Ten best sports movies ever

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Slap Shot was on Friday. Unfortunately, it was the edited version, but even that goes down as the greatest hockey movie ever made. By the way, did you know it was written by a woman? True: Nancy Dowd, who wrote for Saturday Night Live in the 1970s, wrote this gem. In fact, not only is it the best hockey movie ever, it's my pick for the best sports movie ever. Here are Top 10 sports movies ever:

Slapshot_31. Slap Shot. Wickedly funny even if you're not a hockey fan. If you are, you can quote every line. Too bad it's too raw to quote most of them here.

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Bulldurham_6 2. Bull Durham. Baseball's version of "Slap Shot.'' Gets extra points because Kevin Costner has the best baseball swing on screen -- from both sides of the plate.

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Ragingbull 3. Raging Bull. Not an easy movie to watch, but Robert DeNiro's performance is brilliant.

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Natural 4. The Natural. Call me a sap, but I still get goosebumps at the end of this movie.

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Field_of_dreams 5. Field of Dreams. Not the same as the incredibly spellbinding book (Shoeless Joe) but equal in its enjoyment. (And if you say you don't cry when Ray asks his dad to play catch then you're a liar.)

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Thisrocky 6. Rocky. The tired and predictable sequels make you forget just how inspiring and good the original was.

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Eightmenout 7. Eight Men Out. Great ensemble cast and a meticulous attention to the detail of the era (1919 Black Sox scandal).

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Jerrymaguire 8. Jerry Maguire. Yeah, I know it's not cool to like anything associated with Tom Cruise these days, but this is a good movie.

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Hoosiers 9. Hoosiers. If this were complete fiction, it probably wouldn't fly with me. But the fact that it's based on a true story puts it on my top 10 list. Plus, I love Gene Hackman.

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Caddyshack 10. Caddyshack. I have to admit, this movie isn't aging well. I get less enjoyment each time I watch it, but it just doesn't seem right to leave it off the list.

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Also receiving votes: Bad News Bears, When We Were Kings, Hoop Dreams, A League of Their Own, North Dallas Forty.

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