Sometimes, the best sports teams aren't great, but they get the job done and are loveable, like the Ducks in "D2: The Mighty Ducks." The endless quotability of "D2" is also why the movie makes this list.
Jerry Cicciorti's Canadian TV movie about the formation of the NHL Players Association is an emotionally brutal look at greed and self-preservation. It pits hockey players against team owners, a battle that has raged with rapid frequency across multiple sports since the movie's release in 1995.
Hockey is, in its deliberately violent and crass way, inherently excessive, and the '80s were the decade of excess. "Youngblood," starring Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Keanu Reeves, capitalizes on both to be tremendously fun and sneakily effective.
The 1995 thriller "Sudden Death" is an unapologetically nasty film that is only tangentially about hockey. However, the way this film embraces and flaunts the mean streak of the game makes it a great hockey movie.
"Red Army" is the story of Soviet hockey in all its forms, from its rise to dominance to its players reaching the NHL and becoming overnight successes. The film delicately chronicles the precision and razor-sharp formation work that made Soviet hockey closer to art than athletics.