Whatever you are looking for, I hope that you find it here. I have put together an organized list of my favorite sports films, for adults and teens, children, and those who are looking for a religious aspect as well. Having that said, my list may be a bit longer than the others that have been written. To start off with, I’ll give you my teens and adults list.
Adults and Teens:
Remember the Titans – I picked this, because in my opinion, this film is a classic. I don’t know a person alive who has not seen and liked this film. It’s set in a time where schools were just begining to integrate and the town did not like it. The football team too, became integrated and during their training camp, the team had to learn how to set aside differences and work together. It took their commitment to one another that wins over the rest of the town. Great film.
Rudy – This is a sweet film. A small town boy who didn’t have the best grades, and didn’t have much money has a big dream of being on the football team at Notre Dame. Everyone looks down on him and tries to convince him to give up his dream, but Rudy keeps pushing at it and eventually achieves his goal.
Brian’s Song – This is a pro football film about two Bears teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers who are fierce competitors. The two start out on the wrong foot, but when Sayers gets injured, the Piccolo decides it’s his duty to make sure Sayers heals so that Piccolo can say that he won fair and square. What started out as a selfish agenda eventually leads to a close friendship that holds strong to the very end. You’ll have to watch this to see how it all plays out. Touching film.
Glory Road – A film about a small town college basketball coach who integrates his Texas Western team. They go up against the leading team, the Iniversity of Kentucky. An all white team, and the best of the best. Of course they’re cocky, and the rest of the world is rooting for this all white team. Texas Western recieves a whole lot of threats to drop out and let UK win, but they don’t give up and together, they eventually come out on top.
The Rookie – This is a baseball film about a high school coach who desperately wanted his team to win. The Owls were the worst players in the area and everyone knew it. The coach tried to motivate them, but instead, the kids had a proposition for him. They said, “Coach, how can you tell us to go for our dream, when you turned your back on yours? Let’s make a deal. If we win the district championship, you have to try out for a major-league organization.” The coach took the deal, and from there, you’ll just have to watch to see how it all turns out. Great film.
Radio – A not so well known film, but it’s a good one. This story is about a young boy who is mentally handicapped. The coach of a high school football team takes a notice and a liking for this boy, and involves him in the team and gets him active in school and in the town. The town really didn’t like this. They liked the way it had always been…this boy out of school, away from the community. All this coach was doing was stirring up trouble. The team didn’t like it either. Eventually, the town gets in an uproar, and it’s up to this coach to show the town the true meaning of love and community. It’s not about how smart or althletic you are, but what’s in your heart. This young boy turns the town to gold and earns a lasting place in the heart of all.
Field of Dreams – “If you build it, he will come.” These are the words Ray Kinsella hears in his corn field late one night. He ignored the voice and goes about his work, but the voice persists. In the distance he sees an image of a baseball field. Is it a sign that he should build this baseball field in the middle of his corn field? He begins this project and everyone thinks he’s crazy for it. The plot of the story revolves around the ghosts of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal appearing in the field Ray Kinsella created. Particularly, the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson. This is a classic film. It was actually created the year I was born. As many years ago as that was, it’s still a good film.
Facing the Giants – I love this movie. It’s arguably the best religious based sports movie ever made. I personally own this movie. The plot is about a high school football coach, Grant Taylor, who is just miserable with his life. Everything that could go wrong, has pretty much started to. His wife desperately wants a baby, but can’t have one. Members of the community are talking behind his back about firing him due to his six year losing streak. The washing machine and many other appliances in the house are breaking, Grant’s truck is dying…and the list just goes on. When he had nothing left to turn to, Grant pulled out his bible and he studied it. He took periods of alone time for prayer, and really began to grow and believe. That’s when he knew it was time to make a change in his team as well. He took his team aside for an emergency meeting and pep talk about faith. He gets a lot of resistance at first, but things improve immensely. This is a must see movie for those looking for a Christian take on sports.
Angels in the Outfield & Angels in the Endzone – Angels show up in the California Angels’ outfield. Only a young boy named Roger can see these angels. Roger is a foster child who lives with his best friend J.P. He’s happy there, but he wants desperately to be with his father. His father sarcastically tells Roger that they could be together only if the Angels win in the pennant, which was not likely to happen, seeing as the Angels were in last place. Roger asks God that night if he would help the Angels win. That’s when Roger starts seeing real Angels, come to assist in making that happen. Roger and J.P. win a photo with Mr. Knox, the Angels’ manager, and Roger tells Knox what he saw. Knox begins to think Roger is a good luck charm for the team, and begins placing Roger and J.P. in special seats for the game. You’ll have to watch the movie for the rest of the story.
Space Jam – A film staring Michael Jordan himself, and many of his NBA friends. The Looney Toons of course are the main stars of this show though. A group of aliens come to earth to steal talent from the NBA to beat the Looney Toons in a game of basketball. The aliens grow huge with their new found talent and call themselves the MonStars. The Looney Toons realize that they need help. Who better to ask than the talented Michael Jackson? Michael is out playing golf with some friends. He makes a hole in one, and when he goes to get the ball, a rope comes up from the ground and drags Mike into Looney Toon Land. See the movie for the rest of the story. Rated PG
The Cutting Edge 1, 2 & 3 – This is more of a pre-teen, teenage film, but you can watch it and decide for yourself if you would let younger children watch it. This is about a young ice skater, Kate, who was pretty much stuck up and no one would stay partnered with her for long. On the other hand, there’s a pro hockey guy who was just told news that after his accident, he could no longer see well enough to play anymore. The two are eventually paired together, and again, Kate tries to run him off and prove that he doesn’t make the cut. Doug on the other hand, isn’t buying it. He’s determined to get on the ice again, no matter what sport it is. In turn, he wins over Kate’s dad, and eventually Kate as well. That is the first film. You have to watch and see how the rest of this film turns out, along with the next two. Personally, the second movie is my favorite. Although I like the first a lot, too. Rated PG
Cool Runnings – This is a funny film to watch for the whole family. I still enjoy this one. It’s about the first ever Jamacain bobsled team. The start of it has to do with a set of people who don’t make it in the qualifying race for olympic runners. The main character, Derice, is so unpset, but he’s determined to make it to the olympics. He sees a picture of his father with a man that was a bobsleder from America, and finds out that man still lived on the island. He goes to him with a friend of his to see if they can be coached. Eventually, they find others who didn’t make it in the race, and together the odd group make a team whose only goal is getting off the island and proving to the world that they made it. A great film. Watch to see how it all turns out. Rated PG
The Mighty Ducks 1, 2, & 3 – One of my personal favorites growing up. I still love the Mighty Ducks Series. It’s about an ice hockey team of misfits that come together and win the heart of the town. Their spirit is uplifting, and they work together as a family. The main character Charlie is the heart of the show. He, his grandfather, and the coach. The three of them and the heart of the team is what makes this series great. You’ll love it as much as I do. Watch this series to see what I”m talking about. Rated PG
The Big Green – This is a film about a kids soccer team. This was a team with a group of kids that really didn’t fit anywhere. Not even with each other. The group of the started out being terrible, not working together, and so forth. There were two members who were the stars of the team, and it started out the they basically took over and the team simply relied on the two of them to lead the group through. The team eventually comes together and works as a whole, but just as things were starting to come together, the star of the team and his mother are forced to leave the country on illegal immigration charges. Will the team be able to get their teammate back, or will they be forced to pull through on their own? Watch this film to find out. Rated PG
Motocrossed – This is a good motivational film for young girls. It goes to show that sports aren’t just for guys, and disproves the stereotype that girls should just stick to cheerleading. This film is about a girl, Andrea, who’s brother is out to make it in motocross, but he gets hurt. Andrea can ride, and she’s pretty good too. She tries to convince her dad that she can take her brother Andrew’s place, but her dad refuses. Instead, he goes off to find a lost minute replacement rider. In the mean time, Andrea is doing everything she can to help her family and prove she can do it. Her mom eventually goes along with it, and from there, you just have to watch the rest to see how it turns out. Rated G