In this sad time of the year when baseball is the only sport on TV (and it’s not even the playoffs), I decided to go through my top five sports movies of all time.
5. Varsity Blues
This movie starts off my top five on its quote-ability alone. I was gonna try to find my favorite quote to say, but there are just too many. From Mox listing different ways to say boner, to the more serious quotes like when Mox tells his dad that he doesn’t want his dad’s life. That’s another reason I really love this movie, because at it’s core, it’s more than just a funny football movie. It’s about a son who’s father wants him to be just like he was back in his heyday, but he wants to be different. Maybe this just strikes a personal note for me, but I feel like it hits home for a lot of people.
4. The Sandlot
This movie is the perfect nostalgia movie. It’s about friendship, childhood, and baseball. For me anyway, when I think baseball, I think Sandlot. There’s not much of a plot, minus getting the ball back from The Beast, and that might be why I love it so much. It’s just about a motley crew of kids who love the game, and it’s honestly just heartwarming and makes me miss the days where I didn’t have to worry about life getting in the way of having fun.
Not only was this movie that made Sylvester Stallone a superstar, but this movie is just so bad ass. It’s a feel good movie in the fact that Rocky is coming from nothing, but it’s also just a kickass boxing movie because Rocky is electric to watch. Another unbelievable part about this movie, is that it’s sorta based on Stallone’s real life. He was dirt poor, just a few dollars to his name, and he pitched this movie and never looked back.
2. Field of Dreams
This is sort of another feel good movie, but as an Iowan I can’t NOT put this on my list. I mean, “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa.” has to be one of the most memorable movie quotes of all time, especially for Iowans, because when you live in a place you can’t go a mile without a cornfield, you gotta tell yourself something stupid like that to keep yourself going. Plus, this movie is fantastic from start to finish, and takes you on Ray Kinsella’s personal journey involving voices from a cornfield, and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
1. Remember The Titans
This movie is so powerful, not just as a sports movie, but just as a movie in general. Denzel Washington delivers one of his best performances in a movie about an integrating school system during the heated civil rights movement. Not only does this movie do an awesome job showing a team coming together through racial tension, but the Titans are a real good football team, and fun to watch. Minus Ryan Gosling, who is a damn liability at corner.
That’s my top five, think I got it wrong? Let me know in the comments.
Honorable mention: Caddyshack. Couldn’t determine whether or not golf was a sport, but that movie is absolutely hilarious.