To entertain your audience with sports is one thing, but to inspire them to achieve something impossible is a completely new dimension. Over the years, thousands of sports movies have got a theater release but there are very few that have inspired the audience. These are the top 15 inspirational sports movies that one can watch any time of the day:
1. Remember the Titans (2000)
Even if you are not a football fan, you cannot deny the impact ‘Remember the Titans’ has on viewers. In general, ‘Remember the Titans’ is one of the best sports drama films till date. The film has some of the great sports scenes and an awesome cast including Donald Faison, Ryan Gosling, and Denzel Washington.
2. Rudy (1993)
Released in 1993, ‘Rudy’ is arguably among the best sports films. It tells the story of Rudy, who has been told that he is too small to play college football, but whose determination makes him fulfill his dream to play for Notre Dame. Directed by David Anspaugh, ‘Rudy’ has everything that a movie lover can ask for: music, art, inspiration, action, and sports.
3. The Karate Kid (2010)
A remake of 1984 film, ‘The Karate Kid’ stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in the main roles. ‘The Karate Kid’ follows the story of a single mother who moves to China with her young child (Jaden), and how he embraces kung fu.
4. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Directed by legendary Clint Eastwood, ‘Million Dollar Baby’ stars Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, and Morgan Freeman. The film tells the story of a determined woman who works with a boxing trainer who is hard to handle. ‘Million Dollar Baby’ will make you cry when Maggie Fitzerald (Hilary) goes out of her room, at the same time, it will inspire you when she shares a conversation with Frankie Dunn (Clint).
5. Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Based on a true story, ‘Million Dollar Arm’ stars Jon Hamm who is a struggling sports agent who needs a little inspiration to save his own career. He goes to India to recruit a few athletes who can play baseball. The movie is deeply emotional and portrays the life of players from India who have come to United States and miss their homes.
6. Warrior (2011)
When the MMA got its own movie, critics and the moviegoers had doubts but when ‘Warrior’ hit the theaters, everyone was in awe. The film stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as estranged brothers who fight against each other in a major MMA tournament. The film had terrific fight sequences, some top-notch acting, and sympathetic characters. The film tells an inspirational story of family bonding and redemption.
7. Rocky (1976)
The Oscar-winning film, ‘Rocky’ made Sylvester Stallone a household name. The film has an amazing soundtrack (Eye of The Tiger), and a wonderful screenplay which makes it one of the best boxing films of all times.
8. The Sandlot (1993)
Based on a story written by Stephen King, ‘The Sandlot’ is a coming-of-age baseball comedy film. The film deals with baseball on many levels but at the same time, it leaves you with goosebumps through startling conversations between the kids when they talk about friendship and sports.
9. Chakde! India (2007)
When Indian writer Jaideep Sahni wrote the screenplay for ‘Chakde! India’ he had no idea that this film alone will show the reality of the Indian female hockey team to India. Directed by Shimit Amin, ‘Chakde! India’ talks about the hockey culture in India and how people still discriminate against athletes based on their cast, race, and gender.
10. Offside (2006)
Directed by Jafar Panahi, ‘Offside’ is an Iranian film that follows the story of two girls who try to watch a World Cup qualifying match but are forbidden by the Iranian law because of their gender. Jafar was inspired to make a film on this subject after his own daughter showed a desire to watch a match. In spite of having some hearth wrenching twists, this film is still in banned in India.
11. Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)
Directed by Steven Zaillian, ‘Searching For Bobby Fischer’ follows a story of a chess prodigy who wants to become as famous as Bobby Fischer. With stars like Ben Kingsley, Max Pomeranc, Joan Allen, and Joe Mantegna, it makes an inspirational movie that motivates you to achieve something unimaginable.
12. The Pride of The Yankees (1942)
The biographical drama follows the story of Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper) who is recruited by the New York Yankees. The team also includes the legendary Babe Ruth. The film not only depicts the life of the baseball players but it also deals with the emotional turbulence players go through.
13. Miracle (2004)
Directed by Gavin O’Connor and written by Eric Guggenheim, ‘Miracle’ is an American sports docudrama about the States’ hockey team led by Herb Brooks that won the gold medal at the Winter Olympics. The game apparently was a big deal because of the problems between Soviet Russia and United States. Although, the film is a little clichéd but with strong performances and astounding direction, it manages to lift itself.
14. Ali (2001)
Muhammad Ali is among those athletes who changed the landscape of American sports forever. Muhammad Ali is a name everyone knows for his wit and defiant rage. Michael Mann directed the 2001 biographical drama and it starred Will Smith in the pivotal role of Ali.
15. Cinderalla Man (2005)
Directed by Ron Howard, ‘Cinderalla Man’ follows the story of an ex-boxer James Braddock (Russell Crowe) who works as a laborer. His life takes a turn when his former manager Joe (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a new boxer. His life after that turns out to be very ugly as his wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger) is against James’ choice of continuing his life as a boxer.