22. THE BIG GAME FROM THE FRESHMAN (1925)
One of Harold Lloyd’s funnier silent films, The Freshman sees the legendary comedian attempt to win the affection of the school’s hottie, Peggy, by joining the football team. Unfortunately Lloyd is the furthest thing from an athlete and he is quickly relegated to tackle dummy status.
His chance to make a real impression comes during “The Big Game” when the coach is forced to put Lloyd in after injuries cripple the rest of the team. From out of nowhere, the undersized Lloyd leads the team to victory and, in doing so, inadvertently set up the formula for future underdog sports movies such as Radio and Rudy.