Top 10 Films takes a look at four of the greatest sports movies ever made, arguing why these particular films are amongst the best the genre has to offer…
There have been some great movies over the years based on sport. These have ranged from films with a football theme right through to baseball and basketball. With sport being such a huge interest for a lot of people around the world, it made perfect sense for movies to be developed based on its various forms and a lot have gone on to be big hits.
When people aren’t playing sport, they’re watching it and sports movies have entertained generation after generation and continue to do so.
Let’s take a look at some of the best sports films ever to hit our screens.
Rocky is one of the all-time great sports movies and potentially the best ever made. Rocky is a down and out sort of character who is seen as a bit of a bum and somebody who could never make it as a professional boxer. It’s a classic underdog story that sees Rocky get a once in a lifetime chance to take on the heavyweight champion. It’s not only a great sports movie but the message of the film has resonated with people for numerous generations now. Rocky is a film that has inspired many in all walks of life and that’s why it’s one of the best still to this day.
Raging Bull is a Martin Scorcese biopic about real-life fighter Jake LaMotta who is played by Robert De Niro. It covers LaMotta’s rise as a fiery middleweight contender right through to him being overweight and past it. It’s not just his fights in the ring that are intense either, his confrontations with his brother and wife are at times more volatile than his middleweight bouts. It’s a film that has also been described as deep and meaningful too, much like Rocky, and Robert De Niro’s portrayal of LaMotta is one of the reasons as to why this film is one of the all-time classics.
Hoop Dreams is a real life story that involves two 14-year-old basketball hopefuls. Arthur Agee and William Gates both dream of making it big in the sport but things don’t always work out as planned. It’s a real life portrayal of how the backgrounds and social classes of young men can impact their future success as a budding sports star. It also shows how the golden ticket that represents a quick rise to the top and to a great lifestyle often isn’t everything that it’s cracked up to be.
The Wrestler is a film that, unlike the others in this list, depicts a great comeback. Randy “The Ram” Robinson, played by Mickey Rourke, is a pro wrestler who was big in the 1980s but those days seem long gone and well behind him. He’s down on his luck but with real determination he sets about making it back to the top, so he can once again relive those glory days. Like a lot of great sports movies, there are also touching moments away from the action too, which really give the film another dimension.