30. Knute Rockne, All American - Pat O'Brien stars at Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. This is the movie that has Ronald Reagan's famous deathbed scene in which he says, "Win one for the Gipper."
31. Remember the Titans (2000)
Based on actual events that took place in 1971, a white southern high school is integrated with black students from a nearby school. Both schools are recognized for their football programs which are now unified. The black coach is chosen to be the head coach of the integrated team, leaving the previous white head coach with feelings of animosity at having to be an assistant under a black man.
Great movie! A friend of mine who used to coach showed me this.
It is a great movie, isn't it!
32. Golden Boy - This was one of William Holden's first movies and his first credited role. It's one that I have on DVD but have not yet watched. Holden plays Joe Bonaparte, a talented musician who wants to be a boxer. Barbara Stanwyck is the love interest who eggs him on. The plot thickens when she begins to have regrets. I should really watch this someday, if only to see William Holden as a very young man. I think of Holden as a star of the 50s, but this movie was made in 1939.
Would be so interesting to see 1939 William Holden, after seeing him in 1950 in Sunset Boulevard the other night.
He was a real looker, that's for sure! I read a biography on Holden last year. Very sad hearing how he drank himself to death. He was definitely a talented actor.
33. The Blind Side (2009) Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, Lily Collins.
Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years.
Then Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) and her husband, Sean (Tim McGraw), take him in.
The Tuohys eventually become Michael's legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs.
Michael's tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the gridiron,
and with help from his new family and devoted tutor,
he realizes his potential as a student and football player.
34. Off Limits (1953) - Paramount comedy directed by George Marshall and starring Bob Hope, Mickey Rooney, Marilyn Maxwell.
Boxing promoter/manager and womanizer Wally Hogan (Bob Hope) is riding high when his protege fighter Bullet Bradley (Stanley Clements) wins the lightweight championship.
However, prospects take a nosedive when the champ gets drafted. Through sheer desperation Wally decides he must keep a tight rein on the young fighter by enlisting himself, only finding the kid is later discharged as psychologically unfit.
Whilst in the Army, Wally befriends a pint-sized youth, Herbert Tuttle (Mickey Rooney) who dreams of being a championship boxer. Wally hoodwinks him into thinking he is the genuine article, encouraging him although he knows he has limited potential, while in reality the charlatan is attracted to a glamorous night club singer, who happens to be the youngster's aunt, Connie Curtis (Marilyn Maxwell).
This enjoyable comedy is a typical vehicle for Bob Hope's wise cracking rapid style delivery, he even gets the usual trademark Bing Crosby gag in as well.
Surprisingly, I have only seen this one recently. If you enjoy Bob Hope movies, as I do. It's posted on YouTube.