It is my belief that these are the top 10 sports movies of all time:
10. Air Guitar Nation - This is probably one of the best documentaries ever made, in my opinion. Its about an International Underground Air Guitar competition. It is a little slice of life that involves some of the weirdest characters you'll meet. This is a great sports movie because it really showcases the pure competitive spirit of sport. These guys are totally committed and do it for the love of competition more than anything. I highly recommend this movie as one of my all time favorites.
9. Surviving the Game - Most of you are thinking, "Isn't that the movie where they hunt down Ice Cube?" Yes it is. Hunting is a sport, and it is enhanced when you hunt a human that can hunt you back. Now 95% of this movie was just, OK for me. A good movie but not top 10 worthy. There is one part in the movie with Gary Busey telling a story, and I don't know how he didn't win an Oscar, but it is awesome.
On my 8th birthday, my dad bought me this bulldog, this fat little bulldog. I named him Prince Henry Stout, he was strong. He would chase my pet turkey; he would chase squirrels up the trees. I trained him, I raised him, I fed him, I groomed him, I took care of him, I loved that dog, I loved that dog. More than anything in the world, I loved that dog. My father gave me a hand full of cherry bombs and M-80s and said, “You’re going to train this dog to be a protector.” So every Saturday afternoon I got behind this little dummy my dad built and I’d toss these cherry bombs and M-80s at the dog, “Boom BOOM.” The dog was scared at first but after a while, he would get angry and he would come at the dummy, “Raaw” he’d get the dummy and rip it apart. Head was off, shirt was off. So, 13 years old, birthday time, got me a 12-gauge shotgun. “We’re going hunting” I was so excited. We went out to a clearing in the woods, he laid his gun down took my gun and laid it down and said, “Son today you’re going to learn to control you’re emotions. You’re gonna do things that some men are unable and unwilling to do, follow me.” So I follow my dad we go around these lumps of trees and there’s this little kraal built, there’s Prince Henry Stout chained in the middle of the kraal. My dad takes out a pocket full of cherry bombs and puts them in my hand and says, “Get in the kraal, here’s a lighter, I want you to light those cherry bombs and then throw them at the Prince. You’re gonna face manhood, you’re gonna fight that dog to the death. He’s gonna kill you or you’re gonna kill him…. NOW!" Whip oooo BOOM. Naaaa! He was on me. He was on me like flies on shit. I had no chance. I got my arm up in between his teeth and my neck, Womp! Went down in the mud, rolled over, rolled over. That dog is fighting and biting and kicking and scratching, I’m screaming and crying, I grab him around the head, I stand up, Raawpow! I fall on him with my weight on it, “Naawoo” I hear his neck break. He’s dead. He’s not breathing. He’s not yelping, he’s not biting. I’m covered with blood. I stand up, I wipe the blood off, I lick it. My dad says, “Welcome to manhood.”
8. Prefontaine - This movie is not on a lot of peoples list for whatever reason. In my opinion, Steve Prefontaine has one of the best stories in sports, and I really enjoyed the movie.
7. Caddy Shack - License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man, free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case my enemy is a varmint. And a varmint will never quit - ever. They're like the Viet Cong - Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that's all she wrote.
6. Bad News Bears- I got a Harly Davidson. Does that turn you on . . . Harly Davidson.
5. King Pin - The greatest bowling movie of all-time. There will never be a better bowling movie made. It all comes down to this roll. Roy Munson, a man-child, with a dream to topple bowling giant Ernie McCracken. If he strikes, he's the 1979 Odor-Eaters Champion. He's got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst.
4. Tin Cup - Suppose there's this guy, and he's standing on the shore of a big wide river, and the... river's full of all manner of disaster, you know, piranhas, alligators, eddies, currents, shit like that... nobody'll even go down there to dip a toe. And on the other side of the river's a million bucks, and on this side of the river... is a rowboat. I guess my question's this: What would possess the guy standing on the shore to swim for it?
3. 61* - HBO Movie . . . Billy Crystal really got into the behind story to the M&M boys. I am not a baseball fan what so ever, but I love this movie and watch anytime they show it.
2. Rudy - Not only is this about sports but also highlighted the people that where important in Rudy's life. I think we can all look back at our lives and remember the people that have helped push us along in different ways. It's a great true stroy. You're 5 foot nothin', 100 and nothin', and you have barely a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in there with the best college football players in the land for 2 years. And you're gonna walk outta here with a degreefrom the University of Notre Dame. In this life, you don't have to prove nothin' to nobody but yourself. And after what you've gone through, if you haven't done that by now, it ain't gonna never happen. Now go on back.
1. Hoosiers - Indiana Classic - Alright, boys, this is the last shot we got! We're gonna run the picket fence at 'em! Jimmy, you're solo right! Everett, Merle should be open on the other side of that fence! Now, boys, don't get caught watchin' the paint dry!