The list of sports movies that have been made run the gamut from great, to hilarious, to inspiring, to something more akin to the feeling of watching your favorite team lose yet another game. However, some of the highest grossing sports films of all time may surprise you just a bit, while other will be no surprise at all. Here are the top ten highest grossing films since 1980.
The Blind Side: $256 million
Starring Sandra Bullock, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance, the film was an inspirational rags to riches story about how football changed Michael Oher’s life.
The Waterboy: $162 million
You may not have expected that an Adam Sandler movie would top this list, but this sports comedy about an unexpected hidden talent became a crowd pleaser.
The Longest Yard (2005): $158 million
Given the popularity of The Waterboy, it should be no surprise that another Adam Sandler comedy came in third place.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: $148 million
When it comes to sports films, clearly, comedy sells, as this film starring Will Ferrell about a NASCAR driver who has to compete with a French Formula One star, who is played by Sacha Baron Cohen.
Rocky IV: $128 million
The fourth installment in the Rocky franchise held the title of the highest grossing sports drama until it was overtaken by The Blind Side.
Rocky III:$124 million
The continued success of each Rocky film in the 80s is what kept the franchise going for so long. The third film introduced the song “Eye of the Tiger” which was written by the band Survivor.
Seabiscuit: $120 million
The 2003 sports drama starring Tobey Maguire earned many accolades for its portrayal of the underdog thoroughbred horse that took the racing world by storm during the Great Depression.
Blades of Glory: $119 million
Another Will Ferrell comedy, this one about male figure skaters takes the eighth spot on our list.
Remember the Titans: $116 million
Debuting to mixed reception in 2000, this sports film, produced by Disney, starred Denzel Washington.
Unbroken: $115 million
Part war film, part inspiring sports story, Unbroken tells the story of an American prisoner of war during World War II who became an Olympian.