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The very best sports movies ever

There’s a reason sports movies are a sure-fire way to get us fired up. We’re bringing you our list of the very best sports movies of all time.

The very best sports movies ever

While we may gravitate towards watching sports on TV versus actually playing sports, we can’t deny the emotional roller coaster we get from watching our favorite teams battle for a big win. When we’re not watching our favorite athletes crush it in real-time, we can always rely on our fictional sports heroes bringing some serious entertainment. 

There’s a reason sports movies are a sure-fire way to get us fired up. The blood, sweat, and tears that go into a big win are always packed with drama and laughter. There is nothing better than watching the underdog rise up, or the villain taken down. 

Just like we love to bet on our favorite sports teams on Judi Bola, we can always bet on our favorite sports movies bringing us all of the action and drama. We’re bringing you our list of the very best sports movies of all time. Make sure you tell us your favorite in the comments below!

Bull Durham

Taking place in Durham, N.C., the Bulls minor league baseball team takes on veteran player Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) as both a catcher and a coach to their hotshot rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin Laloosh (Tim Robbins). 

Crash has some help in his role of schooling the rookie, in a groupie named Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon). Crash and Annie both work on the rookie in their own way, with Crash teaching him to follow the catcher’s lead, and Annie nicknaming him “Nuke” and playing bondage games. The pair shape the way Nuke thinks about the game, but then must deal with the aftermath as his star begins to rise.

Rocky

In the iconic sports drama both written and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa is a small-time boxer from working-class Philadelphia who is arbitrarily chosen to take on the reigning world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), when the undefeated fighter’s scheduled opponent is injured. 

Rocky’s rise from an everyday man to a boxer worthy of taking on a world champion is full of heavy-handed sappiness, that doesn’t take away from the theme of the underdog rising up to face his opponent at all. Rocky is universally touted as a classic film, and has us all wanting to yell “Adrian!” and run up the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps.

Miracle

The docudrama based on the 1980’s U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team has everything we want in a sports film. An underdog taking on a villain, a bunch of misfits, and a swelling patriotism. 

When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team, he brings his own bold coaching style to the ice. After his team of hot-headed college all-stars is humiliated in an early match, Brooks unites his squad against a common foe, the heavily-favored Soviet team. As the U.S. squad tries to overcome insurmountable odds and win the gold medal, the team becomes a microcosm for American patriotism during the Cold War.

Raging Bull

Martin Scorcese’s biographical sports drama starring Robert De Niro is universally accepted as one of the best sports films of all time. Adapted from Jake LaMotta’s memoir, Raging Bull: My Story the movie stars De Niro as Jake LaMotta as he rises through the ranks to earn his first shot at the middleweight crown. 

Raging Bull follows as Jake’s self-destructive and obsessive rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite destroy his relationship with his wife and family. His downward spiral eventually costs him everything he loves.

The Wrestler

Aging wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is long past his prime but still hanging on in the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a stripper (Marisa Tomei), and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan Rachel Wood). Despite all of his personal developments, he can’t resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.

In a movie that single-handedly revitalized Mickey Rourke’s career, The Wrestler is considered one of his best performances of all time. Both heart-wrenching and rewarding, The Wrestler was the complete emotional experience we want in our sports movies.

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Frankie Stein is from Italy, but lives in Ingolstadt, Germany. Her hobbies are: reading about science, doing experiments, and travelling. She's been all around Europe and loves Scotland, London, and Russia. Her boyfriend is called Victor and they both love listening to The Cure, reading Byron, and gazing upon William Blake prints.

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