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

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Field Of Dreams (1989)

DIRECTOR Phil Alden Robinson
STARS Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, Gaby Hoffman, Ray Liotta, Timothy Busfield, James Earl Jones

Less a traditional team film and more a meditation on the healing power of sport (in this case the American obsession with baseball), Field Of Dreams is probably better known for its iconic (and oft-misquoted) key line. Farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) is struggling to make ends meet, but heeds some mysterious advice to build a baseball diamond on his cornfield, despite warnings that bankruptcy will ensue from all around him. What follows is the sort of inspirational weepy about fathers, sons, perseverance and acceptance, all wrapped up in a film, that is considered acceptable for blokes to get a bit misty over.
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QUICK POLL
Should Field Of Dreams be higher or lower on the list?
Higher
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Baseball
THE TEAM
Chicago White Sox; Brooklyn Dodgers; New York Giants
DOCUMENTARY?
No.
DEFINING MOMENT
When Kinsella finally gets through to reclusive author Terence Mann (James Earl Jones) and takes him out to the ball game. Rifts are healed and revelations shared.
KEY TACTICS
Mostly advice - "If you build it, he will come." "Ease his pain." "Go the distance."
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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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