And more sports movies to watch at home (during the lockdown)

March 24, 2020

WELL, our list of  blockbuster sports movies keeps growing with some of our regular readers, like Tony Susano of Marikina City and Shiney Dolor of Iloilo City e-mailing to send their own recommendations

We have already listed 20 blockbuster sports movies to watch at home  while the whole sporting world is at a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Here are 10 more  highly-recommended movies to watch at home. Most of them are still available in various entertainment outlets or can be downloaded on internet.

Space Jam -- In this blockbuster 1996 American sports comedy film from Warner Bros, NBA legend Michael Jordan teams up with popular Looney Tunes cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety.  The movie grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming one if the highest-grossing film of all time. In the movie, Jordan came out of retirement to help Bugs and friends in a basketball game against the alien team of Monstars, who stole the talents of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson,  Mugsy Bogues and Shawn Bradley. (1996,  Directed by Joe Pytka).

The Mighty Ducks --  A 1992 American sports comedy-drama film from Walt Disney, the movie stars Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a successful Minneapolis lawyer who was arrested for drunken driving and sentenced to community service by coaching the under-achieving PeeWee hockey team. It is the first film in the Mighty Ducks trilogy. (1992,  Directed by Stephen Herek).  

Like Mike -- The 2002 hit movie  tells about the 14-year-old orphan who becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside. Using Michael Jordan's sneakers, Calvin Cambridge (played by Lil Bow Wow) can suddenly play ball like the greatest player in the world. Potraying themselves in the movie are NBA stars Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd,  David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Rasheed Wallace and  Steve Nash (2002,  Directed by John Schultz).

Thunderstruck --  Topbilled by Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, the 2012 family-oriented movie is about the popular NBA player switching talents with his 16-year-old fan, Brian ( played by Taylor  Gray). When Durant hands over an autographed ball to Brian during intermission of a game of the Thunder,  a surge of energy causes Durant's talent to transfer to Brian. (2012,  Directed by  John Whitesell).

Hurricane – Starring award-winning actor Denzel Washington, the biographical tells the  story of  middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, whose conviction for a Paterson, New Jersey triple murder was set aside after he had spent almost  20 years in prison. The story culminates with Carter's legal team's successful pleas to Judge H. Lee Sarokin (played by Rod Steiger)  of the United States District Court for New Jersey. (1999, Directed by Norman Jewison)

The Blind Side -- Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis, the movie follows the story of Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titan in the NFL. It was both a critical and box-office success, grossing over $300 million. Sandra Bullock's performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. (2009,  Directed by John Hancock).

Bull Durham -- A classic romance packed with brilliant dialogue, Bull Durham tells the story of aging minor-league catcher Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner, and his slow fall from the game, while a young star, Nuke LaLoosh, played by Tim Robbins, makes his rapid rise.  (1988, Directed by Ron Shelton)

Draft Day --  Starring Kevin Costner, the 2014 American sports drama revolves around Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner), who has to decide on what to do when his team acquires the No. 1 draft pick in NFL Draft. Weaver has other issues, including finding his secret girlfriend Ali Parker (played by Jennifer Garner) pregnant with his child. (2014,  Directed by Ivan Reitman)

Seabiscuit -- An  undersized, knobby-kneed, and not much to look at, was the grandson of one of the most famous race horses of all time, Man o' War. On November 1, 1938, Seabiscuit met War Admiral (horse racing's Triple Crown winner) in what was dubbed the "Match of the Century." The event itself, run over 1 and 3/16 miles, was one of the most anticipated sporting events in U.S. history. Trains were run from all over the country to bring fans to the race at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, and the estimated 40,000 at the track were joined by some 40 million listening on the radio. (2003, Directed by Gary Ross)

Eight Men Out -- John Sayles' 1988 movie about baseball's infamous 1919 'Black Sox' scandal cracks our list for taking a hard look at the mystery surrounding 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson (played by D.B. Sweeney), Buck Weaver (John Cusack) and the White Sox's decision to throw the World Series. (1988, Directed by John Sayles)

Raging Bull -- Considered one of the greatest films ever made - and taking top honors among the members of the Daily News sports department - the 1980 Martin Scorsese film stars Robert De Niro (who gains a then-record 60 pounds and wins a Best Actor Oscar) as prizefighter Jake LaMotta, whose violent bouts with paranoia and jealousy destroy his life outside the ring.

Other top sports movies worthy of consideration are Brian ‘s Song (2001,  Directed by John Gray), Remember the Titans ( 2000, Directed by  Boaz Yakin),  Miracle ( 2004, Directed by  Gavin O'Connor),  Chariots of Fire ( (1981, Directed by Hugh Hudson), Victory (1981,  Directed by John Huston); Pride of the Yankees (1942, Directed by Sam Wood)  and Rebound: The Legend of  Earl "The Goat" Manigault  (1996, Directed by Eriq La Salle), Major League. (1990, Directed by David Ward). and The Legend of Bagger Vance ( 2000, Directed by Reobert Redford).

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