What’s the greatest sports movie of all time?
Everybody’s got an opinion. Some are feel-good classics, and others are nostalgic favorites (like The Sandlot, or my childhood fave, Angels in the Outfield).
This week, I’m weighing in to rank the top 10 sports movies on all time. Grab your popcorn, folks.
10. Space Jam
For those of us older millennials, the release of Space Jam was one of those cultural moments that we won’t forget. It’s just so nineties, and so much fun.
Everyone loves a good underdog story, especially if it’s true. The U.S. hockey team’s 1980 win over the Soviet Union is the stuff of not only Olympic legend, but American sports in general.
8. The Blind Side
Thanks to Nina for submitting this one featuring Sandra Bullock at her dramatic best. Michael Oher may not be in the NFL anymore, but his family’s story will forever be on my list of faves.
7. Major League
The ultimate “team of hapless losers” movie that still cracks me up every time. Wild Thing, you make my heart sing.
6. Cool Runnings
Disney’s film about the Jamaican Olympic bobsled team holds up, you guys. Fun fact: the real-life bobsledding team the movie is loosely based on wasn’t actually comprised of sprinters like the movie depicts; the Olympic bobsledders were actually members of the Jamaican army, recruited because no one else wanted to try the sport.
Rocky is a classic for a reason. It’s an uplifting underdog story that doesn’t sacrifice realism for a good story. It’s gritty, it’s emotional, and it’s raw. (Much like the eggs in Rocky’s breakfast drink, which grosses my kids out every time.)
Listen, Dad, I do not even care one iota that the jersey scene didn’t really happen. Rudy just feels good to watch, and the musical score gives me goosebumps every time. This is my movie list, and I love Rudy.
3. Field of Dreams
If you build it, he will come, ya know? Field of Dreams is a classic and I’ll always watch it when the opportunity arises. Even though the older I get, the more I understand that destroying the family’s farm to build a baseball field is probably reasonable grounds for divorce.
2. Remember the Titans
Remember the Titans has it all–Denzel Washington, weighty social issues, Opie from Sons of Anarchy, baby Ryan Gosling, and a retro soundtrack that slaps. I’m a sucker for high school football movies/shows (I could easily devote an entire column to Friday Night Lights) and Remember the Titans is just the best.
1. A League of Their Own
I don’t even care if it’s predictable that A League of Their Own is my all-time favorite movie. It’s got drama, baseball, comedy, and Tom Hanks. It’ll hit you in the feels and make you laugh at the same time.
Here’s the film’s most iconic scene.
RIP director Penny Marshall, who passed away on Tuesday. The movie wouldn’t be the same if it had been helmed by anyone else.
Media credit: LA Times