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

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Any Given Sunday (1999)

DIRECTOR Oliver Stone
STARS Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Charlton Heston

Like Jerry Maguire, this is a sports movie as wrapped up in the machinations off the field as the exploits upon it. But where Crowe's film leavens the betrayal with romance, Stone serves it straight-up, laying bare the individual ambition, insecurities, power plays and financial gambles that define teams as much as their athleticism. He's helped, of course, by one of the most thoroughly over achieving casts ever assembled: Jamie Foxx, proving why he was about to become a star; Al Pacino, reminding us that he's still number one; Cameron Diaz displaying an unexpectedly steely side and Dennis Quaid providing the closest thing the movie has to a heart. Gripping and thrilling stuff – which is no mean feat for a 90-minute game played out over four hours.
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QUICK POLL
Should Any Given Sunday be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
Lower

The Stats
THE SPORT
American football
THE TEAM
The Miami Sharks
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
While there are stirring speeches in here, the movie is better defined by Pacino's D'Amato essentially flipping the bird at his whole management and moving to start a new team. With his star player behind him.
KEY TACTICS
Climb outta hell... one inch at a time.
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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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