Sports and society have gone hand in hand since the days of the Gladiators in early Rome. So its no wonder that there have been many great motion pictures about sports over the years, so many that it is hard to put them into a list of the greatest but I'm going to do just that for you. Here is my list of the best sports movies in history.
20. A League of Their Own (1992)
Tom Hanks and Geena Davis star in this story about two sisters who join the first professional female baseball league in the midst of WWII. Despite great competition and growing rivalries, the league struggles to gain popularity.
19. Happy Gilmore (1996)
In order to pay off his grandma's astounding debt, failed hockey player Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler), joins the PGA tour. His, for lack of a better term, unique style has some loving him and some hating him. One, in particular, hates him more than the rest, Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald) and tries to end his run in the PGA.
18. Space Jam (1999)
Michael Jordan helps the cast of Looney Tunes take on a race of evil aliens who have enslaved the toons as well as stolen start NBA player's talents. MJ and crew must win a game of 5 on 5 to ensure the toons' freedom as well as return the stolen talents to their rightful owners.
17. Chariots of Fire (1981)
One a Christian who runs for God, the other is Jewish and runs to erase prejudice. Both enter the 1924 Olympics and compete against eachother. The film was nominated for 7 Oscars and won 4 as well as being listed 19th in the British Film Institute's top 100. Great sports' story as well as life story.
16. Any Given Sunday (1999)
This movie gives viewers an inside look at the life of the pro football player. Player altercations, owner/coach friction and shady business transactions will be seen in this one. Also, Al Pacino delivers one of the greatest speeches in sports film history.
15. Caddyshhack (1980)
Hilarious is the best way to describe Caddyshack. Snobby members of a golf course are distraught with a new member who is anything but "high class." Between Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield, if you're not rolling on the floor watching this, you don't have a sole.
14. Bad News Bears (1976)
A washed up, ex-minor league ball player coaches a group of oddball kids in a competitive little league in California. Things start off rough but the team gels together and does well. This movie is a great comedy and a must see for baseball lovers.
13. Friday Night Lights (2004)
The true story of small town Odessa-Permian's High School football team's season. Being from Texas and having played football for a well known program in the state, I can tell you the pressure for teams to win is real and pretty accurately portrayed on to the big screen in this movie.
12. Hoosiers (1986)
Hoosiers is regarded by many as the best sports movie ever made. I have it at #12 but not because it isn't great. Gene Hackman plays a ball coach who's seen better days. He teams up with the town drunk to train the local high school team. Together they turn a mediocre squad into a true championship competitor.
11. Varsity Blues (1999)
Another depiction of High School football in Texas. See how this group of teens deals with the pressures of winning and playing for a tyrant of a head coach.
10. Rudy (1993)
Rudy is a true testament to the saying "if at first you don't succeed, dust yourself off and try again." If you like underdog stories this is a must see.
9. Angels in the Outfield (1994)
What kid wouldn't like to have their wishes come true? Real angels help the California team comeback from the dumps of the MLB to atop the pennant race.
8. Eight Men Out (1988)
If you've never heard of the Chicago Black Socks you're either 8 years old, or not a sports fan. Eight Men Out is a great movie about how the White Sox threw the 1919 World Series.
7. Rocky (1976)
All I have to say is "ADRIAN!" and "Eye of the Tiger."
6. Junction Boys (2002)
Another one about how football is religion in Texas. Junction Boys is a true story about coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's concentration style training camp of the 1954 Texas A&M football team.
5. Bull Durham (1988)
Women, you can't live with them, can't pitch without them! Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon are a perfect pair in this one.
4. Mr. Baseball (1992)
If you haven't seen Mr. Baseball you must go rent it now. Tom Selleck plays an aging veteran who gets traded to a team in Japan. He has to learn a new way to play and finds a new attitude on the way.
3. Remember the Titans (2000)
Two formally segregated school merge in the early 1970s. Along with a newly appointed African-American head coach, players learn not just to adapt to the change, but form bonds with one another and see that a man isn't defined by the color of his skin.
2. Sandlot (1993)
Being the new kid bites. Baseball brings a new kid friends and closer with his step father during a summer they'll never forget.
1. Field of Dreams (1989)
"If you build it, they will come." Kevin Costner does it again! Playing a corn farmer who starts hearing voices, he follows their lead and the end result is something amazing. Field of Dreams is the all time #1 sports movie!