Where would a good sports movie be without a touch of romance? They don't just add the lovey-dovey stuff in to make girls watch the movie they are integral to the story. Sportsmen and women have love lives too! And for anyone who doesn't love sports, having a romantic plot running alongside the triumph of the underdog stuff certainly doesn't hurt. Watch these sports movies on your own or with your guy either way, they're rather good.

1. Bend It like Beckham (2002)

Not only one of the best romantic sports movies but also one of the funniest, Bend It Like Beckham presents a soccer filled fun time with the extra layer of romantic love triangle between star players Jess, Jules and their dreamy coach Joe. Equal parts great sports movie and great romantic comedy, Bend It Like Beckham also gives an insight into inter-cultural and religious romance and all of the obstacles that that can present.

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2. Love & Basketball (2000)

Love & Basketball is a great romantic sports movie, as you might guess from the title! The story of a male and female basketball playing partnership from high school all the way through to marriage and parenthood is heart-warming and dramatic in parts, detailing sacrifices that both characters have to make during their careers in order to keep their love strong.

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3. Rocky (1976)

Though we all know the Rocky franchise best for Sylvester Stallone's heart pumping boxing action scenes, something at the very centre of the story is Rocky's love for his sweetheart Adrian. The shy and unassuming pet store clerk is, well, Rocky's rock! She is always there to support him and their love feels really authentic and an integral part of Rocky's success as a boxer.

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4. Fever Pitch (2005)

Starring Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, Fever Pitch is the fun story of two people who fall in love, with Drew Barrymore's character having to accept a third factor in their relationship: the entire Boston Red Sox baseball team! Though there are some arguments about who is more important at times, it's clear that Jimmy's character loves both his girlfriend and his team very much, and the film is great fun to watch. (Personally I prefer the UK version starring Colin Firth based on soccer try it!)

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5. The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler is a bittersweet dramatic masterpiece, detailing the sad and melancholy life of an ex-professional wrestler as he is left with nothing but a few fans and countless injuries. One bright spark in the protagonist's life, however, is his genuine chemistry and affection with a dancer at the local strip club. The film teaches you that you can find love in the most unexpected of places.

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6. Jerry Maguire (1996)

One of the quintessential examples of a film that perfectly incorporates sports and romance, Jerry Maguire tells the story of a recently fired sports agent who decides to go it alone with the only client he has left. One of Tom Cruise's most iconic roles, his onscreen romance with Renee Zellweger is a real treat, spawning one of cinema's greatest quotes: You had me at hello!

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7. Wimbledon (2004)

It may not be the best film in the world, but one thing Wimbledon does have is a cute romantic storyline between Paul Bettany and Kirsten Dunst, two tennis players of vastly different quality who come together at the world's most famous tennis tournament and form an unlikely but enjoyable to watch partnership. A fun watch for fans of romance and fans of tennis alike!

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Other sports movies with some romance to them you might also want to watch include Days of Thunder, Windrider, The Cutting Edge and Varsity Blues. Do you have any to recommend?