- 11/21/2010, 03:07AM ET
DisgruntledSeahawksFan said 11/21, 03:07 AM
When it comes to sports movies, there are a lot that come to mind, but i don't think there have been any that have hit me on a personal level more that Rudy. We all know the story, a kid with little to no athletic ability giving everything he has to play at Notre Dame and finally getting his chance.
I think it speaks to everybody, we all wish we had that chance to be in the spotlight, even for just a little bit, Rudy was such an inspiration not only for how he played football, but for how he lived his life, giving everything he had.
I would love to hear some good arguments on this one.
Pi 4 U said 11/21, 04:17 AM
Rudy is a good sports movie, but there are many other movies out there that I would consider better acted and with a more meaningful storyline than Rudy. Since you chose a movie with a serious theme, I will stay away from sports comedies.
Million Dollar Baby - I admit, I only saw this movie once (it made it's impact for sure) and yet it's stuck in my head like I just saw this movie yesterday. I could feel the quality of the actors and the gut wrenching storyline that they portrayed, it leaves you quite emotionally empty.
Breaking Away - Remember when you were young and questioned your position in life? Can you even "break away" from the working class and make it to another level in society, bettering the next generation of your family? It ranked 8th in AFI's - List of America's 100 Most Inspiring Movies. The "Cutters" of Indiana versus the Upper Class, sort of reminds me of the Outsiders with a sports theme. It also inspired American Bicyclists.
Rudy is a good sports movie but it's not the Greatest, I'd have to rate a few more on the list before Rudy. MTC.
DisgruntledSeahawksFan said 11/21, 04:28 AM
I have to admit i've never seen Million dollar baby, but with Rudy, it just speaks to every boy in America, and in an essence captures the American dream. It is just the fantasy of everybody growing up and playing football in the backyard, the only movie that comes a close 2nd to Rudy is The Sandlot (another great movie for another conversation)
I really just think you can't beat when they start chanting Rudy Rudy Rudy! and he finally gets to play, that will bring a grown man to tears, and then when they carry him off the field and the janitor (who earlier talked him into staying on the team) is overwhelmed by emotion, just a great movie.
Pi 4 U said 11/21, 08:32 PM
There are other movies that should go before Rudy as FN has generously commented. Here are 2 movies from the Comedy side of life that are considered greater than Rudy.
Here is another movie that is better than Rudy as a drama.
The Natural - Every time this movie is on TV I end up wanting to watch it, a very special movie that uses what is good & bad about baseball and translate it to life in general. Remember your youth, you always had a favorite bat, like "Wonderboy" or a glove and the belief that this is your day of glory? You have to believe in miracles.
A rare gem that should be watched again is a movie entitled One On One. I grew up playing basketball & this movie shows what perseverance & honor really means. A small town hero learning the cruelty of Big-Time College ball. My favorite line is regarding the player's scholarship, "Sir? All the way up with a red-hot poker. I can play anywhere I want now."
Rudy is not the Greatest after all.
DisgruntledSeahawksFan said 11/22, 12:30 PM
Well, great argument, looking at it now, it is a discussion that probably should be split in two. Those two categories being serious and comedy. With all that being said, I still think that Rudy is the greatest sports movie of all time. Why do I stick with this argument?
It just plays out every boys fantasy of growing up and playing for your favorite college football program, even if it is just a couple of plays.
In saying all of this I do like other sports movies and there are quite a few good ones out there, to name one that I haven't seen mentioned yet (sorry if it has) would be hoosiers.
Pi 4 U said 11/23, 03:29 AM
Sports in movies is always a fun topic and always brings out diverse opinions from all generations from all over the world.
Rudy is a good movie to enjoy, but it's not the greatest sports movie of all time.
Let's take a look at more movies that are considered better than Rudy and wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving:
- Awful Announcing
- Free Darko
- Pro Football Talk
- The Big Lead
- Joe Posnanski
- The Sporting Blog
- Big League Stew
- Bugs and Cranks
- Every day Should Be Saturday
- Mr. Irrelevant
- With Leather
- The Sports Hernia