Critic’s Corner: 12 Sports Movies You’ve Probably Forgotten About

In honor of the Seahawks’ win, I’ve compiled a list of 12 sports movies that deserve to be celebrated—some because they’re awesome and others because they’re high crimes against art. May we never forget these films and may we never forget Super Bowl XLVIII.

*Disclaimer: at least a third of these are Disney Channel Original Movies.

Cool Runnings
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures

“Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time!”

Right on Track
Walt Disney Picture
Walt Disney Picture

Remember Beverley Mitchell? Lucy Camden from “7th Heaven?” Well, I sure didn’t.

Mitchell played one of two sisters—Brie Larson was the other—who prove a bunch of sexist men wrong and win national junior drag racing titles.




Switching Goals

A quintessential Mary-Kate and Ashley straight-to-VHS movie, “Switching Goals” is about—surprise!—two twins who play soccer sometimes.

And that’s pretty much it.

Bend it Like Beckham

Starring Keira Knightley and Johnathan Rhys Meyers before they were famous, “Bend it Like Beckham” is the single greatest movie about soccer—excuse me, football—ever made.

Jessminder Bharma wants to play soccer like David Beckham, but her orthodox Sikh parents don’t approve of her aspirations.

Despite her parents’ traditionalism, she overcomes wide cultural barriers to become the best female footballer in the league.
It’s soccer and Bollywood in one—and it’s fabulous.

Johnny Tsunami
Film Roman Productions
Film Roman Productions

When Johnny Tsunami moves from Hawaii to Vermont, he feels like a fish out of water. But things start looking up when he realizes he’s a rad snowboarder, dude. Mad props.

A League of Their Own
Columbia Pictures Corporation

If you are a woman and haven’t seen “A League of Their Own,” you need to just stop what you’re doing, buy some ice cream and settle in. Like, really. Madonna’s in it.

Double Teamed!
Just Singer Entertainment
Just Singer Entertainment

Two beautiful blonde twins try to balance basketball, boys and starring in the school play. Tough life.

The Lords of Dogtown
Columbia Pictures Corporation

In 9th grade, I watched this movie 13 times.

Revolution Studios
Revolution Studios

Total sob fest.

Love and Basketball
New Line Cinema

Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy and girl become famous professional basketball players and bump into each other again.


Film Roman Productions

“Motorcrossed” follows teen Andi Carson who poses as her brother in a major motorcross competition when he breaks his leg. But things get complicated when she falls for a fellow competitor.

Basically, it’s “A Twelfth Night” on motorbikes.

Blue Crush
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Because we should have a surfing movie in here somewhere.

Kellie Cox

Kellie Cox is a senior journalism major and film studies minor. Formerly the Arts and Entertainment editor, Kellie joined the Spectator as a writer her sophomore year. When she's not in the office, Kellie sings in three Seattle University choirs, collects tacky mugs from Value Village, and studies impractical things like handwriting analysis and criminal psychology.

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