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100 Greatest Sport Movies

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Criteria: These Greatest Sport Movies were chosen for their direction, acting, storyline, cinematography, box office success and popularity. These films were NOT chosen for how highly rated they are overall, but how they rate in the subject of "Sport Movies". (Not included sports are: martial arts, gladiators, chess, rodeo, which are included in some other "Sport Movie" lists.) (Documentary Sport movies are in a top 10 list below the main list)

Title - (Year, Primary Director) (Sport) (Staring Actors)


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List Begun: 2007-10-05
100 Greatest Sport Movies
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  1. Raging Bull - (1980, Martin Scorsese) (Boxing) (Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty)
  2. The Hustler - (1961, Robert Rossen) (Pool) (Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason, Piper Laurie)
  3. Rocky - (1976, John G. Avildsen) (Boxing) (Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers)
  4. Bull Durham - (1988, Ron Shelton) (Baseball) (Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins)
  5. The Pride of the Yankees - (1942, Sam Wood) (Baseball) (Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth)
  6. Hoosiers - (1986, David Anspaugh) (Basketball) (Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper)
  7. Requiem for a Heavyweight - (1962, Ralph Nelson) (Boxing) (Anthony Quinn, Jackie Gleason, Mickey Rooney)
  8. Chariots of Fire - (1981, Hugh Hudson) (Olympic Running) (Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers, John Gielgud)
  9. Slap Shot - (1977, George Roy Hill) (Hockey) (Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren)
10. Brian's Song - (1970, Buzz Kulik) (Football) (James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden)
11. Breaking Away - (1979, Peter Yates) (Bicycling) (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern)
12. The Set-Up - (1949, Robert Wise) (Boxing) (Robert Ryan, Audrey Totter, George Tobias)
13. Million Dollar Baby - (2004, Clint Eastwood) (Boxing) (Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman)
14. Field of Dreams - (1989, Phil Alden Robinson) (Baseball) (Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan)
15. The Natural - (1984, Barry Levinson) (Baseball) (Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger)
16. The Longest Yard - (1974, Robert Aldrich) (Football) (Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Bernadette Peters)
17. Bang The Drum Slowly - (1973, John D. Hancock) (Baseball) (Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty)
18. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner - (1962, Tony Richardson) (Running) (Michael Redgrave)
19. Seabiscuit - (2003, Gary Ross) (Horse Racing) (Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, Chris Cooper)
20. Cinderella Man - (2005, Ron Howard) (Boxing) (Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti)
21. Body and Soul - (1947, Robert Rossen) (Boxing) (John Garfield, Lilli Palmer, William Conrad)
22. Champion - (1949, Mark Robson) (Boxing) (Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy)
23. This Sporting Life - (1963, Lindsay Anderson) (Rugby) (Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel)
24. The Hurricane - (1999, Norman Jewison) (Boxing) (Denzel Washington, Vicellous Reon Shannon, Rod Steiger)
25. Somebody Up There Likes Me - (1956, Robert Wise) (Boxing) (Paul Newman, Pier Angeli, Sal Mineo)
26. Remember the Titans - (2000, Boaz Yakin) (Football) (Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris)
27. Miracle - (2004, Gavin O'Connor) (Hockey) (Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Sean McCann)
28. Eight Men Out - (1988, John Sayles) (Baseball) (John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd)
29. North Dallas Forty - (1976, Ted Kotcheff) (Football) (Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning)
30. A League Of Their Own - (1992, Penny Marshall) (Baseball) (Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna)
31. Chak De! India - (2007, Shimit Amin) (Hockey) (Sagarika Ghatge, Chon Chon Zimik, Anaitha Nair)
32. Vision Quest - (1985, Harold Becker) (Wrestling) (Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Ronny Cox)
33. The Deadliest Season - (1977, Robert Markowitz) (Hockey) (Michael Moriarty, Kevin Conway, Meryl Streep)
34. National Velvet - (1944, Clarence Brown) (Horse Racing) (Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury)
35. Knute Rockne: All American - (1940, Lloyd Bacon) (Football) (Pat O'Brien, Ronald Reagan, Gale Page)
36. The Rookie - (2002, John Lee Hancock) (Baseball) (Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez)
37. Rocky III - (1982, Sylvester Stallone) (Boxing) (Sylvester Stallone, Mr. T, Hulk Hogan, Burgess Meredith)
38. The Freshman - (1925, Silent, Fred C. Newmeyer) (Football) (Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict)
39. Downhill Racer - (1969,Michael Ritchie ) (Skiing) (Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Dabney Coleman)
40. Phar Lap - (1983, Simon Wincer) (Horse Racing) (Tom Burlinson, Ron Liebman, Robert Grubb)
41. Gentleman Jim - (1942, Raoul Walsh) (Boxing) (Errol Flynn, Alexis Smith, Jack Carson)
42. Here Comes Mr. Jordan - (1941, Alexander Hall) (Boxing) (Robert Montgomery, Claude Rains, Evelyn Keyes)
43. Caddyshack - (1980, Harold Ramis) (Golf) (Bill Murray, Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight)
44. The Champ - (1931, King Vidor) (Boxing) (Wallace Beery, Jackie Cooper, Irene Rich)
45. Major League - (1989, David S. Ward) (Baseball) (Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen)
46. 61* - (2001, Billy Crystal) (Baseball) (Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall)
47. Heaven Can Wait - (1979, Warren Beatty) (Football) (Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason)
48. Coach Carter - (2005, Thomas Carter) (Basketball) (Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Rick Gonzalez)
49. Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - (2001, Ashutosh Gowariker) (Cricket) (Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh)
50. Rocky II - (1979, Sylvester Stallone) (Boxing) (Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire)
51. Fat City - (1972, John Huston) (Boxing) (Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Candy Clark)
52. Victory - (1981, John Huston) (Soccer) (Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pelé)
53. Jerry Maguire - (1996, Cameron Crowe) (Football) (Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger)
54. Bend It Like Beckham - (2003, Gurinder Chadha) (Soccer) (Keira Knightley, Parminder Nagra)
55. The Stratton Story - (1949, Sam Wood) (Baseball) (James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan)
56. Damn Yankees - (1958, George Abbott) (Baseball) (Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston)
57. Ali - (2001, Michael Mann) (Boxing) (Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Jada Pinkett Smith)
58. Friday Night Lights - (2004, Peter Berg) (Football) (Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund)
59. Without Limits - (1998, Robert Towne) (Running) (Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter)
60. Rollerball - (1975, Norman Jewison) (Future Rollerball) (James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams)
61. Cobb - (1994, Ron Shelton) (Baseball) (Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich)
62. The Great White Hope - (1970, Martin Ritt) (Boxing) (James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, Lou Gilbert)
63. The Bad News Bears - (1976, Michael Ritchie) (Baseball) (Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Chris Barnes)
64. Fear Strikes Out - (1957, Robert Mulligan) (Baseball) (Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore)
65. City for Conquest - (1940, Anatole Litvak) (Boxing) (James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Frank Craven)
66. Pat and Mike - (1952, George Cukor) (Golf) (Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray)
67. Soul of the Game - (1996, Kevin R. Sullivan ) (Baseball) (Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Blair Underwood)
68. Grand Prix - (1966, John Frankenheimer) (Auto Racing) (James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Yves Montand)
69. Days of Thunder - (1990, Tony Scott) (Auto Racing) (Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman)
70. Tin Cup - (1996, Ron Shelton) (Golf) (Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson)
71. Big Wednesday - (1978, John Milius) (Surfing) (Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt, Gary Busey)
72. The Legend of Bagger Vance - (2000, Robert Redford) (Golf) (Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron)
73. He Got Game - (1998, Spike Lee) (Basketball) (Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich)
74. Everybody's All-American - (1988, Taylor Hackford) (Football) (Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange, Timothy Hutton)
75. Blue Chips - (1994, William Friedkin) (Basketball) (Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh)
76. The Black Stallion - (1979, Carroll Ballard) (Horse Racing) (Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr)
77. College - (1927 Silent, James W. Horne) (Baseball) (Buster Keaton, Anne Cornwall, Harold Goodwin)
78. It Happens Every Spring - (1949, Lloyd Bacon) (Baseball) (Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas)
79. The Champ - (1979, Franco Zeffirelli) (Boxing) (Jon Voight, Rick Schroder, Faye Dunaway)
80. Rudy - (1993, David Anspaugh) (Football) (Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind)
81. The Babe Ruth Story - (1948, Roy Del Ruth) (Baseball) (William Bendix, Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford)
82. Le Mans - (1971, Lee H. Katzin) (Auto Racing) (Steve McQueen, Siegfried Rauch, Elga Andersen)
83. Prefontaine - (1997, Steve James) (Olympic Running) (Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill)
84. For Love of the Game - (1999, Sam Raimi) (Baseball) (Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly)
85. The Racers - (1955, Henry Hathaway) (Auto Racing) (Kirk Douglas, Bella Darvi, Gilbert Roland)
86. The Sandlot - (1993, David M. Evans) (Baseball) (Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna)
87. Game 6 - (2005, Michael Hoffman) (Baseball) (Michael Keaton, Catherine O'Hara, Robert Downey Jr.)
88. Personal Best - (1982, Robert Towne) (Olympic Running) (Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly)
89. Peaceful Warrior - (2006, Victor Salva) (Gymnastics) (Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart)
90. The Winning Team - (1952, Lewis Seiler) (Baseball) (Ronald Reagan, Doris Day, Frank Lovejoy)
91. Mr. Baseball - (1992, Fred Schepisi) (Baseball) (Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Dennis Haysbert)
92. The Replacements - (2000, Howard Deutch) (Football) (Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton)
93. Cool Runnings - (1993, Jon Turteltaub) (Jamacian Bobsled Team) (Leon, Doug E. Doug, John Candy)
94. Angels in the Outfield - (1994, William Dear) (Baseball) (Danny Glover, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd)
95. The Games - (1970, Michael Winner) (Marathon Running) (Ryan O'Neal, Sam Elliott, Michael Crawford)
96. The Mighty Ducks - (1992, Stephen Herek) (Hockey) (Emilio Estevez, Joss Ackland, Lane Smith)
97. All the Right Moves - (1983, Michael Chapman) (Football) (Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson)
98. Space Jam - (1996, Joe Pytka) (Basketball) (Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle)
99. Little Big League - (1994, Andrew Scheinman) (Baseball) (Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton)
100. Rookie of the Year - (1993, Daniel Stern) (Baseball) (Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall)
Documentary
1. Olympia 1. Teil - Fest der Völker - (1938, Leni Riefenstahl) (1936 Olympics at Berlin)
2. Hoop Dreams - (1994, Steve James) (Basketball)
3. When We Were Kings - (1996, Leon Gast) (1974 heavyweight championship: Foreman vs Ali)
4. The Endless Summer - (1966, Bruce Brown) (Surfing)
5. Baseball - A film by Ken Burns - (1994) (History of baseball in America. 9 volume set)
6. Dogtown and Z-Boys - (2001, Stacy Peralta) (1970s Skateboarding)
7. Pumping Iron - (1977, George Butler) (Bodybuilding: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno)
8. 16 Days of Glory - (1986, Bud Greenspan) (1984 Los Angeles Olympics)
9. On Any Sunday - (1971, Bruce Brown) (Motorcycle Racing)
10. Riding Giants - (2004, Stacy Peralta) (Surfing)
Olympia 1. Teil DVD cover





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