Admit it - (almost) everyone loves sports movies! (Only if they are good, but that is another story!) Anyway, here are the top 15 sports movies of all time in my view:
P.S. As always, feel free to agree with me, express constructive criticism and share your own ideas and suggestions in the comment section below! Thanks for reading!
15. Never Back Down (2008)
Directed by: Jeff Wadlow
Starring: Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, Evan Peters, Leslie Hope, Djimon Hounsou
The ultimate teenage sports film! In case, you have not watched it yet give it a go because it is extremely inspirational and the fight scenes are awesome! If you are looking for motivation to work out or maybe to finally ask THAT girl out, this it movie for you!
14. The Blind Side (2009)
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates
A movie which shows you that if you are treated with love and respect you can unleash your whole potential! It is based on the life story of Michael Oher, an impoverished and illiterate kid, who is adopted by a family and manages to become a successful football player at college. As it is well known, since 2009 Oher has been playing professionally in the NFL and he even won SuperBowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens. An enjoyable movie, fueled by a wonderful (and Academy Award winning) performance by Sandra Bullock.
13. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson
Probably the most famous basketball movie of all time, "White Men Can't Jump" is a trilling film and it definitely shows that your skin color is not what defines you as a player. Add the chemistry (and subsequent bromance) between Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes and you have one of the greatest and funniest sports comedies of all time.
12. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman
It is definitely not a surprise that "Million Dollar Baby" has won 4 Academy Awards and worldwide recognition, Roger Ebert even said that the film was "a masterpiece, pure and simple". The movie is about a boxing trainer who is not appreciated, the mistakes that haunt him from his past, and his quest for atonement by helping an underdog amateur boxer achieve her dream of becoming a professional. The story is quite captivating, but one of the things about "Million Dollar Baby"is that almost every piece of the plot is a major spoiler, so I really do not want to give away any more details!
11. The Natural (1984)
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Starring: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger
The first of a few baseball entries on this list, "The Natural" follows the story of Roy Hobbs, an individual with great "natural" baseball talent, spanning decades of Roy's success and his suffering. Indeed, the movie is a great story of achievements and failure.
10. Remember the Titans (2000)
Directed by: Boaz Yakin
Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison, Nicole Ari Parker
A powerful American football film that is not afraid to make a racial statement! "Remember the Titans" is based on the true story of African- American coach Herman Boone and follows Coach Boone as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in the Northern Virginia city of Alexandria in 1971.
9. A League of Their Own (1992)
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Starring: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna
It is kinda impossible to not include Tom Hanks in a top list, so of course he makes an appearance as a part of the cast of "A League Of Their Own". A lovely baseball film selected in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress and also it produced one of the most memorable lines in the history of cinema: "There's no crying in baseball!"
8. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Directed by: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr. , Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston
A commercial and critical success, "Jerry Maguire" tells us what happens when a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it. The main character decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. Although, there are definitely too many subplots the film is still well-worth watching, oh and "Show me the money!"
7. Warrior (2011)
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Nick Nolte
An absolutely amazing movie! It is a tale of two estranged brothers, whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament forces them to come to terms with their past and each other. There are breathtaking fight scenes and Tom Hardy's performance, as always is top-notch. And let's not forget also that Nick Nolte was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the father of the two brothers.
6. Rocky (1976)
Directed by: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith
This is perhaps the most predictable entry on the list! Everyone loves a rags-to-riches American Dream story and this is one of the best! Who has not heard of Rocky Balboa, who is an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark at the beginning of the film, but later gets a shot at the world heavyweight boxing championship. Without a doubt "Rocky" introduced Sylvester Stallone to cinema fans in the best way possible. In addition, the movie went on to win three Oscars, including Best Picture.
5. Bull Durham (1988)
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Starring: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins
I am kinda shocked that Kevin Costner has not appeared on the list so far, but here he is! A great baseball movie that truly captures the atmosphere of the game and a superb performance by Susan Sarandon.
4. Caddyshack (1980)
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Michael O'Keefe, Bill Murray
Considered by many to be the funniest sports film of all time, "Caddyshack" is a joy to watch and it is hardly surprised that it has a cult following. It is enough to state that Tiger Woods himself has said that this is his favorite movie.
3. Field of Dreams (1989)
Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
The final film of Burt Lancaster's illustrious career, "Field Of Dreams" is an excellent mixture of "fairy tale, baseball and family togetherness and it is a movie well-worth watching!
2. Hoosiers (1986)
Directed by: David Anspaugh
Starring: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper
It is more than possible to get some stick because I have not put "Hoosiers" in first place. In my defense, I will say that it definitely deserves to be there and it is obvious to see why so many people regard it so highly. The film is a basketball underdog story with unbelievable characters and eye for detail.
1. Raging Bull (1980)
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Cathy Moriarty, Joe Pesci
Without a doubt, one of the greatest movies ever made. One of Scorsese' finest achievements and a remarkable display of Robert De Niro's acting prowess. Not to mention that he gained approximately 60 pounds (27 kg) to portray La Motta in his later post-boxing years.