There have been a lot of attempts at sports movies over the years and the majority of them fail as they follow the same, predictable formula.
When done right, though, sports films can be masterpieces as they can perfectly encapsulate the thrill and agony of professional competition in cinematic form.
Here are three films that are a little different so you may enjoy if you are looking for something sports-related to watch.
The Blind Side
Released in 2009, The Blind Side is a biographical drama based on the life and career of offensive lineman Michael Oher. Michael had a tough upbringing and was living on the streets when he was taken care of by a kind and caring woman called Leigh Anne Tuohy (played by Sandra Bullock). The film is very touching and has a great feel-good end to it as, with the help and kindness shown by Leigh Anne, Michael goes on to flourish at American football, where he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Although the film is about American football, the focus is actually on how he is able to overcome many challenges in his life and come out on top.
Champions tells the tale of the success of Aldaniti in the 1981 Grand National, the most famous steeplechase in the world. The horse’s jockey Bob Champion was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years earlier and was told he would never ride again. Aldaniti was a decent horse in his prime as he finished third in the 1979 Cheltenham Gold Cup, the blue riband event of the Cheltenham Festival which takes place annually in March.
The horse struggled with several career-threatening injuries, though, which almost led to his retirement. His connections opted to give him one last chance in the Grand National, which proved to be a great move as it provided one of the best results in the history of the race. The pair completed an incredible journey to win the prestigious contest which is run over the marathon trip of four miles and four furlongs. Aldaniti was cheered on by everyone at the racecourse and those watching on TV.
Champion and Aldaniti’s story is talked about every April when the latest renewal of the Grand National takes place in Merseyside, England.
Happy Gilmore was brought out in 1996, so the chances are you may have seen this one. If not, it is a must-watch as it is Adam Sandler at his very best. As Happy Gilmore, Sandler plays a former failed ice hockey player who tries his hand at golf in the hope of paying off some debt he owes. Gilmore produces numerous laugh-out-loud moments as he struggles around the golf course with his unorthodox technique.
What makes this film so great is that it mocks many of the traditions and etiquettes that still exist in golf. Happy Gilmore features former PGA Tour player Mark Lye who won the 1983 Bank of Boston Classic. It also includes Christopher McDonald, who is the arrogant golfer that you will root against in the film.