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Favorite Sports Movies

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Put your favorite sports movies/shows. Here's mine.

Definitely a classic...

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Major League.

I loved as a kid how meta it seemed. Sure there were penned slapstick gags & stereotypes, yet modern pro sports hadn't really been shown behind its curtain like that.

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In no particular order:

Major League

Bull Durham

Slapshot

Remember the Titans

Friday Night Lights

Miracle

Youngblood (not a great movie but more a guilty pleasure)

Eight Men Out

A League of Their Own

Mystery Alaska (underrated in my opinion)

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Bull Durham is still the alpha and omega.

The first two acts of Leatherheads are great. Falls apart in the third, mostly because of the casting - Krasinski just doesn't have the chops to pull off his arc and Zellweger's utter lack of charm kills any chemistry with Clooney.

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Mystery Alaska was unexpectedly good the first time I watched, but I've never gone back to watch it again. And nor do I want to.

I think the Seann William Scott Goon is underrated. Violent and stupid, yes, but it had a fair amount of heart.

Rounders might be the most influential "sports" movie of all time; it, Chris Moneymaker, and Bill Simmons writing about it helped launch a new wave of poker players. In the movie, Matt Damon says something to the effect of "it's the same seven guys at the final table of the World Series of Poker every year; that can't be a coincidence." It turns out it was because those were the only seven guys that knew about WSOP before Rounders (exaggerating, of course, but only a little).

My choice though, is Breaking Away. It's about cycling, but also about the tension between college students, the residents of the towns they temporarily live in, opera, and more. Also, it's one of the last great things Jackie Earl Haley did before he resurfaced in Watchmen.

Honorable mention to Bad News Bears and Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, though I bet kids sports movies need their own special category. There are lots of great options there too.

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I forgot Draft Day! A modern-day miracle of a film that everyone needs to see, just because they really went for the most crazy draft-day shenanigans possible, and made it almost semi-believable. It's basically the draft sequences of Jerry Maguire, but for two hours.

Kevin Costner has the best sports movies. In addition to Bull Durham, there's also For the Love of the Game, Field of Dreams, and my second-favorite sports movie: Tin Cup.

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Football:

Wildcats

Varsity Blues

Baseball:

Bull Durham

Field of Dreams

Hockey:

Slap Shot

Slap Shot 2

Miracle

Red Army

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I think my favorite is Cinderella Man, about boxer James J. Braddock, a former World Champion boxer who suffered some injuries and ended up working on the docks during the Great Depression while being forced to accept govt. relief money before receiving a second chance as a last second replacement for a fight.

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Bull Durham is still the alpha and omega.

Seconded.

I'll also mention, in no particular order:

The Bad New Bears (original)

The Longest Yard (original)

Major League

Paper Lion

Hoosiers (which somehow seems to have escaped until now)

Tin Cup

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Miracle is amazing if just for Herb Brooks' speech.

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Major League (1989)

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

Blue Chips (1994)

Any Given Sunday (1999)

The Replacements (2000)

Invincible (2006)

Rush (2013)

Draft Day (2014)

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In no particular order:

Major League

The Mighty Ducks trilogy

Happy Gilmore

Field of Dreams

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Cinderella Man tops my list (and not because I worked on it.)

Bend it Like Beckham (and I hate soccer, but great story and major props for avoiding sports movie cliches.)

Bull Durham

The Natural

Slap Shot

And one television series"

Playmakers (and not because I worked on this either, and ESPN should be ashamed of themselves for cancelling it...)

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