Hockey: Slap Shot (1977)
Slap Shot is about a hockey team nobody cares about in a town nobody cares about, but the reason people still love it goes beyond the swearing, fighting, and epic facial hair. Think about America in 1977: The Rust Belt, where the Charlestown Chiefs played, was a mess, and hockey was dominated by teams that punched their way to the top. Slap Shot did its best to make all of that funny. It didn’t make a huge dent when it first came out, (one critic called it, "foul-mouthed and unabashedly vulgar”) but like so many classics, it eventually got the respect it deserved. Call it the Moby-Dick of hockey films, because anybody who has seen it will tell you there are few films as great as Paul Newman's favorite movie he ever made.