I love sports. I love movies. So it makes sense that I would love sports movies. There have been many movies based on sports that are legitimately great films. There have been plenty that were so bad they were funny.
This list will showcase 150 of the most memorable characters in sports movie history. That does not necessarily mean that nothing but good movies will be represented here. On the contrary, many of the performances mentioned within this article are included because the acting or writing was so bad that it was funny.
If you have any favorites that you think I should have included, please detail my omission in the comments section of the article.
So without further ado, let's get it on!
We'll kick off the slide show with some of the greatest sports movie characters...
Played By: Jason Bateman
Why He's Great: One of the staples of the sports comedy genre is the funny color-commentary guy. One of the best characters of that variety was Dodgeball's Pepper Brooks. Almost every word from his mouth was brilliant.
Cotton McKnight: "In 23 years of broadcasting I thought I'd seen it all, folks. But it looks like Peter La Fleur has actually blindfolded himself."
Pepper Brooks: "He will not be able to see very well, Cotton."
Played By: Bill Murray
Why He's Great: Seems kind of ridiculous to have to explain why Bill Murray is great.
Memorable Quote: "Larry's not white. Larry's clear."
Played By: Bill Murray
Why He's Great: The final bowling scene.
Memorable Quote: "It all comes down to this roll. Roy Munson, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Ernie McCracken. If he strikes, he's the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He's got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst."
Played By: Shaquille O'Neal
Why He's Great: Shaq's movie career is filled with some real gems. His best part: essentially playing himself in Blue Chips. Much of this movie is laughable, but Shaq's athleticism and insane size translates to the big screen. It was fun to watch.
Memorable Quote: "How'd you like the spin move?"
Played By: Richard Kiel
Why He's Great: One of his employees shot him in the head with a nail gun, and he still strongly supported that employee when he later became a professional golfer.
Memorable Quote: "And you can count, on me, waiting for you in the parking lot."
Played By: Jon Heder
Why He's Great: The opening scene when his hand was a swan was enough for me.
Memorable Quote: "Zip it Chazz, just zip it, or I'll punch you in your crap-lousy face!"
Played By: Ben Stiller
Why He's Great: He ran a real tight ship at that nursing home.
Memorable Quote: "I got good news. We're extending arts and crafts time by four hours today."
Played By: Warren Beatty
Why He's Great: It took dying to teach him, but Joe found out the true meaning of life isn't all about football.
Memorable Quote: "I'm not supposed to be here."
Played By: Heath Ledger
Why He's Great: The movie may not have been great (it certainly doesn't touch the documentary that covers the same subject matter), but Heath Ledger's work is on point. He played the California surf dude extremely well.
Memorable Quote: "Yeah, this is Skip Engblom and the Zephyr Skateboard Team. Here's our entry fees. Now where's our trophies?"
Played By: Nana Gbewonyo
Why He's Great: Coach Carter doesn't feature great acting or writing, but the actual basketball is about as close as any movie has come to looking real. One of the most authentic-looking players was Junior Battle. He had plenty of nice dunks and big blocks.
Memorable Quote: "All ball!"
Played By: Doug E. Doug
Why He's Great: Sanka provided much of the comic relief for what ends up being an inspirational movie. He has plenty of great scenes, from his frozen dreads to attempts at line dancing to his lucky egg. Plus, his loyalty to Derice was awesome.
Memorable Quote: "How 'bout I draw a line down the middle of your head so it looks like a butt?"
Played By: Gary Cole
Why He's Great: How do you apply greatness to someone who abandons his son and wife? It's not as difficult once you realize that person is one Reese Bobby. Full of wisdom and motivational lines, Reese became a great mentor to his son Ricky.
Memorable Quotes: "If you're not first, you're last."
Played By: Ronald Reagan
Why He's Great: He's "The Gipper," come on!
Memorable Quote: "Win one for the Gipper!"
Played By: Patrick Renna
Why He's Great: This movie is truly a classic, filled with lots of memorable characters. Who doesn't remember Ham? His "Bambino" impression is superb.
Memorable Quote: "This pop isn't workin', Benny! I'm bakin' like a toasted cheese-it! It's so hot here!"
Played By: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Why He's Great: One of the greatest tournament fighters we've ever known!
Memorable Quote: "No, it's DUX."
Played By: Patrick Renna
Why He's Great: He became an awesome goalkeeper.
Memorable Quote: "While you're here, who's giving out speeding tickets and scooping dead animals off the highway?"
Played By: Brad Pitt and Edward Norton
Why He's Great: He would've been a beast in the current MMA-crazed world.
Memorable Quote: "Hey, you created me. I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility! "
Played By: Garrett Hedlund
Why He's Great: Hedlund did a fantastic job of portraying the high-school football star who drinks to escape the pressure of the game and his overbearing father. Billingsley had issues hanging on to the football, but he came up big in the clutch.
Memorable Quote: "I'm gonna miss the lights."
Played By: Owen Wilson
Why He's Great: The explanation of the game Whackbat.
Memorable Quote: "Basically, there's three grabbers, three taggers, five twig runners, and a player at Whackbat. Center tagger lights a pine cone and chucks it over the basket and the whack-batter tries to hit the cedar stick off the cross rock. Then the twig runners dash back and forth until the pine cone burns out and the umpire calls hotbox. Finally, you count up however many score-downs it adds up to and divide that by nine."
Played By: Burt Reynolds
Why He's Great: Organizing a bunch of prison inmates for a game of tackle football against the guards was great.
Memorable Quote: "The most important thing to remember is: to protect your quarterback - ME!"
Played By: Matthew McConaughey
Why He's Great: That southern drawl.
Memorable Quote: "When you take that field today, you've got to lay that heart on the line, men. From the souls of your feet, with every ounce of blood you've got in your body, lay it on the line until the final whistle blows. And if you do that, if you do that, we cannot lose. We may be behind on the scoreboard at the end of the game but if you play like that we cannot be defeated. Now we came here today to remember six young men and sixty-nine others who will not be on the field with you today, but they will be watching. You can bet your ass that they'll be gritting their teeth with every snap of that football. You understand me? How you play today, from this moment on is how you will be remembered. This is your opportunity to rise from these ashes and grab glory. We are..."
Played By: Billy Dee Williams
Why He's Great: The real life Gale Sayers was one of the best backs in football during his career. In the movie, Billy Dee Williams does the character justice in every way.
Memorable Quote: "I'd like to tell you about a guy I know, a friend of mine. His name is Brian Piccolo. And he has the heart of a giant, and that rare form of courage that allows him to kid himself and his opponent, cancer. He has a mental attitude that makes me proud to have a friend who spells out the word 'courage,' 24 hours a day, every day of his life. Now you honor me by giving me this award. But I say to you here now Brian Piccolo is the man who deserves the George S. Halas award. It is mine tonight... and Brian Piccolo's tomorrow."
Played By: Eddie Cahill
Why He's Great: This movie was full of solid performances, but of the players, one stands out above the rest. Jim Craig was the rock of the team and Eddie Cahill was the rock of the young cast members.
Memorable Line: "Yeah, umm... it's nothing against you or anything. I just don't see what it has to do with stopping the puck."
Played By: James Caan
Why He's Great: Caan has played plenty of seedy characters in his career. But for "Brian's Song" he went inspirational and he pulled it off.
Memorable Quote: "It's all so pointless, Gale. I mean, I know perfectly well what's wrong with me. Gale, I think I'm pregnant."
Played By: Tim McGraw
Why He's Great: McGraw proved that he's got some serious acting chops in this role. He was completely believable as the washed-up high school superstar who can't let go of the past.
Memorable Quote: "You just, you ain't gettin' it. You don't understand. This is the only thing you're ever gonna have. Forever, it carries you forever. It's an ugly fact of life, Donnie. Hell. It's the only fact of life. You got one year, one stinkin' year to make yourself some memories, son. That's all. It's gone after that. And I'll be damned if you're not gonna miss it."
Played By: Tupac Shakur
Why He's Great: It's Tupac in a sports movie.
Memorable Quote: "You might be on the other team, but you playin for me. Remember that."
Played By: Tom Cruise
Why He's Great: Cruise did it all in the 80s.
Memorable Quote: "You know, Nickerson, you are not God! Huh? You're just a typing teacher!"
Played By: Will Ferrell
Why He's Great: The way he overcame his personal vice of coffee to lead his team to the title was truly inspirational.
Memorable Quote: "You're my assistant. You're supposed to back me up and go get me juiceboxes whenever I want. Now go get me a juicebox!"
Played By: Mark Wahlberg
Why He's Great: A lot of sports movies are about the underdog and this one is a great underdog story. Papale overcame huge obstacles to make his dream come true.
Memorable Quote: "I didn't play college ball."
Played By: Nick Nolte
Why He's Great: Just take a look at that picture.
Memorable Quote: "Jo Bob is here to remind us that the biggest and the baddest get to make all the rules."
Played By: Jack Black
Why He's Great: He rose from his lowly station as lunch lady and became a legendary Lucha Libre.
Memorable Quote: "Chancho. When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It's for fun."
Played By: Will Arnett and Amy Poehler
Why They're Great: Great sports-movie villains who were willing to do anything to get the gold.
Memorable Quote: "You know I'm not a violent person. But I would like to hold them down and skate over their throats."
Played By: Dennis Quaid
Why He's Great: Making your dreams come true over a decade after you thought they were dead is pretty great.
Memorable Quote: "Fastball, fastball, and... fastball!"
Played By: Keanu Reeves
Why He's Great: Great surfer, great detective.
Memorable Quote: "Vaya con Dios, Brah."
Played By: Oliver Platt
Why He's Great: The suits at WCW tried to push him out, but they underestimated the King and his subjects from the great state of Wyoming.
Memorable Quote: "Give me the stuff or I'll crown ya!"
Played By: David Walton
Why He's Great: The Crocs, the soundtrack to his life, his inevitable career as a doctor, the fact that he called himself Dr. Rick.
Memorable Quote: "I can take life as quickly as I can give it!"
Played By: D.B. Sweeney and Ray Liotta
Why They're Great: "Shoeless" Joe achieved legendary status as a baseball player for things done both on and off the field. He's the conflicted player in "Eight Men Out" and the cool ghost in "Field of Dreams".
Memorable Quote: "Getting thrown out of baseball was like having part of me amputated. I've heard that old men wake up and scratch itchy legs that been dust for over fifty years. That was me. I'd wake up at night with the smell of the ball park in my nose, the cool of the grass on my feet... The thrill of the grass."
Played By: Keira Knightley
Why She's Great: She may not have been the main character, but does anyone remember anyone else from this movie?
Memorable Quote: "Yeah, as in male, Joe! Joe, our coach, Joe, man, Joe!"
Played By: Paul Newman
Why He's Great: Is there anything Paul Newman is not great in? As a pool-playing hustler, he's as cool as he ever was.
Memorable Quote: "Fat man, you shoot a great game of pool."
Played By: Carl Weathers
Why He's Great: Can anyone think of a greater mentor than Chubbs Peterson? He was a coach, a philosopher and, most importantly, a friend.
Memorable Quote: "Just easin' the tension, baby. Just easin' the tension!"
Played By: Hilary Swank
Why She's Great: Swank won Best Actress for her portrayal of Maggie. Her determination throughout the film was the strongest aspect of her character. That's why I think her final request betrayed who she was. Nevertheless, the performance was fantastic and the character was certainly memorable.
Memorable Quote: "Working the bag, boss."
Played By: Paul Giamatti
Why He's Great: Giamatti's portrayal of Joe Gould was fantastic. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He was a great "sidekick" character to Russell Crowe's James Braddock.
Memorable Quote: "I got you another fight."
Played By: Patton Oswalt
Why He's Great: I could probably replace great with pathetic on this one, but the performance by Oswalt in this movie earns him a spot on this countdown. Paul Aufiero's life revolved around the New York Giants in "Big Fan" and Oswalt got me to buy every second of it.
Memorable Quote: "It's gonna be a great year!"
Played By: Will Ferrell
Why He's Great: I actually think this is one of the worst movies that Ferrell has been in. However, his work was typically brilliant.
Memorable Quote: "No refunds, consider your refund escaping this death trap with your lives!"
Played By: Wesley Snipes
Why He's Great: The blistering speed.
Memorable Quote: "The American Express Card. Don't steal home without it."
Played By: Geena Davis
Why She's Great: She had a great deal of heart and determination. She led her team, but made a huge sacrifice in the end for her sister.
Memorable Quote: "You got yourself into the league. I just got you on the train."
Played By: Lucas Black
Why He's Great: He put the team on his shoulders when superstar running back James "Booby" Miles went down. He was one of the easiest characters in sports movie history to root for. He was quiet and humble, but he still put in work.
Memorable Quote: "You ever feel cursed, Coach? Like, no matter what, inside your heart you feel that you're gonna lose. Like something's hanging over you, following you like a witch or a demon that just... I feel like that all the time. Even when things are going good. When we're winnin', it's there. And when we're losin', it's there."
Played By: John C. Reilly
Why He's Great: He was a loyal friend to Ricky through thick and thin, even when he was committing the ultimate robbery by snagging Ricky's wife. Turns out, he actually did Ricky a favor as he wound up with Susan.
Memorable Quote: "I got a message for all of 'em. Shake... and bake."
Played By: Russell Crowe
Why He's Great: How about an ancient sport? We think sports stars today are competitive, how about ancient gladiators that competed for their lives? "Gladiator" won Best Picture and Crowe won Best Actor for his work.
Memorable Quote: "Are you not entertained?"
Played By: Sandra Bullock
Why He's Great: I'm not much of a Bullock fan in most cases, but her work in "The Blind Side" was darn good. She believed in Big Mike's potential and she helped him make his dreams come true.
Memorable Quote: "You threaten my son, you threaten me."
Let's take a short break from the greats and change gears a bit...
How dare Hollywood subject to us to these sports movies, characters or actors...
Played By: Blake Clark
Why It's Atrocious: Shawn Hunter's dad from the incomparable "Boy Meets World" steals the show in an Adam Sandler movie. Right on the border between great and atrocious...
Memorable Quote: Can anyone translate some Farmer Fran for me? I'd really appreciate it.
Played By: Xzibit
Why It's Atrocious: I liked "Pimp My Ride"... When's that show comin' back?
Memorable Quote: "You know you're an idiot, right?"
Played By: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Why It's Atrocious: This hurts a little bit. Oh so close to the line between greatness and atrocity.
Memorable Quote: "I want Tong Po! Give me Tong Po!"
Played By: Ryan Hurst
Why It's Atrocious: How bad would this movie have been without Denzel Washington? It's really hard for a 24-year-old to be believable as a high school kid, especially when that 24-year-old is incapable of acting.
Memorable Quote: "Honesty? You want honesty? Honestly, I think you're nothing. Nothing but a pure waste of God-given talent. You don't listen to nobody, man! Not even Doc or Boone! Shiver push on the line every time and you blow right past 'em! Push 'em, pull 'em, do something! You run over everyone in this league, and everytime you do you leave one of your teammates hanging out to dry, me in particular!"
Played By: Keanu Reeves
Why It's Atrocious: Keanu Reeves was believable as a stoner. Everything else, not so much. Trying to get us to believe he was a professional quarterback, wow.
Memorable Quote: "I read blitz."
Played By: Martin Kove
Why It's Atrocious: Man, can I really do this? Kreese is so close, sooo close, to that line between greatness and atrocity. I'll just blame his placement on his poor sportsmanship.
Memorable Quote: "Sweep the leg."
Played By: Mr. T
Why It's Atrocious: The Rocky movies really started to fall apart by No. 3. The first one was truly fantastic, No. 2 was borderline, but for No. 3, everything came crashing down. I laughed a lot at Clubber Lang, so I guess that would be a reason to think about throwing him in with the greats. Ultimately, that's just not enough to overcome his acting.
Memorable Quote: "Hey, Woman. Hey, Woman! Listen here. Since your old man ain't got no heart, maybe you like to see a real man. I bet you stay up late every night dreamin' you had a real man, don't ya? I'll tell you what. Bring your pretty little self over to my apartment tonight, and I'll show you a real man."
Played By: Sylvester Stallone
Why It's Atrocious: This movie was so outrageous, it was near amazing. Lincoln Hawk abandoned his son because his father-in-law didn't care for him. He wins his son's heart by arm wrestling and driving a semi-truck through his father-in-law's front door. Hmmm....
Memorable Quote: "Tell you the truth, the truck is, uh, you know, the most important thing for me. I... I don't really... it doesn't matter if I, uh, become the champion or anything. That's, that's not the most important... I... I need this truck."
Played By: Jessica Biel
Why It's Atrocious: It's "Summer Catch," have you seen this movie?
Memorable Quote: "Let yourself be great."
Played By: Kevin Costner
Why It's Atrocious: This movie is downright awful. Here are some excerpts from a few reviews: "You're about to get bonked on the head with a has-been story, mediocre acting, and some squirmingly painful dialogue." "Dispiritingly conventional and obvious." "If you are a golfer, you'll have a better time out on the links."
Memorable Quote: "It's a lock! I hit my 7-iron like John Daly hits the 3."
Played By: Kevin Bacon
Why It's Atrocious: "The Air Up There" is the only movie that I cannot find on Netflix in any format. The opening scene, when Bacon plays the incoming recruit in a game of one-on-one, is so bad it's almost glorious.
Memorable Quote: "Sister! You're allowed to kiss?"
Played By: Dolph Lundgren
Why It's Atrocious: The Rocky franchise just kept getting worse with each film. The first one was truly a fantastic film. But by the time this one came out it was almost a joke.
Memorable Quote: "I cannot be defeated. I beat all man. Someday, I will beat a real champion. If he dies, he dies."
Played By: Tom Cruise
Why It's Atrocious: Don't get me wrong, I actually think Tom Cruise is a great actor. However, his turn as a Nascar driver was shaky at best. One critic said: "The story is predictably pedestrian, the conflict laughable and the dialogue too lifeless to be laughable, but closer to that than convincing or compelling." Plus, the character's name is Cole Trickle.
Memorable Quote: "Speed. To be able to control it. To know that I can control something that's out of control."
Played By: Freddie Prinze, Jr.
Why It's Atrocious: How to explain why a Freddie Prinze performance is bad, hmmm... This whole movie is rough, and it's hard to decide who's worse between Freddie and Matthew Lillard. But I have to go with Prinze. One critic said: "Freddie Prinze Jr. has become the opposite of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. His face on a movie poster guarantees a bad time."
Memorable Quote: "Thanks, but I can screw this up on my own."
Played By: Robert Hoffman
Why It's Atrocious: This guy should really stick to dance movies.
Memorable Quote: "I did not cry during that game. I had something in my eye."
Played By: Cam Gigandet
Why It's Atrocious: Cam plays the villain in this movie. He channeled the same inner-evil he did for his stellar work in the O.C. The movie itself is terrible. One critic said: "Never Back Down is a tired, asinine attempt to piggyback on a fight club subculture and it does wonders to make MMA seem like the most idiotic undertaking in recent memory."
Memorable Quote: "If you gonna be the best, you have to take out the best."
Played By: Woody Harrelson
Why It's Atrocious: I wish I could believe Woody in this role. I wish they could have pulled this off. I don't mind the concept, but it just fell short.
Memorable Quote: "I'll tell you what. Why don't we take all these bricks and build a shelter for the homeless, so maybe your mother will have a place to stay."
Played By: Rick Gonzalez
Why It's Atrocious: I actually feel like "Coach Carter" does a better job with the actual basketball scenes than most movies about the sport. However, off the court many of the characters are laughable. Timo Cruz is not only that—he's also not likable.
Memorable Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It's not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. "
Played By: Scott Caan
Why It's Atrocious: How tall is Scott Caan? 5'0"? 5'1"? He's playing a receiver, right? This movie was base, crude and absurd. Caan's character was as bad as any in perpetrating those issues.
Memorable Quote: "Hey, you wanna see the new Tweeder end zone dance?"
Played By: Al Pacino
Why It's Atrocious: Pacino is the lead in two movies that I could honestly put in the top 10 all-time: Godfather I and II are both phenomenal films. Pacino's resume over the last 10 to 15 years? Not so much.
Memorable Quote: "You find out life's this game of inches, so is football. Because in either game—life or football—the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch. Because we know when add up all those inches, that's gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying!"
Played By: Erik von Detten
Why It's Atrocious: I'd love to play to your childhood sentiments regarding Disney Channel Original Movies and defend this film, but I won't.
Memorable Quote: "Skate better!"
Played By: Jason Bateman
Why It's Atrocious: As if the first "Teen Wolf" wasn't outrageous enough, they made another one.
Memorable Quote: "I just had a beard over every inch of my body... fingernails the size of french fries... teeth from here to Texas... and she called me a dog... a dog..."
Played By: Tony Danza
Why It's Atrocious: Honestly? Are you really going to make me?
Memorable Quote: "They want me to try out as they kicka!"
Played By: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Why It's Atrocious: One critic sums up this movie really well: "As the principal says, 'I'm not sure we're trying to help someone here, or whether you're using him as a glorified mascot." Exactly.
Memorable Quote: "That's a goo' one!"
Played By: Michael J. Fox
Why It's Atrocious: Man oh man, I really wish I could put this one in with the greats. This movie is always good for a laugh. However, I just cannot justify a 5'4", 24-year-old man playing a high school basketball star.
Memorable Quote: "I'm not a fag. I'm... a werewolf."
Played By: Brian Dennehy
Why It's Atrocious: The "30 for 30" series they have going now is good, but all that ESPN Original Entertainment from a few years ago was awful. 3? Bad. Junction Boys? Bad. Code Breakers? Bad. Playmakers? Ridiculous. Tilt? Hilarious! The worst of all though: "A Season On The Brink." Dennehy comes off as little more than a tired, old joke.
Memorable Quote: "We're starting a season we're not even close to being ready for. We can't beat a single team on our schedule, not one. And, one thing for sure, somebody besides me is gonna have to start providing some leadership around here. Now personally, I don't think you could lead a whore into bed, but you're gonna have to...starting now."
Played By: Buddy the Dog
Why It's Atrocious: Come on, do we really need to waste any time on this?
Memorable Quote: "Woof!"
Played By: Tom Selleck
Why It's Atrocious: This quote from a critic sums up "Mr. Baseball" perfectly: "Stupid comedy that's insulting to both Baseball and the Japanese."
Memorable Quote: "I need someone to tell me how to take a crap."
Played By: Joshua Jackson
Why It's Atrocious: Charlie was just such a sad, pathetic little boy. Don't worry though, the Ducks will get some love on this list.
Memorable Quote: "Oh, man. It's my mom. She looks pissed."
Played By: Kate Bosworth
Why It's Atrocious: "When the movie attempts to tell a story on land, you might want to bring along a flashlight and a magazine." Brilliant analysis.
Memorable Quote: "Somebody got to go to college, and it isn't going to be me."
Played By: Chris Klein
Why It's Atrocious: Look at that picture.
Memorable Quote: "You can't make me quit."
Played By: Whoopi Goldberg
Memorable Quote: "Bailey! Bailey! Bailey, you gonna try something new tonight, like trying to coach? It's the NBA, buddy—no buttheads allowed, but you keep coming back. I don't understand it."
Played By: Matt LeBlanc
Why It's Atrocious: Hard to believe LeBlanc hasn't done anything in Hollywood since his "Friends" spinoff failed, isn't it?
Memorable Quote: "How dumb do I look? You wanted to play hardball remember? There's a sandbox down there so go pee your socks off, and quit banging on the door."
Played By: Jim Varney
Why It's Atrocious: Ernest did a lot of things. Basketball was as unbelievable as any of 'em.
Memorable Quote: "I made lemonade for the whole team..."
Played By: Leonardo DiCaprio
Why It's Atrocious: Leo is a really good actor. He's been stellar in many, many roles. As a basketball player? I just don't see it.
Memorable Quote: "You gotta have presence on the court. Presence like a cheetah rather than a chimp. Sure, they both got it, but Chimpy gotta jump his nuts around to get it. The shy cheetah moves with total nonchalance, stickin' it to them in his sexy, slow strut. Me? I play like a cheetah."
Played By: Omar Epps
Why It's Atrocious: I know a lot of people like this movie. I just don't know why. The acting is terrible, the script is ridiculous, and the lead is played by the seriously height-impaired Omar Epps. He's not even remotely believable as a basketball player.
Memorable Quote: "Who you goin' to the dance with anyway? Spalding?"
Played By: James Franco
Why It's Atrocious: I've heard Franco is solid in Danny Boyle's new movie, "127 Hours." Everything I've seen him in, he has been terrible in (unless he's playing a stoner, then he's pretty believable).
Memorable Quote: "Sir, the latitude of Annapolis is 38.58 degrees north. Sir, the first three admirals were Dewey, Porter and Farragut. Sir, I've been in the Navy all my bloomin' life, sir. My mother was a mermaid, my father was King Neptune. Every bone in my body is a spar. And when I spits, I spits tar. I's hard. I is, I am, I are."
Played By: Rob Schneider
Why It's Atrocious: I was actually pretty excited about this movie when I first heard about it. Decent cast, solid concept... However, this thing fell flat on its face. Rob Schneider as the jock?
Memorable Quote: "Hey. Are you the kid who got farted on earlier?"
Played By: Jason Statham
Why It's Atrocious: I actually think Statham is a good actor, but I don't know why he keeps showing up in these kinds of movies. They get bad reviews, they don't make much money, and yet producers and those who cast the movies keep bringing him in. I'd love to see him start to show up in some real films.
Memorable Quote: "Someone once asked me if I was the best future for my little girl. I've thought about this for long time, and here's what I've decided: No one in this world is perfect. Heaven knows I'm not. But I love her more than anyone else possibly could. In the end, that's all that matters."
Played By: Erika Christensen
Why It's Atrocious: According to one critic: "Drowning's too good for this sucker."
Memorable Quote: "Christopher? Do you have guests? No, of course not. That'd mean you have friends."
Played By: Joaquin Phoenix
Why It's Atrocious: Yeah, this isn't a sports movie, but Joaquin plays a baseball star who saves the day by taking out aliens through swinging for the fences. That scene was enough to get him on this portion of the list.
Memorable Quote: "I'm a miracle man."
Played By: Will Patton
Why It's Atrocious: Patton is like some kind of fungus attached to every movie he's ever been in. His acting skills are at best, rough.
Memorable Quote: "Gerry, just keep your mouth shut and get back on that field!"
Played By: Trey Parker and Matt Stone
Why It's Atrocious: Here's a good review: "An inane, painfully unfunny comedy."
Memorable Quote: "Hah! You lose! Dude that was a sweet psyche-out!"
Played By: Kirsten Dunst
Why It's Atrocious: Roger Ebert said: "We get a strange mutant beast, half Nickelodeon movie, half R-rated comedy. It's like kids with potty-mouth playing grownup."
Memorable Quote: "You know, mothers have killed to get their daughters on squads."
Played By: Goldie Hawn
Why It's Atrocious: According to one critic: "A flaccid football yarn that certainly gains no comedic yardage with the frazzled Goldie Hawn in the starring role."
Memorable Quote: "You owe me a new stop watch... you pussies!"
Played By: Alan Tudyk
Why It's Atrocious: This movie was hilarious, but it was full of gimmicks that just didn't work. The worst of all was Steve the Pirate.
Memorable Quote: "Yarr, I be the dread pirate Steve!"
Played By: Common
Why It's Atrocious: Common is a solid rapper and he's even a solid actor. Neither of those skills could help him overcome this script.
Memorable Quote: "You really think you can get me back?"
Played By: Lindsay Lohan
Why It's Atrocious: Lindsay's career and life are both absolute trainwrecks right about now. After watching "Herbie" all those years ago, I can't say I'm surprised about trainwreck No. 1. The music video attached to this movie might have been the warning sign for trainwreck No. 2.
Memorable Quote: "I'm being carjacked by my own car!"
Played By: James Van Der Beek
Why It's Atrocious: James "The Forehead" Van Der Beek has never once been believable in any role he's ever tackled, not even as Dawson.
Memorable Line: "If we go out and half-ass it 'cause we're scared, then we'll always wonder if we were really good enough. But if we go out there and give it all we've got... that's heroic. You guys wanna be heroes?"
Played By: Miguel A. Nunez, Jr.
Why It's Atrocious: One critic said: "What a stiflingly unfunny and unoriginal mess this is!"
Memorable Quote: "No, it's black... FE-male!"
Let's get back to business!
Played By: Adam Sandler
Why He's Great: The innocence, the ferocious sacks, the primitive screams. He was a defensive beast the likes of which college football has never seen before or since.
Memorable Quote: "Look who's on TV mama... it's the devil."
Played By: Carl Weathers
Why He's Great: Apollo was a character in a movie, but that guy looked like he could get in the ring and do some work on real deal boxers. Weathers played the hot-headed heavyweight to near perfection in Rocky I and II.
Memorable Quote: "Southpaw nothing. I'll drop him in three. Apollo Creed meets the Italian Stallion. Now that sounds like a damn monster movie."
Played By: Ray Allen and Denzel Washington
Why They're Great: The overbearing father is another common character for this genre, but Denzel brought freshness to the role. As for his on-screen son, who better to play a basketball prodigy than the greatest shooter of all-time?
Memorable Quote: "Basketball is like poetry in motion. Cross the guy to the left, take him back to the right, he's fallin' back, then just J right in his face. Then you look at him and say, "What?"
Played By: Ben Stiller
Why He's Great: Ben Stiller is one of the funniest guys in Hollywood and White Goodman was one of his best characters. He was one heck of a dodgeball player and he led his team to great success, despite falling in the finals.
Memorable Quote: "Get off of me, don't you touch me! It is over between us, Kate. Nobody makes me bleed my own blood—nobody!"
Played By: Will Ferrell
Why He's Great: Sex on ice. The outfits. The comb. The hair. Need I go on?
Memorable Quote: "No exaggeration, I could not love a human baby more then I love this brush."
Played By: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Why He's Great: Who knows what has happened to Cuba's career at this point? It's sad, really. However, he had some shining moments in the earlier part of his acting days and his portrayal of professional football player Rod Tidwell was one of those moments.
He played the big personality professional athlete to near perfection. He earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work.
Memorable Quote: "I wanna make sure you're ready, brother. Here it is: Show me the money. Oh-ho-ho! SHOW! ME! THE! MONEY! A-ha-ha! Jerry, doesn't it make you feel good just to say that! Say it with me one time, Jerry."
Played By: James Earl Jones
Why He's Great: His timeless wisdom.
Memorable Quote: "Ray, people will come Ray. They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom. They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it. They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past. Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say. It's only $20 per person. They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack. And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon. They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes. And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. People will come Ray. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come."
Played By: Walter Matthau
Why He's Great: One of the most memorable coaches in sports movie history.
Memorable Quote: "Now get back to the stands before I shave off half your mustache and shove it up your left nostril."
Played By: Vincent Larusso
Why He's Great: Was there ever a more promising hockey prospect? Banks' skills were off the charts!
Memorable Quote: "I woke up this morning... and the pain was gone."
Played By: Tom Cruise
Why He's Great: Ditched the big agency and made it on his own. Plus, Cruise just oozes big-time agent in this movie.
Memorable Quote: "You complete me."
Played By: Charlie Sheen
Why He's Great: "Major League" had its fair share of memorable characters, none more so than Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn. His life and style were as wild as some of his fastballs, as evidenced by his trademark specs.
Memorable Quote: "My first autograph. I couldn't give these away a few weeks ago."
Played By: Clint Eastwood
Why He's Great: Eastwood has been responsible for a great deal of memorable characters during his career. He's also been responsible for a slew of great movies as well. "Million Dollar Baby" is one of his best. Eastwood won Best Director and was nominated for Best Actor for the film. It also won Best Picture.
Memorable Quote: "Okay, you did two things wrong, one is you asked a question and two is you asked another question."
Played By: Kurt Russell
Why He's Great: "Miracle" followed the typical sports movie blueprint in many ways, but it somehow still felt fresh. I think that was due to the fact that it was a true story, and Kurt Russell's portrayal of Herb Brooks was awesome.
Memorable Quote: "Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it."
Played By: Mickey Rourke
Why He's Great: Rourke's portrayal of the washed-up ex-superstar wrestler is incredibly intense. He was nominated for Best Actor for his work.
Memorable Quote: "I don't hear as good as I used to, and I ain't as pretty as I used to be. But I'm still here—I'm the Ram."
Played By: Bill Murray
Why He's Great: Murray stole the show in "Caddyshack."
Memorable Quote: "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!"
Played By: Paul Newman
Why He's Great: One reviewer called this: "The quintessential hockey flick."
Memorable Quote: "Ya gotta earn it, Killer."
Played By: Billy Bob Thornton
Why He's Great: Led his team to the state finals even after the star running back went down. He faced plenty of pressure from the town, but he stood tall against all odds.
Memorable Quote: "I want you to take a moment, and I want you to look each other in the eyes. I want you to put each other in your hearts forever because forever is about to happen here in just a few minutes. I want you to close your eyes, and I want you to think about Boobie Miles, who is your brother. And he would die to be out there in that field with you tonight. And I want you to put that in your hearts. Boys my heart is full. My heart is full."
Played By: Tom Hanks
Why He's Great: He was a world-class football player, ping-pong player and cross-country runner.
Memorable Quote: "That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I'd just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I'd just run across the great state of Alabama. And that's what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I'd gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going."
Played By: Chauncey Leopardi
Why He's Great: We all love "Squints" for a lot of different reasons. The way he played that lifeguard went down in history.
Memorable Quote: "Of course I did. been planning it for years."
Played By: Christopher McDonald
Why He's Great: He wasn't just one of the best sports movie bad guys, he's one of the best villains across all genres. Plus, he was one heck of a golfer.
Memorable Quote: "Just stay out of my way... or you'll pay! LISTEN to what I say!"
Played By: Denzel Washington
Why He's Great: He put together a great performance amidst some of the worst acting in sports movie history. "Remember the Titans" is arguably the most overrated movie in this genre, but you can't blame Denzel for how bad it was. The story is great, Denzel was spot on, but everything else was atrocious. Way to rise above the mire, Denzel!
Memorable Quote: "I don't scratch my head unless it itches and I don't dance unless I hear some music. I will not be intimidated. That's just the way it is."
Played By: Multiple horses
Why He's Great: Truly a majestic athlete.
Memorable Quote: "Nay!"
Played By: Russell Crowe
Why He's Great: There are a lot of great boxing movies and they often center around a big underdog who overcomes great odds. Braddock was one of the best such characters.
Memorable Quote: "You think you're telling me something? Like, what, boxing is dangerous, something like that? You don't think working triple shifts and at night on a scaffold isn't just as likely to get a man killed? What about all those guys who died last week living in cardboard shacks to save on rent money just to feed their family, 'cause guys like you have not quite figured out a way yet to make money off of watching that guy die? But in my profession—and it is my profession—I'm a little more fortunate."
Played By: Ralph Macchio
Why He's Great: One of the ultimate underdogs. Plus, he won that final match on one leg.
Memorable Quote: "Wouldn't a fly swatter be easier?"
Played By: Derek Luke
Why He's Great: The top-notch prospect whose career is derailed by injury is played almost flawlessly by Derek Luke.
Memorable Quote: "Y'all wanna win? Put Boobie in."
Played By: Emilio Estevez
Why He's Great: Everyone loves the legendary Gordon Bombay for different reasons. For me, it's gotta be the triple deke!
Memorable Quote: "I hate kids. They're barely human."
Played By: John Goodman
Why He's Great: I know you're saying this isn't a sports movie, but hear me out. There's an awful lot of bowling. That being said, Walter was one of the coolest characters ever.
Memorable Quote: "Over the line!"
Played By: Pat Morita
Why He's Great: One of the ultimate sports-movie mentors. Did anyone spit more wisdom than Miyagi?
Memorable Quote: "You learn plenty."
Played By: Jeff Bridges
Why He's Great: The dude abides.
Memorable Quote: "Well, I dig your style too, man. Got the whole cowboy thing goin'."
Played By: Tim Robbins
Why He's Great: Honestly, I think Bull Durham is one of the most overrated movies ever. But if I put him in the other section of this slideshow, you people would have cyber-bullied the tar out of me and I just don't know if I could take it.
Memorable Quote: "What's this guy know about pitching? If he's so good how come he's been in the minors for the last 10 years? If he's so good how come Annie wants me instead of him?"
Played By: Gary Cooper
Why He's Great: He's the pride of the Yankees. What else do you want?
Memorable Quote: "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
Played By: Adam Sandler
Why He's Great: There are so many reasons why Happy Gilmore is great. I'll settle on his driving ability.
Memorable Quote: "Are you too good for your home?!?"
Played By: Michael Jordan
Why He's Great: He's the greatest basketball player of all time and the concept for Space Jam is just plain awesome. The combination of the two could yield nothing but greatness.
Memorable Quote: "Thanks guys, you got a lot of... a lot of... well, whatever it is, you got a lot of it."
Played By: Denzel Washington
Why He's Great: Denzel was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Rubin Carter and one reviewer said: "There's no denying it's powerful stuff, which, for want of a better phrase, really packs a punch."
Memorable Quote: "Hate put me in prison. Love's gonna bust me out."
Played By: Maris Valainis
Why He's Great: He was so money with that J.
Memorable Quote: "I'll make it."
Played By: Will Smith
Why He's Great: Will Smith was nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of the man who most people feel is the greatest boxer of all-time. He transformed himself into a bad man.
Memorable Quote: "I'm gonna give 1,000 dollars to the man who brings me Howard Cosell's toupee, dead or alive."
Played By: Burgess Meredith
Why He's Great: One of the best coaches in sports movie history. He took a struggling, amateur southpaw from the streets of Philly and turned him into a legit world-heavyweight contender.
Memorable Quote: "Women weaken legs! "
Played By: Dennis Hopper
Why He's Great: One of the biggest personalities in the classic hoops movie "Hoosiers." The role of the father who puts too much pressure on his kid is in a lot of sports movies. Hopper played it nearly flawlessly.
Memorable Quote: "I know everything there is to know about the greatest game ever invented."
Played By: Chevy Chase
Why He's Great: Without a doubt the best character in the sports movie classic "Caddyshack".
Memorable Quote: "Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch."
Played By: Tom Hanks
Why He's Great: Hanks is brilliant in every role he plays. His work as Jimmy Dugan is no exception.
Memorable Quote: "There's no crying in baseball!"
Played By: Will Ferrell
Why He's Great: He was the ultimate winner.
Memorable Quote: "Well let's see. I got mauled by a cougar, my Crystal Gayle shirt is ruined, and I didn't learn dick about driving. Other than that, it was great."
Played By: Robert De Niro
Why He's Great: De Niro's portrayal of La Motta was incredible. He played an emotionally self-destructive boxer with a violent temper that made him great inside the ring, but wrecked his life outside of it. De Niro was entirely believable.
Memorable Quote: "I'm da boss"
Played By: Mark Holton
Why He's Great: Is he amazing or atrocious? I still don't really know for sure. All I know is the sight of this character brings pure joy to my heart... every time.
Memorable Quote: "Yeah!"
Played By: Mike Vitar
Why He's Great: Benny the Jet's baseball abilities border on legendary status. He led his rag-tag bunch of friends and helped everyone at the sandlot fit in.
Benny's greatest moment? The retrieval of the Babe Ruth ball.
Memorable Quote: "Man, this is baseball. You gotta stop thinking. Just have fun. I mean, if you were having fun you would've caught that ball."
Played By: Ian Charleson and Ben Cross
Why They're Great: These were two great athletes whose personal convictions were as strong (or stronger) than their will to win. The story is truly inspirational.
The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
Memorable Quote: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."
Played By: Sean Astin
Why He's Great: So many sports movies are about underdog stories, and this is one of the best. This "five-foot nothin', a hundred and nothin" kid had a dream a lot bigger than his body. He wanted to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Against all odds, he made it happen.
Memorable Quote: "We're gonna go inside, we're gonna go outside, inside and outside. We're gonna get 'em on the run boys and once we get 'em on the run we're gonna keep 'em on the run. And then we're gonna go go go go go go and we're not gonna stop til we get across that goal line. This is a team they say is... is good, well I think we're better than them. They can't lick us, so what do you say men?"
Played By: Kevin Costner
Why He's Great: Mostly because this is one of the only decent individual performances in the pantheon of Costner's career.
Plus, he listened to a ethereal voice from somewhere outside the tangible world that told him to build a baseball field on his farm. Then, long gone spirits played on the field and he sat and watched the game like it was normal.
Sarcasm aside, this is a great movie and Ray Kinsella was a great character. The film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score.
Memorable Quote: "It's okay, honey. I... I was just talking to the cornfield."
Played By: Robert Redford
Why He's Great: He was a baseball prodigy whose career was sidetracked by a gunshot wound. He came back years later with a "magical" bat that he constructed for himself and named "Wonderboy".
The home run off the lights, followed by the trot in the raining sparks is one of the greatest sports movie scenes ever.
Memorable Quote: "Pick me out a winner, Bobby."
Played By: Gene Hackman
Why He's Great: The leather jacket, the no-nonsense attitude, the team-first system, his maverick style, the list goes on and on.
Coach Norman Dale took a band of basketball misfits and one superstar and molded them into a unit.
Memorable Quote: "I would hope you would support who we are. Not, who we are not. These six individuals have made a choice to work, a choice to sacrifice, to put themselves on the line 23 nights for the next four months, to represent you, this high school. That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect. This is your team."
Played By: Sylvester Stallone
Why He's Great: The Original "Rocky" was the best underdog story in the history of sports movies. The movie itself was not just one of the all-time great sports movies but one of the all-time great movies in general.
Written by Stallone, and directed by John G. Avildsen, it won the Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Editing and Best Picture. It was nominated for seven other Oscars including Best Actor and Best Screenplay for Stallone.
Memorable Quote: "You stop this fight, I'll kill ya'!"
What do ya say? How do you feel? Who did I miss? Let me know what you think in the comments section!