In honor of the Oscars, we're running down the top sports movies of all-time. Clips may contain explicit language.
 
BASEBALL
By Tank
  1. Bull Durham
    It doesn't get any better. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Surandon give this film everything. It's funny and emotional. The dialog is excellent and the acting outstanding. Plus, Asheville's in it... no brainer.
    Best quote: “Anything that travels that far oughta have a damn stewardess on it don't ya think?”
  1. Major League
    The Cleveland Indians franchise became decent shortly after this movie came out. Coincidence? Probably, but what the hell. You'll never forget Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Pedro Cerrano, Willie “Mays” Hayes, Jake Taylor, Roger Dorn, Eddie Harris, manager Lou Brown and of course the vocal stylings of Harry Doyle.
          Best quote: “Are you sayin' Jesus Christ can't hit a curve ball?”

  1. Field of Dreams
    “If you build it, he will come.” Probably the most famous line in sports film. Kevin Costner is the king of baseball movies. This won't be the last time he lands on the list.
    Best quote: “Hey dad? You wanna have a catch?” (If you don't cry at the closing scene you have no heart.)
  1. 61*
    The story of the 1961 home run chase between New York Yankee teammates Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Barry Pepper plays a great role as Maris has the season of his life while missing his family and being pitted as the heel against his friend Mickey.
          Best quote: “I just don't get it. Why is it they only have room in their hearts for one guy?”
  1. Eight Men Out
    This movie is unfortunately all some people will ever know about the Black Sox scandal of 1919. While an entertaining flick, it doesn't tell a third of the story.
         Best quote: “I think they're the greatest bunch of ballplayers I ever seen.”
  1. The Natural
    Roy Hobbs, aside from Steve Nebraska (“The Scout”), may be the greatest baseball player ever in fiction. He can pitch, he can field, he can hit. And do it all with a bullet in the gut.
  1. Mr. Baseball
    Tom Selleck at his best. And who can forget the noodle scene when Jack meets Hiroko's dad and grandparents? Also, the 2nd best performance of the All State Insurance guy.
  1. Bang The Drum Slowly
    This film doesn't get enough credit. It's a heartbreaking tale of a young catcher who tries to hide the fact that he's been diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease. It's one of Robert DeNiro's finest performances.
 
  1. The Sandlot
    Being a child of the 90's this film was right in my wheelhouse. A group of kids spend the summer playing ball and getting into trouble. This was also the film that introduced me to Denis Leary. Years later I'd be shocked by and fall in love with his comedy.
  1. A League of Their Own
    Madonna plays baseball? It works somehow. Tom Hanks (of course) is amazing.
  1. Moneyball
  2. 42: The Jackie Robinson Story
    1. Cobb
    2. Trouble With The Curve
    3. Bad News Bears (1976)
    4. Fear Strikes Out
    5. The Rookie
    6. Soul of the Game
    7. Fever Pitch – Like this wouldn't be on here. NO MOVIE ENDING MAKES ME SMILE MORE.
  1. Pride of the Yankees
 
FOOTBALL
 By Tank
    1. Rudy
      It doesn't get any better. Every grown man sheds a tear or to at the closing scene when Rudy finally gets to play.
  1. Varsity Blues
    Moxon, Tweeter and Billy Bob do what football stars do...kick ass and party. It's funny, suspenseful and the football scenes broke the mold.
  1. The Program
    The cutting edge look at the dirty side of college football factories. This movie is probably why most fans aren't surprised to hear about academic scandals and NCAA violations today.
  1. The Express
    The story of Ernie Davis, the first black Heisman winner. Of the true story movies, it is one of the best.
    1. The Longest Yard (1974)
      Burt Reynolds shines as Paul Krewe. Ned Beatty also turns in a good performance as Caretaker. This movie spawned one of the best remakes in cinematic history with Adam Sandler in 2005.
    1. Remember The Titans
    2. Invincible
    3. The Blind Side
    4. We Are Marshall
  1. Radio
  2. Necessary Roughness
  3. North Dallas Forty
  4. Friday Night Lights
  5. The Junction Boys
  6. Touchback
 
BASKETBALL
 By Tank
    1. Blue Chips
      Shaq and Penny appear in the greatest basketball movie ever made. Nick Nolte plays the legendary coach who wants to win, but can't live with breaking the rules.
  1. He Got Game
    Another example of how it takes a superstar to play one. Ray Allen's acting is not great, but the story aptly makes up for it. Denzel Washington adds one of his best performances. Also, the greatest basketball name is born... Jesus Shuttlesworth.
  1. White Men Can't Jump
    You can't beat Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes playing the perfect basketball version of the Odd Couple. “Ain't no thang but a chicken wang on a strang from Burger Kang."
    1. Hoosiers
      Many people have this movie as #1. Years ago I wouldn't have put it in my top 10. I guess it has grown on me over the years.
  1. Pistol: The Birth of a Legend
    The high school basketball “coming of age” story of Pistol Pete Maravich. After seeing this movie I'd spend many nights in my room, lying in bed practicing my follow through.
  1. Glory Road
  2. Coach Carter
  3. Love & Basketball
  4. Above the Rim
  5. Space Jam
 
HOCKEY
 By JP
    1. Slap Shot
    1. Miracle
  1. Goon
  2. Mystery, Alaska
  3. D2 - The Mighty Ducks
 
RACING
 By Tank
    1. Days of Thunder
    1. Talladega Nights
  1. 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story
  2. Stroker Ace
  3. Cars 
 
GOLF
 By Tank
    1. Caddyshack
  1. Tin Cup
  2. Happy Gilmore
  3. The Greatest Game Ever Played
  4. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius
 
 BOXING
 By Tank
    1. Rocky
    2. Cinderella Man
  1. The Fighter
  2. Raging Bull
  3. Rocky II