Even if you’re not a sports fan, you’re more than likely still a sports film fan. There’s something about seeing an underdog clawing his way to the top while an inspirational song plays in the background. That shit’s been working since Chariots Of Fire and the formula will never change. It works and we love it. Below are my top 5 favourite sports films.
Remember The Titans
American football movies are almost always crowd pleasers, but this one goes a step further by casting some great social commentary on the fall of the segregation era in the U.S. when certain schools were forced to start integrating. The film uses the team as a microcosm of ‘70s America and the difficulties faced when black students try to make it in this “new” world where they are told they can be anything but they are surrounded by people who don’t want them to succeed.
Some brilliant performances from Will Patton, Wood Harris and Hayden Panettiere way before she became the cheerleader in Heroes. Oh, and Denzel Washington is this too.
This film was based on the American football movie, The Longest Yard, starring Burt Reynolds. The British came along and turned it into a REAL football movie (soccer) and added the British cast that sent this film into sport movie hall of fame.
Vinnie Jones leads the all-star British cast in this film where the inmates at the prison take on the guards in one of the most hilarious and heartwarming football matches you’ll ever have the pleasure of seeing.
The New Zealand classic is set in the underground crime world of high stakes pool tournaments. Very few people have seen this film but I encourage you to watch it. Not just an excellent sports film but also an amazing comedy that will have you quoting lines for days after you’ve seen it.
Wild Thing Ricky Vaughn!!! Charlie Sheen steals the show in this baseball comedy when the Cleaveland Indians try to make it to the major league. Underdog stories are what make these films our favourites and this is one of the best ever made.
I’m not even going to try and justify why I have this as my number one. I’ll just show you the final scene from the fight between Rocky and Apollo.
THAT IS ALL
No documentaries. Let’s save that for another top 5 list. Do you think I missed the goal post with my choices? Let me know in the comments what you would have listed.