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Published June 16th 2015
Motivating true stories of Sports Legends
Tough games, tougher coaches and toughest players make history in the world of sports. And some of them make perfect concept for inspirational movies. Be a fan or layman, these offerings from Hollywood are heart-warming and stimulating for all. So grab your bag of chips or pop some corns and get set to be motivated - here goes a list of greatest sports movies to keep you entertained and encouraged.

1. The Blind Side
Running time: 2 hrs 9 mins

The Blind Side
Image courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures and Summit Entertainment

The movie is a semi-biographical depiction of Michael Oher's life. A homeless boy, raised at the hands of various foster families, Michael (played by Quinton Aaron) goes on to become one of the most sought after players in the world of American football and NFL draft. All this happens with the help of kind-hearted Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock) and her adorable family. She ignites the will in him to use his protective instincts for team mates. He is later adopted by the Tuohy family and a private tutor (played by Kathy Bates) is appointed for him to achieve the required GPA, so that he gets absorbed into one of the Universities coveting his presence in their respective teams.

2. Remember the Titans
Running time: 1 hr 53 mins

Remember The Titans
Image courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

Based on the true story of African American coach Herman Boone (played by Denzel Washington) who trained and reined in the players of Virginia High School football team against their strong racial prejudices and discriminations.

3. 42
Running time: 2 hrs 8 mins

Image courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

The film is a biographical depiction of Jackie Robinson's life who is considered a baseball legend. With continuous motivation from team executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) joined Brooklyn Dodgers and became the first African American Baseball player to break the then widely prevalent discrimination based on colour.

4. MacFarland USA
Running time: 2 hrs 9 mins

McFarland, USA
Image courtesy Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It is the true story of a group of underprivileged Hispanic students from a school in McFarland, California. Football coach Jim White (Kevin Costner) is penalised for losing temper and ends up in this less known neighbourhood where not only himself but the students are about to go a sea change in their lives. White, even though not a marathon coach himself, notices the stamina in the boys who work in their family owned fields and run to school everyday; and follows his instincts to train the boys for marathons. The team not only ends up in the state championship but also wins the race.

5. Miracle
Running time: 2 hrs 15 mins

Image courtesy Walt Disney Pictures

The movie tells the journey of the US Men's Ice Hockey Team and their miraculous victory over the world favourite Soviet team under the coaching of Herb Brooks (portrayed by Kurt Russel). The team won the 1980 Olympic gold by defeating the Finnish team in the finals.

6. The Greatest Game Ever Played
Running time: 2 hrs

The Greatest Game Ever Played
Image courtesy Buena Vista Pictures

A biographical film, it revolves round the life of young Francis Ouimet. Belonging to a working class family and burning with the desire to play golf, Francis (Shia LaBeouf) begins by working as a caddie, collecting golf clubs and practising the game in his room at night. From these humble beginnings he goes on to become the first amateur to win the US open by beating champions like Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.

7. Rudy
Running time: 1hr 54 mins

Image courtesy TriStar Pictures

The movie is a biographical drama based on the life of Daniel Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger. Lack of academic prowess and height as required by major college football leagues could not deter Rudy's (Sean Astin) determination, hope and passion for the game. He overcomes his dyslexia and continuos rejections to finally earn a chance at playing for the Notre Dame team.

8. Invictus
Running time: 2 hrs 14 mins

Image courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

It is a biographical sports drama revolving around the years of Nelson Mandela's release from prison and election as South African President. Mandela (Morgan Freeman) inspires the national Rugby team to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup and unites the nation divided by racial prejudice under the banner of the much loved game.

9. The Express
Running time: 2 hrs 10 mins

The Express
Image courtesy Universal Pictures

This movie is an illustration of the life of Ernest "Ernie" Davis. Davis (Rob Brown) grows above racial discrimination to shine as a Football star and becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

10. Friday Night Lights
Running time: 1 hr 58 mins

Friday Night Lights
Image courtesy Universal Pictures

Based on H.G.Bissinger's book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream, the movie follows the Permian Panthers, a Texan high school football team (and the difficulties faced by the players in their personal lives); their fatherly coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) and the football loving people of Odessa.
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Being an ardent sports fan I loved all the reviews. I'll add them to my to-watch list . Thank you . Keep writing .
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