ROCKY (1976)

A tiny boxing movie about a bunch of weirdos that became a massive cultural smash. I like some parts.

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN (1992)

The rare sports movie by women, for women, and about women, plus it’s also really funny and has a bunch of memorable scenes and lines.

BRIAN’S SONG (1971)

The ultimate weepy romance, but it’s for dudes because the two leads are football players.

HOOSIERS (1986)

As March Madness continues in Indiana, we revisit this 1980s piece of “Pepperidge Farm buncombe” that’s somehow effective despite basically nothing that happens off a basketball court working at all.

THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD! (1988)

An extremely silly cop spoof with an extended, chaotic climax at a baseball game. As comedies go, this one’s right in my wheelhouse

LOVE & BASKETBALL (2000)

A very different kind of sports movie, or maybe a very different kind of romance.

RAGING BULL (1980)

Scorsese’s “masterpiece” about a boxer whose life falls apart because of his toxic masculinity.