10 Best Hollywood Movies Based On Sports
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Sport: Olympic running
Director: Hugh Hudson
Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson
The film is based on the true story of two English athletes, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, who competed with each other in the 1924 Olympics. The film won four Academy Awards, including best picture and best original screenplay.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Director: Penny Marshall
Cast: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna
The film is a fictionalized account of the real story of the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, a professional baseball league for women in the USA that ran from 1943 to 1954. The film follows the journey of an all-women team, The Rockford Peaches, managed by an alcoholic washed-up baseball player Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks).
Cool Runnings (1993)
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Cast: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug
The film tells the story of the first bobsleigh team from the tropical nation of Jamaica that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics held in Calgary, Canada. This was also comedy legend John Candy’s last film that released during his lifetime.
Remember the Titans (2000)
Sport: American Football
Director: Boaz Yakin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Will Patton
The film is based on the real-life story of an African-American football coach, Herman Boone, who was hired to coach the football team of T.C. Williams High School. Set in 1971, the film apart from showcasing a football team’s struggle also deals with the racial tension in the post-civil rights movement the USA.
Sport: Ice Hockey
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Cast: Kurt Russell, Michael Mantenuto, Eddie Cahill
The film tells the real story of the United States Men’s Ice hockey team, led by their coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) that defeated the Soviet team to win the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics.
Glory Road (2006)
Director: James Gartner
Cast: Josh Lucas, Jon Voight, Derek Luke
In 1966, Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), coach of the Texas Western Miners, lead the first basketball team in American history to have an ‘all-black’ starting line-up, to win the university division championship. The film tells the real-life story of the coach and his team and their struggles with racial discrimination.
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon
In a racially divided, post-apartheid South Africa, newly elected president Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) aims to bring together the people of his nation through rugby. Mandela urges Francois Pienaar (Matt Damon), captain of the South African rugby team, and his teammates to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup for the unity of their nation.
The Fighter (2010)
Director: David O. Russell
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
The film tells the real life story of professional boxer Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his troubled relationship with Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a crack addict and former boxer, who’s also his trainer and half-brother.
Director: Bennett Miller
Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
John du Pont, heir of the multimillionaire du Pont family and a wrestling enthusiast, hired two Olympic gold medallist brothers Mark and David Shultz in 1986 to join his Foxcatcher program, which aimed at training budding wrestlers. The film tells the story of the troubled relationship between the Shultz brothers and du Pont.
Queen of Katwe (2016)
Director: Mira Nair
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo
The biographical sports drama narrates the story of a 9-year-old girl, Phiona Mutesi, living in a slum in Katwe (Uganda), whose world changes when she starts learning chess from Robert Katende (David Oyelowo).
Phiona went on to win several world chess Olympiads and achieved the title of a Woman Candidate Master.