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

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5. Rush (2013)
> Starring: Daniel Brühl, Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde
> Sport: Car racing
> Runtime: 123 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, AMC on Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, HBO Max, Amazon Video, HBO Now Amazon Channel

Oscar winner Ron Howard (“A Beautiful Mind”) directed this sports drama about the legendary rivalry between two of the most popular Formula One drivers of the 1970s — fun-loving James Hunt, played by Chris Hemsworth, and disciplined Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl. Wesley Morris from Grantland described the movie’s script as a “speculative duet built around a moment of newsworthiness.” “Rush” has a Freshness rating of 88% among both critics and fans.

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4. Moneyball (2011)
> Starring: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill
> Sport: Baseball
> Runtime: 133 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, Starz, Amazon Video, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Redbox, FandangoNOW, FlixFling

“Moneyball,” nominated for six Oscars and based on the book by Michael Lewis, told the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who tried to build a winning team in a small market by using computer-based analysis and data. Sharply written and keenly observed by Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, the movie has a Freshness score among Rotten Tomatoes critics of 94% and 86% of audiences liked the film. It has a rating of 7.6 out of 10 among nearly 350,000 IMDb users.

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3. Love & Basketball (2000)
> Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman
> Sport: Basketball
> Runtime: 124 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Amazon Video, DIRECTV, Redbox, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW

The feature debut from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood expertly mixes sports and romance as we watch the intertwined lives of athletes Quincy and Monica over a number of years. While critics delivered a respectable Freshness rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, audience members really took to the film, giving it 95% positive reviews. In addition to seeking actors who had experience playing basketball, Prince-Bythewood had performers with limited athletic ability train with coaches prior to filming.

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2. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
> Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal
> Sport: Car racing
> Runtime: 152 min
> Available on: Amazon Video, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Movies, YouTube, Redbox, FandangoNOW, DIRECTV, HBO Now Amazon Channel, HBO Max, HBO Go, HBO Now

“Ford v Ferrari,” directed by James Mangold, tells the remarkable true story of American car designer Carroll Shelby (Oscar winner Matt Damon) and British driver Ken Miles (Oscar winner Christian Bale) preparing for the grueling 24-hour auto race in Le Mans, France. The two overcome many struggles to build and drive cars representing Ford Motor Company and the then-dominant Italian Ferrari. The movie has a Freshness rating of 92% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and 98% of audiences liked it.

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1. Raging Bull (1980)
> Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
> Sport: Boxing
> Runtime: 129 min
> Available on: Apple iTunes, Vudu, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, YouTube, Microsoft Store, Tribeca Shortlist, AMC on Demand, Pluto TV, VUDU Free, Redbox, The Roku Channel, Criterion Channel, FandangoNOW

“Raging Bull” is considered by many to be the best sports movie ever and one of the best films of the 1980s. Director Martin Scorsese shot it in black and white to underscore the grim and violent life of champion boxer Jake LaMotta inside and outside the ring. Many critics believe the film is the greatest collaboration of Scorsese and Robert De Niro, and it holds a 93% approval rating among critics and audiences alike on Rotten Tomatoes. It has an exceptional rating of 8.2 out of 10 among nearly 311,000 critics on Rotten Tomatoes.