25 best sports movies ever

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Two boys in inner city Chicago, Arthur Agee and William Gates, have their sights set on becoming NBA basketball players. This documentary follows the boys, their families and their coaches over five years as they chase the basketball version of the American Dream.

Bull Durham (1988)

Before Field of Dreams, Costner had already starred in one of the finest baseball movies ever. In Bull Durham he’s an ageing catcher vying with young-and-dumb pitcher Tim Robbins for the affections of local bike Susan Sarandon. She likes a minor-leaguer does our Susan.

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Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006)

Like a pretentious version of Sky’s now defunct Player Cam, A 21st Century Portrait follows World Cup headbutter Zinedine Zidane for a full 90 minutes, to a moody soundtrack by Scottish post-rockers Mogwai. At least, it does until he gets sent off at the end for piling into a ruck.

Slap Shot (1977)

Violence never solved anything, except the problem of how to turn around the fortunes of a failing ice hockey team. Paul Newman plays a silver-tongued little league manager who tells his players that their team is up for sale and then turns it into the most thuggish in the league.

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

Drama based on the life and career of cycling Scot Graeme Obree which follows his attempts to break the world one hour distance record. Battling with Chris Boardman (now a Tour de France pundit and bike brand), he even builds a custom bike which uses washing machine parts in his bid to go faster.

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