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

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Senna (2010)

DIRECTOR Asif Kapadia
STARS Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Jackie Stewart

Asif Kapadia's essential documentary is both a deeply moving portrait of Ayrton Senna, and a fascinating overview of Formula One in the '80s and early '90s. Following Senna's rise and rise at McLaren, and his fractious relationship with his beleaguered and exasperated teammate Alain Prost, Senna comes across as a hero, but no saint. The sheer volume of dramatic race-footage that was available to illustrate the story makes it action-packed enough to capture the attention of audiences whether they know nothing or everything about the sport, and its towering central figure comes across as both sympathetic and infuriating.
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QUICK POLL
Should Senna be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Formula One
THE PLAYER
Ayrton Senna
DOCUMENTARY?
Yes.
DEFINING MOMENT
First significant F1 race in Monaco in 1984, in torrential rain. Senna has arrived.
KEY TACTICS
If you're not taking suicidal risks, you're not a proper racing driver.
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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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