The five best sports movies in cinema history

Fiveofthebestsportsmoviesofalltime

THEREisnodefinitivegreatestsportsmovieofalltime。

Thereisnodefinitivetop20,top50ortop100listeither。

Lookatanylistcobbledtogetherbymediapundits,popcultureexpertsorfansandinevitablynumberonewillbejustasdifferentasnumber10andsoon。

WhetheryoupreferthepoetryofamovielikeHoopDreams,thegritofHoosiers,thepowerofRockyorthemajestyofFieldofDreams,opinionsvaryacrossthespectrum。

Itcandependonthetypeofmovieyoulike。

Yourfavouritesport。

Orjusthowyouarefeelingontheday。

Withthatsaid,hereismyownlistofthe10greatestsportingfilmsofalltimeinnoparticularorder。

Iencouragecriticismandencouragebanter。

Afterall,ourdifferencearewhatmakesushuman。

Enjoy。

5。

Hoosiers

GeneHackmanisthemasterasthecoachofasmalltownhighschoolthatwinsthestatechampionshipinthis1986basketballclassicbasedonthe1954MilanHighSchoolteamthatrosetothetitle。

ButDennisHopperwasthestandoutasthetowndrunkwhojoinstheteamonthebench。

Longstoryshort,halftheteamwalksoutonHackmanwhoplaysNormanDalethetownsfolkhatehisstyleandtheyvotetogetridofhimuntil,ofcourse,thestarplayer,JimmyChitwooddecidestoreturntotheteam。

Ofcourse,Chitwood,playedbyMarisValainis,makesthewinningbucketinthechampionshipgame,leadingtheHickoryHighHuskerspastthefavouredSouthBendCentralBears。

AnymoviethathasnameslikeRadeButcher,MerleWebb,EverettFlatchandStrapPurljusthastobeaclassic。

SoundsliketheGoldenGirls。

4。

FieldofDreams

Insometowns,youcouldgetshotfortellingsomeoneyouhateFieldofDreams。

WhilebaseballissometimesahardsellforAussies,fewcanresistthelureoffarmerRayKinsellaplayedbyKevinCostnerhearingstrangevoicesandbuildingabaseballdiamondinhiscornfield,whichbringstheChicagoWhiteSoxtotowninthisripperfrom1989。

Ifyouaren’tmovedwhenJamesEarlJonesdisappearsintothecorn,thenyouhaveaheartofstone。

Andit’snotliketherearen’tdetractorsofthemovie,withsomefailingtounderstandtheconcept。

MybackyardcricketpitchismanicuredaswellastheMCG,butI’mstillwaitingforDavidWarnerandMitchellStarctorockup。

PS:KevinCostnerhasnevermadeabadsportsmovie。

3。

JerryMaguire

“Youcompleteme”,“Showmethemoney”,BruceSpringsteen’sSecretGardenandprobablythecutestkidevertobeinamoviewithapologiestoMatildagetsyouinthefeelseverytime。

Therewasjustsomuchtoloveaboutthis1996romanticcomedyaboutadownonhisluckplayeragent(TomCruiseasthetitlecharacter)wholoseshismindandquitshishugeagencytogooutonhisown。

ThestunningReneeZellwegerjoinshimonhisquesttoretainhisonlyplayerCubaGoodingJrinashowstealingperformanceasRodTidwell。

JayMohrasBobSugarisaclassicashismortalenemyandJerryO’ConnellishilariousandperfectlyhateableasCruise’ssurefirenumberonepickwhojumpsshiptoSugaratthe11thhour。

Thereisjustsomuchfeelgoodaboutthismovie,itdragsyourightdownandthentheinterplaybetweenCruiseandDorothyBoyd’s(playedbyZellweger)megacutekid,playedbyJonathanLipnicki,Tidwell’smeteoricriseandtheinevitablehappyendingbetweenthetwoloversbringsyoubackuptothehappyending。

2。

HeGotGame

Gritty,dodgyashellandabsolutelynailedbyDenzelWashington,a1996masterclassintheperilsofbeingastarathleteandthemeasuresthebourgeoisiewillgototogetyouontheirteam。

It’sgotSpikeLee’snameonit,andnoonedoesurbanstorieslikethecolourfulNewYorkKnicksfan。

WashingtonplaystheincarceratedJakeShuttlesworthwhogetsa(heavilymonitored)releaseonapromise,providedthathecangethissonJesusplayedbyNBAstarRayAllentoplayforthegovernor’soldschool“BigState”。

Thecatchis,JakekilledJesusmother,sotheinterplaybetweenthepairisgrittyandemotional。

I’mstillangrythattheGovernordidnotletJakeoutwhenJesuscommittedtoBigState,afterpromisinghewould。

PublicEnemy’sHeGotGameisamongthebestthingsaboutamoviethathadplentyofbrilliantmomentsfordramaandsportsfansalike。

1。

LetItRide

Acriminallyunderrated1989comedyaboutadownonhislucktaxidriverwhogetsthemotherofalltipsatthetrackand,well,decidesto‘LetItRide’。

RichardDreyfushashadsomestandoutrolesandwhilethisonemightnotbehisbest,histurnasHarryTrottermightjustbehisfunniest。

TeriGarrishilariousashisneglectedwife,andeveryonehasamatelikeDavidJohanson’scharacterLooney,butitisthestunningJenniferTillyandRobbieColtranewhostealtheshowinbitparts。

ColtraneishilariousastheticketsellerwhotakesallofTrotter’smoney,whileTillyisthegolddiggerwiththekillerlegswhotriestoseduceTrotter。

ItalladdsuptotheperfectdayattheracesforTrotterandahappyending。

Iguessit’snotasportsmovie,perse,butyoujustcan’tbeatitforcomedygoldandafeelgoodending。