The Oberlin Review

I’m Tired: The Official Best Sports Movies List

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

September 20, 2019

 I’m tired. Too many publications have released definitive lists of “the greatest sports films of all time” that always include the same films that share similar problematic tropes: disrespectful treatment of women, racism, and other forms of bigotry. The genre itself does not reflect the real diversity that exists within the realm of sports. It’s time to look beyond films like Hoosiers, Any Given Sunday, and The Blind Side. That being said, the following eight films have subverted these troubling themes.   1. Hoop Dreams (1994) Don’t stop reading just because the film at the top of my list is a documentary. I’ll get to the fiction in a moment; but first you should know that this docume...

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