So many lists of the best sports films focus on only a few great American pastimes — baseball, football, boxing, and more baseball. And as far as giving a cinematic nod to the great films, it’s a fair collection. But the critics are missing something here: the great breadth of movies and stories about competitive athletes in other events, from cycling to skiing, auto-racing, golf and, yes, bobsledding. We compiled a list of the all-time greats in 21 different sports and then debated the number one film for each, from our national pastime (The Natural or Bull Durham?), to the Sweet Science (Raging Bull or Rocky?) to those unsung athletes (Breaking Away or, well, some sports were easier than others). Here, a highly-debatable list of the best.
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