Favorite sports movies
After I mentioned “Bull Durham” in my last entry, it caused me to think a lot about sports movies. I love sports movies. I think it’s the clear-cut good vs. evil type idea. Or maybe it’s the feel-good endings.
I wrote a few weeks ago about how much I love “bad movies.” And a couple of the movies I brought up, “D2: The Mighty Ducks” and “Cool Runnings” are sports movies. I think these two movies combine my love of sports movies with my love of pure, cheesy movies.
But the list of great sports movies extends beyond “D2” and “Cool Runnings.” Sports Illustrated named “Bull Durham” as the greatest sports movie of all time. They say, “The dialogue is sharp and funny…” and it is. I understand what they’re getting at, but I don’t know how you choose the greatest.
Some of my other favorite sports movies include:
“Field of Dreams": Yet another great Kevin Costner baseball movie. I first saw this movie on a bus trip to Yankee Stadium. I can hardly think of a more appropriate time to watch a movie about baseball’s past and present.
“Remember the Titans": I was obsessed with this movie during middle school. I watched it once a month for at least a year. It tells the story of a southern high school in the '60s going through the process of integrating their football team. I get the chills every time I watch it, and the soundtrack is stupendous.
“Sandlot": Hands down one of the best sports movies. And as far as I can tell, it’s routinely left off lists of the best sports movies. It’s hysterical and catches kids at their most innocent. No matter how many times I watch this movie, I laugh.
“Jerry Maguire": It’s clichéd, I know, and it's spawned cheesy catchphrases. And, Tom Cruise has since gone nuts (jumping up and down on Oprah’s couch). But it’s a feel-good story about a man finding his morals, and trying to stick to them.
I could go on for hours. But I’ll stop myself.
Have a favorite sports movie? Leave a comment. And Dr.ChimRicholds, you owe me a topic.