You don’t have to be an athlete to enjoy sports movies. The following movies have a deep meaning way beyond just sports rivalries and provide their audience with valuable lessons that they should apply to life.
1) “Rudy” (1993)
“Rudy” is a true story about a kid from Joliet, Illinois, who had a dream of playing football for Notre Dame. Everyone including Rudy’s family and friends said it couldn’t be done. However, when Rudy’s best friend died, Rudy gained the motivation he needed to try and walk on the Irish’s football team.
2)” Remember The Titans” (2000)
“Remember The Titans” is also based on a true story of a school that integrated in 1971. T.C. Williams High was bound to undergo a lot of change. The football team was not resistant to changes and the head coach was debunked to assistant while the new head coach was black and caused a lot of controversy. This movie is a story of a team coming together and proving white and black people can be civil.
3) “Miracle” (2004)
“Miracle” is based of the U.S hockey team in the 1980’s Olympics. Herb Brooks was hired for the 1980’s Olympic team, he risked his job and didn’t listen to the board. Herb selected players he knew he could coach and will work hard for him. The U.S defeating the Soviet Union despite being the underdog shows anything can happen as long as you’re willing to work hard for it.
4) “The Sandlot” (1993)
In “Sandlot”, Scottie Smalls had a tough time making friends in his new Arizona town, but one day he decided to go to the baseball field where a big group of kids were playing, and he ended up making a friend called “Benny The Jet Rodriguez.” The rest of the summer was an interesting adventure as this pair continuously got themselves into trouble.
5) “Hardball” (2001)
“Hardball” is a story of a group of young kids from a bad neighborhood in Chicago that all play baseball together. Their head coach only coached them because he needed to do community service. “Hardball” shows the struggles young kids go through living in bad neighborhoods because they are always running from violence and gunshots.
6) “Coach Carter” (2005)
“Coach Carter” is the story of Richmond High School which is in a bad neighborhood. A new basketball head coach has arrived to coach their basketball team, but he isn’t just there just to simply coach them. The head coach is there to make his players better men and students. His lessons will last these players far beyond their basketball career.
7) “The Fighter” (2010)
“The Fighter” is a true story of two brothers. The older brother, Dickie, is a fighter that’s addicted to crack. His younger brother, Micky, is an up and coming boxer who is very dependent on his brother. However, his brother never seems to show up for him. This movie teaches its audience that the most satisfaction one can receive is not from drugs and fighting but from relationships and family.