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The Best Sports Movies
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From Baseball to Hockey, drama to comedy, this list has it all for sports


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Movie: 42 ( 2013 )
In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.
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Movie: Moneyball ( 2011 )
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
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Movie: The Battered Bastards of Baseball ( 2014 )
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973, Hollywood veteran Bing Russell (best known for playing Deputy Clem on "Bonanza") created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the legendary Portland Mavericks. Bing operated without a Major League affiliation while playing in a city that was considered a wasteland for professional baseball. Tryouts for the Mavericks, which were open to the public, were filled with hopefuls who arrived in droves from every state in America, many of whom had been rejected by organized baseball. Skeptics agreed it would never work. But Bing's Mavericks generated unprecedented success: they shattered attendance records, signed Kurt Russell - Bing's son - as a player and team Vice President, produced the most successful batboy in baseball (filmmaker Todd Field), re-launched the controversial career of Jim Bouton, hired the first female general manager in Baseball, and inspired one of America's beloved bubblegums - Big League Chew. The Battered Bastards of Baseball is as much about the independent spirit as it is about baseball. The Mavericks' in your face attitude was contagious to fans, and during their short reign, they - and Bing Russell - basically held up their middle finger to the sports establishment and said we're playing this game on our terms, not yours. They were the real life Bad News Bears.
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Movie: The Benchwarmers ( 2006 )
A trio of guys try and make up for missed opportunities in childhood by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against standard children's Little League squads.
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Movie: The Bad News Bears ( 1976 )
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
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Movie: Bad News Bears ( 2005 )
A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.
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Movie: Mr 3000 ( 2004 )
Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.
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Movie: The Sandlot ( 1993 )
In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
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Movie: A League of Their Own ( 1992 )
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
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Movie: Field of Dreams ( 1989 )
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella is inspired by a voice he can't ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe. Supported by his wife, Ray begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true.
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Movie: Major League ( 1989 )
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.
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Movie: Major League II ( 1994 )
The Indians are now a World Series contender. But last year's hunger is now replaced with complacency, and bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear the team apart.
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Movie: The Natural ( 1984 )
An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
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Movie: Rookie of the Year ( 1993 )
12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. Although he's close to his mother Mary, Henry hates Mary's latest boyfriend, Jack Bradfield. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in that arm heals too tightly, allowing Henry to throw pitches that are as fast as 103 mph. Henry is spotted at nearby Wrigley Field by Larry "Fish" Fisher, the general manager of the struggling Chicago Cubs, after Henry throws an opponent's home-run ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, and it seems that Henry may be the pitcher that team owner Bob Carson has been praying for. At first, Cubs manager Sal Martinella doesn't like Henry being on the team, but despite the rawness of his talent, Henry revives everyone's team spirit and reignites the enthusiasm of the fans. While money hungry Jack pulls strings behind the scenes to line his own pockets, Mary starts to fall for veteran pitcher Chet "Rocket" Steadman, whose injuries are curtailing a once sparkling career. While Henry bonds with Chet, Henry's friends resent Henry's star status when he arrives late to help them work on an old boat. As the Cubs head for the National League Championship series, Jack agrees to hand over Henry's contract to the New York Yankees for 25 million dollars. Mary doesn't like that, so when Jack angers Mary even more by stupidly saying that Henry is half his, Mary literally punches Jack out the door, with Henry cheering her on. Thinking about the idea of retiring, both Henry and Chet start performing badly, but they set out to redeem themselves at the National League championship series.
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Movie: Bull Durham ( 1988 )
A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.
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Movie: Eight Men Out ( 1989 )
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.
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Movie: Cobb ( 1994 )
A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.
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Movie: Mr. Baseball ( 1992 )
Although a one-time MVP for the New York Yankees, Jack Elliott is now on the down side of his baseball career. His batting average is low and one of his few claims to fame is that during the previous year, he led the team in 9th inning doubles in the month of August. With an up and coming slugger ready to replace him, he learns that he's been traded to the Chunichi Dragons of the Japanese Central baseball league. Elliott is set in his ways and quite inflexible, not only in accepting Japanese culture in general, but also with the way the baseball team is managed. When he meets his very pretty PR agent, Hiroko, he begins to gain a greater appreciation that he should accept his current situation. When he realizes her other connection to the team, his attitudes begin to change at an even greater pace
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Movie: The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings ( 1977 )
Tired of being treated like a slave by team owner Sallison Potter (Ted Ross), charismatic star pitcher Bingo Long (Billy Dee Williams) steals a bunch of Negro League players away from their teams, including catcher/slugger Leon Carter (James Earl Jones) and Charlie Snow (Richard Pryor), a player forever scheming to break into the segregated Major League Baseball of the 1930s by masquerading as first a Cuban ("Carlos Nevada"), then a Native American ("Chief Takahoma"). They take to the road, barnstorming through small Midwestern towns, playing the local teams to make ends meet. One of the opposing players, 'Esquire' Joe Calloway (Stan Shaw), is so good that they recruit him. Bingo's team becomes so outlandishly entertaining and successful, it begins to cut into the attendance of the established Negro League teams. Finally, Bingo's nemesis Potter is forced to propose a winner-take-all game: if Bingo's team can beat a bunch of all-stars, it can join the league, but if it loses, the players will return to their old teams. Potter has two of his goons kidnap Leon prior to the game as insurance, but he escapes and is key to his side's victory. As it turns out, there is a major league scout in the audience. After the game, he offers Esquire Joe the chance to break the color barrier; with Bingo's blessing, he accepts. Leon glumly foresees the decline of the Negro League as more players follow Esquire Joe's lead, but Bingo, ever the optimist, cheers him up by describing the wild promotional stunts he intends to stage to bring in the paying customers.
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Movie: The Babe ( 1992 )
Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.
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Movie: Trouble with the Curve ( 2012 )
A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.
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Movie: Semi-Pro ( 2008 )
Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.
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Movie: Glory Road ( 2006 )
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
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Movie: Space Jam ( 1996 )
In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
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Movie: Blue Chips ( 1994 )
Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team isn't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete is desperate and has pressures from all around.
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Movie: He Got Game ( 1998 )
A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
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Movie: White Men Can't Jump ( 1992 )
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
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Movie: Hoosiers ( 1987 )
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.
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Movie: Above the Rim ( 1994 )
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
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Movie: The Air Up There ( 1994 )
Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe's land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team.
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Movie: The Sixth Man ( 1997 )
Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star of the team. Suddenly Antoine dies of a heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of the team. Some time later, Antoine returns as a ghost and helps Kenny in game and in life, but Kenny changes in the process and doesn't quite like it.
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Movie: Teen Wolf ( 1985 )
An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.
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Movie: BASEketball ( 1998 )
Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.
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Movie: Sunset Park ( 1996 )
A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
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Movie: Celtic Pride ( 1996 )
Two over-loyal Celtic fans kidnap their opponent's star player in order to guarantee their team the championship.
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Movie: Draft Day ( 2014 )
At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
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Movie: The Express ( 2008 )
A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
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Movie: Leatherheads ( 2008 )
In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.
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Movie: Invincible ( 2006 )
Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
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Movie: Gridiron Gang ( 2006 )
In the Kilpatrick juvenile detention center, the supervisor and former football player Sean Porter sees the lack of discipline, self-esteem, union and perspective in the teenage interns and proposes to prepare a football team to play in one league. He is supported by his superiors and his successful experience changes the lives of many young kids.
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Movie: We Are Marshall ( 2006 )
In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The college president, Don Dedman, must find a coach, who then must find players. They petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and coach Jack Lengyel motivates and leads young players at the same time that he reexamines the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing. The father and the fiancée of a player who died find strength to move on. Can Marshall win even one game in 1971?
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Movie: The Longest Yard ( 2005 )
Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.
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Movie: The Longest Yard ( 1974 )
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
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Movie: Friday Night Lights ( 2004 )
Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.
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Movie: Radio ( 2003 )
The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.
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Movie: Remember the Titans ( 2000 )
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
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Movie: Any Given Sunday ( 1999 )
A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.
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Movie: Rudy ( 1993 )
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.
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Movie: The Replacements ( 2000 )
During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.
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Movie: Necessary Roughness ( 1991 )
Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule.
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Movie: Brian's Song ( 1971 )
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
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Movie: All the Right Moves ( 1983 )
A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.
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Movie: The Program ( 1993 )
Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.
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Movie: Little Giants ( 1994 )
Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.
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Movie: The Waterboy ( 1998 )
A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.
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Movie: The Longshots ( 2008 )
The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.
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Movie: Varsity Blues ( 1999 )
A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.
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Movie: The Best of Times ( 1986 )
A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
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Movie: Slap Shot ( 1977 )
A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.
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Movie: Mystery, Alaska ( 1999 )
This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event
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Movie: The Mighty Ducks ( 1992 )
Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon's old team, coached by Gordon's old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts.
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Movie: D2: The Mighty Ducks ( 1994 )
Can Gordon's team win the Junior Goodwill Games in California in spite of all the set-backs?
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Movie: D3: The Mighty Ducks ( 1996 )
The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.
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Movie: Miracle ( 2004 )
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.
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Movie: Happy Gilmore ( 1996 )
A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.
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Movie: The Greatest Game Ever Played ( 2005 )
Near the turn of the twentieth century, young Harry Vardon becomes a champion golfer but learns that his amazing skill is no match for the class boundaries that exclude him from "gentlemanly" English society. A dozen years later, a young American, Francis Ouimet, fights against the same prejudice, as well as his own father's disdain, for a chance to participate in the U.S. Open against his idol -- Harry Vardon. The struggles of both men for acceptance provides the background for an amazing contest of skills.
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Movie: Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius ( 2004 )
Jim Caviezel stars as golf legend Bobby Jones, the icon who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.
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Movie: Caddyshack ( 1980 )
An exclusive golf course has to deal with a flatulent new member and a destructive dancing gopher.
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Movie: Caddyshack II ( 1988 )
When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park.
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Movie: The Legend of Bagger Vance ( 2000 )
A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.
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Movie: Tin Cup ( 1996 )
A washed-up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the U.S. Open in order to win the heart of his successful rival's girlfriend.
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Movie: Raging Bull ( 1980 )
The life of boxer Jake LaMotta, who's violence and temper that lead him to the top in the ring destroyed his life outside of it.
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Movie: Hands of Stone ( 2016 )
The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
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Movie: The Fighter ( 2010 )
Based on the story of Micky Ward, a fledgling boxer who tries to escape the shadow of his more famous but troubled older boxing brother and get his own shot at greatness.
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Movie: Grudge Match ( 2013 )
Henry "Razor" Sharp and Billy "The Kid" McDonnen are two boxers who thirty years ago were rivals. Just before a big match Razor decides to retire because Billy slept with his girlfriend, Sally Rose and got her pregnant. Today a promoter, Dante Slate wants to have them fight each other but Razor doesn't want to. But when he loses his job and learns he's broke, he has no choice. So he trains under his old trainer. Billy while training, meets B.J., the son he had with Sally Rose and he asks B.J. to train him. And Sally Rose tries to get Razor to forgive her but he can't.
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Movie: Real Steel ( 2011 )
In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling ex-boxer feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.
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Movie: Cinderella Man ( 2005 )
The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.
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Movie: Million Dollar Baby ( 2005 )
A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.
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Movie: Ali ( 2001 )
A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, focusing on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
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Movie: The Hurricane ( 2000 )
The story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, and the people who aided in his fight to prove his innocence.
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Movie: The Boxer ( 1998 )
Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.
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Movie: The Great White Hype ( 1996 )
When the champ's promoter, Reverend Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The problem is that he isn't a boxer anymore and he's white. However, once Reverend Sultan convinces him to fight, he goes into heavy training, while the confident champ takes it easy, and falls out of shape.
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Movie: Diggstown ( 1992 )
Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out ten Diggstown men, in a boxing ring, within twenty-four hours. "Honey" Roy Palmer is that man, although at forty-eight, many say he is too old. A subplot was thrown in about Charles Macum Diggs, the heavyweight champion that gave the town its name, and who is now confined to a wheelchair.
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Movie: Gladiator ( 1992 )
Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.
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Movie: Play It to the Bone ( 2000 )
Two best friends and former middleweight contenders travel to Las Vegas to fight each other for the first time.
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Movie: Annapolis ( 2006 )
Set against the backdrop of boxing at the Naval Academy, centers on a young man from the wrong side of the tracks whose dream of attending Annapolis becomes a reality.
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Movie: Homeboy ( 1988 )
A simple self-destructive drifter and tough small-time boxer with a brain injury that could kill him meets and falls for a cute beach carnival owner, Ruby, but also befriends a sleazy friendly criminal, Wesley, who's planning a big score.
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Movie: Rocky ( 1976 )
A small-time Philadelphia boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the world heavyweight champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.
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Movie: Rocky II ( 1979 )
Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight?
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Movie: Rocky III ( 1982 )
After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky falls into a hole and finds himself picked up by a former enemy.
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Movie: Rocky IV ( 1985 )
Rocky Balboa proudly holds the world heavyweight boxing championship, but a new challenger has stepped forward: Drago, a six-foot-four, 261-pound fighter who has the backing of the Soviet Union.
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Movie: Rocky V ( 1990 )
Reluctantly retired from fighting, Rocky takes charge of Mickey's gym and agrees to train a young protégé who's hungry for success.
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Movie: Rocky Balboa ( 2006 )
Thirty years after the ring of the first bell, Rocky Balboa comes out of retirement and dons his gloves for his final fight; against the reigning heavyweight champ Mason 'The Line' Dixon.
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Movie: Creed ( 2015 )
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
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Movie: Creed II ( 2018 )
Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago.
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Movie: Southpaw ( 2015 )
After a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction, a champion boxer fights to get custody of his daughter and revive his professional career.
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Movie: Bleed for This ( 2016 )
The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports' most incredible comebacks.
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Movie: Fighting Tommy Riley ( 2004 )
An aging trainer and a young fighter, both in need of a second chance, team-up to overcome the demons of their past...and chase the dreams of their future.
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Movie: Fat City ( 1972 )
Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take different directions.