It’s all a matter of taste, really; and passions; Some people love racing cars, others playing golf; but there’s no doubt in my mind that everyone enjoys a good spotrs movie. So, if you ever get bored, I trust the movies on this list will guarantee a jolt of athletics-flavored awesomeness. Here’s what I think are the 10 best sports movies of all time, for no matter the reason.
From 1976 comes the John G. Avildsen directed Rocky. This movie had to be here, no questions asked. It was cheap to make and was filmed during a month. Despite his decades-long career, Sylvester Stallone is at his most believable and lovable here, with Burgess Meredith training him hard. This movie will remain in history as one of the winners!
9. Bull Durham
Smoothly blending romance and comedy, Bull Durham was launched back in 1988 and has since impressed a lot of people. Kevin Costner is Crash Davis, a veteran catcher who’s trying to show young pitching prodigy Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) the ropes. And that’s all I’m gonna say; go ahead and watch it!
8. Remember the Titans
When T.C. Williams High School is desegregated, Coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) takes over the school’s football team. This movies is based on a true story and deals with racism in a light way. But there’s a great message for younger viewers in there, somewhere.
I remember watching this movie like it was yesterday. This is a beloved and star-studded (Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Ted Knight) comedy about a local country club. So, get some popcorn, kick back and enjoy some fun gags.
6. The Hurricane
The Hurricane was released in 1999 and tells the story of a middleweight boxer who gets wrongly convicted of murder. Denzel Washington is riveting as Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, and it’s even more dramatic to think this is based on a true story.
5. Field of Dreams
1987 saw Kevin Costner at it again, playing in a movie about baseball. The Field of Dreams is all about Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner), who risks it all and build a baseball field on his corn field. The rest is for you to enjoy.
4. Major League
Fast-paced jokes and silly slapstick will make your evening, as Major League is probably the best baseball comedy of all time. Charlie Sheen’s fastball was reportedly clocked at 85 mph at the time of the filming – thank you, steroids – while Wesley Snipes is playing Willie Mays Hayes and Dennis Haysbert is Pedro Cerrano. You have to see this one!
3. Jerry Maguire
Writer-director Cameron Crowe made all of our day when he came up with this drama-romance-comedy hybrid. The focus is on sports agent (Tom Cruise) who has a moral epiphany about his direction in life; Cuba Gooding is there to make you laugh, but there’s more to it than that. The movie’s about money, friendship and especially family.
2. Raging Bull
This is one of Martin Scorcese’s many masterpieces. Raging Bull is the film that Robert De Niro famously gained 60 pounds for, in order to portray former middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta; his performance is the stuff of legends. Boxing may look glorious, but this black & white flick is here to tell the truth about it.
1. When We Were Kings
The “Rumble in the Jungle” was a legendary 1974 title fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire. This movie covers it in its entirety, being more of a documentary by director Leon Gast. When We Were Kings shows off footage of all the major players in the affair. If you’re a boxing enthusiast, you shouldn’t miss this one.