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

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The Natural (1984)

DIRECTOR Barry Levinson
STARS Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley, Barbara Hershey, Robert Duvall

This Oscar-nominated story of one man overcoming incredible odds (beyond your average pulled groin or tennis elbow) to succeed is one of the most beloved sports movies ever made, and has only become more popular since it first hit the scene. It's a true underdog tale, with Redford's Roy Hobbs representing frustrated ambitions, regrets and, ultimately, a good man fighting past all that to prove that he can win in the end. While it's occasionally been written off as clichéd, it's not as simple as it might seem, adapting Bernard Malamud's 1952 novel with plenty of depth and character.
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QUICK POLL
Should The Natural be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Baseball
THE PLAYER
Roy Hobbs (Redford)
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Roy battles through injury, betrayal and misfortune to score the pennant-nabbing home run.
KEY TACTICS
Carve your own bat. Preferably from the tree struck by lightning on the day your father died. Failing that, head to JD Sports.
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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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