Top 10 Sports Movies

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Why do we care so much about sports movies? We love them because they’re more than just a couple hours of motion-packed eye candy. They’re the stuff of inspiration, of locker room pep talks and senior quotes. They spark dreams, push us to new heights and… OK, OK.

Sometimes we just like the action shots. Who doesn’t?

That’s why we’ve compiled our top 10 list of the greatest sports movies. Discover fun facts about each and why they made the cut.

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Why it's listworthy: Stunning surfing footage and fierce female athletes. Plus: Actress Michelle Rodriguez did all her own stunts.
Hot quote: "Drew: You really think you can surf it for real out there? Anne Marie: Well Drew, I dated you, I guess I can do anything."
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You might also like: The Endless Summer

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Why it's listworthy: What other film makes you want to not only root for the underdog, but punch sides of beef and run around Philadelphia?
Hot quote: "Yo, Adrian!" -- Rocky
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You might also like: Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V...

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Why it's listworthy: Shows the birth of pro skateboarding through vintage footage and a sweet 70s rock soundtrack.
Hot quote: "There wouldn't be any X-Games. There wouldn't be any vert skating. There wouldn't be anything at all, if it wasn't for most of the boys I skated with and competed against, and that whole scene. That's where it all started." -- Tony Alva
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You might also like: Grind

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Why it's listworthy: Restores your faith in baseball. Brings some of the greatest players the game has ever seen back to life-- literally.
Hot quote: "If you build it, he will come." -- The Voice
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You might also like: The Natural

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Why it's listworthy: Rudy's too small and too poor to make it at Notre Dame football... and he does it anyway
Hot quote: "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around." -- Coach Dan Devine
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You might also like: Remember the Titans

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Why it's listworthy: Small-town boys basketball team takes the state championship? It's the American dream, baby. It's the American dream.
Hot quote: "I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners." -- Coach Norman Dale
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You might also like: Breaking Away

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Why it's listworthy: It taught people in the U.S. to actually like soccer, not to mention who David Beckham is and how you bend a kick like him.
Hot quote: "Joe: Where do you normally play? Jess: In the park. Joe: No... I meant what position?"
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You might also like: A League of their Own

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Why it's listworthy: The comic-book dialogue may be laughable, but the high-flying action sequences should be exhibit A in the case that cheer is a sport.
Hot quote: "Let's not put the 'duh' in dumb!" -- Courtney
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You might also like: Drumline

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Why it's listworthy: You get to watch two real teens go from junior high toward the NBA through six years of behind-the-scenes footage.
Hot quote: "People always say to me, 'when you get to the NBA, don't forget about me.' Well, I should've said back, 'if I don't make it to the NBA, don't you forget about me.'" -- William Gates
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You might also like: Running Down a Dream

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Why it's listworthy: What other movie inspired the founding of a real life pro sports team?
Hot quote: "Gordon Bombay: You think losing is funny?! Les Averman: Well not at first but once you get the hang of it."
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You might also like: The Bad News Bears

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