For those who are missing sports, here are some films to watch while you are self-isolating.
42 is a 2013 film about the racial integration of baseball player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey. It also stars Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, André Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, and Ryan Merriman.
A League of Their Own is a 1992 film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). The film stars Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty.The Rookie
Major League deals with the exploits of a fictionalized version of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. The 1989 film stars Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Bob Uecker, Dennis Haysbert and Corbin Bernsen.
Moneyball is a film based on the Oakland Athletics and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team’s analytical and sabermetric approach to developing a competitive baseball team in the small budget market of Oakland. The film is based on the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. It was released in 2011.
Hoosiers is a 1986 movie that tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It is loosely based on the Milan High School team that won the 1954 state championship. The film stars Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey and Dennis Hopper.
Love and Basketball is a 2000 film that tells the story of Quincy and Monica, two next-door neighbors in Los Angeles, California, who are pursuing their basketball careers before eventually falling for each other. The movie stars Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps.
Space Jam is a 1996 movie staring basketball player Michael Jordan. It’s a fictionalized account of what happened when Jordon retired from basketball and before he came back in 1995. In the film, Jordan is enlisted by the Looney Tunes to help them win their freedom in a basketball match against the Monstars and its ruthless owner of the intergalactic amusement park Moron Mountain who seeks to enslave the Looney Tunes as his newest attractions.
Rocky is a 1976 film about the rags to riches story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated, kind-hearted Italian-American boxer in the Philadelphia. Rocky, a small-time club fighter, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Oung, Burgess Meredith and Carl Weathers.
Million Dollar Baby is a 2004 film starring Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman. The film follows an underappreciated boxing trainer, the mistakes that haunt him and his quest for atonement by helping an underdog amateur boxer achieve her dream of becoming a professional.
Rudy is a 1993 film looking at the life of Daniel Ruettiger who dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles. It was the first film allowed to be shot on campus by the Notre Dame administration since Knute Rockne, All American in 1940.
The Blind Side is based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. The storyline features offensive lineman Michael Oher, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his school years, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy to playing college and professional football. Quinton Aaron stars as Michael Oher, Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy, Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy, and Kathy Bates as Miss Sue,
We are Marshall is a film that depicts the aftermath of a plane crash that killed 75 people, including 37 football players from the Marshall University Thundering Herd Football team, five coaches, two athletic trainers, the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Donald Dedmon and Robert Patrick, as the ill-fated Marshall head coach Rick Tolley
Miracle is a 2004 film about the United States men’s ice hockey team that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film stars Kurt Russell as head coach Herb Brooks. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the American team’s victory over the heavily-favored Soviet Union.
Seabiscuit is a 2003 film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend. The film is based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked Thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
Pride is a 2007 film loosely based on the story of Philadelphia swim coach James “Jim” Ellis. Jim is a former competitive swimmer working at a recreation center with a dilapidated swimming pool. Ellis rehabs the pool and invites a group of black teens in for a swim. The group had just been thrown off the basketball court in the center. The group prove to be fairly capable swimmers and Jim decides to try to save the swimming pool by starting the city’s first all African-American swim team, the P.D.R. team (Pride, Determination, Resilience). The film stars Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, and Kimberly Elise.
The Wrestler is a film that depicts an aging professional wrestler who, despite his failing health and waning fame, continues to wrestle in an attempt to cling to the success of his 1980s heyday. He also tries to mend his relationship with his estranged daughter. The film stars Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
Sports Night is a comedy-drama loosely based on ESPN’s Sports Center from the 1990s.
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