Best Sports Comedies

The best Sports Comedies poke fun at the organized world of the gladiatorial arenas of our time. The difference between champions and chumpions can be just a hair, and these stressful situations are perfect comedic opportunities. When you want to see some winners and losers while you laugh, check out my list of the best sports comedies. Simply click on a poster or title of a movie to be taken to an in depth review.

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Full Review: Blades of Glory
Runtime: 1h30m
PG13 Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 2007
Cast: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett

You might think Blades of Glory is about hockey. You would be dead wrong! It’s about competitive figure skating, and follows a duo of figure skaters who couldn’t be more different forced to compete with each other. Intrigued yet? The duo is Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. It’s good, check it out! Unlike a lot of sports comedies, this one is not a serious sports movie with humour added in. It’s all about ridiculous characters forced into ridiculous situations. 

Who would I recommend this movie to?

If you want a silly, no brainer sports movie about men figure skating, this is the movie for you. Will Ferrell is awesome, Jon Heder is deadpan, and it all around is just a funny sports movie. Take one look at the poster. If it captures your eye, watch the movie!

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JustComedies Rating: 82%
Full Review: Bull Durham
Runtime: 1h48m
R Rated Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1988
Cast: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Bull Durham is also on my list of the best romantic comedies, but first and foremost it is a baseball movie. It’s a tale of confronting stress at the big leagues. An amateur pitcher is trying to make his way up to the Big Show, but there are trials along the way, and they aren’t just on the diamond. I don’t even follow baseball and I really liked this one! It actually has some pretty awesome life lessons in it. It’s also a great piece about the nature of sports and the athletes who make it their living. This is an R rated sports comedy, so buckle up.

Who will like this comedy?

Baseball lovers will enjoy this. But even if you don’t follow the sport, this is a really great comedy with strong romantic plots. It’s a comedy movie with more substance than you would expect from sports comedies.

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JustComedies Rating: 92%
Full Review: Caddyshack
Runtime: 1h38m
R Rated Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1980
Cast: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Ted Knight

Watch this one, it’s amazing. If you haven’t seen Caddyshack, it should be one of the first sports comedies you see. The story revolves around a very exclusive gold resort, the caddies working summer jobs, and a brash newcomer who shakes things up. Great performance by Bill Murray. This is the tale of the stuffy world of golf and the characters who shake up the game.  It’s all around a classic sports comedy. This is just a damn good sports comedy. 

Who will like this comedy?

If you like Bill Murray you will love this movie. It’s got enough easy laughs to keep it thoroughly entertaining while having a strong villain vs hero plot. This is an absolute classic comedy and anyone who enjoys comedy movies should check it out.

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JustComedies Rating: 80%
Full Review: Cool Runnings
Runtime: 1h40m
PG Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1993
Cast: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba

You know a movie is great when just thinking about it puts a big smile on your face. What a wonderful sports comedy. Cool Runnings is a gem of my childhood. It’s got great themes of doing your best, and was probably one of the first times I witnessed racism as a child and started to understand just what it was and why it is so horrible. This one is really good, and educational. I’m actually going to make a list of the best comedies for kids soon because of this film, but it’s a movie that is awesome for adults as well. Oh, I didn’t really explain the movie, did I? 5 words: Jamaica has a bobsled team!

Who will like this comedy?

Want to feel good? Watch it! If the idea of Jamaica having a bobsled team intrigues you at all and you want to watch a pg sports comedy, check our Cool Runnings for sure.

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JustComedies Rating: 72%
Full Review: Dodgeball
Runtime: 1h32m
PG13 Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 2004
Cast: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Alan Tudyk

Dodgeball is about a ridiculous sport and ridiculous people playing it. It’s an underdog story of a small time gym owner who’s only chance to save his business is to compete at the highest levels of dodgeball! I love this movie, but it’s not serious at all. Check it out if you want some light laughs in a sports comedy. This is one you can watch a few times and still go back to it.

Who will enjoy this?

If you’re looking for a goofy sports movie, this is the one for you. If you’re looking for a more serious, dramatic sports comedy, then keep looking. This is light, easy, PG13 fare.

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JustComedies Rating: 62%
Full Review: Kingpin
Runtime: 1h52m
PG13 Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1996
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray

Kingpin was a movie that grew on me as I watched it. Not to spoil anything, but it is about the high stakes world of professional bowling and hustling. I almost didn’t put it on the list, but the movie really does end up getting better and better as it goes. It’s about bowling and redemption, and thinking back, I am really glad I watched it. It’s not your standard sports comedy at all, but is definitely a worthwhile watch. There are not many sports comedies about bowling. This is one of the few!

Who will enjoy this?

This sports comedy barely made the cut on the list of the best sports comedies. Still, it is definitely worth a watch if you are bored and wondering what comedy to watch. It certainly has it’s moments and if you go into it not expecting a masterpiece then you should find it quite enjoyable and very funny in spots. So glad Bill Murray is in it! His characters is one of the reasons it makes the cut.

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JustComedies Rating: 73%
Full Review: The Longest Yard
Runtime: 2h1m
R Rated Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1974
Cast: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert

If you want a light sports comedy, watch the Adam Sandlers remake. This is the original Longest Yard, which is a heck of a lot darker than the remake. It’s about a former footballer who gets put in jail and has to confront his past. This movie is a sports drama with comedic elements and an over two hour run time. This is one of the longest movies on the best sports comedies list. The stakes are high!

Who will enjoy this movie?

If you want to watch a darker prison comedy revolving around football and redemption, this one is for you.

There are two kinds of sports comedies

When you think of sports, there is a very obvious distinction between two major styles of sports. I’m not talking contact vs non-contact. The biggest difference in the athletic fields is whether you are playing a team sport, or a solo sport. The best funny sports movies that revolve around teams play off of the strengths and weaknesses of each member. They thrive on funny situations between rivals who grow to become teammates, banding together to beat a common foe.

Solo sport comedies are quite different. These are generally focused on more internal struggles of characters. Sports comedies use competition as the stage for hilarious situations. The more over the top the villain, the more of an underdog story the hero, the more exciting the movie will be to watch.

The absolute greatest sports comedies of all time make you care about the struggle of the team or individually. They actually have us rooting for our hero. As the clock ticks down and the buzzer is about to sound, we want our guys to win.

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JustComedies Rating: 86%
Full Review: Slap Shot 
Runtime: 2h3m
R Rated Comedy
Comedy Movie From: 1977
Cast: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, David Hanson

Love this one. It’s the best hockey comedy in existence. Slap Shot is the story of a team on the brink of being sold off, unless they can raise revenues. One way they do so is by bringing in the “Hanson Brothers”, a trio of goofs and enforcers who turn the game of hockey into a bloody fistfight. The JustComedies rating for this movie is influenced by the fact that the reviewer is a hockey fan! 

Who will like this movie? If you enjoy Hockey then this will be the best sports comedy on the list. It is pure entertainment.

Thanks for reading my list of the Best Sports Comedies

Well, there you have it, my list of the best sports comedies around. I picked comedies from many different sports, but the list is far from complete. If you have any suggestions on sport comedy movies to add to my list, feel free to leave a comment below and I will make sure to watch it. Luckily, Sports Comedies have a great mix of PG, PG13 and R rated comedies so viewers of all ages can find something that suits them.