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

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Rollerball (1975)

DIRECTOR Norman Jewison
STARS James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams, John Beck

Dystopias always create interesting sports to keep the unfortunate populace docile. Recently we've had The Hunger Games, which was a bit like Battle Royale, and Stephen King gave us The Running Man, which was a bit like The Most Dangerous Game. But the most dangerous game of them all is Rollerball, a sort of insane mash-up of ice hockey, American football and roller derby, with added motorbikes. The film's individuals-over-collectives stance is a bit right-wing, but James Caan's last-man-standing anti-hero is still a classic of fuck-you defiance. Given that some of the film's societal predictions were kinda prescient, maybe it's surprising we're not playing this yet.
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QUICK POLL Should Rollerball be higher or lower on the list?

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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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