Films on Sports

See also:

Films on Sports: FOOTBALL

Films on Sports: BASKETBALL

Films on Sports: BASEBALL

Films on Sports: SOCCER (‘Football’)

Films on Sports: HOCKEY

Films on Sports: GOLF

Films on Sports: TENNIS

Films on Sports: SKATING

Films on Sports: SKIING

Films on Sports: SNOWBOARDING

Films on Sports: SKATEBOARDING

Films on Sports: SURFING

Films on Sports: RUNNING

Films on Sports: CYCLING

Films on Sports: RACING

Films on Sports: BOXING

Schooled:
The Price of College Sports

Documentary 2013 NR 1hr20m. This provocative documentary scrutinizes the business of college athletics, a billion-dollar industry whose athletes don’t earn a dime.

The Dotted Line

Documentary 30 for 30 2011 NR 56m. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock goes behind the scenes to see what it takes to make it in the cutthroat world of sports agents.

Broke

Documentary 30 for 30 2012 NR 1hr 17m. Director Billy Corben examines the harsh realities behind the flashy careers of professional athletes, most of whom will go bankrupt after retiring.

Bigger, Stronger, Faster

Documentary 2008 PG-13 1hr 46m. Filmmaker Chris Bell points the camera at his brothers and himself — all steroid users — for this provocative examination of sports and competition.

Charlotte Brown, Blind Polevaulter

Film Clip ESPNW. Charlotte Brown, who is blind and uses beeper devices to aid her in the pole vault and in her running events, finished second at the regional meet at Texas A&M-Commerce; with a vault of 11 feet, 3 inches. Using a new, more flexible pole but with the same determination she has shown throughout her high school track and field career, Brown advanced Friday to the Texas Class 3A state meet in the pole vault. Link to see: http://espn.go.com/espnw/news-commentary/article/10841594/espnw-charlotte-brown-blind-pole-vaulter-texas-qualifies-state-meet

Moneyball

Docudrama 2011 PG-13 133 minutes. An all-star cast brings to life the true story of Billy Beane, a former jock turned general manager who uses unconventional methods to bring the best players to the Oakland A’s, a Major League Baseball team struggling against financial hardship.  As the manager of a small market franchise with a comparatively modest budget, Beane had to be creative and innovative in putting together a team…and he was. Beane is seen as a man who did what it took to save his cash-poor team from losing good players to the rich New York Yankees who could pay them more. When you have little cash to pay your players you must come up with a creative solution to keep your head above water. Beane’s creative solution was recruiting a geekish Yale economics major who handles player research with great with stats on every player. I love Jonah Hill as Pitt’s boy genius. The two of them embark on a path that is like swimming upstream. You feel you are very fortunate to be along for the ride to see cutting edge methods that begin to change the way the Good Old Boys have always done things before in baseball. Philip Seymour Hoffman is terrific as one of the Good Old Boys,the A’s head coach. Authorized by Major League Baseball and interspersed with actual game footage, this brilliant film takes you inside the locker room and the front office to meet actors playing real baseball figures, not the cereal-box caricatures. You’ll meet the tired old scouts, the pouting middle-aged manager, the bad-attitude stars, and the bench jockeys and scrubs fighting to hold on. This film is written with lots of great humor and had me laughing all the way through. Even if baseball is not your thing you will LOVE this film.

Draft Day

Drama 2014 PG-13. On the day of the NFL player draft, Cleveland general manager Sonny Weaver trades up to get the first pick in this breezy sports drama. And while his decision may save football in his city, it just might cost him his girlfriend … and his team. Very believable behind-the-scenes, and yes it’s all about the supporting staff and not the players on the field. But all in all it delivers on its promise, giving the fan a very believable sense of the subterfuge and maneuvering that goes into the business of football. Think “Moneyball” for football. I took my non-sports fan wife, but at the end of the flick she turned to me and said, “I loved that movie!! What a great movie!”

Without Bias

Documentary 30 for 30 series 2009 NR 52m. In 1986, celebrated University of Maryland player Len Bias died from a cocaine overdose just two days after being picked second in the NBA draft.

Hoop Dreams

Documentary 1994 PG-13 171 minutes. The filmmakers of this groundbreaking documentary meant for it to be a short movie, but wound up weaving a widely celebrated feature-length film spanning years filled with grace and honesty. Meet Arthur Agee and William Gates, two young boys from equally rough Chicago neighborhoods who make use of their prodigious basketball talents to aim for a life outside the ghetto. But strife and setbacks befall them at every turn. Will they succeed? See Full Review

Hoosiers

Docudrama 1986 PG 114 minutes. High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach — abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale — whips the team into shape … while also inciting controversy. Based on a true story, so the outcome is fairly well known, the enjoyment of the movie is the journey to the end. This movie is considered THE best sports movie ever made. Based on a true story in Indiana, a small school goes on to win the state title for the first and last time in state history.

CLIMBING

To the Limit
(Am Limit)

Documentary 2007 NR 1hr 36m. Written and directed by Pepe Danquart, this gripping documentary follows the adrenaline-spiked sport of speed rock climbing, as German überclimbers Thomas and Alexander Huber attempt to set a record scaling Yosemite’s legendary El Capitan. See Full Review

North Face

Docudrama 2008 NR 121 minutes. . In 1936, young German climbers Toni Kurz (Benno Fürmann) and Andreas Hinterstoisser (Florian Lukas) face off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale the infamous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps. As the men make the treacherous climb, journalist Luise (Johanna Wokalek) — Toni’s childhood love — covers the biggest story of her career. Philipp Stölzl helms this drama based on a true story.

X-GAMES

Keep Your Eyes Open

Documentary 2002 PG-13 1hr 17m. This fast-paced documentary captures the battle of wills, thrills and spills in skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing, surfing, BMX and motocross.

RUGBY

The 16th Man

Documentary 30 for 30 2010 NR 53m. Morgan Freeman, star of the film Invictus, narrates this documentary chronicling the South African rugby team’s historic win of the 1995 World Cup

Invictus

Docudrama 2009 PG-13 133 minutes. This drama based on real-life events tells the story of what happened after the end of apartheid when newly elected President Nelson Mandela used the 1995 World Cup rugby matches to unite his people in South Africa.

WINGSUIT FLYING

Birdmen:
The Original Dream of Flight

Documentary 2012 NR 52m. Chronicling pre-Wright Brothers human flight, this documentary spotlights the brave souls who risked life and limb to fly before the advent of planes.Also spectacular footage captures today’s pioneers, whose ultimate thrill is to fly like birds, using only wingsuits resembling flying squirrels. See Full Review

WRESTLING

Foxcatcher

Docudrama 2014 NR. Preparing for the 1988 Olympics, two sibling wrestlers cross paths with a paranoid schizophrenic millionaire in this drama based on a true story. The competitive Schultz brothers soon learn their new acquaintance is a dangerous distraction.

BOWLING

A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

Documentary 2004 R 1hr 33m. Go behind the scenes of pro bowling for interviews with the sport’s biggest names: Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Barns and Wayne Webb. Well, who knew that an audience filled with uppity film snobs could come to care deply about bowling? At our viewing, the entire audience was rapt with attention during the major playoffs that were recorded. This film did a wonderful job of humanizing such an esoteric sport. It is fascinating to …read moresee that the very best bowlers in the world have to struggle just to make a living. …and boy are these bowlers characters worth watching. Perhaps the most interesting bits, though, had to do with seeing the business side of the sport. The interplay between the players and the league was illuminating. The bowlers want to be treated with more respect and earn more money, but they also realize that their entire sport hangs on the verge of disappearing. Many big egos are forced to swallow their pride. I highly recommend this movie.

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