Greatest sports movies. According to box office statistics only 12 sports movies has ever made it past the $100 million mark. Most of these include featured films based on sports, true stories about athlete life, extended documentaries. We take a look at some of the greatest sports movies but instead of focusing only on american sport movies we have compiled a list across different sports. From boxing to Formula 1, Football or baseball.
Greatest Sports Movies
Note: We have not included any documentaries in the list below. We will be posting entirely different article about great sports documentaries.
#1. Raging Bull
Probably the greatest sports movie you are ever going to watch, directed by Martin Scorsese and featured Robert Di Nero as a middleweight boxer who is finding his way to the top of the ladder. He falls in love, find it hard to express his feelings, let it take its toll n himself and his life inside the ring and outside falls apart. It could easily make one of the top 10 movies ever produced and Di Nero’s action in this movie is near perfection. Boxing fan or not, if you have not watched this, do it now and I can confirm you won’t regret it.
#2. Rocky (1976) The greatest sports movie of all times
Probably the best, the most watched and highest grossing sports movie of all times, The Rocky is a brand of its own. It has been so successful that seven movies has been released in the series but none come close to the orignal 1976 flick directed by John G. Avildsen featuring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa who is a small time boxer struggling to sort out his life when he was given a world heavyweight title fight against champion Apollo Creed. Against all odds he survive all 12 rounds and match creed on every scale. An absolute epic movie and also the Rocky II, Rocky III and Rocky IV are not bad either.
#3. The Wrestler
Darren Aronofsky directed this great movie which is one of the most underrated films you are going to see. Story revolves around an aging wrestler who has past his prime in the ring and after a vicious beating finally decide to retire. Meets a stripper, goes into on-off relationship and tries to win back his daughter from previous relationship before eventually making a way back into the ring. Dramatic, close to realism unlike other happy-ending stuff and some very unique camera angles and respect given to sport of wrestling keeps you gripped. Quality movie overall and I will give it 10 out 10 just like boxing flick Raging Bull.
Based on one of the most epic sports rivalries of all times between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Chris Hemsworth plays the role of playboy James Hunt who defeated Niki Lauda for the F1 world title which is the biggest achievement of talented but inconsistent James Hunt. Movie takes you right into the heated rivalry and this is one movie I would recommend for any motosport fan.
Based on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA, Warrior is a action/drama movie which put two estranged brothers on what becomes a collision course. Its superb movie and one of the the very underrated films in recent years. It scored 8.2 rating on IMDB and features some beatiful action from Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
#6. Remember the titans
Directed by Boaz Yakin, Its a emotion roller coaster ride revolving around College football which holds such big importance for the people of Virginia but when Allblack schoole is integrated with all white school all hell breaks lose. Denzel Washington plays the role of head who is given the chance to make or break his career on that one game.
#7. The Fighter
Apparently boxing makes great sports movies and one of the recent flick directed by David O. Russell features a true story of an Irish born boxer Mickey Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg) and his older step-brother Dicky Eklund (played by Christian Bale). Talented Mickey Ward struggling in the company of his drunk brother trainer takes his fate into his own hand and lands a title shot while Dicky spend time in the jail and return from jail just in time to help Mickey win the world title. Absolute class movie and unlike other boxing flicks it is based on a true story giving it more weight.
Based on Michael Lewis book, Moneyball features a story of of Oakland A’s general manager (played by Brad Pitt) who faces a stiff test of keeping up with the big spending/budget teams and he challenges old-school traditional baseball player recruitment pan and brings in analytical/statistical approach in signing new players eventually bring together a solid squad from scraps left-overs by other big teams as they go 20 games unbeaten.
#9. Million Dollar Arm
A sports agent who mainly deal with baseball and american football players in the US hit by crisis turn to unconventional recruitment style. He travels to India and stage a talent hunt programe hoping to find couple of quality cricketers who he can train to turn into baseball players. Its based on a true story and a very quality movie to say the least.
Now this movie won’t make most people’s top 50 sports movies let alone top 10, but football/soccer being the most popular sport in the world, we had to name one full featured film on this global sport. Goal story based on a young street football from the outskirs of LA who find his way to the top level football in England with the club Newcastle United before making his dream move to world greatest football clubs Real madrid. Again this is not the best movie of them all but certainly brings euphoria related to European football.
Unconventional but the greatest movie produced on horse racing. Directed by Randall Wallace, it features a story about a amateur women jockey Penny Chenery who with the help of legendry trainer makes her way to the top of horse racing and becomes the first women jockey to win the tripple crown in male dominated sport.
Another top american football movie, Invincible is based on true story of a Philadelphia native Vince Papale who is a bartender at the age of 30 and players occassional football with mates before joining up a talent hunt scheme by Philadelphia Eagles new coach in 1976. Against all odds he went on to represent his beloved Philadelphia Eagles and signs a professional contract.
#13. The Blind Side
Based on a true story on the life of Michael Oher who became all american football player but not before spending his younger years and teenage years either in foster home or homeless. Leigh Anne played by (Sandra Bullock) and Sean Tuohy had a big impact on young Michael Oher’s life as his life turned around from homeless to multimillionaire footballer.
All-Times Tour De France Winners List
Tour De France is the biggest and most prestigious cycling event taking place every year in France and partly in neighbor countries. Started back in 1903 with the purpose of “L’Auto” a french magazine promotion. Since the inception it has been taking place every year and 2016 event will be the 103rd edition of the greatest cycle race in world. Also known as “La Grande Boucle” or “Le Tour de France”, initially it was just a national event in France where mostly farmers took part but after few years it started to gain popularity and top riders from around the world started getting invitations and Tour de France authorities started to increase the length of the tour every year.
Tour De France Winners List: Since its inception only 5 riders has won the race 5 or more times one of them was disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong who won seven consecutive races from 1999 to 2005. After his doping scandal he was stripped of his titles and his name was removed from the record books. As expected French riders has won the most titles (36) followed by Belgium (18) followed by Spain (12) and Italy (10). We take a look at all time list of Tour De France winners with timeline from 1903 to 2016.
Most Expensive Players In IPL History (2008-2017)
Yuvraj Singh still holds the record to be the most expensive player bought in IPL auction back in 2015. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for a record $2.67 million. While the most expensive foreign player record is broke in 2017 when Pune Supergiants bought Ben Stokes for a record ₹14.5 crore ($2.16 million).
Indian Premier League gave a new dimension to domestic cricket around the world and more importantly in India, it is by far the most lucarative domestic T20 league in the world leaving, Australia’s T20 big bash and other T20 domestic competitions, in shadows. Premier League was started back in 2007 and since than it has grown from strength to strength with alot of exposure for Indian crickets and some very expensive foreign imports.
It will be the 9th edition of Indian Premier League taking place in Indian starting from 09 April 2016 to 29th May 2016, BCCI has already announced the schedule dates for IPL 2016 while auction will take place today, Saturday, 06 February 2016. We decided to take a look at 10 of the most expensive players ever bought in IPL history from 2007 to 2015.
|1||Yuvraj Singh||$2.67 milliom||Delhi Daredevils in 2015|
|2||Gautam Ghambir||$2.4 million||Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011|
|3||Yuvraj Singh||$2.33 million||Royal Challenger Bangalore in 2014|
|4||Ben Stokes (new)||$2.16 million||Pune Supergiants in 2017|
|5||Yusuf Pathan||$2.1 million||Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011|
|6||Robin Uthappa||$2.1 million||Pune Warriors in 2011|
|7||Dinesh Karthik||$ 2.08 million||Delhi Daredevils in 2014|
|8||Rohit Sharma||$2 million||Mumbai Indians in 2011|
|9||Ravindra Jadeja||$2 million||Chennai SuperKings in 2012|
|10||Irfan Pathan||$1.9 million||Delhi Daredevils in 2011|
|11||Dinesh Karthik||$1.75 million||Royal Challenger Bangalore in 2015|
|12||Saurabh Tiwary||$1.6 million||Royal Challenger Bangalore in 2011|
|13||Kevin Pieterson||$1.55 million||Delhi daredevils in 2014|
|14||Andrew Flintoff||$1.55 million||Chennai Superkings in 2009|
|15||MS Dhoni||$1.50 million||Chennai Superkings in 2008|
|16||Glenn Maxwell||$1 million||Mumbai Indians in 2013|
#1. Yuvraj Singh (Delhi Daredevils 2015) – $2.67 million
Royal Challenger bangalore bought Yuvraj singh for massive $2.33 million in IPL 2014 window but the released him ahead of 2015 auction and it ignited bidding frenzy in IPL auction 2015 where Delhi Daredevils splashed $2.67 million to get Yuvraj’s services. He is by far the most expensive IPL player with his two back to back record breaking deals. Going into the 2016 Auction he is available again and tipped to be the most expensive player yet again this year.
#2. Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata 2011) – $2.4 million
Kolkata Knight Riders bought Indian opener Gautam Gambhir for a whooping $2.4 million after some crazy bidding during IPL auction 2011. It comes as a surprise but the price did go over the top in the end because of the fact that several teams wanted to take Gambhir. KKR made him captain straight away and the move has worked pretty good for both parties as Kolkata went on to win perform superbly under Gautam Ghambir captaincy winning twice in a row in 2013 and 2014.
#3. Yusuf Pathan (KKR 2011) – $2.1 million
Kolkata Knight riders were at it again in the same Auction window back 2011 when the bought Yusuf Pathan who was on a hot streak in last couple of IPL seasons. Before his arrival in KKR team he played for Rajasthan where he recorded a fastest hundred in IPL history of just 37 balls. He has been a key player for Kolkata since his arrival and recorded fastest 50 of just 15 balls in 2012 season.
#4. Robin Uthappa (Pune 2011) – $2.1 million
Pune Warriors were introduced as a new team in IPL season 2011 and they went big in auction buying Robin Uthappa for a massive $2.1 million. Although he managed good runs in next three seasons he never lived up to the price tage. He is only player to have scored 40+ runs in 10 consecutive IPL matches.
#5. Dinesh Karthik (Delhi 2014) – $2.08 million
Another surprising signing was of Dinesh Karthik who cost Delhi around $2.08 million in 2014 window and making him one of the top 5 most expensive IPL player in the history. He could not live up to his expectations and the price tag he came with.
#6. Rohit Sharma (Mumbai 2011)- $2 million
Indian opener Rohit Sharma played first three seasons of IPL with Deccan Chargers but he went under the hammer during IPL 2011 caused quite a bit bidding frenzy, Mumbai Indians fetched him for massive $2 million and hes worth every penny as far as Mumbai Indians are concerned as he captained Mumbai to IPL and Champions League double in 2013/
#7. Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai 2012) – $2million
When Chennai Super Kings went over the top and spent $2million to get services of Ravindra Jadeja in 2012 IPL auctions a few eye brows were raised, but he did manage to live up to his expectations having performed superbly with both bat and bowl.
#8. Irfan Pathan (Delhi 2011) – $1.9 million
2011 IPL auctions was one crazy roller coaster for many teams, Delhi Daredevils spent big on Irfan Pathan who is a decent player to have in T20 competitions because of his swing bowling and useful batting down the order.
#9. Kevin Pietersen (Delhi 2014) – $1.55 million
Pieterson was not retained by Delhi ahead of 2014 auction but they became the first team to use right-to-match card and spent 9 crore indian ruppe ($1.55 million) to buy the english cricket who was struggling with his international career with some controversy.
#10. Andrew Flintoff (Chennai 2009) – $1.55 million
Another englishman Andrew Flitoff was hot property in 2009 IPL auction and it was Chennai superkings who bought big freddy but he failed to prove his worth as injuries cut short his 2009 season and later he decided to retire from all forms of cricket.
#11. MS Dhoni (Chennai 2008) – $1.5 million
Indian captain was the most expensive player in the first ever IPL season when Chennai superkings got him for $1.5 million and it turned out to be the bargain as he guided Chennai to back to back IPL titles in 2009 and 2010 and also captained them to Champions league victory.
10 Footballers Who Own Expensive Private Jets
Footballer earn big money after signing new contract deal with their clubs and endorsement companies. They spend a big budget of their annual income from the sports on expensive cars, jets and properties. Today we will discuss here about the ten footballers who own expensive plane in which they travel. Cristiano Ronaldo purchased two private jets that bring him on top of the list alongside arch rival Lionel Messi.
#1: Cristiano Ronaldo : Cost of Private Jet ($65 million) : Gulfstream G650:
Cristiano Ronaldo who is well known as the richest football player in the world purchase jet (Gulfstream G650). The plane got twin-engine business and jet airplane produced by Gulfstream Aerospace. The market value of Gulfstream G650 said to be $65 million. The plane can fly in the range of (12,960 km) with top speed of (982 km/h). The company built almost 300 jets till April 2018.
#2: Lionel Messi : Cost of Private Jet ($25.9 million) : Embraer Legacy 650:
Lionel Messi owns the business class private jet (Embraer Legacy 650). The jet for the first time produced in year 2002 by Embraer ERJ 145 family. According to sources the plane (Messi) owns cost ($25.9 million). The plane can fly into the top range of (6,060 km) and its top speed maximum (834 km/h).
#3: Zlatan Ibrahimović : Cost of Private Jet ($27 million) : Cessna Citation Longitude:
Zlatan Ibrahimović signed one of the most expensive contract after David Beckham in MLS league. Ibrahimović owns private jet that can fly in the range of (6,482 km). The plane is manufacturer by (Cessna) it is a super middle size business jet project.
#4: Paul Pogba : Cost of Private Jet ($24.5 million) : Gulfstream G280:
Paul Pogba who recently moved from Juventus to Manchester United own a private jet. The private jet (Gulfstream G280) market price is $24.5 million. The French football player travel in his business class aeroplane. The plane got twin-engine business jet built under license by IAI in Israel for Gulfstream Aerospace. The jet can fly in range of (6,667 km) with top speed of (900 km/h).
#5: David Beckham: Cost of Private Jet ($26.6 million) : Bombardier Challenger 350:
David Beckham who retires from football but still making big money from the endorsement deals he signed. According to football sources Beckham owns private jet (Bombardier Challenger 350) in which he travel with family & friends. The plane cost is ($26.66 million) in the market.
#6: Neymar : Cost of Private Jet ($25.9 million) : Embraer Legacy 450:
Neymar after signing a millionaire contract with club (PSG) becomes the highest paid footballer in the world. Neymar Jr travels in his own private jet (Embraer Legacy 450). The cost of the Legacy 450 said to ($15.25 million). The business class private jet can fly in the range of (4,260 km) with maximum speed upto (1,017 km/h).
#7: Wayne Rooney : Cost of Private Jet ($20 million) : Dassault Falcon 900LX:
Everton forward (Wayne Rooney) travels in his own private jet (Dassault Falcon 900LX). The business class jet aircraft made by Dassault Aviation. The price of the jet estimated upto $20 million. The aircraft has capacity of (6 passengers) it can save your time and fuel. It can fly upto range (4,750 km) with maximum operating speed (370/350 kias).
#8: Gareth Bale : Cost of Private Jet ($13 million) : Cessna Citation XLS:
Real Madrid wing forward (Gareth Bale) owns expensive private jet (Citation XLS). The jet comes with a turbofan-powered, built by Cessna Aircraft Company in Wichita. The plane can fly in the range of (2,100 nm) with top speed of (441 ktas). The maximum number of passenger capacity is 9 persons.
#9: Karim Benzema : Cost of Private Jet ($11 million) : Cessna Citation CJ4:
The French striker Karim Benzema owns (Cessna Citation CJ4) private jet. The business aircraft jet can fly in the maximum range of (2,165 nm) with speed of 451 ktas. The plane got capacity for 10 persons maximum. The jet feature such as single point refueling, an externally serviceable lavatory and excellent range deliver.
#10: Alexis Sanchez : Cost of Private Jet ($9.45 million) : Gulfstream G300:
Alexis Sanchez who recently become highest paid premier league player with annual salary of (£26 million) a year owns private jet Gulfstream G300. The jet aircraft can fly maximum range upto (3820 nm) with the maximum speed of (500 kts). The business class jet comes with two crew members space with maximum capacity of (13-16) persons.
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