The past few months in the Philadelphia area, the weather has been so cold and bad that all I’ve wanted to do is curl up on the couch with a good book or a good movie. All the movie watching has gotten me thinking about how many good movies there are that have depicted sports in such a real and memorable way. I haven’t had a chance to see The Blind Side yet, but with it being nominated for an Oscar and the heartwarming story it tells, I’ve decided to list my all time favorite sports movies (well, the top 10). There are a few I wanted to put in but couldn’t tell if they were too kiddy like (i.e. The Sandlot, Bring It On, The Bad News Bears) or too much Tom Cruise (All The Right Moves, Jerry McGuire) but I have narrowed my list down to 10.
I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree and I am always looking for new movie suggestions!
(I've tried to order this list from the one I least like *still best loved* to the most watched/liked.)
10. Invincible – Being a Philly girl, it was great to see my city and the "iggles" get some press for something other than being loud fans! Vince Papale is very inspiring as a character. It would be every fan's dream to get to be a walk on to his favorite team. How many times have you sat and watched a sport and when a mistake happens think “hey I could have made that play!” Vince made us all want him to do well. Mark Wahlberg did a good job presenting Vince as the every man. My only complaint really with this movie is that they didn’t play up the fact that Vince graduated from St Joe’s University- where they didn’t even have a football team!
9. We Are Marshall – I am a big fan of movies that pull at my heartstrings, show us slices of life with the characters, and really allow you to feel as if you knew them. We Are Marshall does all that. The movie shows how important it is for college students to be part of something like a football team. While sports can’t save you from heart break or stop sadness from entering your life, it is an escape and sometimes it just can be the saving grace.
8. Glory Road – I love college basketball. To watch a movie that was about college basketball when it just started gaining popularity is a great experience.
7. Major League – Who doesn’t love The Wild Thing? And I believe that this is the movie that made me start to swoon for men in masks (catcher’s masks) Jake Taylor was the best. When this movie came out the Phillies weren’t doing so well in their division and it was fun to watch another team go through the same thing. Now, I just love to watch Major League for the laughs. I could watch this movie over and over, know every line by heart and still get a kick out of it.
6. Friday Night Lights – The book that sparked the movie that sparked my favorite TV show! I read the book when it first came out because it was written by a writer of the Inquirer. I didn’t know much about football. It was a great story. Varsity Blues fits into this category as well, because it was a take on FNL. The courage that these young men show day in and day out is amazing. I, for one, don’t think I'd like to be a HS football coach in Texas! This movie has everything the feel of glory with a win, the tears and the passion that players, coaches and fans feel about the game and their sport. Great Movie. Great book, too. And please watch the tv show!
5. The Natural – What can be said about the Boy Wonder Roy Hobbes? The music, the glory of that last, light-shattering homerun. This is the only movie that I forgive changing the ending of the book. For someone that loves baseball this movie is a must see.
4. Remember the Titans – This is a man who deals with the sensitive issue of racial relations in the 1960s. It does it in a way that few other movies have. I liked watching this movie for the silly moments, and the moments that really showed the men growing. Plus, its fun to see Hayden Pantierre so little!
3. For Love of the Game – Kevin Costner, in his mind, must be a frustrated baseball player. I wanted to include all his movies on this list, but none struck me as much as this one did. You see the full man that is a baseball player and it gives fans hope that players today may walk away “for the love of the game."
2. The Rookie – My Dad was a little league coach so watching Dennis Quaid mold these kids always strikes me close to home. I think it was a great lesson that the coach took a chance on himself the same way he was asking the students/athletes to take a chance on themselves. Heartwarming, heartbreaking and inspirational all at once. Who does not smile when they hear that little boy ask Jimmy Morrison to describe a Devil Ray?
1. Rudy – This movie is the movie that started my love for sports movies. Sean Astin did such a good job playing Rudy. Rudy taught me never to give up; that if you practice hard and play hard, you’ll get noticed. It broke my heart when the coach wouldn’t start Rudy, but my heart was fixed when all the players said they wouldn’t play either. Rudy displayed true Irish magic on the field.
Watching sports is always fun. Watching movies about sports is almost as good. There are so many more that could have made this list. As you can see I'm a sucker for the true stories that are depicted on the big screen! I honestly believe that now that he has a World Series ring, Chris Coste’s autobiography, The 33 Year Old Rookie, should be made into a movie. He said he wants Matthew McCounghey to play him, but Im sure Kevin Costner is available!
Whose story would you like to see made into a movie?
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