ROBERT De NIRO's 1980 film Raging Bull has been crowned the best sporting movie ever in a new poll.

De Niro, 60, won a Best Actor OSCAR for his portrayal of boxer JAKE LA MOTTA in the MARTIN SCORSESE-directed movie, and beat Fever Pitch and CHARIOTS OF FIRE to the top spot in the poll by BLOCKBUSTER video stores.

The only female-dominated film in the list is the sleeper hit BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, about two girls' desire to make it in soccer, which bagged 16th place.

The top 10 is:

1. RAGING BULL (1980) Boxing

2. FEVER PITCH (1997) Soccer

3. The Hustler (1961) Pool

4. Chariots of Fire (1981) Athletics

5. Field of Dreams (1989) Baseball

6. SLAP SHOT (1977) Ice hockey

7. CADDYSHACK (1980) Golf

8. ESCAPE TO VICTORY (1981) Soccer

9. Rocky (1976) Boxing

10. Jerry Maguire (1997) American Football.

05/12/2003 13:54