Number 1 Favorite Sports Movie
JR: Rocky – Arguably the best boxing story ever told. I am a huge fan of underdogs, Stallone nailed the character and I can appreciate the fighters struggle from nothing to something. Rocky had all the elements of a classic movie and it is one of the greatest films of all times.
Fred: Hoosiers – The best sports movie ever…period.
Adam: The Hustler- It is great. Original in black and white. Paul Newman, George C Scott, Jackie Gleason. Its about a tormented yet talented soul. It is actually one of my favorite movies ever, not just sports. The acting is just incredible. A must watch.
Sammie: Caddyshack – Rodney Dangerfield is the best and the essence of rich vs poor in golf is great.
Rich: Pride of the Yankees – Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig. When most people think of Lou Gehrig’s famous “luckiest man” speech, the image in their heads isn’t of Gehrig but is of Cooper.
Number 2 Favorite Sports Movie
JR: White Men can’t Jump – Snipes and Harrison are one of my favorite movie combos. This is one of my favorite movies because it gave the audience a look into the life of street ballers and hustlers; not to mention it was a hilarious movie.
Fred: Major League – Next to Caddyshack, the funniest sports movie ever
Adam: The Natural- Robert Redford. Great story. You can really feel through the whole movie. talented, scorned, chance at redemption and Wonderboy!!! Who does like watching home runs that bust out the stadium lights.
Sammie: The Express – Starring Rob Brown and Charles Dutton is a movie that covers the great Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis. This movie shows the struggles of race, class and relationships of a young black man in 1959.
Rich: 61* – Billy Crystal’s story of Mickey Mantle’s and Roger Maris’ chase of Babe Ruth’s single-season 60 home runs record is fantastic. He took you behind the scenes and shows you just how tough that summer was on Roger Maris and his psyche.
Number 3 Favorite Sports Movie
JR: Field of Dreams – its just one of those movies that open up your imagination. You get a glimpse at some of the classic players who made the game worth watching.
Fred: Blue Chips – Comedy/Drama addressing real issues and starring real athletes…including the Shaq-Daddy
Adam: Caddyshack- An absolute classic. Just hilarious, one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. Bill Murray shined in the movie. The gopher was a riot. If only they would have stopped at 1 and didn’t try and make sequels.
Sammie: Any Given Sunday – Al Pacino makes this movie for the perils that a head coach deals with behind closed doors.
Rich – Hoosiers – the best basketball movie ever. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper made for a great tandem.
Number 4 Favorite Sports Movie
JR: The Sandlot – I loved this movie as a kid. I though the story was spot on from the aspect of capturing a group of kids who love the game of baseball. I also loved this movie because I could relate to a alot of scenes in the movie. Scenes like when the kids were playing baseball and accidentally knocked the baseball in the scary neighbors yard, lol, classic.
Adam: White Men Can’t Jump- Just great and I watched it over and over and found something new each time. Woody and Wesley were great with each other. The understory with Rosie Perez and Jeopardy was great. “I will take foods that begin with the letter Q Alex”
Sammie: Major League – This is a great comedy of Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen. This movie captures the essence of spring training. There’s so much promise on the first day of the season because everyone has the same record!
Rich: Field of Dreams – anything with Lord Vader/Mufasa in it can’t be bad and the final scene where Ray is finally having a catch with his Dad will make any man tear up.
Number 5 Favorite Sports Movie
JR: Above the Rim – This movie just captured the relationship between basketball and hip hop perfectly. Without Tupac, I don’t think this movie would have been as successful, he nailed his character. I was surprised because Dwayne Martin actually had some skills on the court. Probably the best hard core street ball movie ever.
Fred: Glory Road – Not talked about a lot, and not historically accurate, this is still one of best most recent sports movies
Adam: Field of Dreams- Quirky and a bit odd but I love it. Imagine building a baseball field and the greatest of all time show up (Although ghosts) to play and love it. It is about a deep love for something and letting nothing stop you. Kevin Costner did a great job in it as well.