In Battle of the Sexes, Emma Stone and Steve Carell (both nominated for Golden Globes) star as tennis champions Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, who played each other on a televised tournament that remains one of the most-watched matches of all time.
Riggs was a straight-up goofball and self-proclaimed “chauvinist pig” who was 55 at the time he challenged the 29-year-old Billie. Whether you were around to witness the spectacle on TV in 1973 or know absolutely nothing about this intense rivalry that captivated the world and helped spark the feminist movement, you won’t want to miss this one at the Box. It’s sometimes funny and sometimes infuriating, but ultimately inspiring.
Here are 5 other powerful sports movies that are guaranteed to move you.
Bend it Like Beckham – This sweet 2002 movie that launched the careers of both Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley is about two girls with big dreams of playing professional women’s soccer. It’ll have you crying, laughing and cheering!
We Are Marshall – Have the tissues on hand for this true story of resilience after tragedy. Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox star as the real-life coaches who had to rebuild the 1970 Marshall University football team after nearly all of its players and coaches were killed in a plane crash. It’s an incredible tale of a community coming together to help each other heal and move forward.
Creed – You know the rags-to-riches story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) . . . now meet Adonis “Donnie” Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the late Apollo Creed’s son. Rocky reluctantly decides to train the talented yet raw young man, and the results are electrifying. Stallone won a Golden Globe for this comeback role, and also earned an Oscar nomination!
The Karate Kid (either version) – I grew up in the ‘80s and was originally against the 2010 remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, but you know what? It was wonderful. That being said, I personally still prefer the 1984 original starring Ralph Macchio and (Oscar-nominated) Pat Morita as karate student Daniel and his ever-patient instructor Mister Miyagi. Both versions have nail-biting finales that will likely have you jumping around your living room (and maybe even attempting to do some crane kicks). Wax on!
Rudy – I saved one of the all-time greats for the final entry on my list. This is a movie that everyone loves. Everyone. You’ll be moved to tears by the quest of young Rudy (Sean Astin), who is determined to overcome the odds and play football for Notre Dame somehow, some way. Don’t be surprised if your family breaks out into chants of “RU-DY! RU-DY! RU-DY!!!” before the end credits roll.
What other sports movies are favorites in your family?