Standing triumphantly at the top of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a sweatshirt, Rocky Balboa makes Rocky
the number-one “sweatshirt movie of all-time.” The top 10 list was announced as part of the 80th birthday celebration of the invention of the sweatshirt.
The selection was made by Russell Athletic, the company that produced the first sweatshirt and has been the market leader for more than 80 years. The Top Ten Sweatshirt Movies (with
comments from Alex Hodges, vice president of marketing of Russell Athletic) are:
. "There was really no debate. Rocky's moment of celebration is one of the top movie images in history."
2. Animal House
. "John Belushi is responsible for the millions of 'COLLEGE' sweatshirts on campuses across the country."
3. Knute Rockne, All-American
. "It is hard to miss when you have a future president of the United States as well as his coach, both wearing sweatshirts. In reality, the sweatshirt was invented while Knute Rockne was a college coach. His most lasting images are of him wearing a sweatshirt."
. "People have always looked for ways to make clothing their own. Jennifer Beals inspired thousands of girls to purchase sweatshirts and cut away the collars and create a more individual, sexy look."
5. Beverly Hills Cop
. "The Beverly Hills cops may have worn suits and police uniforms, but Eddie Murphy wore a sweatshirt from beginning to end."
6. The Never Ending Story
. "Never has one sweatshirt seen so much adventure. The little boy in the movie wore his sweatshirt in every scene."
7. Meet the Parents
. "This ended the G rating for sweatshirts. Ben Stiller did the first love scene wearing a sweatshirt, at least based on our research. Ben Stiller, in fact, is one of many stars who wear sweatshirts as part of their normal wardrobe. We recently sent him several Russell Athletic sweatshirts at his request."
8. Million Dollar Baby
. "Sweatshirts are in all sports movies, but this was a unique one. Hilary Swank wore one and so did the boxing old-timer played by Morgan Freeman."
9. Sleepless in Seattle
. "Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan wore sweatshirts. Usually it is one star or another who wears sweats in a non-sports movie. In this case, it was both stars."
10. The Longest Yard
. "This is a dubious distinction. Burt Reynolds donned what was probably the ugliest sweatshirt ever seen in a movie. However, it definitely stood out and helped make his character."