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

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Moneyball (2011)

DIRECTOR Bennett Miller
STARS Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Microsoft Excel finally got its own Social Network in a business-of-baseball flick that gripped and turned like a 12-6 curveball (Fear not! We have looked this up on Wikipedia – it is a thing). With a script by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin it was always going to have zip, but Brad Pitt's cracking turn as sabermetrics pioneer and Oakland A's manager Billy Beane makes it an MVP among sports movies too. Using stats to create a winning team of crocks, rejects and has-beens, Beane's approach forges a Major League outfit from minor league talent. And the best thing? You don't need to know who Jason Giambi is to enjoy it.
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Should Moneyball be higher or lower on the list?

The Stats
The Oakland As
Nope, it's a full nine-inning feature
"There's average teams and then there's poor teams, then there's 50 feet of crap... then there's us." A's manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) says it like it won't be for much longer.
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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: 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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