This one came to me over the weekend, partially inspired by a recent viewing of VISION QUEST(which is on Netflix Instant right now btw) , which I hadn't seen in a long time and had totally underrated. I am a sucker for sports films and even the cheesiest of them tends to draw me in on some emotional level. Hard not to like a good sports film even if you don't love sports. Please remember that my ratings really have to do with my personal favorites and which films I'd rather watch if I'm gonna put something on. I'm not trying to say TEEN WOLF is a better crafted film than RAGING BULL. I'd just prefer to watch TEEN WOLF.
1. BREAKING AWAY(1979; Peter Yates) 2. HORSE FEATHERS(1932; Norman Z. McLeod) 3. FAT CITY(1972; John Huston) 4. VISION QUEST(1985; Harold Becker) 5. THE BAD NEWS BEARS(1976; Michael Ritchie) 6. TEEN WOLF(1985; Rod Daniel) 7. CADDYSHACK(1980; Harold Ramis) 8. THE LAST AMERICAN HERO(1973; Lamont Johnson) 9. THE LUSTY MEN(1952; Nicholas Ray) 10. RAD(1986; Hal Needham) 11. THE KARATE KID(1984; John G. Avildsen) 12. THRASHIN'(1986; David Winters) 13. ONE ON ONE(1977; Lamont Johnson) 14. RAGING BULL(1980; Martin Scorsese) 15. NORTH DALLAS FORTY(1979; Ted Kotcheff) 16. KINGPIN(1996; Farrelly Bros.) 17. THE BLACK STALLION(1979; Carroll Ballard) 18. HOOSIERS(1986; David Anspaugh) 19. EIGHT MEN OUT(1988; John Sayles) 20. ALL THE RIGHT MOVES(1983; Michael Chapman) 21. THE CROWD ROARS(1932; Howard Hawks) 22. THE LONGEST YARD(1974; Robert Aldrich) 23. PERSONAL BEST(1982; Robert Towne) 24. BIG FAN(2009; Robert Siegel) 25. ROCKY III(1982; Sylvester Stallone) 26. SLAP SHOT(1977; George Roy Hill) 27. MIRACLE(2004; Gavin O'Connor) 28. THE WRESTLER(2008; Darren Aronofsky) 29. HEART LIKE A WHEEL(1983; Jonathan Kaplan) 30. DIGGSTOWN(1992; Michael Ritchie) 32. THE LAST BOYSCOUT(1991; Tony Scott) 32. ...ALL THE MARBLES(1981; Robert Aldrich) 33. GREGORY'S GIRL(1981; Bill Forsyth) 34. THE BINGO LONG TRAVELLING ALL-STARS AND MOTOR KINGS(1976; John Badham) 35. DOWNHILL RACER(1969; Michael Ritchie) 36. THE BLOOD OF HEROES(1989; David Webb)
Honorable mentions: FIELD OF DREAMS, CHARIOTS OF FIRE, *61, WITHOUT LIMITS, NO HOLDS BARRED.
Was just hashing this out and thought I'd post. As of today, this seems pretty accurate as to my current favorites. Tomorrow it will change completely. For the most part though, I can watch any of these films at any time.
1. The Thing(1982) 2. Rio Bravo 3. Duck Soup 4. The Apartment 5. The Long Goodbye 6. The Conversation 7. The King of Comedy 8. It's a Gift 9. The Maltese Falcon 10. Rear Window 11. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp 12. The Killing 13. The Lady Eve 14. Halloween 15. After Hours 16. Out of the Past 17. Jaws 18. Big Trouble In Little China 19. Back to the Future 20. Breaking Away 21. The Heartbreak Kid(1972) 22. Night Moves 23. Taxi Driver 24. Two-Lane Blacktop 25. Straight Time 26. Cutter's Way 27. Chilly Scenes of Winter 28. Targets 29. Forbidden Planet 30. Them! 31. Going In Style 32. Modern Romance 33. The Last Detail 34. Rock 'N' Roll High School 35. The King of Marvin Gardens 36. My Bodyguard 37. Valley Girl 38. The Awful Truth 39. Three O'Clock High 40. Miracle Mile
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