The 20 Funniest Sports Movies of All Time
Is it me, or are movies just getting lazier and lazier by the day?
It seems like there are no original ideas left anymore. It's the summer, there should be blockbuster movies left and right.
Instead we're left with remakes of The A-Team and Predators—things we've already seen a thousand times. And I don't know about you, but I'm not standing in line for hours with all the teeny boppers to watch the new Twilight movie.
Maybe I'm just getting old. But when I stumbled across Caddyshack the other night, it made me miss the old days when movies were actually entertaining and comedies were actually funny.
So it got me and the other editors at B/R thinking...what are the funniest movies of all time—specifically, what are the funniest sports movies?
Without further ado, let's get right into today's countdown: the top 20 sports comedies. Let's start at the bottom...
20. A League of Their Own
It's definitely not one of the greatest baseball movies of all time, but A League of Their Own has its moments.
Tom Hanks' classic "there's no crying in baseball" line has been spoofed approximately 3,489 times since the movie's inception, including the classic Baseball Tonight commercial with Harold Reynolds and Karl Ravech.
And we can't underestimate the unintentional comedy aspect of Rosie O'Donnell and Madonna as actual baseball players.
19. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Admittedly, I'm not a big Will Ferrell fan when it comes to his roles in sports related movies. Semi-Pro and Blades of Glory weren't exactly my cup of tea.
But there's something about Talladega Nights that sets it just a little further apart from the aforementioned films.
Maybe it's the southern twang that always gets a laugh out of me.
Maybe it's the fact that Borat is playing the French F-1 driver that rivals the protagonist.
Maybe it's that the main character is named Ricky Bobby, which definitely sounds like the prototypical NASCAR name.
Whatever it is, Talladega Nights deserves some recognition on this list.
18. Jerry Maguire
It's one of the most highly debated movies of all time. Even to this day, no one really knows the answer: is Jerry Maguire a comedy, a sports movie, or a chick flick?
Because of the appearances of Mel Kiper Jr., Mike Tirico, and Drew Rosenhaus (just to name a few), we're calling it a sports film for purposes of this list.
The part where Jerry freaks out and has his "who's coming with me?" moment is always burned in my mind (although that could be because it's spoofed in Half-Baked).
And of course, any scene with Rod Tidwell steals the show.
So whatever you want to view it as, it's a movie that both you and your significant other can enjoy. You'll have a laugh, she'll shed a tear...good times all around.
17. Tin Cup
Much like Jerry Maguire, Tin Cup is a movie that fringes on the line between sports and chick flick.
Even though it's not that great, for some reason I always stop flipping channels whenever I come across it.
There's something inexplicable about it. The ending isn't memorable and there aren't any standout moments.
Maybe it's Cheech Marin. In fact, that has to be it. Any movie with him has to be funny. It has to!
16. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."
"If you can dodge traffic, you can dodge a ball."
"If you're going to become true dodgeballers, then you've got to learn the five D's of dodgeball: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge."
If it weren't for Patches O'Houlihan, Dodgeball wouldn't be half as good as it was (not that it was elite in the first place, it just has its funny moments).
And lastly, how could we forget The Ocho: ESPN8. When ESPN8 actually launches in 2024, I demand that's the name for it.
Hands down, this is the worst movie on the list. I rarely want to kill two hours of my free time watching anything with Whoopie Goldberg...but hey, this is at least better than The View.
Little did we know that this movie would be prophetic—I mean, how did the writers know that the Knicks would one day be saddled with players that have ridiculous contracts and no beliefs in team basketball?
In fact, maybe that's what New York could have done to sell a few more tickets: have a few promotional nights where they'll randomly select a fan from the crowd to coach the team for a night.
Who wouldn't have wanted to the chance to try and lift Eddy Curry off the bench? Or to watch T-Mac take four bad shots in a row and not even go below the foul line on defense?
14. The Waterboy
Adam Sandler as a shy, quiet, H2O refiller definitely has its comedic moments. But for me, it's the minor characters that make this movie.
Henry Winkler as Coach Klein is about the perfect fit for this role. Plus, whenever I see him, I always think of Barry Zuckerkorn from Arrested Development.
There's the Colonel Sanders look alike that plays Bobby's professor and gives us one of the best parts of the movie (when Boucher nails him at full speed in the middle of class).
And Kathy Bates as Bobby's mom...I mean, few people can pull off the overprotecting hillbilly mother as well as she did.
Take the creators of South Park, the combination of baseball and basketball, Yasmine Bleeth and Jenny McCarthy as eye candy, a team named the Beers, and what do you get?
A vulgar comedy that somewhat re-defined the sports movie genre. Sign me up.
12. The Mighty Ducks
A classic childhood favorite, The Mighty Ducks is a combination of cheesy sports film and juvenile comedy...and it couldn't be any better!
With the immortal Emilio Estevez leading the squad, Goldberg as the ultimate punchline in goalie, Fulton as the bad-ass enforcer, and Charlie as the sweet, nice guy, could there be a more eclectic mix of players on pee-wee hockey team?
Maybe it's just nostalgia, but this is one of the best Disney movies I can remember. The sequel only adds to its legacy.
11. Bull Durham
Few movies can perfectly the capture the similarities between baseball and sex like Bull Durham.
The tone is set at the beginning during Susan Sarandon's opening narration, which talks about foreplay and the Frank Robinson-Milt Pappas trade in the same breath.
Almost every baseball fan I know appreciates the subtle humor sprinkled throughout the storyline. For me, I just love Kevin Costner tipping Tim Robbins' pitches.
10. Cool Runnings
One of the most underrated movies of all time.
How could you not love a movie about a Jamaican bobsled team? The late John Candy brings it all together.
"Sanka mon, what you smoking??"
9. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
There's comedy, there's high comedy, and then there's Julius Erving playing the guy that the rest of the team hates.
And don't forget about Meadowlark Lemon, who plays the Rev. Grady Jackson.
As far as unintentional comedy goes, this movie takes the cake.
8. White Men Can't Jump
This gets props for Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, and their not-quite-so-pleasing-to-the-eye jump shots.
There's also an abundance of one-liners thrown around, like:
"It would take your mother two hours to watch 60 Minutes."
"Why don't we take all these bricks and build a shelter for the homeless, so maybe your mother will have a place to stay."
And the cheesiest one of all...
"You can put a cat in an oven, but that don't make it a biscuit."
7. Happy Gilmore
The second-funniest golf movie of all time.
The fight between Adam Sandler and Bob Barker deserves its place in "the world's most one-sided ass kickings."
Chubbs Peterson is one of the great mentors in any sports movie. How many times have you played golf since then, hooked a ball down near a pond, and thought twice about going in for fear of a "damn alligator biting my hand off!"?
And of course, it gave us this classic exchange that every 20-30 year old has reenacted with a friend at some point:
"You're in big trouble pal, I eat pieces of **** like you for breakfast."
"You eat pieces of **** for breakfast???"
We should all consider bowling a sport—if it's on ESPN, it's a sport (though I guess cheerleading is technically a sport then).
Anytime there's a movie with Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray about a one-handed bowler who is involved in a great bowling hustle, I'm there.
"You been drinking Mr. Munson?"
"I don't puke when I drink. I puke when I don't."
5. The Sandlot
The Sandlot is not only one of the funniest sports movies all time, it's also one of the best movies of all time...period.
We all have someone in the film we can relate to. Maybe it's Squints—who among us hasn't had a Wendy Peffercorn in our lives?
Maybe it's the Great Hambino—everyone knows someone exactly like him.
Maybe it's Yeah-Yeah—to this day, I still break out the phrase "yeah yeah, truly" in everyday conversation.
One thing's for sure: we will always remember The Sandlot...FOR-EV-ER. FOR-EV-ER. FOR-EV-ER.
4. Bad News Bears
We're talking the original movie here, not the remake with Billy Bob Thornton.
The coach is an alcoholic who couldn't care less about his job.
The star player is a chain-smoking, Harley-riding kid who doubles as the "best athlete in the area."
Plus, it gave us a bunch of horrible sequels, which only added to the mystique of the original.
3. Slap Shot
Dare I say, the best hockey movie ever?
(Oh yea, I guess there's that one movie about the Miracle on Ice.)
The Hanson brothers are the greatest trio I can remember. As Johnny Upton says, "these guys are a f*****g disgrace!"
Maybe they are. But they are beyond entertaining. And in the final game where Braden does a strip tease on the middle of the ice...priceless.
2. Major League
A movie about the Indians actually winning?!? Where do I sign?
Bob Uecker's play-by-play calls of the games is the best part of this movie.
"Juuuuuust a bit outside."
"In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven't..."
Harry: "That's we all got, one damned hit?"
Marty: "You can't say that on the air!"
Harry: "Don't worry, nobody's listening anyways."
Is there even any debate?
Is there even any need to go through all the classic one-liners?
No, there isn't. But here's a few anyways...
"You must have been something before electricity!"
"This is good stuff...you're probably high already and don't even know it."
"The crowd has gone deathly silent. A Cinderella story outta nowhere, a former greenskeeper, now about to become Masters champion..."
"I hear this place is restricted Wang, so why don't you tell them you're Jewish, okay?"
"Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch."
"I guess you'll just have to keep beating yourself."
"He called me a baboon, he thinks I'm his wife."
...and so many more...