Philadelphia is undoubtedly a great Sports city and great sports cities are inevitably chronicled on film. What do we think are the Greatest Philadelphia Sports Movies of All Time? We thought you would never ask!
For many, Rocky’s tough exterior, warm heart and timeless nature are inextricably linked to Philadelphia Centered around the main character Rocky Balboa played by Sylvester Stallone, there are 6 Rocky films all together: Rocky I-V and Rocky Balboa. The Rocky Stairs are one of the most iconic film locations of all time. These stairs are actually the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy). There is also a bronze statue of Rocky (created for Rocky III) that stands in front of the museum and was erected in 1980 — it’s the perfect backdrop for photo ops. While training Rocky runs through the streets of Philly and this famed montage includes shots of the Italian Market, Philadelphia City Hall and 9th Street. With some riveting fight scenes a strong passion, the Rocky films are some of the most famous Philadelphia sports movies.
Invincible (2006) is the true store of Vince Papale a notable Philadelphia Eagles player played by Mark Wahlberg. Vince Papale joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 at age 30 and is the older rookie in the history of the NGL to play without college football experience. The story of Vince Papale is both incredible as well as inspirational and has truly earned its spot as one of the Greatest Philadelphia Sports Movies of All Time.
This film was nominated for an ESPY in 2007 and is definitely one of the Greatest Philadelphia sports movies of all time. Pride is based around the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James Ellis and his quest to teach a group of Philadelphia students how to become champion competitive swimmers.
Silver Linings Playbook
The Silver Linings Playbook is a film based in the suburbs of Philadelphia and is essentially a love-letter to the Eagles. Silver Linings has an all-star cast which includes Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. The film features mega Philly Eagles fans (including Jenkintown local Bradley Cooper), shots of Lincoln Financial Field, Jewelers’ Row and Llanerch Diner (in Upper Darby) The moments they show tailgating before the game are sports moments rarely captured in films, but really embody what being a sports fan truly looks like.