10 Best Hollywood Movies Based On Sports


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10 Best Hollywood Movies Based On Sports

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Sport: Olympic running

Director: Hugh Hudson

Cast: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson

Chariots of Fire (1981)
Chariots of Fire (1981)

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)

Sport: Baseball

Director: Penny Marshall

Cast: Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna

 A League of Their own (1992)
A League of Their own (1992)

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)

Sport: Bobsleigh

Director: Jon Turteltaub

Cast: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug

Cool Runnings (1993)
Cool Runnings (1993)

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

Remember the Titans (2000)
Remember the Titans (2000)

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.

Miracle (2004)

Sport: Ice Hockey

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Cast: Kurt Russell, Michael Mantenuto, Eddie Cahill

Miracle (2004)
Miracle (2004)

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)

Sport: Basketball

Director: James Gartner

Cast: Josh Lucas, Jon Voight, Derek Luke

Glory Road (2006)
Glory Road (2006)

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.

Invictus (2009)

Sport: Rugby

Director: Clint Eastwood

Cast: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon

Invictus (2009)
Invictus (2009)

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)

Sport: Boxing

Director: David O. Russell

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams

The Fighter (2010)
The Fighter (2010)

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.

Foxcatcher (2014)

Sport: Wrestling

Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Foxcatcher (2014)
Foxcatcher (2014)

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)

Sport: Chess

Director: Mira Nair

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo

Queen of Katwe (2016)
Queen of Katwe (2016)

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.

Eddie the Eagle 2016

Eddie the Eagle 2016 
Eddie the Eagle 2016
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