"42" is opening in theaters this weekend.

Based on the story of Jackie Robinson, the first African American player in the history of Major League Baseball, debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. His cultural impact was tremendous as Robinson's major league accomplishments contributed significantly to the civil rights movement.

Robinson was the 1947 Rookie of the Year, the first Rookie of the Year award ever given. He played in six World Series, aiding the Dodgers to the 1955 World Championship. He was selected for six baseball All-Star games, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Major League Baseball universally retired Robinson's number, 42, in 1997. Save for the occasional "Jackie Robinson Day" in which everyone wears his number, no one will wear number 42 again on an American professional diamond.

The debut of this weekend's movie got the sports staff at the Deseret News debating which sports movies are the greatest of all time and where this new film will fit in with the rest. What follows is our assessment of what are, prior to this weekend's release, the greatest 20 sports movies out there.

Feel free to tell us where we messed up by tweeting at @desnewssports with the hashtag #42.

The synopses herein contained are provided courtesy of OK.com

20 Space Jam



Michael Jordan agrees to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom.

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19 The Legend of Bagger Vance



A down-and-out golfer attempts to recover his game and his life with help from a mystical caddy.

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18 The Mighty Ducks



After being arrested for drunken driving, Bombay is sentenced to community service by coaching the local "District 5" PeeWee hockey team. Bombay has a history with the sport, although his memories are far from pleasant: he blew a penalty shot, costing his team the title and disappointing his hyper-competitive coach, Jack Reilly (Lane Smith).

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17 Invincible



Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

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16 Cool Runnings



Cool Runnings is a 1993 comedy film directed by Jon Turteltaub. It is loosely based on the true story of the Jamaica national bobsled team's debut in the bobsleigh competition of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta. It stars Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Malik Yoba, and Rawle D. Lewis, with John Candy as Irv Blitzer, the retired bobsledder and coach of the Jamaican bobsledders.

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15 Cinderella Man



The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

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14 The Greatest Game Ever Played



A golf drama based on the true story of the 1913 US Open, where 20-year-old Francis Ouimet defeated his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman, Harry Vardon.

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13 Glory Road



Glory Road is an American film directed by James Gartner, released on January 13, 2006. The film is based on a true story dealing with the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, in which the late Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), head coach of the Texas Western College (now the University of Texas at El Paso) led a team with an all-black starting lineup, a first in NCAA history.

12 Field of Dreams



Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson and is from the novel Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. The film stars Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster in his final motion picture. Field of Dreams was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.

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11 Coach Carter



Coach Carter is a 2005 film from Paramount Pictures, directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story, in which Richmond High School (Richmond, California, USA) head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.

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10 Angels in the Outfield



This 1994 film was actually was actually a remake of a 1951 movie of the same name.

While the original centered around the Pittsburgh Pirates, the remake featured the appropriately named California Angels.

A foster child played by a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, prays for divine intervention to help the struggling Angels win the pennant.

Christopher Lloyd plays the lead angel in this Disney classic.

Ironically, Disney would purchase the Angels franchise two years later in 1996.

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9 Rocky



Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia, is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the undefeated fighter's scheduled opponent is injured. While training with feisty former bantamweight contender Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith), Rocky tentatively begins a relationship with Adrian (Talia Shire), the wallflower sister of his meat-packer pal Paulie (Burt Young).

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8 Miracle



When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, he brings a unique and brash style to the ice. After assembling a team of hot-headed college all-stars, who are humiliated in an early match, Brooks unites his squad against a common foe, the heavily-favored Soviet team. As the U.S. squad tries to overcome insurmountable odds and win the gold medal, the team becomes a microcosm for American patriotism during the Cold War.

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7 Rudy



Rudy Ruettiger (Sean Astin) wants to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but has neither the money for tuition nor the grades to qualify for a scholarship. Rudy redoubles his efforts to get out of the steel mill where his father works when his best friend (Christopher Reed) dies in an accident there. Overcoming his dyslexia thanks to his friend and tutor, D-Bob (Jon Favreau), Rudy gains admission to Notre Dame and begins to fight his way onto the school's fabled football team.

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6 Jerry Maguire



Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Tom Cruise. It was written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film released in North American theaters on December 13, 1996, distributed by Gracie Films and TriStar Pictures. The film received mostly positive reviews and, on a $50 million budget, was a financial success, bringing in more than $270 million worldwide.

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5 The Blind Side



The Blind Side features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who plays for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School (a fictional representation of Briarcrest Christian School in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee), his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, and on to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football.

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4 Remember the Titans



In Virginia, high school football is a way of life, an institution revered, each game celebrated more lavishly than Christmas, each playoff distinguished more grandly than any national holiday. And with such recognition, comes powerful emotions. In 1971 high school football was everything to the people of Alexandria. But when the local school board was forced to integrate an all black school with an all white school, the very foundation of football's great tradition was put to the test.

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3 A League of Their Own



As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis) and Kit Keller (Lori Petty) spar with each other, scout Ernie Capadino (Jon Lovitz) and grumpy has-been coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) on their way to fame.

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2 The Sandlot



The Sandlot is a 1993 American comedy-drama sports film about a group of young baseball players during the summer of 1962. The film was filmed in Utah and directed by David M. Evans. It is told through the perspective of Scotty Smalls.

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1 Hoosiers



A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

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