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Raging Bull

Directed by Martin Scorsese | Rated R | 129 min | 1980

An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it.


Rocky

Directed by John G. Avildsen | Rated PG | 120 min | 1976

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.


Chariots of Fire

Directed by Hugh Hudson | Rated PG | 125 min | 1981

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.


Million Dollar Baby

Directed by Clint Eastwood | Rated PG-13 | 132 min | 2004

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.


The Hustler

Directed by Robert Rossen | 134 min | 1961

An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match.


The Wrestler

Directed by Darren Aronofsky | Rated R | 109 min | 2008

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.


Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations

Directed by Leni Riefenstahl | Rated N/A | 111 min | 1938

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.


Creed

Directed by Ryan Coogler | Rated PG-13 | 133 min | 2015

The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.


Love & Basketball

Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood | Rated PG-13 | 124 min | 2000

In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad. Their love-hate relationship lasts into high school, with ...


Hoop Dreams

Directed by Steve James | Rated PG-13 | 170 min | 1994

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.


Breaking Away

Directed by Peter Yates | Rated PG | 101 min | 1979

A small-town boy obsessed with the Italian cycling team vies for the affections of a college girl.


This Sporting Life

Directed by Lindsay Anderson | 134 min | 1963

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.


The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Directed by Tony Richardson | Rated N/A | 104 min | 1962

A juvenile offender impresses the reform school Governor with running abilities. He is in turn given special privileges to encourage him to win a race against the local public school, but he is therefore teased his fellow rebellious peers.


Fat City

Directed by John Huston | Rated PG | 100 min | 1972

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.


The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Directed by Seth Gordon | Rated PG-13 | 79 min | 2007

Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.


Bull Durham

Directed by Ron Shelton | Rated R | 108 min | 1988

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

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