The 10 Best Sports Movies For People With Zero Interest In Sports

Today is the 15 anniversary of Remember the Titans (2000), a classic football movie. But more importantly, it's a classic sports film that even the most athletically disinterested person can enjoy. I, for instance, have watched this film approximately 150 million times, and I still have no idea what their obviously inspirational "left side, strong side" chant is all about. Is the left side of a football field the one where you score the goals? Are the best football players all left-handed? Or maybe this is implying their left side is weak, and the strength of their right side is so intense, that it doesn't need further labeling?

The good news is that you don't need to understand the chant to enjoy the film. You just need an appreciation for classic '60s songs and Denzel Washington's determined stare. And there are plenty more movies that can be found in the "sports film" section of your streaming platform of choice in which even the least-interested athletic individual among us will find something to enjoy.

Does it smell like team spirit in here? Yes, yes it does.
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The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot is about baseball the way Sex and the City is about shopping. It's there. There are the trappings of sports. But even if you've never sat through a sibling's little league game, it'll make you nostalgic for your childhood (only real '60s kids will get this).
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Angels in the Outfield (1994)

Why is Field of Dreams the free pass guys get for a tearjerker, and not Angels in the Outfield? It's like some kind of American Ninja Warrior-style challenge of holding in your emotions. Will you cry when baby Joseph Gordon-Levitt is abandoned by his father? Or when you learn that the even smaller, more adorable child once lived in a car? Oh, and what about when the star player doesn't realize he has cancer? Because if none of that gets you, the dramatic music will.
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Rookie of the Year (1993)

Oh, to be a fly on the wall at this pitch meeting. Not to be confused with the Dennis Quaid film, The Rookie, which is all about abandoned dreams, Rookie of the Year is about a sixth grader allowed to play major league baseball after a broken arm basically becomes his radioactive spider bite. We're tempted to search through old issues of Time magazine to find the think piece, "Will New Film Spark Pre-Teen Arm Breaking Fad?"
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Fever Pitch (2005)

Although technically it was about sports fanatics, this is actually a pretty interesting study on fans and fandom in general. At what point does a hobby become an obsession? If it looks crazy to people outside of the fandom, but not within, is it? Also, oh my god, look at how young Jimmy Fallon was!
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Air Bud (1997)

The film that spawned 1,000 sequels, and even more puns. This heartwarming tale probably had more than one well-meaning '90s kid pelting their pet with sports equipment. I have to address the largest lie of the trailer, however — Buddy and his young owner are not unlikely friends. A lonely kid and a stray dog are actually the most likely to become friends.
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Cool Runnings (1993)

A quick way to improve your day is to pepper, "I'm feeling very Olympic today" into your everyday conversations. What's great about this movie (besides John Candy and the racers' song that was been stuck in my head since the late '90s) is the fact that it doesn't stick to the normal inspirational sports movie ending. And, it's still totally inspirational.
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Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

More than 13 years later, and David Beckham is still a household name (well, households that appreciate gorgeous soccer players). This extreme girl power movie is what inspired droves of 2000s teens and preteens to go online and Google feminism?
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Win-Win (2011)

One of the most underappreciated (though it did get some love from Sundance) films of the last 10 years, Win-Win is a great character study of a man doing the wrong thing for equally right and wrong reasons. Plus, there's some high school wrestling, which looks very dangerous for something that's school sanctioned.
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The Karate Kid (1984)

This one is so much more than a vehicle to launch hundreds of "wax on, wax off" references. It's one of the best depictions of a multi-generational friendship on film. And its soundtrack is the '80s boiled down to its purest form.
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A League of Their Own (1992)

There is crying in baseball, though, even without women involved. Grown men cry — without shame — when their team losses. This is an important moment in history that 99 percent less people would know about without the help of Penny Marshall.
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