With all the interest in the Olympics, I thought I’d post my top 10 favorite sports movies of all times.
10. Jerry Maguire
Director: Camoron Crowe
Starring Tom Cruise
Who can forget the famous quotes from this movie? “Show me the money” and “You had me at hello”.
9. The Pride of the Yankees
Director: Sam Wood
Starring Gary Cooper
This features the life of Lou Gehrig.
8. The Longest Yard
Director: Robert Aldrich
Starring Burt Reynolds
This version about a sadistic warden who uses a football game to hurt inmates is so much better than the remake.
7. The Jackie Robinson Story
Director: Alfred E. Green
Starring Arthur Mann
This is a history lesson about Jackie Robinson and the prejudice black baseball players faced when they were as good, if not better, than the white players.
6. Angels in the Outfield
Director: William Gear
Starring Danny Glover
An angel from Heaven helps the angels win the pennant. This is just a feel good movie.
5. Field of Dreams
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones
An Iowa farmer hears a message to build a baseball field in the middle of a corn field. “If you build it, they will come.”
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring Sylvester Stallonne
Okay, how can I have a list of sports movies without mentioning Rocky.
3. The Champ
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
Starring Jon Voight, Faye Dunaway, and Ricky Schroder
Although the 1931 original version of this movie is good, this is one time I like the remake even better. Make sure you have tissues handy. This is a tear-jerker.
2. The Blind Side
Director: John Lee Hancock
Starring Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock
There are just too many things I love about this movie to describe it. You just have to watch it.
1. Chariots of Fire
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring Ben Cross
The olympic sports movie of all time. Not to mention, who could forget that music.