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Old April 30 2009, 02:28 AM   #1
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Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

Since we've already got a thread on great baseball movies, what about other sports? What are some of the greatest sports movies of all time?

Of course, boxing is a very cinematic sport since it's such an intimate, personal, one-on-one face off. Boxing is a sport absolutely made for movies. Of course, many would consider Rocky to be the greatest boxing movie of all time. I agree that it's a great movie, although sometimes I think the boxing stuff kinda gets in the way of the character relationships that really make the movie great. (And honestly, none of the sequels should have been made, including the highly overrated Rocky Balboa.)

But for my money, I prefer Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe as struggling Depression-era boxer James Braddock. Crowe brings such a committed humanity to the character. He's a good man that deserves success, not just in the ring, but in all facets of life.

I think my all time favorite sports movies deal with less contemporary sports:

Heath Ledger turns in a fantastic lead performance in the medieval jousting movie A Knight's Tale. Many critics panned the film because of its quirky use of modern pop music. Personally, I think it gives the movie a unique style. It's not a literal depiction of the middle ages. It's a period piece that tries to translate their culture into 21st century terms.

While I haven't seen the David Carradine/Sylvester Stallone original, I really enjoyed the Jason Statham remake of Death Race. While A Knight's Tale was set in the past, Death Race depicts the blood sports of a near future where the U.S. economy has collapsed and privately run prisons generate revenue by holding bloody auto races with the inmates. It's not Statham's best work but he makes a solid rooting interest. But really, you'd cheer for anyone with the balls to stand up against Joan Allen as the corrupt prison warden. She's cold evil incarnate in a tasteful gray pantsuit.
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Old April 30 2009, 03:58 AM   #2
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

Rollerball, not the remake but the original.
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Old April 30 2009, 06:21 AM   #3
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

Remember the Titans
Cinderella Man
Miracle
Cool Runnings

Just to list a few.
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Old April 30 2009, 08:45 AM   #4
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Generally speaking, I have absolutely zero interest in sports. But I do like sports films when the protagonist is a young woman.

For example: Gracie (2007) and Million Dollar Baby. I'll have to watch Bend it Like Beckham sometime. Still searching for other films that fit this description.
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Old April 30 2009, 09:37 AM   #5
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

The Replacements
Dodgeball
Caddyshack
Tin Cup
Happy Gilmore
Longest Yard (original)
Slap Shot
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Old April 30 2009, 12:10 PM   #6
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

I've always enjoyed the ultra cheesiness of Sideout.

Friday Night Lights
Any Given Sunday
Remember the Titans
Cinderella Man
Dodgeball

All great movies.
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Old April 30 2009, 12:26 PM   #7
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The Deer Hunter
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Old April 30 2009, 01:13 PM   #8
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Rollerball(original)
Slapshot
Cinderella Man
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Old April 30 2009, 01:19 PM   #9
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I loved Leatherheads.
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Old April 30 2009, 03:12 PM   #10
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Slap Shot is an all-time classic.

And how about a little love for North Dallas Forty?

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I forgot all about Slap Shot. That was truly a classic.
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Old April 30 2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

tomalak301 wrote: View Post
Remember the Titans
Cinderella Man
Miracle
Cool Runnings

Just to list a few.
all these and

Rollerball (orig)

We Are Marshall
Varsity Blues
Any Given Sunday
The Replacements
Happy Gilmore(Sandler's best, IMO)
Tin Cup
The Longest Yard(orig)
Wildcats(Goldie Hawn)
White Men Can't Jump
The Big Lebowski(Dude, how did you miss that one?)
Raging Bull
Rocky
Breaking Away
Rudy
Jerry Maguire
North Dallas Forty
Brian's Song

Seabiscuit
National Velvet
The Hustler
The Color of Money
Bend It Like Beckham
Chariots of Fire
Prefontaine
Caddyshack
Hoosiers
Ali
Slapshot
and one of my all-time favs that almost no one has seen:
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault

ed.-
while it doesn't show much sports, Amazing Grace and Chuck is a heck of a flick, too.
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Old April 30 2009, 10:52 PM   #13
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Slapshot and Caddyshack are two of the funniest flicks I've ever seen.

For a sports flick a bit on the serious side, I've always loved The Program.
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Old May 1 2009, 01:57 AM   #14
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

Caddyshack
Remember the Titans
The Express: the Ernie Davis Story
the Longest Yard
Rollerball
Miracle
Hoosiers

Just to name a few.
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Old May 4 2009, 05:32 AM   #15
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Re: Great Sports Movies (non-baseball)

It's been a while since I've seen them but I did like Cool Runnings & Happy Gilmore. Dodgeball was kinda fun.

I saw Remember the Titans once, back when I was in high school. Mostly, all I remember thinking during that class period was, "The is the worst economics class I have ever been in!"

I'm sad that no one else has yet seconded my nomination of A Knight's Tale.

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The Big Lebowski(Dude, how did you miss that one?)
What!?!? No!!! They may go bowling a lot, but that does NOT make The Big Lebowski a sports movie! It's a modern noir detective story.

...

That was kinda funny though.
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