10 sports movies that intrigue minds, inspire movie buffs

10 sports movies that intrigue minds, inspire movie buffs

Sports is one of the most interesting genre in any film industry across the globe.

Whether it be Pakistani, Indian or American, there are several sports films that have entertained and inspire fans with intriguing plots, direction and the climax.

Here is a list of 10 must-watch sports films for movie buffs:

Main Hoon Shahid Afridi

Cast: Humayun Saeed, Noman Habib, Ismail Tara, Nadeem Baig, Javed Sheikh, Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mahnoor Baloch and Ainy Jaffri

The plot of the film circles around a team of misfits, led by a youngster who dreams to become the next Shahid Afridi and a coach with a haunted past, who take part in a cricket tournament in order to revive a dying-cricket club.

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India

Cast: Aamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Rachel Shelley, Paul Blackthorne and Kulbhushan Kharbanda

Directed by Aamir Khan himself, Lagaan (land tax) tells the story about villagers, led by an optimistic youngster, who rise up to the challenge of a cricket match thrown at them by a British army officer during the reign of British Empire in India. The condition is simple: Win the match and their tax is exempted for three years. Lose the game and pay three years of tax at once.

Rocky (series)

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton and Michael B. Jordan

The Rocky series tells the inspiring tale of fictional boxer named Rocky Balboa as he takes on heavyweight boxers across the world while tackling the obstacles which took place in his personal life and career as a professional boxer.

Chariots of Fire

Cast: Ian Charleson and Ben Cross

In the post-World War I era, British athletes Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell take part in the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris. However, they make several decisions due to their religious affiliations which became headlines across the world of sport.

Cinderella Man

Cast: Russell Crowe and Renée Zellweger

As the United States suffers from The Great Depression, a washed-up boxer returns to the ring in order to make ends meet and with determination and love, hoping to make the impossible possible.


Cast: Will Smith

Michael Mann depicts the events taking place in the professions and personal life of the greatest boxer of all time Muhammad Ali from 1964 to 1974.

Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Cast:  Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Diego Boneta

The film shows Brazilian footballer Pelé’s dominance on the field. From his rise in the sport to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17, the film is a must-watch for all football fans.


Cast: Will Smith and Alec Baldwin

Concussion’s plot circles around a medical expert who tries to diagnose repeated concussions suffered by football players during matches. The doctor has to face tremendous odds in being successful in his mission.

Raging Bull

Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty

The emotion-packed drama film portrays how the personal life of boxer can be affected if he treats his family members the same way as his opponents in the ring.

Shaolin Soccer

Cast: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong and Ng Man-Tat

Although the film is in Chinese language, this football film is entertaining as it comes. Shaolin Soccer tells the story of a youngster who brings together a football team comprising of his brothers who use martial arts skills to their advantage.

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