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There’s nothing like the feel of winning but, we know you can’t win all the time. It’s the story of the fight, the upward struggle, that has the true blood, sweat, and tears in it that some of us may never get to experience first-hand. Feel the burn as we scroll through some of the best sports movies of all time.
Remember The Titans (2000)
Alexandria, Virginia. 1971. It was a time of racial integration in many schools, including T.C. Williams High School. When they tried that with their football team, there was a lot of friction. Enter Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), a black football coach, who struggles not only with his player’s in-fighting, but also with the not so subtle biases of his co-workers. The High school football movie – at it’s best.
Miracle tells the story of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team who come face to face with their (and America’s) biggest foe: The Soviet Union. In a time of the Iran Hostage Crisis and a global Cold War, America’s hopes were severely diminished. One hope was Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach whose inspiration led these college students to take on The Bear and produce a miracle.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
This isn’t just another boxing movie about a grizzled and haunted trainer, with a washed-up gym assistant, who reluctantly take on a long-shot prospect. No…wait, it is. But, It has Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Hilary Swank AND it won four of the top Oscars! Inspirational and tear-jerking.
The Natural (1984)
In a pure fantasy baseball world, Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) a middle-aged player, comes out of the shadows to become one of the best, and most mysterious figures in 1930s baseball. The back stories with Glenn Close and Barbara Hershey are touching as well as gut-wrenching (literally).
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Odessa, Texas, and it’s Friday night. There’s nothing else to do, or nothing more important than the high school football game in this dead-end town. The team has lost a valuable player and the season looks lost. Coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) must bring this group of down-trodden players back from the brink, and on to State.
Pride Of The Yankees (1942)
Pride is the heart-felt story of one of the greatest baseball players ever to step up to the plate. Lou Gehrig, who played in 2,130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, was an inspiration to boys as well as the men who lived during those golden days of baseball. The movie also stars the real Babe Ruth, so, Home Run!
A small-time boxer and low-level debt collector is given the chance of a lifetime when the Champ, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) gives him a shot at the belt. Set up strictly as a gimmick promotion for Apollo, Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) sees this as a chance to show that he’s not a nobody, and winds up being quite the somebody.
The Hustler (1961)
“Fast” Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is a pool shark in a small tank. Ever on the lookout to make a bigger score, he lives out on the edge a bit too much. After being humiliated by a much bigger shark in the persona of “Minnesota Fats” (Jackie Gleason) Eddie has to get it together if he wants to make a comeback, regain his self-respect, and not lose his long-time girlfriend. Fantastic acting from George C. Scott and Piper Laurie.
When Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) steps into the ring, his animal rage is his best friend. He devastates his opponents. Unfortunately, Jake can’t leave that violence in the ring, and his family, friends and especially his wife, fight to live with this emotionally broken and paranoid man. Another great turnout from Joe Pesci as well.
1950s basketball represents in this tense tale of a small Indiana town and the not so God-like coach who leads their high school team into state champion contention. All-time best performances from Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper.
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