“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Yeah, good luck not getting emotional over this Muhammad Ali biography starring Will Smith.
2. Varsity Blues
If you don’t want to scream at Coach Kilmer you’re watching this movie the wrong way.
3. The Natural
Based on Bernard Malamud’s book The Natural, the story of a middle aged man making it in the big leagues will definitely inspire you to get out there and play some baseball.
4. The Blind Side
Break out the box of tissues for this one. You’ll fall in love with Big Mike, a homeless and uneducated African American boy, who is taken in by the Tuohy family and ends up a first round pick in the NFL draft. Incredible movie.
5. Glory Road
Inspired by a true story, this basketball film will you have you on your feet and cheering for the Texas Western Miners to win the NCAA championships.
6. Bend It Like Beckham
This athletic comedy is all about girl power! Jess, the daughter rebels against her orthodox Sikh parents’ traditionalism by running off to Germany with an American soccer team. You’ll laugh but also appreciate Jess’ determination to succeed.
7. Friday Night Lights
“Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down” - Coach Gary Gaines.
8. The Mighty Ducks
After being charger for drunk driving, Gordon Bombay becomes the coach of the worst peewee hockey team in the league. He unites the team, gains their respect, and faces the ghosts of his past. Let’s be real, everyone loves this movie.
Who doesn’t love a great story of redemption? Vince Papale’s life was going no where. He couldn’t get a decent job so his wife left him. At 30 years old he turned his life around by attending an open tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s even based on the true story of the actual Vince Papale!
10. Field of Dreams
A farmer hears a voice from beyond that encourages him to build a baseball field on his farm. The farmer, Ray, is facing financial ruin but continues to listen to the voice. Will the love of the game save Ray’s family? Watch this tear jerker and find out.
11. Coach Carter
First of all Samuel L. Jackson brings out an emotional response from everyone. That’s a fact. Secondly, this movie will teach any star athlete about respect and responsibility. Definitely add this to your movie list.
12. Remember the Titans
This incredible football film showcases what it was like for an African American (hellloooo Denzel) to step in as the new coach of an integrated football team in Virginia. The struggles of racism and coming together as team will definitely move you. Side note: RYAN GOSLING IS IN THIS MOVIE. WATCH IT.
Hockey fans unite! This movie portrays one of the greatest moments in sports history when coach Herb Brooks and Team USA defeated the seemingly unbeatable Russia.
“Do you believe in miracles?” - Al Michaels
14. A League of Their Own
WWII was threatening to end the MLB since there were no male players to be found, therefore creating the first women’s league. This story of triumph, sisterhood, and baseball is one for the books.
15. We Are Marshall
Just thinking about this movie is enough to make me tear up. In the beginning of the movie nearly the entire Marshall University football team, the coaches, and some fans die in a plane crash. The school must rebuild it’s team from scratch and heal the community. If you’re not crying during this movie you have no heart, it’s that simple.
16. Cool Runnings
This 1993 film is based on the first Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to the Olympics. It’s a great story about determination and gaining respect. You’ll love it!
During the Depression, it is this incredible horse that lifts the spirits of his racing team and the nation. It is a great racing story about redemption, rebuilding one’s life, and glory. I won’t tell if you’re wiping your eyes at the end I promise.
18. The Karate Kid
When Daniel moves from New Jersey to California he doesn’t fit in and faces a lot of bullying each day. After a particularly tough beating, karate master Mr. Miyagi saves him. Daniel learns that there is much more to karate than fighting in this inspirational film.
19. Cinderella Man
Who doesn’t love a great comeback story? This film takes place during the Great Depression and follows James J Braddock as he rises from a washed up fighter to a great champion. What’s that? You have allergies? Oh that’s right, you’re just crying it’s k.
20. The Sandlot
In this classic baseball movie, Scotty Smalls moves to LA and through the love of the game he learns how to play baseball and how to make friends. This coming of age tale will have you nostalgic for the good ol’ days when hanging out in a field with your friends was your only responsibility.
This movie starts off with an emotional kick in the stomach when Rudy’s best friend dies in an explosion at the local steel mill. This motivates Rudy, despite the fact he’s always been told he was too small, to go after his dream of playing football for Notre Dame. You’ll need a whole damn box of tissue for this one.
The ultimate emotional sports movie has to be Rocky. A small time fighter gets the chance to go against the ultimate heavy weight champion in the ring is one of the greatest underdog stories of all time. Try not to get all choked up when he starts shouting “Adrian!”