When it comes to sports films, there are a few things that separate the good ones from the great ones. Sure, cheesy motivational music and 80s style montages never hurt, but a truly great sports film often has elements of truth and inspiration. Over the past 10 years, we have been subject to some pretty amazing sports movies.
Here is my list of what I consider to be the best sports films released over the past 10 years.
No list of sports films would be complete with at least one football movie. For me, that movie was Friday Night Lights. I don’t know what it is about this film that made me empathize so much with the characters, but this is a truthful look at American high school football. The band Explosions In The Sky adds to this movie with an incredible soundtrack.
Another football movie that was unbelievable (literally) is The Blind Side. This is definitely a movie worth seeing, and coming from someone who read Michael Lewis’ book of the same title, it does this incredible true story complete justice. Sandra Bullock also knocks it out of the park as the part of Leanne Tuohy.
What list of sports films from this past decade would be complete without mentioning The Wrestler. You can argue that professional wrestling is not a sport, but there is nothing fake or funny about the way the industry is portrayed in this film. This is an incredibly moving film and Mickey Rourke nails the part.
A boxing film that I thoroughly enjoyed, which I did not think would be possible, was Rocky Balboa. Stallone returns to the role that got him his own statue in the city of Philadelphia, and this film was more than enjoyable. This was Rocky at his best.
Another boxing film that is a great watch is Cinderella Man. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Russell Crowe and Rene Zelwegger, this film had Oscar potential written all over it. Unfortunately that was not the case, but this film, based on the boxer Jim Braddock is awesome.
So that’s that. Let’s see what the next decade has in store for us!