I spent Friday-Sunday this past weekend heavily involved in some college athletics. On Sunday my coworkers and I started debating and arguing over our favorite sports movies. I discovered that I was very opinionated on the subject. So today I’ve gathered my thoughts and put together my Top 10 Sports Movies.
Does it get any better than a true story turned movie? Add in that it’s Olympic hockey and the USA beats Russia? I mean, it’s gold. …See what I did there?
“Who do you play for?”
“I play for the United States of America.”
9. Cool Runnings
Storytime: On my first day of high school I got up really, really early because I was so nervous and after I got ready I ate fruit loops (which i don’t even like) and watched Cool Runnings on TV. So I associate this movie with that day because that memory is so vivid for me! And it’s just a classic movie! So good and so underrated, to be honest!
8. The Mighty Ducks
I just love watching movies that has a coach with a rough past that doesn’t want to be a coach and a group of kids who just want to win and then everyone has to come together to be a big family and ugh, heart melt. Actually, I just LOVE the underdog storyline. Besides..
“Ducks fly together.”
7. Space Jam
It actually makes me laugh, because what in the hell was Michael Jordan thinking when he agreed to make this movie? It’s so odd and makes no sense, but I LOVE it and the story never gets old for me. Because I love that there’s the main storyline of the Looney Toons, but there’s also the secondary story of Michael and his kids and following dreams, etc. etc. Makes me smile.
6. Coach Carter
I already told you guys, I love a good underdog story! I love that this movie is about SO MUCH MORE than basketball. All of the side story lines are almost more interesting to me than the main storyline and it has so many feel good moments. Also, this movie reminds me of my Senior Prom. Storytime for another day.
“You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.”
5. A League Of Their Own
I think this movie is SO important. It’s a great movie, with amazing actors, great lines, etc. But the STORY is so important to America’s history and that’s why people still watch and love this movie, because it’s more than a movie. I love it.
Look, I’m from Bloomington, Indiana. The home of the Indiana University Hoosiers. So this movie is an important piece of my childhood and my life. No surprise here, but it’s an underdog story kind of movie and it’s just an instant classic. I think it really embodies what basketball means to the state of Indiana too, so I also direct outsiders to watch this and maybe get a glimpse of my life.
3. Remember The Titans
This. Movie. This movie is just FULL of powerful speeches and powerful lines and I just love them all. I could quote the entire movie to you, I always cry at the end, and I still get these odd excited butterflies in my stomach during the scene when Coach Yoast tells his defense to “You make sure that they remember forever, the night they played the Titans! Leave no doubt” (this scene right here! i’m obsessed). One of the big turning points in the movie and I love it every single time!
“Attitude reflects leadership.. Captain.”
2. The Sandlot
I mean, honestly, if you haven’t seen this movie then what are you doing here? Stop reading this blog right now and go watch this. Just stop. Any person who makes a list of their favorite sports movies and doesn’t have this in their Top 5 hasn’t ever seen this movie, so their list is disqualified. Yea, I said it.
“YOU’RE KILLIN ME, SMALLS!”
1. Bull Durham
Not only the ultimate baseball movie, but the ultimate sports movie in the history of ever. My absolute favorite sports movie of LIFE. I wear my DVD copy of this out! It should go without saying that I can quote this entire movie, in fact, my family and I do, frequently! I can’t recommend this movie enough. YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT.
“This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains.”
I had a really hard time narrowing down all of these into a Top 10, so here are the movies that just barely didn’t make the cut.
Along with my Top 10 movies, which I obviously think you should watch, I also think you should watch these other 6. Because honestly, they all just barely didn’t make the list!
Do you agree or disagree with my list? What are your favorite sports movies? I dare you to make your own Top 10 Sports Movies list and then send it to me, so I can debate with you. Actually, that makes me really excited! Do it!
Signed, The Player To Be Named Later,
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