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

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Gregory's Girl (1981)

DIRECTOR Bill Forsyth
STARS John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Clare Grogan, Jake D'Arcy

There are numerous films on this list that celebrate male sporting strength, prowess and achievement. This isn't one of them. Gregory's Girl celebrates male sporting crapness in all its humiliating glory, following the fortunes of a useless school football team ("Last week, they got a corner and took a lap of honour") until the forward Gregory (Sinclair) is replaced by superstar striker Dorothy (Hepburn) who is everything the boys are not: focused, committed, skilful and strong. Yet the beautiful game really under scrutiny here is love, and once again the women prove deft and expert, catching the hapless men in an endless offside trap.
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Should Gregory's Girl be higher or lower on the list?

The Stats
An unnamed state school football team.
Following a brilliant dribble, marked by close control and power, Dorothy buries the ball in the back of the net and receives hugs and kissesfrom her team mates. It is also becomes the first time in football history the goal scorer receives hugs and kisses from the opposition.
Play the girl up-front.
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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: 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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