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

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Girlfight (2000)

DIRECTOR Karyn Kusama
STARS Michelle Rodriguez, Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon, Santiago Douglas

Michelle Rodriguez' breakthrough role sees her at her most Michelle Rodriguez-y, playing a tough Latina tomboy who kicks ass in a male-orientated field. Though gritty, set in slummy areas and occasionally handheld, it would be a lazy disservice to simply label Girlfight as a "female Rocky", particularly given how unusually strong the female character work is. Well-written and authentically realised by first-time filmmaker Karyn Kusama (who conceived the movie while attempting to give up smoking), it packs a walloping punch, while Rodriguez is terrific in the role that set the tone for her career to date.
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QUICK POLL
Should Girlfight be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Female Boxing
THE PLAYER
Angry-at-the-world would-be boxer Diana Guzman.
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
When Diana's coach takes her to a boxing match, and we finally see her smile as she's found her place in life.
KEY TACTICS
Know yourself, and your opponent.
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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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