We often say movies are inspired from the societies and vice-versa. Indeed, there are many movies inspired by real incidences and then there are many movies inspired by real legends. These movies, often called as the biopic, try to capture the true character of the eminent personalities and become inspirations for may. Arguably, movies inspired from sporting legends cater great traction compared to personalities from other fields.
Everybody loves a great sports movie. There is nothing that gets the blood pumping more than watching some epic sports movie. Surprisingly, all the sports have storylines, only one curious mind is required to see and make a saga out of it. There have been
From Formula One to football and boxing to cricket, here are some epic sports sagas that no sports enthusiast should miss!
Pawn Sacrifice is a 2014 American biographical drama film. It is based on the true story of Bobby Fischer’s challenge against top Soviet chess grandmasters during the Cold War and culminating in the 1972 World Chess Championship match against Boris Spassky in Reykjavík, Iceland.
The film stars Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Boris Spassky. Pawn Sacrifice hits all of the grace notes of the biopic genre. Viewers see Fischer as a child, raised by a socialist, Jewish single mother (Robin Weigert) whose views he’d later rebel against. He takes to chess at a young age and blasts to stardom, becoming the U.S. champion in his teens and by his mid-20s turning his eye toward the World Championship, held by the enigmatic Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber). Nearly all of the technical details in the film are just on point making it a must watch for all the chess lovers.
Who’s Bobby Fischer?
Considered as the greatest chess player of all time, Fishcer was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. He was a record-setting chess master who became the youngest player to win the U.S. Chess Championship at 14, and the first American-born player to win the World Chess Championship.
The Damned United
The Damned United is a 2009 British biographical sports drama film directed by Tom Hooper and adapted by Peter Morgan from David Peace’s bestselling novel The Damned Utd, a largely fictional book based on the author’s interpretation of Brian Clough’s ill-fated tenure as football manager of Leeds United in 1974.
Michael Sheen (Brian Clough) efficiently illustrates how this sport can become an unhealthy obsession. Sheen’s natural portrayal of a hot-head and egomaniacal manager is worth appreciating. Sheen consumes the screen throughout, which is just how Clough would have wanted it.
Who’s Brian Clough?
The British coach Brian Clough was a contrary character. His promising professional career was cut short by injury, so he jumped into coaching.
His unhappy tenure as coach of Leeds United lasted only for 44 days. Clough was best remembered for his hatred for outgoing manager Don Revie (who took the England job Clough would never get).
As a striker, Clough was a prolific goal scorer with Middlesbrough and Sunderland, scoring 251 league goals from 274 starts, making him the 3rd most prolific scorer in the League, with a conversion rate of 91.61%.
”Ali” is a breakthrough for its director, Michael Mann. It’s a 2001 American biographical sports drama film written, produced and directed by Michael Mann. The film is based on the life of the all-time greatest champion ever to grace the sport, Muhammad Ali.
Will Smith (Played the role of Ali) was nominated for an Oscar for his performance as the fighter formerly known as Cassius Clay, and director Mann tackles not only the man, but the era of 1964-1974. The film also touches on Clay’s discovery and championing of Islam, his controversial objection to the Vietnam War, and his complicated relationship with figures like Malcolm X. The fight scenes, in particular, shine with a stunning mix of splendid imagery and the close-quarters intensity of real boxing.
Smith beautifully portrays the real-life of the Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali needs no introduction. Ali was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring.
Rest you watch and learn more about his life in and out of the ring.
Rush is a 2013 biographical sports drama film centred on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season. Rush is a foursquare sportsmanship movie, offering plenty of earnest and satisfying thrills.
British Formula One racing driver James Hunt and equally skilled Austrian Niki Lauda’s volatile relationship has always attracted eyeballs and therefore ideal subject matter for a big-screen retelling, and it’s fair to say that director Ron Howard did it justice his movie.
Rush breaks the mould; its racing scenes are thrilling, and the personal dynamics in the pits and away from the track genuinely intriguing. Here’s a Formula One story that’s not just for petrol heads. Hence, it’s a must watch for everyone.
What was the rivalry all about?
James Hunt and Niki Lauda are two highly skilled racing car drivers who first develop a fierce rivalry in 1970 at a Formula Three race at the Crystal Palace circuit in Britain, when their cars spin out and Hunt eventually wins the race. Hunt was a brash, young Englishman while Lauda was a cool, calculating Austrian technical genius who relies on precision.
The battle became bitter in the memorable 1976 Formula One world championship: when these two men, with diametrically opposed temperaments, literally defying death to gain supremacy over each other.
Seabiscuit is a 2003 American equestrian sports film directed by Gary Ross. The film is based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression. Seabiscuit was nominated for seven Academy Awards.
The tale of how an injured racehorse helped heal three broken men is quite intriguing. Jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire), owner Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges), and trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) overcame troubled times and were thrust into fame and success through their association with Seabiscuit.
Who was Seabiscuit?
Seabiscuit was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse in the United States. He became one of thoroughbred racing’s greatest legends at a time when the sport needed it the most. A small horse, Seabiscuit had an inauspicious start to his racing career, but became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression.
Gone, but not forgotten, because this was the most favoured dirt-track racer in American history who went from being an underdog to a thoroughbred who could seemingly not be beaten.
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story is a 2016 Indian biographical sports film written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. It is based on the life of our former Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film stars Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni. The film touches the life of Dhoni from a young age through a series of life events. The movie received massive success in India and overseas.
Sushant Singh Rajput excels in his role as Dhoni. His body language, walk, helicopter shot, everything matches the India captain. The film does a good job of capturing the intimacy and sweetness of social interactions in small-town Ranchi, the warmth in Mahi’s pocket-sized home and the monotony of life as a ticket inspector for a man whose dream is to play cricket, in contrast to his middle-class Indian father’s ultimate dream of a government job for his son.
Who’s M.S. Dhoni?
Born in Ranchi to lower middle-class parents, M.S. Dhoni— Mahi to family and cricket fans — has gone on to become one of the game’s most successful players and team captains. His journey from a small town boy to ticket collector to India’s World Cup Winning Captain has not been easy.
Dhoni is arguably the most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer from India.
Battle of Sexes (The film is scheduled to be released on September 22, 2017)
Battle of the Sexes is an upcoming American sports comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and written by Simon Beaufoy. The plot is loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
In 1973 tennis match King was fighting a widespread against the cultural attitude that women were inferior to men. But today the scene is totally different the battles have become more bureaucratic. Hence, it will be really exciting to see how well this movie showcase the gender inequality which somewhere still prevails in the industry.
What was the 1973 tennis match all about?
Billie Jean King’s entrance to a Houston tennis court on 20 September 1973 was more suited to a Las Vegas stage than a sports stadium. The top-ranked 29-year-old player arrived atop a gold throne framed by flamingo-pink feathers and carried by four shirtless men. Her opponent, the 55-year-old former No1 player Bobby Riggs, arrived on a rickshaw pulled by models dubbed “Bobby’s Bosom Buddies.” This wasn’t a regular tennis match. It was the Battle of the Sexes.