GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Who doesn’t love movies? Abundant of sport movies are available out there. Here we are going to try to list 10 great sport movies that are a must-see for all sports fans as well as people-who-are-not-into-sports.

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10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS

10. THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Adapted from the novel of the same name, this film tells the story of Frank Machin folllowing a stream-of-consciousness style. Frank is a miner who turns into a big rugby star but is aware of his disposable position in the team. Even his landlady slash lover considers him as “a great ape on a football field”. Upon its release this British film was hailed as a benchmark in the filming industry. Employing large instance of flashbacks, director Lindsay Anderson marvellously recounts a man’s story that is vulnerable to the ravages of time and injuries. The film stars Richard Harris.

9. OLYMPIA (1938)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Upon its release 75 years ago, Leni Riefenstahl’s document named Olympia (1938) was enveloped in controversies that exist till date. It was a government-sponsored film based on the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Though entrenched in Nazi ideology, the film has made its place in Time magazine’s ‘All-time 100 movies’. Divides in two parts, the documentary feature film had made use of advance motion picture techniques that were ground breaking at the time. Apparently Olympia was re-edited and re-released several times, therefore there exists multiple version of each language version (those are German, French & English) of the film. Notably, Riefenstahl has represented Adolf Hitler in almost a deity figure but has also treated Jesse Owens (an African-American track & field athlete) in the most admiring manner. Jesse Owens, an African-American had “single-handedly crush[ed] Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy” by winning four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics.

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8. SLAP SHOT (1977)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
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This comedy film is considered as one of the best movie ever made on ice hockey. Directed by George Roy Hill, the film is about a minor league hockey team who resorts to violent play in order to become popular in a factory town on its last leg. Slap Shot’s extensive used of swear words made things hard for the television networks and they ended up employing the fake swear word ‘fricking’ (possibly for the first time). Though initially shunned as ‘foul-mouthed and unabashedly vulgar’, later Slap Shot was recognised as one of the greatest American comedy movies of all time. Among many late-accolades, the film ranked 31st on the list of ‘Top 50 Cult Films’ and in 1998 was also heralded as the ‘Best Guy Movie of All Time.’

7. BULL DURHAM (1988)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Back in the 80s, making a baseball movie was considered risky for they were commercially non-prospective. Even then, many cast members of Bull Durham had accepted salaries lower than their usual, owing to their enthusiasm for the material. Starring Kevin Costner, the story revolves around Davis, an experienced player who is brought on board to train the unruly but talented Ebby LaLoosh. And later, with the entree of a baseball fan Annie Savoy, their lives get intertwined into a love triangle. This romantic comedy sports film was a critical success. The Newsweek Magazine praised saying that the film “works equally as a love story, a baseball fable and a comedy while ignoring the clichés of each genres.”

6. POINT BREAK (1991)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Starring Keanu Reeves, the story is that of an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbers slash surfers. In an interview, Reeves describes his character as a “total control freak and the ocean beats him up and challenges him. After a while everything becomes a game…He becomes as amoral as a criminal. He loses the difference between right and wrong.” The film got mixed reviews but generally Kathryn Bigelow’s majestical portrayal of particularly the surfing scenes was appreciated. Interestingly, some critics are of the opinion that the 2001 film ‘The Fast and the Furious’ is a copy of ‘Point Break’, swapping surfing for illegal street car racing.

5. JERRY MAGUIRE (1966)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

This is one of those few great sports movies that is not really about the sport or the sportsman but about the people behind them. Unseen and unnoticed by most, those people sweat blood to make the big moment happen in the sporting world. Played by Tom Cruise, Jerry Maguire is a sports agent who gets fired for expressing his moral epiphany in a ruthless business place. So he embarks on a new journey trying to test his newly acquired philosophy with the only athlete who stayed with him. Based on the actual story of a sports agent, Leigh Steinberg – who acted as a technical consultant for the crew – the film got listed in AFI’s 100 Years..100Passions.

4. THE WRESTLER (2008)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

Randy “the Ram” Robinson, is a burnt-out and aging professional wrestler who is trying to hold on to his success of the 1980s heyday by continuing his career while his health is failing. WWE had helped to promote this film through an on-screen angle (a fictional storyline used in wrestling). The Wrestler opened to universal critical acclaim and Mickey Rourke was praised for his performance which was called “richly affecting, heart-wrenching.” The film had also stirred controversies with regards to a scene in which Mickey Rourke violently breaks a pole bearing an Iranian flag, in half, across his knee. Many Iranian newspapers and websites condemned the film for spreading ‘anti-Iranian’ feelings.

3. HOOP DREAMS (1994)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

It is a documentary film which follows the lives of two African-American teenagers pursuing the dream of becoming a basketball star. 250 hours of footage was shot by three film-makers over the course of five years. Despite its length (171 minutes) and unlikely commercial genre, it received high critical and popular claim. Famous film critic Roger Ebert said, “this is one of the best films about American life that I have ever seen” and later called it the best film of the decade.

2. THE HUSTLER (1961)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

The film, adapted from the novel of the same name tells the story of a small-time pool hustler ‘Fast Eddie’ Felson, who in his desire to

become a major player, plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. The Hustler was a major critical and popular success gaining a reputation of modern classic that helped sparking resurgence in the popularity of pool. The films exploration of winning, losing and the characters was lauded. Here again Robert Ebert citied, “one of the few American movies in which the hero wins by surrendering, by accepting reality instead of his dreams.”

1. RAGING BULL (1980)

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS
10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES

A Martin Scorsese film based on middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta’s 1970 autobiography Raging Bull: My Story. This biographical sports drama, stars Robert De Niro in the lead character, as an Italian American middleweight boxer whose self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy and animalistic appetite destroys his relationship with his wife and family. Categorised among the greatest films ever made Raging Bull was initially criticised for its violent content. Critics unanimously had praised De Niro’s explosive art. The film grossed $23 million in the US and was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

10 GREAT SPORT MOVIES YOU SHOULD NOT MISS

1. RAGING BULL (1980)
2. THE HUSTLER (1961)
3. HOOP DREAMS (1994)
4. THE WRESTLER (2008)
5. JERRY MAGUIRE (1966)
6. POINT BREAK (1991)
7. BULL DURHAM (1988)
8. SLAP SHOT (1977)
9. OLYMPIA (1938)
10. THIS SPORTING LIFE (1963)

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  • arshiya mansourkiae

    No no no hustler is in the first place in the second is rocky at third raging bull.thank you anyway.