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Most underrated sports movies?

The ones that are so good (to you at least), but rarely talked about, certainly wouldn’t come up in any greatest lists. Maybe if it were a list of pretty bad, but highly entertaining to some movies.

my picks:


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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

Also,

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For Love of the Game. If there one thing Kevin Costner does well itís baseball movies. Unfortunately this little gem gets overshadowed by Costnerís bigger baseball movies Field of Dreams and Bull Durham. And when you think of Sam Raimi movies, FLotG sure as shit isnít the first thing you think of.

Warrior. I put off watching it for the longest time thinking it was going to be a macho, testosterone filled movie glamorizing the UFC. Itís very much not that and ended up being my favorite movie of 2011. And Iím not of fan of mixed martial arts.

Goon. A completely different side of Sean William Scott outside his typical Stiffler schtick. It has a surprisingly large amount of heart for a movie about a violent hockey enforcer.

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Warrior is outstanding. Thrilling, heartbreaking. Hardy and Edgerton and Dennehy, I believe, we’re amazing as was movie. Totally never talked about and underrated. Also, Redbelt, though it’s Mamet and little different, still deals with martial arts. But, Mamet and story and verbose with little fighting, but kinda all around, so I’m going with Redbelt too. Tim Allen was great, but Ejiofor, my other man crush behind Elba, is always so good!

I surprisingly really liked Goon. Haven’t seen second yet, which I heard wasn’t great, but William Scott was good and showed brutality, really, of somewhat organized hockey.
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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

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Warrior is outstanding. Thrilling, heartbreaking. Hardy and Edgerton and Dennehy, I believe, weíre amazing as was movie.
It was Nick Nolte. He received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role.

Its been years since Iíve seen Red Belt. I donít remember being terribly impressed with it the first time I saw it despite it being a David Mamet movie. I should really give it another watch. I tend to like Mametís movies better on repeated viewings anyway.
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
For Love of the Game. If there one thing Kevin Costner does well itís baseball movies. Unfortunately this little gem gets overshadowed by Costnerís bigger baseball movies Field of Dreams and Bull Durham. And when you think of Sam Raimi movies, FLotG sure as shit isnít the first thing you think of.

Warrior. I put off watching it for the longest time thinking it was going to be a macho, testosterone filled movie glamorizing the UFC. Itís very much not that and ended up being my favorite movie of 2011. And Iím not of fan of mixed martial arts.

Goon. A completely different side of Sean William Scott outside his typical Stiffler schtick. It has a surprisingly large amount of heart for a movie about a violent hockey enforcer.
Goon is a great choice!
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Re: Most underrated sports movies?



Another vote for For Love of the Game

Very underrated baseball movie, but also a nice love story. Costner and Kelly Preston have great chemistry. She's so beautiful in this movie. Costner is charming as hell in this.

I agree it gets overshadowed by Field of Dreams and Bull Durham





We are Marshall

I feel like this one doesn't get talked about much either.

The story is really compelling IMO. A plane crash in the early 1970s kills pretty much the entire Marshall football team and after the school goes through mourning, they decide to rebuild the team from scratch.

Good cast with Matt McConaughey, Matthew Fox and an unknown at the time Anthony Mackie. I think it also gets overshadowed by bigger football movies.


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God I love this nearly forgotten movie so much :




Such a cool movie. Story of legendary long distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Was supposed to be a Tom Cruise self produced starring vehicle but he got too old by the time it got made. They cast an unknown named Billy Crudup and I knew instantly I was watching a star. It's such a beautiful biopic and by far the best movie about running. So much more interesting than stupid dull Chariots of Fire.

Edit : Man that's an awful trailer. I deeply regret posting it now. 😂

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Similarly, Prefontaine.

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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
It was Nick Nolte. He received a best supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role.

Its been years since I’ve seen Red Belt. I don’t remember being terribly impressed with it the first time I saw it despite it being a David Mamet movie. I should really give it another watch. I tend to like Mamet’s movies better on repeated viewings anyway.
right Nolte was father. He was great.
Definitely give a Redbelt another go. I’m about due again myself.
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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

I came in to nominate For Love of the Game. Glad to see others have beaten me to it.
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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

Tin Cup - Generally gets decent reviews, but not many have seen it and it doesn't come up in sports movie conversations much.

The Sandlot - Everybody I know who has seen it, loved it - but only has a 63% on RT and didn't have a wide audience.

Big Fan - Gets great reviews, but might not be considered a sports film to most people. Again, not many have seen it.
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Re: Most underrated sports movies?

Originally Posted by Decker
God I love this nearly forgotten movie so much :


https://youtu.be/e2MpP3M9oCk


Such a cool movie. Story of legendary long distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Was supposed to be a Tom Cruise self produced starring vehicle but he got too old by the time it got made. They cast an unknown named Billy Crudup and I knew instantly I was watching a star. It's such a beautiful biopic and by far the best movie about running. So much more interesting than stupid dull Chariots of Fire.

Edit : Man that's an awful trailer. I deeply regret posting it now. 😂
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Similarly, Prefontaine.
I wonder if both Without Limits and Prefontaine had been released further apart if they would have gotten more recognition. I think releasing two Steve Prefontaine movies just months apart confused movie goers and ended up blending the two movies into a somewhat forgettable blur.
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......All the Marbles.

Women's wrestling movie that came out just before wrestling became the next big thing.

Peter Falk does a great job as a manager.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Similarly, Prefontaine.


Way worse movie. Not nearly as good acting and just boring. I hate that people got these two confused (I understand why, but it still upsets me). If not for Jared Leto's Prefontaine, I think people would have remembered Without Limits much more fondly.
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Originally Posted by OldBoy
Also,
Good movie with the bonus of a nude Lea Thompson
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Good movie with the bonus of a nude Lea Thompson
And what a totally gratuitous nude scene to boot! Not that I'm complaining.
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Ellen McRae is actually Ellen Burstyn

Jack Hill wanted to make a car racing movie where the hero loses the big race at the end and the producers said absolutely not (this was long before Rocky, when it started becoming commonplace for the plucky hero to come up short at the end), so instead Hill has him win the race but lose his soul.
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And what a totally gratuitous nude scene to boot! Not that I'm complaining.
It's one of those 80s movies that I wished they had not used OAR and remastered the VHS full screen version in HD.

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