Oh no! Another Best of List from Petrocs! Yes yes…its that time again..another subjective list to open the floodgates and allow for some spirited discussions on what is included, what was omitted, and what the hell was I thinking! This time we are going to tackle the sports movies and see if we can nail down a list that most people can “live with”. So without further ado…the best sports movies of all time.
10- Dogtown and Z-Boys- An all time favorite of mine and one nearest and dearest to my heart. A documentary about the creation of the Zephyr skate board team in the 1970’s. Directed by skate pioneer and Z-boy, Stacy Peralta, no film has captured the essence of the skate board community quite like this film. A must see for all skate enthusiasts
9- Remember The Titans- The story of Herman Boone, an American American football coach who was sent to T.C. Williams High School in 1971 and was tasked with making a group of white and black players and creating a team that will work together. This is the best football movie of all time in my humble opinion.
8- Bull Durham- The ONLY romantic comedy on the list. The story of Crash Davis, a veteran catcher who was tasked to teach a rookie pitcher the ropes. The movie is based on the experiences of minor leaguer Ron Shelton, who also wrote the movie. The movie is pure comedic gold and should be enjoyed by everyone at least once.
7- The Wrestler- Darren Aronofsky incredible story of an aged professional wrestler and his struggles to create a new life outside the ring. Mickey Rourke is nothing short of spectacular. The story is one of the most heartbreaking you may ever witness.
6- Slap Shot- A hilarious movie about an aging player, coach named Reggie Dunlop who tries to help his failing ice hockey team the Chiefs find success through the use of “goon” hockey. Still funny all these years later. Paul Newman is fantastic and the Hanson brothers will live forever in infamy!
5- Field of Dreams- If you build it, they will come. A come they did. The story of Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella who hears a voice in his corn field and decides to build a baseball field on his farm. Upon doing so, the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago White Sox players appear. But that’s no all who shows up. Starring Kevin Costner, the story that will make ever man cry and ever dad hug their son just a tiny bit harder.
4- Miracle- The story of the US men’s hockey team who, led by coach Herb Brooks, were victorious over the seemingly invincible Soviet team at the 1980 games in Lake Placid. They also went on to win the gold medal. Still the one movie that sends chills straight down by spine. One of the biggest moments in Olympic sports history.
3- Hoosiers- A movie about a small-town Indiana high school team who won the state championship in 1954. Starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper and widely regarded as the greatest basketball movie ever made. I tend to agree with this statement.
2- Raging Bull- The story of an Italian American prize fighter Jake La Motta, who’s rage inside the ring made him champ, but outside the ring ruined his family relationships. Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro.
1- Rocky- The story of a struggling boxer trying to make the big time who is given an opportunity to fight the heavyweight champion of the world, Apollo Creed, and makes the best of his opportunity. The movie, written by Sylvester Stallone, went on to win the Best Picture and become an instant classic. Easily my favorite sports movie of all time.