Everybody loves a good underdog story, and sports movies are full of them. From rags to riches to acceptance and love, these inspiring sports films all have something that puts them in a League of Their Own.
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1976 American sports drama starring Sylvester Stallone.
This movie tells the rags to riches American Dream. It revolves around Rocky Balboa, an Italian-American boxer who gets a chance to win it big in a world heavyweight championship.
2. Remember The Titans
2000 based on a true story.
African-American coach, Herman Boone, tries to put a racially diverse football team together at T.C. Williams High School. The black and white football players clash but eventually achieves harmony and success. It tells the story of an undefeated team that fights racial prejudice and begins to break down walls of racism.
3. The Karate Kid
The secret to karate lies in the mind and heart.
This 1984 classic is about Daniel LaRusso, who meets an eccentric handyman named Kesuke Miyagi who later trains the young boy martial arts. This heartwarming story shows a dynamic and interesting friendship of master and student.
4. The Sandlot
A coming-of-age film about young baseball players during the summer of 1962.
Scotty Smalls moves into a new town and becomes friends with a small baseball team that plays at a local sandlot. It is a sweet and funny story that brings back the nostalgia and problems you had growing up as a kid.
5. A League Of Their Own
Fictional retelling of an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Dottie Hinson blows away everyone when she catches a ball while doing a split. A Life magazine photographer captures the moment and puts it on the cover. This publicity sparks a hoard of people to watch the ballgames. Dottie and her sister Kit have a sibling rivalry which reaches an all time high when Kit is traded to the Racine Belles. The Peaches and Belles eventually meet up in the World Series and the two face off.
1993 film about a boy who dreams come true playing football at the University of Notre Dame.
Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Reuttiger dream is to play on the University of Notre Dame. He lacks the grades, the money and the physical attributes to be a football player. With the help of his tutor D-Bob and Fortune who help nudge Rudy in the right direction.
Based on Vince Papale’s story.
Vince Papale is jumping from job to job and finds out that the Eagles team is holding open tryouts. After losing his job as a substitute teacher and his wife leaves him because she doesn’t think he would amount to anything. He ends up making the team and goes through the training camp and less than friendly teammates. Despite everything put up against him, he helps the Eagles make a game-winning touchdown.
8. Cool Runnings
Loosely based on the Jamaican bobsleigh team in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
Four Jamaicans seek out a former bobsled gold medalist to train them to be in the Olympics. They develop their own style. During the Olympics, their sled’s blade falls off. Determined to finish the race the team lifts the sled over their shoulders and walks across the finish line gaining the respect from spectators and competitors.
9. The Mighty Ducks
Underdog hockey players and their coach who become champions.
A sports comedy-drama about Gordon Bombay who gets into trouble and ends up working off his community service coaching a PeeWee hockey team. The team and Bombay end helping one another to rekindle their passion for the sport. Together they manage to win the championships.
Three men come together in troubled times to achieve fame.
Set after the Great Depression, three unlikely teammates work together to help deal with a temperamental horse named Seabiscuit, who ends up helping fix all of their personal problems.