Best Sports Movies to Watch While You’re Waiting for Pro Sports to Return

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25. The Blind Side (2009)
> Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw
> Sport: Football
> Runtime: 129 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Fandango, Sling TV, Freeform

“The Blind Side” is a feel-good movie that tells the story of a couple from Memphis, Tennessee, who took traumatized teen Michael Oher — who eventually became a first-round NFL draft pick and Super Bowl champion — under their wing. Sandra Bullock’s strong performance won her an Oscar for Best Actress. The movie has a 7.6 out of 10 rating on IMDb and 85% of users on Rotten Tomatoes liked it.

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24. McFarland, USA (2015)
> Starring: Kevin Costner, Maria Bello, Ramiro Rodriguez
> Sport: Cross-country running
> Runtime: 129 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, Starz, DIRECTV

Kevin Costner starred in this uplifting movie from Disney based on a true story about a former high school football coach who moves to an economically distressed community in California and turns the cross-country team into a champion. Though some critics thought “McFarland, USA” was a bit formulaic, those on Rotten Tomatoes awarded the film a Freshness score of 81%, while 88% of audiences liked the movie.

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23. Caddyshack (1980)
> Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray
> Sport: Golf
> Runtime: 98 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Sling TV, Amazon Video

The comedy classic about the goings on at an elite golf club (the fictional Bushwood Country Club) has entertained audiences for the past 40 years, including 87% of those who rated it on Rotten Tomatoes. At least two of those involved in the making of the film had extremely limited experience with golf — director Harold Ramis reportedly only played twice prior to making “Caddyshack” and star Chevy Chase said he had “never gone for golf” and “was more of a tennis player.”

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22. A League of Their Own (1992)
> Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty
> Sport: Baseball
> Runtime: 128 min
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, Fandango

“A League of Their Own” is a women’s sports movie, not a common genre back in 1992. Jill Rachlin from Entertainment Weekly calls the movie “a celebration of sport for sport’s sake.” The movie is about the first female professional baseball league, launched in 1943 when men were away fighting in World War Two. Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna, and directed by Penny Marshall, “A League of Their Own” has a 78% score among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 84% among fans.

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21. Friday Night Lights (2004)
> Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke
> Sport: Football
> Runtime: 118 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, HBO Go, HBO Now, HBO Now Amazon Channel, HBO Max

“Friday Night Lights,” based on a book by H.G. Bissinger, followed the triumphs and tribulations of the Permian High School football team, which carried the hopes of the economically downtrodden city of Odessa, Texas. The film starred Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Best Writer, “Sling Blade”) and holds a Freshness rating of 81% among Rotten Tomatoes critics, with 85% of audiences entertained by the movie. It has a 7.2 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.