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

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Bull Durham (1988)

DIRECTOR Ron Shelton
STARS Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Robert Wuhl

While Kevin Costner has starred in three baseball movies and writer-director Ron Shelton has been involved with eight – count 'em – sports-related features, Bull Durham represents a high point for both. Based on Shelton's own Minor League experiences, it's an authentic and insightful look at the lower tier have-nots of America's favourite pastime, with Tim Robbins' talented, naff-shirt-wearing young pitcher being educated by both Kevin Costner's weary veteran and Susan Sarandon's sultry groupie for a leap to the big-time. Bolstered by smart dialogue and charismatic performances, it's an easygoing romantic sports comedy with balls, ladies underwear and cod philosophy. Interesting fact: Costner apparently hit two home runs during filming.
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QUICK POLL
Should Bull Durham be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Minor League Baseball
THE TEAM
The Durham Bulls
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Costner's celebrated and oft-quoted monologue on his belief system.
KEY TACTICS
Respect yourself, clean your flip-flops and don't waste talent if you're listening to Kevin Costner; a volume of verse by Walt Whitman, a black garter and breathing out of the eyelids if you're being tutored by Susan Sarandon.
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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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