Play Like a Girl: The Top 20 female athletes on screen


While millions of people will be watching big burly men throw a ball around and run into each other this Sunday, we know guys in tight pants and shoulder pads aren’t the only athletes who matter. While the Super Bowl is one of the most-watched sporting events in the world (I said “one of,” don’t get mad at me fans of that other football), plenty of female athlete characters have had us glues to the screen – both large and small.

So in the spirit of sportsmanship (though mostly just because female athletes are hot), here is a countdown of the Top 20 lady jocks in film and television.

20. Mariel Hemingway as Chris Personal Best

Watching this movie now might make you cringe, but it does give you an appreciation for those tiny, tiny shorts.

19. Lynn-Holly Johnson as Lexie in Ice Castle

She was a blind figure skater, people. Respect.

18. Rachel McAdams as Regina George in Mean Girls

Regina George with a lacrosse stick is the most terrifying image ever committed to screen.

17. Piper Perabo as Paulie in Lost and Delirious

I fenced once in summer camp, it’s a lot harder than it looks.

16. Dianne Agron, Naya Rivera & Heather Morris as Cheerios on Glee

Sure, we see more singing than cheering from them, but they sure do love wearing their outfits.

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