10 Most Memorable Sports Movies Actors
Out of all the different types of movie genres, sports movies seem to almost always do well. It could be because the the story behind the team, or the emotion stirring pep talk by the coach, but sports movies resonate with all who watch them. The actors in some of these movies make them classics, by giving some of their best performances. This list is the top 10 actors in sports movies.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a bad Denzel Washington movie. He has played many roles showing variety of personalities, but one of his most memorable roles is as Coach Boone in Remember the Titans. The film is based on the true story of African American coach Herman Boone who brings together a racially diverse football team at the T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Denzel was nominated and won many awards including the “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture” given by the NAACP Image Awards in 2001.
The most memorable role of Emilio Estavez’ career is as Gordon Bombay. He played a reckless lawyer who was arrested for DUI and sentenced to coach a pee wee hockey team. The film met harsh criticism when it was released, but received enough commercial success that two more sequels were made. The film served as inspiration to create the real NHL team, the Ducks of Anehiem.
Willie Beaman will forever be one of the best characters Jamie Foxx has played so far in his career. A young rambunctious quarterback, Beamen is called up after the first and second string quarterbacks are injured. He has a power struggle with the head coach when he calls his own plays in the huddle. Time Out New York ‘s Andrew Johnston wrote: “It’s often been said of films about sports that smaller balls equal better movies. Any Given Sunday explodes that theory, and not just because of the incredible intensity of its gridiron action.”
One of Charlie Sheen’s best performances came early in his career with the movie Major League. He played a badass, incarcerated pitcher Ricky Vaughn that was added to the Cleveland Indians roster. Vaughn’s wild anunaccurate pitching earned him the name “Wild Thing”. In the years since its release Major League has become a beloved film of many professional baseball players and announcers, and is often referenced during game broadcasts.
Sean Aastin is a very successful actor having roles in The Goonies and The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as some television appearances. The reason for him being on this list is his inspirational role as the title character of Rudy. Despite all the odds being against him, Rudy attended Notre Dame University and played for the football team. Rudy was named one of the best 25 sports movies of the previous 25 years in two polls by ESPN
Kevin Costner’s role in Field of Dreams was a testament of having faith and believing in yourself. That’s why more than a lot of people consider it to be one of the greatest sports movies ever made. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. At first Kevin Costner was taken out of consideration, as Robinson and the producers did not think he would want to follow Bull Durham with another baseball movie.
The Legend of Bagger Vance received some mixed reviews upon its release. On of the few movies about golf, Will Smith plays a caddy by the name of Bagger Vance who helps Rannulph Junuh, played by Matt Damon get control of his golf game. According to the Internet Movie Data Base website (imdb.com), the film’s total gross came to $30,695,227, far short of its estimated $60 million budget.
I can’t imagine anyone else playing the role of Coach Carter. Samuel L. Jackson made that role his own. Based on a true story of a Ken Carter, who transformed the Richmond High School basketball team of Richmond, California into winners on and off the court. During its first weekend, the film opened in 1st place grossing $24.2 million, beating out Meet the Fockers who grossed $19.3 million.
Moneyball is a modern baseball movie classic. It takes elements of Major League and Field of Dreams creates a unique baseball story. The movie is an account of the Oakland Athletics 2002 season. Brad Pit plays Billy Beane the general manager of the team who is stuck the task of building the roster with a very limited financial pool. He enlists the help of his assistant general manager Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) to use unorthodox methods to build the roster. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actor for Pitt, Best Supporting Actor for Hill, and Best Picture.
Rocky is the first movie people think of when Sylvester Stallone’s name is mentioned. It is the iconic story of the underdog rising to the top. Stallone was nominated for Best actor in the 1976 Academy Awards. Stallone starred in all six of the Rocky movies. He drew inspiration for a number of professional boxers like Muhammad Ali and Rocky Maciano.