All right sports movie fans here is my list of the top 10 best sports movies of all time. Now this is just my opinion so deal with it. I have taken into account every sport that has seemingly had a movie made about it. I have seen all of these movies and they all have that amazing feel to it that I’m sure you can attest to. I hope you like it! Here we go…
1.ROCKY – 1976
What can you say about Rocky? Sylvester Stallone practically had to beg filmmakers to get this movie made. Rocky is the true underdog story about a club fighter getting a title shot against the mighty Apollo Creed. Burgess Meredith was brilliant as Mickey, Rocky’s trainer. Talia Shire was a nice complement to Rocky as Adrian. Of course Carl Weathers shines as Apollo. I can still hear Stallone say ‘Yo Adrian!” , can you? The movie won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and spawned what is now five sequels.
2. FIELD OF DREAMS-1989
Ever been to Dyersville, Iowa? That is where this movie was filmed. This is my favorite Kevin Costner film of all time. This is one of those movies you can watch over again and not get tired of. How can you not? Watching Costner sink his heart and soul into building the field is a sight to see. This movie is absolutely brilliant. James Earl Jones is dynamite as Terence Mann, but Ray Liotta steals this movie as Shoeless Joe Jackson. I can still hear the whispers of ”If you build it he will come.” When Costner’s father comes out and he meets the family it is quite a scene. If you didn’t cry when father and son have a catch you have no soul.
Hoosiers is inspired by the true story of the 1954 Milan High School basketball team that won the Indiana State Championship. This movie makes me feel good every time I watch it. I think most of grew up wanting to be Jimmy Chitwood making the winning basket. The Title game was filmed at Finkle Fieldhouse where Butler University plays.
Milan was a very small high school from a southern Indiana town. One of the teams that Milan beat on its way to the title was led by basketball great Oscar Robertson, I bet you didn’t know that did you ? Gene Hackman’s best role as coach Norman Dale, a new coach with a spotty past. He meets with resentment from the town , but ends up doing it his way which I love. It co-stars Barbara Hershey, and Dennis Hopper as a basketball-loving town drunkard, a performance that brought Hopper an Oscar nomination. The players were stars as well , and brought the movie to life. When Hackman says, ‘I love you guys,’ I balled my eyes out. A must see if you are a basketball fan.
4. MAJOR LEAGUE-1989
I know I have this higher on most people’s list, but this movie is a classic. This movie made me wanna play baseball. It stars Tom Berenger , Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen , Wesley Snipes, and of course Bob Uecker. This movie has some of the best one-liners you will ever here. Uecker is at his best as Harry Doyle the voice of the Indians. James Gammon as Lou Brown is the best fake manager in all of sports. Any manager that pisses on a player’s contract is ok in my book. I wish John Farrell would piss on Clay Buchholz’s contract, but that’s for another time. It even has Dennis Haysbert as Serrano. He has a little voodoo doll named Jobu that he keeps in his locker. How in god’s name can you not love that? This movie turns a rag-tag bunch of scrubs into division champs. This is my favorite baseball movie of all time.
One of Paul Newman’s underrated performances if you ask me. He plays Reggie ‘Reg’ Dunlop. He plays on hockey team called the Chiefs, which is a perennial loser and in financial trouble due to mill closings in the town, and is due to be folded at season’s end. Through the course of regular business they decide to amp up the violence and go all out. The Chiefs pick up the Hanson Brothers, violent goons with child-like mentalities. They are a sight to see if you have never seen this movie. If you like Hockey and want to have some fun this movie is for you.
6. THE NATURAL-1984
Robert Redford plays an unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past that appears out of nowhere to transform a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs becomes a star. Wilfred Brimley is quite a hoot as Pop Fisher. This movie has feel good written all over it and it makes you feel like a kid again when you watch it.
7.REMEMBER THE TITANS-2000
Denzel Washington’s iconic performance as coach Herman Boone makes me wanna suit up and play now. Will Patton is also excellent as coach Bill Yoast. This movie takes place in 1971 where segregation in southern schools was still going on. The Virginia high school of TC Williams decided it was time to desegregate. This included the football team. Black and white players would clash during the training camp as the players had to adjust to something they and the south were not accustomed to. They found a way to coexist, and it is through the strong bond of the football team that together with their dominance of the opposition on the field that the school and the community would unite and make Alexandria, Virginia a better place to live. Which it inspired the whole town and community. If you are a football fan you will love this movie.
8. BULL DURHAM-1988
I know I put another Kevin Costner movie on here , but I don’t think this is as good as Field Of Dreams. It is still quite an entertaining movie. Costner plays Crash Davis a minor league catcher who takes Tim Robbins character Nuke LaLoosh under his wing. Susan Sarandon is absolutely brilliant as Annie Savoy who is a super fan of the team who always sleeps with one player a year and falls for both players. Annie brings her own perspective to the game. Costner has a great line ,’Well, I believe in the soul, the c##k, the p###y, the small of a woman’s back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.” What more can you ask for?
9. EIGHT MEN OUT-1988
I know I am putting a lot of baseball movies on here, but there are slim pickings when it come to really great sports movies. This movie is about the 1919 Black Sox scandal. If you have never heard of this, eight players were banned from baseball for life. The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 at the time was the best team to ever win a pennant. The team was angry over their owner, Charles Comiskey who never paid the players what they deserved. Gamblers took advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn’t get as much as promised.) Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last-minute and try to play their best. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis has other plans and subsequently bans them for life. Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name, but was unsuccessful. John Cusack plays Weaver and is the heart and soul of this movie.
I know this is more of a comedy, but it’s about Golf and that is a sport so get over it. This movie has it all! Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, and the Gopher! Comical goings on at an exclusive golf club. All the members are wealthy and eccentric, and all the staff are poor and slightly less eccentric. Dangerfield tries to stir up the pot as Al Czervik and get members to loosen up. Murray is damn funny as Carl Spackler the maintenance guy who tries to get rid of the gopher. His pursuit of the gopher must be seen.
Well what do you think? I know some of you won’t agree with me on all these, but I singled out the best. Next week, the worst sports movies, and you are gonna wanna see that list!