The best movies are more than just a form of entertainment. They also inspire a myriad of emotions not to mention the thought-provoking ideas you may pick from them. And sports films are no exception. The greatest sports movies over the years have captured the indomitable will and spirit of people in the face of challenges and adversities. From the baseball field to the boxing ring, here are some of the best sports movies ever made that should be on your must-see list.
A League of Their Own (1992)
This film’s story may be a work of fiction, but the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is for real. The movie is set during World War II at a time when Major League Baseball is on the brink of shutting down as more major league athletes leave to join the fight. One club owner came up with the idea to form a women’s league and managed to convince others to get on board. What followed is a funny and heartwarming story of women learning to play the game.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
This movie is based on the true story of two British track athletes who competed in the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris. Harold Abrahams is Jewish who struggled with anti-Semitism while Eric “Flying Scotsman” Liddell is a devout Christian. Each has their own beliefs and motivations for training, but both overcame the pressures and challenges to win the gold in their respective races.
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Hoop Dreams tells the story of two inner-city boys from Chicago and their journeys to playing collegiate basketball while setting their sights to become professional players. It showcases the action and drama on and off-court while touching on poverty and racial inequality.
There is something about underdog stories that make the audience root for the least-likely-to-win characters. Hoosiers is a film about the team-up of a coach that has a somewhat problematic past and a father troubled with alcoholism. Together they try to bring an underdog team all the way to the state finals.
This list will not be complete without this Oscar-winning film about a small-time player who had the chance to fight against a world heavyweight boxing champion. What unfolds is a gripping drama of one man’s journey to what turned out to be his greatest fight.