So many lists of the best sports movies focus on only a few great American pastimes—baseball, football, boxing, and more baseball. As far as giving a cinematic nod to the great films, it’s a fair collection. But the critics are missing something: the great breadth of films about competitive athletes in other events, from cycling to skiing, auto racing, golf and, yes, bobsledding.
We compiled a list of the all-time best movies across a wide range of sports and then narrowed it down to our favorite films for each, from our national pastime (The Natural or Bull Durham?), to the sweet science (Raging Bull or Rocky?) to those unsung athletes (Breaking Away or, well, some sports were easier than others). Here, a highly debatable list of the best.
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