25 best sports movies ever

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

Breaking Away (1979)

In the no man's land between school and the rest of their lives, Dave Stoller and his friends regularly clash with the local university students. Obsessed with cycling, he transforms his existence into that of an Italian road racer, even though he lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Remember the Titans (2000)

Tensions run high in a recently desegregated high school in Virginia in 1971 as new American football coach Denzel Washington takes charge. Predictably, interracial tensions get in the way of success until everybody finds a way to get along but there's plenty of drama and grid iron action along the way.

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Directed by Clint Eastwood. Co-produced by Clint Eastwood. Music by Clint Eastwood. And starring – you guessed it – Clint Eastwood. Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman propped up the Eastwood-heavy credits, and the three scooped four Oscars between them. Oh, and it’s about boxing.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

By now you’re either singing the uplifting score of this seminal athletics Brit flick, or you haven’t seen it. If it’s the latter, lace up your running shoes and hotfoot it down to Blockbusters pronto.

Invictus (2009)

Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon pair up as Nelson Mandela and South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar to reconstruct the events of the 1995 Rugby World Cup against a backdrop of freshly boshed apartheid. Inspirational tale that’s well worth a try. Get it? We’re here all week.

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