There’s something about a sports movie that can tug at our emotions in a way that just doesn’t happen with other genres. Perhaps it is because it seamlessly combines the adrenaline of following a sports game with the opportunity that a movie provides to connect with the players or athletes involved. On the other hand, maybe it is just down to the simple fact that sport provides such great stories.
Here, we have selected some of the all-time greats across a range of different sports. If you’ve never seen them before, seek them out and you are in for a treat. But even if you have, all these are the types of movies that you never tire of rewatching, and every time you do, it is like meeting up with an old friend.
There are lots of great horse racing movies out there, but this is the one that continues to inspire young female riders 75 years after it was first released. Elizabeth Taylor plays the horse-mad 12 year old who ends up riding her beloved Pie in the grand national. If you are immersed in today’s horse racing world where data analytics is used to work out racing odds alongside MobileBet sportsbooks to place your bets, watch this classic to see what horse racing used to be like!
At the risk of making you feel terribly old, it is 30 years since this baseball comedy starring Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger was released. Anyone who caught it all those years ago in the movie theater would probably not have expected it to be revered as a classic decades later, but that’s exactly what has happened. It’s one of those films with so many quotable lines, it instantly transports you back to the 80s.
Chariots of Fire
British films have a tendency to go one of two ways. Some are instant classics, while others go straight to the bargain rental shelves. Chariots of Fire definitely falls into the former category. It tells the mostly true story of two men from very different backgrounds who are competing in the 1924 Olympics. The movie paints an utterly believable picture of the class distinctions and religious divides of the age, and features some of the biggest names of the era, including Ben Cross, Sir John Gielgud, Niger Havers and an impossibly youthful-looking Alice Krige. To top it all, there’s that incredible soundtrack from Vangelis.
Here’s something a little different. This 2010 film is comprised entirely of archive footage, with no voiceover. It charts the career of the most talented and charismatic man Formula One ever saw, from his early days in Karting to his tragic final moments at Imola in 1994. When you get to the end you will be left wanting to go back to the beginning and start again.
Arguably the best-loved sports movie of them all, Rocky is the film that spawned eight sequels. Try binge-watching them all and you will agree that the original is the best. It’s a simple case of having all the right ingredients in place with superb writing, the perfect cast and awesome cinematography. It’s also worth remembering that it beat Taxi Driver, All the Presidents Men and Network to Best Movie at the 1977 Academy Awards.