Thursday, April 18, 2019

This is broken down by category but I must interject now and say that Rocky transcends the Boxing/Fighting Category. It ranks in the top sporting films of all time!

Top Boxing/Fighting Films

1. Rocky and all the sequels, and Rocky Balboa

To be honest, I don’t feel I should have to even give a description. If you don’t know this movie, shame on you! It is one of the quintessential American films showcasing the underdog and the pursuit of your dreams against all odds. It’s drive, it’s passion, it’s love. And it’s a really not-attractive man that somehow swept women off their feet. When heavyweight champ Apollo Creed comes to Philly, Rocky Balboa thinks this is his shot to make it. His training sequence of him running in Philly and up the Museum stairs is one of the most famous scenes in movie history. There is even a statue in Philly cementing the event. Now that’s a powerful movie.

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2. Million dollar baby

I am not sure what to say about this movie because 1. I don’t like boxing. 2. I don’t like Clint Eastwood (oh shut up, I know that’s practically unAmerican). 3. I don’t like Hilary Swank. So really, there wasn’t a chance that I was going to like this movie. Yet somehow, I thought it was fantastic. Shockingly fantastic. Definitely worthy of their Academy Awards. Maggie is determined to be a fighter but experienced trainer Frankie Dunn wants no part in helping her train. Over the years he has become a hard man and refuses to let anyone get close. He finally agrees. The movie isn’t just about her training, it’s about the evolution of their relationship as coach and student, and as each other’s family. Amazing. The tagline for the movie is: “Beyond his silence, there is a past. Beyond her dreams, there is a feeling. Beyond hope, there is a memory. Beyond their journey, there is a love.”

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3. Cinderella Man

This one is based on the true story of James J. Braddock, the Cinderella Man. He was on track to be a great star in the fighting world when the Great Depression hit and he lost everything, just like so many others. But through all the suffering and sacrifices to keep his family alive, he never gave up. He returned to the ring in 1934 to help his family survive and to the shock of everyone, he began to win. And win. And soon, he became the beacon of hope and inspiration for so many others battling the Depression. If he could survive and rise above, maybe they could too. He became a sports legend.

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4. Ali

I started to say that if you don’t know who this film is about then get off my site, but then I remembered I promised to be nice. But really, who hasn’t heard of Muhammed Ali? This biopic tells the tale of Cassius Clay aka Muhammed Ali. It only spans 10 years of his life, the ones that turned him from good into a legend. It shows his trials and stuggles as well as his success. While the film garnered nominations, it fell a bit flat of the praise it deserved. Will Smith’s study of Ali was remarkable. He trained physically, mentally and emotionally and it showed. It’s worth watching just to see how well he was able to portray him. Oh and for THE quote: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. His hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see”

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Top Golf Films

1. Caddyshack

What do you get if you put Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Night in the middle of a country club golf tournament? This classic movie full of fun, one-liners and entertainment. Not to mention the war betwen the greenskeeper and the gopher digging up the green! Ranks in the top funniest comedies of all time. Though how it can upset Spaceballs, I’ll never know!

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2. Tin Cup

Hey look, it’s Kevin Costner! What’s he doing here? I thought he did baseball movies? Oh wait. Funnily enough, Tin Cup has been called Golf’s Bull Durham ( a baseball movie for those that haven’t read my Baseball Movie Blog yet!). That’s better! Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy tries to jump start his failing golfing career, win the U.S. Open, beat his arch rival, steal his woman and make her fall in love with him, and sink the unsinkable shot to the green. All in one movie! It’s a great romantic comedy full of defining moments. “You define it or the moment defines you.” And another fun quote that Roy says to his caddy and best friend Romeo, “Well, if you can remove the sexual overtones and add a golf theme, then Romeo, I am your Juliet.”

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3. Happy Gilmore

This one almost defies description. Seriously, how do you tell someone to watch a movie where Adam Sandler stars as Happy Gilmore, an ex-hockey player with a sever temper problem who joined the PGA tour because he discovered he can drive a golf ball hundreds of yards while wacking it with his club like a hockey stick. If you are a fan of Sandler, this one has to be in your list.

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4. The Greatest Game Ever Played

Based on the story of Francis Ouimet, a caddy who turned pro golfer in 1913 against all the odds, and at the young age of 20. He challenges his idol Harry Vardon, who is still considered one of the best golfers ever to have played,  in the U.S. Open Championship.

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Top hockey Films:

Miracle

I hate to do this but since I haven’t seen the movie and have run out of ways to spin “the inspiring true story of underdog athletes brought to you by Disney” I am going to give you a description from Amazon. I have heard that it is an amazing movie so I didn’t want to give a bad review!  “MIRACLE. Filled with exhilarating nonstop hockey action and heart-racing suspense, it’s the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history — the 1980 United States ice hockey team’s triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Kurt Russell gives a brilliant performance as the dynamic and determined coach Herb Brooks, who had an impossible dream — beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of 26 undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned 20 of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable — and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.”

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Slap Shot

This is pretty funny! It’s from 1977 and with Paul Newman as a washed-up hockey coach for a crappy team. However, instead of being the inspiring underdog story, he actually gets them to win by teaching them to play dirty! Fights and violence to win their games! Gotta love it. This is THE hockey movie. Every hockey lover needs to own this!

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The Mighty Ducks

80’s favorite Emilio Estevez takes to the ice! He plays a smug lawyer who has to do community service after getting arrested for DWI. His service is to coach a pee wee hockey team that truly sucks! Cute story. Oh and it features my man, Josh Jackson when he was young!

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And two others that I am throwing in here because they are really great sports movies!

chariots of fire


seabiscuit

About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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