Top sports movie picks for quarantine watching

Released in 1942, Pride of the Yankees staring Gary Cooper tells the story of arguably one of the best baseball players of all time, Loui Gehrig. It's also a top pick for fans looking for movies to watch to wile away the hours on lockdown during novel coronavirus quarantine.

There have been a lot of quarantine games and trivial gibberish running rampant all over social media. What happened is, the debates that existed in watering holes and family holiday tables didn’t go away, but resurfaced on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, KIK and the rest.

As both sports fanatics and movie buffs, we would like to get you to weigh in on the discussion. Perhaps you are an aficionado.  Perhaps just a sports fan, but we have compiled a list of the top-six sports movies of all time, the top-six fictional movie athletes of all time, and the best actor in a sports movie real or fictitious for each sport.

So, let’s start with that. Here are our picks, please email us as to whether you agree or disagree. If we’ve left any sports out, feel free to add them to the list.

Best actor in

every sport

Baseball – Gary Cooper playing Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees

Hockey – Curt Russel playing Coach Herb Brooks in Miracle on Ice

Golf – Kevin Costner playing Roy McAvoy in Tin Cup

Boxing – John Voight playing Billy Flynn in The Champ

Basketball – Bobby Plump playing Jimmy Chitwood in Hoosiers

Football – So many choices here, Keanu Reeves in The Replacements comes to mind first, but way back before the internet was the movie Brian’s Song and James Caan played Brian Piccolo and that is the pick.

Track – Alex Kendrick who played coach John Harrison high school coach who only had one athlete go out for the team in the movie Overcomer

Dodgeball – obviously Vince Vaughn as Peter La Fleur in Dodgeball

Tennis – Scarlett Johansson who played Nola Rice in Match Point

Volleyball – Erin Moriarty who played Kelley Fliehler in The Miracle Season

Ping Pong – Obviously it had to be Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump

Rodeo – Luke Perry plays Lane Frost in 8 Seconds

Sportscaster – It has to be Bob Uecker playing Harry Doyle in Major League

Top Sports Movies

of All Time

Remember The Titans – high school football

Hoosiers – high school basketball

Miracle on Ice – US Olympic team that beat the Russians in 1980

Field of Dreams – a fictitious baseball field built in Iowa

The Natural – story of a major league comeback player of the century

Dead Solid Perfect – story of a golfer on the pro-tour

Top fictional

movie athletes

Sylvester Stallone – Rocky Balboa – Rocky

Kevin Costner – Crash Davis – Bull Durham

Robert Redford – The Natural

Nick Nolte – Blue Chips

Warren Beatty – Heaven Can Wait

Robert DeNiro – Raging Bull

There are no right or wrong answers… only opinions.  

And like noses… everyone has one.


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