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The following are among the finest films with sports as a central theme, or a sport within the movie.
This and A Taste Of Honey are probably, in my opinion, the best British realist films in history. With performances that shake and scenes that take us into the heart of rugby-loving England, Lindsey Anderson tackles it home.
The location and timing couldn't have been better in making this masterpiece documentary. Chicago, in the era of Michael Jordan, and young kids who dream of making it big against all odds. It's a story that still resonates today.
Regardless of one's belief on the subject of bullfighting as a sport, just being in the center of the action, where one false move can lead to death, makes Rosi's picture exhilarating.
I consider chess as a game rather than a sport, but to those who do argue of chess being a "sport," here it is. Plus, it is a dueling match, like tennis or golf, between death and life that hangs in the balance.
Its period setting was during the height of Sweden's impressive sporting record. In the first half, they play soccer - Sweden hosted the World Cup and went to the Finals, where they lost - and in the end our young one's box and listen in on a real-life victory of their countryman winning the heavyweight title of the world.
Like bullfighting, some will question hunting geese (or, in this case, rabbits) as humane, but for its sake, it's in here because the rabbit shooting sequence was pretty crafted and edited perfectly and gives us the foreshadowing climax in the story.
Horseracing is a spectator's sport, and stealing under your nose is his game.
Very much like the movie above, but using horseracing as a decoy while the real steal takes place. An early Kubrick masterpiece.
Another impressive ground zero direction in putting the viewer in the center of the action of speed in a sport where, like bullfighting, death is a possibility.
Both this and the first remake, Warren Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait," are both funny and impressive. While Beatty's character involves a football player, the original involves the common boxer fighting for his chance to win the title. It would also qualify in the prop category with its saxophone.
One of the funniest and well-choreographed scenes includes the Tramp "boxing," simply dancing with the ref to protect himself from a bigger fighter in order to win money for a blind woman he loves. Very charming, indeed.