Sports movies are a genre all their own. From team sports to individual athletes, these movies make us all feel really good about ourselves, which is off since were probably sitting on the couch eating popcorn while these people master incredible feats. Anyways, five sports movies: here they are…
Eddie the Eagle
This movie is so unbelievably under appreciated. Taron Egerton plays Eddie, a young man who has a dream to be an Olympian. He doesn’t care what sport he plays, he just wants to be a part of it. In his twenties, he discovers he could make it as a ski jumper, Britain’s first in six decades. He is absolutely terrible at it, despite being trained by Wolverine ( I mean Hugh Jackman). The end is hilarious and uplifting and great. Check it out.
2. Cool Runnings
Probably the best movie about Jamaicans starting an Olympic Bobsled team I have ever seen. (Ignore the fact that it’s probably the only one to ever be made). Based on a true story, the film follows Derice Bannock, a track star who fails to qualify for the 1988 Summer Olympic team. He decides to form a bobsled team for the 1990 Winter Olympics. Four Jamaican men who have never experienced snow or the cold travel to Canada to compete against the best bobsledders in the world. Its really inspirational and its hilarious.
Centered around the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, this movie follows Jesse Owens, an African-American track star. He is trying to make it into the games despite it being in the middle of World War II. He risks facing racial discrimination and a whole lot of backlash to run in the games. The film also focuses on his coach who does everything in his power to get Owens to race.
4. The Sandlot
A true American classic. Told from the point of view of a young boy desperately trying to make friends in a new town, The Sandlot is a great coming-of-age film. Scotty “Smalls” is the new kid on the block. He meets a group of boys who love to play baseball. The whole film follows the group through their summer hijinks, including trying to rescue a signed baseball from the jaws of The Beast, a big scary dog that lives next door to the sandlot. This movie is one of the best sports, coming-of-age, comedy, drama, all of the above movies of all time.
5. A League of Their Own
During World War II, all of the male baseball players had to stop playing in order to go to war for their country. In order to make up for this, the MLB came up with the idea of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. This movie focuses on a fictional version of this event. Two sisters are chosen to play for the Rockford Peaches. Their coach (played by the always incredible Tom Hanks) is a drunk who doesn’t really care about the girls (until the end of course). Anyways, this is a really empowering girl-power movie.