- Each year, Hollywood comes out with a new crop of gripping, thrilling sports films, and 2018 was no exception.
- Movies like “Creed II” and “Uncle Drew” rocked the box office, while “The Miracle Season” stole viewers’ hearts and “Free Solo” took their breath away.
- Check out INSIDER’s rankings of the best sports movies and documentaries of 2018.
The same core components that make a great movie — likable and relatable characters, inspiring storylines, remarkable underdogs, and more — are some of the many reasons fans are so drawn to sports. It’s no wonder, then, that Hollywood comes out with a new crop of movies centered around sports year after year.
2018 was no exception.
Movies like “Creed II” and “Uncle Drew” rocked the box office, while “The Miracle Season” stole viewers’ hearts and “Free Solo” took their breath away.
We ranked the top sports movies of 2018 according to their IMDb Rating. If two movies had the same IMDb Rating, the movies with more reviews were given the higher ranking. In each slide, we also included the film’s Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer Score, Audience Score, and Critics’ Consensus when they were available.
18 — Alex & Me
IMDb Rating: 5.5
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 71%
Summary: After failing to earn a spot on the soccer team, middle schooler Reagan Willis trains with USWNT superstar Alex Morgan for a chance at redemption.
17 — Uncle Drew
IMDb Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 51%
Rotten Tomatoes Consensus: “Kyrie Irving’s crossover to comedy is amiable enough to score with basketball fans, but Uncle Drew is held back by formulaic plotting and too much product placement.”
Summary: Legendary streetballer Uncle Drew — played by NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving — makes a long-awaited return to the Rucker Classic tournament in Harlem alongside his old squad, including Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie.
16 — Amateur
IMDb Rating: 5.9
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 70%
Summary: A 14-year-old basketball prodigy navigates the dark underbelly of amateur athletics as he is recruited to play for an NCAA prep school.