Friday's Top Five: Sports movies
September 9th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

Friday's Top Five: Sports movies

It's the most wonderful time of the year, if you're a sports fan.

College and pro football seasons are under way. Baseball’s pennant races are around the corner.  NBA players could be heading overseas.  And boxing is still dominated by Pacman, Pretty Boy Floyd and two Ukrainian brothers.

But if you’re hungry for even more sports drama, "Warrior" opens in theaters today. (We hear it’s supposed to be the "Raging Bull" of Mixed Martial Arts.) Which brings us to this week's list: The top five sports movies. Give us your list in the comments!

1. "Rocky" (1976): “You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!” – Mickey

2. "Hoosiers" (1986): “I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners.” – Coach Norman Dale

3. "The Natural" (1984): “C'mon Hobbs, knock the cover off the ball!” – Pop Fisher

4. "Bull Durham" (1989): “I believe in the Church of Baseball.” – Annie Savoy

5. "Rudy" (1993): “I've been ready for this my whole life!” – Rudy (Did anyone else recognize Vince Vaughn?)

Honorable Mention:

"Field of Dreams" (1989): “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.” – Terence Mann

"Raging Bull" (1980): “You didn't get me down, Ray.” – Jake La Motta

"Major League" (1989): “Forget about the curve ball Ricky, give him the heater.” – Lou Brown

"Youngblood" (1986): “You can learn to punch in the barn, but you gotta learn to survive on the ice.” – Blane Youngblood

"Miracle" (2004): “Do you believe in miracles? YES!” – Al Michaels

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  1. payck2payck

    Yes, there is drama and heartbreak in most people's hearts, but one movie stands none as the best sports movie of all time. CADDYSHACK. Yeah, I shed a tear during Hoosiers, the Natural, and Rudy. If you didn't get moved by those three then you got no heart. But CADDYSHACK is a movie we all laughed. Whether it's Rodney's Chervik or Chevy Chase's Ty, you had to laugh about one of the most serious of sports that should never be taken seriously.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. GunnerGA

    The greatest sports movie of all time left off the list? "Brian's Song". It is the movie that will make more men watch and more men cry than any other movie. It glorifies the sport of football and glamorizes a bro-mance. It is as emotional if not more emotional than Terms of Endearment and The Champ combined.

    October 21, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kpc12345

    caddyshack!!! Be the ball.Nanananananana

    October 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mojomom

    a league of their own!! "there's no crying in baseball!!!"

    October 18, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ME623

    Another favorite is Eddie with Whoopi Goldberg.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. ME623

    What about Blue Chips with Shaquille Oneal and Nick Nolte?

    October 6, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. cla2112

    Nice, but once again these should be labeled "favorites".
    Mine , in no particular order:
    Tin Cup
    Major League
    The Natural

    October 5, 2011 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. tandy41

    "chariots of fire" and hurricane

    September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name:(required)

    There can only be one..... "Personal Best", the best sports movie ever!

    September 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. christopher

    Slapshot. Best, funniest sport's movie ever!

    September 22, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Zachary Laughrey

    Friday Night Lights should be on here somewhere

    September 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jaymo

    This category is way to broad to come up with 5 top movies. You need to have Top 5 Baseball Movies or Top 5 Football Movies, etc.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    1. Miracle
    2. Slapshot
    3. Any Given Sunday
    4. Rudy
    5. White Men Can't Jump

    September 13, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kris

    Sorry but the best baseball movie in my opinion is " For the love of the game". Hey, I'm a Detroit Tiger fan!

    September 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alecia

    James and Phyllis,Coach Carter, Million Dollar Baby, When We Were Kings and I would have added Any Given Sunday just for the last five minutes!

    September 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  16. robbo34

    Is it just me, or did we intentially leave Slap Stick off this list???

    September 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaymo

      I think you meant Slap Shot. Must be a great movie for you if you forgot the name of it.

      September 14, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  17. James

    Why no movies with black people? Hmmmm.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    – Million Dollar Baby
    – Chariots of Fire

    September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  19. KajinPL

    Anyone remember "The Program"?

    September 9, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Ron31

    1.The Wrestler
    2.The Blindside
    3.Angels in the Outfield
    4.Coach Carter
    5.Fever Pitch

    September 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • moneywheels

      u are an idiot, angels in the outfield, blindside cmon man

      September 12, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. okay den

    The Longest Yard (original version), Bad News Bears (original), The Best of the Best, Baseketball, and Dodgeball.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Beautiful Vixen

    1996 ~ When We Were Kings (Muhammad Ali – Goerge Foreman). 2005 ~ The Rocket. 1961 ~ The Hustler

    September 9, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  23. Parker

    Eight Men Out.
    But would have also like to have seen Brian's Song mentioned, or Something For Joey.

    September 9, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  24. raven

    @ Drofjournalism: dunno why but that cracked me up .

    September 9, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. Doctor of Journalism

    What about C.H.U.D.?

    September 9, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  26. Youmissed

    How about "A League of Their Own" ? Tom Hanks, Geena Davis. "There's no crying in baseball!!" Come on!!

    September 9, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  27. Peace

    @manwithaplan, I love that movie! So do my grandsons! (Both are "sports nuts" already, at such a young age!)

    September 9, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |

    RUDY should be a #2, maybe a #1A. And where's The Champ?

    September 9, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |

    Great list–brought tears to my eyes just reading it.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  30. manwithaplan

    The Sandlot for the child that lives in all of us that hasn't lost the ability to dream or the guts to challenge authority and obstacles.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  31. comeon

    I would have swapped Bull Durham w/ Field of Dreams, but overall, I think the list is good.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  32. tom

    What about Rookie of the Year???

    Pitcher's got a big butt...

    September 9, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |

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