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

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Hoosiers (1986)

DIRECTOR David Anspaugh
STARS Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey

Often hailed as one of the best sports movie ever made on the other side of the Atlantic, Hoosiers (or Best Shot as it's sometimes known) is a stirring, stand-up-and-cheer genre classic which is based loosely (key word) on a true story. Undeniably, we see nearly every well-worn sporting cliché known to man (the ragtag underdog team, the tough-but-fair coach who slowly wins everyone's begrudging respect, the last big game, the last big shot), but somehow it gets away with it all by dint of sheer charisma. Complemented by Jerry Goldsmith's rousing-as-hell score, it's ultimately a movie about redemption, and Gene Hackman is terrific as the volatile coach.

QUICK POLL
Should Hoosiers be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
High school basketball
THE TEAM
The Hickory Huskers
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Star player Jimmy Chitwood's confident (but not arrogant) assurance to everyone about the big clutch shot entrusted to him. "I can make it" he says. We believe him.
KEY TACTICS
The fundamentals, hard training and anything Coach Dale says. He's the law.
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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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