Friday, July 23, 2021

The Olympics Have Begun; My Top Sports Movies

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics began Friday, albeit a year delayed because of pandemic concerns. It is a natural time to consider movies dealing with sports of all kinds, summer and winter games and even some athletic competitions not represented in the Olympics.


From among movies I have seen, here are my favorite films about athletic competitions or with significant sports scenes. Th movies are classified by their respective athletic endeavors. Let me know if you have any favorites not on my list: 


Bicycling


Premium Rush 


Breaking Away


Running


Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner


Chariots of Fire


Wrestling


Win Win


The World According to Garp


Auto Racing


Rush


Ford v. Ferrari


Grand Prix


Baseball


Bad News Bears


Pride of the Yankees


Major League


Bull Durham


Bang the Drum Slowly


Eight Men Out


Field of Dreams


The Natural


Moneyball


Hockey


Miracle


Slap Shot


The Mighty Ducks


Boxing


Golden Boy


Cinderella Man


Raging Bull


The Great White Hope


Requiem for a Heavyweight


Horse Racing


A Day at the Races


Horse Feathers


Seabiscuit


Secretariat


National Velvet


Football


Rudy


Invincible


Brian’s Song


M*A*S*H


Jim Thorpe—All American


Basketball


Hoosiers


Hoop Dreams


White Men Can’t Jump


Soccer


Bend It like Beckham


Swimming


The Swimmer


Watermarks


Pool


Hustler


Bowling


The Big Lebowski


Tennis


Borg/McEnroe


Battle of the Sexes


Match Point


Rugby


Invictus


Fencing


The Seahawk


Captain Blood


The Adventures of Robin Hood


Mask of Zorro (1998)

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