Have you ever noticed that movies rarely capture the essence of sports? With so many interesting characters and topics in the sports world I find this hard to believe. Sports is more dramatic than Hollywood and furthermore it's real. I don't know why they can't get their act together. Maybe the effort is there, but most of the time they fall miserably short. That being said here's the best of the worst or depending on how you look at it the 5 greatest sports movies of all time.
Honorable Mention: The Blindside. Given all that Sandra Bullock has been through recently I am compelled to give this movie a shout out. Plus it's based on a true story and that always helps.
5. Bull Durham. You gotta love the storyline of the old veteran taking the young hot shot under his wing and teaching him the ropes. The jealousy at the end lets you know how emotional sports can be.
4. He Got Game. The amazing part about this movie is that it barely scratches the surface of what top recruits really go through and it still looks over the top. The fact that Ray Allen isn't a great actor made the movie that much more believable.
3. North Dallas Forty. The first movie that took an honest look at what happens behind the scenes of football. The scene where Nick Nolte pops all his joints back into socket always gives me the chills.
2. On Any Given Sunday. Picks up where North Dallas Forty left off. In addition it delves into ownership, spouses, burned out coaches, and talk radio. You will never look at pro football the same way again.
1. Hoop Dreams. By far the best sports movie ever made. The research, time, and dedication it took to make this movie blows me away. It breaks my heart every time I watch that young man miss those free throws.