A great sports movie can inspire us, thrill us, make us laugh, and even reduce us to tears. The really good ones become classics and are watched and enjoyed by generations of sports and movie fans. Many of these classics are now made available to us faster and easier than ever before.
The Netflix Instant feature, along with other Web apps like Amazon’s Video demand, are changing the way we access our favorite movies. It’s no longer necessary to run to the video store, set your DVR, or even wait for the mail to enjoy a movie on your own time.
Here’s a list of 10 Great Sports movies available for Instant Viewing on Netflix.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, Rene Zellweger
Jerry Maguire is one of sports most successful super agents. One night Jerry has a vision for a new direction for his sports management agency, so he pens a well-meaning manifesto that ends up getting him fired. He soldiers on with the one client who didn’t leave him and his assistant, played by Rene Zellweger. Spawned the popular phrases “Show me the money,” and “You had me at hello.” Nominated for best picture. Watch Jerry Maguire
Big Fan (2009)
Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport
Although listed by Netflix as a “Comedy,” (perhaps because it’s written by Robert Siegel, formerly of the Onion) it’s actually a rather dark portrayal of a man singularly obsessed with the NY Giants and Sports radio. A very dark comedy, perhaps, for the shear absurdity of his obsession, but certainly not to be confused with goofy sports comedies such as Slap Shot and Caddyshack. Watch Big Fan
Eight Men Out (1988)
Starring: John Cusak, Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, and John Mahoney
The Hollywood retelling of the 1919 Blacksox scandal that rocked the baseball world.
Watch Eight Men Out
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Starring: Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright
The heart-wrenching story of Lou Gehrig. A baseball legend who fell victim to the disease that now bears his name.
Watch Pride of the Yankees
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Heidi Kling
A judge sentences a man (Emilio Estevez) to coach a pee-wee hockey team named the Mighty Ducks. Despite initial trepidation, he eventually warms up to the kids and turns the former losers into a bunch of winners.
Watch The Mighty Ducks
The Rookie (2002)
Starring: Dennis Quaid
Based on a true story. Jim Morris is a high school baseball coach who tells his team that if they make the playoffs, he’ll try out for the major leagues. Watch The Rookie
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wahl, Lolita Davidovich
A sports reporter is assigned to write the biography of baseball legend Ty Cobb. As he spends time with Cobb, he finds that that the hero is not all he had imagined. Watch Cobb
Starring: Ed Harris, Cuba Gooding Jr.
A high school football coach opens the eyes of a town by befriending a mentally challenged man called Radio.
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee
A documentary about two boys from Chicago, Arthur Agee and William Gates, and their efforts to become basketball stars. Watch Hoop Dreams
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson and partner (played by Wesley Snipes) make there way hustling basketball games.
Watch White Men Can’t Jump
About Netflix Instant
With Netflix Instant you watch watch an unlimited amount of available movies and TV shows in their Instant catalog. Titles available through Netflix Instant can change frequently and all these titles are available as of 9/15/2010. For more information, visit Netflix.com.
Be sure to check out this collection of 20 Football Movies available with Netflix.
System Requirements for Netflix Instant Viewing:
Windows XP with Service Pack 2, Vista or Windows 7
Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher; or Firefox 2 or higher
1.2 GHz processor
512 MB RAM
An Intel-based Mac with OS 10.4.8 or later
Safari 3 or higher; or Firefox 2 or higher
1 GB RAM
You will also need an active broadband connection to the Internet
Netflix is currently only available to residents of the United States.