Top 5 Modern Sports Films

Sport has become a major theme in films.  Working together as a team to win is exemplary of the defiance, dedication, hard work and patience which is needed for humans to come together and unite for their common goal.  Sport is also presented as an outlet for people, a way to escape from their everyday lives. Here is a short list of some of the greatest sporting films, each with their focus on a different sport. 

Modern Sports Films

American Football – Jerry Maguire

American Football - Jerry Maguire

For all you avid American football fans out there, Jerry Maguire is a must-see, feel good film.  Even if you are not a massive sports fan, this film can be enjoyed by all the family.  It combines drama, comedy and romance and was a massive success when it was released.  Jerry Maguire tells the story of a sports agent who one day suddenly revaluates his position, reaching the conclusion that what he has been doing is unethical. 

When he makes the bold decision to go it alone, only one athlete decides to jump ship with him.  Jerry is played by Tom Cruise to perfection whilst Cuba Gooding Jnr. plays the part of the self-assured, loudmouth American football player, (the only sportsman who decides to continue working with Jerry) superbly.   This feel good romantic comedy definitely deserves a place in any top sporting movies list.

Bowling – The Big Lebowski

Bowling - The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is the brains of the Coen brothers.  Produced in 1998, this comedy tells the story of Jeff Lebowski, ’the Dude,’ an unemployed but avid bowler who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. 

He embarks on a mission of restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling friends to help him.  Now a cult favourite, this film is noted for its peculiar and unpredictable characters, quirky dialogue, and memorable soundtrack.

Basketball – Glory Road

Basketball - Glory Road

This film, directed by James Gartner and distributed by Walt Disney, was released in 2006, 40 years after the events this film recounts.  Glory Road tells the story of the events leading up to the 1966 NCAA men’s division basketball championship, in which the late Don Haskins lead the Texas Western College team with an all-black line-up, a first in NCAA history.

This inspiring tale which this film depicts is not only moving and captivating but gives a great insight into the desegregation of college basketball. 

Motor-Racing – Senna

Motor-Racing - Senna

Senna is a British documentary film, made in 2010 which depicts the life and death of Ayton Senna da Silva, the Brazilian motor-racing champion who died tragically, aged 34 during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.  The film since its release has received great critical acclaim.  With the use of archival footage through home videos provided by his family, friends and colleagues, Senna is presented as a complex yet captivating person with a myriad of different and contradicting personality traits.

He is seen as humble, sometimes ruthless, determined, spiritual and generous.  What’s great about this film is that you do not need to be an avid motor-racing fan (or for that matter, even care about the subject) to enjoy the film.  Rather it has such force that it pulls you in and what is actually a posthumous documentary appears to be live coverage of Senna’s life.  It is filmed with immediacy, creating pace and a sense of drama which is all the more forceful following the tragic and undeniably emotional ending.

Bobsleigh Racing – Cool Runnings

Bobsleigh Racing - Cool Runnings

This feel-good comedy was produced in 1993 and is loosely based on the remarkable story of the Jamaican national bobsled team trying to make it to the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.  The film is a lot of fun, the characters are warm, funny and loveable whilst John Candy is great as their coach.  A truly enjoyable film with consistent, light-hearted humour – a perfect example of a film for all the family.

Leo is a film and luxury lifestyle blogger who writes for a number of different lifestyle and movie blogs about his favourite films and products. He often writes content on behalf of bowling attire retailer Bowling Concepts which is why he couldn’t ignore The Big Lebowski in his list of favourite films.


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