Column: Sports movies that I love to watch
Published 6:37 pm Friday, March 11, 2005
Many people have their own opinions on which sports movies are their personal favorites. I, of course, have my own and while mine are probably a lot different from yours. I decided to make a list of what I feel are the best sports movie I have seen, or haven't seen, but have heard nothing but good about them. I also came up with some of the worst ones I have seen.
This is so exciting! I actually get to be a movie critic for one day – Well kind of!
It was very hard to go through and narrow the list down. I could have pick 50, but I don't think I have the room for that.
So first things first, I have to start with this movie because everyone I have talked was in disbelief when I told them I didn't see it. Brian's Song, from what I have read and heard, is the must see sports movie out of any of them ever made. And not the one that was remade.
Tearjerker, touches the heart and it's based on a true story! Don't worry, I plan on renting it this weekend.
Also for football movies I would have to say Remember the Titans was also a tearjerker. It's about a high school football team and the issues they face with racism when to schools are forced to combine.
Jerry Maguire was also good for that little love kick in a movie. It was pretty funny too. And without that movie we could have never gotten the phrase, "Show me the money!"
As you know, or if you didn't, I love basketball, so naturally Hoosiers is one of my all time favorites. Also based on a true story, I think everyone who has ever played sports can relate to this movie one way or another. I know I can.
It's the ultimate parable for the underdog team.
White Men Can't Jump and Coach Carter were also pretty good. Oh and Basketball Diaries. Can't forget Space Jam either – just kidding on that one!
I am also a huge fan of softball, more so than baseball just because I'm a girl and I have played it for so long. A League of Their Own, yet another true movie, looks at the first women's baseball league formed in 1943 during World War II. Tom Hanks is hyterical in this movie and who could forget the phrase, "There's no crying. There's no crying in baseball!" It also has the team from South Bend in the movie.
As far as baseball, I know there are a lot out there, but one of my favorite's is The Bad News Bears. Another story about an underdog team who makes it to the top. There's a lot of truth to it, it's funny, yet can be sad at times. The kids are ruthless, funny, honest and vulnerable. Hey, they're just like real kids!
When it comes to golf nothing can and I don't thing ever will beat Caddyshack. I still laugh when I see that movie. The cast should prove it all. It's just an all around funny movie about golf and a gohper that still to this day stands at the top of most quotable and funny movies. "Be the Ball!"
Boxing was kind of hard because there are some really good boxing movies out there. I would have to go with three though all of the Rocky movies, except Rocky V, Ali and Million Dollar Baby. The only thing I can say about any of these is if you haven't seen any of them, do. They all tell a story of an individual striving to make make it to the top, and they all do.
Some people laughed at me when I told them that I really enjoyed Rudy. Come on not only was it taped right here, well up the road anyway, but it has such a good message behind it. It's like a wake up call for those of us who often wonder if we're good enough to do something. Where there's a will, there's a way!
I have not seen this movie, but I hear The Natural is another one to see and that I am missing out on. From what I hear it's one of, if not the best baseball movie out there. I've also hear Bull Durham is very good, but haven't seen that one either.