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Modern Sports Movies: 4 Movies Since 2000 That Shaped the Genre

By    |   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 12:26 PM

In a nation where football, baseball, wrestling, and other sports are more than just a pastime, it comes as no surprise that some of the top-grossing modern movies were based on these activities.

And, while many of these movies have been hit or miss in achieving success, directors for the following inspirational and comedic modern sports movies found that mixing hard work, dedication, and a little comedy made an excellent recipe for a new concept.

“Remember the Titans”

Moviegoers are no stranger to inspirational sports movies or historical recreations. What comes as a shocker is the fact “Remember the Titans” producers took elements from two popular genres and created a new type of modern sports film.

The movie is based on true-life events of black coach Herman Boone and the successful rendering of T. C. Williams High School’s football achievements, according to IMDb. In the movie, Boone is tasked with bringing together black and white players during a time that racial discrimination was at its height in the South, the website said. 

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But the story line isn’t the only thing this film brought to the table. It showed producers that, if you put your money where your mouth is, success is a whisper away. The film invested $30 million into its production and marketing budget, according to reports from Box Office Mojo. Its profit returned was more than $150 million.

“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”


This movie isn’t exactly the typical sports movie, but it shows new ideas and comedy can be just as effective as historical accounts and inspirational storylines.

Roger Ebert praised the movie for introducing the world to an unknown sport, while making it entertaining, and the New York Times lauded it for combining several plots into a seamless delivery.

“Seabiscuit”

Traditionally, inspirational modern sports movies are about mainstream sports – basketball, baseball, and football. After all, these are the sports most Americans tune their TVs to. But “Seabiscuit” breaks the mold. The true story explores the life and career of Seabiscuit, a racehorse with more than a couple issues that should have prevented him from racing, and his racer.

The film worked with a seldom-used tactic and released the movie during the Great Recession. In fact, the New York Times attributed much of “Seabiscuit’s” success to the fact people needed inspiration and encouragement. They needed to be reminded that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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“Warrior”

Competition is at the heart of most sports movies. But few movies vetted so much in competitive roles as “Warrior.” This movie explored mixed martial arts and other fighting sports. And it demonstrated that love for one’s sport may overcome love for one’s brother.

“Warrior” took darker elements of action movies, intertwined them with an inspirational theme, and added a lot of manly heroism. Common Sense Media reported the movie is accredited for its realistic scenes, a difficult task to achieve in modern sports movies. The scenes weren’t overly dramatic and producers included just enough theatrical conditioning to make it more realistic.

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