Famous Movie Quotes We’ve Often Repeated

It’s interesting to think about how much of an affect or influence the “big screen” has been in our lives from childhood well into our adult years — and not just on action scenes — but we’ve listened intently to conversations between characters in movies and find ourselves consciously or subconsciously picking up on quotes, sometimes serious, often amusing, but the lines stick in our heads long after we leave the theater or turn off the television. They’ve basically become part of our “pop culture” terminology that we often use, when the situation is just right. Scan the list and see just how many of these you remember — and then how many of them you’ve repeated to your family, friends, work associates, or people you come across in your day-to-day activities.

So — with all that said —behold the list of the most endearing of those quotes:

  • “May the Force be with you.” — Star Wars (1977)
  • “There’s no place like home.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” — Network (1976)
  • “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13 (1995)
  • “To Infinity and beyond!” — Toy Story (1995)
  • “Elementary, my dear Watson.” — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  • “You had me at ‘hello'” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “I’m the king of the world.” — Titanic (1997)
  • “I’ll be back.” — The Terminator (1984)
  • “E.T. phone home.” — E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
  • “Bond. James Bond.” — Dr. No (1962)
  • “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather (1972)
  • “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” — Dirty Harry (1971)
  • “Hasta la vista, baby.” — Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Go ahead, make my day” — Sudden Impact (1983)
  • “You talkin’ to me?” — Taxi Driver (1976)
  • “Show me the money!” — Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • “If you build it, he will come.” — Field of Dreams (1989)
  • “Here’s Johnny!” — The Shining (1980)
  • “They’re here!” — Poltergeist (1982)
  • “Is it safe?” — Marathon Man (1976)
  • “Game over, man! Game Over!” — Aliens (1986)
  • “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” — Raiders of The Lost Ark (1981)
  • “I’ll have what she’s having.” — When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather – Part II (1974)
  • “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” — Forrest Gump (1994)
  • “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” — The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
  • “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” — Sons of The Desert (1933)
  • “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” — All About Eve (1950)
  • “It’s alive! It’s alive!” — Frankenstein (1931)
  • “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. — Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” — Planet of The Apes (1968)
  • “I love the smell of napalm in the morning!” — Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” — Love Story (1970)
  • “We all go a little mad sometimes” — Psycho (1960)
  • “The stuff that dreams are made of. — The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!” — Scarface (1983)
  • “What a dump.” — Beyond The Forest (1949)
  • “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” — She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” — Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men (1992)
  • “I see dead people.” — The Sixth Sense (1999)
  • “Well, nobody’s perfect.” — Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” — The Shining (1980)
  • “Hello gorgeous.” — Funny Girl (1968)
  • “Toga! Toga!” — National Lampoon’s Animal House (1968)
  • “After all, tomorrow is another day!” — Gone With The Wind (1939)
  • “Round up the usual suspects.” — Casablanca (1942)
  • “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” — The Pride of The Yankees (1942)
  • “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” — Animal Crackers (1930)
  • “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” — Wall Street (1987)
  • “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — The Jazz Singer (1927)
  • Striker: “Surely you can’t be serious!” Rumack: “I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” — Airplane (1980)
  • “My precious.” — Lord of The Rings:  Two Towers (2002)
  • “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” — Goldfinger (1964)
  • “Nobody puts ‘Baby’ in a corner.” — Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • “Who’s on First?” — The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  • “I feel the need—the need for speed!” — Top Gun (1986)
  • “Snap out of it!” — Moonstruck (1987)
  • “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.” — Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Best Halloween Movies For Kids

ItstheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrownFor parents wishing to keep Halloween in check for the younger ones, here is aMickeys-house-of-villians helpful list containing some suggestions of the best scary films for children to watch during the Halloween holiday week or weekend. Some of these films are not appropriate for some of the younger children, so please use your discretion. Film ratings have been provided.

In reverse chronological order of release, the following few films are commonly referred to as the “Best Kids Halloween Movies” from a small collective of ‘family friendly’ websites that include Common Sense Media, About.com and FamilyManagement.com

  • 2008 >> Igor (Rated PG)Haunted-Mansion
  • 2006 >> Monster House (Rated PG)
  • 2005 >> Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were Rabbit (Rated G)
  • 2005 >> Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie (Rated G)
  • 2003 >> The Haunted Mansion (Rated PG)
  • 2002 >> Mickey’s House of Villains (Not Rated)
  • 2001 >> Monsters, Inc. (Rated PG)
  • 2000 >> Scooby Doo’s Creepiest Capers (Not Rated)
  • 1998 >> Halloweentown (RatedPG)
  • 1995 >> Casper (Rated PG)
  • 1993 >> Hocus Pocus (Rated PG)escape to witch mountain
  • 1993 >> The Nightmare Before Christmas (Rated PG)
  • 1991 >> Ernest Scared Stupid (Rated PG)
  • 1989 >> Little Monsters (Rated PG)
  • 1983 >> Something Wicked This Way Comes (Rated PG)
  • 1982 >> E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Rated PG)
  • 1981 >> The Watcher In The Woods (Rated PG)
  • 1975 >> Escape To Witch Mountain (Rated G)
  • 1971 >> Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Rated G)
  • 1966 >> It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Not Rated)
  • 1939 >> The Wizard of Oz (Rated G)

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Movie Lists By Subject To Enjoy At Home

Enjoy watching movies at home tonight on your blu-ray, computer, dvd or vhs system by checking here first before you head out to the video store (Blockbuster), kiosk (Redbox) , online (iTunes) or mail order (Netflix).

dvdmovies-popcorn-ticketIf you happen to be in the mood tonight for a particular topic or subject of movie(s) to enjoy an evening of entertainment at home with the family or significant other or simply to enjoy a quiet evening alone, you’ve come to the right place. Here you will find movies listed for common or related themes. A vast array of movies are covered under each topic or heading, complete with an overview of each film listed as well as a cover picture or image of the dvd. A wide time frame is included, from the golden age of film classics to some relatively new releases — something for just about everybody who enjoys or loves movies (comedies, drama, suspense, etc) of a film-montageparticular topic. While I’m not necessarily rating the movies in any particular order, I’ve included virtually the best of the best of each particular subject matter.

* Please note that this is an ever expanding compilation list that was just recently added (10/12/09) ……….

Check back often for updates!

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Here are your LISTS of “BEST MOVIES” by SUBJECT to enjoy at home

All  links above can be found within this blog you’re browsing through now

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Here are a few more highly recommended site links to the best-of-the-best, top notch movies:

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Best Football Movies of All Time – Gridiron Action

NFL-logo-with-football-blueFootball isn’t just a matter of life and death for some people. Oh no — It’s far beyond that! For those diehard fans that eat, sleep, think and breathe football and are totally consumed by it like a zombie between the first kick-off of the season in September all the way to the last minute of the Super Bowl in February, you just can’t get enough action in between game times. You’ll probably get outside for a while with the kids or football buds and toss the pigskin around or even enjoy a little competitive street football action, but then darkness falls and supper is calling you back inside the house. Afterwards it’s time to hit the big screen TV or (in case you didn’t plan ahead), quickly head out to the video store to find just the right movie to fill your need for even more gridiron action.friday_night_lights

If you can’t get out to an actual game at the stadium, the next best thing to watching football on TV is watching a decent football movie on TV. A really good football movie has a way of filling the void and easing the pain of Tuesday and Wednesday nights during football season. Those are considered the ‘dark days’ after “Monday Night Football,” and before “Thursday Night Football.” After all, a good football-actionfootball movie just seems to fit perfectly along side fantasy leagues, football betting pools and tailgate parties so you can remain in pigskin heaven.

So I offer you a pretty decent selection of the best gridiron action that videos have to offer covering a wide range of years and tastes. These are not rated in any manner other than in alphabetical order. So, do a little research here and then get out there and enjoy a couple hours of hard-hitting football action or side-splitting football comedy or ???  Enjoy!

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All The Right Moves (1983)

Starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson

all-the-right-moves-dvdIn this absorbing drama, Tom Cruise stars as a young cornerback prospect who dreams of being an engineer. Despite his love for pretty Lea Thompson and the respect with which he treats his millworker father, Cruise is desperate to get out of his decaying hometown, and knows that a football scholarship is his only ticket. Complications arise when he runs afoul of the team’s coach, Craig T. Nelson, in a well-played turn, and must face his own pride. All the Right Moves is a thoughtful and involving story of holding on to a dream in the bleakest of surroundings.

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Angels In The End Zone (1997)

Starring Christopher Lloyd, Paul Dooley, Matthew Lawrence, David Gallagher

Angels_in_the_EndzoneJesse Harper is the only talented player on his high school football team, but he quits the team after his father dies in an accident. His younger brother Kevin, who realizes that football is the most important thing in Jesse’s life, sends a nighttime prayer which is heard by some sports-loving angels who come to the rescue. Now, with the help of the angels, the team wins all the matches, but how can Kevin make people, and especially Jesse, believe in their existence?

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Any Given Sunday (1999)

Starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx

AnyGivenSundayGridiron drama from director Oliver Stone looks at the on- and off-the-field struggles of the Miami Sharks, a once-mighty team struggling to get a playoff berth. Veteran quarterback Dennis Quaid finds his spot threatened by flashy backup Jamie Foxx, while fiery coach Al Pacino’s style is at odds with assistant Aaron Eckhart’s tactics. Cameron Diaz, LL Cool J, Lauren Holly, James Woods, Ann-Margret, and Charlton Heston also star.

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The Best of Times (1986)

Starring Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed

best-of-times-dvdSmall-town banker Robin Williams has never been able to live down the fact that he dropped an important pass during a crucial high-school football game. Likewise tainted for life is the team’s star quarterback Kurt Russell, now a garage owner. Fed up with living his life under a cloud, Williams hits upon a brilliant idea… he will stage a rematch-13 years after the fact — with the members of the rival team. Trouble beckons when Williams’ father-in-law announces that he’s rooting for the opposition. Williams is determined to win, and in pursuit of that goal he pushes his former teammates to hitherto untapped brilliance

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Brian’s Song (1971)

Starring James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden

Brians-Song-dvdA classic made-for-TV favorite… Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears as a running back and meets the competitive Brian Piccolo. While at first the two are rivals, they soon form a strong friendship. Things take a turn for the worse when Sayers is injured and when Piccolo begins to suffer from cancer. A poignant and well-acted movie originally made for television. Legendary actors James Caan and Billy Dee Williams give amazing performances inspired by real-life athletes in Brian’s Song. When cancer strikes an unlikely friendship, a bond is formed that surpasses football, race, and adversity. This unforgettable classic makes a positive impact on almost everyone who watches it.

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Everybody’s All-American (1988)

Starring Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman

Everybodys_All-American_dvdThis movie follows the life of campus sweethearts, Gavin Grey and Babs Rogers, as they marry and pursue life as a professional athlete and happily wedded couple. Struggling to raise a family proves especially difficult when Gavin’s career keeps him away from the family, and Babs becomes a lonely wife.

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The Express (2008)

Starring Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Dewitt Henson

The-Express-dvdBased on the incredible true story, this biopic focuses on the relationship of Ernie Davis (1939-1963), a gifted African-American athlete, and his coach from 1958 to 1962 at Syracuse University, Ben Schwartzwalder (1909-1993). Schwartzwalder recruits Davis with the help of All-American running back, Jim Brown. The civil rights movement is gaining steam; Davis experiences prejudice on campus, in town, and on the field, sometimes from teammates. How he handles it and how he challenges Schwartzwalder to stand up for his players provide a counterpoint to several great seasons that lead first to a national championship and then to the Heisman Trophy.

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Facing The Giants (2006)

Starring Shannen Fields, Bailey Cave, Jason McLeod, James Blackwell, Tracy Goode

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In his six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never had a winning season. Even the hope of a new season is squelched when the best player on his Shiloh Eagles decides to transfer schools. After losing their first three games of the season, the coach discovers a group of fathers are plotting to have him fired. Combined with pressures at home, Coach Taylor has lost hope in his battle against fear and failure. However, an unexpected challenge finds a purpose bigger than just victories. Daring to trust God to do the impossible, Coach Taylor and the Eagles discover how faith plays out on the field–and off. With God, all things are possible.

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Fighting Back (1980)

Starring Robert Urich, Art Carney, Bubba Smith, Bonnie Bedelia, Richard Herd

fighting-back-rocky-bleierFootball jock Rocky Bleier (Urich) makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam war. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier returns to the States told he will never walk again. However, after a lengthy, grueling rehabilitation (and several slow motion sequences to thumping soundtrack music) Bleier ultimately walks again. Soon, he trains with his old team for inspiration. Boss Art Rooney’s (Art Carney) sympathy and regard for Bleier pays off when Bleier improbably comes all the way back, ultimately playing for a Superbowl Championship with the Steelers. But are all the good feelings and inspiration Bleier engenders enough to carry him to an NFL championship?

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Friday Night Lights (2004)

Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Tim McGraw

friday_night_lights_dvdOdessa, Texas, is a small, town in Texas. Racially divided and economically dying, there is one night that gives the town something to live for – Friday Night. The Permian Panthers have a big winning tradition in Texas high school football, led by QB Mike Winchell and superstar tailback Boobie Miles, but all is not well, as Boobie suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Hope is lost among citizens in Odessa, and for the team, but Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that “Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not to let them down”, is somehow able to help the team rise up from the ashes and make a huge season comeback. Now on their way to state, the Panthers must go out and be perfect, because they may never matter this much for the rest of their lives.

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The Freshman (1925)

Starring Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict

the-freshman-harold-lloyd-dvdOne of Harold Lloyd’s best feature-length comedies, The Freshman, features the bespectacled regular guy as Harold Lamb, a naïve young man who heads off to college believing campus life will be just as it is in the movies; he even learns a little dance he saw one of his favorite actors do in a film. However, Harold soon discovers that real life isn’t all that much like the pictures, and he quickly becomes the laughing stock of the university. Determined to prove himself, Harold tries out for the football team, but he serves as water boy and rides the pine until he finally gets a chance to redeem himself at the big game.

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The Game Plan (2007)

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick

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In this hilarious and heartwarming family comedy, one of sports’ toughest players ever takes on his biggest challenge yet — fatherhood! A superstar with an ego bigger than a football field, Joe Kingman (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) is getting ready for a run at the big championship game when the 8-year-old daughter he never knew existed shows up at his not-so-family-friendly bachelor pad. As the big game gets closer, he begins to realize the most meaningful win he can achieve is the heart of the one little fan who counts the most.

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Gridiron Gang (2006)

Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell

gridiron-gang-dvdThe uplifting story of detention camp probation officer Sean Porter, who creates a high-school-level football team from a ragtag group of dangerous teenage inmates as a means to teach them self-respect and social responsibility. He is joined in this experiment by co-worker, Malcolm Moore. But Porter must first overcome almost universal resistance from the powers that be — his skeptical bosses and coaches at rival high schools who don’t want their players mixing it up with convicted criminals on the football field.

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Gus (1976)

Starring Edward Asner, Don Knotts, Gary Grimes, Tim Conway, Liberty Williams, Harold Gould, Bob Crane, Dick Van Patten, plus a few former NFL stars

gus-dvdWholesome family fun abounds in this Disney comedy about an inept, last-place football team, the California Atoms, which is turned around with the help of their new star player (and former mascot) …a football-kicking mule! The villainous competition then attempts kidnapping of “Gus” leading to slapstick results.


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Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason, Jack Warden, Charles Grodin, Dyan Cannon, Buck Henry, Vincent Gardenia

heaven_can_wait_dvdJoe Pendleton is a quarterback preparing to lead his team to the Super Bowl when he is almost killed in an accident. An overanxious angel plucks him to heaven only to discover that he wasn’t ready to die, and that his body has been cremated. A new body must be found, and that of a recently murdered millionaire is chosen. His wife and accountant, the murderers, are confused by this development, as he buys the L.A. Rams in order to once again quarterback them into the Super Bowl.

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Hometown Legend (2002)

Starring Terry O’Quinn, Lacey Chabert, Nick Cornish, Mary Pat Gleason

hometown-legend-dvdHometown Legend tells the story of a small Alabama town where football and faith come together. The downtrodden town has seen better days, and the community’s high school is scheduled to close at the end of the year. In honor of the school’s final year, the legendary coach of the once intimidating football program returns to give the kids another shot at glory. The no-nonsense coach (Terry O’Quinn) not only brings pride back to the team, but gives the town as a whole a glimmer of hope. The same tactics used in football–sacrificing individual goals and rather working for the sake of the team–becomes a metaphor for what the town needs to get back on its feet.

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Horse Feathers (1932)

Starring the 4 Marx Brothers, Groucho, Chico, Harpo, and Zeppo, Thelma Todd, David Landau

horse-feathers-dvdThe Marx Brothers parody college life in this gag-filled, fast-paced comedy. The fast-talking new president of Huxley College needs to scrounge up some top-flight ringers for his football team, but ends up with a bootlegger and a mute dog catcher instead. It all leads up to an anarchic football finale! More laughs than most comedies (and smart laughs, at that), this script, co-scripted by satirist SJ Perelman, is humor at its most clever.


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Invincible (2006)

Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks

Invincible-dvdIn the summer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He’s been working as a supply teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Amazingly, against all odds, Papale made the team and soon found himself living every fan’s fantasy — moving from his cheap seats in the upper deck to standing on the field as a professional football player. Based on a true story.

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Jerry Maguire (1996)

Starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O’Connell

jerry-maguire-dvdJerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he’s really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player. Can Jerry resurrect his career while still staying true to himself?

“Show me the money” “You complete me” “You had me at hello” So many lines from this film have made it into our pop jargon and catchphrases of the 90’s.

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Jim Thorpe All-American (1951)

Starring Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter, Dick Wesson

Jim-Thorpe-Alll-American-dvdThe true story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. Many consider him the greatest athlete of the 20th Century. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe’s life begins to unravel as things go from bad to worse… His son dies, his marriage to his college sweetheart disintegrates, and he crawls into a bottle. Thorpe has hit rock bottom when he is reunited with his old coach Bickford, who offers Jim a ticket to the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. It is the first small step on the road to regeneration for Jim Thorpe.

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Johnny Be Good (1988)

Starring Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman, Steve James

Johnny_Be_Good_dvdIt’s recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America’s hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career?


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The Junction Boys (2002)

Starring Tom Berenger, Fletcher Humphrys, Ryan Kwanten

The-Junction-Boys-dvdTom Berenger stars in this ESPN movie as Paul “Bear” Bryant, the legendary Texas A&M football coach. Hired in 1954 to turn around the university’s struggling football team, Bryant subjected the 100 hopefuls who showed up for training camp to a grueling regimen in the Texas heat. An intense physical test that not many believe they’ll survive, players are soon dropping left and right. However, through this test Bryant determines which players have the drive to win, and by the end of summer he has put together a close-knit team of 35 football players who believe they can conquer anything.

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Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Starring Pat O’Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Knute-Rockne-All-American-dvdLife story of legendary Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne, following him from his Norwegian immigrant beginnings through his playing days at Notre Dame and on to his glory days as head coach at his alma mater. Pat O’Brien, starring as legendary coach Knute Rockne, revolutionizes college football with strategies that establish Notre Dame’s team as a powerhouse in this classic sports biopic. But beyond leading the team to victory, Rockne considers it his responsibility to mold the players into honorable adults. Ronald Reagan co-stars as George Gipp, and utters one of his most famous quotes when he makes a deathbed request to “win just one for the Gipper.”

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Leatherheads (2008)

Starring John Krasinski, David de Vries, Rick Forrester, George Clooney, Renee Zellweger

Leatherheads-dvdOscar® winners George Clooney and Renée Zellweger match wits in Leatherheads, a quick-witted romantic comedy set against the backdrop of America’s nascent pro-football league in 1925. Clooney plays Dodge Connolly, a charming, brash football hero who is determined to guide his team from bar brawls to packed stadiums. But after the players lose their sponsor and the entire league faces certain collapse, Dodge convinces a college football star to join his ragtag ranks. The captain hopes his latest move will help the struggling sport finally capture the country’s attention. Welcome to the team Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski), America’s favorite son. A golden-boy war hero who single-handedly forced multiple German soldiers to surrender in WWI, Carter has dashing good looks and unparalleled speed on the field. This new champ is almost too good to be true, and Lexie Littleton (Zellweger) aims to prove that’s the case. A cub journalist playing in the big leagues, Lexie is a spitfire newswoman who suspects there are holes in Carter’s war story. But while she digs, the two teammates start to become serious off-field rivals for her fickle affections.

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Little Giants (1994)

Starring Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill, Shawna Waldron

Little-Giants-dvdA successful retired jock and his geeky younger brother play out their sibling rivalry by coaching rival little league football teams in this family comedy. Ed O’Neill plays the older brother, Kevin O’Shea, a former Heisman Trophy winner whose gridiron exploits have made him a local hero in his small Illinois hometown. Kevin is the almost unanimous choice to head up the town’s Pop Warner football team, and he happily builds an imposing team from the best local players. One of the few objectors is Kevin’s young brother Danny (Rick Moranis), an awkward, bespectacled gas station owner who empathizes with the kids rejected from the team, including his own athletic daughter Becky (Shawna Waldron). As revenge, Danny starts his own competing team of misfits, taking on the coaching duties himself. Naturally, despite the total ineptitude of Danny and his players, they eventually find themselves major underdogs in a climactic battle against Kevin’s well-trained juggernaut.

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The Longest Yard (1974)

Starring Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad, Bernadette Peters

the-longest-yard-1974-dvdIn this rough-and tumble movie, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prison, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic Warden Hazen who’ll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards’ semi-pro football team to the national championship. Burt Reynolds plays one-time pro quarterback-turned-convict, Paul Crewe. Strong-armed into forming an inmate football team, Crewe manages to instill an esprit de corps previously lacking in the prisoners’ lives. They now have the chance to go head-to-head with the guards’ football team, headed by the much-despised Capt. Knauer (Ed Lauter). The warden intercedes and orders Crewe to throw the match (if he expects to get that pardon he’s been promised) to assure that his goon squad will meet only passive resistance from Crewe’s “Mean Machine.” But the license to pound on their hated guards is a big incentive for murderers and thieves to learn strategy. The suspenseful big game that follows consumes nearly a third of the picture.

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The Longest Yard (2005)

Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds, Michael Irvin, Nelly

the-longest-yard-2005-dvdWhen former NFL player Paul Crewe is sent to prison, the warden forces him to transform a diverse group of inmates into a football team. Unlikely teammates, the convicts unite when they find out who they are playing: the guards. With the help of fellow inmates Nate Scarborough and Caretaker, Crewe promises the cons a chance to exact revenge in a bone-crushing showdown where anything goes.

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Lucas (1986)

Starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Piven

Lucas-dvdThis refreshing movie captures the gritty, painful, often pathetic social side of adolescense and the high school scene, when belonging to the in-crowd carries more weight than anything else in the world. It follows a young and nerdy, 14 year old Lucas in his uphill pursuit of success on the football field and even more desperate plight for the respect of his peers and teammates. When even the love of his life looks beyond him, Lucas teaches everyone about the real meaning of character. Several young stars of the day are featured in this film, some going on to bigger roles while others bottomed out due to substance abuse.

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Necessary Roughness (1991)

Starring Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Kathy Ireland, Rob Schneider, Jason Bateman, Sinbad

necessary-roughness-dvdDue to NCAA sanctions after a recruitment scandal, a struggling college football team is forced to turn to a rag-tag group of misfits in this sports comedy. It seems that Texas State University’s football team has relied on some rather unorthodox — and illegal — methods to gain players, resulting in the disqualification of most of the team’s stars. The desperate coach must rely on the school’s actual students (with no scholarships to assist them), a motley crew of unlikely characters that includes a female place kicker and a 34 year old quarterback. Unexpectedly, however, the coach discovers that the passer still has a heck of an arm, and suddenly the team again has a chance as they seek to advance, taking aim at the top seeded Texas Colts. How far will they get?

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North Dallas Forty (1979)

Starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman

North-Dallas-Forty-dvdA funny and insightful peek into the world of professional football, adapted from Peter Gent’s novel. Phillip Elliott is an aging wide receiver for the North Dallas Bulls who still delivers on the field… despite the many past injuries that keep him in almost constant pain. Almost as painful for him is the constant abuse heaped on the players by management. Now Phillip’s determined to do something about it. The corporate bigwigs, however, are growing increasingly annoyed by Elliott’s complaining. Will the athlete cave in to the pressure and keep his mouth shut or fight the executives at the risk of ending his career?.

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Number One (1969)

Starring Charlton Heston, Jessica Walter, Bruce Dern, John Randolph, Diana Muldaur

Ron Catlin (Heston) is a pro-football player who realizes his playing skills have eroded. His actions on the field have slowed to the point where retirement looms. His wife Julie (Walter) has her own fashion-designing business and his former teammate Richie (Dern) has parlayed his football heroics into a successful auto-leasing company. As “The Cat” loses his legendary quickness, he finds himself ill-suited to join the real world after his pampered isolation in the NFL. He takes to the bottle and to the lure of an illicit affair with Ann (Muldaur). John Randolph plays a realistic coach who can’t rely on this fading player’s past heroics to win the next big game. Trumpeter Al Hirt and members of the New Orleans Saints appear as themselves.

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Paper Lion (1968)

Starring Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, Joe Schmidt, Alex Karras, David Doyle

paper-lion-dvdGeorge Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he’ll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the football players play themselves in the movie.

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The Program (1993)

Starring James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson

The-Program-dvdEastern State University isn’t particularly notable for anything except its football program. Lately, even that hasn’t been doing too well, and the athletic staff led by Coach Winters are under considerable pressure by the administration and alumni to bring in a winning season. To do that, he has to recruit some able, promising young players out of high school. It’s not too surprising to learn that he will do almost anything to get these kids, and its even less surprising that, as long as they keep producing on the field, he and the college will overlook almost any obnoxious behavior the boys can perpetrate to the limit of their ability.

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Radio (2003)

Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard, Debra Winger

Radio-dvdFor anyone who ever had a dream and everyone with the courage to stand up for what they believe, comes the real life story of Robert ‘Radio’ Kennedy. Experience Radio’s journey from a man no one understands to the coach no one could live without. Together with Head Coach Harold Jones, Radio inspired a football team to become champions and a town to open their hearts. Heroic performances from Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Academy Award Nominee Ed Harris will have you laughing, crying and cheering for the man who proved, the world’s greatest victories happen in real life.

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Reggie’s Prayer (1996)

Starring Reggie White, Pat Morita, Rosie Grier, Paul “The Giant” Wight, Brett Favre, Gale Sayers, Keith Jackson, Mike Holmgren, MC Hammer

reggies-prayer-dvdLate NFL hero Reggie White stars in this uplifting film as Reggie Knox, a football star moved by a community tragedy to retire and help kids. Under the guidance of an inner-city principal (Pat Morita), Knox takes a job as a teacher and coach to at-risk students. But a gang leader (Paul “The Giant” Wight) is ready to do whatever it takes to retain his control of the neighborhood. Brett Favre, M.C. Hammer and other stars make cameo appearances.

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Remember The Titans (2000)

Starring Denzel Washington, Hayden Panettiere, Kip Pardue, Ryan Gosling, Donald Faison

remember-the-titans-dvdBased on the true story of the explosive events that took place in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971 when African-American football coach Herman Boone was hired to guide an integrated but racially polarized high school team, the TC Williams Titans. Angry, stubborn and a rigid taskmaster, Boone faces a cool reception from the team’s players as well as an awkward relationship with assistant coach Bill Yost, a local white man with seniority and a tradition of winning who was bypassed for the job. It’s made clear that Bill has feelings of animosity for having to be an assistant under a black man. As the two men learn to overcome their ignorance and bigotry and realize that they have much in common… integrity, honor, and a strong work ethic… they work together to transform a group of angry, unfocused players into a dynamic winning team of responsible young men. In the process, they also unite a divided community and ensure that Virginia will always “Remember the Titans.” — An excellent depiction of a stunning story.

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The Replacements (2000)

Starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones, Jon Favreau

The-Replacements-dvdInspired by the National Football League strike of 1987, the story follows a team of scab players as they fill in for the real pros. Jimmy McGinty (Gene Hackman), a compassionate and dedicated coach, is rehired by the owner of the Washington Sentinels to pull together a new crew in order to finish off the season and keep the stadium filled. This includes a safety who is on work release, a lightning-quick wide receiver with bricks for hands, a deranged linebacker-SWAT team member, a chain-smoking Welsh kicker, and Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves), a former college quarterback who lost his chance at the big time after a disastrous Sugar Bowl appearance. The newly formed squad must learn to set aside its differences if it is to win three out of four games and make it to the playoffs. Along the way, Falco finds himself harassed by the Sentinels’ star quarterback, Eddie Martel, as well as falling in love with the team’s head cheerleader, Annabelle (Brooke Langton). A final showdown against the strike-breaking reigning champions gives McGinty and Falco one last chance at redemption.

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Rudy (1993)

Starring Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Charles S. Dutton

Rudy-dvdRudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but he had other plans instead. This is a stirring, true-life tale of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a teenager from a working-class family with the impossible dream of playing football for his beloved Notre Dame. Unfortunately, there were a couple of minor problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was about half the size of the other players. Still, he had the drive, motivation and spirit to go through great lengths to gain admission to the school and make the team. Rudy is relegated to benchwarmer status before he wins the respect of his teammates and coach Ara Parseghian.

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School Ties (1992)

Starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O’Donnell, Ben Affleck, Amy Locane

School-Ties-dvdDavid Greene (Brendan Fraser), a working-class Jewish teen, receives a football scholarship to a prestigious prep school in the 1950s. Aware that this opportunity will allow him a better life, he hides his religion from his wealthy, prejudiced classmates. Greene becomes the star player and wins the attention of a beautiful debutante (Amy Locane), but when his heritage is revealed, the deep-seated hatred of his schoolmates rises to the surface.


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Semi-Tough (1978)

Starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Brian Dennehy

semi-tough-dvdBurt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star as two pro-football pals who both fall for the team-owner’s very rich daughter. Kind of goofy, kind of funny, and somewhat endearing–those are the qualities that surface in this light-hearted comedy built upon an extremely predictable scenario.

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Varsity Blues (1999)

Starring James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart, Jon Voight

Varsity_Blues_dvdIn his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. Uncompromising and omnipotent, Kilmer is deified in the small Texas town as long as the team is winning. But when star quarterback Lance Harbor suffers a season-ending injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of second-string quarterback Jonathan Moxon. His irreverent attitude and approach to football come into direct conflict with the coach’s inflexible game plan.

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The Waterboy (1998)

Starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed

The-WaterBoy-dvdBobby Boucher, a socially inept 31-year-old from the swamps of Louisiana, is home schooled and sheltered by his over-protective Mama. His only contact with society is his “water boy” job for a college team where the players relentlessly make fun of him, and his coach doesn’t let him fight back. This all changes when Bobby gets a new coach who lets him stand up for himself. Bobby finally releases years of pent-up rage and is transformed into the most devastating tackler on the team. Now Bobby has to learn how to play football and go to college, all behind his Mama’s back. Let’s just hope Mama doesn’t find out!

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We Are Marshall (2006)

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn, Ian McShane

we-are-marshall-dvd2A true story, based on devastating events, set in Huntington, West Virginia, about a small town steeped in the rich tradition of college football. For decades, players, coaches, fans and families have come together to cheer on Marshall University’s “Thundering Herd.” For this team and this community, Marshall football is more than just a sport, it’s a way of life. But on a fateful night in 1970, while traveling back to Huntington after a game in North Carolina, 75 members of Marshall’s football team and coaching staff were killed in a plane crash. As those left behind struggled to cope with the devastating loss of their loved ones, the grieving families found hope and strength in the leadership of Jack Lengyel, a young coach who was determined to rebuild Marshall’s football program and in the process helped to heal a community.

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Wildcats (1986)

Starring Goldie Hawn, James Keach, Swoosie Kurtz, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson

wildcats-dvdGoldie Hawn plays a physical education teacher who gets a chance to coach an inner-city high school football team. If that sounds contrived, it is, but in the hands of director Michael Ritchie (Smile), the jokes all fire, and there’s plenty of comedy teased out in details. (The cheerleading squad has some funny moments just belting out their morale-boosting chants.) The supporting cast has a couple of significant up-and-comers: Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes.

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40 Best Road Trip Movies of All Time

Road_Trip_logoEver find yourself in the mood for a great road trip type movie and not quite sure where to start looking for one that appeals to you. There have been several of them over the years, all with various storylines and undertones. The list below represents a very wide selection of films from the early days of Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in the 1934 classic “It Happened One Night”, a road show classic of Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in 1947’s Road To Rio, Stanley Kramer’s madcap, all-star cast, cross-country adventure of “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” from 1962, as well as the legendary Easy Rider of 1969 through the 70’s cult favorite Death Race 2000 starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. Cannonball Run, Smokey and The Bandit, Mad Max, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Thelma and Louise, road_trip_imageCheech and Chong antics in Things Are Tough All Over, more powerful dramas of Boys On The Side, Rain Man, Paper Moon, The Straight Story and The Bucket List – outrageous college frat-party type movies like Road Trip and EuroTrip – And the insanity of Dumb And Dumber and Tommy Boy. They’re all here with brief overviews as well as who stars in the film. Should be something here for everybody and for every mood. Enjoy 🙂

almost_famous_dvd_coverAlmost Famous (2000)

starring Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson

Fifteen-year-old avid rock fan William lands an assignment from Rolling Stone to accompany a fledgling band from Michigan called Stillwater on their first tour. As he becomes more involved with the band members, he loses his objectivity and is soon entangled in the infamous 70’s rock scene. The adventure teaches him a life-changing lesson about the importance of family — the ones we inherit, and the ones we create.boys_on_the_side_dvd

Boys On The Side (1995)

starring Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore

The story of three women, one dying of AIDS, who share a car trip across the country. Each has memories she’d like to forget and circumstances she’d like to change. Over the course of their trip, they become friends, joining together to form a makeshift family.

breakdown_dvdBreakdown (1997)

starring Kurt Russell, JT Walsh, Kathleen Quinlan

A couple is driving from Massachusetts to California when their jeep breaks down in a desolate part of the Southwest. The wife accepts the offer of a truck driver to take her to the nearest cafe where she can call for assistance. When the husband starts the car himself, he goes to the cafe where the driver claims that he’s never met him or his wife before. The husband begins a frantic search for his missing wife.

The Bucket List (2008)Bucket_List

starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life. Again, not your traditional road trip film but highly recommended.

bustin_looseBustin’ Loose (1981)

starring Richard Pryor and Cicely Tyson

Foul-mouthed Joe (Richard Pryor) breaks his parole, but is given a chance to prove his worth by a schoolteacher (Cicely Tyson). She hires him to drive a bus full of Special School kids from Philadelphia, but Joe is a bit unnerved by their various mental problems. Soon, however, the bonds of friendship are formed and Joe wins the respect of the kids and their teacher.

Cannonball Run (1981)cannonball_run

starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Farrah Fawcett

In this movie Burt Reynolds is an adventurer who decides to participate in an illegal car race all over the country. There is an all-star cast of racers (Jackie Chan, Farrah Fawcett, Peter Fonda, Dean Martin, Roger Moore, Sammy Davis Jr. and others) that will do anything to outrun all the difficulties (including the police) and win the race.

convoy_Convoy (1978)

starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine

A mile-long convoy of protesting truckers speeds along the Arizona highway toward the Mexican border. The tense action builds to an incredible climax in one of the most destructive auto crash scenes ever filmed.

Death Race 2000 (1975)deathrace2000

starring David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone

In the near future the ultimate sporting event is the deathrace. Contestants get score points for running people down as they speed across the country. The sport has crazed fans who sacrifice themselves to the drivers. An overt agency is trying to bring an end to the immoral death race and has infiltrated one of their followers in to the race as a navigator. In the end of the race the lives of the competitors, the President and the deathrace itself are in peril. A Legendary cult film

Dirty_Mary_Crazy_LarryDirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)

Starring Peter Fonda, Susan George, Adam Roarke, Vic Morrow and Roddy McDowell.

Mary and Larry are two lovers who, with Larry’s ace mechanic, rob a grocery store and flee the police with hopes of making the professional racing circuit. They are chased over hill, over vale by the cops, who deploy everything from a 426 Hemi to a helicopter to stop Larry’s Dodge Charger culminating in a memorable ending….. Fast-paced ….. Fast action.

Duel (1971)Duel_dvd

‘First Feature Film’ directed by Steven Spielberg starring Dennis Weaver

David Mann is trying to drive his car across California. When he tries to pass a gas tanker, the driver somehow takes offense. At first the unseen driver just annoys David by continually passing him and slowing down. Then he starts playing mind games with David, tempting him to pass the tanker, only to prevent him when he tries. The story is seen from David’s point of view, with commentary as he thinks to himself. Tense and riveting.

dumb_and_dumberDumb & Dumber (1994)

starring Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and Lauren Holly

The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends … For Harry and Lloyd, every day is a no-brainer. Join these two halfwits as they travel across the country to return a suitcase full of cash to its rightful owner. Along the way, they’ll confound and confuse everyone who crosses their path.

Easy Rider (1969)Easy_Rider_dvd

starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson

Friends and partners Wyatt and Billy, both die-hard hippy bikers, score some illegal drugs in Mexico and cash in on it in Los Angeles, raising money to travel to the Mardi Grass in New Orleans. They discover what America is really like back in the days of the counterculture movement and see what intolerances exist along the way. Spectacular scenery abounds. A cult classic.

EuroTrip_dvdEuroTrip (2004)

starring Scott Mechlowicz, Jacob Pitts, Kristin Kreuk

Have you ever pressed “Send” on an e-mail and immediately wished you could get it back? Scotty Thomas and his Berlin-based computer pen pal, Mieke, have been writing each other for years, sharing every detail of their lives. When Mieke makes a ‘cyber pass’ at Scotty, he completely freaks out, thinking that this guy he’s known for years is coming on to him–in German no less. Too bad the one detail Scotty doesn’t seem to know is that, in Germany, Mieke is a girl’s name. By the time Scotty figures out that Mieke is a girl, and a hot one at that, Mieke has cut off her e-mail account and all contact with him. Thinking that this might be his one chance at true love–even though he’s never actually met the girl–Scotty and his best friends, Cooper and the twins Jenny and Jamie, embark on a raucous trip across Europe headed for Berlin. Their trek takes them from London to Paris to Amsterdam and Eastern Europe, exposing them–literally–to every lascivious, larcenous and lecherous indulgence Europe has to offer, in a comedy that gives new meaning to the phrase “foreign relations.Fandango DVD

Fandango (1985)

starring Kevin Costner, Judd Nelson and Sam Robards

A group of five college guys decide to have their last fling between graduation and the “real world” during the early ’70s, even as the sceptre of the Vietnam War, still very real, looms on their conscience.

fear_and_loathing_in_las_vegasFear & Loathing In Las Vegas (1998)

starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and Tobey Maguire

Journalist Raoul Duke and his lawyer Dr Gonzo drive from LA to Las Vegas on a drugs binge. They nominally cover news stories, including a convention on drug abuse, but also sink deeper into a frightening psychedelic otherworld. As Vietnam, Altamont and the Tate killings impinge from the world of TV news, Duke and Gonzo see casinos, reptiles and the Amercian dream.the great race

The Great Race (1965)

starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, Keenan Wynn,

At the turn of the 20th century a host of colorful characters set out on a 20,000-mile auto race from New York to Paris, and hilarity ensues. Mayhem and double-crossing abound as some zany professional racers go up against each other in a 1908 cross-continental road race from New York to Paris. Featuring an all-star cast.

gumball_rallyGumball Rally (1976)

starring Michael Sarrazin, Norman Burton, Gary Busey

A group of wacky characters compete in an illegal auto race known as the Gumball Rally. It starts in New York and finishes in Long Beach, California with virtually no rules. It’s a hilarious coast-to-coast, 180 mile-an-hour, go-for-broke, outrageous road race with the world’s most expensive cars. And it’s all just for glory and a gumball machine.it_happened_one_night

It Happened One Night (1934)

starring Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Alan Hale

A spoiled rich girl escapes from her millionaire father, who wants to stop her from marrying a worthless playboy. En route to New York, she gets involved with an out-of-work newsman. When their bus breaks down, the bickering couple sets off on a madcap hitchhiking expedition.

Its_A-Mad_Mad_Mad_Mad_WorldIt’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)

starring Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, plus many more

A Blockbuster Comedy with an incredible All-Star Cast (30+ major stars of that era) – Brilliantly simple, the plot concerns a caravan of motorists who witness a terrible accident on a very dangerous winding California desert highway. The auto-crash victim, Smiler Grogan, reveals in his dying words that he has hidden a fortune of stolen cash, sending the drivers on a greed-driven rambunctious race to see who can claim the loot first!

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)Little_Miss_Sunshine_dvd

starring Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell

The Hoover family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreaks, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarre landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.

Lost_in_America_dvdLost In America (1985)

starring Albert Brooks, Julie Hagerty

A successful, yuppie couple in their mid thirties quit their jobs and decide to leave the everyday rat race of the real world. They liquidate their assets and take off to become ‘free spirits’ and make a soul searching journey across America in their Winnebago motorhome. Their idealized, unrealistic plans soon begin to unravel and go spectacularly wrong while comedy ensues.

The Lucky Ones (2008)the-lucky-ones

starring Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña

After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole is granted a one-month leave to visit his fiancee. But when an unexpected blackout cancels all flights out of New York, TK agrees to share a ride to Pittsburgh with two similarly stranded servicemen: Cheaver, an older family man who longs to return to his wife in St. Louis, and Colee, a naive private who’s pinned her hopes on connecting with a dead fellow soldier’s family. What begins as a short trip unexpectedly evolves into a longer journey. Forced to grapple with old relationships, broken hopes and a country divided over the war, TK, Cheaver and Colee discover that home is not quite what they remembered, and that the unlikely companionship they’ve found might be what matters the most.

MadMaxMad Max (1979)

starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

It is a couple of years into the post-nuclear future… The highways of Australia are ruled by violent gangs and rebel bikers who have turned the highways into a bloody battleground as they loot gasoline and terrorize the innocent. Max Rockatansky is a policeman who had everything… Until, a murderous motorcycle gang led by the evil Toecutter burns his partner Jim Goose to death and murders his wife and son, after Max killed their leader “The Knight Rider”. Loosing his rocker, Max decides to take the law into his own hands as he sets out to get his revenge on the motorcycle gang and become the road warrior known as “Mad Max”

Midnight Run (1988)Midnight_Run_dvd

starring Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin

Bounty hunter Jack Walsh is sent to find and return bail jumper and former Mafia accountant, Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukas. The FBI have had no success it locating The Duke, so when Jack finds him in no time at all, they are a little embarrassed. In order to collect his $100,000 fee, Jack must take The Duke from New York to Los Angeles. However, the Mafia and the FBI have other ideas, as does Marvin, a rival bounty hunter. On their long cross-country trip to LA, the two get to know each other and they build up a strange friendship.

Muppet_MovieThe Muppet Movie (1979)

Jim Henson’s classic animation spoof ….. featuring a large cast of famous celebrity voice-overs

Kermit and the gang decide to take a trip to Hollywood. They begin their journey on a bicycle pedaled by Kermit, but friends accumulate along the way, and they change vehicles to accommodate them. They have the additional challenge of fending off the entreaties of the heartless Doc Hopper who wants Kermit to make some advertisements promoting fried frog legs. Kermit must also cope with his amorous feelings for Miss Piggy, and hers for him. Once in Hollywood they encounter many stars.

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)National_Lampoon_Vacation_dvd

starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid

The Griswold brigade set out in high spirits, ready to spend quality time together as a family on their summer vacation driving from Chicago to Wally World on a cross country adventure. As fate would have it, the trip soon falls apart, with mishaps and bad luck at every turn. When they finally arrive at Wally World, and they find that the park is closed for maintenance, Clark Griswold snaps. He takes a Wally World security guard hostage, in one last attempt to deliver on his promise to his family of a fun-filled vacation.

Paper_Moon_dvdPaper Moon (1973)

starring Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeline Kahn

Set in the Midwest during the Great Depression, the storyline follows the adventures of Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal), a happy-go-lucky con artist who travels through the Midwest on a mission to swindle money out of innocent widows. While attending a friend’s funeral, Pray is called upon by two elderly ladies to deliver the daughter of the deceased, Addie (Tatum O’Neal), to her aunt in Missouri. Soon learning that the 9-year-old is almost as mischievous and manipulative as he is, Pray and Addie develop a father and daughter routine that increases their credibility as well as their income. Now, the devious duo set out on a series of misadventures involving crooked cops, bootleggers, grieving widows and a Carney dancer named Miss Trixie Delight (Kahn) who adds a little spice to their routine.

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)Pee_Wees_Big_Adventure_dvd

starring Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton

Pee Wee Herman, an awkward and childish character who never really grew up, sets off on a wild cross-country adventure for the first time ever when he finds his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen when he was away by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich “kid.” He decides to set off on an obsessive journey, after learning from a fortune teller that his bicycle is in the basement of the Alamo in Texas, determined to recover it. He encounters an array of interesting characters along the way and tries to deal with things in his own unique way.

planes_trains_automobiles_dvdPlanes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)

starring Steve Martin and John Candy

Two days before Thanksgiving, marketing consultant Neal Page races to catch a plane home to his family in Chicago, only to find that his flight has been delayed. Hours later, he boards the plane and ends up next to the obnoxious shower curtain ring salesman, Del Griffith. When the flight is detoured due to bad weather, the mismatched pair are forced to find their own way to Chicago-by any means necessary. Seems like whatever can go go wrong, usually does and in the worst possible ways. A madcap adventure follows that will have you in hysterics because we can relate to some of them quite well.

Rain Man (1988)RainMan

starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise

Charley is a hustler. He’s been on his own long enough to know how to work people and situations. He finds that the father who threw him out as a teenager has died. He’s left him a now antique convertible and something more important, a previously unknown brother, Raymond. Raymond is autistic, but is able to calculate complicated mathematical problems in his head with great speed and accuracy. Their father has left his fortune to Raymond who doesn’t even understand what money is for. Charley is enraged by what has happened and by his father keeping Raymond’s existence from him for his entire life. He kidnaps Raymond from his residential home and the two of them begin a long road trip that will lead them to a better understanding of each other.

Road_to_Rio_dvdRoad To Rio (1947)

starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour

A charming and classic Bing Crosby, Bob Hope “road movie” ….. When two musicians accidentally set fire to a “big top circus”, they escape town and the law by stowing away on an oceanliner headed for Rio. Once on board, they meet a lovely lady who was hypnotized so she’ll marry a man she doesn’t love. It’s up to them to save her. Received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Scoring of a Musical Picture”.

Road Trip (2000)Road_Trip_dvd

starring Breckin Meyer, Seann William Scott, Amy Smart, DJ Qualls, Tom Green

Cheating is when you’re in a committed relationship and have sex with another person….It’s not cheating if you live in different area codes, if you are too wasted to remember it, or if you are with two people at the same time because they cancel each other out. But it is definitely cheating if you videotape it and someone accidentally mails the tape to your girlfriend. This is what happens to Josh, who must now drag two college buddies, and one not-so-eager-kid who happens to own the car, on a raucous and raunchy 1800-mile road trip from Ithaca, New York to Austin, Texas to save his lifelong romance.Throw in Tom Green and a boa constrictor and you’ll have non-stop laughs along with fast paced action.

sidewaysSideways (2004)

starring Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh

A wine tasting, California road trip to salute Jack’s final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women. Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

Smokey & The Bandit (1977)smokey-and-the-bandit

starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason and a few celebrity cameo appearances

Bandit and Cledus are two truck-driving southerners who accept a dare from big-shots Big and Little Enos to pick up a truckload of beer from Texas and return it to them within a specified amount of time. Picking it up is simple enough, but as they are leaving Texas, Bandit unwittingly picks up Carrie, a hitchhiking bride-to-be who just left her groom, Junior, at the altar. Junior, however, is the son of Sheriff Buford T. Justice. And when Buford and Junior discover what has happened, they go on a “high-speed pursuit” across the Southeast to catch the bandit. One of the wildest car chases of all time.

the_straight_storyThe Straight Story (1999)

starring Richard Farnswort and Sissy Spacek

The Straight Story” chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his estranged 75-year-old brother Lyle. Alvin Straight lives a quiet life in a small country town. When his brother gets seriously ill, he decides to put away their differences and visit him after many, many years. So, alone, he begins a long journey through hundreds of miles, just to see again his brother, even if it’s the last thing he will ever do… Based on a real story.

The Sure Thing (1985)the_sure_thing_dvd

starring John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga, Anthony Edwards

College freshman John (Gib) Gibson decides to go cross country to visit his friend in California during winter break. Awaiting there is a bikini-clad babe whom his friend assures him is a “sure thing”. Meanwhile, Allison, a cute (but somewhat anal retentive) girl at Gib’s college has also decided to head out to Cal. to see her boyfriend during break. Gib and Allison are thrust together on a road trip from hell, and somewhere along the way, they find each other’s company to be tolerable. Now, what will become of Gib’s “sure thing?”

Thelma_Louise_dvdThelma & Louise (1991)

starring Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel

Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it but are soon followed closely by the authorities including a local policeman who is sympathetic to their plight. The federal authorities, however, have less compassion and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times.

Things Are Tough All Over (1982)Things_are_tough_all_over_dvd

starring Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong

Cheech and Chong work briefly as car wash attendants and musicians before being hired to drive a car from Chicago to Las Vegas. Unbeknownst to them, their employers (themselves in double roles) have concealed five million dollars of dirty money in the upholstery. A series of adventures ensues, including the making of a porn film featuring ‘The Guys’ and their real-life squeezes.

Tommy_boy_dvdTommy Boy (1995)

starring Chris Farley, David Spade, Bo Derek, Dan Aykroyd

Tommy Callahan Jr. is a slow-witted, clumsy guy who recently graduated college after attending for seven years. His father, Big Tom Callahan, owns an auto parts factory in Ohio. When Tommy arrives back home, he finds he has a position at the factory waiting for him. His dad also introduces Tommy to the new brake pad division of the factory and to Tommy’s soon-to-be stepmother, Beverly, and her son Paul. But when Big Tom dies, the factory threatens to go under unless the new brake pads are to be sold. Therefore, Tommy must go on the road to sell them, along with the assistance of Richard, Big Tom’s right-hand man. Will Tommy save the company, or will the factory, and the town, go under?

Two Lane Blacktop (1971)Two-LaneBlacktop1971

starring James Taylor, Warren Oates, Laurie Bird, Dennis Wilson

The Driver and The Mechanic are two car freaks driving a 1955 Chevy throughout the southwestern U.S. looking for other cars to race. They are totally dedicated to The Car and converse with each other only when necessary. At a gas station, The Driver and The Mechanic, along with a girl who has ingratiated herself into their world, meet G.T.O., a middle-aged man who fabricates stories about his exploits. It is decided to have a race to Washington, D.C., where the winner will get the loser’s car. Along the way, the race and the highway metaphorically depict the lives of these contestants as they struggle to their destination.

Vanishing_Point_dvdVanishing Point (1971)

starring Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger

Kowalski, works for a car delivery service. He takes delivery of a 1970 Dodge Challenger to take from Colorado to San Fransisco, California. Shortly after pickup, he takes a bet to get the car there in less than 15 hours. After a few run-ins with motorcycle cops and highway patrol they start a chase to bring him into custody. Along the way, Kowalski is guided by Supersoul – a blind DJ with a police radio scanner. Throw in lots of chase scenes, gay hitchhikers, a naked woman riding a motorbike, lots of Mopar and you’ve got a great cult hit from the early 70’s

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And I just realized I left out one of my personal favorites that should definitely be on this list…

The Long, Long Trailer (1953)

starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Keenan Wynn, Marjorie Main

Nicky (Desi Arnaz) and his fiance, Tacy (Lucille Ball) are engaged. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels — a trailer. After the two get married, the newlyweds hitch up their trailer and begin their honeymoon across the USA. The humor comes from several disastrous adventures the couple have while traveling including Tacy’s awkward attempt to cook dinner in a moving trailer, and a cliffhanging ride through the Sierra Nevada Mountains that nearly destroys their marriage. A very enjoyable and hilarious look at Lucy and Desi in the earlier years of their TV prime on the big screen. A must see for all Lucy fans.

Best Baseball Movies Of All Time – “A Tribute To The Boys Of Summer”

With the start of summer within sight and the temperatures warming up, it only seems fitting to reflect on one of my favorite summertime interests…from way back in childhood memories to the present day…America, Baseball & Apple Pie…just seems to all go together. It seems like the one constant in life through all the years has been baseball, America’s National Pastime. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. And through all this, baseball has stood the test of time. This field – This game – It’s a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good and could be again. When James Earl Jones delivers these lines as writer Terence Mann near the end of Field of Dreams, it solidifies the fact that baseball is woven into the very fabric of our national consciousness. Simply put, baseball is baseball_memorabilia_collageAmerica (and vice versa). Keeping this in mind I’ve tried to put together a list of my favorite films about this wonderful game called baseball. This is by no means complete but instead a very comprehensive list. Originally it was going to be a ‘Top 10’ list but I had a hard time narrowing it down so I decided to do a ‘recommended must-see list’ instead. I started this compilation by thinking about not only films that featured “baseball” but also about movies that treated baseball as a ‘character’. It wasn’t long that I realized that those that fell into the later category were the ones I generally liked best and ultimately shifted my focus towards them. So, without further ado, the must-see films are as follows (not necessarily in any particular order but the first half dozen or so are definitely the ones that came to mind first).

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bulll_durhamBull Durham (1988)

starring Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Minor League team Durham Bulls, Class A, has spent a lot of money to acquire rookie phenom pitcher “Nuke” LaLoosh. Crash Davis, a 12-year veteran catcher, has been assigned to Durham in hopes that he can mature the rookie pitcher who tends to get wild at times. When a beautiful and enigmatic groupie shows an interest in both players, Crash’s assignment gets interesting.

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field of dreams

Field Of Dreams (1989)

starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta

Struggling Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella obeys a voice telling him to replace part of his cornfield with a baseball field. Soon thereafter Ray experiences the appearance of Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other 1919 Chicago White Sox players. Ray continues to hear voices which leads him to a reclusive author to help him interpret the meaning of the messages and the field.

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the_naturalThe Natural (1984)

starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall, Kim Basinger

Roy Hobbs, a mysterious middle-aged ballplayer with an unknown past appears to play on a last place ball club, the Knights. When Hobbs begins to dominate and take the Knights into first place he must face the demons of his past. Can Hobbs continue his dominance while dealing with past and present off-field problems?

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Bang the drum

Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)

starring Robert De Niro, Michael Moriarty

Teams come together on the field in the spirit of competition; however, teams form a brotherhood when they come together in the spirit of friendship. When a New York baseball team’s catcher discovers he has a terminal illness, it’s the strength of his team of friends that make his last year as a baseball player one to remember.

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pride-of-the-yankeesThe Pride Of The Yankees (1942)

starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Walter Brennan

Follow the life of Lou Gehrig, famous NY Yankee first baseman who was nicknamed “The Iron Horse” for playing in 2,130 consecutive games. Gehrig eventually falls to a deadly nerve disease (ALS), which has since been name after him. This classic takes you from Gehrig’s childhood in New York, through his playing days, to his famous ‘Luckiest Man Alive’ farewell speech in 1939.

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Major League (1989)

starring Tom Berrenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin BernsenMajorLeague

She’s beautiful, smart, goal-oriented, and she just inherited the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, she wants to move the franchise to Miami, and a losing season is her only ticket to Florida. So she signs the wildest gang of screwballs that ever spit tobacco. They’re handsome but hopeless! Her catcher (Tom Berenger) is a washed-up womanizer who struck out in life. Her ace pitcher (Charlie Sheen) is a punked-out crazy who struck out with the law. And her third baseman (L.A. Law’s Corbin Bernsen) is more concerned about fielding endorsements than grounders. Throw in a busload of other misfits and you’ve hot yourself a hilarious line-up that’s destined for disaster.

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Bad News BearsThe Bad News Bears (1976)

starring Walter Matthau, Tatum O’Neal, Vic Morrow

Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau), a drunken ex-ballplayer, is forced to coach a local little league team of misfits. Buttermaker is more interested in beer and babes until he grows tired of seeing the team lose. In an effort to change things around, Buttermaker begins to teach the kids how to play and recruits 2 new ballplayers. Still a crazy bunch, the team begins to make drastic improvements and now has a shot at the title.

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The Stratton Story (1949)

starring Jimmy Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morganstrattonstory

Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton is an affable long drink of water with an easy, whip-like delivery and a pitch so unhittable the young phenom racks up consecutive 15-win seasons. But Stratton’s greatest victory doesn’t come on the manicured green diamonds of our national pastime. James Stewart portrays Stratton, who loses a leg in an accident just as his career is on the rise…and whose triumph over despair and disability leads him to pitch again. Stewart signed on for the role when he realized the film would be an inspiration to injured World War II GIs. The film still inspires. Awarded an Oscar?* for Best Motion Picture Story, directed by Sam Wood (The Pride of the Yankees) and supported by a top cast that includes real-life ballplayers, The Stratton Story is sports biography at its best.

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league_of_their_ownA League Of Their Own (1992)

starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Jon Lovitz

Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) has been hired to coach in the All-American Girls Baseball League of 1943 while the male pros are at war. Dugan, now a drunk has-been, unexpectedly discovers these girls can play ball! Now Dugan must manage the Rockford Peaches as they try to swing their way to a World Series title. This film is based on a true story.

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Eight Men Out (1988)8menoutdvd

starring John Cusack, D.B. Sweeney, Christopher Lloyd, Charlie Sheen

It’s 1919 and the Chicago White Sox are considered a lock to win the World Series. White Sox owner, Charles Comiskey, is a penny-pinching, over-involved manager who underpays his players. A group of hustlers and gamblers look to take advantage of this opportunity by offering select White Sox players extra cash for throwing the World Series. When the White Sox are defeated, a few sports writers suspect a fix, bringing scandal to America’s favorite pastime.

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the_rookieThe Rookie (2002)

starring Dennis Quaid, Rachel Griffiths, Angus T Jones

Jim Morris once dreamed of becoming a big leaguer. But an injury to his pitching arm while playing in the minors forced Morris out of the game. Twelve years have passed and Morris, now coaching a last place high school baseball team. Seeing that Morris still has some juice left in his arm, his team makes a deal that forces Morris to try out for a Major League team. After throwing a 98mph fastball, the aging Morris is signed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays giving him a second shot at “the Show”.

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the_sandlot

The Sandlot (1993)

starring Brandon Quintin Adams, Karen Allen, James Earl Jones

Scotty Smalls is new to the neighborhood, but his lack of baseball talent is making it hard for Smalls to fit in. When Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez recruits Smalls to play with his neighborhood gang at a nearby sandlot, a whole new summer experience awaits.

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love-of-gameFor Love Of The Game (1999)

starring Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

Detroit Tiger legend Billy Chapel is pitching what may be the final game of his career. Chapel, facing the Yankees, begins to flashback to the last 4 years spent with the women he loves, Jane Aubrey, who earlier that day told him it was over and she was taking a job in London. As the game unfolds Chapel realizes how much Jane meant to him … and that he’s got a perfect game going! Now Chapel wonders if he can win her back and if his aging arm can complete the perfect game.

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61* (2001)61

starring Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane

It was the summer of 1961. New York Yankees Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle both took on Babe Ruth’s sacred record of 60 home runs in one season. Two opposites fighting for the same goal. Yankees goldenboy vs. a hard hitting Midwesterner. For baseball lovers this would be an unforgettable moment in time.

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cobbCobb (1994)

starring Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl

Tyrus Raymond Cobb played baseball like a man charging a machine-gun nest. He gave no quarter, took no prisoners. And when his Hall of Fame career was over, Ty Cobb attacked life the same way. Tommy Lee Jones portrays the legendary – and equally cheered and detested – Georgia Peach in this acclaimed film from writer/director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, Dark Blue), also starring Robert Wuhl and Lolita Davidovich. From its recapturing of the outfielder’s playing days (Roger Clemens portrays a rival pitcher) to its recreation of a 1961 Hall of Fame banquet, Cobb is a movie grand slam.

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SoulGame

Soul Of The Game (1996)

starring Delroy Lindo, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood

In 1945, the world of baseball was divided between the Majors and the Negro Leagues – but the time has come for change. Will Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson or Jackie Robinson be the first to take the field in the Majors?

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fever_pitchFever Pitch (2005)

starring Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

High school teacher and Boston Red Sox fan Ben Wrightman meets successful businesswomen Lindsey Meeks and they immediately hit it off. Despite being from very different worlds, their relationship seems to be perfect … until Opening Day! Now Lindsay is introduced to another love in Ben’s life, his obsession with the Red Sox.

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bingo_long_traveling_allstars

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

starring Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor

Period road comedy about baseball players abandoning Negro League for lively traveling road show. Its sharp satire, energetic performances has made it a cult classic amongst African-American cinema fans, and baseball-lovers.

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the_babeThe Babe (1992)

starring John Goodman, Kelly McGillis

John Goodman stars as Babe Ruth in this biopic of the NY Yankee legend. Follow Ruth as he’s abandoned by his father at an orphanage, through his legendary baseball career yet struggling personal life and finally to his retirement from the game. Relive Babe’s unforgettable memories and dynamite swing.

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Hardball (2001)hardball

starring Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

Connor O’Neill, a compulsive gambler, has reluctantly agreed to coach a Little League team from a housing project in Chicago in exchange for cash to payback his gambling debt. Surprisingly, O’ Neill gains a new outlook on life once he gets to know his inner-city ballplayers and realize what’s really important in life.

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mr_3000Mr. 3000 (2004)

starring Bernic Mac, Angela Bassett

It’s been nine years since Milwaukee Brewer Stan Ross (Bernie Mac) hit his 3,000th career hit and then suddenly retired. Ross, a now successful entrepreneur, learns that 3 of his hits were counted twice giving him just 2,997. Ross must now come out of retirement and fight old age, the media, disgruntled teammates and his own ego to capture those 3 remaining hits.

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Pastime (1991)pastime

starring William Russ, Glenn Plummer

It’s 1957 and Roy Dean Bream is a minor league has-been who’s love for the game is the only thing that keeps him playing. When the team signs black rookie pitcher Tyrone Debray, Bream sees that Debray may have the talent to do things he only dreamed of. This unlikely friendship tears down all racial barriers and inspires both ballplayers to become more than they imagined.

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mickeyMickey (2004)

starring Harry Connick Jr., Shawn Salinas

Attorney Tripp Spence, recently-widowed and father to talented 13-year old pitcher Derrick, finds himself wanted by the IRS for tax evasion. Hoping to run from trouble they flee to Las Vegas and assume new identities. Derrick become 12-year old ‘Mickey’ and Tripp signs him up for a second final year of Little League. However, when ‘Mickey’ leads his team to the Little League World Series he begins to receive national attention. Now fugitive Tripp must try to stay under the radar while his son is pitching on ESPN.

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The Benchwarmers (2006)benchwarmers

starring David Spade, Rob Schneider, Jon Heder

Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder star in this comedy about three guys (Schneider, Spade, Heder) who, all their lives, have been living in the shadow of bullies and are determined not to take it anymore. Now they must train with the help of Mel (Jon Lovitz) to take on the most offensive and meanest Little League teams. Also starring Craig Kilborn, Tim Meadows, Nick Swardson, and Molly Sims.

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summercatchSummer Catch (2001)

starring Freddie Prinze Jr, Jessica Biel, Matthew Lillard, Brian Dennehy

Local pitcher Ryan Dunne will spend the summer in the Cap Cod League, along with hundreds of other top young prospects fresh out of college. Dunne has been blessed with a great arm but must battle the death of his mother, player rivalries, pressure from the local fans and the pursuit of a beautiful young rich girl. Dunne will need to learn how to push all these distractions aside to focus on his game. His aspirations of becoming a major league ball player depend upon it.

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hustle

Hustle (2004)

starring Tom Sizemore

An ESPN Original Movie about the true story of hit king Pete Rose and the allegations brought against him about betting on baseball. Nicknamed “Charlie Hustle” for his play on the field, Rose took that same aggressive reputation off the field which ultimately led to lifetime banishment from the game he loved.

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littlebigleagueLittle Big League (1994)

starring Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, John Ashton, Ashley Crow

When 12 year-old Billy Heywood inherits the Minnesota Twins from his grandfather, his first order of business is naming himself as the manager! Now this baseball genius is put to the test. How does this know-it-all kid going to deal with batting slumps, pampered egos and labor disputes? Manager Billy will attempt to turn these players into a team and remind them how to love the game again. This is a movie your whole family can enjoy.

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Talent For The Game (1991)

starring Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, Jeff Corbetttalent_for_the_game

California Angels scout Virgil Sweet will lose his job if he doesn’t produce a phenom soon. When his car breaks down on an old country road it proves to be a blessing in disguise as Virgil discovers hard-throwing Sammy Bodeen. Despite having no pro ball experience, Virgil is able to convince the fireballer to sign with the Angels. Wanting to make a quick buck, Angels ownership launches a massive marketing campaign promoting the newcomer. Sammy, a good ole’ country boy, just wants to play ball and now Virgil is caught in the middle of the fiasco.

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long-goneLong Gone (1987)

starring William Peterson, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney

A television movie set in the 1950s, about a minor-league baseball team, led by Cecil “Stud” Cantrell. Cantrell is the player-manager of the Tampico Stogies, a third-rate team comprised of has-beens and no-talents. However, a series of events changes his luck, and the team finally becomes pennant-winning material.

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Mr. Baseball (1992)mr_baseball

starring Tom Selleck

When has-been baseball player Jack Elliot (Selleck) is signed by a Japanese team, he is initially reluctant to take the game seriously. Elliot is very successful, though, as he teaches the team about American chutzpah, and they remind him of the value of respect. He must fight his way out from under a slump to show that he deserves the title.

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rookie_of_the_yearRookie Of The Year (1993)

starring Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall

Little Leaguer Henry Rowengartner is a huge Chicago Cubs fan but not much of a ballplayer. His lack of ability and clumsiness lead to a broken throwing arm. However, soon after his cast is removed, Henry attends a Cubs game where he and the entire stadium discover that his newly healed arm is throwing 100 mph! The last-place Cubs sign Henry and now he is their new star. But can Henry and his arm handle all of the pressure of being a professional ballplayer and leading the Cubs out of the cellar?

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The Fan (1996)

starring Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkinthe_fan

Bobby Rayburn has just signed a $40 million contract with the San Francisco Giants and his biggest fan, Gil Renard, is thrilled that Rayburn will be playing in his hometown. When Renard, a knife salesman, loses visitation rights to his son and then his job he becomes obsessed with following the Giants and Rayburn. Rayburn falls into a slump Renard is there to “help” him out. However, Rayburn doesn’t respond the way Renard expects. Renard turns psychotic on Rayburn by kidnapping his son with an ultimatum…hit a home run or else!

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American_PastimeAmerican Pastime (2007)

starring Gary Cole, Aaron Yoo, Leonardo Nam, Sarah Drew

Illustrating the healing power of baseball and being part of a team with a common cause, American Pastime follows Japanese-American families during the 1940s. The struggle of living in internment camps only served to make them question themselves as much as some others were questioning them. Baseball gave an outlet for their frustration and a sense of fulfillment they weren’t able to find elsewhere at the time.

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Angels In The Outfield (1951)

starring Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynnangels_in_the_outfield_1951

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates’ losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice of an angel promising him help for the team if he will mend his ways. As he does so, an orphan girl who is a Pirates fan and has been praying for the team begins noticing angels on the ballfield. Sure enough, the Pirates start winning, and McGovern tries to turn his life around. But can he keep his temper long enough for the Pirates to win the NL pennant?

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Angels_in_the_outfield2Angels In The Outfield (1994)

starring Danny Glover, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Danza

Starring Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christoper Lloyd. Danny Glover plays the frustrated coach of the California Angels, a struggling team of major-league misfits who don’t have a prayer of winning the pennant-until an 11-year-old fan makes …    Full Descriptiona pitch to the umpire in the sky. With it’s dazzling special effects and heartwarming story, Disney’s magical feel-good movie will make a believer out of you.

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Angels In The Infield (2000)

starring Brittney Irvin, David Alan Grierangels_in_the_infield

The Anaheim Angels Eddie “Steady” Everett’s career has begun to tank and now he is forced to be a father to his 10-year old daughter, something he was never good at. An error that Eddie made years ago in the American League pennant still haunts him which led to the demise of his confidence and his family. Hoping to restore both Dad’s confidence and their family, daughter Laurel prays that God would help Eddie pitch the way he used to. The real curveball comes when a team of second-string angels are sent to answer the prayer.

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Brewsters MillionsBrewster’s Millions (1985)

starring Richard Pryor, John Candy

Richard Pryor is Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball pitcher who discovers he has to blow $30 million on 30 days as a condition to inherit a much greater fortune. And the catch? He will forfeit everything if he reveals to a soul the real reason he seems to be throwing away all that cash. With the help of his pal Spike (John Candy), they set off on a frantic spending spree.

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The Bronx Is Burning (2007)bronx_is_burning

starring Max Casella, Loren Dean, Charles S. Dutton

In 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. Reggie Jackson signed a contract with the Yankees and soon brings controversy to the club, causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner have private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer calling himself as “The Son Of Sam,” and the infamous blackout.

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That was an exhaustive list to say the least. I realize also that it’s subjective to one’s own likes and personality, however there should be enough variety here to please all ages and tastes .

I welcome your input as well as suggestions of what may have been some of your favorites that I left out. Please feel free to comment.

What are your favorite baseball movies?

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