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    Sports Movies

    For reasons that should be staggeringly obvious, any wrestling fan should appreciate a good sports movie.

    I can't remember exactly what would have come first but got into them through cheesy 1990s classics like Major League and Little Giants, which I am not ashamed to admit I would still watch today if I saw they were on TV.

    I reckon it was probably Major League that built the first blocks in my appreciation for Baseball movies and the move into more respected stuff. But there's something about that sport which films really well. In recent years I've really enjoyed Moneyball as an interesting take on the genre.

    I guess for a lot of people it'll be about boxing so I have just two words: Raging Bull.

    I'm sure we have plenty of sports films here in the UK too, though I can't think of many offhand. The ones about British Sports I do like tend to be documentaries, I think.



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    If you have not seen the Natural, Bull Durham, or Field of Dreams then you have not seen the best three Baseball movies. I am a HUGE Major League fan, and in High School I actually had a Ricky Vaughn jersey made.

    But for a list of great Sports movies in no particular order (not counting the three I mentioned and Raging Bull, Major League and Little Giants that you did):

    Remember the Titans
    Hoosiers
    Space Jam
    Brain's Song
    Rudy
    Blue Chips is surprisingly good
    Tin Cup
    The Rookie
    The Replacements
    Rookie of the Year
    Little Big League
    Varsity Blues
    Friday Night Lights
    Jerry McGuire - ish
    CaddyShack
    Slap Shot
    Miracle
    Mystery, Alaska
    Rocky - I, II, III, IV, Rocky Balboa, Creed (NOT 5)
    The Longest Yard - original
    White Men Can't Jump
    Eight Men Out
    A League of Their Own
    Victory
    The Bad News Bears - original

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    Not a fan of BASEketball?

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    I've seen all three of those movies, Powder. I just didn't mention every sports movie I've seen by name.



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    I love BASEketball, and it was an incomplete list.

    And I realize Prime, but I was just mentioning some of the better/best Sports movies.

    And could you consider the Wrestler a Sports Movie?

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    Touch and go. It certainly has all the hallmarks of the sports movie genre, and the only reason you'd have to leave it out is that wrestling isn't strictly speaking a sport. That'd be my take on it.



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    I will add there's a few on that list I don't know, which I will probably have to check out at some point.



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    Which ones?

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    Quite a lot, as it happens. Here's the ones I haven't seen. I've heard of some, but that's because they are a far bigger deal in the states than they are here, so I've heard of them through other things.

    Hoosiers
    Brain's Song (I assume this is meant to be Brian's song, but still no)
    Rudy
    Blue Chips is surprisingly good
    Tin Cup
    The Replacements
    Little Big League
    Varsity Blues
    Friday Night Lights
    Slap Shot
    Miracle
    Mystery, Alaska
    Creed
    The Longest Yard - original
    Eight Men Out
    Victory
    The Bad News Bears - original



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    Am a sucker for the Mighty Ducks and cool runnings.

    Definitely throw in The Sandlot too. Probably a coming-of-age film but has enough baseball to count imo.

    Remember the Titans tops the list for me.

    Backyard Ashes was fun for what it was too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prime Time View Post
    Quite a lot, as it happens. Here's the ones I haven't seen. I've heard of some, but that's because they are a far bigger deal in the states than they are here, so I've heard of them through other things.

    Hoosiers
    Brain's Song (I assume this is meant to be Brian's song, but still no)
    Rudy
    Blue Chips is surprisingly good
    Tin Cup
    The Replacements
    Little Big League
    Varsity Blues
    Friday Night Lights
    Slap Shot
    Miracle
    Mystery, Alaska
    Creed
    The Longest Yard - original
    Eight Men Out
    Victory
    The Bad News Bears - original
    Yes type on Brian's song. A movie from the 70's, and the first movie grown men admitted to crying at. About a Chicago Bears player dying of cancer
    But to rank your list in order to watch:

    Hosiers
    Rudy
    Slap Shot
    Miracle
    Longest Yard
    Eight Men Out
    Bad News Bears
    Replacements
    Friday Night Lights

    The rest watch in any order.

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    One of my very favorites, perhaps my all-time favorite, sports movie is The Program. You don't see it mentioned very often for some reason but man, that's a really good movie that checks off every box you want for a sports flick.

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    Great movie, but it is also dated. It doesn't hold up as well as others.

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    I read a summary of The Program. Sounds interesting.

    Eight Men Out is on Netflix actually, and does sound right up my street.

    There's also documentaries, of course. The last three I have watched are Sonicsgate, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and a Lance Armstrong documentary.

    Not too long ago I watched Building Jerusalem, about the long process of building an England team that could win the Rugby World Cup.



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    If you are looking for Docs...I just watched on Netflix, Fastball, which is about fastballs, and the hardest throwers of all time, Ice Guardians - about the Enforcers of hockey, and there is a really good doc on Knuckleballers too.

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    I'll keep saying it till someone else watches it. But Icarus is a really great watch on Netflix.

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