Benny "The Jet", Rudy Ruettiger, Sunshine, Gordon Bombay... the characters of our youth. Few things feel more quintessential to summer than a family movie night with one of these classic flicks. So grab a bowl of popcorn and get ready to laugh, cry and be inspired once again.
Here are our top 10 sports movies for kids... oh, and us adults, too!
#1 THE SANDLOT (1993) PG: Considered by many to be the greatest kid’s movie ever. Scott "Scotty" Smalls just moved into a new neighborhood. So he sets out to make some friends by playing baseball with the locals. Lots of laughs and life lessons about determination and friendship.
#2 RUDY (1993) PG: Legendary. Undersized, Rudy Ruettiger overcomes the odds to play football for his dream school, Notre Dame. Based on a true story, this movie is a timeless family favorite.
#3 ROCKY (1976) PG: Sylvester Stallone stars in one of the best-known sports films of all time about a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia. Rocky Balboa is chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion.
#4 THE MIGHTY DUCKS (1992) PG: A self-absorbed lawyer get assigned community service coaching a ragtag youth hockey team. He might just get more than he bargained for. Starring Emilio Estevez.
#5 MIRACLE (2004) PG: Based on one of the greatest moments in sports history, “the miracle on ice.” The true story of the 1980 Winter Olympics when the United States beat the Soviet Union in Hockey. Stars Kurt Russell.
#6 LITTLE GIANTS (1994) PG: A young girl who doesn’t make the town’s top pee wee football team forms her own team made up of outcasts. The bad news bears of pee wee football. A fun movie for both boys and girls about believing in yourself.
#7 INVINCIBLE (2006) PG: The story of a bartender and substitute teacher in Philadelphia who, despite never having played football, goes to the Eagles’ open tryouts... and makes the team.
#8 THE ROOKIE (2002) G: Based on the truly inspirational story of Jimmy Morris (played by Dennis Quaid), a baseball coach who overcomes the odds to make his almost impossible dream of pitching in the big leagues come true.
#9 REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000) PG: This Disney classic stars Denzel Washington, a football coach of a team during the forced desegregation of a Virginia high school in the early 1970s.
#10 HOOSIERS (1986) PG: Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town.
Did we miss your favorite sports movie? Add it in the comments below!