For those that don’t me super well, I love sports and I love sports movies. What’s even better than that? Real life events that inspire sports movies. Nick and I watched Cool Runnings and Miracle this past weekend to get us pumped up for the Bobsledding and Hockey events that were coming up in the Winter Olympics. I put together a list of the Top 10 movies that I love.
10. We Are Marshall
I actually hadn’t seen this movie in its entirety until recently. I love that Matthew McConaughey plays someone other than a heart-throb in a Kate Hudson flick. The movie is about what happens after a 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, all but 5 were from the Marshall University football team and athletic department. It shows us the grief and the healing the entire community went through and how they were able to live their lives after. I definitely needed a tissue during this one.
I am a huge fan of anything Mark Wahlberg is in, but for some reason I didn’t see this immediately after it came out, I ended up seeing it on a plane on the way home from California a few years ago. It is the story of how a bartender went to open tryouts for the Philadelphia Eagles to be a professional football player. A modern-day man’s cinderella story.
8. The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock is pure gold in this movie, the true story of a mom who takes another child into her home and treats her as one of her own. That’s not to say there aren’t growing pains and the discomforts of raising a teenager.
The true story of one young man’s dream to play for his favorite collegiate football team, Notre Dame. This movie will definitely have you cheering by the end and for me will always be one of the classic sports films.
6. A League of Their Own
As Nick would say, I could watch Tom Hanks read the phone book and think it is a great movie. This is a movie I have loved since I was a kid, and I love that it is about women playing a “man’s sport” and how they succeeded. It has an amazing cast, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell, and if your friends were anything like mine growing up, you picked which character you would’ve been if you were in the movie. If you haven’t seen it, consider this your invite to have a girls night and watch it with me!
Lets just disregard the fact that I still haven’t read the book, which is usually a no-no for me, I always read the book before seeing the movie. Nick however had read the book and really wanted to see this in theaters so we saw it. I am not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but I think the cast in this movie was so brilliant and really eye-opening to how baseball has changed in the past 10 or so years.
4. The Fighter
Well, fancy that, another Mark Wahlberg movie. This was the movie where I started to really love Amy Adams as an actor, she played a hard ass from Lowell so well, my dad’s side of the family is all from Lowell, and seeing areas you know on the big screen sort of make you appreciate it more. If you haven’t seen the movie, it tells the story of a fighter who is managed by his mother and trained by his brother and the trials and tribulations he goes through to be succesful in this career.
3. Remember the Titans
Oooh Ryan Gosling as a youngin’, I hope all of you who love him have seen this movie! It is the story of the 1971 football team at T.C. Williams High School, it’s not just about football, but how these kids have to deal with issues of race and desegregation. This is one of those coming of age movies and I can’t even begin to understand what these kids had to deal with, and how adult-like they were expected to act.
2. Cool Runnings
The classic sports movie for anyone who was born in the mid-80’s. Nick and I definitely know the entire movie by heart, and we even had costumes inspired by the movie.
If you have not seen this movie, stop reading, go get it, watch and then come back. No, seriously. While we wait did anyone else notice how many of these movies are Walt Disney Pictures Productions? They need to start making more of these. Okay now that is settled we can move on. The true story about the 1980 USA Olympic Ice Hockey team is done so well, I don’t know how many of you have read anything about the movie, but they casted actors who looked like these men in the 1980’s which I thought was pretty phenomenal and of course I have some love for the kids with the Boston accent. More than anything, though, it makes me wish that they still used college kids for the Olympic Ice Hockey team, I feel like this NHL stuff really takes away from the whole thing. Just my two cents.
Honorable Mention: City of Champions: The Best of Boston Sports
This is a classic film for Nick and I, whenever a Boston team disappoints we put this on and relive all the moments that were amazing. It helps to soften the blow. If you are a Boston fan definitely check this out, you won’t be disappointed. If you are the company that made this please make one from 2006 until now, Thanks!
Did I miss any of your favorites? What would be your number one?