LestersLegends’ Top Ten Sports Movies

Dec 4, 2012

It’s the holiday season and I’m sure many of you are either looking for gift ideas for the sports fan in your life or you’re compiling your gift list for Santa. Here’s a list of the LestersLegends’ top ten sports movies.
1.  Raging Bull
Robert DeNiro gives an unbelievable performance as Jake LaMotta. Not only is this one of my favorite DeNiro films, it’s one of my favorite Martin Scorsese film as as well. Joe Pesci is amazing as well.
2.  Rocky
Given the fact that I was born in Philadelphia, I should probably have this in the top spot. I guess that illustrates how much I like Raging Bull. The first Rocky was film magic. The sequel was equally impressive. The rest are guilty pleasures.
3.  Hoosiers
Basketball was my favorite sport growing up. It’s no longer the case, and you can thank David Stern for that. Different story for a different day. Larry Bird remains my favorite basketball player of all-time. This classic illustration of basketball in Indiana gets me every time. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper were brilliant.
4.  Bull Durham
It is nearly impossible to be a fan of baseball and to not adore this movie. The look inside the life of a minor league baseball player is priceless. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are great.
5.  The Sandlot
There is something about this movie that gets me every time. It’s king of the sports version of Stand By Me, which happens to be one of my favorite films of all time. There is just something about the freedom of summer as a kid.
6.  Tin Cup
I do not golf and I promise I am not the world’s biggest Kevin Costner fan. I just really like the rags-to-riches story, when Roy McAvoy refuses to lay up, and when he finishes a round with only his 7-iron.
7.  Major League
“Just a bit outside”. This movie cracked me up. Charlie Sheen was awesome. I bet every kid from my generation wanted to pitch like “Wild Thing”.
8.  Remember the Titans
Strong Side. Left Side. This is a poignant story that shows how a team can work through its differences and achieve the ultimate goal.
9.  The Natural
Any kid that watches this movie wants to tear the cover off the ball and hit a game-winning home run.
10.  Seabiscuit
The great thing about film is that even though I am not a horse racing fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale about defying the odds.
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12 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. steve
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    how can you leave off the original Bad News Bears?

  2. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    Age thing I guess. I was one when it came out.

  3. FrankRizzo
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Hoop Dreams?

  4. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Not bad, but not in my top ten personally.

  5. James
    December 5th, 2012 at 12:26 pm #


  6. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Definitely an honorable mention.

  7. Sam
    December 5th, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    How about One of the best movies about life in Minor League Baseball ever made – Long Gone?

  8. LestersLegends
    December 5th, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Haven’t watched that one Sam.

  9. Michael
    December 6th, 2012 at 12:40 am #

    Others to consider: Slapshot, The Longest Yard, Jerry Maguire, Rudy, & Field of Dreams. One of my favorites (but definately not a top 10) is The Replacements. Glad to see the Sandlot on the list, it should on there FOREVER, FOREVER, FOREVER.

  10. LestersLegends
    December 6th, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Great additions Michael.

  11. Hogan
    December 7th, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    I don’t see how “Rudy” hasn’t been mentioned yet. Also if you haven’t seen it yet give “The Legend of Bagger Vance” a watch. Its a good one in my opinion.

  12. LestersLegends
    December 7th, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Rudy is solid Legend of Bagger Vance was the first movie i went to the theater with my wife to see when we were dating. Both great movies.

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