Sports Movies


Mark Anthony DiBello signing an autograph for the Miami Hurricanes [From the book "Lots of Promise"].
Mark Anthony DiBello signing an autograph for the Miami Hurricanes [From the book "Lots of Promise"].
Mark Anthony DiBelloContributor IOctober 13, 2010



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

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