If you’re a sports fan or just love a good underdog story, check out this list of some of the best sports movies ever made.

Sports films have been made since the era of silent films, such as the 1915 film The Champion starring Charlie Chaplin.

Film critics Robert Ebert and Richard Roeper named Hoosiers (1986) the best sports movie ever made. Rotten Tomatoes has ranked it as the second-best sports movie of all time.

The difference between a good sports movie and a bad one is that we can watch a good sports movie about any sport.

There are plenty of great movies about baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. (Baseball has so many good ones!)

But there are great sports movies about bowling, surfing, auto racing, and more.

Best Sports Movies

Here’s our pick of the best sports movies ever made. From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Rocky,’ these are the best sports films and movies of all time.

Let’s crack it out of the park!

Field Of Dreams (1989)

If you build it, he will come.

It is a mantra for the ages, and one that has become ingrained in our society. Namely, if you build something, even if it’s a monumental task like building a baseball field out of nowhere, people will come from miles around to experience it.

And that is exactly what happens in Field Of Dreams (1989), a film that is not only an engaging drama but also a delightful fantasy.

The film begins with a voiceover by Kevin Costner as farmer Ray Kinsella. He speaks about his Iowa farm and how things have been going well for him. He looks forward to a promising future, but the narration points out that he has not been happy since the death of his father some time ago.

This prompts Ray to think back on his childhood, specifically when his dad was alive and he was playing catch with him one day. At that moment, Ray hears a voice tell him to “build it,” referring to the old adage mentioned above.

And so Ray does exactly that; he builds a baseball field on his land, despite constant warnings from everyone in town that it’s an idiotic idea since no one will come see it. With the help of his friend and neighbor Terence Mann (James Earl

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Rocky (1976)

Rocky is a 1976 American sports film directed by John G. Avildsen and both written by and starring Sylvester Stallone. It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated but kind-hearted debt collector for a loan shark in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rocky runs the night shift at the local pet store and works for a loan shark named Tony Gazzo (Burt Young). Rocky gets noticed by the boxing world when he fights a street thug who was harassing a customer outside the pet store where he works.

Rocky’s girl, Adrian (Talia Shire) is tired of her job at the pet store and her relationship with Rocky.

She feels that they cannot go any further with it so she wants to have more time away from him. When he asks her if she would go to a show with him that night, she declines because she has plans to meet someone else instead.

At a party hosted by his best friend Paulie (Burt Rock field) and his wife, Adrian breaks up with him after telling him that she does not love him anymore because he has no ambition and she does not want to be tied down until Rocky changes his life around for better. He asks

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Raging Bull (1980)

Raging Bull is a biographical sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. It portrays the life of boxing champion Jake LaMotta, who was portrayed by Robert De Niro and his brother Joey LaMotta, who was portrayed by Joe Pesci.

A former boxer himself, De Niro was very physically fit and did much of his own fight scenes. Filming took place in New York City, not far from where the story takes place, and also at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island.

The film is considered by many to be one of Scorsese’s greatest works, as well as one of the greatest American films ever made. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards; however, it won only one for Robert De Niro in the category of Best Actor (which he refused).

The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”.

The movie begins with a scene in a boxing ring in 1949 between two fighters. One is fighting aggressively, while the other is holding back and wants to end it quickly.

The aggressive boxer wins. Then we see Jake LaMotta training with his brother Joey. After the training session is over he goes home with his

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Million Dollar Baby (2004)

“Million Dollar Baby” is a fine film on every level. It is beautifully directed by Clint Eastwood, who also plays the grizzled boxing trainer Frankie Dunn, who has taken Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank) under his wing.

She was once a promising boxer, but a near-fatal accident put an end to her career. Frankie now runs the best-known boxing gym in the greater Los Angeles area.

The film’s best scene occurs late in the film when Maggie comes back to fight again and we see her in the ring with her opponent. This one is played out in almost complete silence as it was shot using only sounds from the surrounding crowd and no music score.

It is a brilliant scene as we watch Maggie go through all of the emotions that must be going through her mind during this fight. Will she win? Will she lose? How will Frankie react if she wins or loses? We know that he has invested everything into this comeback for her and it is clear that he loves Maggie as if she were his own daughter.

As Maggie fights, we can see Frankie watching intently while trying to watch for any sign of trouble. The stakes are very high here as Frankie has spent all of his savings on this one last comeback for his prot

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Best Sports Movies

What Are Sports movies?

As sports fans, we love to watch our favorite teams compete. However, we also enjoy watching sports movies. Sports movies have a way of capturing all the drama, emotion, and adrenaline that we love about sports.

There have been thousands of sports movies made over the years in all different genres — drama, comedy, romance, and action.

While many of them were forgettable movies with just a sports theme, there are some that stand out as the best sports movies of all time.

So, what makes a sports movie? The answer is quite subjective. It can be a movie about an athlete, a team or even a fan.

It can be any sport, from football to baseball to golf to sports from around the world. It can be live-action or animated.

The best sports movies are the ones that excite us and teach us something about ourselves. They capture our imagination and make us believe in the unbelievable.

They make us feel like we are part of the team, that we are experiencing the joys and heartbreaks of the athletes on screen right along with them.



The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is the story of Micky Ward, a boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. It’s a film that follows a fighter’s life over several years as he rises to prominence in the boxing world, and then as he struggles to keep himself afloat after an unexpected defeat.

The film is based on the true story of boxer “Irish” Micky Ward, who was born in Lowell and grew up idolizing Rocky Marciano.

His older half-brother Dicky Eklund also boxed, but his career came to an end when he developed a crack cocaine addiction. The two brothers became estranged for many years, but eventually reconciled and Dicky began training Micky for his professional debut in 1988.

The movie opens with a montage of Micky’s fights, depicting his rise to the top of the junior welterweight ranks and alluding to a possible showdown with pound-for-pound kingpin Oscar De La Hoya.

But when he loses a controversial decision to Arturo Gatti, his career starts to slide downhill. He goes through several more ups and downs before finally getting another bout with Gatti on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series.

Micky comes into the fight overweight and unprepared, but manages to pull out an upset win that reestablishes


Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella Man (2005)

Cinderella Man is a 2005 sports drama film by Ron Howard about the life of James J. Braddock, a boxer from New Jersey who rises to fame in the 1930s, only to decline and fall into despair in the 1940s.

The movie was based on the story of James J. Braddock by Paul Gallico, though it deviated from the original storyline.

Teddy Atlas, who had been in boxing since 1980, played himself in a small role as Braddock’s trainer throughout much of his career. Mickey Rourke portrayed Braddock and Renée Zellweger was his wife Mae.

Other actors included Bruce McGill as Jack Dempsey and Craig Bierko as Max Baer. The movie was released on June 10, 2005 (USA).Cinderella Man is a Cinderella story.

It’s the redemption story of former heavyweight champion, James J. Braddock, portrayed by Academy Award-winning actor, Russell Crowe. Braddock, the ‘Cinderella Man’, was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

In fact, he started out a poor Irish immigrant in New Jersey who worked hard for everything he had. When he had it all, tragedy struck and he lost it all — including his family home.

This movie shows how Braddock’s life spiraled out of control after his boxing career and how he struggled to pick himself back up again to become a champion once more.

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  • Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Russell Crowe, Renee Zellweger (Actor)
  • Ron Howard (Director)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham is a 1988 sports comedy film written and directed by Ron Shelton, and starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Trey Wilson.

The film grossed $40.9 million at the U.S. box office and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.[1]

The film is about Crash Davis, a veteran minor-league catcher brought in to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh the finer points of playing professional baseball, as well as life outside the minor leagues.

Davis has been called up to the majors many times but he always refuses to sign with the team that calls him up. As a result, he has spent his entire career in the minor leagues playing for different teams over a period of 20 years.

He is sent down one more time to play with LaLoosh and the Durham Bulls, but this time with a new twist: he must report directly to the team owner’s daughter (Susan Sarandon), who has taken over as General Manager after her father suffered a heart attack during a game.

A mix of comedy and drama about minor league baseball players on the verge of making it to “the big leagues”, who are stuck in the middle of nowhere North Carolina in the 1980

The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side is a 2009 film based on the story of Michael Oher, a homeless African American youngster from Memphis, Tennessee

. He was taken in by the Tuohy family, who helped him to fulfill his potential as an American football player. Sandra Bullock plays Leigh Anne Tuohy, alongside Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher.

The film was directed by John Lee Hancock and written by Hancock, Michael Lewis and Leslie Dixon, with Aaron Eckhart and Tim McGraw also starring.

Description:True story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home who is adopted by Sean and Leigh Ann Tuohy and excelled at football under their guidance.

The movie tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home in Memphis who is taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family.

Sean and Leigh Anne Touhy are moved to take him in after an incident at their son’s football game. Michael’s size and skill impress Sean, who recruits him to play for the school team. The rest of the movie chronicles Michael’s struggles as he deals with his disability, as well as his relationship with his adopted family.

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Seabiscuit (2003)

If you’ve read the book or seen the movie, skip ahead. If not, here’s what you’re missing:

Seabiscuit was a horse. A great one. He was also a thoroughbred, which means that he didn’t run fast early on in his life, but then he got better and better while the other horses started to slow down.

Truly great stories have the same arc. They start out with humble beginnings, before building to something truly inspiring.

The difference between a good story and Seabiscuit is that one is true, and the other isn’t (at least not completely). But there are lessons to be learned from both of them.

The first is that no matter how bad things get, they can always get worse. While Seabiscuit was winning dozens of races and becoming a sensation, America was coming out of the Great Depression—the worst economic collapse in history.

The country had just elected its first president under the age of 40; many people were still out of work; and just about everyone was scared for the future. Seabiscuit captured everyone’s attention during those dark times because he was able to achieve something that seemed impossible at that time: beating “the best.”

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  • Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper (Actors)
  • Gary Ross (Director)
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The Natural (1984)

The Natural (1984) is a film that I know is going to stick with me for the rest of my life. It’s one of the most well-done, honest sports films of all time.

The film is directed by Barry Levinson and stars Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs. Roy Hobbs is a young baseball player who has a special talent for the game, he can throw a baseball at tremendous speeds.

The only problem is his life isn’t that great, he grew up in an orphanage and doesn’t have any friends or family. Things start looking up for him when he meets the love of his life Annie, played by Glenn Close.

But things soon turn sour when Roy stumbles upon a trunk full of money on the side of the road. He runs home to tell Annie about it but she can’t take her eyes off their wedding gifts and Roy leaves upset.

When he gets back to his room he finds it ransacked with his uniform missing. This leads him to team up with Gus, a man who used to work at the orphanage, and find out why someone would want to steal his uniform.

This film will lead you on an emotional roller coaster and will have you asking yourself what your really willing to do to achieve

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The Way Back (2020)

The Way Back is a 2010 science fiction film directed by Peter Weir and starring Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Jim Sturgess. It is based on the book of the same name by Svetlana Aleksievich.

The story begins in 1940 with Jim (Jim Sturgess) and his mother Rachel (Virginia McKenna) being captured by Soviet soldiers after the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War II. The pair are transported in cattle-cars to Siberia, where they are interned in a gulag.

There they meet other prisoners including Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), who is building a tunnel under the camp’s fence to allow prisoners to escape. The trio manage to escape the camp, but are pursued by Soviet troops.

After fleeing across the Gobi Desert they arrive in Xinjiang province, China.[1] They then join up with more fellow escapees and proceed to trying to find their way back home via a convoluted route through India and Tibet.[2]

The film’s title refers to the majority of the journey which involves following “the way back” towards Europe via a lengthy trek around Lake Baikal, through Siberia, Mongolia and China.

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Without Limits (1998)

Without Limits is a 1998 American biographical sports film directed by Robert Towne and starring Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland as his coach Bill Bowerman.

Description:Without Limits is a 1998 American biographical sports film directed by Robert Towne and starring Billy Crudup as Steve Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland as his coach Bill Bowerman.

The script was written by Steve James, Laura Ziskin and Jerry Stahl. It was released in the United States on January 29, 1998.

The film chronicles the life of Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup) from his early days at Marshfield High School in Oregon, to his career at the University of Oregon and his death in a car crash while running a marathon in 1975.

His love of running was born out of the need to run away from his alcoholic father (David Morse), who had killed himself while Prefontaine was still a boy.

He later meets Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland), the University of Oregon track coach who recognizes Pre’s talent and encourages him to further develop it under Bowerman’s guidance.

During college, he falls in love with his future wife, Mary Marckx (Maura Tierney). He also begins establishing

Without Limits (1998)
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  • Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter (Actors)
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Personal Best (1982)

Personal Best is a 1982 documentary film starring several top American female athletes in the then-new sport of women’s triathlon.

It was directed by Bud Greenspan, who also directed the film ‘The Olympiad’, documenting the 1976 Summer Olympics.

It was made to commemorate the first triathlon played by women at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, which was held on July 21.

In order to participate, they had to get approval from both the International Olympic Committee and the Amateur Athletic Union.

The film focuses on two athletes: Chris Kulwicki, who would go on to win the silver medal at the Moscow Games; and Nancy Hogshead-Makar, who would win gold in 1984 at Los Angeles, but take silver in 1980 due to her flat tire during the cycling portion of the event.[2] The movie also follows Robin Lee Graham as he prepares for his Ironman triathlon attempt; he completed his goal in November 1978 at Kona, Hawaii.[3] The documentary was filmed during 1979 and 1980.

Personal Best contains footage from various races. The triathlon shows scenes from World Championship events, showing athletes from other countries such as Australia’s Denise Smith and Great Britain’s Ann Smith-Ryan (sister of Chris).

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Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

It’s the summer of 1953, and the great fear is that the Korean War will escalate into World War III.

That’s what Phil Paine (Paul Newman) fears most, as he returns to his hometown in Connecticut to fulfill his promise to his best friend, dying of tuberculosis (John Heard).

Paine has found work as a pitching instructor at a boys’ camp and is desperate to find ways to fill the long hours until he can return to his real job – selling insurance.

Thanks to a local priest (Richard Dysart), Paine finds himself involved with the local Little League team.

The team is a ragtag bunch of misfits and losers, but Paine gradually becomes their coach. It doesn’t take him long to realize that teaching these kids about baseball is simply an excuse for getting them off the street and out of trouble.

The kids don’t care much about baseball, but they do love Paine’s stories about his experiences in Korea.

Paine was a bombardier who flew several combat missions over North Korea against anti-aircraft guns threatening supply lines. Although he was shot down once, nobody on board was injured because they bailed out at low altitude before impact.

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Goon (2012)

A movie starring Sean William Scott, Liev Schreiber, and Jay Baruchel doesn’t sound like the most promising thing in the world. And it isn’t. But this movie is a whole lot of fun and you’ll like it.

Troy Duffy’s The Boondock Saints was one of my favorite movies when I was in high school. He made a sequel to that called Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day and then he disappeared…until now!

I don’t want to say too much about the plot because the surprises will be worth seeing without any spoilers. That being said, here’s what I will tell you: It’s an epic tale of love, loss, hockey, violence, and one man’s quest for a hot dog bun.

I liked this movie because it reminded me of Guy Ritchie movies. It’s fast paced with lots of confusion and talking over each other. It’s filmed like a comedy but it has some pretty dark moments as well.

The characters are all very likable which is always important to me in a movie; you have to care about them or else nothing else matters. This movie made me laugh out loud several times and I would gladly watch it again if given the chance.

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Senna (2011)

Senna is a documentary about the life and death of the legendary Brazilian motor-racing champion Ayrton Senna, who died in a crash during a Grand Prix race at Imola in 1994.

Passionate, honest and powerful, this is a tribute to one of the greatest drivers in Formula One history.

It’s an unflinching, no-holds-barred account of the man, his life and career and his untimely death. Senna was more than just a racer; he was a hero.

Ayrton Senna da Silva was born into poverty in 1960. He quickly developed an innate talent for racing karts but when his father bought him a second-hand go-kart he started winning races, and became determined to make it into Formula 1.

With determination and hard work he made it onto the F1 circuit, becoming world champion three times before his untimely death in 1994 at Imola.

Senna is an absorbing documentary that provides insight into the man as well as his formidable driving skills on the racetrack. It’s a riveting account of one man’s journey from poverty to stardom through sheer force of will, but also captures his charisma and humanity

.Senna is a documentary film about the late Brazilian motor racing driver Ayrton Senna, three-time Formula One world champion. It was directed by Asif Kapadia, produced by Manish Pandey and written by Manish Pandey and Anna Thomson.

I, Tonya (2017)

**I, TONYA** is the amazing true story of one of the most talented figure skaters in the world and her complicated relationship with her mother.

Description:**Plot Summary**

Tonya Harding was a once-in-a-generation figure skater, more famous for her life off the ice than on. At age 9, Tonya’s mother instilled in her the drive and discipline to succeed. At 14, she became the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition. Before she ever landed it in competition, Tonya had already become infamous for a sudden violent attack on her skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. I, TONYA is a darkly comedic tale of unbridled ambition, where truth is blurred with rumor and myth.

The film is told primarily through Tonya’s eyes, but also explores the relationships that shaped her – with her family, her first coaches and competitors (including Kerrigan), and Jeff Gillooly – who was eventually convicted of clubbing Kerrigan ahead of 1994 Olympic competitions in an attempt to get his wife a gold medal.


Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding

Sebastian Stan as Jeff Gillooly

Caitlin Carver as Young TonyEver since her illustrious figure skating career ended, Tonya Harding has been in the spotlight. She made a name for herself as a strong, hardworking individual who overcame incredible odds and stereotypes to become the first American woman to complete a Triple Axel in competition.

Description:I, Tonya (2017)

I, Tonya (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital)
  • Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Julianne Nicholson (Actors)
  • Craig Gillespie (Director) - Steven Rogers (Writer) - Bryan Unkeless (Producer)
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The Longest Yard (1974)

The Longest Yard (1974) is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich, and starring Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, and Richard Kiel. It was the first film produced by the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).

The screenplay by Tracy Keenan Wynn was from his original story. In the United States, a “longest yard” is an informal term for an area of land roughly equivalent to a football field.

Tee off: A prisoner’s version of golf played with makeshift clubs and balls.

The film was shot at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Georgia.[4] To convince Reynolds to take the part, producer Joseph E. Levine told him he should take a pay cut to work with such a well-known cast, including pro football stars Jim Brown and Mike Henry.[5]

The actual game scenes were filmed at Sanford Stadium on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens.[6] The scene in which Burt Reynolds breaks through the wall is one that had to be done over and over because it kept cracking down.

They finally had to build a whole new wall before they could get it right.[7]

“I never went to a rodeo.” – Paul Crewe

The Longest Yard (2005) [Blu-ray]
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  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

The Boxer (1997)

The Boxer is a 1997 drama film written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, and John Lynch.

It tells the story of a young Irish boxer, Danny Flynn (Daniel Day-Lewis), who is caught between the love of his present wife, Maggie (Emily Watson) and his former lover Rose (Cherie Lunghi).

In Northern Ireland in 1964, Danny Flynn is a promising young amateur boxer who has a chance for a Dublin title. However, he falls in love with Rose (Cherie Lunghi), who becomes pregnant.

She convinces him to abandon his boxing career and get a job as an apprentice electrician so they can start a family together. They marry but soon find themselves at loggerheads with her father’s angry demands for grandchildren

. Trying to be the husband she wants, he gets her pregnant but she miscarries. Then Rose’s father dies suddenly and the couple go their separate ways: Rose has an affair with an old

He returns to Belfast ten years later in 1984 as part of an IRA team that plants bombs in Brighton hotel rooms during Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party conference there. Rose has had two daughters by

Der Boxer [Blu-ray] [1997]
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White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

It’s possible to learn a lot about the state of comedy in the early ‘90s by watching White Men Can’t Jump. It’s not just that the movie itself is funny (although it is, very), it’s that its existence tells us so much about what Hollywood was willing to spend money on at the time.

The film was a surprise hit, raking in $36 million on a budget of $9 million and establishing Wesley Snipes as a bankable star. And yet it was also a movie that was not taken all that seriously because there were no stakes involved.

Most people who saw White Men Can’t Jump thought it was pretty good, but almost nobody expected it to be an important film in any way. It was just good, dumb fun — like most of the movies we enjoyed back then — and that’s how we remembered it.

That wasn’t really fair to White Men Can’t Jump, though, because when you look back at the film now, you can see exactly why it worked as well as it did. It had some great performances from Snipes and Woody Harrelson, who were both making their first big impressions on Hollywood audiences (though Snipes

White Men Can't Jump [Blu-ray]
  • Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez (Actors)
  • Ron Shelton (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)

Hoosiers (1986)

It’s so good that it even has a non-Indiana lover of basketball saying something like, “If you’re not from Indiana and you don’t like this movie, you’re lying.” Pretty much the whole cast is great and the story is believable.

A lot of scenes were filmed in Bloomington at Indiana’s Assembly Hall, which really helps to capture the film’s home-state feel.

Troy (Gene Hackman) is the coach of the Hickory Huskers, a small-town team that beats teams with half their talent.

He quits because he can’t stand the politics, but when his replacement (Lance Hendrikson) gets killed in a car accident while taking a drunk player home, Troy has no choice but to come back.

The community rallies around him and he takes them all the way to the state championship game.

In addition to Gene Hackman’s excellent performance, I was also impressed by Brad Seymour as Bobby Plump, who didn’t make a single basket during one game only to come back and make an unbelievable shot at an even more crucial time later on.

Jack Warden also plays a big role as one of Troy’s assistants. His performance is just as good as Hackman’s; he isn’t given much screen time but

Hoosiers [Blu-ray]
  • Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper (Actors)
  • David Anspaugh (Director)
  • English, French, Spanish (Subtitles)