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

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When We Were Kings (1996)

DIRECTOR Leon Gast
STARS Muhammed Ali, George Foreman, Norman Mailer, Spike Lee

Like Senna, When We Were Kings is a documentary with a central story so captivating that no general interest in boxing is required. Covering the infamous 1974 'Rumble in the Jungle' between Muhammed Ali and the pre-grill George Foreman in Zaire, the focus is, naturally enough, on the aging Ali, who was thought at the time to have little chance of beating the ferociously powerful Foreman... Stuck in the sweltering African dictatorship for six weeks while Foreman recovered from an injury, director Leon Gast had access to the main players he could only have dreamed of. Norman Mailer and George Plimpton, on-hand as journalists, provide the narration.
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QUICK POLL Should When We Were Kings be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Heavyweight boxing
THE PLAYERS
Muhammed Ali / George Foreman
DOCUMENTARY?
Yes.
DEFINING MOMENT
The eighth-round knockout.
KEY TACTICS
Ali's patented rope-a-dope move, which makes it look like you're in more trouble than you are. Good for wearing out your opponent...
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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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