By Tony Toscano, host of TV show "Talking Pictures"
Choosing my 10 favorite sports films of all time was difficult! I had to write and re-write this list. But, finally, here are my top 10 sports movies:
Starring Gary Cooper, this biopic traces the life of Lou Gehrig, a famous baseball player who played in 2,130 consecutive games before falling at age 37 to ALS, a deadly nerve disease which now bears his name as Lou Gehrig's disease.
The film follows Gehrig from his childhood in New York to his famous "Luckiest Man" speech at his farewell day in 1939.
Starring Denzel Washington and Will Patton. In 1971 two segregated Virginia high schools (one black and one white) are closed by federal mandate to integrate the black and white students into one high school. Tempers flare as the coach of the black high school is given the job of 'head coach' over the coach of the white school.
Chevy Chase and Rodney Dangerfield star in this wonderfully over-the-top golf comedy about the goings on at an exclusive golf course. Bill Murray's subplot is also a highlight.
Kevin Costner stars as a minor league baseball player who is given the task of maturing an up-and-coming ball player.
Starring Kevin Costner and Renee Russo. In the film, a washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.
Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen star in this comedy about the new owner of the Cleveland Indians, who puts together a terrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team to a new stadium.
But when the plot is uncovered, the team starts winning just to spite her.
Robert Redford plays Roy Hobbs, who comes out of nowhere with mysterious past and helps a losing 1930s baseball team make it to the top of the league.
Walter Matthau is Morris Buttermaker, a lazy, beer-swilling swimming pool cleaner who takes money to coach the Bears, a team with no baseball talent.
Realizing his dilemma, Coach Buttermaker brings aboard pitching ace—and girl—Amanda Whurlizer (Tatum O'Neal), the daughter of a former girlfriend, and Kelly Leak (Jackie Earle Haley), a motorcycle punk who happens to be the best player around.
Brimming with confidence, the Bears look to sweep into the championship, but will they?
Based on the true story of a 1954 Indiana rural basketball team, Gene Hackman is an alcoholic coach with a checkered past who trains the small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the state championship.
Kevin Costner stars as an Iowa corn farmer who is hearing voices. He has visions of a baseball diamond in his cornfield and, despite the threat of losing everything he and his wife (Amy Madigan) have worked for, he builds the field with amazing results.
Tony Toscano is a film historian and movie critic who has been reviewing movies for three decades. He is the host and executive producer of TV show "Talking Pictures." Check out his YouTube channel, where he frequently interviews celebrities about their latest movies, and his blog, Tony's Talking Pictures Blog.