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10 Inspiring Sports Movies of All Time

There’s nothing like coming back from work, lounging on your recliner and putting on a movie with a cold beer and a bowl of fresh popcorn. To find time in our busy lives to watch a movie that is underwhelming is perhaps one of the worst feelings ever. Inspiring sports movies

However, a good sports movie never fails to deliver. The adrenaline rush as the protagonist navigates through the plot line has the power to make the audience motivated to achieve great feats themselves.

So here are 10 sports movies (in no particular order) that will surely leave you inspired and with a thirst to get out there and win. 

#10. Invictus (2009)

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This Clint Eastwood directed movie stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The plotline is about the true incidents of the 1995 rugby world cup. Nelson Madela, the then president of South Africa, inspires the national team and the captain to fight as one unit for the country to bring home the cup. The movie touches upon important aspects of the racial divide in South Africa and what the power of forgiveness can help one achieve.

#9. Senna (2010)

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Senna is the full length documentary film of F1 racer Ayrton Senna. A master of the game, he’s widely considered as the best F1 racer to have ever lived. The movie truly captures the motive for Senna to take part in F1 – pure love for the sport. The audience is reminded of how enthralling a sport actually is when it’s not influenced by money and politics.

#8. Dangal (2016)

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Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal is about Geeta and Babita Phogat, daughters of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat. The adamant father attempts to fulfill the dream of winning Gold for his country through his daughters. The gripping performance from the actors is sure to leave you stunned.
A fresh perspective on how living a highly disciplined and determined life can be beneficial might also be implanted.

#7. Moneyball (2011)

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Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill among other A list actors, Bennet Miller’s 2011, Moneyball, is widely regarded as one of the greatest baseball movies of all time. Unlike other baseball or sports movies, Moneyball portrays the real life events of Billy Beane and Peter Brand who built a low-budget team with computer-based methods to defeat the giants.

#6. Million Dollar Arm (2014)

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Another movie that shows the struggles of the business side of sports, Jon Hamm starrer Million Dollar Arm, is about a sports agent who goes to India to find fresh baseball talent. The true story keeps you engaged while teaching you the values the different cultures have to offer.

#5. Remember the Titans (2000)

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Denzel Washington starrer, Remember the Titans, is a true story of a coach who trains a first time racially-integrated high school football team. The movie takes the audience through the racial tension and divide between the students and how they overcome them by working together.

#4. Chak De! India (2007)

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Starring King Khan, Chak De! India is a movie about Kabir Khan, a former hockey star looking to rectify his bad name in society, who coaches the women’s national team to victory. This 2007 movie focuses on women empowerment and the general importance of supporting sports other than cricket in the country.

#3. Coach Carter (2005)

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Students from Richmond High School are 80% more likely to end up in prison than in a college. However, coach Ken Carter (played by Samuel L. Jackson) is here to change that. The movie is based on the coach’s decision to suspend the unbeaten basketball team for scoring poor academic grades which had hit the headlines in 1999. With strong performances and a non-formulaic story line, the movie proves to be one of the best inspiring sports movies of all time.

#2. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

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The story of the infamous Flying Sikh, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, is an absolute entertainer of a biopic, which takes the audience through Milkha Singh’s journey as an orphaned boy living through the partition to securing the world record for the 400m sprint. Like Dangal and Chak De! India, Bagh Milkha Bagh is a movie that leaves the audience inspired to achieve great things in life.

#10. Rocky (1976)

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No sports movie list is complete without this 1976 classic, widely regarded as one of the best inspiring sports movies if not the best. Written by the man himself, Sylvester Stallone takes the role of Rocky Balboa, an underdog boxer who trains hard everyday to fight the undefeated champion, Apollo Creed. One of the most watched sports movies of all time, Rocky leaves the audience with the message that working hard will always pay off in the end. 

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Pratheek Suryadev