While the list of the greatest motivational sports movies can turn out to be quite long, there are some exceptional ones that just send chills down your spine, and we have them listed right here. These are some movies, we think, are the most invigorating sports movies of all time:
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY:
This spectacular movie managed to make its way to this list because of its wonderfully captivating storyline and because of that extremely moving speech to his team at half-time in their play-offs.
He tells them how life is really a game of inches, how every step we take towards our goal is an inch towards accomplishment, and how all it takes to succeed is for us to resist all our urges to give up and keep on inching forward till we get there. It teaches us that it doesn’t matter what situation we are in, what counts is how hard we are trying to move ahead.
One of the most exhilarating, rise-to-success movies out there, this is a basketball favorite that has managed to make it to every underdog’s list. It is somewhat based on a true story, a rousing tale about a small basketball team from Indiana that struggles and fought through all the odds and difficulties to win against a bigger, more qualified city team to win the State Championship. The stirring speech and spectacular performance by the coach make it one of the most motivating sports film in the industry.
This wonderful movie portrays the tale of the United States Men’s Hockey team’s triumph over the influential Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics. This film is especially noteworthy as it encapsulates a famous event in the history of sports from the standpoint of the men that experienced it.
One of the main reasons why Miracle has managed to make it to this list is because it has very perfectly and intricately captured the mood of the 1980 Olympics. It is truly inspiring in the sense that it tells the story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope, the true story of one of the most significant moments in history of sports as it essentially captures a time and place where differences could be dealt with by games and a cold war could take place on ice.
THE KARATE KID:
This movie has a lot to offer to young adults. It is an inspiring story about a young boy who is forced to move to China as his mother decides to take up a job there. After several failed attempts at making friends in the new country, the boy, Dre Pack, is attacked by a bully and is almost about to get killed when he’s rescued by his maintenance man, who comes to his rescue and trains him in King Fu he teaches him that standing up for himself is what matters and not winning.
An epic historical drama about an athlete who accomplished his greatest success in the face of the most formidable odds that he came across in his journey. In the 1920s, James Braddlock was one of the most promising contenders in professional boxing with the utmost strength, passion, and tenacity but his severe hand injury and a 1929 defeat sent his career for a toss. As his dreams of making it big in professional boxing went for a spin, the Great Depression put a knife through the economy of the United States.
These circumstances forced him to work at the New York docks for pathetic wages in order to support his wife and three kids. He turned to his former trainer Joe Gould due to his desperate need for money, and later battled John Griffin and ended up defeating him despite people thinking that he was too old and out of shape and practice.
He went on to defeat many of his competitors with a left hook that had been aggravated by years of arduous work at the docks. In a country dying to hear good news, Braddocks unanticipated comeback became a roborant for those struggling with work and unemployment.
This movie very skillfully delivers the inherent and breath-taking gratification that is the promise of all boxing legends.
This is the perfect movie for anyone who has always had the urge to challenge the system. Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s and the man who builds the team has an epiphany that all of baseball’s traditional wisdom is wrong.
He has no other way out except to outmaneuver the other, richer clubs if he has to reinvent his team. He partners up with Peter Brand in an improbable partnership to acquire bargain players that the scouts call inaccurate, but they can do what it takes: get on base, score runs and win games.
It’s a whole new revolution, challenging conventional traditions in the face of all those who think that Beane is robbing the game of its beauty and soul. It’s one of the freshest and smartest movies ever made. It addresses the heartache of a very tough game.
One of those exceptional movies that hit all the right emotional buttons: a quick-witted, clever, and sentimental drama, so moving it makes the audience rise up to cheer.
Rudy Ruttiunger, a little boy who has always nurtured a passion to be a part of the University of Notre Dame and its football team, is well aware of the fact that he will unavoidably grow up to be a small man. Since he is neither an extraordinary student nor an excellent athlete, his family seems convinced that he’s dreaming way beyond his abilities.
However, he refuses to let his dream die, and manages to get admission to his dream college. He tries for the football team in his junior year and gets in, but only to be treated as a live tackle dummy. Despite being bruised and downtrodden, he is proud to be linked with his team. By the time he reaches his senior year, the team becomes become very fond of him and on the day of the coach’s office and propose to surrender their positions on the team just so that Rudy can have a shot at suiting up as a member of the team.
The coach is extremely impressed and overwhelmed by this gesture and decides to allow Rudy to suit up and lead the squad to the benches and towards the end, also lets him partake in the final scrimmage of the game. Rudy conducts himself well and the team carries him off the field on their shoulders. It is indeed a truly inspiring sports film about a real-life underdog.
It is a real-life tale of a coach who seeks to discipline and ground his players by showing them that there is much more to life than just basketball.
Once a legendary player on the Richmond High School Basketball Team, in Richmond, CA, Ken Carter returns to the team as their coach, years after building a career for himself in publishing and marketing. Carter himself comes to comprehend that the team is having a rather terrible season and that their fights off the court seem to be more forceful and determining than their game on the court.
He then realizes that the boys need to learn how to respect themselves and each other, and to excel in the classroom as well as in the gymnasium, much more than they need to win. Under his guidance, the team turns their game around in the season.
However, when Carter finds out that a number of his students have their grade point averages falling below 2.3, he decides to lock the team out of the gym and pushes them to go to the study hall till their grades improve. This move of his takes no time to turn into a controversy among the parents and for the local news media, most of whom are not in favor of Carter’s belief that his players need to start thinking beyond basketball and NBA. It is a captivating, heartfelt, and inspirational blend of basketball, drama, and coming-of-age.
It is a stimulating tale about how Nelson Mandela collaborated with the Captain of South Africa’s rugby team to help unify their nation. The freshly appointed President, Nelson Mandela, is aware that his country is struggling to deal with racial and economic discrimination in the wake of apartheid.
However, he strongly believes that he can bring his people together through the all-embracing language of sport. Mandela reassembles South Africa’s rugby team as they make an unexpected run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship Match. It’s a sublime and solicitous work that, later in its scenes, manages to successfully devote our emotions in a significant sporting victory.