How many of the greatest, most memorable moments in sports involved a last second, miraculous comeback? The answer is most.
And, if it wasn't a comeback, then history was made on a play—on a few seconds of improbable action.
A Hail Mary somehow finding itself in the hands of a wideout collapsing in the end zone; sinking a half-court shot at the buzzer; penalty shots to decide a soccer game; and the vaunted run-off. I'm talking about Jeff Hostetler leading the Giants to a shocking one-point win over the Bills in XXV.
For the best movies of the sports cinema canon, the magic happens when a film emulates life's penchant for being stranger than fiction. Who wants to watch the undermanned, strife-ridden prep football team get waxed by the regional powerhouse?
And when reality needs to take a walk, what better movie convention is there than the secret weapon? It's what the audience wants...and what it needs.
These are the best sports movies secret weapons.