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

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Slap Shot (1977)

DIRECTOR George Roy Hill
STARS Paul Newman, Lindsay Crouse, Jerry Houser, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Andrew Duncan

If there's one thing that most hockey films prove (and even films that simply feature a scene with the sport in it, such as Chasing Amy), it's that it seems to be about the fights more than the actual scores. Slap Shot uses this truism to drive superb comedy drama as aging player-manager Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) realises that the violent goons he just added to the Charleston Chiefs might end up saving both the team and the failing town it represents. But instead of being your standard inspirational mush, this is a crafty, funny, clear-eyed look at small town sports politics, love and lies.

QUICK POLL
Should Slap Shot be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Ice hockey
THE TEAM
Charleston Chiefs
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Ned Braden (Ontkean) strips off his uniform to draw attention to what has been happening with the team, triggering a cascade of events that ends up with the Chiefs as league champions.
KEY TACTICS
If you need to win that badly at ice hockey, bring out the brawlers.
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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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