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Top 5 Must-Watch Sports Films

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  • The passion and intensity associated with sports of any kind make them the ideal subject for films. Furthermore, the human element adds drama and emotions that usually form the critical components of any successful movie. Therefore, it is no surprise that sports films are a popular genre that filmmakers dabble with regularly, not just in Hollywood, but around the world.

    Sports, it seems, tend to amalgamate with many different industries. Take betting and how over the last decade or so, gambling on sports has become a favourite pastime for many. Online betting sites have further helped in this endeavour, often releasing free picks and predictions to help newcomers with betting tips. Just like sports movies make millions in the theatres, and sports stars are some of the highest paid people in the world, sports allow the audience, fans, and punters to also join in on the money-making.

    For fans who are passionate about their games, there are moments during the year when nothing is happening, and for those times, the following sports films come as the perfect respite.

    Rocky

    A film that epitomises everything good about sports, Rocky remains, till this very day, the must-watch sports film for everyone. Sylvester Stallone’s performance is only second to his story-writing skills since he is the one who wrote the script of Rocky. More importantly, he brings a naturalness to his character that no one else could have done. Recently, Stallone took his role to a new level with the film Creed where Rocky makes a comeback, but as a coach this time.

    Mighty Ducks

    There’s something endearing about a down and out player coming together with an eccentric group of children to form a winning ice hockey team. Mighty Ducks went on to have two sequels and is still a popular movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family. It has a brilliant cast with Emilio Estevez playing the coach, Gordan Bombay, and a young Joshua Jackson as one of the key players in the team.

    Hoop Dreams

    There are but a few documentaries over decades that have had an impact like Hoop Dreams. Hoop Dreams follows their lives of two high-school students, through trials and tribulation, as they go about making a name in the highly competitive world of college basketball. While all the key players of the film have gone on different paths during the years following the film, it remains one of the most important documentaries ever to capture the life of a sportsperson.

    Jerry Maguire

    What’s truly fascinating about Jerry Maguire, and the primary reason for its mega-success is the emotional factor surrounding sports that it manages to tap into. Sports films typically have a male audience, but in the case of Jerry Maguire, besides Tom Cruise, there is a strong romantic subplot that keeps the film more universal. Great performances by the entire cast add to the film’s charm, making it one of the best date movies of all time.

    Escape to Victory

    What’s truly fascinating about Jerry Maguire, and the primary reason for its mega-success is the emotional factor surrounding sports that it manages to tap into. Sports films typically have a male audience, but in the case of Jerry Maguire, besides Tom Cruise, there is a strong romantic subplot that keeps the film more universal. Great performances by the entire cast add to the film’s charm, making it one of the best date movies of all time.

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