Sports movies have the ability to enthrall us while also making us feel really great.  With the Super Bowl festivities winding down, I thought it be a good idea to take a look at the times that Hollywood dipped its feet into the realm of sports and succeeded immensely.  This list was incredibly tough to construct (you may notice some glaring omissions).  Before I unveil the list, I must warn you that there may be some spoilers involved in the discussion of these great movies.  You’ve been warned!  Here’s a look at the best of the best:

#10: The Bad News Bears: Completely rude and profane, The Bad News Bears has lived on as a classic with its memorable characters headlined by a great lead performance from Walter Matthau.  The Bad News Bears’ formula has been copied again and again by Hollywood with numerous ripoffs and even a reboot.  However, nothing seems to compare to this timeless hit.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 96%

Metacritic Score: N/A

MovieBabble Score: A-

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#9: Moneyball (2011): Moneyball is a fascinating look into the struggle to stay within heavily entrenched policies or branch out and try something radically different.  Although those who have some knowledge regarding the analytics movement in baseball may get more out of Moneyball than the typical moviegoer, the movie has enough great performances from actors such as Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill to be enjoyed by everyone.  The events of the film are definitely worth checking out as analytics has since seeped into other sports such as basketball and football.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 94%

Metacritic Score: 87

MovieBabble Score: A-

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#8: The Natural (1984): A strong cast headlined by Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Wilford Brimley helps The Natural transcend its cliches and become one of the better baseball movies to date.  You can’t help but feel for Roy Hobbs as continues his dream of playing in big leagues.  As soon as he carves his bat out of an oak tree, you want nothing but for him to succeed in his goals.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 81%

Metacritic Score: N/A

MovieBabble Score: A-

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#7: Hoosiers (1986): Gene Hackman powers this seen before story of an underdog coming to prominence past the mundane into an instant classic.  The film, which was nominated for two Oscars, does what many other films have failed to do by capturing the sport of basketball with a sense of realism.  Basketball films in general are very challenging to make since it’s difficult to edit around actors who aren’t the most skilled players, giving Hoosiers a leg up on many other efforts.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 88%

Metacritic Score: 76

MovieBabble Score: A-

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#6: Remember the Titans (2003): Able to blend discussions of race relations and sports together, Remember the Titans is definitely a triumph.  The film may be eye-rolling at times with its cliches, but a powerful performance from Denzel Washington along with some iconic sequences has helped Remember the Titans to live on in the public conscience.  Remember the Titans runs the gamut of emotions, making you laugh, feel proud, and maybe even cry.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 73%

Metacritic Score: 48

MovieBabble Score: A-

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#5: Creed (2015): A surprisingly refreshing installment to the Rocky franchise, Creed builds on the success of past movies and brings us a layered, engaging new character in Adonis Creed played by Michael B. Jordan to watch moving forward.  Creed has some absolutely stellar fight scenes, including Adonis’ fight against Leo “The Lion” which is edited in such a way that it seems like one long take.  I still contend that Sylvester Stallone was robbed by not winning the best supporting actor Oscar as he brings a truly tear-jerking performance to his beloved character in Rocky.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 95%

Metacritic Score: 82

MovieBabble Score: A

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#4: Bull Durham (1988): Kevin Costner brings it big time as a washed up minor league baseball player in a movie that’s focus is on the memorable characters and their interactions more than any other element.  Tim Robbins is hilarious as the dimwitted Nuke LaLoosh and makes the battle for Annie’s affections very palpable and engrossing.  Bull Durham easily deserves its iconic status.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 97%

Metacritic Score: 73

MovieBabble Score: A

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#3: Caddyshack (1980): The king of stupid comedies, Caddyshack has lived on as one of the best comedies of all time with the help of an all-star cast in which every actor brought their “A” game.  The film is instantly quotable with stars like Rodney Dangerfield quipping with the best of them.  Caddyshack may not be the most compelling plot of any of the movies on this list, but it is definitely the funniest.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 76%

Metacritic Score: N/A

MovieBabble Score: A+

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#2: Raging Bull (1980): Possibly Martin Scorsese’s best work, Raging Bull is definitely not as easy of a watch as other movies on this list, but it’s power simply cannot be ignored.  Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta is so compelling, show us what can happen when a man falls from grace.  You’re sure to flinch every time Robert De Niro gets clocked with a right hook as well as when the film delves deeper into his personal life.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 97%

Metacritic Score: 92

MovieBabble Score: A+

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#1: Rocky (1976): The best underdog tale there is, Rocky is so popular that an entire city memorialized the character in front of one of the must see spots in the city.  We’ve seen countless parodies and imitations over the years, but nothing compares to the feel good nature that Rocky gave us.  On top of practically every moviegoer loving the film, the film was a massive success with critics, winning the Oscar for Best Picture.  Rocky shot Sylvester Stallone to super stardom, something that we can all appreciate.

Rotten Tomatoes Critics’ Score: 93%

Metacritic Score: N/A

MovieBabble Score: A+

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Thanks for reading!  What do you feel of the list?  Are there any movies that you felt were too high or too low on the list?  Were there any movies you felt should’ve been on the list that weren’t?  Be sure to comment below and let me know!

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