Saturday, May 3, 2008

World's Best Sports Films

Films in gold won Best Picture Oscars®
  • Breaking Away
  • Bull Durham
  • Chariots of Fire
  • Field of Dreams
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Glory Road
  • Golden Boy
  • The Great White Hope
  • Hoop Dreams (doc.)
  • Hoosiers
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Natural
  • Phar Lap
  • Pride of the Yankees
  • Raging Bull
  • Requiem for a Heavyweight
  • Seabiscuit (remake)
I guess I stretched a bit to make a sports list, as Bull Durham and Breaking Away belong in comedy, and Field of Dreams in fantasy & science fiction. Five boxing films and no Rocky... well, there are much better boxing films above. Raging Bull should have been Scorsese's first directing Oscar, and Goodfellas or Gangs of New York should have been his second, then his Oscar for The Departed could have gone to Alejandro Inarritu for Babel, which was filmed on three continents and in four languages. Friday Night Lights is probably the first great football film.

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