The 11 Greatest Underdog Sports
Movies Ever

Moneyball may be a great movie about an underdog sports franchise. But will it measure up to the best underdog sports movies ever?

By Matt Christensen

The 11 Greatest Underdog Sports Movies Ever Moneyball

The movie Moneyball is the mostly true story of the Oakland Athletics and their unconventional approach to winning: Hiring the handsomest goddamned general manager baseball had ever seen.

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At least, that’s what happens in the movie. In real life, the team used goofy statistics to find undervalued players that they could actually afford. Point is, the Oakland Athletics were underdogs, Moneyball isn’t typically mentioned as one of the greatest underdog or most inspirational sports movies of all time.

For that to have happen, it would have had to equal the greatness of the films on this list of the greatest underdog sports movies ever. If you think we’ve gotten it wrong, let us know in the comments.

Oh, and spoiler alert etc. etc.

Inspirational Sports Movie: Rudy#11. Rudy (1993)
Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is 5’6” and 165 pounds. His best friend is killed in a steel mill explosion. His girlfriend dumps him for his brother. Oh, and he’s dyslexic. So he definitely qualifies as an underdog in his quest to play for the Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish.

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But he works hard, prays to Touchdown Jesus, and repeatedly tells his coaches, “I can do it, coach!” until he achieves his goal. And before you start getting all agro about this movie only being at #11 on our list, keep in mind that Notre Dame, Sean Astin, and relentless overachievers all start to be pretty annoying after two hours.

TAGS: Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen, inspirational sports movies, movies, sports, Sylvester Stallone, underdog


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Matt Shoom-Kirsch (Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:43:51 +0000): Not sure how Kingpin makes this list. Karate Kid has to be there.
Mickey Figueroa (Sat, 15 Oct 2011 12:37:44 +0000): Rudy still moves as if I'm watching for the first time. Like me you cant put a good little man down.
Mitch Jurecki (Thu, 05 Jan 2012 20:37:37 +0000): IP MAN!
Clybourn Porkins (Thu, 09 Feb 2012 08:59:18 +0000): It's funny because the "Rudy" story, is about 90% fake. Research it.
Wesley Lueders (Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:35:39 +0000): Dude, Slap Shot is one of my all time favorites! Time to put on some foil.....
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Jeff Swan (Thu, 15 Mar 2012 05:31:19 +0000): " The Longest Yard" ( 1974 ) starring Burt Reynolds. Convicts against Prison Guards! one of the best underdog movies! Mean Machine, Mean Machine.. MEAN MACHINE!
Barry Andrews (Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:42:24 +0000): No way Rudy just like Forest Gump. Where's the mention of him and his ping pong?
Barry Andrews (Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:42:58 +0000): I tell you they are all true stories.
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Steroids (Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:25:36 +0000): going to download Rudy tonight hadn't even heard of it before reading this.


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