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

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Shaolin Soccer (2001)

DIRECTOR Stephen Chow
STARS Stephen Chow, Man Tat Ng, Wei Zhao

As utterly demented as you might expect a sports movie from the director of Kung Fu Hustle to be, Shaolin Soccer is the way we'd like to see the sport eventually go, if FIFA ever decide to rip up the rulebook and start again with magic. A game that doesn't rely on simple tactics, Shaolin Soccer sees Chow put together a team of super-powered monks (lightning fast goalie, striker with a foot like a traction engine) who give their rivals the runaround, until – in a shockingly prescient look at the New Money era in the Premiership – they come up against unstoppable footballing machine, the subtly-named Team Evil. Packed with invention and charmingly cheap special effects, it's utterly hilarious.
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QUICK POLL Should Shaolin Soccer be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Well, soccer. But really... we have no clue.
THE TEAMS
Team Shaolin, Team Evil
DOCUMENTARY?
Yes. Oh, just kidding.
DEFINING MOMENT
The showdown between Team Shaolin and Team Evil, which deserves to have a Partridge commentary laid over the top. "SHIT!" "DID YOU SEE THAT?"
KEY TACTICS
Buy boots. Become one with the universe. Back of the net.
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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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