Top 10 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

Nicholas BaderContributor IIDecember 5, 2011

Top 10 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time

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    Sports has been around for a very, very long time, and so have movies. There are many great movies from many different genres. Sports films have been very successful because they combine so many different genres. They can make you very emotional, where at first you would be laughing, then towards the end you end up in tears.

    There is an abundance of great sports movies such as A League Of Their Own starring Tom Hanks, and The Blind Side  that won many prestigious awards. Sports movies have the capability to change your life because they are so inspirational. Many are based on true events.

    There are so many great movies that come to mind, I will try to choose the 10 best of all time.

No. 10: A League of Their Own

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    There's no crying in baseball!

    During World War II, the major leaguers went off to fight, and that started a professional baseball league for women. 

    At first I did not think this would be a good movie, but it ended up being one of the best that I've seen.

    Tom Hanks was the head coach of the Peaches, and he was outstanding. He was witty and sarcastic. 

No.9: Major League

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    Charlie Sheen plays Ricky Vaughn, a pitcher on the Cleveland Indians, But everybody calls him Wild Thing. Ricky Vaughn starts out in jail before he gets to play for the Indians. 

    A showgirl who goes by the name of Lynn Wells wants to move the team to a different area. So in order for that to happen, there has to be poor attendance during games. So she fields the worst players that the league can offer, but they end up winning the division title.

    This movie will always be one of the funniest sports movies of all time to me and there will never be another like it.

No.8: The Pride of the Yankees

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    You might think I'm crazy for putting this in my Top 10. Well it's because this was about one of the greatest Yankees who ever played the game: Lou Gehrig. 

    This movie was portrayed wonderfully because I wasn't alive during the time of Gehrig, but I learned so much about him while watching this film.

    "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." This was in the Lou Gehrig speech that was delivered at the Yankee Stadium. The reenactment was emotional because the actor really made you feel how Gehrig felt at the time.

No.7: Field of Dreams

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    Even though this movie is pretty weird due to the fact that a voice tells Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to build a baseball field by saying, "If you build it, he will come," and how baseball players such as Joe Jackson come out of the cornfield to play baseball. It is a great movie about a man who will do anything to have one last catch with his old man, even though he doesn't know that will be the outcome.

No.6: Miracle

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    This movie was based on possibly the greatest victory in sports history. The American hockey team faced off against the Soviet Union and defeated them 4-3 at the 1980 winter Olympics. Kurt Russell portrayed head coach Herb Brooks beautifully. He was amazing throughout the movie.  It was a great movie based on one of the greatest American victories of all time.

No.5: Hoosiers

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    This movie is about a new coach, Norman Dale, leading the Hoosiers to a state championship beating South Bend. Hoosiers has everything that a great sports movie needs:

    a new coach who does things his way,

    a pre-game inspirational speech,

    a team that nobody expects to win,

    and a game winning shot from an unexpected star in Jimmy Chitwood.

    This movie can easily be considered one of the greatest movies ever. No matter what obstacle stands in your way, if you remember your training and believe in yourself, you can achieve greatness. 

No.4: Rocky

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    All of the Rocky movies are outstanding. It is the ultimate underdog story. It's about a boxer from Philly getting a shot at the title. With the help of his trainer Mickey, his wife Adrian, his brother-in- law Pauly, and his friends, he wins the title and becomes one of the greatest fighters of all time. Defeating the greats Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago and Tommy Gun whom he trained and loved like a son, and Mason Dixon, Rocky Balboa comes from nothing to become one of the greatest, living up to his nickname, the Italian Stallion. 

No.3: Rudy

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    Sean Austin plays Rudy Ruettiger, who grows up in a poor Irish home and dreams of going to the University of Notre Dame. Rudy does not catch a break and has to work hard every day of his life. All he really had is his best friend and he dies working in the plant. After being rejected three times, he finally gets accepted into the University of Notre Dame. Rudy gets ready for his football tryouts, and ends up making it as a walk-on. He does not play or suit up for a single game until the last game of his senior year. On his one and only play, Rudy sacks the Georgia Tech quarterback and gets carried off the field as all of his family and friends watch.

No.2: Remember the Titans

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    In 2000, the movie Remember the Titans was released. This movie is about a high school in Virginia, T.C. Williams football team and the way life was in the 1970s. The team chemistry is  horrible because of racism, but ultimately the Titans grow stronger as a team and become like a family. Head coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) takes the team to a training camp in Pennsylvania. He shows them that racism needs to stop and that the players need to act like a team to succeed. Lead defenders Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier cannot stand each other at first, but they end up being like brothers. They share a couple of very memorable scenes getting their team together and inspiring them to be perfect. Bertier dies in a car crash, but the team ends up having a perfect season and winning the state championship. This movie gives me the chills every time I see it, and that's why it's on this list.   

No.1: The Sandlot

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    The Sandlot is personally my favorite movie of all time because it's something that I can kind of relate to, besides the whole dog and Babe Ruth baseball part.

    The Sandlot is about a bunch of kids who just love to play baseball and who love to just hang out with each other. When one of them is in trouble, the whole group rallies together to help him. The movie is full of problems that the gang has to deal with, such as having to get an autographed Babe Ruth baseball that Smalls hit over the fence where the beast lives and Benny ends up getting chased by the beast. 

    Hamilton Porter is easily my favorite character because he is a clown, and he trademarked the phrase, "You're killing me, Smalls!"