Sure to incite a good debate, I humbly submit my list of the best sports movies of all time.
That’s right, of all time!
It would seem apropos to put this out there this time of year when the major cinematic award shows loom on the calendar and the country’s cultural horizon. In fact, a sports movie has found its way into the awards talk buzz once again. It was only two years ago that audiences were captivated by the true story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher in The Blind Side, and Sandra Bullock deservedly won the best actress Oscar in portraying the compassionate Leigh Anne Tuohy.
This year, another film from a Michael Lewis book and another gripping true human-interest story has garnered award buzz. Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, centers on Billy Beane’s transformation of the Oakland A's into a pennant contender in the early 2000s on a shoestring budget, with a group of undervalued players and front office management tactics that have revolutionized baseball and reverberated throughout sports.
In putting together this daunting list, I wanted to select those pictures that have or promise to stand the test of time and have made significant contributions to the genre. Whether that contribution is commercial, cultural or artistic is for the viewer to decide and discuss for times infinite.
First, a few films that deserve mention but fell just outside of my proverbial top 10.