The 11 Greatest Underdog Sports
Movies Ever

Moneyball may be a great movie about an underdog sports franchise. But will it measure up to the best underdog sports movies ever?

By Matt Christensen

#6 Caddyshack (1980)
Working-class caddies vs. snooty country club members? An adorable gopher vs. a psychopath with dynamite? Rodney Dangerfield vs. anyone? This is like three underdog movies in one. Caddy Danny Noonan (“NOONAN!”) sticks it to Da Man when he wins a high-stakes golf game by sinking his final putt. Coming through under pressure when the game is on the line — a classic underdog move. Meanwhile, Rodney cracks constant one-liners and Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) tangles with the gopher. “They’re like the Viet Cong … Varmint Cong. So you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower. And that’s all she wrote.”

#5 Major League (1989)
Cleveland is the charter city of underdogs. So when the scheming owner of the Cleveland baseball Indians purposefully fills the roster with has-beens, criminals, and no-talents so that she can justify moving the team to Miami, the Indians become the favorite underdogs in a city of underdogs. But misfits like Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), Pedro Ceranno, and Willie “Mays” Hayes (Wesley Snipes) ruin her plan by beating the Yankees to win the division. That remains the proudest sports moment Cleveland has enjoyed in the past several decades.

TAGS: Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen, movies, sports, Sylvester Stallone, underdog

 

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Matt Shoom-Kirsch (Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:43:51 +0000): Not sure how Kingpin makes this list. Karate Kid has to be there.
Mickey Figueroa (Sat, 15 Oct 2011 12:37:44 +0000): Rudy still moves as if I'm watching for the first time. Like me you cant put a good little man down.
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Clybourn Porkins (Thu, 09 Feb 2012 08:59:18 +0000): It's funny because the "Rudy" story, is about 90% fake. Research it.
Wesley Lueders (Thu, 09 Feb 2012 15:35:39 +0000): Dude, Slap Shot is one of my all time favorites! Time to put on some foil.....
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Jeff Swan (Thu, 15 Mar 2012 05:31:19 +0000): " The Longest Yard" ( 1974 ) starring Burt Reynolds. Convicts against Prison Guards! one of the best underdog movies! Mean Machine, Mean Machine.. MEAN MACHINE!
Barry Andrews (Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:42:24 +0000): No way Rudy just like Forest Gump. Where's the mention of him and his ping pong?
Barry Andrews (Mon, 09 Apr 2012 11:42:58 +0000): I tell you they are all true stories.
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Janet Myers (Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:25:36 +0000): going to download Rudy tonight hadn't even heard of it before reading this.

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