THE TOP 10 GREATEST SPORTS MOVIES OF ALL-TIME by Mark Anthony DiBello
1. Brian’s Song – In a close competition for the top-spot, this film puts all sport in context…It is just a game and only rarely is it really a matter of life or death.
2. Rocky – The premiere story of the underdog David versus Goliath. And while it’s good to win the girl; the true victory in sports is just the chance and willingness to compete.
3. Hoosiers – This story is as old as David and Goliath, but from a team aspect. And even though teams win championships, every player wants the chance to be the hero.
4. Heaven Can Wait – God and sports…it doesn't get much greater than that. And one of the gifts of God is the chance to win a championship even after a heartbreaking loss.
5. Field of Dreams – What son doesn’t remember or want to remember playing “catch” with his father? And what son doesn’t want to succeed at sports to please his parents?
6. Remember the Titans – Sports can teach character in combination with competition, like no other. This film teaches mankind to love the game and love one another.
7. The Natural – A fantastic fantasy based on one realistic desire: “…I want to walk down the street and hear people say, ‘there goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was.’”
8. The Longest Yard – The most common denominator in sport is winning and losing and that no matter what the level or where the game; sport frees people to be alive inside.
9. The Blindside – The fact it is based on a true story certainly makes it great. But what makes it greater is the feminine-side and motherly side; to the positive pride and love that a mother can have and adapt and adopt toward a son and a sport.
10. Lots of Promise – Hopefully, prayerfully, “the last shall be first” should the day come when I complete my personal bio-pic. Thus, too me, it is worthy of inclusion on this list.
ALSO ELIGIBLE: Rudy – (Honestly, I didn’t like this film very much…however, I do respect it. I respect it because it is similar to my own biography as an athlete and hopefully, cinematic winner), Jerry McGuire (may not be considered a "sports" film, in some opinions) Something for Joey, Seabiscuit, Chariots of Fire, The Express, Raging Bull