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

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Eight Men Out (1988)

DIRECTOR John Sayles
STARS John Cusack, Clifton Jones, David Strathairn, Clifton James

Baseball's equivalent of Italian football's Calciopoli scandal, the story of the 1919 White Sox (or 'Black Sox' as they came to be known) is a dark chapter in the sport's history solidly adapted from Elin Asinof's 1963 novel. The plot records New York gangster Arnold Rothstein's (Michael Lerner) attempts to entice eight Chicago players to throw a World Series – a criminal enterprise that ended up making bums out of contenders. Because of it names like Charles 'Commie' Comiskey, Oscar 'Hap' Felsch and Charles 'Swede' Risberg have gone down in sporting infamy, but here John 'Indie' Sayles shows them in a sympathetic light as put-upon sportsmen driven to desperate measures by their money-grubbing owner Charles 'Commie' Comiskey (Clifton James). The ragtime score is a delight too. That said, this probably isn't one to gee up your team before a big game.
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Eight Men Out
QUICK POLL
Should Eight Men Out be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Baseball
THE TEAM
The 1919 Chicago White Sox
DOCUMENTARY?
No, but it is based on a true story.
DEFINING MOMENT
With his pitching powers on the wane and a family to feed, Eddie Cicotte (David Strathairn) is forced to make his stark choice.
KEY TACTICS
Losing.
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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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