Last week, I got the pleasure of seeing the new film, Eddie the Eagle. The movie tells the inspirational true story of Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, a British underdog ski jumper who set records at the 1988 Winter Olympic games. Starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton, the movie will leave you feeling inspired and ready to conquer the world.
To prepare for the release of Eddie the Eagle on February 26th, take a walk down memory lane and recount the best sport films of the millennium.
8. Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Hilary Swank churned out an Oscar winning performance as a determined boxer trying to become a professional. Swanks character, Maggie Fitzgerald, is fueled by drive and passion... two things that also fueled Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.
7. Remember the Titans (2000)
Also based on a true story, Titans tells the story of a high school football team during their first season as a racially integrated team. The team is led by the newly appointed, African-American coach, played by Denzel Washington. After seeing this film you will certainly remember the titans.
6. Creed (2015)
Of course Rocky had to make it onto the list somehow. The newest installment in the long running Rocky Balboa saga puts Stallone in the coach's seat as he serves to train Adonis Johnson, the son of his former rival Apollo Creed.
5. Bring It On (2000)
In this now classic high school comedy, a champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its old captain stole all the dance routines from an inner city school. So now, the team must rush to try and compete in this year's championships. And yes, cheerleading is a sport.
4. Radio (2003)
Cuba Gooding Jr. might be currently playing OJ Simpson, but I will always remember him as Radio. Another true story, this time following a high school coach who takes a developmentally challenged man under his wing.
3. The Blind Side (2009)
In Sandra Bullock's oscar winning performance, she stars as a mother who takes in a homeless and traumatized young man and grooms him into a football star. This is the true story behind Michael Oher.
2. The Fighter (2010)
The film gives an inside look at boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother before going pro in the 1980's. Christian Bale also manages to give one of the best performances of his career.
1. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Set in a small Texas town, the film profiles the heroic high school football team. There was also a spin-off series, which if you have yet to watch is AMAZING! Both the film and the show manage to capture that small town, all American vibe surrounding high school and football.
Feeling inspired? Check out more on the true story behind Eddie the Eagle right here!
And don't forget to check out Eddie The Eagle in theaters February 26th!