Peter Eramo Asks: What is Your All-Time Favorite Sports Movie?

I’m a tremendous sports fan — and obviously, a huge fan of films. So when they are put together into the genre of “Sports Film,” there’s nothing quite like it. From the moving and inspirational underdog classics (“Rocky“) to the downright hilarious takes on sport (“Caddyshack” or “Slapshot“), sports flicks cover all the bases (yes, poor pun intended). I am in the process of creating the Top 10 All-Time Greatest Sports Films Ever Made, but before I post this remarkably insightful list (Ha!), I want to hear from you — and see what YOUR favorite sports movie ever made is!

Take the poll — it’s as easy as clicking on your choice. And I very much want to see comments from you here. I’m sure there are a bunch of your favs that are omitted from this small sampling — so I need your input. It is my hope to get some dialogue going on here between myself, my readers who enjoy movies — and for all of you to communicate with one another! Thanks for your input!!!

What’s Your All-Time Favorite Sports Flick?
Caddyshack
Rocky
Major League
Bull Durham
Hoosiers
A League of Their Own
Slapshot
Rudy
Seabiscuit
The Natural
Field of Dreams
The Karate Kid
Miracle
All the Right Moves
Pride of the Yankees
A Film That is Not on This List

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12 Responses to Peter Eramo Asks: What is Your All-Time Favorite Sports Movie?

  1. Castor says:

    I know it’s more a documentary but Hoops Dream is my favorite sport film. A must see if you haven’t seen it.

    • “Hoop Dreams” is a masterful film. I have used it in my classes. I was always waiting for a sequel — see the kids years later. I know it was in the works, but not sure what became of it. It is a truly amazing sports film and surely on my own Top 10, which I will post soon. Here, I was sticking with some more commercial choices for the readers to pick from!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Bad News Bears? Just saw it again recently and was shocked at how inappropriate it was.

    • Good point. Matthau in that film is outstanding. Great movie, a lot of fun and yes, inappropriate at times…but hysterically so. I hate political correctness anyway. Amazng to see the talented Jackie Earle Haley in this one, right?

  3. Michael says:

    EBBY CALVIN “NUKE” LALOOSH all the way!

  4. “Prefontaine” is a good choice, Heather. I had to narrow it down to 15 here for this poll, so some good ones were surely left off.

    Tracey, you are absolutely right — the score to “Rocky” is iconic. One immediately knows where it is from and it is engrained in the film so nicely. One of film’s very best. And I’ve always been a sucker for Adrien….she is what makes him go, I always believed.

  5. Heather says:

    I would say my personal favorite is “Prefontaine”, but I would also add “A League Of Their Own”, “Major League”, and “Sandlot”. Ironically I can’t stand baseball in real life. 🙂

  6. Tracey P. says:

    I don’t think I had a choice but to watch the “Rocky” movies (the first and second ones only…I’d like to forget there were 2 more after that) dozens of times as a kid, with my dad being the boxing fan that he is….plus the whole, “Italian Stallion” thing. Great story, great performances, especially Burgess Meredith – loved him! But it’s the score that sucks me in every time. If he had been running up those steps with something other than “Gonna Fly Now”, I don’t know if it would’ve had the same effect. Out of the two, I liked “Rocky II” more. Best line: “I just got one thing to say…to my wife at home…Yo, Adrian! I Did It!”

    As for my all-time favorite sports movie? The Natural. Again, the score has a lot to do with it, giving me goosebumps everytime, but I just love looking at and listening to this film.

    If I had to pick a favorite comedic sports movie it would be “Slapshot”. This time, the score has nothing to do with it. It’s all about the fights and the Hanson boys!

  7. Two good points there. Yes, I hate the Red Sox and I think Ms. Barrymore is next-to-worthless. But there are a handful of her films that I enjoy (“50 First Dates” and…well, that’s the only one really). so I like to think that I keep an open mind…

  8. Allison Milana says:

    Booooooo! Don’t hate on the romantic comedies! You’re discriminating against Fever Pitch because it has Drew Barrymore AND the Red Sox!

  9. “Fever Pitch” is downright awful. Romantic comedy in sports is great — “Bull Durham” is a classic example of that. “The Karate Kid,” “All the Right Moves,” (though more dramatic) even “Jerry Maguire”! I don’t consider “Jerry Maguire” to be a “sports film” though.

  10. Allison Milana says:

    It is complete crap that you didn’t list “Fever Pitch” on your poll. You have completely disregarded romantic comedy as a sub-genre of sports films. I am hurt and offended (hand drifts slightly down) tisk tisk Peter. 😉

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