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1970s Sports Drama Movies

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Rocky(1976)

PG
| 2h | Drama, Action
3.9/5 (with 2,762 votes)

When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.

Rocky II(1979)

PG
| 1h 59min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 1,534 votes)

After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. Soon enough, the "Master of Disaster" and the "Italian Stallion" are set on a collision course for a climactic battle that is brutal and unforgettable.

The Longest Yard(1974)

R
| 2h 1min | Crime, Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 84 votes)

In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' semi-pro football team to a national championship.

The Champ(1979)

2h 1min | Drama, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 67 votes)

The more you love, the harder you fight. The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. He knows what his flawed but loving father is, was and always will be - The Champ.

Fat City(1972)

PG
| 1h 40min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 45 votes)

Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.

Kansas City Bomber(1972)

PG
| 1h 39min | Drama
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

Roller-derby skater K. C. Carr tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.

The Last American Hero(1973)

1h 35min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 11 votes)

A young hellraiser quits his moonshine business to try to become the best NASCAR racer the south has ever seen.

Running(1979)

1h 42min | Drama
3.6/5 (with 5 votes)

An Olympic hopeful marathon runner hopes his success will be the answer to his marriage woes and other personal problems.

The Horsemen(1971)

PG
| 1h 49min | Action, Adventure, Drama
3.3/5 (with 6 votes)

In the poor, desolate northern provinces of the mountainous feudal Sunni kingdom of Afghanistan (before the Soviet-engineered republican revolutions), the status of the proud men and their clans is determined less by wealth or even military power (both rare) then by victories in the ancient, though game of buskashi, a vicious form of polo dating back to Genghis Khan, in which the chapendaz (participating horsemen) use their horse-whips on both mounts and rivals in a ruthless fight for a heavy 'ball', a dead calf, which must be carried a long way, almost impossible with all the others mercilessly assailing. Tursen, a former champion, now holds the status of village notable thanks to his position as stable-keeper of the regional lord Osman Bey, and has finally bred a horse without equal, the white stallion Jahil, in time for the royal tournament on the plain of Bagrami, just outside the capital Kabul...

The Great White Hope(1970)

1h 43min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 10 votes)

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

One on One(1977)

PG
| 1h 38min | Drama
3.1/5 (with 6 votes)

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the team, Henry is overwhelmed by the demands on his time, the "big business" aspect of college sports, and the fact that he never fully learned to read. Things look bleak for Henry when Janet Hays, a pretty graduate student, is assigned as Henry's tutor. Her intellect and strength lift Henry out of his doldrums just in time to battle the coach, who attempts to rescind Henry's scholarship.

Bang the Drum Slowly(1973)

PG
| 1h 36min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 15 votes)

The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the off-season, Bruce learns that he is terminally ill, and Henry, his only true friend, is determined to be the one person there for him during his last season with the club. Throughout the course of the season, Henry and his teammates attempt to deal with Bruce's impending illness, all the while attempting to make his last year a memorable one.

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My Old Man(1979)

1h 40min | Drama, TV Movie
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

An unlucky horse trainer, Frank Butler, wins big at the track and buys his 16-year old daughter a horse to salvage their relationship. When frank is hurt prior to the opening race, Jo must go it alone.

Directed by John Erman - With Kristy McNichol

Skateboard(1978)

1h 37min | Comedy, Action
2.0/5 (with 2 votes)

A Hollywood agent finds himself in debt to a powerful bookie. To make a fast buck, he creates a team of exceptionally talented skateboarders and enters them in a downhill race. If they win, they will get $20,000.

Face-Off(1971)

PG
| 1h 45min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.7/5 (with 3 votes)

Love story involving a Canadian professional hockey player and a hippie folk singer. Their union is tumultuous, as both try to come to terms with their differences in careers and lifestyles.

Bloomfield(1970)

1h 34min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

An aging soccer player has a part-time girlfriend, a young fan, and doubts about throwing a game.

Dreamer(1979)

PG
| 1h 30min | Drama
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

The dream began 20 years ago, when a young pinsetter watched a star bowler win a championship. Now, Harold (Dreamer) Nuttingham has a chance to attain his dream — to win the Tournament of Champions and buy his own lanes. But what price will he pay? The woman he loves sees only that his dream re-locates her to second place in his life; Harry White, his friend and mentor pushes him to become the champion Harry wanted to be — and never was. Torn between ambition and love, Dreamer fights to have both.

Blood & Guts(1978)

PG
| 1h 34min | Drama, Action

A young athelete becomes the unlikely star of an itinerant wrestling troupe, and a rival promoter will go to any length to steal him away.

Directed by Paul Lynch

The Deadliest Season(1977)

1h 38min | Drama, TV Movie
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Gerry Miller, a professional hockey player, gives in to internal and outside pressures and adopts a more aggressive style on the ice. During one particularly violent game a player on an opposing team dies, and the authorities charge Miller with manslaughter.

Run for the Roses(1977)

1h 33min | Drama

Juanito, a boy from Puerto Rico, finds himself in Kentucky and drawn to a thoroughbred horse. He believes the horse can win the Derby and eventually others around him start to think it's possible.

Directed by Henry Levin - With Vera Miles

Dawn!(1979)

1h 49min | Drama

Dawn! is a 1979 Australian sports biopic about the three-time Olympic gold medallist swimmer Dawn Fraser.

Directed by Ken Hannam

The All-American Boy(1973)

1h 58min | Drama

Episodic story in six acts ("The Manly Art in Six Rounds") about young boxer Vic Bealer (played by Jon Voight) in search for some direction in his life.

Directed by Charles K. Eastman - With Jon Voight
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