posted by Joe Anaya on September 23rd, 2011

Sports are great. Movies are great. Sports movies are super great. Here’s a list of my top 10 sports movies. Movies #1-3 came to mind instantly. And by the time I was done, I had 20 sports movies I liked. (19 if you don’t count the futuristic sport of Rollerball.) And before you yell at me, a couple of notes: I have never seen Rudy or Pride of the Yankees, and haven’t seen Brian’s Song since I was a kid. Also, I thought Field of Dreams was wildly overrated. Anyway, here’s my list:

10. Dodgeball – “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” It made the list for that line alone.

9. Friday Night Lights – The beloved TV series was spawned by this movie that captures the feel of high school football in a small town.

8. Murderball – A gritty documentary about a league of quadriplegic rugby players vying for a championship. A true-life story of men overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal.

7. The Hustler – Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason make playing pool cool.

6. Breaking Away – This coming-of-age story revolves around local teens fighting for an identity in a college town bike race. The young cast features Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern.

5. Caddy Shack – The best golf movie ever. Can that be true? “Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball.”

4. Hoosiers – Based on the true story of the legendary Indiana open state basketball tournament. A little sentimental, but how can you have the ultimate underdog story that’s not?

3. The Natural – Like Thor and his hammer, Roy Hobbs and Wonderboy blast home runs in this mythic baseball tale.

2. Bull Durham – Best baseball movie ever. So many great lines, the most memorable scenes include the meeting at the pitchers mound and Crash Davis arguing a call with the umpire. By focusing on the minor leagues, Ron Sheldon captures the joy of the sport and the humor of men playing a kids game.

1. Rocky – Don’t we all hear the theme song in our head as we climb a set of stairs? The writer/actor Sylvester Stallone had to fight to keep the scene when Rocky wakes up and admits he can’t beat Apollo Creed but just wants to go the distance. Thus making Rocky’s ending the perfect match of sport movie and life metaphor.

Which movies did I miss?

File Under Mr. Cool, Weekend Warrior