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I have six friends whose favorite movies are inspired by our shared hobby.

  • The first enjoys an action remake about a man with a licence to kill.
  • The second prefers an epic about a traitor leading a medieval revolution.
  • The third's is a series of films about a seafaring trickster.
  • The fourth's stars the lead actor from the third's, but it wasn't well received.
  • The fifth loves a classic underdog story with a memorable training montage.
  • The sixth features a blue collar astrophysicist with higher ambitions.
  • My favorite movie stars an infamous actor, a puzzler like yourselves, hunting for a fortune centuries old.

What common interest do my friends and I share?

Hint 1:

All of my friends live in the United States; Residents of North America will have an easier time solving than the rest (sorry).

Hint 2:

My second friend isn't really a Mel Gibson fan; he just as much appreciates a film about a band of lionhearted home appliances.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does the answer is obvious once you got the films? $\endgroup$ – TroyAndAbed Jul 15 '15 at 12:57
  • $\begingroup$ You could possibly see the connection already (with 4-5 movies correct), but it should become clearer with all seven. I definitely wouldn't say it's obvious; solving the riddle requires some knowledge of the hobby. I'll also add that I could have even more friends with their favorite movies, so don't get hung up on the number seven. $\endgroup$ – Roland Jul 15 '15 at 15:26
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You and your friends are

Baseball fans!

Each of the movies is a reference to

A baseball team name

Here's the list:

1. Casino Royale (Kansas City Royals)
2. Braveheart or Brave Little Toaster (Atlanta Braves)
3. Pirates of the Caribbean (Pittsburgh Pirates)
4. Lone Ranger (Texas Rangers)
5. Rocky (Colorado Rockies)
6. Astronaut Farmer (Houston Astros)
7. National Treasure (Washington Nationals)

Personally I'm a fan of the Hunt for Red October!

Thanks to TroyAndAbed and other commenters for most of the movie names!

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    $\begingroup$ Nice ! Quite hard if you are not living in the US. $\endgroup$ – TroyAndAbed Jul 15 '15 at 21:58
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, I could see that. Also, now I understand why "some friends are happier than others". $\endgroup$ – VictorHenry Jul 15 '15 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ Excellent! The Hunt for Red October was going to be a major hint if this went unsolved (as a friend's favorite movie and a popular pun made about the MLB postseason.) I personally like the Skeleton Twins. :-) $\endgroup$ – Roland Jul 16 '15 at 2:33
  • $\begingroup$ @Roland I guess "Angels in the Outfield" would have been a bit too on the nose. =P $\endgroup$ – VictorHenry Jul 16 '15 at 4:21
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A partial list of the movies:

1-James Bond - Casino Royal (only remake with the same name. Credit to Player One)
2-Braveheart
3-Pirates of the Caribbean
4-(?)
5-Karate Kid or Rocky
6-The Astronaut Farmer
7-National Treasure (with Nicolas Cage as the infamous actor)

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't believe Licence to Kill has been remade. If there is indeed a remake, I should refine the first clue. $\endgroup$ – Roland Jul 14 '15 at 20:30
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    $\begingroup$ 5 could also be Rocky. And 6 might be Interstellar $\endgroup$ – StephenTG Jul 14 '15 at 20:36
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    $\begingroup$ I think the only two Bond remakes are Never Say Never Again (a remake of Thunderball), and Casino Royale (a remake of the spoof movie with the same name) $\endgroup$ – Player One Jul 14 '15 at 20:38
  • $\begingroup$ Hans zimmer is a prolific musician... but I dont think it fits all of them. $\endgroup$ – Going hamateur Jul 14 '15 at 22:23
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    $\begingroup$ 4 could be the expendables $\endgroup$ – A.D. Jul 15 '15 at 3:25

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