21 Sep

Top-10Some of the greatest movies of all time are sports movies.  They makes us cheer, laugh, cry and sometimes make us feel something inside that we never knew we could feel.  Like the scene where Adrian tells Rocky to “win” in Rocky II.  Or the motivational speech by Al Pacino’s character in Any Given Sunday:  “the inches we need are everywhere around us”.  Or Adam Sandler dancing on the green after defeating Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore.  Sports movies take us to a place when we were kids.  Or a place when we played catch in the yard with our fathers.  Or maybe even to a place where we did something great on our own teams.  Sports movies are a part of our culture that has last through generations before us, and will last through generations to come.  Here are my top 10 favorite sports movies of all time (in no particular order):

ROCKY:  Is there any doubt that this is one of the greatest movies of all time?  And let’s not forget Rocky II…parts of III…and Rocky IV.  Mickey, Paulie, that music, Sly Stallone…legendary.  Check out this scene from Rocky II if you want to feel chills:

FIELD OF DREAMS:  “Is this heaven?”  “No, its Iowa.”  If you’re a man, its NOT cool to say you didn’t cry during this movie.  Watch that scene where Ray and his father have a catch and I dare you to not pull the tissues out!  And gotta love Burt Lancaster!

HOOSIERS:  This movie will make you believe that anything is possible.  Also, has Gene Hackman ever given a bad performance or been in a bad movie?!?

RUDY:  Rudy…Rudy…Rudy…I’m literally crying right now just thinking about watching Rudy run out onto that field!!  Charles S. Dutton with the five foot nothing, a hundred and nothing speech, the teammates giving up their roster spots and a little heavier version of John Favereau make this movie a gridiron classic!  “You ready for this?”  “I’ve been ready for this my whole life.”

PRIDE OF THE YANKEES:  A classic about the rise and tragic fall of a true American Icon:  Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig.  Watch it for great acting by the Babe, but stay for one of the most famous speeches in American History!

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN:  It has comedy, tears and everything inbetween.  Tom Hanks is brilliant as always and you have to cheer when Kit hits that high pitch for the game winner!  Come on Evelyn, you know there’s no crying in baseball!!

RAGING BULL:  Beautifully shot in black and white by Martin Scorsese.  Beautifully acted by Deniro, Pesci and company.  Raging Bull does not dissappoint!

MAJOR LEAGUE:  A hysterical sports comedy about an underdog team in one of the most underdog cities in the country:  Cleveland!  Great cast featuring Tom Berenger and Wesley Snipes.  But Roger Dorn and Pedro Cerrano steal the show!

ANY GIVEN SUNDAY:  This movie is somewhat underrated.  It has a great cast and a great director in Oliver Stone.  The soundtrack really adds to the moments and Pacino’s speech could be and should be used in locker room across the country!

THE NATURAL:  If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor and hit the old netflix up now!  Robert Redford is terrific as an aging ballplayer that makes the most of his last host at greatness.  Wonderboy, Wilfred Brimley as Pops and the music when the ball hits the lights…ah…so great!

*BLUE CHIPS:  Ok, so I had to add this movie as a bonus because it is a reminder of the golden days of the Orlando Magic!  Shaq and Penny and a preview to come!  I don’t see the Heat’s big three in any movie!  Plus, Nick Nolte is genius!!

What movies would you add???




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