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3 best sports movies based on true stories

The sports world is full of great stories about athletes who overcame insurmountable odds to realize their dreams. And there are many great movies which have tried to capture their amazing life stories.
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1- We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall is based on the 1970 plane crash that killed all 75 passengers on board, including the whole football team and staff of Marshall University. The director has tried to keep the movie very true to the real events and hasn't unnecessarily glamorized it. The tone of the movie is sad (as it should be) but it isn't downright depressing. Though the overall acting in the film isn't outstanding, still there are some very powerful scenes in it.

The plane crash scene is shown in the initial part of the movie. And after this tragedy, University President Donald Dedmon wants to suspend the football program but he is forced to change his decision after one of the surviving players organizes a big rally.
Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) is hired by the university and he manages to bring back Dawson, the only surviving staff member because he decided to drive rather than fly at the last moment. Despite many obstacles and challenges, Lengyel manages to build a team for the 1971 season, albeit not a very competitive team that only wins two games in their inaugural season.

 2- The Blind Side
The Blind Side is an American sports drama film based on the life of Michael Oher who got drafted by the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. It is an inspiring and uplifting film of sporting success. Sandra Bullock (Leigh Anne Tuohy) who played the main role received several honors for her outstanding performance in the movie, which included an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Before becoming an American star, Michael Oher lived an impoverished life with no one to support him. His father was in prison while his mother was a drug addict, so he was all on his own with no roof over his head. That's when he befriends S.J. and Collins Tuohy, children of Leigh Anne who is portrayed as a strong, wealthy and affectionate woman.
After learning about Oher's poverty, Leigh Anne makes it her mission to change his life.

She brings him into her home and makes him a part of her family. She even rebukes her friends when they suggest that her daughter might not be safe around Michael. And most importantly, she hires a tutor (Miss Sue) for improving Michael's grade point average, so he could play at the college level.

The movie was a huge commercial success, grossing over $309 million while the budget of the movie was $29 million. Though Sandra Bullock's performance was greatly praised, the overall quality of the movie didn't receive glowing reviews.  

3- Rudy
Daniel Rudy Ruettiger (played by Sean Astin) wants to play football for Notre Dame but the path to realizing his dream is littered with obstacles. His grades are poor plus his size is very small.

Luckily for him, he gets a lot of help along the way. Father Cavanaugh helps him get enrolled at a college while a student named D-Bob helps him in his academics. With their help, he gets a chance to realize his dream.

 

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