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

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Miracle (2004)

DIRECTOR Gavin O'Connor
STARS Kurt Russell, Noah Emmerich, Patricia Clarkson, Sean McCann, Kenneth Welsh

The sort of film which would be labelled unrealistic if it wasn't based on actual events, Disney's Miracle overcomes a host of familiar genre clichés (the tough-but-fair coach, the underdog triumph, the 'getting better' montage) to produce a crowd-pleasing sports drama. While the straightforward narrative is inevitably predictable (the well-documented nature of this particular event kinda gives the ending away, as does the poster), just knowing that this "miracle on ice" actually happened is stirring enough. Filmmaker Gavin O'Connor realises the on-ice-action superbly (particularly the twenty-minute climax), but this is Kurt Russell's movie and he delivers a commanding performance which culminates in one of the most inspirational teamtalks ever. Because he CAN.

QUICK POLL
Should Miracle be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Olympic Ice Hockey
THE TEAM
The USA men's team.
DOCUMENTARY?
No, but based on a true story.
DEFINING MOMENT
Again. Back on the line. Again. Again (and so on).
KEY TACTICS
Unparalleled conditioning and a team mentality.
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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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