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What's your favorite Indiana sports movie?

What's your favorite Indiana sports movie?


With temperatures forecast to be in the mid 90s for the rest of the week, simply put, it's just too hot outside.

So instead of playing a round of golf or shooting some hoops outside, kick back indoors in the air conditioning and enjoy a sports movie.

While everyone has heard ofHoosiersandRudy, Indiana has more history in sports movies than people think. Here's ten sports movies that have Indiana connections.

1. Hoosiers (1986)

It's the tried and true classic that defines Indiana high school basketball and put it on the map. ESPN still ranks it as the No. 1 sports movie of all-time. Gene Hackman stars as coach Norman Dale who leads tiny underdog Hickory (based on Milan High School) to an Indiana state championship in the ultimate David vs. Goliath story. The movie was shot exclusively in Indiana.

2. Rudy (1993)

Rudy Ruettiger always wanted to play football for Notre Dame, but was always told he was too small to play college football and wasn't smart enough to go to Notre Dame. Sean Astin stars as Rudy in this inspirational movie based on a true story.

3. Breaking Away (1979)

Shot in Bloomington, it tells the story of four local boys who team together to form the independent Cutters cycling team to compete against the rival fraternities in the annual Little 500 bike race at Indiana University. Dennis Christopher and Dennis Quaid star as two of the team members.

4. Knute Rockne: All American (1940)

The biographical movie tells the story of the legendary Notre Dame football coach who made the forward pass popular. Ronald Reagan stars as George "The Gipper" Gipp, the player referenced in the classic phrase, "Win one for the Gipper." The line earned Reagan the nickname of The Gipper and became part of his political campaign.

5. Season on the Brink (2002)

Based on John Feinstein's book with the same name, it depicts the 1985-86 Indiana University basketball season the way Feinstein saw it with his unprecedented access to the team. Knight is played by Brian Dennehy.

6. Blue Chips (1994)

Where's the Indiana connection, you ask? The fictional movie about cheating in college basketball was filmed in Frankfort and French Lick, Ind., the latter being the hometown of Larry Bird. Chesterton native Matt Nover acted inthe film. It also features cameos by Bob Knight and Matt Painter, as well as Bird, and characters are said to be modeled after legendary Hoosier sports figures.

7. Speedway (1929)

The silent movie tells the fictional story of Bill Whipple who thinks he is the greatest driver and manages to get a car on the pole in the Indianapolis 500. Scenes from the movie were shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

8. Madison (2005)

In small-town Madison, Ind., the annual Madison Regatta power boat race is king. The town also races its own boat, Miss Madison, every year. Jim Caviezel stars as the boat's driver based on the 1971 race.

9. Brian's Song (1971)

Again, a bit of a stretch, but this story about cancer-stricken Bears running back Brian Piccolo had its training camp scenes shot at St. Joseph's college in Rennselaer. James Caan plays Piccolo.

10. Winning (1969)

Involved in a love triangle, fictional race car driver Frank Capua wants to win the Indianapolis 500 above all. Most of the racing scenes were shot at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Capua is played by Paul Newman.


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