We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 sports movies from 2000-2010. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Blades of Glory (2007) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes
The world of competitive figure skating is brutal, and it’s also at the center of Ferrell’s best sports comedy (Taladega Nights is a close second). I never thought I’d see The Cutting Edge made palatable, but it’s laugh out loud funny even today, and you’ll still get laughs next Halloween in these costumes.
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jon Heder
9. The Fighter (2010) 90% at Rotten Tomatoes
Rocky is a winning storyline, and that underdog fighter formula is done to perfection by Wahlberg. Micky Ward’s battle to be the best professional boxer on the planet doesn’t end with you knowing his name like Mike Tyson. Learn why in this great boxing flick.
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Amy Adams, Christian Bale
8. Murderball (2005) 98% at Rotten Tomatoes
You’ve never seen anything like Murderball, the documentary of the US paraplegic full-contact rugby team. It’s so brutal, they lovingly name it literally murderball, because rugby isn’t rough enough to describe it. Critics and audiences love it, and you’ll never look at someone in a wheelchair the same again.
Director: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Starring: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan
7. Seabiscuit (2003) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Period pieces are hard to pull off, unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to have a fascinating tale centered around the most storied racing horse in our country. Fresh off Spider-Man, Maguire gives one of many great performances in this inspiring story.
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Toby Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks
6. Cinderella Man (2005) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Before it was a song by Eminem, Cinderella Man was the real-life inspiration of the film Rocky. James Braddock is the original white underdog boxer from the 1930s, and this stylized piece will make you forget Zellweger’s squinchy face.
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Craig Bierko
5. Million Dollar Baby (2004) 91% at Rotten Tomatoes
You’ve seen nearly as many Million Dollar Baby spoofs in your life as The Matrix at this point. That’s because this movie about how two women suffer for their dad’s grudge makes your jaw drop, even when you know it’s coming. Check out Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the best spoof.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman
4. Pride (2007) 45% at Rotten Tomatoes
When a college educated coach decides to start a swim team for trouble teens, it creates a rift in the city of 1970s Philadelphia. Basically Remember the Titans in a pool, this movie was lambasted by critics only because that movie already existed. Now that they both do, choose this much more entertaining version.
Director: Sunu Gonera
Starring: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise
3. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) 85% at Rotten Tomatoes
Whether you know it as futbol, football, or soccer, we can all agree women look better playing it. Knightley proves this quickly in the story of a traditional Indian girl in London who eschews her orthodox family traditions for the love of the game.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
2. Miracle (2004) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
The cliched story of American hockey taking on the mighty Russians and somehow pulling off a victory sparked the now infamous Al Michaels line, “Do you believe in a miracle? Yes!” Now it’s a Disney movie that sums up the entire cold war era and every inspiring sports movie ever made.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Eddie Cahill
1. The Wrestler (2008) 49% at Rotten Tomatoes
Most sports movies focus on the team coming together to victory. The Wrestler is the one shining example of a focus on the actual industry of sports and those breaking their bodies to stay involved in it. It’s one of the best movies of all time.
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood