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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