Celebrating Women & Girls In Sports

10 Fantastic Movies About Women In Sports

Who doesn’t love a quick pick-me-up? Do you have two hours to spare? You should choose an inspirational and motivational sports flick about women. Once you watch them, you might find yourself picking up a ball and heading outside! Here are 10 movies you need to watch.  

 

A League Of Their Own

This popular film not only gave viewers quotes like “There is no crying in baseball,” but it also gave recognition to the female athletes tearing up the baseball diamond.

This 1992 film tells a fictional account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. 

It follows sisters Dottie and Kit Hinson as they leave home to try out for the league and compete for the Rockford Peaches. 

Familiar face like Madonna, Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, and Rosie O’Donnell star in the film.

Blue Crush

This popular 2002 film was based on Susan Orlean’s article “The Maui Surf Girls,” which appeared in Women’s Outside magazine in 1998.  

Blue Crush tells the story of three friends who surf, Anne Marie, Eden, and Lena.  When Anne Marie is asked to join an upcoming surf competition, her friends help her prepare.  

Starring, Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Sanoe Lake.

After watching this fun film, you will want to grab your board and hit the waves. 

Whip It

In 2009, this film brought Shauna Cross’s novel, Derby Girl to life on the big screen.  

This coming of age film, set in Bodeen, Texas, follows Bliss Cavendar, a shy quiet girl that discovers and joins a roller derby team in a nearby town.  

Throughout the film, Cavendar hides that she is a member of the team from her parents and falls in love in the process.

Alongside Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore directs and stars in the film.

I, Tonya

This blockbuster nailed it’s landing and captivated audiences nationwide. The film I, Tonya brings Tonya Hardings story to life.

Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel during competition, only to have her reputation and career crash when her ex-husband conspired to injure Nancy Kerrigan, another Olympic hopeful.  

I, Tonya caught the attention of critics leading to its nomination for many awards including Best Motion Picture at the Golden Globes. 

Bend It Like Beckham

This film follows two best friends, Jess and Jules. The 18-year-olds have one thing in common; they love to play soccer. While Jules’ family is supportive of her soccer career, Jess’ does not.

Since Jess is the daughter of Punjabi Sikhs living in London, her family does not want her to play soccer because she is a woman.

“Bend It Like Beckham” follows Jess’s journey as she hides playing soccer for her local team, no matter what the cost.

Stick It

If you are a fan of gymnastics, then you will love this film.  Although it debuted in 2006, Stick It has become a classic, in other words, a perfect 10.  

Stick It is about Haley Graham, who was once considered one of the most talented gymnasts in the nation, but fell out of the sport. After a run-in with the law, she is forced to return to elite gymnastics.  

Jeff Bridges, Maddy Curley, Vanessa Lengies, and Nikki SooHoo star in the film. 

Center Stage

Although this film hit the big screen nearly 20 years ago, many still consider Center Stage to be one of the best dance movies of all time.  

Center Stage follows Jody Sawyer, a new recruit to the American Ballet Academy and her fellow dancers, as they vie for a spot in the American Ballet Company.  

The storyline includes an intertwined love triangle, conflict, and the stress that comes along with being a perfectionist. 

The Miracle Season

Every Point, Every Game, Every Match, Was For Her.”  

After the tragic death of team captain, Caroline “Line” Found, the distraught team plays their season in her memory. As the team slowly tries to recover, their motivation to win the state championship is for “Line”.

This inspiring film is based on the West High School women’s volleyball team in Iowa City, Iowa.

Bring It On

Bring It On debuted in the 2000’s, and was number one in the box office. It gave viewers an inside look into the world of competitive cheerleading.  

This witty and sassy movie follows cheer captain, Torrance Shipman and the Rancho Carne High School cheerleading team, as they compete in hopes of winning their sixth national championship.  

When the team notices their routine was stolen by a cross-town rival, they must scramble to make a new one in time for the competition.

Million Dollar Baby

Inspired by F.X. Toole’s novel, Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner, Million Dollar Baby hit the big screen in 2004.

This film follows a boxing trainer and his quest to right his wrongs, while training an amateur boxer and helping her achieve her dream of becoming a pro.  

Film icon Clint Eastwood, directs, co-produces, and stars in the film. Hollywood stars, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman also star in the film.

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