Good movies click when the conflict is convincing, and nothing draws out conflict like competitive sports.
There have been hundreds of sports movies made, and picking the best ones was a challenge. The choices here include films that focus on baseball, football, basketball, bicycling, hockey, boxing, professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Yes, a lot of punches are thrown.
Whether the teams or individuals are professionals or amateurs, all these films feature some version of a story that includes an underdog, redemption or reaping the benefits of long hours training, practicing and perfecting a craft. You may have your own picks for sports flicks that deserve top billing, but you’ll be hard-pressed to disagree with the movies listed (alphabetically) here.