Top 10 Movie Sports Showdowns

100 thoughts on “Top 10 Movie Sports Showdowns

  • June 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm
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    You showed Colour of money instead of The Hustler

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  • July 3, 2017 at 1:01 am
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    The 1v1 between Allen and Denzel is one of my favorite scenes ever so glad they included it.

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  • July 9, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    Damn…This list is SO AMERICAN

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  • July 10, 2017 at 7:21 am
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    Secretariat

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  • July 25, 2017 at 9:03 am
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    Grand Prix.

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  • August 29, 2017 at 5:52 am
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    No swimming? No female roles?

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  • September 6, 2017 at 7:43 am
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    teenwolf

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  • September 6, 2017 at 7:43 am
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    motor sports suck rush is decent

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  • September 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm
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    The best sports fill is the Replacements

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  • October 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm
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    Movies worth a mention if not inclusion:
    The final scene of Love and Basketball.
    The Sandlot
    The Running Man
    And if you are talking motor sports:
    Cannonball Run
    Death Race 2000 (okay, not really, but just wanted to mention it).

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  • October 12, 2017 at 9:57 am
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    Angels in the Outfield

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  • October 23, 2017 at 2:27 am
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    My favorite (American) football movie (also not earning even an honorable mention here) is "We Are Marshall," which I believe shows the importance of competition and what sport can mean to a community.

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  • October 24, 2017 at 5:01 pm
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    Don't even see it scanning through the comments, but what about the original "The Longest Yard"? Maybe it's because I'm not a football fan, but that is about the only time I've ever cared about a football game.

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  • October 25, 2017 at 8:10 am
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    What’s better than the Judge Smails vs Al Czervik rivarly in Caddyshack?

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  • November 4, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    North Dallas Forty. Far better than Friday Night Lights when it comes to heartbreak.

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  • November 9, 2017 at 5:52 am
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    I second that: Rollerball, 1975, with James Caan. And you had to have one of car racing: Grand Prix, whose musical theme, written by Maurice Jarre, became synonym of car racing for the following decades.

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  • January 12, 2018 at 8:05 pm
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    I knew baseball would be ahead of basketball.

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  • January 30, 2018 at 11:47 pm
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    Have you guys just not seen Warrior?

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  • February 2, 2018 at 11:33 am
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    The final fight in Warrior is incredible. Never a dry eye in the house

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  • February 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm
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    The Miracle is a great moment in time, and the movie was OK, but Mystery, Alaska is a superior hockey movie

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  • February 5, 2018 at 8:08 am
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    As a rugby fan, the rugby scenes in Invictus were shockingly bad, even if they were aiming to portray the sport in the mid 90s. Whilst the scenes with Mandela in are quite interesting, the rugby scene looked almost nothing like real rugby and it definitely seemed like it was filmed by Americans who knew nothing about the sport.

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  • February 9, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    What, no horse racing! You managed to pick one of the 3 hockey movies in existence and couldn't give, what amounts to a whole genre of movie, horse racing, a mention. There are like 20 movies out there called Black Beauty alone and Seabiscuit and War Horse, well Ok not War Horse, but you know what I mean.

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  • March 20, 2018 at 4:51 am
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    I’m offended Disney’s Brink isn’t on here…

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  • March 21, 2018 at 8:54 pm
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    I will add my name to the Rush chorus. I will, also, add that you shouldn’t say “The Hustler” then show a scene from Color of Money. And, further note that you did not do a very good job of conveying the central dilemma of Victory! though I think it’s inclusion was an insightful choice even if it does not necessarily deserve a spot in the top 10. (The only reason it might is because of it’s inversion of the sports movie trope of it being about winning which you somehow failed to highlight.) (Also, please note, all criticisms are based on my general regard for the quality of your work.)

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  • March 22, 2018 at 12:53 pm
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    Karate Kid and Warrior didn't even get honourable mentions?? wtf

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  • April 9, 2018 at 11:30 pm
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    When We Were Kings should have gotten a mention here, this was a real fight chronicling the Rumble in the Jungle.

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  • April 29, 2018 at 10:47 am
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    The Sandlot, When the game stands tall, the longest yard

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  • April 29, 2018 at 11:32 am
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    Give some justice for Seabiscuit

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  • May 5, 2018 at 2:19 am
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    can i react to some of your videos?

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  • May 12, 2018 at 3:05 am
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    It's a bicycle kick, not a scissor kick, lmfao

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  • May 20, 2018 at 7:23 pm
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    I feel like The Fighter and 42 should have got honourable mentions

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  • May 20, 2018 at 8:44 pm
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    Chariot race from Ben-Hur?

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  • May 21, 2018 at 2:17 am
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    You missed Speed Racer, yo.

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  • May 21, 2018 at 2:23 am
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    Great list! You could (please do!) do an entire list on baseball movies. Cobb, Field of Dreams, 8 Men Out, Major League, there are so many that run the gamut from mockumentary to slapstick to love story, you name it.

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  • May 21, 2018 at 2:24 am
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    What? No Baseketball??

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  • May 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm
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    Thank you for pronouncing "infinitesimal" correctly

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  • June 11, 2018 at 3:42 am
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    SPOILER ALERT!!

    Robert Redford's Roy Hobbs actually takes the bribe and throws the game at the end of The Natural, if you actually read the book!

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  • June 25, 2018 at 1:08 am
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    why do americans say pay lay?

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  • July 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm
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    you forgot Dodgeball!!!

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  • July 19, 2018 at 2:38 pm
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    As with Cinefix's Top 10 chase scenes, Frankenheimer gets snubbed again. GRAND PRIX (1966) is an incredible motor racing film that should have found a place on this list, or at least an honourable mention.

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  • July 31, 2018 at 6:27 pm
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    Motherfucking Pelé.

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  • August 2, 2018 at 8:32 pm
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    It's not scisor kick, it's bycicle kick….well, at least it is where I came from.

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  • August 12, 2018 at 3:23 pm
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    For baseball, y’all really missed out on “For The Love Of The Game”. It’s an aging pitchers last game, and it happens to be perfect. It’s the whole emotional and physical struggle of the pitcher. The physical being his aching body, and the emotional being flashbacks of his falling out with his girlfriend. Oh, and the pitcher happens to be Kevin Costner. And where the hell was the little league game from sandlot? Or the chase scene with the beast?

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  • September 2, 2018 at 7:13 am
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    Man, what about the All Valley Karate Championships from The Karate Kid? That's gotta be on here somewhere.

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  • September 11, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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    I get that Americans aren't really into Cricket but Lagaan is one of the greatest sports movies EVER. A story about destitute Indian Farmers having to learn an English sport during the Colonial era to beat the Brits at their own game with the prize of three years worth of no taxes…its a masterpiece that should have been on this list.

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  • September 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    you guys didnt even mention Baseketball !?!? WTF!

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  • September 16, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    It seems Cinefix have least interest in motorsport as maybe they grew up surrounded by nascar, indycar, etc. What a shame….

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  • September 25, 2018 at 7:58 pm
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    the sandlot?

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  • September 26, 2018 at 6:16 am
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    No mention of the baseball game vs the Yankees from the end of "Brewster's Millions" in the comedy section?

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  • October 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm
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    Lagaan, Chak de India and League of Their Own should be on here somewhere

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  • October 15, 2018 at 2:37 am
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    These are all fine but horse racing movies should have been included. Seabiscut is so good it is one of the best sports movies out there don’t at me.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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    You guys overlooked Tom Hanks in BIG

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  • November 6, 2018 at 10:05 pm
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    To me easily one of the greatest sports movies is Race the Jesse Owens story…. And if you don't know who that is just look him up…

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  • November 6, 2018 at 10:11 pm
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    To be honest I think the movie of Friday Night Lights sucks I've read the book and I loved it it was amazing but the movie I just don't like it it Strays pretty far from the book I just don't like it… I like the express the Ernie Davis story over it…. Which to me has probably the saddest ending in a sports movie…. When you watch it you will understand why I say that… It's heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time……there's so many messages in it that I don't see why it's not on the list

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  • November 6, 2018 at 10:13 pm
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    I'm sorry but boxing goes to Cinderella Man…. It's real life based in the Great Depression that is a true story on boxing…. I like Rocky but Cinderella man gets me so much more…

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  • November 14, 2018 at 5:25 am
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    I though FNL was a fantastic sports movie… way better than the TV show

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  • November 16, 2018 at 5:20 am
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    Howabout Mcfarland USA

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  • November 22, 2018 at 3:45 pm
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    No Teen Wolf????

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  • November 27, 2018 at 2:07 pm
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    No horse racing? I absolutely love both secretariat and seabiscuit as portraits of horses who changed the lives of the people around them. And Biscuit's match race is legendary.

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  • December 2, 2018 at 3:45 am
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    Where is mystery Alaska

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  • December 2, 2018 at 6:15 am
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    Just missed Blue Chips in the list for Basketball and at all, The Wrestler is one of the greatest movies ever. Else, it is nicely done.

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  • December 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm
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    World Record from the Animatrix deserves a mention

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  • December 5, 2018 at 2:32 am
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    Karate kid deserved a mention

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  • December 5, 2018 at 3:44 am
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    People like Friday night lights the show over the movie? Gtfo

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  • December 9, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    Uhhhh… karate kid?

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  • December 18, 2018 at 8:56 am
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    Yeah you should’ve definitely done motorsports, you got Le Mans, Grand Prix, Rush and you could probably count at least the first fast and furious film

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  • December 18, 2018 at 3:03 pm
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    Just for kicks, in Chasing Mavericks, Jay really did fall off his first wave in the competition. He became the youngest to ever touch bottom at Mavericks ~ some 40 feet down!
    Also, in Breaking Away, the crash at the end of the movie, right before he decides to get taped in, wasn’t scripted. It was supposed to be a generic shot of the feet and pedals. The cyclists accidentally locked up and crashed. It worked so well, the director or editor or whomever, kept it in the movie.

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  • December 18, 2018 at 6:43 pm
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    What about "Varsity Blues" and the girl covering the good parts in whipped cream? "Dodgeball"… "If you can dodge a wrench…" scene? 😂😂😂

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  • December 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    Cannot believe you guys didn't go for Space Jam, it's clearly a documentary!

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  • December 22, 2018 at 8:30 pm
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    Sorry. A throw away mention of Major League just isn't good enough. Sure the story is cliche as hell. Many of the subplots are even more so. Even the "we can do this, if only to prove that bitch wrong" isn't exactly unknown in sports movies.

    What Major League has is 1) some genuinely great dialogue, 2) the actors put more into it than the story really deserved–which strongly suggests the directing was top-notch; and 3) most importantly, the BASEBALL WAS BEAUTIFUL. I understand why you picked the Natural (Don Joe Baker playing Babe Ruth was perfect), but serious, go watch Major League again, paying special attention to the baseball parts. Just beautiful.

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  • January 4, 2019 at 4:15 pm
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    Certainly. "Lagaan", 2001 movie about an Indian village challenging the British in a Cricket game.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm
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    What about cheerleading, cricket, and chess movies?

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  • January 22, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    (Psst. Those are marigolds, not peonies. Probably the least important point anyone has made in these comments. Sorry.)

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  • February 3, 2019 at 5:02 am
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    The Jericho Mile.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm
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    I was hoping for an honorable mention of Searching for Bobby Fischer…. a film about chess and so much more!

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  • February 20, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Pool movie shown was not The Hustler but it's kinda sequel, Color Of Money.

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  • February 25, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    I didn't play football but I watched Friday Night Lights the night before I graduated high school and that is what made the whole experience feel real. I freaking love that movie.

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  • April 8, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    A League of Their Own should have gotten an honorable mention for the baseball category.

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  • April 11, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    Final over from Iqbal

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  • April 15, 2019 at 3:25 am
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    How dare you say that about Space Jam. Everybody knows that shit happened.

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  • April 16, 2019 at 5:11 am
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    LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN!!!!! COME ON! Between sister and sister and the lose. Best sport movie ever. And best sport showdown ever. Do this list over.

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  • April 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    American History X?

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  • April 22, 2019 at 11:18 pm
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    No sports movies featuring female athletes (besides a quick mention of Million Dollar Baby)?

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  • April 23, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    No "surfs up"? Okay fair enough.

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  • May 7, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    I think you could give a retroactive shoutout for your number to Bleed For This. Miles Teller is on fire as Vinny Pazienza, a boxer who nearly ends up out of the ring permanently with a broken neck and one driven boxer won defies all odds to win

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    LAKAAN is missing a reference at least. Just over two hours in, and the cricket match starts…and goes on for an hour and a half. And its gripping, emotional, infuriating and in the end you can't believe you loved watching that much cricket. Then there's that moment at their darkest hour that lifts them up…so beautiful.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 4:25 am
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    Better give a slot to that row crew showdown from social network

    Edit: not bad kid

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  • June 1, 2019 at 8:11 pm
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    Was hoping for a mention of Dust to Glory in the motorsports category.

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  • June 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    It should be pointed out here ****SPOILER ALERT**** that Rocky actually loses the match against Apollo in the first film. Which seems kinda bizarre considering its triumphant ending, but it's one reason why I like the initial installment as much as I do. Going the distance was the goal Rocky set out for himself, and that's what he was able to accomplish despite the odds against it.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    I'm so glad that Shaolin Soccer got a mention. Fucking love that movie.

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    gotta agree with number 1 for sure.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 6:08 am
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    I'm glad it got an honorableish mention, but, as someone who played, wants to play again and loves rugby, because of the film Invictus, I wish you had taken out one of the basketball movies for Invictus. But as always, great job Cinefix.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 3:08 am
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    I swear to fuck if Rocky 1 beats out Miracle I’m downvoting.

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  • July 18, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    Sorry sweetie but Brink was the most epic showdown ever only just beating out my nigga Johnny Tsunami!

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  • July 18, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    I would like to hear your voice more please.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 10:34 pm
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    Long Gone from the 80s. Great baseball movie and William L. Peterson is fantastic and the finish is just 2nd to The Natural…also, Rodney Dangerfield from Back To School

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  • July 24, 2019 at 12:04 pm
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    Speaking of bowling movies and not mentioning "Kingpin".

    SHAME!!

    (Especially after those sick Ska tunes in the Extreme Sports bit.)

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  • August 1, 2019 at 2:50 am
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    The parachute scene in Point Break.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 11:31 pm
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    Little known fact: Stallone wrote Rocky.

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