Everybody loves sports. Everybody loves movies. So, what could be better than sports movies! Here’s a list of some top favorites that you can watch this weekend – after the game!
THE BASKET is one of the most wholesome, uplifting, redemptive movies ever released. A new schoolteacher in a small town in the American Northwest during World War I uses opera and the newly invented game of basketball to help two German orphans who have been taken in by a strong Christian pastor.
THE ROOKIE (2002)
Despite a lifetime of missed opportunities, pitcher Jimmy Morris now has a chance to leave his small-town high school coaching job and pursue his life-long dream to try out for the Minor Leagues, and maybe be chosen for the Majors. Containing heartfelt storytelling and excellent performances, especially by Dennis Quaid in one of his most heartwarming roles, THE ROOKIE extols the virtues of family, blessings, commitment, hope, and prayer.
HURRICANE SEASON: WALKING ON DEAD FISH is a documentary about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on some high school football players, narrated by football legend Terry Bradshaw. WALKING ON DEAD FISH is so well crafted that it could have been a drama. Writer/Director Franklin Martin builds a tremendous story of Christian faith and values, but there is some salty language.
PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
This is one of the greatest sports movies about courage, honor and faith. This biography stars Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig, the "iron man" of baseball who was forced suddenly to leave the Yankees after a brilliant career because of the disease that bears his name.
REMEMBER THE TITANS
Based on a true story, REMEMBER THE TITANS depicts the forced integration of an all black high school with an all white school and its impact on football in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. Faced with the need to unify their team, two coaches, one of them played by Denzel Washington, must help the team to learn that the real victory lies in changed hearts. Humorous as well as dramatic, TITANS is a moral, uplifting, well-acted tale.
FACING THE GIANTS
FACING THE GIANTS is a thoroughly entertaining high school football movie with a strong evangelistic thrust. When Coach Grant realizes that the importance of the football team is not winning the game but serving God, he completely rebuilds the team, revival breaks out in the school, and miracles start to happen. MOVIEGUIDE® commends the filmmakers for producing such an inspiring, entertaining movie.
KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN
Knute Rockne is the famed football player and coach of Notre Dame. This classic movie stars Ronald Reagan and Pat O’Brian.
RUDY is the heroic, basically true struggle of a little guy trying to reach the impossible dream of playing football at Notre Dame. Through his perseverance, he becomes a real life role model in reaching a desired goal. Regrettably, the depiction of Catholicism is somewhat skewed, although a sovereign God is implicitly extoled; and, the film is marred by some foul language, although the character using the most profanity is reformed by his girlfriend.
CHARIOTS OF FIRE
In this Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Eric Liddell is a Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of Jesus in the 1924 Olympic games and who believes that Christ is his trainer.