Five Sports Films You MUST Watch

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Greater
Greater is set for release at the end of January 2016 and is one of the most anticipated American football movies for quite some time. Essentially, the film is a focus on Brandon Burlsworth, who is perhaps the greatest walk-on in college football history. In 1999, Burlsworth was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. This was an amazing achievement, considering his lack of schooling and experience before college. In a true underdog story, this film will both teach you and inspire you to get involved in the sport.

Moneyball
Released in 2011, Moneyball is perfect for both the baseball novice and the pitching aficionado. Essentially, the film focuses on the Oakland Athletics and how the general manager (played by Brad Pitt) attempts to build a successful franchise with limited resources. If nothing else, this film teaches viewers about the importance of adversity and how you should never give up on your dreams – a true sporting cliché. Perhaps the Oakland Athletics side of today, who sit out at odds of 66/1 for the World Series in the latest MLB betting news as of 19th January, could take inspiration from Pitt’s character as they attempt to win the World Series.

Bend It Like Beckham
If you’re a soccer fan, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better storyline than this. In Bend It Like Beckham, Sikh girl Jess is restricted by her family’s strict religious beliefs as she seeks to play soccer on a professional basis. Both of her parents are firmly against the idea but her coach Joe notices her potential and tries to sway their views. This film is particularly interesting for those who enjoy socio-religious conflict and has you gripped throughout. Will they let her play or is she destined to follow her parents’ dreams and marry into a rich family? You’ll have to watch to find out!

Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Another film that is set for release in 2016, Goon: Last of the Enforcers is simply a follow up from the 2011 film Goon. Ice hockey films are few and far between but you usually know what you’re going to get with them – plenty of hard-hitting action and comedic value. This film is no different as the likes of Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Elisha Cuthbert combine to keep you entertained and laughing throughout. While there is no official trailer for the second movie just yet and the release date is unknown, one thing’s for sure, this film will have you in stiches (not actual stitches) if it’s anything like the first.

Senna
Senna is quite different. In fact, it’s very different. It’s a story about racing driver Ayrton Senna, who sadly died while leading the San Marino Grand Prix back in 1994. Essentially, this documentary depicts his life and shows all of the good and bad from his debut in the Brazilian Grand Prix to his eventual death. This film is brilliant for those who love their sporting history but also those who enjoy informative movies, especially those which fully capture your emotions, and it keeps the viewer hooked from the outset. Senna will always be regarded as a legend and this movie will forever be known as one of the top sport films.

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