I was watching the Miracle on Ice stuff NBC was running last night and it reminded me of the move Miracle with Kurt Russell, which has kind of fall off the radar but I think is one of the best sports movies in the last 10 or so years. One of the things I like about it is it avoids a lot of sports movie cliches. Yes it still revolves around winning the big game, but it's more a character study of US coach Herb Brooks and how Brooks was able to take a bunch of college kids and turn them into gold medal winners against an unbeatable Soviet team. Brooks' plan was to create team cohesion by uniting his team in their total and outright hatred for him. Brooks made Todd Haley look like Mother Theresa. And it all worked. The really interesting part is Brooks was not able to really share in the victory with his team because he had so completely alienated himself from them as part of his plan. There's a great scene after they win the gold and Brooks goes out into a hallway in the arena and celebrates the win alone. Kurt Russell is great in it, I really think he's one of our really under appreciated actors. Hell, he was Stuntman Mike!
So do you think are some of the best sports movies and (this is the most important part) why do you think they are great?