Sports Legends in the Movies

Few things are more inspiring than a good sports story -- especially when it's true. This list of all-star athlete movies about real-life sports legends is sure to have you and your kids cheering.

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The Jackie Robinson Story Movie Poster Image
1950s biopic feel naive, but Robinson plays himself.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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The Rookie Movie Poster Image
Sweet, engaging true story more appealing to tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Short Game Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Cool Runnings Movie Poster Image
Delightful, tween-friendly story of Jamaican bobsledders.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg Movie Poster Image
This gem will lift the spirits of baseball fans.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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Miracle Movie Poster Image
Moving story of the 1980 Olympic hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2004)
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Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive Movie Poster Image
Clean sports documentary is inspiring but a little bland.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Year of the Yao Movie Poster Image
Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports docu with great role model; one F word.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Red Army Movie Poster Image
Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Brian and the Boz Movie Poster Image
Smart docu about controversial football player's redemption.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Invincible Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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A League of Their Own Movie Poster Image
Terrific story of women's baseball has great messages.
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(Release Year: 1992)
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I Am Bolt Movie Poster Image
Winning docu celebrates world's fastest man; mild cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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McFarland, USA Movie Poster Image
Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Remember the Titans Movie Poster Image
Inspiring football drama brings history to life.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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42 Movie Poster Image
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Inspiring Jackie Robinson biopic has great messages.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Chariots of Fire Movie Poster Image
Brilliant true story of 1924 Olympic footrace.
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(Release Year: 1981)
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Rudy Movie Poster Image
Inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
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(Release Year: 1993)
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Manny Movie Poster Image
Boxing docu glorifies Pacquiao but skims the surface.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Moneyball Movie Poster Image
Fantastic, inspiring baseball drama covers all its bases.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Prefontaine Movie Poster Image
Legendary runner's story is compelling, tragic.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Seabiscuit Movie Poster Image
An inspiring story for teens and up.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Battle of the Sexes Movie Poster Image
Moving dramedy serves up sexism, sexuality; lots of smoking.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Cinderella Man Movie Poster Image
Gritty boxing saga not for the faint of heart.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Crash Reel Movie Poster Image
Pro snowboarder's rise and fall is sobering and inspiring.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Ali Movie Poster Image
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Brutal fight scenes and frank racial issues.
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(Release Year: 2001)
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