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Movie Madness: 'Bull Durham' announces its presence with authority

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(RNN) - Sorry, Ray Kinsella, but Crash Davis' chase for the minor league home run record and his tutelage of a dim-witted pitcher trump you gambling your family's welfare to build a field for dead baseball players.

Ironically, Kevin Costner plays both those characters. At some point, Bull Durham and Field of Dreams - the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the Grand Slam Region - may face each other at some point.

The inclusion of Moneyball, 42 and the Ken Burns documentary titled Baseball make it clear what sport rules this region.

But The Blind Side, Any Given Sunday and Ali provide ample competition and the chance for some upsets.

No. 1 Bull Durham vs. No. 16 Prefontaine

Bull Durham, 1998

Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Synopsis: Crash Davis is an aging catcher closing in on the minor league record for home runs, not as big an honor as it sounds. His two biggest challenges are "Nuke" Laloosh, a young pitcher with a "million-dollar arm and five-cent head;" and Annie Savoy, who sleeps with one new player every year because she believes it helps them play better. Annie picks Nuke over Crash, but ultimately gives both players something they both need more than they realize.

Prefontaine, 1997

Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Breckin Meyer

Synopsis: Steve Prefontaine (Leto) died in a car accident at 24, but before that he had become the greatest distance runner in the country, and a sure-fire Olympian. Despite a leg that was longer than the other, he became one of the most distinguished pupils of Oregon track coach Bill Bowerman (Ermey), who later became a co-founder of Nike.

No. 2 Field of Dreams vs. No. 15 Necessary Roughness

Field of Dreams, 1989

Stars: Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones

Synopsis: After hearing voices ("If you build it, they will come"), Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) turns the voices to a vision and then makes it a reality by building a baseball diamond. When he does, the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox show up - as does as his late father.

Necessary Roughness, 1991

Stars: Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Sinbad

Synopsis: A 34-year-old former high school football star (Bakula) is asked back to the game when the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos face NCAA sanctions and must field a team made solely of its student body. The coaches recruit from everywhere, even the women's soccer team, and hilarity ensues as they try to go from ragtag nobodies to a bona fide college football team.

No. 3 Any Given Sunday vs. No. 14 Invincible

Any Given Sunday, 1999

Stars: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx

Synopsis: Embattled head coach Tony D'Amato (Pacino) has to deal with in the major elements that make up a major professional football team - young players scrapping to replace aging, injured veterans; an owner who is more interested in saving money than spending it; and the constant expectation to win, no matter what. Foxx steals the show as third-string quarterback Willie Beamen, who goes from nobody to star almost overnight, and lets the fame go to his head.

Invincible, 2006

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks

Synopsis: Based on the true-life story of Vince Papale, a bartender and substitute teacher who never played a single college football game but becomes a 30-year-old rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles coach Dick Vermeil (Kinnear) has just accepted the job and needs to think creatively to resurrect the struggling team. When the hometown boy makes good, he becomes the darling of fans.

No. 4 Major League vs. No. 13 Baseball

Major League, 1989

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Synopsis: The woeful Cleveland Indians become the inherited property of a widowed ex-showgirl, and she becomes bent on making the team so terrible the city will let her out of the stadium lease so she can move the franchise to Miami. Has-been manager Lou Brown, relief pitcher Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn and a group of no-name players get back at the new owner by doing the unthinkable - winning.

Baseball, 1994

Stars: Major League players

Synopsis: Anyone who has ever wondered why baseball came to be called "America's pastime" has never seen this Emmy Award-winning miniseries made for PBS. In a way that only Ken Burns can, he tells the story of the United States using the game that has been integrated into every major event in the country's modern-day history. Narrated by John Chancellor.

No. 5 Ali vs. No. 12 Moneyball

Ali, 2001

Stars: Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight

Synopsis: Will Smith's Oscar-nominated portrayal of boxing great Muhammad Ali captures not only his fight with contenders in the ring, but also his fight with the U.S. government. Ali's greatness and vulnerabilities are presented as he rises to become an undisputed heavyweight champ and faces prison time for his conscientious objection to fight in Vietnam.

Moneyball, 2011

Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Synopsis: Forced to do more with less, Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane bucks traditional baseball thinking and builds a team based primarily on statistical analysis. He and right-hand man Peter Brand (Hill) are seen more as villains than revolutionaries, and they butt heads with reluctant, old-school manager Art Howe (Hoffman).

No. 6 Days of Thunder vs. No. 11 42

Days of Thunder, 1990

Stars: Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Robert Duvall, Randy Quaid

Synopsis: Open-wheel racer Cole Trickle (Cruise) is thrown into NASCAR's top circuit with no experience and an aging crew chief (Duvall), and is quickly overwhelmed by the speed and competitiveness of the races. He is fired after wrecking the driver who took his spot on the racing team, but he's granted an opportunity to drive in the Daytona 500 when another hated rival undergoes surgery. The race comes down to a duel on the final lap, and Trickle finally turns his immense talent into success.

42, 2013

Stars: Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black

Synopsis: Jackie Robinson (Boseman) signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers and becomes the first black man to play Major League Baseball. Robinson faces discrimination and racial taunts from fans and opposing teams - once even leaving the field due to heckling from an opposing manager but returning to score the winning run. He wins over his teammates and fans due to his character and helps lead the team to the pennant.

No. 7 The Blind Side vs. No. 10 Invictus

The Blind Side, 2009

Stars: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron

Synopsis: Homeless teen Michael Oher (Aaron) is taken in by Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy (Bullock, McGraw). With help from his new family, a tutor and coaches, Michael begins to succeed in the classroom and on the football field. He goes on to receive a Division-I football scholarship and becomes a first-round draft pick for the NFL.

Invictus, 2009

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

Synopsis: Nelson Mandela (Freeman) was in his first term as president of South Africa when his country hosted the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela uses this event as a way to bring blacks and whites together after decades of apartheid.

No. 8 North Dallas Forty vs. No. 9 Cool Runnings

North Dallas Forty, 1979

Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis

Synopsis: The movie provides a great snapshot of pro football back in the days when players drank booze, popped painkillers and smoked cigarettes in the locker room. Based loosely on the Dallas Cowboys of the 1970s, Nick Nolte plays washed-up wide receiver Phillip Elliott, and country singer Mac Davis turns in a nice performance as cool quarterback Maxwell.

Cool Runnings, 1993

Stars: Leon, John Candy, Doug E. Doug

Synopsis: A fictionalized version of the first Jamaican bobsled team's efforts to make the Winter Olympics. Former Olympic bobsledder Irv Blitzer (Candy) and a group of misfits come together as a team to rise above adversity and achieve their dream.

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  • No. 1 Bull Durham vs. No. 16 Prefontaine

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Bull Durham
    404 votes
    33 votes
  • No. 2 Field of Dreams vs. No. 15 Necessary Roughness

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Field of Dreams
    368 votes
    Necessary Roughness
    57 votes
  • No. 3 Any Given Sunday vs. No. 14 Invincible

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Any Given Sunday
    213 votes
    152 votes
  • No. 4 Major League vs. No. 13 Baseball

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Major League
    346 votes
    30 votes
  • No. 5 Ali vs. No. 12 Moneyball

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    92 votes
    271 votes
  • No. 6 Days of Thunder vs. No. 11 42

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Days of Thunder
    199 votes
    166 votes
  • No. 7 The Blind Side vs. No. 10 Invictus

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    The Blind Side
    336 votes
    42 votes
  • No. 8 North Dallas Forty vs. No. 9 Cool Runnings

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    North Dallas Forty
    144 votes
    Cool Runnings
    251 votes
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