Top 20 Best Inspirational Sports Movies

Who doesn’t love a good sports movie? You know the kind that makes you want to stand up and cheer for the athletes and teams who overcome huge challenges and learn important lessons along the way. 

These inspirational movies have the power to awake strong emotions in ourselves. These movies give us strength and motivate to achieve great things. It will make us to fight hard and do best in our life. They make you want to train harder. They make you want to run the extra mile. They inspire us to become the best we can be.

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Check out the Top 20 Inspirational Sports Movies of All Time. These Top notch Inspirational movies can change your life and make your mind to do a better job and will inspire you to do something in your life. 

Top 20 Inspirational Sports Movies

 1  Cinderella Man

The Cinderella Man–was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom.

His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him–his family–was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Ron Howard has made of the real life of Depression-era prize-fighter James J. Braddock a work of art.

The camera work is phenomenal. Without using violins or cliché’ pull-back shots showing the numbers of people homeless and in soup lines, Howard makes the Depression a visceral reality with scenes of near-hopeless men at the docks, pleading for a day’s work; a stolen salami; Crowe’s giving his daughter his breakfast piece of bologna, telling her he dreamed he was full.

Cinderella Man” is an inspirational story and received recognition at Indy’s Heartland Film Festival this past year. The audience applauded loudly at the end of the film, and very few ever left their seats throughout the film.

 2  Bend It like Beckham

First of all, Bend It like Beckham is not meant to be the most profound movie of the century. If that’s what you’re looking for go somewhere else.

Just because it is an independent film does not mean it has to be artsy. It’s supposed to make you feel good and you’re supposed to have fun watching it and those two things are handily accomplished.

Secondly, the acting though not “Halle Berry in Monster’s Ball” is still good. The movie doesn’t need acting like that honestly so don’t look for it. It’s a family movie. If that’s what you wanted you wouldn’t or shouldn’t even be looking into this movie honestly.

It is a very funny feel good movie that doesn’t need to be deep and complex; it’s just fine as it is. The cast are all very good and they play their roles very well, the story is simple and predictable, but it works perfectly and the script is very realistic and inspirational.

 3  Rudy

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems.

His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

Why Watch It?

This is a great film about going for your dreams and never giving up. No matter who tells you that you can’t do it, no matter how unlikely the chances are, no matter what, make sure you go for your dreams and do everything that you can make them come true.

 4  Facing the Giants

The movie was well worth my time. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a good uplifting movie to check this one out. The characters are easy to relate to and the underlying story is very heartwarming.

If you are having a bad day, or even if you are having a good day, this would be a great film. The message is truly inspirational. This movie touched every emotion: joy, sadness, anger, confusion, peace, humor…but most of all HOPE that is found in Christ alone.

People in the theater interrupted the movie with applause, MUCH laughter and most cried at some point! An incredible and exhilarating story of hope!

The main message of the movie:

“All things are possible with God,” is a good one and one everyone, including Christians, need to be reminded of periodically.

Secular people who don’t want to hear anything positive about God or the Bible, or who are just plain biased against Christians, will hate this film and wouldn’t last 30 minutes watching it.

 5  Hoosiers

David Anspaugh’s “Hoosiers” is a film about the passion to excel in sports. It’s also about a man’s comeback to the game after a rough patch in his own life.

“Hoosiers” is a timeless film that will look good after years of its release because it speaks to us about how someone can inspire a group of people to do their best, as they become confident in what they are trying to accomplish. The film was lovingly written for the screen by Angelo Pizzo.

“Hoosiers” is an inspiring film that ought to be seen by young people because of its message about team spirit and how to interact with one another in peace and harmony.

Why watch it?

This is a movie that defines the idea of the underdogs rising to meet the challenge of greatness; Hoosiers gives the audience something to cheer for. You must watch if you want to learn something new in your life.

 6  Miracle

The story behind Miracle is one of the most famous events in US sports history:  the U.S. Men’s Hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The movie captures the drama of that time -Cold War- and shows how symbolic this game was for the whole world. The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope.

Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice.

 7  We Are Marshall

This film is based on a true and tragic story. This movie is primarily about the difficulties of the development of the team.

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team’s new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

You will also feel very pleased to see how well Matthew Fox managed starring in a feature film. Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox did a wonderful job in their parts.

 8  The Natural

A wonderful, magical fairy tale, and morality play. This is the type of movie that as a new father, I cannot wait until my son is old enough to watch this with me. Everything about this movie is first rate.

The cast which includes Redford, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley and a pair of terrific performances turned in by Robert Duval and Darren McGavin. It is easy to see that all of the actors trust the material and believe in their characters.

Barry Levinson tells the story in a straight forward style, he doesn’t try to build any false suspense or surprise twists. When you watch this movie you know exactly what is going to happen long before it does, but you don’t care, because it unfolds intelligently and without pretense.

This is the best baseball movie ever. Whereas Malamud wanted to show baseball as jaundiced and commercial, Towne’s screenplay shows us the baseball we loved as kids, and more.

Malamud’s dark and wholly unsatisfying ending is also rewritten, and if you find the final scene a little sweet, ask yourself if you really wanted to see the dismal finale that Malamud supplied.

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 9  Friday Night Lights

One thing the movie does extremely well is taking hackneyed plots of the individual players (because it’s all been done before) and putting them all in the background. So the plots play out not in a cheesy, inspirational, in-your-face way.

Instead, they are just there with only as much attention as the viewer wants to put on them. The great aspects of sports are enough to keep us interested and make the movie incredibly real. This movie is heart-wrenching.

Sports movies usually have so many moments of redemption and cheesy happiness that often feel false. This movie only has one such moment and it is incredibly powerful.

Why watch it?

This movie is about everyone’s dreams, how and what everyone wants out of life, where they want to go, where they seem themselves in the future.

There are people who long for an escape from the town where there’s not much of a future, there are people with crushed dreams who have to rebuild, there are people who are starting to live their dream, and there are people who are well on their way to their dream.

The entire movie is about the struggle to follow your dreams and what that is worth. It’s one of the best inspiration sport movie.

 10  Hoop Dreams

At three hours, this is a long but interesting documentary about two Chicago-area high school basketball stars, William Gates and Arthur Agee, who try to make something from their basketball talents.

“Hoop Dreams” is a film about real life, because that is what it’s exactly about, real life. I feel that I must put a stronger emphasis on the word “real” to get my point across.

This isn’t some hokey, Hollywood drama about living out a dream, but is about two aspiring young athletes rising out of the dredges of the Chicago ghetto life and into the flash and glitter of the NBA.

Why Watch It?

This is the best movie about basketball and reality. Hoop Dreams is about two promising basketball players and their experiences playing in high school.

At the beginning, the two boys get a scholarship to a private school known for having an exceptional basketball program. It is the best sports film ever made.

 11  The Heart Of The Game

The Heart of the Game This is one of the great documentary achievements of the year. There have been so many stunning documentary films lately that they are beginning to provide far more revelation and insight into our times than most fictional works.

The Heart of the Game is one of the most stunning examples.  It successfully captures the emotions and spirit of being part of a team with a sense of vitality, humor, and love. First time filmmaker Ward Serrill has really created a wonderfully emotional film.

The Heart of the Game, truly has heart and it beats hard throughout the movie. Serrill filmed a girl’s basketball team for 7 years; he recorded a total of around 200hrs. The movie turned out to be 102 mins.

Why Watch It?

The coach, Bill Resler, was a unique character and enjoyable to watch. You really get interested in the narrative and really want to see what will be the outcome of this team and its players.

 12  Coach Carter

The real heart of the movie is in the way Coach Carter begins to turn the lives around of the players on his basketball team by showing them that someone actually cares about what happens to them after high school.

At one point in the movie Carter (played perfectly by Samuel L. Jackson) asks a player why he plays basketball and he responds with “to win the state title” – which of course gets him high fives from the rest of the team.

Carter then asks the team who won the state title last year and nobody knows the answer. Carter tries to show his players that high school basketball is not about winning but about discipline, respect and the confidence to accomplish any goal.

Why Watch It?

“Coach Carter” is a well-made movie, and from what I have heard it stays true to the actual story. If you’re sick of inspirational-type movies, then don’t go see it.

 13  The Blind Side

This is a charming story with laughs and tears. Blind Side is adapted from Michael Lewis’ novel of the same name. Just like the book, the film begins with a narrative of the game in which Lawrence Taylor broke Joe Theismann’s leg.

According to Lewis, that hit more than any other moment in football history, heightened the need for a strong, left tackle to protect the quarterback’s blind side.

The film has its share of trite, Hollywood moments including McGraw and Bullock’s designer marriage in which they never argue, Bullock telling off her country club friends in a moment of racial enlightenment, phoning the football coach from the sidelines to call in plays and Other getting flagged in his opening game for ‘excessive blocking.

It has a very sensitive touch but still it has a lot of funny moments and it has football in it.

 14  Invincible

“Invincible” is the biographical tale of down-on-his-luck Vince Papale (Wahlberg), who is a pretty fair street football player in Philadelphia in the mid-1970s.

He is also a substitute teacher, but when he loses that gig, is forced to tend bar part-time.

Why Watch It?

INVINCIBLE, though the title of this very Walt Disney/Hallmark Card docudrama, is a term that could be applied to the plethora of movies built on the stories of down and outers who pull themselves up by the boot strings due to their success in sports.

Brad Gann is responsible for the script of the life of Vince Papale, a 30ish out of work substitute teacher, deserted husband, depressed South Philly member of a gang of friends who pass the time while jobless playing football in the muddy vacant lots of their part of the world.

 15  Remember the Titans

Washington and Patton are just two pieces of the puzzle, which makes “Remember The Titans” a real gem. However, the strength and real beauty of “Remember The Titans” does not come from Washington or Patton, but the Titan football players because they are the ones who give the strongest performances in the film.

Why watch it?

If there is ever a film to watch to get motivated, it’s this. You don’t have to be an American football lover, just any sport, or activity.

The passion displayed on the screen could get Sven Goran Eriksson in the mood. There are particular inaccuracies in order to make this into more of a film, but I wouldn’t call it predictable.

This is based on a true story, and the 13 and 0 record really happened, so this true story was what created the predictable film stereotype.

 16  Warrior

Warrior is one of those sports films with a magical mixture of emotional and physical battle. It’s a wonderful story showing how sometimes the world’s strongest forces are insignificant in comparison to the troubles of a scarred family.

Warrior is without a doubt worth a visit to the theater. One of the best of 2011!

Tom Hardy (Tommy Conlon) delivers a moving and emotional performance of a man who has suffered greatly from the ones he loves, and from the field of battle, an all to real reality for people of today.

While the younger Tommy suffered the loss of his mother firsthand, his older brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton) has put together a life that a man dreams of, yet is still haunted daily by his past.

Why watch it?

This movie is fantastic. It is gripping from start to finish. The first half builds on the characters and their relationships with one another in a way that makes you genuinely care about them despite their flaws. The second half is a brilliant well shot action packed fighting film.

 17  The Karate Kid

The script follows the predictable path from humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.

The script follows the predictable path from humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.

If you like a movie filled with clichés you will love this one.

 18  The Rookie

At first glance it appears to be about getting to play baseball. In fact, it is about making your dreams come true, and the power of friendship. Baseball just happens to be the subject matter.

The first one-hour movie is about a 10-member high school team in West Texas that barely manages to win one game each year.

It is about their coach inspiring them to become the district champs and go to the state tournament in 1999.

“The Rookie” is a very good portrayal of a miraculous story and is a powerful testament to the power of dreams and the triumph of the common man.

 19  42

Everyone will remember the name Jackie Robinson. He became more then a baseball player, he became a legend, and a hero. Almost 70 years later his influence is still felt today.

You ask anyone who follows baseball they know the name, the number, what it meant to the sport, and this country. 42, a biopic that unsurprisingly stuns the audience with it’s non-cliché drama, amazing acting from every word delivered to every facial expression, and Boseman’s athletic and acting abilities.

People who have been worried about the SPECIFIC details of Jackie’s life will be delighted to see an amazing copy of his life, with Robinson’s stint in the Negro,Minor, and Major Leagues.

 20  The Fighter

This is a movie about two brothers and their overcoming demons and obstacles in order to succeed and reach their mutual goal, together.

Being a character-based film, the success of the acting is a key to the success of the film, and luckily, it is in this field that the film succeeds the most.

Why watch it?

This Movie teaches you to never give up. Micky is a great role model throughout, and in the end Dicky becomes one too by becoming clean.

The only thing iffy in the movie is all the drugs. Its very disturbing but also good because it teaches how they can ruin your life..


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