Rudy is a 1993 American biographical sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. It was the first film that the Notre Dame administration allowed to be shot on campus since Knute Rockne, All American in 1940.
In 2005, Rudy was named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls by ESPN (#24 by a panel of sports experts, and #4 by ESPN.com users). It was ranked the 54th-most inspiring film of all time in the "AFI 100 Years" series.
The film was released on October 15, 1993, by TriStar Pictures. It stars Sean Astin as the title character, along with Ned Beatty, Jason Miller and Charles S. Dutton. The film had supporting roles from Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. The script was written by Angelo Pizzo, who created Hoosiers, which was also directed by Anspaugh. The film was shot in Illinois and Indiana.