Your vote for best sports movie?



With the release of Ron Howard’s new F1 film, Rush, some are searching their memories for other great sport flicks.

Bill Simmons casts his votes here

Speaking of F1, if you haven’t seen it check out Senna.

Golf? Forget Happy Gilmore and Tin Cup, nothing can top  Legend of Bagger Vance strives to tap into the spiritual element of golf every real golfer senses and is so wonderfully depicted in Golf in the Kingdom. The book is one of my favorites, but the movie? This is one they should have just left alone.

Forcing a sports fan to decide on one favorite movie is like asking what’s your favorite all-time player for the hometown MLB team, or favorite golf course, etc. We shouldn’t have to pick just one when there are so many greats.

One of my favorites – and it gives me chills to think of it – is “When We Were Kings” about Ali and Foreman and the rumble in the jungle.

What are your favorites? Why?





  • Ramsay Lanier

    My favorite sports films are all baseball related. It’s a toss up between Sandlot and Bull Durham, probably. But then I always for get about the under appreciated baseball movies, like 8 Men Out.

    I’ve probably seen Bull Durham more than any other sports movie, so I’ll have to go with that.

    “Breath through your eyeballs.”

  • Dan Laukitis

    Last night I finally saw “Rush”, Ron Howard’s film about the fierce mid 70′s Formula 1 competition between Englishman James Hunt and Austrian Niki Lauda. The probability that both Howard and the media at the time exaggerated the rivalry between these great drivers doesn’t extinguish the compelling notion that a personal rivalry might drive athletes harder and further than any other motivation, at time resulting in accomplishments they might not have otherwise achieved. Not in my favorites, but worth a watch. I couldn’t get over the similarities to the (superior, in my view) film “Senna”, about a similar rivalry, in the 80′s, between Brazilian Ayrton Senna and Frenchman Alain Prost. A central aspect of the latter film is what Senna’s successes, and his tragic* death, meant for an ailing Brazil. (*Can one say a death in F1 is tragic? The risks are so severe and such a part of the sport. Something that Howard’s depiction of Hunt makes obvious. Still, very sad to see any of these athletes die in pursuit of excellence in their sport.)