We all know that movies tend to exaggerate real life. And this is especially true for sports movies, where the underdog almost always wins and guys hardly ever miss the last shot. But you know one aspect of real world sports that they don’t have to exaggerate in sports movies? Players’ wives and girlfriends. They’re pretty much always as hot in real life as they are in the movies, because athletes (and their fame and money) are babe magnets.
Today, instead of bringing you another “boring” list of real life sports WAGs, I thought, why not do a list of fictional sports WAGs? So here you go: the 20 hottest sports movie WAGs of all time.
Obviously there is some serious subjectivity involved in ranking these fictional significant others, so go easy on me if I get a few “wrong.” However, if I missed any you think should be on the list, by all means let us know. When it comes to attractive women, ignorance is never bliss.
20. Ali Mills (The Karate Kid)
In The Karate Kid, Daniel-san gets the All Valley Karate Tournament trophy and the girl. Classic sports movie ending.
Unfortunately, we learn about 5 minutes into The Karate Kid, Part II that, after sticking with him through thick and thin (and an embarrassing spaghetti incident) in the first film, Ali callously breaks up with Daniel (probably because Elisabeth Shue didn’t want to make the sequel) over the summer. So I guess it wasn’t meant to be.
19. Katie Van Waldenberg (Blades of Glory)
Katie (Jenna Fischer) is sent to spy on Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder) and Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) for her brother and sister, Stranz (Will Arnett) and Fairchild (Amy Poehler) Van Waldenberg. So obviously she falls in love with Jimmy, though they almost break up after he walks in on Chazz squeezing Katie’s boobs.
18. Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)
Susan Sarandon was 42 years old when Bull Durham was released in 1988. So Annie Savoy was a cougar before being a cougar was even a thing.
17. Betty Logan (Heaven Can Wait)
Heaven Can Wait was not the first movie in which the lovely Julie Christie starred opposite her real-life lover, Warren Betty. They also appeared together in McCabe & Mrs. Miller and Shampoo. I won’t even try to recap their relationship in Heaven Can Wait. Let’s just say, it’s complicated, and involves a lot of reincarnation
16. Lynn Wells (Major League)
Renne Russo as a sexy librarian? Yes please. Tom Berenger is one lucky dude.
15. Darcy Sears (Varsity Blues)
Darcy (Ali Larter) needed to be with the star QB in order to escape a dead-end life in West Canaan. This leads to one of the greatest attempted seductions in movie history. Unfortunately, Dawson turns her down because “he don’t want…her life.” Or something like that. I forget how the movie goes.
14. Avery Bishop (Jerry Maguire)
After he breaks up with his cold-hearted but hot fiancee, Avery (Kelly Preston), Jerry Maguire is forced to settle for Bridgette Jones and her weird little kid.
Fun trivia: in the movie, Kelly Preston is engaged to Tom Cruise—famous Scientologist. In real life, she’s married to John Travolta—famous Scientologist.
13. Jess Bhamra (Bend It Like Beckham)
I guess Jess (Parminder Nagra) isn’t technically a WAG in this film, since she’s the one who’s the athlete. But her boyfriend is a coach and a former athlete, so she still counts.
12. Janet Cantrell (Invincible)
An Eagles fan/player (Mark Wahlberg) getting together with a Giants fan (Elizabeth Banks)? Yeah, like that could happen in real life—even if it is Elizabeth Banks.
11. Virginia Venit (Happy Gilmore)
Wouldn’t we all like to go to Happy Gilmore’s “happy place” and hang out with Julie Bowen? Yes, I think so. Definitely.
10. Anne Marie Chadwick (Blue Crush)
You might think that because Anne Marie (Kate Bosworth) is the athlete in this picture, she cannot be considered a sports movie WAG. But since her BF in Blue Crush is a Pro Bowl NFL quarterback, she is most definitely a WAG. And an awesome one at that.
9. Carole Dawson (We Are Marshall)
You probably didn’t even realize Betty Draper (January Jones) from Mad Men was in We Are Marshall, since the movie came out a year before the TV show. But she’s in it—she plays Matthew Fox’s wife.
8. Jenna Reed (BASEketball)
Yasmine Bleeth and Trey Parker a couple? Totally believable.
Actually, didn’t he just win a bunch of Tonys for The Book of Mormon: The Musical? Maybe it is believable.
7. Carley Bobby (Talladega Nights)
You all know Leslie Bibb as Rickey Bobby’s “red hot smokin’ wife, Carley, who is a stone-cold fox, and who if you woulda rate her ass on a hunerd, it would easily be a 94.”
6. Yvette Denslow (BASEketball)
Yes, at first Yvette Denslow (Jenny McCarthy) is the evil widow who conspires with Baxter Cain to move the Beers out of Milwaukee. But in the end she changes her ways and gets with Doug (Matt Stone).
(I’m pretty sure Trey Parker and Matt Stone just made BASEketball as an excuse to make out with Yasmine Bleeth and Jenny McCarthy—two of the hottest women of the 1990s.)
5. Annabelle Farrell (The Replacements)
She’s an NFL cheerleader AND she owns a bar? Annabelle Farrell (Brooke Langton) might just be the perfect woman. I can’t believe she ends up with Ted “Theodore” Logan
4. Claudia (Kingpin)
The sports comedy Kingpin proves that even washed-up, one-handed former pro bowlers can get hot girlfriends.
What ever happened to Vanessa Angel, anyway?
3. Autumn Haley (Halle Berry)
Before she was an international superstar, Halle Berry played the love interest of Omar Epps in the underwhelming college football flick The Program.
2. Elizabeth Wilkes (Hardball)
Keanu Reeves gets not one but two sports movie girlfriends in the Top 5? Did this guy make a pact with the devil or something? (Actually, come to think of it, in The Devil’s Advocate, doesn’t he play the son of Satan?)
Anyway, you can see the lovely Diane Lane opposite Keanu in the sports dud Hardball, which is about underprivileged baseball kids or something—like a combination of Bad News Bears and The Mighty Ducks.
1. Lacey Underall (Caddyshack)
Judge Smails‘ niece was destined for promiscuity with a name like Lacey Underall, wasn’t she?
In any case, the ridiculously hot Caddyshack nympho first hooks up with the film’s hero, Danny, before moving on to Bushwood’s top golfer, Ty Webb (Chevy Chase).