There’s nothing like a decent sports movie to get the blood pumping. Sports movies usually have it all: action, drama, killer speeches – you name it, they have it.
But say you are new to sport and have never seen a sporting movie – which one do you watch first?
That’s where we come in.
Bookmark this page so that next time you’re looking for something to fill a quiet Saturday night you can pull up this list of the top 5 must-see sporting movies.
Moneyball is a true story based on the Oakland A’s journey to the World Series (baseball’s ‘World Cup’). A real David and Goliath story – the film centres on Billy Beane and his belief that baseball is all about stats.
Goosebump ‘o metre: 7/10
4) Mighty Ducks (trilogy)
The Mighty Ducks is one of my personal faves! Lawyer Gordon Bombay gets pulled over for drunken driving, is sentenced to community service and takes on coaching an ice hockey team to repay his debt to society. What follows is a trilogy of underdog awesomeness. Despite its mediocre performance at the box office, the trilogy inspired Anaheim to name its NHL team the Mighty Ducks.
Goosebump ‘o metre: 7,5/10
3) Coach Carter
Coach Carter might just be the least famous of the movies on the list and I’m not sure why. It’s legendary. The film revolves around Coach Carter (Samuel L Jackson), a high school basketball coach who insists on perfection both on the court and in the classroom.
Goosebump ‘o metre: 8/10
2) Any Given Sunday
NFL movies are a dime a dozen and picking just one was quite a task. So many choices – I mean you’ve got Remember the Titans, The Longest Yard, The Waterboy, The Replacements, and don’t even get me started on Friday Night Lights – hands down my favourite series ever. But as far as I’m concerned, Any Given Sunday emerges the victor based on this speech alone.
Goosebump ‘o metre: 9/10
Another underdog story – do you see a pattern here? Rocky revolves around a boxer who triumphs against all odds.
The movie forever ingrained Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’ in our memories and if you’re anything like us, every time it plays you want to slip into a grey hoodie, run up some stairs and smash your fists against frozen meat.
Goosebump ‘o metre: 9,9/10
Have we missed any? Would you change anything about this top 5? Drop us a comment or hit us with a tweet @LeftBacks on Twitter!