If You Make It, They Will Pay: the Best Sports Movies of All Time

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Sports movies are always enjoyable as they can be inspirational, touching and funny. Many of the movies listed here are based on true stories, with some making legends out of the actors and others where actors made legends out of the characters. It's safe to say that baseball and boxing dominate sports movies with innumerous titles. There are certainly some great ones not on this list that Top 5 recommends such as The Natural, Eight Men Out, Raging Bull, Pride of the Yankees, Bull Durham, Ali, Million Dollar Baby and Major League. And there have been some really, really horrible ones such as Space Jam, Pumping Iron and anything after the first Rocky movie. But Top 5 wants to be a little diverse and look into other sports movies that have had a big impact on American society and are just really, good, funny and entertaining flicks.
If You Make It, They Will Pay: the Best Sports Movies of All Time
Image credit: Wikipedia
Sports movies are always enjoyable as they can be inspirational, touching and funny. Many of the movies listed here are based on true stories, with some making legends out of the actors and others where actors made legends out of the characters. It's safe to say that baseball and boxing dominate sports movies with innumerous titles. There are certainly some great ones not on this list that Top 5 recommends such as The Natural, Eight Men Out, Raging Bull, Pride of the Yankees, Bull Durham, Ali, Million Dollar Baby and Major League. And there have been some really, really horrible ones such as Space Jam, Pumping Iron and anything after the first Rocky movie. But Top 5 wants to be a little diverse and look into other sports movies that have had a big impact on American society and are just really, good, funny and entertaining flicks.
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Chariots of Fire (1981)

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson and Nicholas Farrell

This was based on a true story with religious overtones of two competing British runners in the 1924 Olympics — one Jewish and one Christian. Makes you think the theme song should be "Why can't we be friends," by WAR, but who listens to any of Top 5's suggestions?

Brian's Song (1971)

Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams and Jack Warden

A chick movie for men where men should not be afraid to cry while watching. It's based on the true story of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers and his cancer-stricken teammate, Brian Piccolo in the late 1960s. This is the only made-for-TV movie on the list that was so big that it was eventually released on the big screen. Guys! You can score big points with your woman by watching this and crying like a baby. It's the ultimate "I love you man" movie.

Rudy (1993)

Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau and Ned Beatty

This is a great inspirational movie about a little kid who could. Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger wouldn't take “no” for an answer and went on to make Notre Dame's football team. A must-see movie for parents that want to see their small kids compete against and get the crap beat out of them by players twice their size. This movie has a great cast, but we still get a little creeped out whenever we see the name Ned Beatty, because all we can think of is that scene in Deliverance.

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