Part of what makes sports so great is their inherent unpredictability. Moments nobody could have seen coming become the stuff of legend, recognizable by immortal nicknames -- plays like the "Kick Six" and "The Block" come to mind from recent years. The plight of the many failed sports movies is not adequately depicting these types of incredible moments and backstories on the big screen, though those that succeed earn themselves a spot in cinematic lore.
There are comedic classics people have quoted for years -- think "Caddyshack" ("It's in the hole! It's in the hole!") and "Jerry Maguire" ("Show me the money!") -- as well as dramatic films that tell inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking stories, like "Rocky" and "Million Dollar Baby." Whether audiences laugh, cheer or cry, the great sports movies throughout history have endeared themselves to sports fans and film buffs alike.
But which sports movies stand above the rest? PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked the 90 greatest sports films of all time using its Smart Rating system. The Smart Rating is a score out of 100 that considers each movie's IMDb rating, Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer and Audience Scores, Gracenote rating, Metacritic Metascore and the inflation-adjusted U.S. box office gross. Only films with greater than 10,000 votes on IMDb were taken into consideration.
The list spans the spectrum of sports movies, from boxing epics to bowling comedies, trash-talking basketball bouts to groundbreaking documentaries. Four of the top 10 films are boxing movies, including one Academy Award-winning film for best picture. Join in as PrettyFamous counts down the best sports movies of all time, and feel free to let the team know which films you think got snubbed -- because everyone loves to root for the underdog.
Note: Ties appear due to rounding. Movie synopses are sourced from Gracenote, with minor edits.