Top Ten Sports Movies Presented by AFI

Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull

#1 Raging Bull

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first loss and igniting a brawl in which audience members are trampled underfoot.

Sylvester Stallone in Rocky

#2 Rocky

In late November, 1975, Rocky Balboa, a sweet, garrulous, slightly over-the-hill boxer, wins his latest match with more fury than talent.

The Pride of the Yankees

#3 The Pride of the Yankees

In the 1910s, young Henry Lou Gehrig, the son of German immigrants, yearns to play baseball, but his mother, who is a cook at Columbia University, wants him to become an engineer.

Scene from Hoosiers

#4 Hoosiers

A hard-luck, unemployed college basketball coach, Norman Dale, gets a chance to coach a small-town Indiana high-school basketball team.

Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner in Bull Durham

#5 Bull Durham

Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime.

Paul Newman in the Hustler

#6 The Hustler

Newly arrived in New York from California is "Fast" Eddie Felson, a brash pool shark who makes his living hustling in billiard parlors around the country.

Scene from Caddyshack

#7 Caddyshack

At an exclusive country club, an ambitious young caddy from an overpopulated home eagerly pursues a caddy scholarship in hopes of attending college and, in turn, avoiding a job at the lumber yard.

Scene from Breaking Away

#8 Breaking Away

Dave is a recent high school graduate in Bloomington, Indiana, who is caught with his friends coasting between high school and deciding what to do with the rest of their lives.

Still Frame from National Velvet

#9 National Velvet

In the English coastal village of Sewels in Sussex, twelve-year-old Velvet Brown and her older sisters, Edwina and Malvolia, happily finish their last day of school before summer vacation.

Cuba Gooding Jr. in Jerry Maguire

#10 Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably master of his universe.

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