You’ll likely remember our recent “5 of the All-Time Greatest Sports Movies” article. It’s full of gems.
That said, it wasn’t everyone’s cup o’ tea. When you’re working under a word count and only picking 5 of the greatest all-time, there’s bound to be some absolutely in-friggin-credible films left off the list. And we were trying to not drop a roundup that was totally obvious.
Still, a few of you let us know that obvious picks are a-ok. (David Stockman, Adam Ferguson… we’re looking at you, friends!)
So, curveball! (See how we worked in that sports reference contextually?) Far sooner than you likely imagined, we’re hitting ya with a “Fan Favorites” edition of the All-Time Greatest Sports Movies.
Let’s do the damn thing.
Look, if you put Denzel in something, it’s either gonna be at least passable strictly because of his presence, or absolutely wonderful. Remember the Titans fantastically falls on the latter end of this spectrum.
Following a high school football team during their first season as an integrated unit, this is a sports film with some real weight behind it. You’ve also got Ryan Gosling before he was Ryan Gosling, a young Hayden Panettiere, Kate Bosworth, and even Donald Faison of Clueless/Scrubs renown.
Oh, and again, it’s got YA BOY from American Gangster, Man on Fire, and Training Day. Can’t go wrong here.
“You’re killing me, Smalls!”
“You bob for apples in the toilet… and you like it!”
Sandlot is an all-time classic. If you watched it as a youth, you likely had a crush on either actor Mike Vitar (“Benjamin Rodriguez”) or the aforementioned Peppercorn (played by Marley Shelton). And despite this being a nearly quarter-century old baseball/coming of age story set in the summer of ’62, it holds up. Hell, you even have the acting chops of James Earl Jones on display.
This, folks, is a great sports film about playing the game badly.
That’s right. The premise is that the new Indians owner wants the then-moribund team to play so poorly, she has an excuse to move the franchise outta Cleveland. So, what does she do?
A: She cobbles together the most ragtag, disparate, oddball group of motley players she can muster.
The problem? Charlie Sheen (as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn!), Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert ( 24, the All-State commercials), and the rest of the squad catch wind of the BS plan and rally together just to spite the owner. It’s a good, raucous-ass time throughout.
If you haven’t seen Space Jam then… just, no. “We can’t even.”
But seriously. Get on that, ok? Like, pronto. It’s friggin’ His Airness, Michael Jordan, in a feature-length flick talking to Bugs and the Looney Tunes, also starring the considerable talents of Bill Motherf***ing Murray and Wayne Knight (“Newman” from Seinfeld). Oh, and Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson, and way more.
It’s a basketball fan’s wet dream.
“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball!”
Bet you didn’t see this one coming, huh? If we threw you a curveball earlier, consider this pick a knuckleball.
Hey, we know—it’s not technically an artistically-delivered sports film. And yeah, dodgeball is totally a game that would be relegated to “The Ocho.” But damn if this one isn’t a hell of a hoot.
Vince Vaughn attempts to save his lowly local gym from the evil clutches of corporate chain megalomaniac, “White Goodman” (Ben Stiller). Also starring Rip Thorn, Justin Long, and Christine Taylor, with appearances from Jason Bateman, Lance Armstrong, Chuck Norris, William Shatner, and David Hasselhoff.
Too. Much. Fun.