Top 5 Sports Movies

For the past few weeks, I’ve given you my favorite football uniforms. Now, it’s time for my top five sports movies. If you can’t find me reporting, then I’m at a movie theater enjoying a great film.

5. Coming in at No. 5 is “Bend it Like Beckham.” What I love most about this film is the women empowerment. This film focuses on Jess Bhamra, played by Parminder Nagra. Jess is a beast when it comes to soccer, even though she’s not permitted to play. Her skills capture the eye of a semi-pro team, and from there the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat as Jess balances soccer and keeping it a secret from her family.

4. At No. 4 I have “Cool Runnings.” Proving everyone wrong is the message I received from watching this as a child. This film is about how four Jamaican bobsleighers have big dreams to compete in the winter Olympics, but there’s just one problem: They’ve never seen snow. However, they don’t allow that to stop them. With the help of their coach, they strive to make their dream a reality.

3. I couldn’t possibly have a top sports movies list without mentioning “The Sandlot.” This is an all-time favorite! This baseball film is a great movie about childhood friendships. When Scottie Smalls, played by Thomas Guiry, moves to a new neighborhood, he becomes friends with a group of boys who play baseball. The boys get into some trouble when a treasured baseball is accidentally thrown over a forbidden fence. “You’re killing me, Smalls!”

2. Coming in at No. 2 is an emotional film, “The Blind Side.” Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron did a remarkable job portraying Leigh Anne Tuohy and Michael Oher. When Leigh Anne and her husband take in homeless teen Michael, they discover his protective instincts on the football field. With their help and dedication, Michael begins to excel as a student and football player.

1. My absolute favorite sports movie is “Remember the Titans.” If you haven’t seen the film, then you’re missing out. Denzel Washington stars as the football coach of a school that has been forced to integrate. Emotions and football traditions are tested for these teams in 1971. Who can forget the most memorable scene of the teammates singing “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough” in the locker room?

What’s your favorite sports movie? Send me an email at tyrah@itgnext.com.