The 5 greatest - and cheesiest - sports movies of all time

Understandably, the sports theme seems to attract story tropes that have led to sports films being considered some of the cheesiest of the medium. Here are a few things we've seen several hundred times before:

  • The underdog, David-versus-Goliath set up
  • A winning point scored at the last moment as the timer ticks over in slow motion
  • The famous sports montage: helping characters go from weak and clumsy to strong and focused in the length of a power rock ballad
  • Overcoming a very specific difficulty in the final match
  • The super meanie rivals

See them portrayed in their full glory in our top 5:

5. Angels in the Outfield (1994)

The movie poster should've braced you for the imminent cheese tsunami. Do you believe? We believe this fromage-fest is full of all the clichés we'd come to expect from a Disney-flavoured, sugar-drenched film about a boy (a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who prays for the chance at having a family based only on the performance of a baseball team, the California Angels. Shoot one out of the park on Hot Shot.

4. Tin Cup (1996)

Get the swings right, get the girl. This film is right on par with the cheesiness expected from sports movies. This particular tale is in rom-com format and deals with a washed up ex-pro golfer (the shmarmy Kevin Costner) who wants to win over a beautiful woman by challenging her boyfriend in the US Open. Practice your swing in Argyle Open.

3. Space Jam (1996)

Do you believe you can fly? Space Jam taught us that Looney Tunes and NBA players (including Michael Jordan, at the height of his career) make a pretty great match, cementing this film as the extra-mature-cheddar-grade nostalgia that it is for 90s kids. Did you know that their website is still going? Is your game a slam dunk? Check out Sports Night.

2. The Karate Kid (1984)

Wax on... wax off. Is this referring to how you like your cheese? We think so. Watch the underdog, Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) take on the mean karate kid crew with the aid of unexpected sensei Mr Miyagi. Hiyaaa! Join our very own pork chop in Karate Pig.

1. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

We see a pattern here... all you need do is believe. We believe in the power of Emilio Estevez and his smooth, cream cheese wit. Sure, he's never coached. Sure, his team of ice hockey squirts have never won. Have we not already seen countless times that this situation ultimately leads to victory and freeze-frame high-fives? So here's the deal: Emilio Estevez doesn't want to be there. After the fast-talking attorney gets a DUI, he's sentenced to coach a peewee ice hockey team, already battling the painful memory of blowing a penalty shot and losing the game for his team way-back-when. The team of delinquents is soon whipped into shape until they're the churned, velvety mascarpone that they were destined to become. The cheese absolutely oozes in our top pick - like a fondue fountain - but it gets a perfect score for nostalgia. Be cool like the Ducks and give the icy Break Away game a shot. Also, be sure to watch out for our Rugby Star slot - if that's more up your avenue - coming very soon to Royal Vegas.


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