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Film Genres: Sports films

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A quick definition

Sports Films are those that have a sports setting (football or baseball stadium, arena, or the Olympics, etc.), competitive event (the 'big game,' 'fight,' or 'competition'), and/or athlete (boxer, racer, surfer, etc.) that are central and predominant in the story.

[Sports movies from Filmsite, 04/14/2017]

Finding library resources for sports films

To find what we have in the Library's collection, you can do a subject search for "sports films" in the online catalog. That search will show you what film titles are considered sports films as well as books and other items about them. As you look at the list under sports films, the subject headings which include "history and criticism" talk about the genre itself. The headings which also include a country name are specifically talking about sports films in that country.

Introductory reading(s)

Selected book titles

Finding journal titles, articles & using SUMMON

Articles and other writings about movies can be found in many publications. Our collection does not include a journal or magazine which looks exclusively at action and adventure films. Other film journals within our collection will cover action films. You can use Film & Television Literature Index to find relevant articles.

Selected movie titles

More sports films in the collections.