I would consider myself a movie buff, and any one of my high school friends could attest: I mean, after all who spends almost all of their high school graduation money ($3,000) on a box full of VHS’? Wise investment huh?
Earlier on in the year, I posted my top nine baseball movies of all time. I felt that there were some classics, and of course it was all my opinion. But now I would like to throw out another top nine list, this time it will be the greatest sports movies of all-time. Let’s see how your list compares.
9) Rudy– The story about a boy who struggles to make it out of his hometown and show his family he can be somebody. It’s a bit of a cliché, but this one was way before its time. The fact that it is based on a true story, makes it even cooler. I loved Rudy, as did many, and everyone sat on the edge of their seat hoping he would get in for the final play at the end of the movie.
8) Tin Cup- Kevin Costner had the market cornered, and still does, on great sports characters. Roy McAvoy was no different. He played the character brilliantly. His rapport with the beautiful Rene Russo, was enigmatic. If you’re a fan of golf, you have to see this brilliant portrayal of a driving range pro who tries to make it on the “big tour.”
7) Rocky- I was late to the party with Rocky. It came out when I wasn’t even a glint in my parent’s eye, but this picture has held its own to this day. I mean there is a statue of him in Philadelphia. Anytime a fictional character can make that kind of impact, the movie has to be great, right? The fact is Rocky, in my opinion is the greatest boxing character ever. How can you not want to cheer for him?
6) Field of Dreams- There is no doubt in my mind that this is a classic. A completely original take on a baseball movie, all to bring you to the climax at the end. “Hey dad? Wanna have a catch,” uh… brilliant… instant water works. What father/son duo isn’t affected by this snippet of dialog?
5) We Are Marshall- I think this picture is highly underrated. It is acted well, and is an incredible inside look at a team that was decimated by tragedy. It shows the value of being a team, and how everything can come together on one fine day. All you have to do is believe. Great movie and I recommend if you have not seen it.
4) Caddyshack- Best golf movie ever! Hands down, without question one of the funniest movies ever. Not sports movies, but movies. Chevy Chase and Bill Murray in their prime, come on, does it get any better? So many classic lines that have been repeated over the years, and still are.
3) Major League- Again let me reiterate my love for this movie. It holds a special place in my heart and always will. I connected with the characters during my playing days and can’t leave this out of the top three.
2) Remember the Titans- A movie about race in the early 1970’s, even though I wasn’t around, there is still some segregation in our country today. It is sad, and this movie portrays it brilliantly. The acting is superb. I don’t think it could’ve been done better.
1) Miracle- This is so much more than a movie about hockey. Yes there is plenty of hockey in it, but the movie shows just how trying a time it was between the United States and the U.S.S.R. The Russians dominated Olympic hockey for so long, and for an American team to compete, especially college kids! Huh, forget it. But somehow the brilliant Herb Brooks made it happen. To this day one of the best coaching displays of all-time.