Sports movies 2

December 07, 2018

AND  while we’re thinking about it, here  are some  more sports-oriented  movies  which you can watch with the family during  the long  holiday season to come.

Raging  Bull -- Considered  by critics as  one of the  greatest movies  ever made, the  1980 Martin  Scorsese  biographical sports drama  stars Robert de Niro  as  Jake  LaMotta, a  middleweight boxer whose sadomasochistic  rage, sexual jealousy, and animalistic appetite exceeded the  boundaries of the  prizefight ring, and destroyed his relationship  with his wife and family. The  movie was nominated  for  eight  Academy Awards, including  Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor and Cinematography, in  1980. It is  also one of the best  American movies ever  made by numerous critics polls. (1980, Directed by Marin Scorsese).  

Color of Money – Another  Martin Scorsese  classic, the  1986  movie  follows the story of   pool hustler Edward  “Fast Eddie” Felson ( played by Paul Newman) and his skilled but unfocused protege, Vincent Lauria (Tom Cruise).  The   highlight of   the movie came when  Fast Eddie, who had a falling  out with  Vincent,  came head-to-head with his   now-successful  protege in  a  professional tournament circuit. (1986, Directed by  Martin Scorsese).            

Hoosiers --  This  1986 sports film is a nostalgic underdog story about Noman Dale, a coach with a checkered past and an alcoholic father who take a small-town Indiana  high school  basketball team to the state finals. The movie  stars   Gene Hackman as coach Dale and Dennis Hopper, a basketball-loving  town drunkard where he was nominated for a Best Supporting  Actor Oscar).  The   movie  is loosely based on a true story about the 1954 Milan  Indians basketball team. (1986, Directed by  David Anspaugh).    

Ali -- Will Smith gives an Academy Award nominated performance as  boxing legend  Muhammad Ali in this  biographical movie that tells the story of  the world ‘s greatest fighter from  1964 to 1974. The  movie traces Ali’s  capture  of the  heavyweight title from Sonny Liston  (played  by Michael Bentt),  his  conversion to Islam, criticism of the Vietnam War,  banishment from boxing,   return to  fight  Joe Frazier (James Toney) in 1971, and lastly, his reclaiming the title from George Foreman in the  “Rumble in  the Jungle”  fight in 1974.  (2001, Directed by Michael Mann).    

Space Jam -- In this blockbuster 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 the  highest-grossing film of all time. In the movie, Jordan came out of retirement to help Bugs Bunny and friends in a game  against the alien team of Monstars, who stole the talents of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson,  and Mugsy Bogues. (1996, Directed by Joe Pytka).    

Tin Cup -- A romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo,  the movie  tells  about  Roy   McAvoy, a former golf  prodigy who  has  little  ambition , and  Dr. Molly Griswold, a psychologist who  wants to  learn golf. The movie features small roles by PGA pros Gay McCord, Phil Mickelson, Craig Stadler, Johnny Miller and  Lee  Janzen,  all eeach playing themselves. (1996, Directed by Ron Shelton).

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. (1992, Directed by Stephen Herek).

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)    

Days of Thunder --  An  American auto racing  film  starring Tom Cruise and Nikole Kidman, the  movie is about Cole Trickle, a young race car driver out to  make a  name of himself  in NASCAR and  Dr. Claire  Lewicki, a  neurosurgeon who develops a relationship with him. Cole is a  hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into  trouble  not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well (1990, Directed by Tony Scott)

Coach Carter  --   Starring  actor Samuel Jackson,  the movie is based on a true story in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken  Carter made  headlines in 1999 for locking out   his  undefeated  team due to their  poor academic results.  (2005, Directed by Thomas Carter).

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