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Last updated June 29, 2022

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Forever Strong

2008 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

Rick (Sean Faris) is a star player on his dad's rugby team until a DUI lands him in a reformatory. While he's serving his sentence, tough rival coach Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole) allows him to play for his team, which helps Rick straighten up his act. Upon his release, however, Rick becomes a pariah to his former teammates and even his father when he refuses to divulge Gelwix's strategies. Sean Astin co-stars in this inspiring true story.
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My Way

2011 | NR | 4.2 out of 5 Stars

This fact-based wartime drama follows two young men, one Korean and one Japanese, whose athletic rivalry ends with the start of World War II. Captured by the Soviets, both men escape but are separated, only to meet again in the D-Day invasion.
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Soul Surfer

2011 | NR | 4.1 out of 5 Stars

From director Sean McNamara comes this inspiring film that dramatizes the real-life story of Bethany Hamilton, a Hawaiian teen who bravely returns to competitive surfing after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack.
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Chak De! India

2007 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Years after facing humiliating defeat on the field, a former field hockey star returns to the game as coach of the Indian women's national hockey team, striving to shape a ragtag bunch of female athletes into a playing force to be reckoned with.
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Kai po che!

2013 | NR | 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Based on Chetan Bhagat's novel &NFi;The 3 Mistakes of My Life&NFi_;, this Bollywood drama tells the story of three best friends who dream of starting a cricket training academy in Ahmedabad for very different reasons.
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2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

An all-star cast brings to life the true story of Billy Beane, a former jock turned general manager who uses unconventional methods to bring the best players to the Oakland A's, a Major League Baseball team struggling against financial hardship.
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2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Fifteen years after suffering a career-ending injury in the state football championship, Scott gets a chance to go back in time and change the outcome. Eventually, he turns to the team's coach to help determine whether he should mess with fate.
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2011 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

A devastating plane crash in 1958 left the Manchester United football squad with only four surviving team members still able to play, as recounted in this moving drama that finds the team and community struggling to recover from the tragedy.
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2012 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Living with his overburdened single mom, teenager Caleb Jones uses skateboarding as the outlet for his anger and his dreams in this earnest drama. When his mother's illness transforms his situation, Caleb decides to seek out his long-absent father.
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Chasing Mavericks

2012 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This thrilling biopic tells the story of legendary surfer Jay Moriarity's quest to ride the monstrous Northern California waves at Mavericks -- and details his close friendship with surfing mentor Frosty Hesson.
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The World's Fastest Indian

2005 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

This fact-based drama stars Anthony Hopkins as quirky New Zealander Burt Munro, a 67-year-old grandfather who flies across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats and attempts to break into the record books on his customized Indian Scout motorcycle.
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Coach Carter

2005 | NR | 3.9 out of 5 Stars

Samuel L. Jackson stars in the true story of high school basketball coach Ken Carter, who controversially puts school before sports and benches his entire undefeated team because of poor academic performance.
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2003 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

A small-town high school football coach (Ed Harris) befriends a developmentally disabled man (Cuba Gooding Jr.) nicknamed "Radio," who has always been the target of jokes and teasing, in this heartwarming drama based on the real-life experiences of James Robert Kennedy. Although their friendship raises eyebrows at first, Radio's growth under the coach's guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk to think differently about being different.
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1976 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

When world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed announces he'll give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers pick palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark.
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2001 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In 1890s India, an arrogant British commander challenges the harshly taxed residents of Champaner to a high-stakes cricket match. If the villagers win, they'll avoid taxation for three years; if they lose, they'll pay the tax thrice over.
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Breaking Away

1979 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

After graduating from high school, Dave Stohler dreams of becoming a champion bicyclist. Posing as an exchange student to mask his working-class roots, he frustrates his parents and charms a local college girl.
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North Face

2008 | NR | 3.8 out of 5 Stars

In 1936, young German climbers Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser face off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale the infamous north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps.
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Gridiron Gang

2006 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

When an ambitious probation officer (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) working at a detention camp for juvenile delinquents presents his idea to mold dangerous teenage inmates into a successful high school-level football team, none of his superiors thinks he can do it. But with a spirited co-worker (rapper Xzibit) by his side, he just might prove them wrong. This sports-infused drama is based on an Emmy-winning documentary about a real-life team.
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The Damned United

2009 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Director Tom Hooper's fictionalized biopic chronicles the colorful career of Brian Clough, the fiercely strong-willed and outspoken soccer manager who served a famously short tenure at the helm of England's reigning champs, Leeds United, in 1974.
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Rocky II

1979 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

After Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian (Talia Shire) but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. Soon enough, the "Master of Disaster" and the "Italian Stallion" are set on a collision course for a climactic battle that is brutal and unforgettable.
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Paan Singh Tomar

2010 | NR | 3.7 out of 5 Stars

Paan Singh Tomar goes from celebrated runner -- as the Indian National Games steeplechase champion -- to star brigand and rebel when life after sports fails to unfold as planned. After a stint in the military, Tomar joins a group of bandits.
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Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story

2001 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Based on a true story, this inspiring made-for-TV biopic spotlights Canadian swimmer Marilyn Bell (Caroline Dhavernas), a 16-year-old phenom who defeats top-ranked American swimmer Florence Chadwick (Claudia Besso), stunning the world in the process. In a thrilling race across frigid Lake Ontario, Bell's perseverance and pluck help her make it to the other side while her seasoned competitor struggles.
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Rocky III

1982 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring. But after a pounding by powerful young Clubber Lang, the humbled champ turns to former rival Apollo Creed for help in regaining his form.
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Varsity Blues

1999 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

When the Coyotes' star quarterback suffers a knee injury, second-stringer Jonathan Moxon gets thrust into the spotlight. Moxon, however, is more interested in academic pursuits than in becoming a football hero, which doesn't sit well with his coach.
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Rocky IV

1985 | NR | 3.6 out of 5 Stars

Rocky must come out of retirement to battle a gargantuan Soviet fighter named Drago, who brutally punished Rocky's friend and ex-rival, Apollo Creed. Seeking revenge in the name of his fallen comrade and his country, Rocky fights Drago in Moscow.
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