Favorite Sports Movies Ever #6 – #1

So it's been awhile since my last post, but it's time to bring this thing home – my top 6 sports movies of all time. These rankings are based on my personal preferences on the overall film. I look forward to hearing your feedback. So here goes…

6). Raging Bull (1980), Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci

?????????? "That the thing ain't the ring, it's the play. So give me a stage, Where this bull here can rage,"

?????????? This is not only considered one of the best sports movies of all time, but one of the best movies of all time in general. It's 2 Oscar Awards attest to that. Directed by the awesome Martin Scorsese, this is a dark film about the real-life of boxer Jake LaMotta. DeNiro is incredbile in this film. I don't know that I've ever seen a better acting performance in any film, ever. This is more than a boxing movie, no doubt. This is an intense film, however, not for the faint of heart. It's one of those movies you only want to watch every 5 years or so. But the last scene, that echos Watership Down is one of the best scenes ever.

5). Friday Night Lights, (2004), Billy Bob Thorton, Tim McGraw

??????????????? "I'm gonna miss the heat. I'm gonna miss the lights."???


???????????? This is probably my most favorite football movie ever. It's the true story of a small West Texas high school football team and the lives of the families and the players. It's a gripping movie that, once again, is about more than a sports team. This is an awesome movie that has great sports action and great drama. Love this film. And the T.V. series based on this movie is one of my favorite tv series' ever, by the way.

4). Cinderella Man (2005), Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti

?????????????? "I have to believe that when things are bad I can change them."


?????????????? Another true story account of Boxer James Braddock, who goes from being hurt and washed up to becoming a champion. It's an amazing, inspiring story, to be sure. Russell Crowe is amazing in this film, his accent, his look is really fantastic. Ron Howard directed and is really fascinating to watch. Love this movie. One of the best, bar none.

3). Field of Dreams (1989), Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta

???????????? "This is my corn. You people are guests in my corn."


???????????? This, obviously, is one of the legendary and timeless films of all time. It's a sports-drama-fantasy film that melds three generes into one. I try to watch this one once per year. If you build it, they will come, right?

2). Bull Durham (1988), Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon

???????????? "You'll never make it to the bigs with fungus on your shower shoes"


???????????? This is one of the most awesome movies of all time. It's a romantic comedy that depicts the players and fans of a Minor League baseball team – and it's hilarious, inappropriate, and fantastic. Baseball is a game that played by a bunch of Kooks, and this film shows it off. Robbins and Costner have great chemistry on camera and it's great to watch. Check it if you haven't.

1) Rocky I-IV(1976, 1979,1982, 1985), Sylvester Stallone, et al.

???????? "You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!"


?????????? I have to lump these all together – because they are so legendary and so awesome in their own way. I see them as one entity. Like LOTR or Star Wars. They are the LOTR of sports movies, no doubt. Inspiring, engaging, interesting – these movies are where the buck stops. Rocky is the man and these sports films will never be topped. There it is!