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Sports films: Pick your champions

June 29, 2011 |  7:30 am

Baseball had the Great Bambino. Hockey had the Great One. Boxing had the Greatest. All were singular athletes who defined their sport for generations. But when it comes to sports movies, how do you measure greatness?

Sure, there are statistics such as box-office dollars, but every number might as well have an asterisk next to it à la the mythical one next to Roger Maris' onetime home run record. Quite simply, inflation and the ways films are distributed make the playing field too uneven.

Poll Picking the best sports films really comes down to opinion. And that's where you come in.

We've narrowed the choices to five top films in 10 sports -- baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf, hockey, boxing, horse racing, soccer and surfing. Click here or on one of the images to register your votes for the champ in each genre. Or write in your picks in the comments.

So, let the games begin. The ball's in your court. It's gut-check time. Step up to the plate. And don't pull any punches.


Gerard Butler begins playing the (soccer) field

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A Formula One movie steps on the accelerator with Ron Howard

-- Scott Sandell

Photos, from left: "The Fighter" (Jojo Whilden / Fighter, LLC), "Bend It Like Beckham (Christine Parry / Fox Searchlight Pictures), "Remember the Titans" (Buena Vista Pictures)