowitzki into an NBA superstar, featuring 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 the same year as ESPN itself, examining what led to its 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 early-1970s teams of New York Knicks.
Villinam 2014 Drama A college student in India fights the cricket establishment to start a basketball program.
Down in the Valley 2015 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the fight of Sacramento and its mayor, former NBA star Kevin Johnson, to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
I Hate Christian Laettner 2015 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines life and career of Christian Laettner, and intense dislike some fans harbor toward former Duke star.
Sole Man 2015 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores rise of Sonny Vaccaro from Pennsylvania steel-town roots to prominent position in basketball and athletic shoe industry.
Son of the Congo 2015 Documentary Explores journey of Serge Ibaka from childhood in war-torn Republic of the Congo to NBA stardom.
Phi Slama Jama 2016 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at University of Houston's iconic Phi Slama Jama team of 1980s.
This Magic Moment 2016 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at Orlando Magic of 1990s and cultural phenomenon inspired by Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.

Bobsledding[edit]

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

Bowling[edit]

Title Year Genre Type Notes
Strikes and Spares 1934 Short film Ten-pin An Oscar-nominated short subject.
Dreamer 1979 Drama Ten-pin Tim Matheson as a young man whose dream is to become a pro bowler.
Greedy 1994 Comedy Ten-pin A struggling PBA Tour bowler (Michael J. Fox) wants his wealthy uncle's money.
Kingpin 1996 Comedy Ten-pin Woody Harrelson as a bowler with a prosthetic hand who takes an Amish man on the road.
The Big Lebowski 1998 Comedy Ten-pin "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
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

Boxing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Corbett and Courtney Before the Kinetograph 1894 Documentary Silent film
Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest 1896 Documentary Silent film
The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight 1897 Documentary A full-length version of 19th Century title bout.
The Gordon Sisters Boxing 1901 Documentary Silent film
The Johnson-Jeffries Fight 1910 Documentary Footage from bout between heavyweights Jack Johnson and James J. Jeffries.
The Knockout 1914 Short, comedy To show his girl how brave he is, Pug (Roscoe Arbuckle) challenges a champion.
The Champion 1915 Short, comedy Charlie Chaplin puts a "good luck" horseshoe into his boxing glove and wins.
Battling Butler 1926 Comedy Silent film directed by and starring Buster Keaton.
The Ring 1927 Drama Alfred Hitchcock silent film about a pugilist known as "One-Round Jack."
Knockout Reilly 1927 Drama Falsely convicted of a crime, Reilly (Richard Dix) fights the guy who framed him.
City Lights 1931 Comedy A tramp (Charlie Chaplin) accumulates money by boxing to help a flower girl.
The Champ 1931 Drama Story of a boy's love for a doomed ex-boxer. Academy Award for Wallace Beery.
Iron Man 1931 Drama Lightweight contender Kid Mason is betrayed by his scheming wife (Jean Harlow).
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 Life of Jimmy Dolan 1932 Drama Believed to be dead, a boxer (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) tries to begin a new life.
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.
Palooka 1934 Comedy Joe Palooka leaves rural life to follow a trainer (Jimmy Durante) to the big city.
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.
Two-Fisted Gentleman 1936 Drama A fast-rising prizefighter jilts his girlfriend and takes up with a blonde.
Keep Fit 1937 Comedy A department store employee (George Formby) takes up boxing.
Kid Galahad 1937 Crime, drama Nick Donati (Edward G. Robinson) turns a young bellhop into boxer Kid Galahad.
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.
The Kid from Kokomo 1939 Comedy A manager (Pat O'Brien) helps a Hoosier palooka find his mother.
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.
Pride of the Bowery 1940 Comedy The East Side Kids turn to the boxing ring to help a friend.
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.
Joe Palooka, Champ 1946 Comedy First of 11 Monogram films featuring comic-strip character.
The Kid from Brooklyn 1946 Comedy Remake of 1936 milkman tale, this time with Danny Kaye.
Body and Soul 1947 Film noir John Garfield is a boxer involved with corrupt promoters. Three Oscar nominations.
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 Big Punch 1948 Drama Refusing to take a dive, an honest kid (Gordon MacRae) gets framed for a murder.
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 all of those who care about him. Six Oscar 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.
Day of the Fight 1951 Documentary Stanley Kubrick's first film, a short documentary focusing on middleweight boxer, Walter Cartier, preparing for his match
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. Seven Oscar nominations.
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) seeks respect of Americans and love of a beauty (Rita Moreno).
Glory Alley 1952 Drama Socks Barbarossa (Ralph Meeker) bolts from a New Orleans ring one night, without explanation.
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.
The Flanagan Boy 1953 Drama British film about a rising ring star who falls for a millionaire's wife.
Champ for a Day 1953 Drama After his manager is murdered, a heavyweight schemes to get even.
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 Biographical Two-time Oscar-winner based on 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.
The Leather Saint 1956 Drama A young Episcopalian minister (John Derek) boxes to raise funds for his church.
Monkey on My Back 1957 Biographical Barney Ross's boxing career leaves him with a morphine habit.
And the Same To You 1960 Comedy Film adaption of the 1958 ITV Play of the Week episode, "The Chigwell Chicken."
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, story of black prizefighter in 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. Oscar nomination for Susan Tyrrell.
All American Boy 1973 Drama The young boxer Vic Bealer (Jon Voight) in search for some direction in his life.
Muhammad Ali: The Greatest 1974 Documentary Photographer William Klein's seminal, gritty documentary on Muhammad Ali
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 for Best Picture 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 trucker (Clint Eastwood) with a pet orangutan fights bare-knuckle 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).
Marciano 1979 Drama Made for TV biopic about undefeated heavyweight Rocky Marciano.
Ashita no Joe 1980 Animated Japanese film.
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 Japanese film.
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.
The Fighter 1983 Drama A Vietnam vet turns to boxing to raise money.
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 Frenchman (Jean-Claude Van Damme) wins fight he was told to lose, joins 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 Oscar nominee Denzel Washington.
Thammudu 1999 Drama A wayward youth takes up boxing in place of his injured elder brother. 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.
Carman: The Champion 2001 Action A former boxing champion is blackmailed back into the ring.
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 Japanese film.
Hajime No Ippo: Mashiba Vs Kimura 2003 Animated Japanese film.
Million Dollar Baby 2004 Drama Oscar-winner for Best Picture and Best Actress about a trainer (Clint Eastwood) who reluctantly teaches a poor waitress (Hilary Swank) how 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.
Shadowboxing 2005 Drama Russian film about boxer Artyom Kolchin.
Cinderella Man 2005 Biographical Depression-era comeback of heavyweight contender James J. Braddock, starring Russell Crowe; three Oscar nominations.
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 Jack Johnson's battles in and out of ring.
Pacquiao: The Movie 2006 Biographical A look at the life and career of Manny Pacquiao.
Rocky Balboa 2006 Drama Sixth in the 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.
Shadowboxing 2: Revenge 2007 Drama Russian sequel to 2005 film about boxer Artyom Kolchin.
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
Assault in the Ring 2008 Documentary A 25-year retrospective on a controversial 1983 fight between Billy Collins, Jr. and Luis Resto, in which Resto's trainer Panama Lewis tampered with Resto's gloves, allowing him to cause injuries so severe that Collins never fought again.
Facing Ali 2009 Documentary A look at the life of Muhammad Ali as told from the perspectives of many of his opponents.
Muhammad and Larry 2009 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines 1980 fight between Ali and Larry Holmes.
Phantom Punch 2009 Biographical Ving Rhames' portrayal of former heavyweight champ Sonny Liston.
The Fighter 2010 Biographical Story of Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale). Oscars for Bale and Melissa Leo.
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 friendship between Mike Tyson and Tupac Shakur, leading up to Shakur's 1996 murder after Tyson's fight with Bruce Seldon.
Lahore 2010 Drama Bollywood film.
Shadowboxing: Final Round 2011 Drama Third installment in Russian film trilogy.
Ashita no Joe 2011 Drama Japanese film.
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.
26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story 2012 Documentary Made for TV as a follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Profiles Dewey Bozella, who found purpose in boxing while imprisoned for 26 years.
When Ali Came to Ireland 2012 Documentary Irish film about how Muhammad Ali was persuaded to make his first visit to the country for a 1972 fight, and depicting his later interactions with Ireland.
Grudge Match 2013 Comedy Washed-up boxers (Robert DeNiro, Sylvester Stallone) square off one last time.
No Más 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines controversial ending to No Más Fight between Sugar Ray Leonard and Roberto Durán.
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight 2013 Drama A dramatization of the champion's refusal to serve in Vietnam.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali 2013 Documentary Another look at the champion's refusal to fight in Vietnam, also focusing on his conversion to Islam.
I Am Ali 2014 Documentary Explores the life of Muhammad Ali, with a starting point of personal voice recordings made by Ali himself in the 1970s.
Maan Karate 2014 Comedy A man takes part in a boxing tournament to impress his sports-loving girlfriend, despite knowing nothing about boxing. An Indian Tamil film.
Mary Kom 2014 Biographical An Indian biopic about five-time World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom.
Manny 2014 Documentary On life and career of longtime champion Manny Pacquiao.
Chasing Tyson 2015 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the years Evander Holyfield spent trying to arrange his first fight with Mike Tyson.
Creed 2015 Drama Most recent entry in Rocky series, with Rocky serving as trainer for Apollo Creed's son.
Mr. Calzaghe 2015 Documentary On undefeated champion Joe Calzaghe and relationship with his father and trainer.
Southpaw 2015 Drama A boxer (Jake Gyllenhaal) loses his wife, then loses custody of his daughter.
The Bleeder 2016 Biographical Another look at Chuck Wepner, focusing on 1975 fight with Muhammad Ali.
Uppercut 2016 Drama A young boxer (Manish Dayal) raised in Queens rises up the ranks.
Hands of Stone 2016 Biographical A dramatization of Roberto Duran's career, featuring Robert De Niro.
Bleed for This 2016 Biographical Miles Teller portrays the young boxer Vinny Paz.

Caving[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Descent 2005 Horror A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and pursued by 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 team experiences a crisis during an expedition to unexplored cave system.

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 TV film based on Wanda Holloway and 1991 attempt 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 A more light-hearted TV movie 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.

Cricket[edit]

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 Drama An Indian Tamil-Telugu bilingual film highlighting the conflict between a middle class widower and his son, who is very good at cricket but poor at academics.
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.
Jeeva 2014 Drama An Indian Tamil film depicting the struggles of young man in his quest to become a leading cricketer.
Azhar 2016 Biographical Movie features the life of former Indian International Cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin

Cue sports[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Pool Sharks 1915 Comedy Silent film with W.C. Fields gambling for a woman's love on a game of billiards.
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.

Curling[edit]

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

Cycling[edit]

Japanese movie poster for 1956 film Onna Keirin-ō (女競輪王)
Title Year Genre Type Notes
6 Day Bike Rider 1934 Comedy Velodrome To impress a girl, a clumsy bumpkin (Joe E. Brown) enters a marathon indoor race.
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. Golden Globe winner and five Oscar nominations.
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 Iranian film.
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 Road racing The story of Lambert, a modest Belgian bike racer in the '70s.
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.
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.
Premium Rush 2012 Thriller Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a New York bike messenger.
Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist 2013 Documentary Road racing [4]
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 rivalry between Greg LeMond and Bernard Hinault ("The Badger") as teammates during 1986 Tour de France.
To the Fore 2015 Drama Road racing Hong Kong-Chinese film.
The Program 2015 Drama Road racing An adaptation of David Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins depicting his battle to expose Lance Armstrong.

Dodgeball[edit]

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.

Fencing[edit]

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 Spanish film starring Joaquim de Almeida.
The Fencer 2015 Drama A young Estonian fencer named Endel is forced to return to his homeland, where he begins to train a group of young children in the art of fencing.

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.
Everything's on Ice 1939 Drama A skater's uncle manages her career, then steals her money.
Iceland 1942 Musical A skater from Iceland falls for a U.S. Marine (John Payne).
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.
Lake Placid Serenade 1944 Drama After the invasion of her homeland, a Czech skater (Vera Ralston) comes to the U.S.
Suspense 1946 Film Noir An ice-skating revue's star (Belita) is torn between two men.
Spring on Ice 1951 Musical Austrian film featuring 1948 Winter Olympics runner-up Eva Pawlik.
Ice Castles 1978 Romance Lynn-Holly Johnson as a figure skater who is left blind after a serious injury.
Champions: A Love Story 1979 Romance TV Movie about two teens who become romantically involved as they train for a skating championship.
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story 1990 Biographical Fact-based TV film on champion skater's career focusing on her 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 1994.
A Promise Kept: The Oksana Baiul Story 1994 Biographical Ukraine orphan's rise to Olympic champion in TV dramatization.
Ice Angel 2000 Fantasy TV film on hockey-playing boy who 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 who spurns Harvard to try figure skating.
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 1978 film.
The Diplomat 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. The story of figure skater Katarina Witt, two-time Olympic gold medalist and reluctant pawn of the Cold War.
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 Nancy Kerrigan by associates of Tonya Harding.

Fishing[edit]

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.
Captains Courageous 1937 Adventure A spoiled brat ends up with the crew of a fishing schooner.
Spawn of the North 1938 Drama A seal hunter (George Raft) betrays a pal (Henry Fonda), poaching fish.
Johnny Frenchman 1945 Drama British film about rival Cornwall fishing families.
Tuna Clipper 1949 Drama Roddy McDowall takes a job with a crew of tuna fishermen.
Alaska Seas 1954 Drama A remake of Spawn of the North, with Robert Ryan and Brian Keith.
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 Blockbuster hit about three men out to kill 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.
Bait Shop 2008 Comedy A bait shop owner enters a pro fishing tournament to save his store.
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.

Golf[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
West of Broadway 1926 Comedy Silent film about Wyoming rancher who sets out to attract tourists to his golf club/resort.
Spring Fever 1927 Comedy Silent film about a golfer who hopes to marry a rich girl (Joan Crawford).
Love in the Rough 1930 Musical A sound remake of Spring Fever, with Robert Montgomery and songs.
The Golf Specialist 1930 Comedy W.C. Fields short subject in which he gives lessons on the game.
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.
Once You Kiss a Stranger 1970 Thriller A pro golfer is menaced by a deranged woman who murders his rival.
Babe 1975 Biographical TV 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 Swedish film.
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 Tiger Woods Story 1998 Biography Tiger Woods' meteoric rise to the pinnacle of the golfing world
National Lampoon's Golf Punks 1998 Comedy A washed-up former PGA Tour golfer is given the task of teaching golf to a group of teenaged underachievers.
Miracle on the 17th Green 1999 Drama A middle-aged advertising executive abruptly and unexpectedly quits his job to follow his lifelong dream of being a professional golfer.
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.
Par 6 2002 Comedy/Drama Faced with opposition from all sides, the family doggedly sticks to their plans to construct a golf course, fulfilling their deceased father's dream
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.
Fairway to Heaven 2007 Comedy A former hot-shot junior golfer finds himself with the "dream" once more of becoming a famous, world-class linksman.
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.
Birdie & Bogie 2009 Drama A middle-aged advertising executive abruptly and unexpectedly quits his job to follow his lifelong dream of being 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.
From the Rough 2011 Biographical Taraji P. Henson stars as Catana Starks, the first woman to coach a men's college team—at a historically black school with no tradition in the sport.
Arthur Newman 2012 Drama A failed pro golfer (Colin Firth) fakes his own death, starts a new life.
Becoming Redwood 2012 Drama Redwood Forrest Hanson dreams that if he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Masters of golf, he'll reunite his parents forever.
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.
The Gay Dog 1954 Comedy British film featuring a young Petula Clark.
Jumping for Joy 1956 Comedy A man nurses a sick greyhound back to health, meets criminals who want to fix a race.
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.

Gymnastics[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Nadia 1984 Drama Biographical film on Nadia Comăneci.
American Anthem 1986 Drama Starring former Olympian Mitch Gaylord.
Flying 1986 Drama After a car crash, a gymnast attempts a comeback. Featuring Keanu Reeves.
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.
Full Out 2015 Biographical TV family film about the gymnast Ariana Berlin.
The Bronze 2015 Comedy A has-been Olympian turns to drugs, theft and desperation.

Handball[edit]

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 championship 2007

Hiking[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Gerry 2002 Drama Fictional story of hikers (Matt Damon, Casey Affleck) who become hopelessly lost.
127 Hours 2010 Biographical drama Aron Ralston (portrayed by James Franco) gets trapped by a boulder while canyoneering.
Wild 2014 Biographical drama Depicting a lone woman's (Reese Witherspoon) 1,000-mile trek through Pacific Crest Trail.

Horse racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
The Derby 1895 Documentary Silent film
A Gamble for Love 1917 Comedy Silent film about a lord who tries to interfere with a lady's horse.
A Dead Certainty 1920 Drama A British film about a rider pressured to fix a race.
Kentucky Pride 1925 Drama Directed by John Ford, a silent film that includes Man o' War.
Sporting Blood 1931 Comedy Rid Riddell (Clark Gable) enters his horse Tommy Boy in the Kentucky Derby.
Broadway Bill 1934 Comedy Story of a man's love for his thoroughbred and a woman who helps him achieve his dreams.
Racing Luck 1935 Drama After his horse Life Belt fails a drug test, a trainer is suspended.
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.
Down the Stretch 1936 Drama Banned at home, rider Mickey Rooney moves to England to find success.
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 a big race at Santa Anita.
Thoroughbreds Don't Cry 1937 Musical Judy Garland meets jockey Mickey Rooney in their first film together.
Kentucky 1938 Drama A Civil War family feud continues 75 years later for a Derby horse owner (Loretta Young).
Going Places 1938 Comedy Sporting goods salesman Dick Powell pretends to be a jockey.
Stablemates 1938 Drama A drunken vet (Wallace Beery) influences a young jockey (Mickey Rooney).
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.
The Lady's from Kentucky 1939 Comedy A bookie (George Raft) and a lady end up co-owning a horse.
Seabiscuit (The Lost Documentary) 1939 Documentary Original documentary about the great racehorse made in 1939 by owner Charles S. Howard.
Maryland 1940 Drama A young man decides to ride in a Maryland race over his mother's objections.
He Married His Wife 1940 Comedy Joel McCrea has big problems with his horse Ajax and his ex-wife.
It Ain't Hay 1943 Comedy Abbott and Costello mistakenly steal the race horse Tea Biscuit.
National Velvet 1944 Drama A young Elizabeth Taylor bonds with the steeplechase horse she loves.
Home in Indiana 1944 Drama An old-timer (Walter Brennan) gives his nephew lessons in harness racing.
Thoroughbreds 1944 Drama An ex-Cavalry sergeant trains his old mount to win a steeplechase race.
She Went to the Races 1945 Comedy Ava Gardner in a rom-com about scientists betting on horse races.
Salty O'Rourke 1945 Drama A crooked jockey tries to double-cross a racetrack gambler (Alan Ladd).
The Bride Wore Boots 1946 Comedy Barbara Stanwyck enters her horse Albert in a Virginia steeplechase race.
My Brother Talks to Horses 1947 Comedy Lewie Penrose's brother (Peter Lawford) has everything riding on the Preakness.
The Homestretch 1947 Drama Maureen O'Hara's horse ends up entered in a big race against her husband's.
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.
Two-Dollar Bettor 1951 Drama A novice gets in way over his head wagering on races.
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.
A Girl in Every Port 1952 Comedy Two sailors (Groucho Marx and William Bendix) are conned into buying a lame race-horse.
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.
Money from Home 1953 Comedy Martin and Lewis end up in a Maryland horse race.
Pride of the Blue Grass 1954 Drama Gypsy Prince and attractive owner interest a trainer (Lloyd Bridges).
The Fighting Chance 1955 Drama A scheming woman (Julie London) causes friction between a trainer and jockey.
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.
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.
The Derby Stallion 2005 Drama A 15 year old convinces is father to allow him to train for the Derby Cup.
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 in ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Charismatic and jockey Chris Antley in 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 After a player dies during a game, coach's daughter Rita Hayworth digs for the truth.
The Duke of West Point 1938 Drama A misunderstood London-raised athlete is shunned by other cadets before game vs. Canadians.
White Lightning 1953 Drama Criminals offer bribes to the Red Devils' hockey stars to deliberately lose games.
Love Story 1970 Romance A Harvard hockey player (Ryan O'Neal) loves, then loses a doomed young woman.
Paperback Hero 1973 Drama A big-time hockey star (Keir Dullea) ends up in a tiny Saskatchewan town.
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.
The Boy Who Drank Too Much 1980 Drama TV fillm with Scott Baio as a high school hockey player, well liked and respected despite being an alcoholic.
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
Net Worth 1995 Drama The story of the early years of the NHL and the off ice battle between the owners and players
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.
Slap Shot 3: The Junior League 2008 Comedy The Hanson Brothers are back to whip a youth league team into shape
Kings Ransom 2009 Documentary Made for TV as first film of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles impact of 1988 trade of Wayne Gretzky from Edmonton Oilers to 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.

Jousting[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Knightriders 1981 Drama Ed Harris leads a band of men who joust on motorcycles.
A Knight's Tale 2001 Adventure Heath Ledger pretends to be a nobleman to compete in jousting tournaments.

Kabaddi[edit]

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

Lacrosse[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Wild Child 2005 Drama A California girl (Emma Roberts) moves to England, where she develops a skill for lacrosse.
A Warrior's Heart 2011 Drama A teen lacrosse star (Kellan Lutz) is instructed by a former wartime friend of his father.
Crooked Arrows 2012 Drama A Native American high school lacrosse team rediscovers its heritage in a New York league.
Fantastic Lies 2016 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 10-year retrospective of the Duke lacrosse case.
Keepers of the Game 2016 Documentary An all-Mohawk girls' high school team in New York faces opposition from within their tribe and a struggle to keep their funding.

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
Judo
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.
Cordão de Ouro 1977 Action Capoeira
Knightriders 1981 Drama
The Karate Kid 1984 Family Karate Retired karate master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) instructs a newcomer (Ralph Macchio).
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
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

Motorcycle racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Type Notes
No Limit 1935 Comedy Motorcycle A George Formby farce set at an Isle of Man race.
Once a Jolly Swagman 1949 Drama Motorcycle speedway British film starring Dirk Bogarde.
The Pace That Thrills 1952 Drama Motorcycle Two bike racers complete for a reporter's affection.
Little Fauss and Big Halsy 1970 Drama Motorcycle Robert Redford as a ladies' man who betrays his best friend.
On Any Sunday 1971 Documentary Motorcycle Steve McQueen and others discuss racing in Bruce Brown film.
Silver Dream Racer 1980 Drama MotoGP
Spetters 1980 Drama Motorcycle Erotic film by Paul Verhoeven on Dutch motorcycle racers.
Take It to the Limit 1980 Documentary Motorcycle Covers speedway, desert racing, road racing, hill climb, grass track, drag racing, trials, sidecars, dirt track and motocross in the 1970s.
Motocrossed 2001 Comedy Motocross A young girl secretly poses as her twin brother to win the big motocross race for him after he breaks his leg.
Biker Boyz 2003 Drama Motorcycle Laurence Fishburne in a tale of underground drag races.
Faster 2003 Documentary Motorcycle Behind the scenes at the MotoGP competition.
The World's Fastest Indian 2005 Biographical Motorcycle Anthony Hopkins pursues land speed record on his Indian bike.

Mountaineering[edit]

Title Year Genre Type Notes
Gateway of the Caucasus 1931 Documentary Mountain Climbing An intrepid band of climbers make it their goal in life to scale the lofty Kazbak and to return from same safely
The White Tower 1950 Drama Mountain Climbing In the Swiss Alps, a woman is determined to make a climb where her father was killed.
Third Man on the Mountain 1959 Drama Mountain Climbing A Walt Disney tale of a Swiss man's perilous experience on the Citadel.
The EIger Sanction 1975 Drama Mountain Climbing A fictional thriller about a paid assassin (Clint Eastwood) on a treacherous Eiger climb.
K2 1991 Biographical Drama Mountain Climbing Loosely based on real events, a pair of weekend-climber Americans join a team scaling the second-highest peak on Earth.
Vertical Limit 2000 Drama Mountain Climbing A retired climber's sister makes an attempt to reach the top of K2.
Touching the Void 2003 Documentary Mountain Climbing True story about a harrowing 1985 expedition in the Andes.
To the Limit 2007 Documentary Rock Climbing A German-made documentary chronicling an adventure in Yosemite National Park.
The Climb 2007 Documentary Mountain Climbing A Canadian returns to Mount Everest 25 years after a life-altering experience there.
North Face 2008 Drama Mountain Climbing Based on a 1936 climb up the Eiger's north face that ended disastrously.
The Wildest Dream 2010 Documentary Mountain Climbing The famed George Mallory's 1924 disappearance from Mount Everest is recounted.
The Summit 2012 Documentary Mountain Climbing An account of the lives impacted by the 2008 K2 disaster.
Everest 2015 Drama Mountain Climbing Story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster.
Meru 2015 Documentary Mountain climbing Chronicles the first ascent of "The Shark's Fin", a famously difficult route to the summit of Meru Peak in the Indian Himalayas.

Multisport Games / Olympics[edit]

Note: Films featuring the Olympics, Paralympics, X-Games, etc... and other similar events are included. Films featuring specific sports featured in the games should be listed under that specific sport

Title Year Genre Notes
Spartakiada 1929 Documentary Silent propaganda piece recapping athletic competitions held in Moscow in 1928
Charlie Chan at the Olympics 1937 Drama Charlie Chan's oldest son is chosen to compete in the 1936 Summer Olympics.
Olympia Part 1: Festival of Nations 1938 Documentary Leni Reifenstahl's Nazi propaganda film chronicling the 1936 Summer Olympics
Olympia Part 2: Festival of Beauty 1938 Documentary Leni Reifenstahl's Nazi propaganda film chronicling the 1936 Summer Olympics
Kings of the Olympics 1948 Documentary An American film mostly culled from Olympia, Leni Reifenstahl's classic record of the 1936 Summer Olympics
Olympia 52 1952 Documentary French film about 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.
The Grand Olympics 1961 Documentary A look back at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
Tokyo Olympiad 1965 Documentary A look back at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Japan
13 jours en France 1968 Documentary A documentary about the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
The Olympics in Mexico 1969 Documentary A documentary highlighting the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
Visions of Eight 1973 Documentary Eight directors' takes on 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
White Rock 1977 Documentary A look at 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck, Austria.
A Step Away 1980 Documentary Footage from the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, narrated by Orson Welles.
Animalympics 1980 Animated The animal kingdom stages its own Olympic Games.
The Golden Moment 1980 Drama Made for TV Movie - An American athlete and a Russian gymnast meet just before the Moscow Olympics and fall in love.
Stade 81 a.k.a. Starting Blocks 1981 Documentary A short film documentary about the first Special Olympics.
The First Olympics: Athens 1896 1984 Drama Made for television film/mini-series about the origins of the Modern Olympics.
16 Days of Glory 1986 Documentary Official documentary of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Dorf and the First Games of Mount Olympus 1988 Comedy Direct-to-video short film in the Dorf series with Tim Conway. Parody of the Ancient Olympic Games.
Fire, Ice and Dynamite 1990 Action A Tycoon fakes his own suicide and his children and creditors must compete for his estate in a series of olympic type events.
One Day in September 1999 Documentary A documentary chronically the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany that were interrupted when Palestinian terrorists perptrated the Munich Massacre.
Asterix at the Olympic Games 2008 Comedy A French film in which the characters from the Astérix comic book series participate in the Olympics.
Dream Weavers: Beijing 2008 2008 Documentary Official documentary about the events building up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Multisport Movies[edit]

Note: This category is for films about sports in general or films about athletes participating in multiple sports. This category is not for films featuring the Olympics, Paralympics, X-Games and other similar "games" which fall under the "Mulitsport Games / Olympics" category. Films featuring specific sports should be listed under that specific sport.

Title Year Genre Notes
Jim Thorpe - All-American 1951 Biographical Story of famed Native American athlete who excelled at football, baseball and track & field, starring Burt Lancaster.
June 17th, 1994 2010 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the sporting events of the day in question, among them the opening of the FIFA World Cup, the NBA Finals, the last U.S. Open round of Arnold Palmer, and the New York Rangers' Stanley Cup celebration—all overshadowed by O. J. Simpson's run from the police.
Broke 2012 Documentary Made for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series examining pro athletes propensity to waste their millions
Branded 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. A thought provoking look at the double standard placed on female athletes to be the best players on the field/courts and the sexiest off them
Let Them Wear Towels 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. Examines the obstacles that women sports journalists faced as they fought to gain access to the "boys' club" of male locker rooms
Equestria Girls 2015 Animation Made for TV, a My Little Pony spin-off film about two schools and a "Friendship Games".
Point Break 2015 Action Drama A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of corporate heists. A remake of the 1991 film of the same name
Believeland 2016 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Follows the history of sports in Cleveland since the city's last major title in 1964, including heartbreaks such as The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot, The Move, and The Decision.

Polo[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Polo Joe 1936 Comedy Afraid of horses, Joe E. Brown takes up polo to impress a girl.
Mickey's Polo Team 1936 Animated Short A game between Disney characters, led by Mickey Mouse, and cartoon versions of real-life movie stars.
The Kid from Texas 1939 Comedy A loud mouth cowpuncher tries his hand at polo.
The Polo Kid 2009 Documentary The true story of how 13 year old Santiago Torres, from an ordinary background became a polo star

Powerboat racing[edit]

Title Year Genre Type Notes
Top Speed 1930 Comedy Speedboat Farce about a faker who enters a race, then is bribed to lose it on purpose.
Speed Demon 1933 Drama Motorboat The disgraced Speed Morrow attempts to win a race and rescue a kidnapped child.
Motor Madness 1937 Drama Speedboat Gamblers try to coax a guy to deliberately lose a big motorboat race in Santa Monica, California.
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.

Rodeo[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Wild Horse Rodeo 1937 Western One of The Three Mesquiteers searches for a horse called Cyclone.
The Cowboy and the Lady 1938 Romance A socialite from Palm Beach falls for rodeo cowpoke Stretch Willoughby (Gary Cooper).
Ride 'Em Cowboy 1942 Comedy Abbott and Costello rescue kidnapped rodeo rider Bronco Bob.
A Lady Takes a Chance 1943 Comedy A bronc rider (John Wayne) bucks an Eastern gal's plan to get hitched.
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.
Rodeo 1952 Drama Unpaid for a feed bill, Nancy Cartwright takes over a bankrupt rodeo association.
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.
Black Rodeo 1972 Documentary A rodeo comes to Harlem, narrated by Woody Strode.
The Great American Cowboy 1973 Documentary A documentary about the rivalry between veteran Larry Mahan and newcomer Phil Lyne, as the two vie for the National Finals Rodeo Championship title.
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 Lane Frost, with Luke Perry starring as 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.
Cowgirls 'n Angels 2012 Family A 12-year-old girl teams up with a rodeo owner (James Cromwell).
The Longest Ride 2015 Drama Injured bull rider (Scott Eastwood) befriends an aging artist (Alan Alda).

Rollerblading[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Airborne 1993 Comedy A Cincinnati kid becomes a star in inline skating.
Brink! 1998 Family Disney Channel story about rival California skaters.

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.

Rowing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Freshman Love 1936 Musical A coach's daughter recruits crew members for the school's rowing team.
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.
Bert and Dickie 2012 Biographical Two men up in sculls for the 1948 Olympics.

Rugby[edit]

Title Year Genre Code Notes
This Sporting Life 1963 Drama Rugby league Richard Harris in an Oscar-nominated performance as a coal miner recruited to play rugby.
Grand Slam 1978 Comedy Rugby union Old friends including Hugh Griffith are eager to attend Wales' match with France.
The First Kangaroos 1988 Comedy Rugby league Dennis Waterman in a story of an Australian team on a tour of Great Britain.
Old Scores 1991 Comedy Rugby union A controversial match between New Zealand and Wales is replayed 25 years later.
Up 'n' Under 1998 Comedy Rugby league Story of an inept pub team, based on a John Godber play.
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 Comedy Rugby league Story of a young Vietnamese-Australian's obsession with rugby.
Number 10 2006 Rugby union
The Final Winter 2007 Drama Rugby league Story of an Australian's fight to keep commercialism from ruining the game.
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 Mandela's support of the Springboks and its effect on post-apartheid South Africa.
A Giant Awakens: the Rise of American Rugby 2010 Documentary Rugby union
Getroud Met Rugby: Die Onvertelde Stori 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.
Prep School 2015 Drama Rugby Union When the star player of an elite prep school rugby team suffers an emotional collapse, his friends and teammates respond in their own ways, ranging from heroic to horrifying. Starring Carly Schroeder and Clayton Rohner.

Sailing[edit]

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.
The Sea Gypsies 1978 Family Two girls and their father embark on an around-the-world sail.
The Riddle of the Sands 1979 Drama A pair of 1901 yachtsmen discover a sinister plot.
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.

Shooting[edit]

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

Skateboarding[edit]

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.
Skateboard Madness 1980 Comedy A reporter too laid-back for his own good is told his last chance is a story on skateboarding
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 2003 Documentary Mark "Gator" Rogowski goes from skateboard legend to 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 Chicago street kid (Paul Rodriguez) becomes a skateboard star.

Skiing[edit]

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.
Water Trix 1948 Short Film Oscar nominated short by Pete Smith showing water skiing champion Preston Peterson perform various tricks and feats of skill in his sport.
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 TV film with Anthony Edwards as 1984 Olympic downhill gold medalist Bill Johnson.
Better Off Dead 1985 Comedy A teenager has to deal with his girlfriend dumping him, family issues, a homicidal paper boy, and a rival as he prepares for the most important skiing event of his life
Fire and Ice 1986 Action 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
Steep 2007 Documentary A behind-the-scenes look at extreme skiing.
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 German film made by acclaimed director Werner Herzog.
Matti 2006 Drama Biographical film based on the life and career of Matti Nykänen.
Eddie the Eagle 2016 Biographical Story of a hapless British ski jumper from 1988 Calgary Olympics.

Snowboarding[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Snowboard Academy 1996 Comedy A slapstick farce starring Jim Varney and Corey Haim.
Johnny Tsunami 1999 Family Comedy TV film
Snow Day 2000 Comedy Farce about a family of New Yorkers, featuring Chevy Chase.
Out Cold 2001 Comedy Mountain misadventures of mischievous boys in Alaska.
MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 2003 Family Comedy
The White Album 2004 Documentary Behind-the-scenes look at Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.
First Descent 2005 Documentary A look at the sport's origins, filmed mainly in Alaska.
White Air 2007 Drama
Switch 2007 Drama Norwegian movie
Snow Summit Showdown 2009 Family Comedy
Chalet Girl 2011 Romantic Comedy A British girl (Felicity Jones) goes to the Alps, discovers snowboarding.
The Art of Flight 2011 Documentary Footage of top snowboarders including Travis Rice.

Speed typing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Populaire 2013 Comedy-drama A provincial girl guided by her coach becomes the fastest typist.

Ssireum[edit]

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
Sumo Bruno 2000 Comedy drama
Sumolah 2007 Comedy
A Matter of Size 2009 Comedy

Surfing[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
Gidget 1959 Romantic comedy A 17-year-old California girl (Sandra Dee) is introduced to surfing and the guys who do it.
Beach Party 1963 Comedy Surfer Frankie Avalon tries to succeed on his board and with Annette Funicello, too.
The Endless Summer 1966 Documentary Follows Mike Hynson and Robert August on a trip around the world, plus other prominent surfers.
Big Wednesday 1978 Drama Gary Busey and Jan-Michael Vincent as California surfers during the Vietnam War years.
North Shore 1987 Action 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.
A Scene at the Sea 1991 Drama Japanese film about a trash collector learning how to surf.
Point Break 1991 Action Crime caper about FBI agent (Keanu Reeves) and bank-robbing surfer (Patrick Swayze).
Surf Ninjas 1993 Family comedy Teen surfers from L.A. discover they are actually Asian princes, at war with Leslie Nielsen.
The Endless Summer II 1994 Documentary Pat O'Connell and Robert "Wingnut" Weaver retrace steps of Hynson and August from Endless Summer.
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 explores sport's evolution since his dad's 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: Legend of Eddie Aikau 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Biographical film on big-wave surfer Eddie Aikau, whose death inspired a spiritual movement.
Drift 2013 Drama Australian film about 1970s surfing innovators, starring Sam Worthington.

Swimming & diving[edit]

Title Year Genre Notes
You Said a Mouthful 1932 Comedy An "unsinkable" swimsuit inventor enters a race to impress a girl (Ginger Rogers).
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
Dawn! 1979 Biography Biopic of Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser, a 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist
Popcorn und Paprika 1984 Drama
Koni 1984 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 about Synchronised swimming.
Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story 2001 Biographical Story of 16-year-old Marilyn Bell's world-record swim across Lake Ontario (50.5 km) from New York, USA to Ontario, Canada
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
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
As One 2012 Comedy-drama
Top Spin 2014 Documentary Follows the road to the 2012 Summer Olympics of three American table tennis teenager players: Ariel Hsing, Michael Landers, and Lily Zhang

Tennis[edit]

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 Wimbledon contender Dean Paul Martin.
Racquet 1979 Comedy A former tennis champ (Bert Convy) sets his sites on owning a tennis court
Spring Fever 1982 Drama Las Vegas showgirl's daughter (Carling Bassett) enters a tournament.
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 players (Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany) pursue romance during Wimbledon championships.
Tennis no Ōjisama - Futari no Samurai 2005 Action / Animated Japanese film.
The Prince of Tennis 2006 Action Japanese film about a tennis prodigy.
Jelenin Svet 2008 Documentary A look at career of Serbian pro star Jelena Jankovic.
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.
Venus Vs. 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. Examines the fight Venus Williams led against the Tennis establishment to gain prize money equality for women's tennis
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.
Break Point 2015 Comedy Estranged brothers begin entering pro tournaments in doubles.
7 Days in Hell 2016 Comedy A mockumentary featuring Andy Samberg in a match that won't end.

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.
No Limits 2013 Documentary Made for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. Explores the life of Audrey Mestre, a world-class freediver, and the events leading up to the dive that ultimately took her life.

Volleyball[edit]

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.

Wrestling[edit]

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

Japanese movie poster for Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko (1955)
Title Year Genre Discipline Notes
Sit Tight 1931 Comedy Wrestling A health spa employee (Joe E. Brown) gives wrestling a try.
Flesh 1932 Drama Wrestling Wallace Beery as a German wrestler.
Rikidōzan monogatari dotō no otoko 1955 Sports film Puroresu Rikidōzan plays himself and others.
Paradise Alley 1978 Drama Professional wrestling Sylvester Stallone turns his brother into wrestler "Kid Salami."
Take Down 1979 Comedy-drama Scholastic wrestling Lorenzo Lamas as a high school wrestler.
Below the Belt 1980 Drama Professional wrestling A New York City waitress decides to become a professional wrestler.
...All the Marbles 1981 Comedy Pro wrestling Peter Falk manages women's tag team, the "California Dolls."
Lurich 1984 Drama Greco-Roman Biographical film on the career of Georg Lurich.
Vision Quest 1985 Drama Scholastic Matthew Modine as a high school wrestler.
Over the Top 1987 Drama Arm wrestling Truck driver Sylvester Stallone enters an arm-wrestling competition.
Spooner 1989 Drama Scholastic Made for TV, premiered on the Disney Channel, stars Robert Urich.[5][6][7]
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.[8]
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 Pro wrestling Mickey Rourke as an aging wrestler with health issues.
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, his brother Dave, and the events leading up to Dave's murder by their benefactor, John du Pont.
Lost in Wrestling 2015 Drama [9][10]
The Prince of Pennsylvania 2015 Documentary Freestyle wrestling Made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Another look at the Schultz–du Pont case.
Nine Legends 2016 Documentary Professional wrestling Internet release that examines professional wrestling via interviews with seven well-known wrestlers, boxer and occasional wrestling personality Mike Tyson, and prominent MMA fighter Randy Couture.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Jenner changed her name due to gender transition in 2015.[2]
Citations
  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. ^ Leibovitz, Annie (June 1, 2015). "Introducing Caitlyn Jenner". Vanity Fair. Retrieved June 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ Kevin Ma (December 24, 2014). "Yo-kai Watch breaks Toho record in Japan". Film Business Asia. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Documentary of Marco Pantani's life and death coming to British cinemas in May 2013". road.cc. 
  5. ^ "Spooner (TV 1989) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Spooner - Movies - The New York Times". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  7. ^ The Disney Channel Magazine, November/December 1989
  8. ^ "Going to the Mat (TV 2004) - IMDb". imdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-29. 
  9. ^ Kerr, Elizabeth (March 31, 2014). "3D Lost in Wrestling: Filmart Review". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ "搏击迷城 (2015)". movie.douban.com (in Chinese). douban.com. Retrieved June 2, 2015. 
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