10. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
> Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
> Sport: Boxing
> Runtime: 132 min
> Available on: Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Apple iTunes, HBO Max
Clint Eastwood directs “Million Dollar Baby” about a poor 31-year-old woman who is determined to become a professional boxer, only to have her promising career cut short by a tragic injury. The movie won four of the biggest categories — Best Picture, Best Actress (Hilary Swank), Best Supporting Actor (Morgan Freeman), and Best Director. It has a Freshness rating of 91% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 90% of audiences liked it.
9. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
> Starring: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth
> Sport: Baseball
> Runtime: 128 min
> Available on: Hoopla, Microsoft Store, Criterion Channel, Amazon Video, Amazon Prime Video
Gary Cooper starred as Lou Gehrig, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame first baseman whose career was cut short by the neuromuscular disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Oscar-winning movie is a tribute to the courage Gehrig displayed in the face of the crippling disease. “The Pride of the Yankees” has a Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics of 93% and 89% of audiences liked the film. It has a rating of 7.7 out of 10 among IMDb users.
8. Breaking Away (1979)
> Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern
> Sport: Cycling
> Runtime: 101 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW
“Breaking Away” is a coming-of-age movie about a cycling enthusiast in Indiana who dreams of riding with a team of renowned Italian cyclists while he pursues his love interest who has gone away to Indiana University. The film featured emerging stars Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern. It holds a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating among critics of 94% and 88% of audiences liked the movie. The movie has a 7.7 rating out of 10 among IMDb users.
7. The Big Lebowski (1998)
> Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
> Sport: Bowling
> Runtime: 117 min
> Available on: Vudu, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Fandango, Starz, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, FlixFling
While perhaps better classified as a “sports-adjacent” movie, there is no greater loved film to feature the sport of bowling more centrally than the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski.” Lead character Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) — who is subjected to an absurd chain of events after being mistaken for a much wealthier man named Lebowski — is a dedicated bowler who plays in an organized league. The movie has a rating of 8.1 out of 10 on IMDb and was given a positive rating by 94% of users who reviewed it on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. The Wrestler (2008)
> Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
> Sport: Wrestling
> Runtime: 109 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, FandangoNOW, Redbox
Critics praise Mickey Rourke for his “astounding,” “career-reviving” performance as a popular wrestler who suffers a heart attack and is forced to retire, but struggles with his new life. The movie, which was directed by Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), has a 7.9 out of 10 rating on IMDb. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave “The Wrestler” a 98% Freshness rating while 88% of audiences liked the movie.