There are hundreds and hundreds of sports movies – but not all are equal. Here’s my list of six of the best sports movies in history!
A 2004 film, Miracle is a sports movie about the United States men’s hockey team. The head coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, assembles a team of hot-headed college players for the 1980 Olympic hockey team. Early on, the team is humiliated in every match, but Brooks attempts to unite the team before the game against the heavily-favored Soviet team. Team USA worked hard together and defeated the odds, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels’ now famous question: “Do you believe in a miracle? Yes!”
Million Dollar Baby
Another 2004 sports movie is Million Dollar Baby, and this film focuses on Frankie Dunn, played by Clint Eastwood. Dunn is a veteran boxing trainer who takes on Maggie Fitzgerald, played by Hilary Swank, even though he believes that women do not make good boxers. Through her determination and hard work, Dunn takes her on and helps her grow into a viable fighter, and they develop a strong emotional bond.
Field of Dreams
An older but classic sports movie is Field of Dreams. This 1989 film is based on an Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner. One night, Kinsella hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield saying “If you build it, he will come.” Kinsella, alongside of his wife Annie (played by Amy Madigan) builds a baseball diamond on his land. The ghosts of famous players start appearing from the crops to play ball. As the movie goes on, Kinsella learns that this field of dreams is about much more than bringing former players out to play.
Another sports movie classic is Rocky. A 1975 film, Rocket is based on the story of Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone. Rocky is an uneducated but kind-hearted working-class Italian-American boxer working as a debt collector in Philadelphia. He starts as a small-time boxer but gets a shot with the world heavyweight champion. During the plot of the movie, Rocky also begins to fall in love with a shy, local girl.
The last sports movie to make a list is Hoosiers. Hoosiers is a 1986 film that tells the tale of a high school basketball team’s long-shot attempt to win the state championship. Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, steps in as the new head coach after the previous head coach passed away. Dale enters a town that is so small that he can barely field a team, mainly because the best player chooses to drop out. Hailed by Sports Illustrated and ESPN, Hoosiers is a must-see sports film!