Good Sport Movies

Sunday, March 20 by Joshua Wade

Good sport movies showcase excellent acting, memorable stories and brilliant recreations of the sports they depict fro the tournament winning game of the Hounslow soccer team in “Bend It Like Beckham” to the game winning touchdown of wide receiver Rod Tidwell in “Jerry Maguire.” Featuring award winning performances by actors like Mickey Rourke and Walter Matthau, these films range from emotional dramas to raucous comedies and represent some of the best in their genre.

  1. "Jerry Maguire" One of writer-director Cameron Crowe’s best films, “Jerry Maguire” tells the story of a soul-searching sports agent with a conscience who tries to climb his way back to the top with the help of his one client—a self-absorbed wide receiver played to perfection by Cuba Gooding Jr. A good sport movie for the romantic comedy lover, the film won Gooding an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  2. "Rudy" The film that made actor Sean Astin a star, this film about real-life football star Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger delivers excellent performances by Charles S. Dutton and Ned Beatty. The film also marks the second screen performance of writer-director Jon Favreau and the screen debut of a very young Vince Vaughn.
  3. "The Fortune Cookie" The first on-screen collaboration between screen legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, this hilarious 1966 classic from legendary director Billy Wilder about a conniving lawyer who attempts to exploit the injuries of a football player and a cameraman won Matthau an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  4. "The Replacements" A good sport movie for football fans, this film delivers notable performances by Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman and tell the story of a group of replacement players who come in to finish the season for the fictional Washington Sentinels after their players go on strike.
  5. "The Mighty Ducks" A good sport movie for hockey fans, “The Mighty Ducks” featured a talented cast of young actors like Joshua Jackson and Elden Henson as a struggling team of peewee hockey players who rise to greatness through the lessons of their coach, charmingly portrayed by Emilio Estevez. The success of the film led to two sequels and even a professional hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks, founded by the Walt Disney Company in 1993.
  6. "Bend It Like Beckham" The breakthrough film for actresses Keira Knightley and Parminder Nagra as two female soccer players who bring their team to greatness, “Bend It Like Beckham” was a critical smash and won a slew of independent movie awards across Britain.
  7. "Major League" A seminal favorite for baseball fans, “Major League” is one of the best movies to depict the sport and proved to be a major hit for actors Charlie Sheen and Dennis Haysbert, who made his film debut. The film featured cameos by a number of baseball stars including Peter Vuckovich and Steve Yeager.
  8. "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" A classic 1941 film about a boxer who in taken before his time and then given a new body to inhabit, “Here Comes Mr. Jordan” featured career-defining performances by screen legends Robert Montgomery and Claude Rains and has inspired a number of projects including two remakes and the science fiction series “Quantum Leap.”
  9. "The Wrestler" This 2008 masterpiece by Indie filmmaker Darren Aronofsky tells the story of Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aging wrestler past his prime who desperately tries to cling to his once prominent career. The film reinvigorated Mickey Rourke’s lagging career and earned the actor a number of awards and nominations including a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
  10. "Caddyshack" A good sport movie for anyone who enjoys comedy and golf, this hilarious film chronicling the exploits of a group of caddies at a prestigious golf resort has proven to be one of the greatest comedies ever made and features comedic legends Bill Murray, Chevy Chase and stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield in his screen debut.