Top 10 Sports Movies

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1.
Hoosiers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ Great acting by Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. Very good period stuf. Authentic action. These kids are real basketball players. Great music track and uplifting ending. ” - Jim-474
 
2.
Raging Bull (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
An emotionally self-destructive boxer's journey through life, as the violence and temper that leads him to the top in the ring destroys his life outside it. (129 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Two Oscars, great directing (Martin Scorcese) and acting (Robert De Niro). ” - Jim-474
 
3.
Rudy (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
“ I'm a sucker for inspirational, uplifting stories (see Hoosiers). ” - Jim-474
 
4.
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
“ One of Costner's best. Wonderful scenes with Burt Lancaster (his last film) as well as James Earl Jones. The heartfelt scene at the end (father & son playing catch). ” - Jim-474
 
5.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Good period stuff. Robert Redford can really throw a ball and swing a bat. Wonderful, although somewhat corny, ending. ” - Jim-474
 
6.
Phar Lap (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy. (107 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
“ An Australian film that many may not have seen. Wonderful, inspirational story of an Australian race horse. If you liked Sea Biscuit, you will love this film. ” - Jim-474
 
7.
Major League (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
“ My favorite sports comedy. Terrific characters. Good acting jobs by Charlie Sheen (Wild One), Tom Berenger, Corbin Benson. ” - Jim-474
 
8.
A League of Their Own (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
“ Great directing by Penny Marshall. Good acting by Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Jon Lovitz and Madonna. Who can forget the line: "there's no crying in baseball". Neat ending at Baseball Hall of Fame reunion. ” - Jim-474
 
9.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
“ Wonderful, funny, down to earth. Great job by Walter Mathau as well as the kids. ” - Jim-474
 
10.
Rocky (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. (120 mins.)
“ Three Oscars. Need I say more? ” - Jim-474