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

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Ali (2000)

DIRECTOR Michael Mann
STARS Will Smith, Jon Voight, Jamie Foxx, Mario Van Peebles, Jeffrey Wright, Jada Pinkett Smith

Boasting super-crisp photography, unhurried pacing and a meticulous attention to detail, Michael Mann's epic biopic is everything you'd expect from the stylish filmmaker. Visually striking and peppered with surreal moments (see the dreamy shots of The Champ jogging or his grand entrance to the Rumble In The Jungle), Ali makes for a hyper-real companion piece to Leon Gast's When We Were Kings documentary. What really sells the movie though is Will Smith's fearless portrayal, with Big Willie inhibiting the charismatic icon and mastering his swagger, speech patters and body tics. He's the Fresh Prince Of The Ring.
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QUICK POLL Should Ali be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Heavyweight Boxing
THE PLAYER
Boxing icon Muhammad Ali. AKA "The Greatest".
DOCUMENTARY?
No, but it often feels like it.
DEFINING MOMENT
During Cassius Clay's fight with then-champ Sonny Liston, Moby's calming Memory Gospel chimes in and you can almost feel Ali hitting his untouchable stride for the first time.
KEY TACTICS
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee and talk like a cocky jabber-mouth.
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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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