Sports Films For Your Lockdown Watchlist

by Olivia Mannix

Yet again, the weather is about to take a turn for the worst, meaning that a film marathon is most definitely on the cards. This week, we have pulled together some of our favourite Sports films for you to enjoy with your friends and family.

The Longest Yard (2005)

When a famous American football player ends up in jail and is asked to put a team together consisting of prison inmates to challenge the prison guards. This film is a laugh but also highlights the stereotypically corrupt nature of officials and they try to fix the game. Duped as one of Adam Sandler’s best films, this is one not to be missed.

Dodgeball (2004)

Here we have a classic that is guaranteed to make you laugh. A group of friends enters a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their local gym as it is about to be bought out by a corporate health and fitness chain. Dodgeball is snappy and completely shameless, and Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller will have you in stitches.

Goal! (2005)

This is a top film for a football fan. This film follows a Mexican cook in Los Angeles as he gets a chance to follow his dream of playing professional soccer. When a once in a lifetime tryout opportunity arises in Newcastle, England, the young player is desperate to fulfill his dream and prove himself to his disbelieving father. A rags-to-sports-riches drama with a twist, this is one to add to the watchlist.

Cool Runnings (1993)

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time! Cool runnings! Despite never seeing snow, a Jamaican bobsleigh team fights against the odds to compete in the Winter Olympics. This incredible story follows the team as they train in harsh and sunny climes to ensure their bobsled dreams come true. With lots of ups and downs, Cool Runnings will have you on the edge of your seat and we can guarantee you’ll be cheering the team on from behind the screen.

Blades Of Glory (2007)

What a film. After being stripped of their gold medals and being banned from single-men events, two rival Olympics ice skaters decide to team up and compete as a pair. As they try to keep their past and personal differences at bay, the pair go on to compete and fight to be taken seriously within the sport. Prepare yourself for eye-popping costumes, gripping drama and some incredible one-liners.

Coach Carter (2005)

Here we have another great option starring Samuel L Jackson. Ken Carter returns to his old high school in the hope of getting the basketball team into shape. Here we see a coach who is an advocate for the idea of ‘tough love’ and he sets tough rules and academic discipline. However, the team’s temporary pain is worth it in the end as they begin their winning streak.

Space Jam (1996)

Now c’mon – everyone loved Space Jam when they were a kid. Inject a bit of nostalgia into your Saturday night and sit back with some popcorn to watch this absolute gem. After Michael Jordan’s retirement, he is taken by Bugs Bunny from the Looney Tunes group and is asked to play a basketball match to defeat a criminal alien group. Completely wacky and totally brilliant, this is one everyone will enjoy, no matter what your age.

Eddie The Eagle (2015)

This is a stellar film, based on a true story. As Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards is cut from the Olympic ski team, he travels to Germany to try out ski jumping. After he meets a former ski jumper, he uses his incredible spirit and determination to train to compete and achieve his dream of becoming an Olympian. The film is all about Eddie the Eagle, the British underdog, who has an unbeatable attitude, and his journey to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.

Mighty Ducks (1992)

From being a champion hockey player during his youth to becoming a lawyer in his adulthood, Gordon Bombay, is haunted by what could have been. After being charged for drunk driving, Bombay is made to coach a hockey team – make that the worst team in the league. His personality transforms as he gains respect from the team and taken them to the final, to beat his old school team. This is definitely one to watch!

Moneyball (2011)

This is a movie about stepping outside of the box – and is one that you can’t miss. A general manager of the Oakland A’s, played by Brad Pitt, realises that baseball’s conventional wisdom is all wrong. He knows that he must reinvent his team, but he is on a tight budget. He begins to recruit low costing players who have potential in order to outsmart the richer baseball clubs. This is an incredible film that is funny, witty and completely genius!

So, there you have it! Some of our favourite sports films. Which one is your favourite?

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