What is your Favorite Sports Movie?
Is there anything a sports fan loves more than a good sports movie?
Here are two of my favorite sports movies but as a qualifier I must say, I have excluded all of the Rocky movies from my list(that is a top five in itself). I will rank my favorite Rocky movies later.
He Got Game, a Spike Lee Joint, starring Denzel Washington (my favorite male actor) and Ray Allen as “Jesus Shuttlesworth” a top high school basketball recruit and Denzel portrays “Jake” his father. The movie has it all! From Jesus’ recruitment by big-time colleges and his father, to the conspiracy to release his father from prison, Spike Lee wraps significant intrigue into a seemingly simplistic plot. He Got Game is a good watch and kudos to Ray Allen for his acting job.
Remember the Titans 2000
This is probably my favorite sports movie of all time. A true story and racially charged watch, Remember the Titans follows an integrated football team in the 1970’s in Virginia. Denzel Washington stars as Head Coach Herman Boone, a hard-nosed, stubborn and gritty sideline warrior who will be fired immediately following his first lost. His response, “Don’t Lose!” Coach Boone gives this movie juice every time he is on the screen. My favorite scene invloves Will Patton who plays Coach Bill Yoast the white defensive coordinator, former head coach and counterpart to Coach Boone. In the scene, Coach Yoast discovers the impartiality of the officials and implores them to be fair. After the officials deny his request for fairness, Coach Yoast says “All right, now, I don’t want them to gain *another yard!* * You blitz… all… night!* If they cross the line of scrimmage, I’m gonna take every last one of you out! You make sure they remember, *forever*, the night they played the Titans! Leave no doubt!” A bone chilling montage of big hits follows. Remember the Titans a staple in my movie library for its brillance and ultimate message, “Team work makes the dream work.”
White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Friday Night Lights (2004), Blue Chips (1994), Neccessary Roughness (1991), The Program (1993), Dodgeball (2004), Major League Series, Little Giants (1994), Space Jam (1996), The Waterboy (1998)