We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 sports movies from 1990-2000. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Cool Runnings (1993) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
A Jamaican sprinter is disqualified for the Olympic team after a runner in another lane falls and trips him. So he and his friend Sanka, a box car racer, enlist the help of a disgraced American bobsled coach. Soon, the first Jamaican bobsled team is competing in the Winter Olympics
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: Leon, Doug E. Doug, John Candy
9. Kingpin (1996) 50% at Rotten Tomatoes
Roy Munson was destined to be the greatest bowler in the world, until rival Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray) causes him to lose his bowling hand. Now bitter and with a prosthetic hand, he runs into an Amish bowler who just may be his ticket back to the top.
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel
8. Jerry Maguire (1996) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
A top sports agent is fired after an epiphany leads him to realize quality relationships with fewer clients is the best way to be. The only client who sticks with him is AZ Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell, and they form the personal bond his manifesto described.
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr.
7. BASEketball (1998) 42% at Rotten Tomatoes
Coop and Remer are losers until they inadvertently start the hottest sport on the planet – basketball using baseball rules. Soon they’re heading the Milwaukee Beers in a professional league and fighting a greedy billionaire team owner from Dallas who wants to corporatize and ruin the whole thing.
Director: David Zucker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Yasmine Bleeth
6. Above the Rim (1994) 53% at Rotten Tomatoes
Kyle Lee Watson is a promising high school basketball star who’s getting involved with a powerful drug dealer Birdie. Birdie’s brother, a washed up security guard who’s dating his mom, keeps him on the good path so he can get a basketball scholarship to Georgetown.
Director: Jeff Pollack
Starring: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur
5. Space Jam (1996) 38% at Rotten Tomatoes
The owner of Moron Mountain needs new popular attractions, so he sends his Nerdlucks out to kidnap the Looney Tune cast. Bugs tricks them into playing basketball for their freedom, which seems great until they steal the powers of NBA players to become the Monstars. Now Bugs and the gang have to team with Michael Jordan to defeat the villains.
Director: Joe Pytka
Starring: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Billy West
4. Sandlot (1993) 57% at Rotten Tomatoes
A group of rowdy kids has a baseball team that sticks together even off the sandlot baseball field. When Smalls steals his stepdad’s Babe Ruth-autographed baseball, it’s hit into the yard of “the beast,” a dog rumored to have killed any kid who tried to enter the yard. He has no choice but to face his fears, and the reward is worth it.
Director: David Mickey Evans
Starring: Tom Guiry, James Earl Jones, Art LaFleur
3. A League of Their Own (1992) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
When the men are all enlisted to fight in World War II, women take over all the vacant jobs, including professional baseball players. Everyone mocks them, and even team manager Jimmy Dugan doesn’t believe it’s real. But Dottie Hinson has an ace up her sleeve to wake the country up and save the league.
Director: Penny Marshall
Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna
2. Rudy (1993) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Most people in Daniel Ruettiger’s hometown end up working at the steel mill, but he has bigger dreams of playing football for Notre Dame. Unfortunately, he’s too small and his grades too low to make the team. His drive eventually gets him on the team, although he only gets one play at the end of the game, when it’s already won.
Director: David Anspaugh
Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Charles S Dutton
1. White Men Can’t Jump (1992) 76% at Rotten Tomatoes
Billy is a former college basketball standout who’s now hustling on the streets when he runs into Sydney, another hustler who manages to con him. They eventually team up and take on a street basketball championship to earn the money to fix all their problems.
Director: Ron Shelton
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez