Sports Drama is definitely one movie genre that enthralls us as viewers. That final match, the road to glory and the perfect lap are some of the conventional yet entertaining aspects of a sports drama.
Here are 4 must-see sports drama films based on a true story that you should check out if you haven’t already!
Ford V Ferrari
This sports drama tells the true story of Caroll Shelby (Matt Damon), an automotive designer, and Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a race car driver, join hands to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to compete against the Ferrari race cars in the 24 hours of Le Mans.
Ford V Ferrari is insanely good. Sure, the film does have it’s fair share of racing but it’s essentially a commentary on artists versus businessmen. Viewers will appreciate the film’s perspective from both sides as they’re neither right nor wrong.
The intense racing scenes in this film will keep you on the edge of your seat! This film is also flawless from a technical aspect. Ford V Ferrari’s cinematography, editing, and score compliments James Mangold’s excellent direction.
Be sure to put on your seatbelts for this one!
Bennette Miller’s film follows Billy Beane (played by Brad Pitt), a baseball general manager, and Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill), an economics graduate team up to assemble a baseball team on a tight budget based on the moneyball theory to obtain new players.
Moneyball quite literally changed the game forever as it avoids typical sports movie cliches.
It’s a perfect film in my opinion. The screenplay, the acting from both Pitt and Hill, the uplifting score, and an underdog story told like never before makes Moneyball a must-watch.
Despite the film’s use of statistics and rationality, Moneyball is directed in a way where it’s accessible for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. Like the use of maths with sports, Moneyball works wonders and you should definitely check this one out!
This sports drama follows Micky Ward (played by Mark Wahlberg), an upcoming boxer who seeks for a shot of greatness while he tries to escape the shadow of his older boxing brother Dickie Eklund (played by Christian Bale).
There are many things to like about The Fighter. One of them being Christian Bale’s extraordinary performance as Dickie Eklund who suffers from a serious drug addiction. This raw performance earned Bale his first Academy Award for Best Actor in A Supporting Role.
The chemistry shared between Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams as their respective characters were great too and should not be overlooked.
The Fighter’s long and wide shot boxing scenes are a treat to watch and make viewers root for Micky till the very end. The Fighter is worth the watch for David O. Russell’s direction and the emotional relationship between Micky and Dickie.
Adapted from ‘Playing the Enemy’, Invictus tells the story of President Nelson Mandela (played by Morgan Freeman) who decides to unite his people by supporting a rugby team led by Francois Pienaar (played by Matt Damon) in their bid to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup following the aftermath of the apartheid.
Just like Million Dollar Baby, Clint Eastwood’s direction on this sports drama is remarkable. Invictus is a film about leadership and unity. Morgan Freeman’s portrayal of President Nelson Mandela and a charismatic performance from Matt Damon were both recognized by the Academy Awards.
Invictus is a powerful film as its message deals with themes such as racial discrimination, hope, forgiveness, and peace. This heartfelt sports drama is a must-watch!
What are your favourite sports biography films? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments!
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