Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is 5’6” and 165 pounds. His best friend is killed in a steel mill explosion. His girlfriend dumps him for his brother. Oh, and he’s dyslexic. So he definitely qualifies as an underdog in his quest to play for the Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish.
But he works hard, prays to Touchdown Jesus, and repeatedly tells his coaches, “I can do it, coach!” until he achieves his goal. And before you start getting all agro about this movie only being at #11 on our list, keep in mind that Notre Dame, Sean Astin, and relentless overachievers all start to be pretty annoying after two hours.