Great starts are an often cruel phenomenon in life, in sports and certainly when it comes to movies. Great starts without an equally great ending build us up and then knock us down with failed expectations and crushed hopes.
Few, if any, would choose a great start over a great ending. Great starts with bad endings gave us the "Second Half-Collapse," Bo Jackson's hip, Lou Gehrig's disease and the Great Depression.
Yet, great starts seem to be far too prolific, while great endings are a very rare commodity. And the two paired together in perfect harmony? Such a thing comes around about as often as Halley's Comet.
One would think the sports movie genre has essentially been handed great endings, gift-wrapped and ready because any screenwriter or director can pull from the rich sports' canon of buzzer beaters, underdogs and stories of redemption.
As most of us know, however, not every sports flick is created equal, and some classics—both old and new—nailed it...while others...not so much. For those that did get the closing chapter right, not only was a great sports movie born, but great cinema was, too.
These are the best sports movie endings ever.