March is filled with sports: March Madness, NBA regular season winding down, Spring Training, and prepping for the NFL draft. So this month’s Top 6 list will consist of my favorite top 6 sports movies. I did put some limits: no sport could be repeated. Rather than counting down, I will list the sports field and my choice. A couple of fields do have some honorable mentions.
So without further ado, let the debates begin:
Baseball — Field of Dreams (1989)
Truly a movie that transcends sports — Field of Dreams is really about the realationship of a father and son and the stupid things we do to ruin that relationship. Made before Kevin Costner got a big head, this is probably one of his best roles in film. Honorable mentions in this sport include Bull Durham and The Rookie.
Basketball — Hoosiers (1986)
This one is an obvious choice. Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, and a team that does not know the meaning of quit. It is a good example of an “Oscar-bait” type of movie.
Boxing — Rocky (1976)
Another no-brainer — the Best Picture Oscar is proof enough. No kid from my generation was without the dream of being in the title fight like Rocky. We all enjoyed Rockys II-IV; the less said about V, the better.
Football — Any Given Sunday (1999)
One of Oliver Stone’s movies that I actually liked. Sure it is long, particularly on DVD, but it is a great story. You get to see all sides of the business, good and bad. Warning: it is graphic at times with the violence and results. Honorable mentions include The Replacements and Necessary Roughness.
Golf — Caddyshack (1980)
Not only one of the best comedies of all time, but the golf movie that all others are compared to. If you have not seen this, then you are missing out on some of the best-0filmed performances of Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Rodney Dangerfield, and Bill Murray. Honorable mention, but still not even close, is Tin Cup.
Hockey — Miracle (2004)
This was one I was not sure I was going to even watch and I am glad I did. Sure it has the Disney spin on it, but it is good retelling of the “Miracle on Ice.” Honorable Mention is the classic Slap Shot.