This is an interesting topic because there are so many good sports movies. However, there are only a few that are truly great. Here are my top five sports movies of all-time.
Whether you despise everything about Notre Dame football or you are a die-hard fan like the Eagle Eye’s sports editor, there is no way that you can come away disappointed after watching “Rudy.” It has held the No. 1 spot in my top sports movies since the first time I watched it at least 10 years ago. “Rudy” tells the true story of a football player who worked hard to fulfill his goal of attending the University of Notre Dame and becoming a Notre Dame football player. It is an absolute must-watch, heartwarming football story.
2. The “Rocky” Series
It is impossible to not have any of the “Rocky” movies in my top five. The fact that I am from Philadelphia probably makes me appreciate them that much more. Sylvester Stallone is the perfect actor to portray this boxer from Philadelphia. It is another intense and suspenseful series of a low-life, no-name sports figure who finds a way to work himself to the top.
This is the great American story of the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team that went on to win the gold medal in the Olympics and it is unbelievable. Kurt Russell does an amazing job playing Herb Brooks, coach of the 1980 US Olympic Team, in this action filled movie. “Miracle” may very well be the best and most complete sports movie ever. It is a must-see, not just for hockey fans, but any American who loves a good American story.
4. “Fever Pitch”
This isn’t the classic true-story sports movie, but baseball and romance go perfect together. The characters Ben and Lindsey, played by Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore respectively, tells a perfect story of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox while connecting that with their own love story. At the minimum, I’ve watched this movie 50 times because I simply can’t get enough of it. You would feel that way, too.
5. “The Rookie”
A high school science teacher, Jimmy Morris, throwing 96-plus MPH fastballs, makes it into the MLB. Actor Dennis Quaid takes this combination story of life and baseball to a whole new level. It is the perfect movie for any sports-loving person who works hard on a daily basis.