There's nothing quite more motivating or tear-jerking than a great sports movie. Whether you even like sports or not, films about the competitive nature of people have the ability to inspire, and because I'm a huge movie buff (and a pretty big sports fan too) I wanted to make a list of some of my favorite sports films.
Remember the Titans
Probably my favorite sports movie, and I don't even like football that much! Maybe it's the fact that it's Denzel, or the music, or simply the story of a young high school team defying the odds and coming together in the face of racism and segregation in the South, but damn does Disney make a great film!
Bend it Like Beckham
This is a great film that a lot of people seem to forget about, but almost any movie that goes to Sundance has my vote, and it was Keira Knightley's breakout role!
The premise is so relatable and speaks to all tomboys out there who are told that sports are for boys, and all a girl needs to do is find a husband. Jesminder, a young Indian woman living in London, has the opportunity of a lifetime to play the sport she loves to play--soccer--in a competitive league despite her parent's wishes. The film grapples with friendship, love, and family traditions with the world of sports in the background. Seriously, a great movie to check out.
True stories are always quite compelling, and Disney's Glory Road is no exception. The year is 1966, and college basketball coach Don Haskins (played by Josh Lucas) becomes the first coach in NCAA history to start five African-American players to play for the National Championship.
Similar to Remember the Titans, Glory Road is a story not only about basketball, but about race in America. The team has a common goal, to win, and so they must put aside their differences and prejudices of each other to achieve it.
A League of Their Own
Probably the first sports movie I saw as a kid, and another true one! This is where the line "There's no crying in baseball!" became as famous as it did.
The film tells the story of two competitive sisters who join the first female professional baseball league during WWII. What's great about this film is that, like Bend it Like Beckham, it shows the audience that sports are universal. Men, women, girls and boys can all love and excel at sports, and these women made history. Plus, you can't go wrong with Tom Hanks.
The Other Dream Team
This one is a documentary, and probably one you haven't heard of (another Sundance film!) but one that you should absolutely watch.
In 1992, newly independent country Lithuania journeys to the Olympics to play basketball against the American Dream Team (the greatest team ever assembled) and their former oppressors, the Soviet Union.
This is an unbelievable and inspiring true story and just goes to show that sports can mean so much more to people and nations other than pure entertainment. There is a reason why basketball is such a popular sport in Eastern Europe, it's because of stories like the Lithuanian national basketball team.
What are some of your favorite sports movies?