The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring the 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time

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Running Press, Sep 22, 2009 - Performing Arts - 352 pages
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Guys love movies. Especially sports movies, where every underdog has his day, every team achieves glory, and every hero gets his moment of redemption. Next to watching Monday Night Football, there’s nothing more enjoyable than plopping down on the couch with the remote and a bottle of beer and firing up the special-edition DVD of Rocky, Hoosiers, Caddyshack, or any other fan favorite.

Now, two nationally renowned sports media personalities take on the task of ranking the top 100 sports movies of all time, including entertaining and informative lists, special features, and contributions from over 75 top sports figures. From drama to comedy to tragedy to documentary, all the greatest sports films are here, brought to life through detailed summaries, fun facts and trivia, behind-the-scenes revelations, plus images from the greatest moments in sports film history.

Original comments from some of the top personalities in sports and entertainment—including Peyton and Eli Manning, Charles Barkley, Tony Romo, James Gandolfini, Bill Parcells, Dennis Quaid, Arnold Palmer, and many more—provide further insight and marketing punch.

 

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Contents

197 52 IT HAPPENS EVERY SPRING
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199 53 WITHOUT LIMITS
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202 54 THE HARDER THEY FALL
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204 SPORTSWRITERS IN SPORTS FI LMS
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207 55 SUGAR
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209 56 MYSTERY ALASKA
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212 57 RUDY
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215 58 KINGPIN
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36 5 BULL DURHAM
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40 ALLTIME MOVIE BASEBALL TEAM
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41 6 SLAP SHOT
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45 7 THE LONGEST YARD
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49 8 THE HUSTLER
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53 9 CADDYSHACK
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58 10 NORTH DALLAS FORTY
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62 11 FIELD OF DREAMS
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WHO MAKES THE CUT?
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69 12 MI LLION DOLLAR BABY
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73 13 THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
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77 14 HOOP DREAMS
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80 15 BRIANS SONG
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83 16 MIRACLE
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87 17 CHARIOTS OF FIRE
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90 18 BODY AND SOUL
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THE WINNER AND STILL CHAMPION
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95 19 REMEMBER THE TITANS
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98 20 BREAKING AWAY
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101 21 WHEN WE WERE KINGS
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104 22 A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
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107 23 FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
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111 AN INTERVIEW WITH BUZZ BISSINGER
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113 24 THE WRESTLER
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116 25 THE SETUP
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119 26 MAJOR LEAGUE
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121 AN INTERVIEW WITH BOB UECKER
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ALL AMERICAN
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126 28 BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY
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129 29 JERRY MAGUIRE
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131 30 DOWNHILL RACER
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134 31 HE GOT GAME
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137 32 REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT
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139 33 PHAR LAP
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142 34 THE ROOKIE
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144 AN INTERVIEW WITH JIM MORRIS
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146 35 HEAVEN CAN WAIT
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148 36 HEART LIKE A WHEEL
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150 37 JIM THORPEALL AMERICAN
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153 38 HARD TIMES
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155 39 THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALLSTARS MOTOR KINGS
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157 GREAT SPORTS SCENES IN NONSPORTS MOVIES
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THE LEGEND OF MAURICE RICHARD
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163 41 EIGHT MEN OUT
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166 42 THE FRESHMAN
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168 43 MURDERBALL
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SPORTS FLICKS FOR KIDS
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177 45 SEABISCUIT
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180 46 THIS SPORTING LIFE
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182 47 CINDERELLA MAN
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185 48 ROUNDERS
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188 49 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
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190 50 LONG GONE
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192 51 THE KARATE KID
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194 THE WORST SPORTS SEQUELS AND REMAKES EVER MADE
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218 59 ALL THE RIGHT MOVES
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220 60 FAT CITY
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222 61 61
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225 62 INVINCIBLE
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227 AN INTERVIEW WITH VINCE PAPALE
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229 63 ROLLERBALL
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232 64 THE PROGRAM
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234 ALLTIME MOVIE FOOTBALL TEAM
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237 65 THE BOXER
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239 66 WHITE MEN CANT JUMP
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241 67 JUNIOR BONNER
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243 68 BLUE CHIPS
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245 ATHLETES WHO COULD ACT
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247 ATHLETES WHO COULD NOT ACT
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250 69 HORSE FEATHERS
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252 70 WE ARE MARSHALL
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254 71 DAMN YANKEES
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256 GREAT SPORTSDATE MOVIES
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258 72 THE JERICHO MILE
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260 73 CHAMPION
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262 74 LET IT RIDE
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264 75 THE EXPRESS
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266 AN INTERVIEW WITH DENNIS QUAID
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269 76 THE CINCINNATI KID
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272 77 HAPPY GILMORE
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275 78 EVERYBODYS ALLAMERICAN
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277 79 THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED
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279 STRIKE OUT THE WORST SPORTSMOVIE CONCEPTS EVER PITCHED
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282 80 SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
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THE LEGEND OF EARL THE GOATMANIGAULT
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288 82 THE SANDLOT
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290 83 THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG
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KEEPING IT REAL
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295 84 TIN CUP
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297 85 ANY GIVEN SUNDAY
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299 86 BEST IN SHOW
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301 87 GLORY ROAD
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303 88 THE STRATTON STORY
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305 89 VARSITY BLUES
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308 90 DIGGSTOWN
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310 91 THE CLUB
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312 92 COACH CARTER
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ONCE UPON A TIME IN INDIA
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315 LOST TREASURES
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318 94 GRAND PRIX
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320 95 WIND
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322 96 VISION QUEST
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324 97 COOL RUNNINGS
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326 98 YOUNGBLOOD
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329 99 VICTORY
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331 100 THE FISH THAT SAVED PITTSBURGH
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333 GUILTY PLEASURES
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336 INDEX
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Ray Didinger won five Emmy® Awards as a producer and writer with NFL Films. He is a prolific author of nine books on sports, including his two most recent bestsellers: Eagles Encyclopedia and One Last Read. He is a Pro Football Hall of Fame sportswriter, and wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin and Philadelphia Daily News for over 30 years. He is a host on 610-WIP all-sports talk radio in Philadelphia, and appears weekly on Comcast SportsNet TV as the primary analyst on Eagles Post-Game Live. He lives in Philadelphia.

Glen Macnow has been a popular sports-radio talk-show host at Philadelphia's 610-WIP for over 14 years, following an award-winning career as a sportswriter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press. He is the author of three best-selling sports books, and is a frequent guest on local and national television sports shows. He lives outside Philadelphia.

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