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Posted on: February 24, 2013 2:11 am

Caddyshack & 199 Better Films

On that diamond of dreams we call cinema, the subject of sport is usually a spot player. Though a capable hitter with a reliable glove, even when it manages to make the cinematic line-up card the sport theme rarely hit’s a home run.

That’s not to say there aren’t some fine flicks that employed the sport-vehicle to tickle our funny bone (Tin Cup), tug at our heart strings (The Natural), expose human frailty (The Hustler) or inspire us to greater heights (Rocky). It’s just that, superb sport films come along about as often as the Cubs or White Sox make the playoffs. Not very.

Most have fallen into two categories: slapstick (Kingpin (‘96) / Slap Shot (’77) / The Great Race (‘65)) and sentimental fare (The Pride of the Yankees (’42) / Jim Thorpe: All-American (’51) / The Winning Team (’52)). Heart-felt or fun to watch and usually not worth $14.95 to add it to your DVD collection.

But in the spirit of this year’s 85th Academy Awards gala (ABC / 2-24 / 7E), I present an alphabetical list of the 200 best films this writer has seen on American TV, including that handful of terrific tales of tumultuous merriment that can hold their own against any of moviedom’s finest, from Waterloo Bridge (’40) to Dances with Wolves (’93).

Because I am, like Drew Barrymore, Laura Dern, Regis Philbin, Oprah Winfrey and Alec Baldwin, a fan of Ted Turner’s enormous film library at TCM, the majority of these movies fall into the category of classic. That means I can see a personal movie premiere once, twice, sometimes even three times a week.

So if you can think beyond sabermetrics and revel in the competition of sport, you can enjoy these films. Think of it like this: sport is action, action can be dramatic, drama goes hand-in-hand with romance which, at times, becomes comical or can turn horror-filled where you just wish Scotty would beam you up to sci-fi‘s most luxurious spaceship.

Everything’s connected.

A Cry in the Dark (‘88)
A Face in the Crowd (‘57)
A Family Thing (‘96)
A Raisin in the Sun (‘61)
Alfie (‘66)
Alien (‘79)
Aliens (‘86)
All the President’s Men (‘76)
American Graffiti (‘73)
Amores Perros (‘00)
Anatomy of a Murder (‘59)
Anne of the Thousand Days (‘69)
Annie Hall (‘77)
Apocalypse Now (‘79)
Atlantic City (‘80)
Barfly (‘87)
Ben-Hur (‘59)
Big (‘88)
Blackboard Jungle (‘55)
Body and Soul (‘47)
Bonnie and Clyde (‘67)
Boogie Nights (‘97)
Born Yesterday (‘50)
Brian’s Song (‘71)
Bringing Up Baby (‘38)
Bound for Glory (‘76)
Bride of Frankenstein (‘35)
Bull Durham (‘88)
Caddyshack (‘80)
Captains Courageous (‘37)
Charade (‘63)
Chinatown (‘74)
City Slickers (‘91)
Clash of the Titans (‘81)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (‘77)
Contact (‘97)
Cool Hand Luke (‘67)
Crime in the Streets (‘56)
Cross of Iron (‘77)
Dances with Wolves (‘90)
Das Boot (‘81)
Deliverance (‘72)
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (‘88)
Doctor Zhivago (‘65)
Dog Day Afternoon (‘75)
Dr. No (‘62)
Dr. Strangelove (‘64)
Empire of the Sun (‘87)
F/X (‘86)
Fargo (‘96)
Fat City (‘72)
Father Goose (‘64)
Forbidden Planet (‘56)
49th Parallel (‘41)
French Connection II (‘75)
Gigi (‘58)
Godzilla (‘54)
Gone with the Wind (‘39)
Good Fellas (‘90)
Green Card (‘90)
Groundhog Day (‘93)
Harold and Maude (‘71)
Hell is for Heroes (‘62)
High Noon (‘52)
Highlander (‘86)
Hobson’s Choice (‘54)
How Green Was My Valley (‘41)
Inherit the Wind (‘60)
It’s a Wonderful Life (‘46)
In the Heat of the Night (‘67)
Invasion of the Body-snatchers (‘56)
Ironweed (‘87)
Jackie Brown (‘97)
Jason and the Argonauts (‘63)
Jaws (‘75)
Jean de Florette (‘86)
Jeremiah Johnson (‘72)
JFK (‘91)
Jurassic Park (‘93)
King Kong (‘33)
King Rat (‘65)
Knife in the Water (‘62)
La Strada (‘54)
Lawrence of Arabia (‘62)
Little Big Man (‘70)
Lonely Are the Brave (‘62)
Los Lunes al Sol (‘02)
M (‘31)
Mad Max (‘79)
Marie Antoinette (‘38)
Marty (‘55)
Matewan (‘87)
Meet the Parents (‘00)
Midnight Cowboy (‘69)
Midnight Run (‘88)
Miller’s Crossing (‘90)
Monte Walsh (‘70)
Mr. 3000 (‘04)
Multiplicity (‘96)
Murder, My Sweet (‘44)
Murphy’s War (‘71)
My Brilliant Career (‘79)
National Velvet (‘44)
On the Waterfront (‘54)
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (‘75)
Overboard (‘87)
Paper Moon (‘73)
Papillon (‘73)
Patton (‘70)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (‘87)
Planet of the Apes (‘68)
Platoon (‘86)
Raging Bull (‘80)
Ronin (‘98)
Ray (‘04)
Red River (‘48)
Sands of Iwo Jima (‘49)
Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (‘60)
Shane (‘53)
Some Like It Hot (‘59)
Soylent Green (‘73)
Spartacus (‘60)
Stalag 17 (‘53)
Swing Time (‘36)
Tender Mercies (‘83)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (‘91)
The Adventures of Robin Hood (‘38)
The African Queen (‘51)
The Bad News Bears (‘76)
The Bicycle Thief (‘48)
The Big Country (‘58)
The Breaking Point (‘50)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (‘57)
The Cable Guy (‘96)
The Clock (‘45)
The Corn is Green (‘45)
The Day of the Jackal (‘73)
The Deer Hunter (‘78)
The Exorcist (‘73)
The Fly (‘58)
The Fugitive (‘93)
The Glass Key (‘42)
The Godfather (‘72)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (‘66)
The Goodbye Girl (‘77)
The Grapes of Wrath (‘39)
The Great McGinty (‘40)
The Hidden (‘87)
The Hitch-Hiker (‘53)
The L-Shaped Room (‘62)
The Last Detail (‘73)
The Last Picture Show (‘71)
The Last Round: Chuvalo vs Ali (‘03)
The Longest Day (‘62)
The Love Bug (‘69)
The Maltese Falcon (‘41)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (‘62)
The Man Who Would be King (‘75)
The Night of the Iguana (‘64)
The Naked Prey (‘66)
The Nutty Professor (‘63)
The Out of Towners (‘70)
The Party (‘68)
The Pianist (‘02)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (‘84)
The Poseidon Adventure (‘72)
The Purchase Price (‘32)
The Quiet Man (‘52)
The Red Shoes (‘48)
The Remains of the Day (‘93)
The Searchers (‘56)
The Sound of Music (‘65)
The Sporting Life (‘63)
The Station Agent (‘03)
The Terminator (‘84)
The Thing (‘82)
The Thing From Another World (‘51)
The Third Man (‘49)
The Three Faces of Eve (‘57)
The Verdict (‘82)
The Virgin Spring (‘60)
The Wizard of Oz (‘39)
The Year of Living Dangerously (‘82)
They Made Me a Fugitive (‘47)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (‘74)
To Have and Have Not (‘44)
To Kill a Mockingbird (‘62)
To Sir, with Love (‘67)
Tootsie (‘82)
True Grit (‘69)
Twelve O’Clock High (‘49)
Viva Zapata! (‘52)
Waterloo Bridge (‘40)
When Harry Met Sally (‘89)
West Side Story (‘61)
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (‘71)
Winchester ‘73 (‘50)
Witness (‘85)
Working Girl (‘88)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (‘42)

Steven Keys
Macro Sport
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