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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Countdown to AFI's 10 Top 10: Sports

"It ain’t over 'til it's over."
-- Yogi Berra

Ladies and gentlemen, don your sports bras and jock straps, for we have now reached the point in our countdown to the American Film Institute's 10 Top 10s where the focus is on sports movies. These are the movies that depict the thrill of victory and/or the agony of defeat, where losers never quit and winners almost always win ... usually in slow motion while the orchestra swells.

Standing head and sweaty shoulders above all other contenders in this competition is Rocky, which lands a knock out with seven previous mentions on AFI lists past (which, by the way, places it in a tie for second overall with The Wizard of Oz; Casablanca is AFI's most honored film, appearing on eight of the ten lists so far). Needless to say, prospects are good that the ol' Italian Stallion will easily find himself the #1 choice this round as well. The only other movies to come close, with three previous mentions each, are two very different black and white biopics: the old-fashioned The Pride of the Yankees and the down and dirty Raging Bull.

The three films with two previous listings each -- Caddyshack, Field of Dreams and Jerry Maguire -- may find their (respective) comedy, fantasy and romance aspects playing against them in this particular match. Previous single list AFI honorees with stronger chances are Breaking Away, Bull Durham, Chariots of Fire, Harold Lloyd's The Freshman (the oldest film among the 50 nominees), Hoosiers, the Marx Brothers' Horse Feathers, The Karate Kid, Knute Rockney - All American, A League of Their Own, National Velvet, Rudy and Seabiscuit. AFI list watchers will notice the abundance of movies (ten total) that placed on the 100 Cheers list, the group's 2006 countdown of the most inspirational movies of all time.

Before we get to the rookies, two movies -- Friday Night Lights and Million Dollar Baby -- were previously honored by the AFI with AFI Awards, which therefore may give them an edge in this round (both films, along with Miracle, were released in 2004, thereby making them the newest movies among the 50 nominees; see the comments section below for the full list). Which may not leave much of a chance for the remaining roster of hopefuls for this squad, but I will note such personal favorites as Angels in the Outfield, The Bad News Bears, Eight Men Out, The Great White Hope, Heart Like a Wheel, The Hustler (and its sequel, The Color of Money), The Natural, Somebody Up There Likes Me and the lesbian-themed Personal Best.

The ten films making up the winners circle in this particular match will be revealed on June 17, when CBS will air the three-hour special, AFI's 10 Top 10.

1 comment:

  1. ALI 2001
    ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD 1951
    ANY GIVEN SUNDAY 1999
    THE BAD NEWS BEARS 1976
    BANG THE DRUM SLOWLY 1973
    THE BINGO LONG TRAVELING ALL-STARS & MOTOR KINGS 1976
    BODY AND SOUL 1947
    BREAKING AWAY 1979
    BULL DURHAM 1988
    CADDYSHACK 1980
    CHAMPION 1949
    CHARIOTS OF FIRE 1981
    THE COLOR OF MONEY 1986
    COOL RUNNINGS 1993
    DAMN YANKEES 1958
    DOWNHILL RACER 1969
    EIGHT MEN OUT 1988
    FEAR STRIKES OUT 1957
    FIELD OF DREAMS 1989
    THE FRESHMAN 1925
    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS 2004
    THE GREAT WHITE HOPE 1970
    HEART LIKE A WHEEL 1983
    HOOSIERS 1986
    HORSE FEATHERS 1932
    THE HURRICANE 1999
    THE HUSTLER 1961
    JERRY MAGUIRE 1996
    THE KARATE KID 1984
    KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL-AMERICAN 1940
    A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN 1992
    THE LONGEST YARD 1974
    MAJOR LEAGUE 1989
    THE MIGHTY DUCKS 1992
    MILLION DOLLAR BABY 2004
    MIRACLE 2004
    MYSTERY, ALASKA 1999
    NATIONAL VELVET 1944
    THE NATURAL 1984
    NORTH DALLAS FORTY 1976
    PAT AND MIKE 1952
    PERSONAL BEST 1982
    THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES 1942
    RAGING BULL 1980
    ROCKY 1976
    RUDY 1993
    SEABISCUIT 2003
    SLAP SHOT 1977
    SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME 1956
    WHITE MEN CAN'T JUMP 1992

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