Sports movies are a genre that seems to click with the audience more often than not. The theme of most of these sports films is based on an individual or a team’s out-of-favour victory. Usually, the script of a sports cinema is written in such a way that the protagonist is shown dealing with daily difficulties, and routine problems which the antagonist creates to add drama. Generally, sports films end in a motivating manner intended to inspire the fans. But, there have been instances where a contrarian view has also been depicted such as in biographies. InUth lists the 9 sports movies that you need to watch if you are a sports fanatic.
9. MILLION DOLLAR ARM (2014) – BASEBALL
Craig Gillespie-directed Million Dollar Arm which was produced by Walt Disney Pictures is an American biographical sports movie that hit the screens in 2014. It is based on the true story of two Indian baseball pitchers who were discovered after winning a reality show by a traveling American sports agent.
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8. THE LONGEST YARD (2005) – RUGBY
Peter Segal-directed The Longest Yard which was produced by Jack Giarraputo is an American sports comedy film that hit the screens in 2005. The story circles around an ill-reputed NFL outfit Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback who is sent to jail and then forced to create a rugby side from the prison inmates to play against the guards.
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7. RUSH (2013) – MOTOR SPORT
Ron Howard-directed Rush which was produced by Ron Howard himself alongside a number of other people is a British biographical sports movie that hit the screens in 2013. It is based on the rivalry between F1 legends James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The story is all about the rivalry between playboy Hunt and disciplinary Lauda.
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6. BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (2002) – FOOTBALL
Gurinder Chadha-directed Bend It Like Beckham which was produced by Gurinder Chadha herself along with Deepak Nayare is a British Indian-themed comedy-drama cinema that hit the screens in 2002. An 18-year-old Indian girl’s dream to become a top-notch footballer, and scoring free-kick goals like England legend David Beckham.
5. THE KARATE KID (2010) – MARTIAL ARTS
Herald Zwart-directed The Karate Kid which was produced by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith alongside Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz who were all involved with the original film back in 1984. It is an American-Chinese mixed martial art action movie that hit the screens in 2010. Although the remake replaces Karate with Kung Fu, Jackie Chan’s presence makes up for it.
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4. CHAK DE! INDIA (2007) – HOCKEY
Shimit Amin-directed Chak De! India which was produced by Aditya Chopra is an Indian epic sports movie that hit the screens in 2007. Rob Miller directed the sports scenes in the film. The cinema inspired by the 2002 Commonwealth Games revolves around the Indian national women’s hockey team and their coach. It also depicts how people deal with sexism in contemporary India alongside the never-ending religion prejudice.
3. LAGAAN (2001) – CRICKET
Ashutosh Gowariker-directed Lagaan which was produced by Aamir Khan and Mansoor Khan is a yet another Indian epic sports cinema that hit the screens in 2001. The story of the film circles around a village whose inhabitants are burdened by taxation during British Raj. But an opportunity to oust taxes emerges in the form of a cricket match between the British officers and the Indian villagers.
2. EVEREST (2015) – ADVENTURE SPORT
Baltasar Kormakur-directed Everest which was produced by Baltasar Kormakur himself alongside a number of other people is a British adventure movie that hit the screens in 2015. It is based on the real events of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, a survival expedition of two mountaineering groups.
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1. GLORY ROAD (2006) – BASKETBALL
James Gartner-directed Glory Roads which was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer is an American sports docudrama movie that hit the screens in 2006. The film is about a team’s rise to glory while tackling stuffs like racism, discrimination, and student athletics.
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