Sports Movies

Ross Elliot's picture
Submitted by Ross Elliot on Fri, 2006-03-31 05:59

I have a soft spot for movies about sports or movies that use sports as a backdrop or plot device.

Latest I've seen is called The Perfect Catch but for some reason in the US it's called Fever Pitch ...at Amazon ...at the IMDB & ...at DVD Verdict

It stars Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore (hubba hubba) and tells the story of Fallon's baseball-obsessed character and Barrymore's hot executive chick persona as their romance develops and falters during the Red Sox's triumphant 2004 season during which the Sox finally broke the Curse of The Bambino.

Directed by the Farrelly Brothers--yep, There's Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, Kingpin (another good sports movie)--it's a pretty good comedy that leaves you with one of those just-had-a-great-roast-chicken-dinner-with-all-the-fixings warm, cosy feelings. It ain't deep, just satisfying.

So, anyone want to nominate their fav sports-related movies and why?

Drew & Jimmy... Jimmy & Drew.


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Well, there you go, Bill.

Ross Elliot's picture

Well, there you go, Bill. *You've* just mentioned it!

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Bill Sipes's picture

20 replies and no mention of Friday Night Lights.

Wes makes a good point,

Ross Elliot's picture

Wes makes a good point. Pool, poker, etc. they're all games. Maybe not sports, but sporting nevertheless.

So if that's the case I'll nominate:


The Hustler - Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and the lovely Piper Laurie. Watch it now!
The Color of Money - Newman & Cruise. Sequel to The Hustler, 25 years later.
House of Games - Lindsay Crouse. Great cards & con movie. David Mamet helms.

Doesn't it count as a sports

Wes's picture

Doesn't it count as a sports movie? I think they played a game of pool in it.

And your post about lurkers the other day got me thinking about that. I'll try harder.

No Worries

Dan Edge's picture

No problem, bud, I was just yankin' your chain. Laughing out loud

--Dan Edge

My apologies, Dan.

Pete L's picture

My apologies, Dan. Obviously I didn't read the thread closely enough. I stand corrected.

Pete, ok, already! I'll look

Ross Elliot's picture

Pete, ok, already! I'll look for it. Everyone: look for Rudy at your local rental store!!

Pete, you betta check yo self...

Dan Edge's picture

...before you wreck yo self. I gave Rudy props as my favorite earlier in the thread. Sticking out tongue

-Dan Edge

What about Rudy????

Pete L's picture

I can't believe nobody's mentioned 'Rudy', the story of a kid who followed his dream of playing football at Notre Dame! It's hard to think of many other movies that better exemplify the virtues of relentlessly pursuing one's own values. If you haven't seen this movie yet, go see it! It's not as cheesy as it looks like it might be.

in denial

Landon Erp's picture

Rocky, Raging Bull...

Good coreography great characters interesting events

ok I'll admit it I'm pretty much a boxing movie purist.

---Landon

It all basically comes back to fight or flight.

Here's a list of sports

Ross Elliot's picture

Here's a list of sports movies from Wiki:

List of sports movies

Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe and Miss Chipmunk Cheeks, Renee Zellweger, is one I've seen recently. Very good tale of riches to rags to riches set during the Depression.

Perhaps, as a sports trilogy

Ross Elliot's picture

Perhaps, as a sports trilogy from one actor, Kevin Costner: Tin Cup, Field of Dreams, and Bull Durham with that tasty little speech in it...

"Well, I believe in the soul, the cock, the pussy, the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."

– Crash Davis (Costner) in Bull Durham

There's always a Road House

Ross Elliot's picture

There's always a Road House junkie around, isn't there...

Hi, Wes, long time no hear.

When I first saw Jerry

Ross Elliot's picture

When I first saw Jerry McGuire I simply could not understand why so many people loved it. Maybe it was Cruise. I don't know.

But since then, I've seen JM at least five times and I really like it now. But I wouldn't shove it in as #2.

Mmm, James Cameron did the

Ross Elliot's picture

Mmm, James Cameron did the same thing only on a massive scale with Titanic for the departure scenes at Southhampton.

Coop

Marnee's picture

Pride of the Yankees. Duh.

(Bad News Bears -- right on, Joe!)

Fun fact (from IMDB):

Since star Gary Cooper was right-handed and Lou Gehrig was left-handed, and since Cooper's athletic skills were barely passable right-handed let alone left-handed, the close-up baseball scenes were shot with uniforms in reverse type. Cooper would hit the ball and run to third, and the prints would be reversed.

Awesome.

ACK!

Prima Donna's picture

For god's sake, Ross, if you are going to tantalize us with the vision of a nearly naked man, could you not at least make him attractive? Ron Jeremy?! My eyes...

I thought the recent movie "Code of Honor" (think that was the title) about the West Point football scandal was very good.

-- Aut viam inveniam aut faciam

Road House... No wait,

Wes's picture

Road House...

No wait, either Slapshot or The Program.

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

Dan Edge's picture

I loved Samwise's depiction of Rudy; such an uplifting story. Jerry McGuire steals 2nd for romance-appeal, though it may not qualify as a sports movie.

--Dan Edge

Bad News Bears. No contest.

JoeM's picture

Bad News Bears. No contest.

The World's Fastest Indian

Jason Quintana's picture

The World's Fastest Indian is my recent favorite. I would have to think for a while to come up with an all time favotire...

- Jason

My vote...

Titan's picture

Disney's 'The Rookie', because it's never too late to realize your dream.

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