It’s the holiday season and I’m sure many of you are either looking for gift ideas for the sports fan in your life or you’re compiling your gift list for Santa. Here’s a list of the LestersLegends’ top 10 sports movies.
1. Raging Bull
Robert DeNiro gives an unbelievable performance as Jake LaMotta. Not only is this one of my favorite DeNiro films, it’s one of my favorite Martin Scorsese films, as well. Joe Pesci is also amazing.
Given the fact that I was born in Philadelphia, I should probably have this in the top spot. I guess that illustrates how much I like Raging Bull. The first Rocky was film magic. The sequel was equally impressive. The rest are guilty pleasures.
Basketball was my favorite sport growing up. It’s no longer the case, and you can thank David Stern for that. Different story for a different day. Larry Bird remains my favorite basketball player of all time. This classic illustration of basketball in Indiana gets me every time. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper were brilliant.
4. Bull Durham
It is nearly impossible to be a fan of baseball and to not adore this movie. The look inside the life of a minor league baseball player is priceless. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are great.
5. The Sandlot
There is something about this movie that gets me every time. It’s king of the sports version of Stand By Me, which happens to be one of my favorite films of all time. There is just something about the freedom of summer as a kid.
6. Tin Cup
I do not golf and I promise I am not the world’s biggest Kevin Costner fan. I just really like the rags-to-riches story, when Roy McAvoy refuses to lay up, and when he finishes a round with only his 7-iron.
7. Major League
“Just a bit outside.” This movie cracked me up. Charlie Sheen was awesome. I bet every kid from my generation wanted to pitch like “Wild Thing.”
8. Remember the Titans
Strong Side. Left Side. This is a poignant story that shows how a team can work through its differences and achieve the ultimate goal.
9. The Natural
Any kid that watches this movie wants to tear the cover off the ball and hit a game-winning home run.
The great thing about film is that even though I am not a horse racing fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this tale about defying the odds.