Except for→ Inspirational SPORTS MOVIES
I'm always a bit hesitant to sit down and watch another sports movie. I'm not really sure why this is, because every single time I do I get so wrapped up in it and end up loving it. I love cheering for the underdog, for the teammates who have overcome enormous challenges to get to this point, all the while learning valuable life lessons. My pulse races, my heart swells, and I'm grinning like a fool.
Because inspirational sports movies aren't just about the sport, they're about being winners at life.
There are many SPORTS MOVIES that I love, but these are my all-time favourites:
1) Remember the Titans (2000)
In my opinion, the thing that brings this movie up several notches from others in this category is the biggest issue the team overcomes in the movie: Racism.
Set in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, the fact-based story begins with the integration of black and white students at T. C. Williams High School. This effort to improve race relations is most keenly felt on the school's football team, the Titans, and bigoted tempers flare when a black head coach is appointed and his victorious predecessor reluctantly stays on as his assistant…The players represent a hotbed of racial tension, but as the team struggles toward unity and gridiron glory, Remember the Titans builds on several subplots and character dynamics to become an inspirational drama of Rocky-like proportions. (Source)
Titans Spirit (Score)
This is one of THE best pieces from any score. Especially 4:48 onward.
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2) Forever Strong (2009)
Rugby is one tough contact sport, and these guys wear hardly any equipment! Not for the faint of heart, that's for sure. The best part of this movie were the Gelwixims*...and Sean Faris, of course.☺ Best Gelwixim: the kia kaha, from which the movie's title is taken→ "Be forever strong on the field, so that you will be forever strong off the field." And who doesn't love a good team haka?
A troubled young rugby player is given the choice between jail or playing for a rival team coached by a man known for building not only championship teams, but championship boys. Based on a true story, Forever Strong offers stand up and cheer sports drama combined with the consequences of a strong ethical code to achieve victory on and off the field. (Source)
Looky here, another rugby movie from 2009. Invictus takes place in South Africa, and like Remember the Titans it tackles issues of racism and coming together as a team, but in this case in the wake of apartheid. A great movie!
What does Nelson Mandela do after becoming president of South Africa? He rejects revenge, forgives oppressors who jailed him 27 years for his fight against apartheid and finds hope of national unity in an unlikely place: the rugby field…An uplifting film about a team and a people inspired to greatness…Mandela asks the national rugby team and his squad to do the impossible and win the World Cup. (Source)
4) The Blind Side (2009)
2009 was a great year for sports movies, and this is no exception. There's so much to love about The Blind Side, and I think this description says it best:
Michael Oher knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he's found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother. This real-life story of family and of Michael's growth into a blue-chip football star will have you cheering with its mix of gridiron action and heartwarming emotion. Share the remarkable journey of the college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped onto the playing field. (Source)
5) Hoosiers (1986)
My love for Chucks, or as I always called them 'Hoosiers shoes' came from this movie. Hoosiers is probably the first real sports movie that I remember seeing and loving. To this day it's one of my favourite movies of any genre.
One of the most rousingly enjoyable sports movies ever made, this small-town drama tells the story of the Hickory Huskers, an underdog basketball team from a tiny Indiana high school that makes it all the way to the state championship tournament…As the drama unfolds we come to realize that many of the characters are recovering from disappointing setbacks, and this depth of character is what makes the otherwise conventional basketball story so richly rewarding…This is a quintessentially American movie about beating the odds and rising above one's own limitations. (Source)
So are you a fan of SPORTS MOVIES? If so, tell me which one is your favourite in the comments.
P. S. I forgot that I did a bit of curling in high school too. We wore kilts while we curled. Drafty.
* Gelwixims: What the real-life Highland rugby players call their coach's notable sayings.