Space Jam is the greatest sports movie of all time. Yes, I understand the crazy statement I just made, but just hear me out. Space Jam was created in 1996 and throws Michael Jordan, the Looney Toons, and monstrous aliens together to create an epic basketball movie for the ages. This movie was made for children, but what makes it so special is its lasting appeal. I can’t even count the amount of times I have heard my college-aged friends clamoring to watch the movie once again. It has the ability to bring out the child in all of us, which cannot be said about most sports movies. That’s all folks!
The recently released Moneyball, adapted from the Michael Lewis book which provides a behind the scenes look at the 2002 Oakland Athletics and their general manager Billy Beane, does not just appeal to diehard baseball enthusiasts. Brad Pitt brings the eccentric Billy Beane to life in a stunning performance that captures the inner workings of a Major League Baseball organizat
ion like never before. Beane and his sidekick Peter Brand (Jonah Hill, loosely based on Paul DePodesta) set out to prove that they could put together a successful team finding undervalued players using computer analysis. With Beane’s job on the line, his Athletics fight through the ups and downs of the 162 game season to prove that playing Moneyball can win games and could ultimately change the game forever.
Remember the Titans has got to be one of the best sports movies of all time and one of my personal favorites. Denzel Washington can make any movie a block buster, but his character in this movie took the role of high school football coach to a whole new level. You watch it and you feel personally invested in the team. The integration of the coaches and the athletes is moving and the soundtrack is so good it’s hard to sit still in your seat. All these things are wonderful, plus a young Ryan Gosling isn’t hard on the eyes.