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2. “Bull Durham” (Ron Shelton, 1986)
Frankly, I owe Ron Shelton an apology: I was desperate to include his zingy 1996 golf-com “Tin Cup” further down this list, but figured one Shelton-Kevin Costner sports film was enough; I probably needn’t have been so prudent, but if there could only be one example of Shelton’s large oeuvre of spirited American sporting paeans, this was the clear choice: my favourite ‘pure’ sports movie, it’s also the sexiest, with a top-form Susan Sarandon as the baseball groupie convinced that her nether regions hold the key to success on the field. And that’s before Costner, as the catcher drafted in to provide more traditional coaching to dim-bulb prodigy Tim Robbins, launches into his legendary “I believe in the cock, I believe in the pussy” speech. Delicious.