Even though sports films are usually filled with clichés like training montages (Karate Kid), the super coach (Remember the Times), or the ragtag bunch of misfits (Major League) their charm is difficult to ignore cause you can always guarantee a happy ending. So if you’re in dire need to a good pick-me-up or maybe something to help you get going for a workout, here are 4 sports films to keep you inspired:
Bend It Like Beckham
Obviously we’re kicking off this list with a well-beloved soccer or, ahem, a football movie. In case you like under a rock, the film’s title refers to popular football player David Beckham and his skill at bending free-kicks. However the movie is not at all about him. It centers on 18-year-old Jess Bhamra and her love for football despite the protests of her conservative Sikh family. It deals with different societal issues too like sexism, racism, and homosexuality. Overall, it’s a feel-good film that both football fans and non fans can genuinely enjoy.
Coach Carter is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter who in 1999 gained media attention when he did not let his undefeated high school basketball team play due to poor academic results. The story is formulaic and actually quite cliché, however there’s no denying that it’s a heartfelt coming-of-age that inspires boys on how to become real men and that there’s more to life than just basketball.
Soul Surfer is based on the 2004 autobiography entitled Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by American professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. The story focuses on Hamilton’s life after she survived a horrific shark attack up to her adjustment and recovery. Hollywood cheesiness aside, Soul Surfer essentially captures the endurance of the human spirit and the courage of Bethany Hamilton that inspired millions of people.
Remember Apollo Creed from Rocky? The brash and vocal rival of Rocky Balboa, or rather his son Adonis Creed is the main protagonist of this 2015 spin-off. It received critical acclaim for being loyal and for having similar themes to the classic: identity, family, love, and dedication. It’s a well-crafted underdog tale that will bring up nostalgia and glory – feelings one can always expect from a Rocky movie.