Empire's 50 Greatest Sports Movies

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"Ah, sport. Small boys in the park, jumpers for goalposts, a desperate last shot on target as the seconds tick down on the clock – or some combination of such ingredients, anyway. The sports movie is the perfect vehicle for tales of competition, triumph, desire and despair – and what could be more film friendly than that? Ahead of this summer's biggest sporting event, we took a look at the best sports films ever made..."

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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Chariots of Fire

    1981, in 12 top lists Check
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    Rocky

    1976, in 19 top lists Check
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    Senna

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    Moneyball

    2011, in 3 top lists Check
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    Friday Night Lights

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Hustler

    1961, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

    2004, in 2 top lists Check
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    Field of Dreams

    1989, in 8 top lists Check
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    Jerry Maguire

    1996, in 7 top lists Check
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    Slap Shot

    1977, in 1 top list Check
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    Bull Durham

    1988, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Wrestler

    2008, in 4 top lists Check
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    Hoop Dreams

    1994, in 14 top lists Check
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    Any Given Sunday

    1999, in 0 top lists Check
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    Gregory's Girl

    1980, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Fighter

    2010, in 3 top lists Check
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    This Sporting Life

    1963, in 8 top lists Check
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    Kingpin

    1996, in 1 top list Check
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    Warrior

    2011, in 3 top lists Check
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    Hoosiers

    1986 — a.k.a. Best Shot, in 3 top lists Check
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    Rollerball

    1975, in 4 top lists Check
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    The Natural

    1984, in 2 top lists Check
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    Murderball

    2005, in 1 top list Check
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    Cool Runnings

    1993, in 0 top lists Check
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    Victory

    1981 — a.k.a. Escape to victory, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

    1962, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Rookie

    2002, in 0 top lists Check
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    Whip It

    2009, in 0 top lists Check
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    When We Were Kings

    1996, in 5 top lists Check
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    Big Wednesday

    1978 — a.k.a. Summer of Innocence, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Damned United

    2009, in 1 top list Check
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    24 7: Twenty Four Seven

    1997, in 0 top lists Check
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    Tin Cup

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    Siu Lam juk kau

    2001 — a.k.a. Shaolin Soccer, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Bad News Bears

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Major League

    1989, in 0 top lists Check
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    Eight Men Out

    1988, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ali

    2001, in 1 top list Check
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    Downhill Racer

    1969, in 1 top list Check
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    The Champion

    1915 — a.k.a. Battling Charlie, in 0 top lists Check
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    Miracle

    2004, in 1 top list Check
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    Girlfight

    2000, in 4 top lists Check
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    Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

    2001 — a.k.a. Land Tax, in 9 top lists Check
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    Breaking Away

    1979, in 7 top lists Check
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    Redbelt

    2008, in 0 top lists Check
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    Happy Gilmore

    1996, in 0 top lists Check
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    A League of Their Own

    1992, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Longest Yard

    1974, in 1 top list Check
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    National Velvet

    1944, in 4 top lists Check
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