Sports Biopics

by jmnovff - 164 cards (Last updated on May 24, 2024)

3. 1981 Donruss #220 Willie Aikens

The Royal

Willie Aikens played by Amin Joseph
Willie Aikens, young played by Dallas Dupree Young

5. 1993 Legends Sports Memorabilia #23 Muhammad Ali

The Greatest
Cassius Clay played by Chip McAllister
Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali played by himself

King of the World
Cassius Clay played by Terrence Howard

Ali: An American Hero
Cassius Clay / Muhammad Ali played by David Ramsey

Muhammad Ali played by Will Smith



Feb 17, 2024 - 9:32AM

Ones I've seen and think are worth a watch:
The Blind Side ★★★★ ~ Brian's Song ★★★ ~ Chariots of Fire ★★★ ~ Cinderalla Man ★★★★
Fear Strikes Out ★★★ ~ The Fighter ★★★ ~ Ford v Ferrari ★★★ ~ Invincible ★★★★
Knute Rockne, All-American ★★★★ ~ Moneyball ★★★★ ~ The Pride of the Yankees ★★★★
Raging Bull ★★★★ ~ The Rookie ★★★ ~ Somebody Up There Likes Me ★★★
They don't have a card, but I enjoyed:
Brandon Burlsworth: Greater (2016) ★★★★★ ~ Doug Smith: Goon (2011) ★★★★

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Feb 17, 2024 - 10:22AM

Nice list.  Having a hard time thinking of any others.  

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Feb 26, 2024 - 6:33PM

Dale Earnhardt (3) and Roger Maris (61) is played by Barry Pepper.

Feb 26, 2024 - 7:44PM

Sheldon Kennedy: The Sheldon Kennedy Story

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Feb 29, 2024 - 12:02PM

Dale Sr. is played by Barry Pepper, and Dale Jr. is played the real life driver Chad McCumbee.

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:59PM

If you're up for an absolute mess of a life, there's NHLer Brian 'Spinner' Spencer's story in the movie Gross Misconduct. Daniel Kash played Brian, and he's very much a 'Hey! It's that guy again!" for stuff filmed in Canada.

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Mar 12, 2024 - 5:03AM

I loved Moneyball and it is my favorite sports movie.  Almost perfect, however it is crazy they didn't talk about the rotation:  Hudson, Zito, and Mulder were absolute monsters that season.  It was almost like the reincarnation of Hunter, Holtzman, and Blue. 

Apr 4, 2024 - 6:08AM

Interesting list. With the passing of Joe Flaherty (SCTV, Happy Gilmore etc.) the other day, and your first card on the list, reminds me of one of his parody episodes for SCTV - Chariots of Eggs he wrote and stared in. Funny stuff. 

I have one for you - Herb Brooks was played by Karl Malden in the 1981 movie Miracle on Ice. 

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Apr 6, 2024 - 3:26PM

A more philosophical question; what do you consider a sport?  I definitely have my opinion as to what is and isn't a sport. For instance, our database has Poker, daredevils (Evel Knievel), chess players listed under Misc Sport. Thinking about biopics, there are some subjects that some might consider a "sport" (not me).  Mountain climbing, rock climbing, surfing, skateboarding, gymnastics, etc.

One definition: a game, competition, or activity needing physical prowess that is played or done according to rules, for enjoyment and/or as a job


Apr 6, 2024 - 3:56PM

I will try to follow the definition, so It rules out some the examples you mentioned...e.g. the Bobby Fischer chess biopics would not qualify, but competitive gymnasts would qualify.  

Thanks for all your suggestions.

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Apr 6, 2024 - 5:14PM

Okay, we'll suggest 'em and you weed 'em out. :)

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May 14, 2024 - 4:08PM

Resurrection: The J. R. Richard Story

May 18, 2024 - 1:52PM

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