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Top-10 sports movies since 1980

by Derek Clarkston, Sports editor

Sports movies are movies that often portray true-life stories. They spotlight a moment from the past and reenact it on the big screen. Sometimes they show triumph and other times they focus on downfalls. All in all people can bond together when a sports movie mixes sports with real life stories, as seen from Disney’s recent blockbuster movie Miracle.

Since Miracle’s debut I thought it was time to look at the past and present of sports movies. To do this right I looked for a gritty old-timer who had a grasp of sports nostalgia movies, while I looked at recent films.

So here they are, my selection of the top 10 sports movies of my generation, the 1980s to the present.

10) Days of Thunder (1990, Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Nicole Kidman): This movie shows the NASCAR Winston Cup Circuit at it’s best as a hot shot driver tries not to let his ego get the best of him.

9) Field of Dreams (1989, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones): “If you build it, they will come” is the answer to the dreams of one baseball fan, in this movie about baseball past and present.

8) Jerry Maguire (1996, Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. Reene Zellweger): In this era of high-paid professional athletes, it is fitting that one of the best sports movies of all time about the relationship between a player and his agent.

7) Major League (1989, Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Rene Russo): A hilarious movie about baseball misfits, the way they gel together, despite their lack of skill, in the face of adversity, makes this one of baseball’s funniest movies.

6) Rudy (1993, Sean Astin, Ned Beatty): This true story shows the triumph of an undersized football player with the biggest heart of them all, as a member of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

5) Remember the Titans (2000, Denzil Washington, Ed Harris): This heart-felt true story is about a 1971 Virginia high school football team that despite racial tension battled it’s proved to the world that whites and blacks can play on the same field.

4) Eight Men Out (1988, Charlie Sheen, John Cusack): This movie is a part of baseball history as it brings to life the tribulations of the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” who gambled away a chance at the World Series.

3) Hoosiers (1986, Gene Hackman, Barbara Heishey, Dennis Hoper): This is a heart-tugging story of a tiny Indiana high school basketball team.

2) Bull Durham (1988, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon). A movie that is filled with memorable quotes, a hot headed rookie, a seasoned veteran, and the woman every player dreams about.

1) Caddy Shack (1980, Bill Murrary, Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase): A star-studded cast, a gopher, golfers, and a groundskeeper that is remembered for his timeless speeches makes this golf movie a classic that ranks as the top sports movie from the 1980s to the present.



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