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Is this heaven? No, it's a list of the top 25 sports movies of all time



field-of-dreams.jpgTime magazine has released its list of the top 25 sports movies of all time, and of course, several '80s classics made their list. (Kevin Costner should feel especially proud of his two inclusions.) But the list is almost as shocking for a few of the non-'80s films that made the cut.

For example, 2008's Speed Racer made the list, as did 2001's Shaolin Soccer. But there's no Chariots of Fire or Karate Kid. And no football movies from our decade made the list. Not even All The Right Moves, easily one of the best high school sports movies of all time. Go figure. 

At least when it comes to movies from the '70s, Time got it right with Slap Shot, Breaking Away and Rocky.

Here are the '80s movies that made the Time magazine list. The magazine listed them in alphabetical order instead of ranking them. I've included a portion of the magazine's article on each movie.


Bull Durham (1988): "Bull Durham was the first of Costner's three baseball movies, followed by the elegiac, some would say sappy, Field of Dreams and, a decade later, For the Love of the Game. But this wry comedy is the one with all the magic, and a mature understanding of a million kids' lifelong pursuit."

Caddyshack (1980): "The film is nothing more than a series of skits with dialogue — much of it improvised — still quoted hourly by fans of the 1980 cult classic. Which is nice."

Eight Men Out (1988): "[Director John Sayles] brings a gritty authenticity to a film that locates the mixed motives and roiling ambiguities in baseball's most notorious scandal."

Field of Dreams (1989): "So love the movie and damn all those who don't as soulless swine. Hate it and call it "Field of Corn." But appreciate the head-on collision it engineers with things that matter: the desperate competition between fathers and sons, the need for '60s idealism in the me-first '80s, the desire for reconciliation beyond the grave."

Hoosiers (1986): "We dare you to watch Hoosiers, the 1986 ode to underdogs starring Gene Hackman as Hickory High School basketball coach Norman Dale, and not get chills or shed a tear or two."

Major League (1989): "[Writer-director David S. Ward] doesn't try too hard or aim too high, but his collection of stock characters, breezy dialogue, dense ambience and instinct for easy emotions is pretty funny."

Raging Bull (1980): "As Jake in 1941 or Jake in 1964, as comer or loser, as raging-bull boxer or battering-ram husband, whether shouting obscenity or whispering apology, Robert De Niro is always absorbing and credible."

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