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

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A League Of Their Own (1992)

DIRECTOR Penny Marshall
STARS Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Jon Lovitz, David Strathairn

Tom Hanks credits his two Oscars, indirectly, to this film. This was the film that first allowed him to break out of his nice-guy comedian box and try something different, as an alcoholic whose baseball career has gone to hell and whose experiences in World War II haven't helped. But the real focus here is the plucky women's team unfortunate enough to have him as a coach, led by Geena Davis' tough but thoughtful Dottie, and her firebrand younger sister Kit. Featuring the unlikely sight of baseball players receiving etiquette training and Madonna playing second fiddle, this still feels surprisingly good every time you watch it, such is its understated charm.
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QUICK POLL Should A League Of Their Own be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
THE TEAM
The Rockford Pitchers
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
It's that final slide into home. Does Kit really win the point? Does Dottie throw the game? We've always believed the latter, which works better story-wise, but it appears there's a debate on the subject.
KEY TACTICS
Remember that there is no crying in baseball.
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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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