Few things are better than an outstanding sports movie. The drama---the triumph---the emotion---the (sometimes) comedy. Sports are a powerful thing and movies that highlight the drama in and out of the game are worth both recognizing and seeing again and again. Here are the best of the best.
Seabiscuit: Based on a true story and the all-time great book by Laura Hillenbrand, this move about an undersized Depression-era racehorse is outstanding in every way, despite how boring a movie about an undersized Depression-era racehorse might sound.
White Men Can't Jump: An excellent and hilarious comedy about two dudes conning people on the basketball court. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are excellent and so charming in these roles. It's the kind of movie you can watch over and over again with some (amazingly bad) early 90's style only Zach Morris would be impressed by.
The Mighty Ducks: Your typical nothing to something sports movie, but done with so much Disney charm and humor you can't help but route for this. If you grew up with this film, chances are you adore it. If you didn't, you shouldn't ignore it. Plot is simple---a hot shot lawyer who never loses in the courtroom is forced to teach a ragtag youth hockey team that is less than impressive.
Remember The Titans: A great movie on football, race relations in America, and triumph. Amazing in every way plus you get Denzel Washington being Denzel Washington.
The Karate Kid: A martial arts master teaches a kid being bullied the art of karate. Sure, it has little bit of 80's movie cheese, but it's just so so good and basically the opposite of the Jayden Smith remake.
Rocky: A simple, powerful, and enjoyable movie about a small-time boxer who gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion. You know it. You love it. An all-time great.
The Sandlot: Just an amazing movie on friendship, baseball, growing up, and being teammates. If The Sandlot comes on TV, you can't resist it. Ever.
Warrior: With terrific performances from Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton---this MMA focused movie is absolutely outstanding and heartbreaking, even if you have no interest in UFC or Tapout t-shirts.
Field Of Dreams: Try and watch this movie and not cry your eyes out. It can't happen. Beautiful, powerful, and emotional, it's about an Iowa corn farmer who hears voices and interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields. It sounds like of silly but is truly such an amazing flick.
Caddyshack: With a cast of Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Ted Knight, and Rodney Dangerfield---this golf focused comedy is something you can literally watch every single month and never get sick of. Not only the greatest sports movie, but one of, if not THE greatest comedies.
BONUS: Not a movie, but Friday Night Lights (the tv show) is the best sports anything ever created. Binge watch it on Netflix if you haven't seen it already. You'll love every second of it.