25 best sports movies ever

Olympia (1938)

The first Olympic documentary ever made wasn’t just a (slightly skewed) account of the (politically charged) 1936 Berlin Olympics – it pioneered many common cinematic techniques, including smash cuts and extreme close-ups. Legendary.

Cool Runnings (1993)

Underdog athletes with rubbish Jamaican accents, a disgraced coach played by John Candy and an unbelievable plot very loosely based on the true story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsledding team, make this a real feel good movie guaranteed to make you laugh.

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Any Given Sunday (1999)

What do you do when you're the star quarterback of the Miami Sharks, only to be made obsolete by a younger, fitter rookie who also happens to be horribly arrogant, deluded and driven by money and fame? Just ask Dennis Quaid.

Pride of the Yankees (1942)

A biopic depicting the life and career of "the Iron Man of baseball", Lou Gehrig, begins with a young whipper snapper with pro baseball aspirations. It ends with a heartfelt farewell to fans after being diagnosed with amytrophic lateral sclerosis (now known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). Warning: you may shed a tear or two.

The Damned United (2009)

Before the invention of WAGS and prostitution scandals there was real football. Adapted from David Peace's best selling book, the story deals with Brian Clough's time at Leeds United. After 44 days he was fired. Not something you'd really want to put on your CV, is it?

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