Football season is officially winding down, and all that’s left now is to prepare yourself for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots to go head to head at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. While most football fans will have no trouble getting hyped for the big game, those of us who only tune in for the commercials might need a little extra motivation. The best way to get invested? Sports movies, my friends.
Whether you know the difference between a touchdown and a field goal or not, a good sports movie will fill you a desire to see underdogs prevail. It doesn’t even need to be a football movie, any sports film with a feel-good narrative will do the trick. Whether you’re feeling ambivalent about sitting through the Super Bowl or you already have your face-painting kit assembled for the party, these odes to the world of sports will increase your hype level by 100 percent.
In the need of a good cry and some serious inspiration? Rudy is the movie you’ve been waiting for. Sean Astin plays the ultimate dreamer and his drive to play for Notre Dame will help you understand why some people are so naturally passionate about football.
“There’s no crying in baseball!” However, there will be tears shed at the end of A League of Their Own, because it may be the greatest female-driven sports movie of all-time.
The Eagles are heading to the Super Bowl this year, and this movie tells the story of one of their most incredible players — Vince Papale, a man who never played college ball, but still ended up making his dreams of going pro come true.
Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, and Cameron Diaz star in this football film that’s unafraid of showing viewers the tougher parts of the game. Knowing that one athlete’s career is almost over and Pacino’s coach is battling to stay relevant only makes the film’s final moments all the more poignant.
This wholesome basketball movie is designed to tug at your heartstrings. It’s about a small-town basketball team and the coach that changes that their lives. And yes, it’s another weepie.
Chadwick Boseman is phenomenal as Jackie Robinson, the first black man to break the color barrier imposed by major league baseball. Robinson is a true hero and a reminder of why some athletes become icons.
The love of baseball drives this stunning tearjerker. A field brings people together and reunites a father and son in this movie that should be required viewing.
Look, I know a musical Bollywood epic about cricket is going to be a hard sell for some people, but this gorgeous film will leave you feeling like there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.
Who can resist Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the inspirational coach? This movie may not be a top tier sports film, but it will still help you understand the love of the game.
10. The Sandlot
Finally, if all else fails, go back to your childhood and the innocence of playing ball with your pals during the summer with The Sandlot.
Now, who’s ready to watch the Super Bowl?