5 of the best sports-related movies

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LONDON – AUGUST 17: (L-R) Actors Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and Vince Vaughn arrive at the UK Premiere of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” at the Odeon Kensington on August 17, 2004 in London. (Photo by Steve Finn/Getty Images)

The infusion of sports and entertainment has led to some instant classics over the years. Let’s look at a select few memorable sports movies.

Sports movies are generally a rare sight and are often underlooked at times in the massive film industry. Fortunately, there have been instances where sports films have been successful in the industry. See, there is a distinct line between the way sports films are made: they are either super goofy or touching and based on a true story.

I have personally seen a mixture of both types of sports films, and am not going to lie when I say they represent one of the categories of my favorite films. There are only so many sports films I can recommend.

Here are five of the best ones:

Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

A classic film that depicts the team that is always counted out, Dodgeball is one of those sports films that is goofy and filled with lessons. For Peter LaFleur (Vince Vaughn), the average owner of Average Joe’s Gym, time is of the essence as his beloved establishment faces foreclosure and ownership into the hands of snobby Globo Gym owner White Goodman (Ben Stiller).

The only solution? Get the dough to prevent Average Joe’s from becoming whatever it is White intends to do with it (hint: it’s create parking space). Peter and his employees struggle to earn major cash (ie. $50K) until they come across a posting for a dodgeball tournament in which the winner gets, you name it, $50K.

Desperate for answers, Peter creates a ragtag group of misfits to make up his dodgeball team, which is now coached by famous dodgeball figure Patches O’Houlihan (Rip Torn). As Peter tries to shake the name average off his team and gym, he must face a collection of top-notch dodgeball squads, including Goodman’s Globo Gym.

It’s a fight to the finish as Peter and crew attempt to dodge misfortune in one of the most light-hearted sports movies to ever release! This film also stars Christine Taylor, Alan Tudyk, Justin Long, Missi Pyle, and Joel Moore.

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