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Last film added: December 16, 2018. There are currently 1603 films in the database (since 1996).


    Sport and Gambling Films (1996-2019)

    Search returned all movies with sports and gambling out of 1603 total rated films.
    Includes boxing, cycling, horse racing, surfing, skateboarding, poker, etc.
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  1. Movie DetailsFear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) 10  ComedySportDocumentary/TrueI own on DVD
    As your attorney, I advise you watch Johnny Depp as gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
  2. Movie DetailsTriplets of Belleville, The (2003) 10  AnimationComedySport
    Visually unique animation about a Tour de France kidnapping and the bizarre rescue effort.

  3. EXCELLENT
  4. Movie DetailsFighter, The (2010) 9  SportDocumentary/True
    The early years of boxer Micky Ward and his blue-collar family who misguidedly exploit him.
  5. Movie DetailsMillion Dollar Baby (2004) 9  SportAcademy Awards Winner for Best Picture
    Clint Eastwood works with a determined Hilary Swank in her attempt to become a boxer.
  6. Movie DetailsSenna (2011) 9  SportDocumentary/True
    Poignant documentary of the rise and tragic death of Brazilian F1 racing driver Ayrton Senna.
  7. Movie DetailsSilver Linings Playbook (2012) 9  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Warm, quirky film about dealing with mental illness (through football, dance). Jennifer Lawrence is wonderful.
  8. Movie DetailsWrestler, The (2008) 9  With Sex/NuditySport
    Professional wrestler Mickey Rourke must retire, but life outside the ring is a dispiriting struggle.

  9. VERY GOOD
  10. Movie Details180° South: Conquerors of the Useless (2010) 8  Obscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    An outdoorsman retraces the epic 1968 journey of his hero Yvon Chouinard to Patagonia. Inspiring.
  11. Movie DetailsBreaking the Huddle: The Integration of College Football (2008) 8  Obscure/RareSportDocumentary/TrueTV Shows
    HBO chronicles the profound effect of the 1960s Civil Rights movement on college football programs.
  12. Movie DetailsCars (2006) 8  AnimationComedySport
    Pixar presents hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen, who crashes through Radiator Springs on Route 66.
  13. Movie DetailsEverybody Wants Some!! (2016) 8  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Good-natured look at the 1980 college party scene, the shenanigans of an unsupervised baseball team.
  14. Movie DetailsKing of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, The (2007) 8  SportDocumentary/True
    Curiously compelling documentary about a classic arcade battle between two Donkey Kong video game champions.
  15. Movie DetailsLock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) 8  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Four Cockney men pool their money for an illegal high-stakes card game, with unpleasant results.
  16. Movie DetailsLucky Number Slevin (2006) 8  With Sex/NuditySport
    A clever Pulp Fictionesque story of violent revenge featuring rival crime bosses Kingsley and Freeman.
  17. Movie DetailsMoneyball (2011) 8  SportDocumentary/True
    Billy Beane's management of the Oakland A's baseball team through new computer-based analysis. Intelligent.
  18. Movie DetailsSnatch. (2000) 8  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    Brad Pitt stars as a gypsy bare-knuckle boxing champion who speaks a hilariously unintelligible dialect.

  19. GOOD
  20. Movie DetailsBad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) 7  ComedySport
    Surreal black comedy from master storyteller Werner Herzog. Nicolas Cage is a drug-addled, maniacal detective.
  21. Movie DetailsBilly Elliot (2000) 7  ComedySport
    A young boy discovers ballet and secretly decides to dance instead of taking boxing lessons.
  22. Movie DetailsGirlfight (2000) 7  Sport
    Quick-tempered Michelle Rodriguez secretly trains as a boxer. She achieves remarkable success and finds love.
  23. Movie DetailsHurricane, The (1999) 7  SportDocumentary/True
    The story of Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, a boxer wrongly imprisoned for murder, starring Denzel Washington.
  24. Movie DetailsPearl Jam: Let's Play Two (2017) 7  Musical/MusicObscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    Eddie Vedder's Chicago Cubs fandom during their 2016 World Series run, plus Wrigley Field concerts.
  25. Movie DetailsMatch Point (2006) 7  With Sex/NuditySport
    Woody Allen's ugly story of infidelity amidst British wealth. Tennis, opera, investments, horses and murder.
  26. Movie DetailsNo No: A Dockumentary (2014) 7  Obscure/RareSport
    The story of baseball star Dock Ellis, most famous for his 1970 no-hitter on LSD.
  27. Movie DetailsOcean's Eleven (2001) 7  ComedySport
    A collection of big-name celebrities target three Las Vegas casinos for a multimillion dollar heist.
  28. Movie DetailsRounders (1998) 7  With Sex/NuditySport
    Reformed gambler Matt Damon must return to playing big stakes poker to save Edward Norton.
  29. Movie DetailsSon of the Congo (2015) 7  Obscure/RareSportDocumentary/True
    Basketball star Serge Ibaka returns to the Congo with the hope of uplifting communities. Heartwarming.
  30. Movie DetailsWorld's Fastest Indian, The (2005) 7  ComedySportDocumentary/True
    Burt Munro sets the land-speed world record on his home-built 950cc Indian motorcycle in 1967.

  31. FAIR
  32. Movie DetailsAny Given Sunday (1999) 6  With Sex/NuditySport
    Oliver Stone explores the world of professional football. Look for the eyeball on the field.
  33. Movie DetailsBlue Crush (2002) 6  SportDocumentary/True
    Blonde surfer girl Kate Bosworth prepares for a surf competition while looking extremely attractive.
  34. Movie DetailsBoiler Room (2000) 6  Sport
    A derivative story of stock market scammers, chop shops, and conspicuous consumption. Stars Giovanni Ribisi.
  35. Movie DetailsFast and the Furious, The (2001) 6  With Sex/NuditySport
    Welcome to the underworld subculture of Los Angeles street-racers and car hijacking, starring Vin Diesel.
  36. Movie DetailsHidalgo (2004) 6  SportDocumentary/True
    American Viggo Mortensen and his horse enter a 3,000 mile survival race across Arabia.
  37. Movie DetailsRevolver (2007) 6  AnimationWith Sex/NuditySport
    This stylish Guy Ritchie art film about con-men feels jumbled, pretentious and psychoanalytical. But intriguing.

  38. ADEQUATE
  39. Movie DetailsBASEketball (1998) 5  ComedySport
    Trey Parker and Matt Stone combine basketball-shooting skills with baseball rules and become pro athletes.
  40. Movie DetailsHappy Gilmore (1996) 5  ComedySport
    Rejected hockey player Adam Sandler becomes an unlikely golf star to save his grandmother's house.
  41. Movie DetailsHarvard Man (2001) 5  ComedyObscure/RareSport
    Mixes basketball and crime with sexual and chemical experimentation. And cheerleader Sarah Michelle Gellar.
  42. Movie DetailsRemember the Titans (2000) 5  SportDocumentary/True
    A story of high school racial integration in the early 1970s, starring Denzel Washington.
  43. Movie DetailsSpeed Racer (2008) 5  AnimationConspiracySport
    A hyperfrenetic explosion of sound and color in the form of Car-Fu. It's marginally watchable.
  44. Movie DetailsVarsity Blues (1999) 5  ComedyWith Sex/NuditySport
    James Van Der Beek stars as a high-school quarterback. Amy Smart wears a whipped-cream bikini.
  45. Movie DetailsxXx (2002) 5  Sport
    Extreme-sports athlete Vin Diesel blows a lot of shit up. Stunts and gadgets replace plot.

  46. FROM BAD TO WORSE
  47. Movie DetailsBalls of Fury (2007) CRAP  ComedySport
    Horrendously unfunny comedy mixes Ping-Pong, kung fu and sophomoric jokes with a secret FBI mission.
  48. Movie DetailsSummer Catch (2001) CRAP  ComedySport
    Watching Freddie Prinze Jr. is painful, but Jessica Biel's wet t-shirt almost made it bearable.
  49. Movie DetailsSwimfan (2002) CRAP  Sport
    My dislike for Erika Christensen didn't help me enjoy this Fatal Attraction rip-off.
  50. Movie DetailsVegas Vacation (1997) CRAP  ComedySport
    This completely uninspired slapstick sequel sends Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo to Las Vegas.
  51. Movie DetailsWaterboy, The (1998) CRAP  ComedySport
    Frustrated waterboy Adam Sandler shows a talent for tackling football players in this dumb movie.


  52. Statistical ratings distribution of these 45 films (2.8% of total rated films):
    With enough films included, it usually approximates a bell curve with a mean near 6.5...
    (especially when considering that CRAP is 0-4 combined).
    Average rating for these 45 films: 6.6.

    10:4.4%

    9:11.1%

    8:20%

    7:24.4%

    6:13.3%

    5:15.6%

    CRAP:11.1%



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