The Sports Movie Hall of Fame: Inducting 50 Movies, 50 Characters and 50 Quotes

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent INovember 28, 2010

The Sports Movie Hall Of Fame: Inducting 50 Movies, 50 Characters and 50 Quotes

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    America loves movies, America loves sports.

    So when you combine the two, you always have an opportunity to make something legendary.

    However, it doesn't come easy. There are thousands of sports fans and movie critics ready to pick apart every tiny mistake a movie makes.

    Through it all, a select few sports movies have thrived and reached legendary status.

    But what fun would it be to just pick the 50 greatest sports movies of all time? That's been done to death, so I approach you with a new idea: The Sports Movie Hall of Fame.

    The hall of fame's inaugural class will boast 150 plaques: 50 for sports movies, 50 for sports movie characters, and 50 sports movie quotes.

    Let's get this show on the road. Enjoy!

The Movies

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    We begin our list by, in no particular order, naming the 50 greatest sports movies of all time.

Jerry Maguire

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    The agent and his player.

    A relationship that doesn't sound intriguing by any means.

    But a few discussions about quan and Cuba Gooding Jr. at his finest can make anything great, right?

Rocky

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    If you don't think this belongs, I honestly don't know what to say to you.

    This movie has become about as American as hot dogs. I've never met a person who hasn't seen it, and I've never met a person who hasn't loved it.

Rudy

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    Say what you want about Rudy being corny, say what you want about it being one big cliche, but somewhere in everybody's heart there is a soft spot for Mr. Ruettiger.

    If there's one thing we love, it's a great underdog story, and there is no more popular underdog story in American cinema than Rudy.

Bull Durham

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    Possibly the greatest baseball movie of all time.

    The baseball scenes are fantastic, and who doesn't love Susan Sarandon as the slutty team groupie?!

BASEketball

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    Before you start a web riot, remember this list is in no particular order.

    Now that that's out of the way, let me just say that this is one of the most underrated sports movies of all time in my opinion.

    The plot is clever, the game is interesting, the entire movie is filled with laugh-out-loud moments...what's not to like?

White Men Can't Jump

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    This is one of my all-time favorites.

    The trash talk was excellent, the premise of some small white guy who can ball hustling people out of their life savings was funny, and the Wesley Snipes-Woody Harrelson combo was about as good as any in sports movie history.

The Waterboy

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    This should stir up some controversy.

    Look, I'm not saying this movie was as good as Raging Bull, I'm not saying it was as funny as Talladega Nights, but this was a pretty darn good movie.

    It was quality comedy and even had a great cameo from Lawrence Taylor himself.

Major League

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    Aspiring filmmakers, if you want to learn how to make a comedy, then I suggest you watch Major League. Because that's how it's done.

    Every character in this movie had their own funny twist and each actor seemed to be perfect for his role.

    Even the baseball scenes were done pretty well.

Happy Gilmore

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    Happy Gilmore was a very, very, very, very good sports movie until Bob Barker made an appearance.

    Then one memorable scene made it great.

    People hate to give comedy movies credit, but the fact is, this is one of the funniest sports movies of all time.

Slap Shot

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    Speaking of great sports comedies, Slap Shot is one of the elite in that category.

    This classic focuses on a Minor League hockey team that resorts to violence when all else fails, led by the epic Hanson Brothers.

Raging Bull

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    Many people call this the greatest sports movie of all time, it's not easy to disagree with that.

    I like to think of it as The Godfather of sports films being that there's hardly anything funny about it, yet it's remembered amongst the greatest movies of all time.

    This is one of the all-time classic sports movies.

The Natural

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    I think this movie is so popular because it shows the nostalgia that lives on in every person's head.

    By the time we hit 35 we all have regrets (not pursuing our dreams, letting that one special person get away, etc.); in The Natural, Roy Hobbs does what everyone wants to do: make up for lost time.

The Sandlot

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    The Sandlot may be a kids' movie, but it doesn't take a kid to enjoy it.

    What's really great about this movie is that it makes every one of us remember just how fun it was to be a kid.

    There's no doubt that the entire Sandlot crew brings out the kid in us all; who didn't love playing ball in the park?

Field Of Dreams

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    This is as good as any sports movie ever made.

    If there were ever a more perfect movie to explain why baseball is more than just a game to some of us, and why it stands as a metaphor for life, Field of Dreams was that movie.

The Mighty Ducks

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    I'm definitely gonna hear it for this one, but, you know what? I don't care.

    People love to talk about what are the greatest sports movies of all time, but when they do, I think there's one thing we all lose in the shuffle: the kids' movies.

    Every single person alive on this planet was a kid at one time or is one now, so why can't something that the kids love make a list like this?

    Admit it, if you were a kid when this movie came out, this was your favorite movie, even adults have to admit they quacked along a little bit.

    This was one of the greatest kids' movies ever made.

Breaking Away

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    Breaking Away wasn't just a great sports movie, it was an inspiration.

    On AFI's list of the 100 most inspirational movies of all time, Breaking Away ranked eighth, and considering the way AFI hates to show love for sports movies on its lists, that's saying something.

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

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    Dodgeball was expected to be nothing more than a screwball comedy that would be good for a few laughs and nothing else.

    It turned into a movie that not only had us cracking up, but one that was a relatively exciting and interesting movie on an unexplored sport.

    Plus it even had a cameo from Jesus himself (Chuck Norris)!

Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby

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    Will Ferrell can do no wrong.

    This movie was comedic gold.

Seabiscuit

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    The only movie about a horse that I'd ever sit through.

Tin Cup

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    What is it with Kevin Costner and sports movies?

    He stars in four movies being inducted, and this is one of his finest efforts.

The Blind Side

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    Based on a true story, The Blind Side is a movie touching enough to bring the most stoic of men to tears.

    It's the story of Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher and how he went from rags to riches.

Eight Men Out

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    We all know the story by now of how the Black Sox threw the 1919 World Series, but nobody really knew why they did it.

    Nobody knew how they did it.

    Nobody knew the real story.

    Eight Men Out tells that untold story and explains the reasoning behind one of the biggest scandals in sports history.

Friday Night Lights

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    In Texas, High School Football is more than a game, it's a religion.

    And you may think you know what I'm talking about, but until you see Friday Night Lights, you have no idea.

The Longest Yard (1974)

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    Who could forget the classic original that pitted prisoners vs. guards?

Cinderella Man

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    I know there's been a lot of great boxing movies, but some would argue that this was the best of them all.

    This is Russell Crowe at his best.

North Dallas Forty

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    Have you ever wanted to know what it felt like to be a professional football player?

    If you did, then North Dallas Forty is the movie for you.

The Rookie

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    I think The Rookie was received so well for two reasons:

    1. It was based on a true story.

    2. It featured an average guy doing something that we all dream of doing: playing professional baseball.

    That's always a great combo.

61*

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    One of the most underrated sports movies of all time, 61* goes behind one of the greatest home run chases in the history of baseball: Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

For Love Of The Game

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    For Love of the Game was a great baseball movie; it's just that nobody knew it.

    The baseball scenes in this movie were fantastic, but every time Kelly Preston gets in a scene it was an instant snore-fest.

    If you ignore Preston and just watch this for what it should have been, a journey inside the mind of a man achieving one of the most unachievable feats in all of sports, the perfect game, then you'll understand why this movie is making the hall.

Rocky II

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    It's rare that a sequel lives up to the billing, then again, it's rare a character like Rocky Balboa comes around.

    Rocky II wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, but it was still a great movie.

The Bad News Bears

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    Boy, was this movie something.

    The Bad News Bears was anything but ordinary. This was a movie about a Little League baseball team with big league attitudes.

    That trophy ceremony scene still makes me laugh.

He Got Game

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    What do you get when you put together the acting ability of Denzel Washington, the mind of Spike Lee, and the basketball skill of Ray Allen?

    One of the greatest sports movies of all time, that's what.

The Pride Of The Yankees

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    I know Red Sox fans who loved this movie...'Nuff said.

Rocky III

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    Just when you thought it was losing its funk, the Rocky series not only returned its main characters, but they also added Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

    I'd say that's enough to keep interest in the third movie of your trilogy, which could very well have been better than the first two.

The Karate Kid

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    This is one of the most legendary sports movies ever made.

    It's one of those movies that it seems everybody's seen, and everybody's enjoyed.

    I mean, it's not the greatest sports movie ever made, but it's a pretty damn good one.

A League Of Their Own

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    Tom Hanks, Madonna, one of the longest on-screen urination scenes in movie history, A League of Their Own just had it all, didn't it?

Brian's Song

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    People love to complain about how Gale Sayers' great career was cut short by injuries and how they didn't get to see enough of him.

    Meanwhile people completely forget about fellow tailback Brian Piccolo, who lost his career and life to cancer.

    Well, not after this movie. Brian's Song examines the relationship between Sayers and Piccolo, and boy, is it a dandy.

Miracle

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    I have no idea why it took 24 years for them to come out with this movie, but I'm not complaining.

    This movie was long overdue when it came out, so it had to be good, and it was.

Chariots Of Fire

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    What, somebody who plays a sport for something other than money? No way.

Remember The Titans

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    Remember The Titans is the type of movie you can watch 20 times and not get tired of it.

    Denzel Washington turns in the performance of his career in this movie of racial togetherness.

When We Were Kings

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    When Muhammad Ali is involved in anything, you simply just can't look away.

    When We Were Kings is centered around the greatest showman in the history of sports: Muhammad Ali, and it's a legendary film.

The Wrestler

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    Most people think of wrestling fans as losers laying on their mother's basement couches, living in their own fake fairy-tale world.

    If anybody can look you in the eye and say that after watching The Wrestler, then they're lying to you.

    This was just an unbelievable movie that goes inside one of the most unforgiving businesses in the world. 

The Hustler

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    The Hustler is widely regarded to as one of the greatest sports movies of all time.

    Paul Newman turns in the finest performance of his career in a movie about a pool hustler.

Million Dollar Baby

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    It's safe to say that Million Dollar Baby was the greatest all-time sports movie with a female cast in the lead role.

    The movie stars Hillary Swank as boxer Maggie Fitzgerald, alongside Clint Eastwood and the always awesome Morgan Freeman.

    Let me be the first to declare this the female Rocky, because as the years go on, that's a comparison that will become more common.

Hoop Dreams

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    We as a country love movies that are based on true stories because they make you think to yourself, "Wow, something like this really happened."

    Well, Hoop Dreams wasn't based on a true story, it was 100 percent true, and I think that's why it was so successful.

    You develop a special connection with the two main characters, William Gates and Arthur Agee, because you know they're real.

Caddyshack

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    If you don't love this movie, you either have no pulse or you're not human.

    This is by far one of the funniest movies ever made.

The Hurricane

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    Denzel does it again.

    The Hurricane examines the career of former boxer Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter.

Space Jam

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    As I said earlier about The Mighty Ducks, there are plenty of kids in this world, we were all kids at one time, so why can't one of the greatest children's sports movies of all time make this list?

    Space Jam was a legendary film.

    Did you expect any less from one of the greatest casts in movie history: Bugs Bunny, Michael Jordan, Daffy Duck, and Bill Murray?

The Express

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    Here's another underrated sports movie, The Express.

    It's certainly not winning any Oscars, but I really enjoyed this movie and like the fact that it taught me something new.

    I never knew quite how good Ernie Davis was until I watched this; he was just as good as Jim Brown.

Hoosiers

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    Don't worry, I didn't forget. I simply saved the best for last.

    Hoosiers is one of the most famous movies in American Sports history and was ranked by AFI as the 13th most inspirational movie of all time.

    This was the greatest basketball movie ever made. Period.

The Characters

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    Now that we've seen the 50 greatest sports movies ever made, let's take a look at 50 sports movie characters that forever live in our hearts and minds.

    Once again, in no particular order.

Rocky Balboa: The Rocky Series

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    Do I really need to spell this one out for you? EVERYBODY knows who Rocky Balboa is.

    He's an American hero and he doesn't even exist.

Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger: Rudy

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    See: Balboa, Rocky.

Rod Tidwell: Jerry Maguire

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    Rod Tidwell may have been the best role of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career.

    He played the receiver with an attitude better than T.O could have himself.

    Just show him the money.

Willie Mays Hayes: Major League

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    Willie Mays Hayes is a sports movie legend and probably the most memorable sports movie character that didn't play a leading role.

    The fast, cocky leadoff hitter brought back memories of Rickey Henderson and when he came back with newly found power in the second movie, you might as well have called him Rickey Henderson lite.

"Wild Thing" Rick Vaughn: Major League

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    Possibly the most badass entrance in sports movie history, Vaughn had the entire crowd singing in unison every time he jogged in from the bullpen.

    The kid with funky glasses and 100-mph heat forever lives in sports movie history.

Pedro Cerrano: Major League

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    The third and final inductee from Major League is the always superstitious Pedro Cerrano.

    This guy cursed at his own bat! That's not good enough for you?

Ricky Bobby: Talladega Nights

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    The race-car driver with two first names was Will Ferrell's most memorable role since he played Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. And believe me, that's saying something.

    Bobby takes his spot amongst the funniest characters in sports movie history.

Happy Gilmore: Happy Gilmore

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    Behold folks, the only man in the history of the silver screen that could make putting with a hockey stick and getting his ass kicked by Bob Barker look cool: Happy Gilmore.

    Adam Sandler was as good as he has ever been in his career in this hilarious comedy about a hockey player turned golfer for the love of his grandma.

The Hanson Brothers: Slap Shot

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    These three are the straw that stirs the drink for the movie Slap Shot, if you will.

    Without them, this movie isn't as popular as it is today. The violent trio stole the show throughout the movie.

Coach Gordon Bombay: The Mighty Ducks

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    Former semi-pro hockey player and lawyer Gordon Bombay was all about doing whatever it took to win, but when he was sentenced to community service and was forced to coach a pee-wee team that can't even afford uniforms, his life changes for goods.

    He teaches the kids how to play the game, gives them an awesome name and awesome jerseys, and picks up a kid off the streets who has a slap shot to make Bobby Hull take notice.

    Not bad, Gordon, not bad.

Pepper Brooks: Dodgeball

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    Pepper Brooks doesn't get a whole lot of face-time in the movie Dodgeball, but it's pretty clear who the funniest character is in that movie.

    Pepper's stupidity puts the cherry on top for one of the funniest sports movies of all time.

Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez: The Sandlot

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    Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez. What a classic.

    This guy is the superstar from The Sandlot who makes his eight inferior teammates look better.

    He just flat-out looks like a ballplayer, and the way he played the game made us all smile.

Hamilton "Ham" Porter: The Sandlot

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    The Jet may be the jock of the group, but it's clear that "Ham" steals the show in The Sandlot.

    His famous quote, "You're killing me smalls!" will forever keep him fresh in our minds and in sports movie lore.

    He was the vocal leader of the group.

Greg Goldberg: The Mighty Ducks

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    Every great movie needs a funny fat kid.

    And there is no funny fat kid in sports movie history quite as iconic as Goldberg.

    Therefore, he's inducted by default.

Paul Crewe: The Longest Yard

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    The NFL quarterback turned convict is tired of being pushed around by the guards.

    So he trains his team of untalented prisoners into a football team good enough to dethrone the much bigger and stronger guards.

    Burt Reynolds has one of the best performances of his career as Paul Crewe.

Birdie: Above The Rim

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    It's Tupac in a sports movie! If that's not an automatic bid onto this list, then I have no idea what is.

Jim Morris: The Rookie

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    You can't have a sports movie Hall of Fame without inducting the 35-year-old rookie, can you?

Maggie Fitzgerald: Million Dollar Baby

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    I'm tellin' you, the female Rocky.

Jackie Moon: Semi-Pro

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    Will Ferrell shot and he scored with this comedy.

    Semi-Pro was carried by Will Ferrell in the role of Jackie Moon.

Leigh Anne Tuohy: The Blind Side

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    Sandra Bullock gave arguably the best performance of her career in The Blind Side. She plays the role of the mother of a wealthy family that takes in the homeless Michael Oher.

    While I'd love nothing more than to put Oher on this list rather than Tuohy, I just can't. Tuohy's good deeds were just unforgettable.

Coach Herman Boone: Remember The Titans

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    Denzel Washington stars in Remember The Titans as Coach Herman Boone, and boy, does he nail the role.

    He's the type of coach who teaches discipline and how to play the game right. He also brings his interracial team together at a time where the words white and black couldn't be mentioned in the same sentence.

    Boone gave us some of the greatest quotes in sports movie history and also gave us one of the greatest coaches in sports movie history.

Gary Bertier: Remember The Titans

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    Gary Bertier was the team leader and star, but when his new African-American teammates arrive, they're not about to get down on their knees and bow.

    However, Bertier finds his way into their hearts as well as ours.

    That hospital scene forever lives in our memory.

Bobby Boucher: The Waterboy

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    The water, the hard hits, the stupidity, one man's belief that water is better than Gatorade.

    These are all reasons why Boucher must be on this list.

Apollo Creed: Rocky

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    This was Rocky's most formidable foe.

    If Muhammad Ali were ever put into a movie and had to have his name changed, his name would be Apollo Creed.

    They were almost carbon copies of each other.

Jerry Maguire: Jerry Maguire

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    Tom Cruise plays sports agent Jerry Maguire in the hit movie...Jerry Maguire.

    Maguire's conscience leads him to create his own sports agency where he has only one client.

    However, he certainly had to work to keep that client by going through one of the most epic scenes in movie history.

    Luckily, Jerry was ready to show Rod Tidwell the money.

Randy "The Ram" Robinson: The Wrestler

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    The once-great Mickey Rourke revived his career in The Wrestler as Randy "The Ram" Robinson.

    The Ram is a has-been wrestler who can no longer wrestle on the biggest level because of age and is barely able to make ends meet. He wrestles on weekends for individual wrestling programs.

    However, when a heart attack forces Randy to retire, he is left alone and out in the cold. His journey truly makes us understand why some people love wrestling so much.

Carl Spackler: Caddyshack

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    This list would be incomplete without arguably the most memorable character from the hit movie Caddyshack.

Reggie Dunlop: Slap Shot

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    You can't make the Sports Movie Hall of Fame without the guy who starred in one of the funniest movies ever made- Slap Shot.

    Paul Newman played Reggie Dunlop flawlessly.

Michael "Squints" Palledorous: The Sandlot

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    How could you forget Squints?

    The way he played that lifeguard goes down in sports movie history as one of the all-time greatest moments.

Shooter McGavin: Happy Gilmore

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    Here we have one of the greatest villains in sports movie history.

    Who can forget this huge douche who almost stole Happy's green jacket?

Booby Miles: Friday Night Lights

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    The most talented player in the movie that inspired a TV series, Booby Miles had all the tools to become an NFL running back.

    Unfortunately, injuries ruined his career, so while he'll never make the NFL Hall of Fame, his spot is safe here in the Sports Movie Hall of Fame.

Terrence Mann: Field Of Dreams

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    This movie wouldn't be complete without the man who joins Costner in his journey to find Moonlight Graham.

    Also, his "people will come" speech is one that will never die.

Mr. Kaeuke Miyagi: The Karate Kid

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    The greatest teacher/coach in sports movie history. Period.

Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh: Bull Durham

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    You knew he'd be on here somewhere.

    "Nuke" LaLoosh was a pitching prospect with an arm made with 15 karat gold. However, he had a head made of blank space.

    This made for some very funny moments.

    In the end, LaLoosh turned into a great pitcher after having two great "tutors" and he made it to The Show.

Lou Gehrig: The Pride Of The Yankees

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    The focal point of one of the greatest sports movies ever made, The Pride of the Yankees tells the amazing story of Lou Gehrig.

    And in the end we all fall in love with Gehrig, which is why he makes this list.

Jimmy Chitwood: Hoosiers

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    All I have for you is three words: "I'll make it." 'Nuff said.

Muhammad Ali: Ali

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    Will Smith didn't win all those awards for nothin'. He turned in one of the greatest performances of his career in this movie.

Shooter: Hoosiers

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    Shooter may have been the town drunk, the town failure, and the town's worst father, but he was also the town basketball genius, and Norman Dale knew it.

    He gave Shooter, who turned out to be a good guy, a second chance, and it paid huge dividends.

    That picket fence scene remains one of the most memorable in sports movie history.

Ty Webb: Caddyshack

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    I simply couldn't make this list without Ty Webb.

    He's a sports movie legend, simple as that.

Jimmy Dugan: A League Of Their Own

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    Tom Hanks plays Jimmy Dugan, the manager of an all-girls professional baseball team.

    Throughout the movie, Hanks shines above the rest with his portrayal of a former baseball player made manager of a team he considers a joke.

    He also recites a quote that becomes historic: "There's no crying in baseball."

Jake LaMotta: Raging Bull

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    Many believe this to be the best movie of Robert De Niro's career.

    The explanation for why he makes the hall for his portrayal of boxer Jake LaMotta stops there.

Ray Kinsella: Field Of Dreams

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    Ray Kinsella is perhaps, next to Rocky and Rudy, the most well-known sports movie character of all time.

    And if you disagree with that and you don't think you know what I'm talking about, then just think of the guy who heard the weird voice that said "If you build it, he will come" in his cornfield.

    Yeah, that guy.

Roy Hobbs: The Natural

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    You can't have this induction ceremony without The Natural himself.

Coach Norman Dale: Hoosiers

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    This is the man behind it all.

    The man who built the team that made up the greatest basketball movie ever made.

    He's the guy who took one great player and a bunch of misfits, and turned them into a team capable of beating the '97 Bulls.

Al: Angels In The Outfield

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    Admit it, you loved the angel who always came and went as he pleased and saved the day in the hit children's movie Angels In The Outfield.

Clubber Lang: Rocky III

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    Mr. T always has a spot on any list of mine.

Ernie Davis: The Express

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    As I said before, I think The Express is one of the most underrated sports movies of all time.

    However, that wouldn't be true without the award-worthy performance of Rob Brown as Ernie Davis, I could really understand how great of a running back Davis was because of this movie.

Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane: White Men Can't Jump

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    I tried separating these two on the list, but it just didn't feel right. They're joined at the hip like Siamese twins.

    These two basketball hustlers accomplished so much together.

    They were just a Hall of Fame combo.

Billy Chapel: For Love Of The Game

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    For Love of the Game is a tale of two movies: the great baseball movie around Costner, and the annoying chick flick around Preston.

    Although the latter is almost enough to take Costner's spot from this list, he was just too good as Billy Chapel the baseball player not to make the cut.

    The fact is, Costner's acting during the perfect game scenes were nearly flawless, and they helped the viewer quickly gain an attachment to Chapel.

    Plus it's hard to deny the fact that Costner truly does look like a baseball player.

"Crash" Davis: Bull Durham

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    Once again, Kevin Costner makes this list for his role in a baseball movie. And if you're keeping score at home, that's a hat trick for Costner.

    In Bull Durham he plays veteran Minor League catcher "Crash" Davis, who is desperately awaiting his chance to make it to the show.

    He helps manage pitching phenom "Nuke" LaLoosh and grooms him from a fireballer with no control to the next great big league pitcher.

    Costner was funny and flawless in one of the best movies of his career.

The Quotes

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    Now that we've revealed the 50 movies and 50 characters that will forever be enshrined, let's take a look at, in no particular order, the 50 greatest quotes in sports movie history.

Rocky

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    Quote: "Yo, Adrian!"

    The most famous line in the most famous sports movie series in American history.

The Sandlot

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    Quote: "You're killing me Smalls!"

    If you haven't used this line at least once in everyday life, then you haven't lived.

Any Given Sunday

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    Quote:  "I don't know what to say really. Three minutes till the biggest battle of our professional lives. It all comes down to today. Now either we heal as a team, or we're gonna crumble. Inch by inch, play by play, 'til we're finished. We're in hell right now, gentlemen. Believe me. And we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb out of hell. One inch at a time.

    Now I can't do it for you. I'm too old. I look around, I see these young faces, and I think... I mean I've made every wrong choice a middle-aged man can make. I pissed away all my money, believe it or not. I chased off anyone who's ever loved me, and lately, I can't even stand the face I see in the mirror. You know when you get old in life, things get taken from you. That's part of life. But you only learn that when you start losing stuff. You find out life's this game of inches. And 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, you don't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us. They are 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 we add up all those inches, that's gonna make the fucking difference between winning and losing! Between living and dying! I'll tell you this: in any fight, its the guy whose willing to die who's gonna win that inch. And I know if I'm going to have any life anymore, it's because I'm still willing to fight and die for that inch. Because that's what living is! The six inches in front of your face...

    Now I can't make you do it. You've got to look at the guy next to you, look into his eyes. Now I think you're gonna see a guy who will go that inch with you. You're gonna see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team, because he knows when it comes down to it, you're gonna do the same for him.

    That's a team, gentlemen. And either we heal, now, as a team, or we will die, as individuals. That's football, guys. That's all it is. Now, what are you going to do?"

     

    This is a rare example of when a quote is bigger than a movie.

Jerry Maguire

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    Quote: "Show me the money."

    These four words elevated Cuba Gooding Jr. from a decent young actor to a rising star. Too bad his career never really took off.

Dodgeball

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    Quote: "If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball."

    So that's how you make Mac crash, you throw a wrench at him. Somebody call the PC guy immediately.

Remember The Titans

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    Quote: "Petey, why are you fumbling my football? (Petey mumbles) Petey, how many feet in a mile? (he mumbles again) 5,280 feet! You pick this ball up and run every single one of 'em! You're killing me, Petey! You're killing me!"

    Sorry, no video here, but anybody who has seen the movie can agree this deserves a spot on the list.

Remember The Titans

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    Quote:  "We will be perfect in every aspect of the game. You drop a pass, you run a mile. You miss a blocking assignment, you run a mile. You fumble the football and I will break my foot off in your John Brown hind parts...and then you will run a mile. Perfection. Let's get to work."

    And if you don't believe him about the whole fumbling thing, then why don't you just ask Petey Jones what happened to him when he fumbled the football.

Chariots Of Fire

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    Quote: "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure."

    And for those of you wondering, God is in fact a huge track and field fan.

The Mighty Ducks

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    Quote: "Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!..."

    Oh just admit it, you quacked along.

Rocky III

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    Quote: "I don't hate Balboa, I pity the fool!"

    Mr. T can't walk two blocks without being asked to say this.

Hoosiers

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    Quote: "I'll make it."

    Quite possibly the most badass three words in sports movie history.

A League Of Their Own

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    Quote: "There's no crying in baseball!"

    Never have truer words been spoken.

Rocky

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    Quote: "You're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder!"

    Mickey is the man, plain and simple.

Miracle

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    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 10 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. "

    One of the most moving speeches in sports movie history, no doubt.

The Pride Of The Yankees

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    Quote: "Today, I consider myself, the luckiest man, on the face of the Earth."

    This was even more touching in the movie version than it was in real life.

The Karate Kid

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    Quote: "Wax on, wax off."

    It must be nice to get your car washed for free while at work.

Remember The Titans

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    Quote: "This is where they fought the battle of Gettysburg. Fifty thousand men died right here on this field, fighting the same fight that we are still fighting among ourselves today. This green field right here, painted red, bubblin' with the blood of young boys. Smoke and hot lead pouring right through their bodies.

    "Listen to their souls, men. I killed my brother with malice in my heart. Hatred destroyed my family. You listen, and you take a lesson from the dead. If we don't come together right now on this hallowed ground, we too will be destroyed, just like they were.

    I don't care if you like each other or not, but you will respect each other. And maybe...I don't know, maybe we'll learn to play this game like men."

    This was arguably Coach Boone's most emotional address to his team throughout Remember The Titans.

Happy Gilmore

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    Quote: "The price is wrong, b**ch!"

    I can watch this scene 50 times in a day and still laugh, quite possibly the funniest moment in the history of American cinema.

Rudy

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    Quote: "You're 5 foot nothin', 100 and nothin' and you have nearly a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football team in the land for two years.

    "And you're gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself."

    Maybe I'm just talking crazy here being that I'm a little into the moment, but this could quite possibly be the best sports movie quote by a janitor... ever!

Caddyshack

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    Quote: "It's in the hole!"

    Easily one of the most memorable quotes in one of the most memorable movies of all time. I truly feel that it is physically impossible not to like Caddyshack.

Field Of Dreams

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    Quote: "If you build it, he will come."

    One of the more recited lines in sports movie history, no doubt.

Field Of Dreams

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    Quote: John Kinsella: "Is this heaven?" Ray Kinsella: "No, it's Iowa."

    First of all, I apologize for the terrible quality but it was all I could find.

    But with bad quality or not, if this doesn't touch your heart, then you don't have one. This is one of my favorite quotes of all time in any movie.

Hoosiers

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    Quote: "If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don't care what the scoreboard says. At the end of the game, in my book, we're gonna be winners.”

    This was coach Norman Dale's most emotional speech to his undermanned Hickory squad.

Major League

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    Quote: "Juuuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside."

    Does any movie quote go more perfectly with a sport than this one with baseball? Thank you, Rick Vaughn, for having absolutely no control over your fastball.

The Sandlot

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    Quote: "You play ball like a girl!"

    To a 12-year old, there is no bigger insult.

Rocky IV

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    Quote: "I must break you!"

    One of the only good things about Rocky IV.

Bull Durham

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    Quote: "I believe in the Church of Baseball. I've tried all the major religions, and most of the minor ones. I've worshipped Buddha, Allah, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, trees, mushrooms, and Isadora Duncan. I know things. For instance, there are 108 beads in a Catholic rosary and there are 108 stitches in a baseball. When I heard that, I gave Jesus a chance. But it just didn't work out between us.

    "The Lord laid too much guilt on me. I prefer metaphysics to theology. You see, there's no guilt in baseball, and it's never boring... which makes it like sex. There's never been a ballplayer slept with me who didn't have the best year of his career. Making love is like hitting a baseball: you just gotta relax and concentrate. Besides, I'd never sleep with a player hitting under .250... not unless he had a lot of RBIs and was a great glove man up the middle.

    "You see, there's a certain amount of life wisdom I give these boys. I can expand their minds. Sometimes when I've got a ballplayer alone, I'll just read Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman to him, and the guys are so sweet, they always stay and listen. 'Course, a guy'll listen to anything if he thinks it's foreplay. I make them feel confident, and they make me feel safe, and pretty. 'Course, what I give them lasts a lifetime; what they give me lasts 142 games.

    "Sometimes it seems like a bad trade. But bad trades are part of baseball - now who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God's sake? It's a long season and you gotta trust. I've tried 'em all, I really have, and the only church that truly feeds the soul, day in, day out, is the Church of Baseball."

    This was one hell of a way to open a baseball movie. The Church of Baseball is one that I also believe in.

    Just ignore the fact that the video is not actually Susan Sarandon.

Bull Durham

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    Quote: "You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry! Lollygaggers!”

    Say it with him, LOLLYGAGGERS!

Eight Men Out

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    Quote: "Say it ain't so Joe, say it ain't so."

    You know, nobody will ever know for sure if it was so, Mr. Jackson.

The Blind Side

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    Quote: "There's a moment of orderly silence before a football play begins. Players are in position; linemen are frozen, and anything is possible. Then, like a traffic accident, stuff begins to randomly collide. From the snap of the ball to the snap of the first bones, closer to four seconds than five. One Mississippi -- Joe Theismann, the Redskins quarterback takes the snap and hands off to his running mate. Two Mississippi -- it's a trick play, a flea-flicker. And the running back tosses it back to the quarterback. Three Mississippi -- up until now the play's been defined by what the quarterback sees; it's about to be defined by what he doesn't. Four Mississippi -- Lawrence Taylor is the best defensive player in the NFL. And has been from the time he walked onto the field as a rookie. He will also change the game of football as we know it. Legendary quarterback Joe Theismann never played another down of football.

    "Now, y'all would guess that more often than not, the highest paid player on an NFL team is the quarterback. And you'd be right. But what you probably don't know is that more often than not, the second highest paid player is, thanks to Lawrence Taylor, a left tackle. Because, as every housewife knows, the first check you write is for the mortgage, but the second is for the insurance."

    The Blind Side may not be known for it's great football moments, but this was certainly a great explanation about why the left tackle is so important to a football team.

Happy Gilmore

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    Quote: "You suck, ya jackass!"

    I never would have thought something so simple could be so hilarious.

Talladega Nights

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    Quote: "Shake and bake."

    That just happened!

Field Of Dreams

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    Quote: "Well, you know I...I never got to bat in the major leagues. I would have liked to have had that chance. Just once. To stare down a big league pitcher. To stare him down, and just as he goes into his windup, wink. Make him think you know something he doesn't. That's what I wish for. Chance to squint at a sky so blue that it hurts your eyes just to look at it. To feel the tingling in your arm as you connect with the ball. To run the bases...stretch a double into a triple, and flop face-first into third, wrap your arms around the bag. That's my wish, Ray Kinsella. That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?"

    Moonlight Graham takes us inside the mind of a baseball player who worked and worked and worked but never got his at-bat in the show.

Field Of Dreams

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    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."

    What a great speech by Terrence Mann about why baseball is and always will be "America's pastime."

Happy Gilmore

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    Quote: "Son of a b**ch, ball. Why didn't you just go home? That's your home. Are you too good for your home? Answer me! Suck my white ass, ball!"

    Never tell a hockey player about a golf ball's home. Never!

Miracle

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    Quote: "Mike Eruzione! Winthrop, Massachusetts! I play for the United States of America!"

    Watching this scene makes me feel proud to be an American.

The Karate Kid

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    Quote: “Get him a bodybag. Yeeeeah.”

    Maybe it was said a bit prematurely, but a great line nonetheless.

Knute Rockne, All-American

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    Quote: "Sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper."

    One of the most motivational lines in sports movie history.

The Bad News Bears

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    Quote: “Hey, Yankees, you can take your apology and your trophy and shove ‘em straight up your ass."

    What a classy group of kids, huh?

Tin Cup

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    Quote: “The critical opening phrase of this poem will always be the grip. Which the hands unite to form a single unit by the simple overlap of the little finger. Lowly and slowly the clubhead is led back. Pulled into position not by the hands, but by the body which turns away from the target shifting weight to the right side without shifting balance. Tempo is everything; perfection unobtainable as the body coils down at the top of the swing. There's a slight hesitation. A little nod to the gods."

    "Yeah, to the gods. That he is fallible. That perfection is unobtainable. And now the weight begins shifting back to the left pulled by the powers inside the earth. It's alive, this swing! A living sculpture and down through contact, always down, striking the ball crisply, with character. A tuning fork goes off in your heart and your balls. Such a pure feeling is the well-struck golf shot. Now the follow through to finish. Always on line. The reverse C of the Golden Bear! The steel workers' power and brawn of Carl Sandburg's. Arnold Palmer!"

    Kevin Costner makes a golf swing sound so beautiful here it almost makes you want to pick up a club and swing yourself. Almost.

Hoop Dreams

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    Quotes: "People always say to me, 'When you get to the NBA, don't forget about me.' Well, I should've said back, 'If I don't make it to the NBA, don't you forget about me.' "

    And that's what it feels like to be a basketball prodigy.

A League Of Their Own

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    Quote: "Hi, my name's Mae, and that's more than a name, that's an attitude."

    Madonna sets things straight early that you better take her seriously...or else!

Rocky III

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    Quote: "See that look in their eyes, Rock? You gotta get that look back, Rock. Eye of the tiger, man."

    Cue the corniest song in the history of the world.

White Men Can't Jump

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    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?"

    The greatest in a long line of great trash-talking lines in one of the best basketball movies ever.

White Men Can't Jump

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    Quote: "You can not hear Jimi."

    If I learned one thing from this movie, it's that there is a difference between hearing and listening.

Major League

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    Quote: "Are you trying to tell me Jesus Christ can't hit a curveball?"

    Just ignore all the stupid parts of this video and just watch the movie part, the quote is in there.

Remember The Titans

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    Quote: "Alice, are you blind? Don't you see the family resemblance, that's my brother."

    You might want to find yourself a Kleenex for this one.

For Love Of The Game

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    Quote: "And you know Steve you get the feeling that Billy Chapel isn't pitching against left-handers, he isn't pitching against pinch hitters, he isn't pitching against the Yankees. He's pitching against time. He's pitching against the future, against age, and even when you think about his career, against ending.

    "And tonight I think he might be able to use that aching old arm one more time to push the sun back up in the sky and give us one more day of summer."

    Good thing Jim Joyce wasn't the first-base umpire!

Bull Durham

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    Quote: "Well, I believe in the soul, the c**k, the pu**y, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."

    Nobody turns a simple question into an all-time great movie quote like "Crash" Davis. Nobody!

Thanks For Reading

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    Well there you have it, the inaugural class of the Sports Movie Hall of Fame.

    If there's anything you guys think I missed, please let me know, maybe it'll make next year's class.

    Thanks for reading!