6 Comeback Movies Every Sports Fan Will Love
Every red-blooded American enjoys a good sports movie. Since America is so obsessed with sports, no matter how boring the sport is, if done properly the movie will become a success. However, if the movie involves an epic comeback, then the film has a chance to become an all-time great, or at the very least, a cult classic. Below is a list of 6 comeback movies every sports fan will love.
While "Stick it" may not be as popular as the other movies on this list, it is a very under appreciated film that stars underrated hotty Missy Peregrym. Peregrym plays Haley Graham, a rebellious 17-year-old who is forced back into gymnastics after a run-in with the law. Once considered one of the top gymnasts in the world, Graham walked out in the middle of a competition at the World Championships, costing the US team a gold medal. Jeff Bridges plays Burt Vickerman, a legendary coach who helps Graham complete her comeback to the sport.
Gene Hackman stars in the sports movie classic, "Hoosiers," about a small town basketball squad that features a team of slow, white farm boys. However, Coach Norman Dale (Hackman) manages to lead the team to the state finals where they beat a much more athletic team, thanks to a last second shot by their star player. However, more shocking than the remarkable feat of winning a state championship is the fact that Dale ends up doing the nasty with a hot faculty member who appears to be way out of his league.
There are not too many movies that have a better comeback plot than the 1989 comedy, "Major League." The team consisted of a pitcher Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) who was in jail; catcher Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) who on shaky knees last played baseball in Mexico; outfielder Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) who practiced voodoo in his spare time; and center fielder Willie Hayes (Wesley Snipes) who could not hit for crap. Despite being a group of misfits, they ended up beating the New York Yankees in a one game play-off to advance to the post season.
One of the movies created by the famed Farrely Brothers, "King Pin" stars the likes of Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Bill Murray, and the lovely Vanessa Angel. Harrelson plays Roy Munson, a once promising young bowler who loses his hand when he tries to hustle a group of bowlers. While working at a local bowling alley, Munson discovers Ishmael, a young Amish bowler (Randy Quaid) and convinces him to turn pro while acting as his manager. Soon after, they travel to Reno to compete in a $1,000,000 cash prize bowling tournament. Along the way they meet up with a troubled young hotty (Vanessa Angel) while spending much of their time drunk and stoned.
Any one of the Rocky movies could have made this list, but since the original is the original, the first "Rocky" is the obvious choice. The original tells the story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a collector for a loan shark who also happens to be a very good boxer in the local circuit. Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) catches wind of Rocky's accomplishments and decides to fight him for the heavyweight championship. Even though Rocky loses the fight by a split decision, Rocky went the distance, something no other amateur boxer had ever done.
Just as the world needs ditch diggers, sports fans need to own a copy of the 1980 comedy, "Caddyshack." Featuring more stars than the Betty Ford Clinic, heavy hitters such as Chevy Chase, Ted Knight, Bill Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield have starring roles in this cult classic. The movie has its share of laughs as groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) squares off against a menacing gopher, Al Czervik (Dangerfield) antagonizes Judge Smalls (Knight), and Ty Webb (Chase) is bent on "being the ball." The climax of the movie, however, is when Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) sinks a winning put during a high stakes golf match.