25 best sports movies ever

Lace up your trainers, then sit back down and enjoy some of film's finest sporting epics

There's more than to life than just the beautiful game. No, really. Here are 25 of the best sports movies that kick the point into the back of the net.

Youngblood (1986)

Before ice hockey rookie Dean Youngblood (fresh-faced Rob Lowe) can hold his stick high, he has to earn the acceptance of team top dog Patrick Swayze and toughen up to take on the league bully. However, sleeping with the coach’s jailbait daughter was optional.

Caddyshack (1980)

The most quotable sports movie ever – well, if you play golf. Michael O’Keefe is the caddy trying to pay for college, Chevy Chase is an oddball golfing genius and Rodney Dangerfield’s the crass outsider trying to bury the club’s stuffy rulebook, but it’s goofy greenkeeper Bill Murray and his gopher nemesis who steal the show.

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Happy Gilmore (1996)

Failing at Hockey doesn’t stop Happy conquering the golf course by bringing lad behaviour to a tour while trying to earn money to save his Grandma’s house. Wrestling a crocodile, fighting an OAP and killing a one-armed golf pro are all part of a film that never gets less funny – no matter how many times you watch it.

Escape to Victory (1981)

Sylvester Stallone and Michael Cane in the same film, and yet it works. Allied prisoners of war in Nazi-occupied France play the German National side while planning an elaborate escape. Think Great Escape with football where Sly is the goalkeeper and Pele plays himself, but even better than it sounds.

Field of Dreams (1989)

If you build it, he will come. That famous (and often misquoted) line from the film sums it up well. Kevin Costner plays a farmer who dreams he is told to build a baseball diamond and, despite everyone telling him he’s mad, he does and the Chicago Black Sox come. Feel good fun for all the family.

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