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The 50 Greatest Sports Movies
We rank the very best sports films

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Jerry Maguire (1996)

DIRECTOR Cameron Crowe
STARS Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jr, Bonnie Hunt, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell

Given that this centres on an agent rather than a player, you could quibble about whether or not this is a sports movie – but it probably says more about the way modern professional sports are played than anything else on this list. Cruise's titular agent self-destructs his own career and goes it alone, with only one mercurial client (an Oscar-winning Cuba Gooding Jr) and one staff member – single mother Dorothy (Zellweger) – in an attempt to change the way the game is played for the better. While the machinations and double-dealing behind the scenes might get you down, there is enough heart and soul here to remind you while you love sports.
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QUICK POLL
Should Jerry Maguire be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
American football / sports management.
THE TEAM
Arizona Cardinals, mostly
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
It's not Show Me The Money; it's the sight of Cuba's Rod Tidwell, weeping and confessing his love for his family.
KEY TACTICS
Show me the money!
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Your Comments

1 Underdog film
Dodgeball certainly remains one of the classic underdog films, not just for its inspirational value, but its usual comedy, too. And perhaps some of the others could make this list too: http://www.ranker.com/list/best-movies-about-underdogs/ ranker-film Read More

Posted on Wednesday June 18, 2014, 18:51 by Imperion

2 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

3 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

4 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler

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