5 Great Disney Sports Films To Watch
I'm not a sports fan, but I am a fan of Disney sports movies. I thought I'd share some of my favorites. I didn't include movies like The Mighty Ducks and McFarland, USA (both of which I enjoy) because they aren't on Disney+ yet and I wanted to provide you a list of some great films you can already find on the streaming service so you can watch while we are self-quarantining ourselves.
Invincible is based on a true story of Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg), who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Down on his luck as a bartender, Papale decides to go to a football tryout. It turns out that coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) was impressed and recruits him to the team. It is a really underdog film that shows the triumph of the human spirit.
Glory Road is a true story about the events leading to the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship. Coach Don Haskins (Josh Lucas) gets a job coaching basketball at Texas Western College in El Paso. His philosophy is to create the best team possible. Controversy sparks when he forms an all African American team which was unheard of at the time. It's a beautifully told story to say the least.
Remember The Titans
Remember The Titans is based on a true story about an African American coach named Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) who, in 1971, is hired to coach football at T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. There is a lot of racial tension, but Boone shows his worth as a coach. It's a powerful film and is one of Disney's best films.
The Rookie is a true story about Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) who teaches baseball at a high school in Texas. His team believes he should try out for the big leagues and Morris agrees IF the team wins the district championship. As luck would have it, they win and Morris tries out only to be recruited by the minor league where he does quite well. It is a great film with a wonderful performance by Dennis Quaid.
Miracle is a true story about the US Men's Hockey Team headed for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) puts together the team from a bunch of undisciplined players and whips them into shape. Their win against the Soviets was considered a "Miracle on Ice." The film is an excellent and exciting film.