31 Days of Sports - 03/12

by ianhenslee | created - 20 Feb 2012 | updated - 30 Mar 2012 | Public

31 Sports Movies for March 2012

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1. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 87,573 | Gross: $2.42M

2. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.7
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Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 63,621 | Gross: $76.25M

3. Peaceful Warrior (2006)

PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.3
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40 Metascore

A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart, Tim DeKay

Votes: 22,766 | Gross: $3.96M

4. We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

7.1
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53 Metascore

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn

Votes: 50,559 | Gross: $43.55M

5. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.1
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63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 56,371 | Gross: $57.79M

6. The Patent Leather Kid (1927)

150 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

7.8
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A boxer has difficulty balancing his sport with a budding romance; both are further jeopardized when the United States enters the first World War.

Director: Alfred Santell | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Molly O'Day, Lawford Davidson, Matthew Betz

Votes: 396

7. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)

Approved | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.1
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A boxer flees believing he has comitted a murder while he was drunk.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: John Garfield, Claude Rains, The 'Dead End' Kids, Ann Sheridan

Votes: 1,586

8. Real Steel (2011)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Drama, Family

7.1
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56 Metascore

In the near future, robot boxing is a top sport. A struggling promoter feels he's found a champion in a discarded robot.

Director: Shawn Levy | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Anthony Mackie

Votes: 270,243 | Gross: $85.47M

9. The Flying Scotsman (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.1
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49 Metascore

The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox, Sean Brown

Votes: 4,582 | Gross: $0.14M

10. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.3
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58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 17,690 | Gross: $9.59M

11. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

Votes: 37,459 | Gross: $42.64M

12. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 4,747

13. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

7.3
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71 Metascore

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 16,088 | Gross: $5.68M

14. The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

5.4
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The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: William Bendix, Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, Sam Levene

Votes: 801

15. The Pride of St. Louis (1952)

Unrated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.6
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The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna

Votes: 512

16. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.9
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60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 76,232 | Gross: $68.86M

17. Waterboys (2001)

91 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director: Shinobu Yaguchi | Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura, Kôen Kondô

Votes: 2,147

18. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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83 Metascore

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 17,547 | Gross: $42.35M

19. Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.9
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The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,534

20. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 76 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.4
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 882

21. It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport

7.0
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A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas, Ed Begley

Votes: 1,371

22. Redline (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

7.5
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A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshiyuki Morishita

Votes: 7,551

23. Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.0
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True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams

Votes: 1,433

24. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 95,084 | Gross: $32.54M

25. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.2
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58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 2,947 | Gross: $0.05M

26. Mystery, Alaska (1999)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

6.7
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49 Metascore

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack

Votes: 23,218 | Gross: $8.89M

27. Downhill Racer (1969)

M | 101 min | Drama, Sport

6.5
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90 Metascore

Quietly cocky Robert Redford joins U.S. ski team as downhill racer and clashes with the team's coach, played by Gene Hackman. Lots of good skiing action leading to an exciting climax.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Camilla Sparv, Karl Michael Vogler

Votes: 3,351

28. The Winning Team (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller

Votes: 658

29. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.1
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A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,749

30. Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Kaplan | Stars: Bonnie Bedelia, Beau Bridges, Bruce Barlow, Leo Rossi

Votes: 1,071 | Gross: $0.27M

31. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.5
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46 Metascore

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.

Director: Stephen Herek | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith, Heidi Kling

Votes: 48,699 | Gross: $50.75M