Our favorite sports movies

BY The Movie Clubbers

Two of us picked "Rocky" among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

Two of us picked “Rocky” among our favorite sports movies! (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

With the recently concluded NBA Finals and the ongoing World Cup series, a lot of people have sports on the brain–giving us the perfect excuse to make a list of our favorite sports movies. See how they compare with yours!

ELIJAH’S FAVORITES

5. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

"The Mighty Ducks " (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures)

“The Mighty Ducks ” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures)

Probably because this was the first sports movie I saw with actors the same age as I am.

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4. Happy Gilmore (1996) & The Waterboy (1998)

"Happy Gilmore" (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“Happy Gilmore” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

"The Waterboy" (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

“The Waterboy” (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

Adam Sandler was really funny during his heyday.

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3. Space Jam (1996)

"Space Jam" (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

“Space Jam” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Looney Tunes + MJ + Bill Murray. What’s not to love?

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2. Rocky III (1982)

"Rocky III" (Photo courtesy of MGM/UA/UIP)

“Rocky III” (Photo courtesy of MGM/UA/UIP)

Clubber Lang and Hulk Hogan.

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1. Rocky IV (1985)

"Rocky IV" (Photo courtesy of MGM/UA)

“Rocky IV” (Photo courtesy of MGM/UA)

DRAGOOOOOOO!!! And the Happy Birthday Paulie robot is kind of awesome.

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JOANNA’S FAVORITES

5. D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

"D3: The Mighty Ducks " (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures)

“D3: The Mighty Ducks ” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures/Buena Vista Pictures)

Starts with the W! This one’s always a winner, never work.

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4. Bring It On (2000)

"Bring it On" (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“Bring it On” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

That crappy ending (the Toros’ routine was leagues better!) notwithstanding, this movie has sassy lines, sexy moves, and Kirsten Dunst circa early ’00s. What more can you ask for?

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3. She’s the Man (2006)

"She's the Man" (Photo courtesy of DreamWorks)

“She’s the Man” (Photo courtesy of DreamWorks)

Unadulterated laughter all around.

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2. Blades of Glory (2007)

"Blades of Glory" (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

“Blades of Glory” (Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

At times borderline uncomfortable, but always, always hilarious.

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1. Rocky II (1979)

"Rocky II" (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

“Rocky II” (Photo courtesy of United Artists)

What a true champion feels like.

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JEN’S FAVORITES

5. Angels in the Outfield (1994)

Angels in the Outfield (Courtesy of

“Angels in the Outfield” (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

A thirteen year-old Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dr. Brown from Back to the Future as an angel, and minutes or so screen time of a young (and yes, shirtless) Matthew McConaughey–it’s the perfect guilty pleasure sports movie!

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4. Invictus (2009)

"Invictus" (Photo courtesy of

“Invictus” (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

In addition to being historically and socially significant, Invictus is as thrilling as it is uplifting.

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3. He Got Game (1998)

He Got Game (Courtesy of

“He Got Game” (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

The movie that made me fall in love with Ray Allen (Jesus Shuttlesworth!). It’s got basketball, drama, Denzel Washington and cameos from many basketball greats, including Michael Jordan!

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2. Remember the Titans (2000)

Remember the Titans (Courtesy of

“Remember the Titans” (Photo courtesy of Buena Vista Pictures)

Like a true sports movie classic, this movie makes you cheer, jeer, and cross your fingers for a win every single time.  (Plus: a young Ryan Gosling!)

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1. Jerry Maguire (1996)

Jerry Maguire (Courtesy of

“Jerry Maguire” (Photo courtesy of Tristar Pictures)

Tom Cruise in his prime.  Jonathan Lipnicki at his cutest. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s heart on his sleeve. Bruce Springsteen’s haunting “Secret Garden.” And Renee Zellweger making us believe that Tom Cruise can fall for the-girl-next-door. Oh, and the sports, too.  Jerry Maguire will make you cry, cheer, and cry again.

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