Service of Feel-Good Sports Movies

January 11th, 2024

Categories: Feel Good, Movies, Sports, Sports on TV

For someone who doesn’t watch sports on TV I nevertheless have an affinity for movies about winning teams.

I recently saw “The Boys in the Boat,” directed by George Clooney, starring Joel Edgerton, Callum Turner and Peter Guinness. I love “You can do it! the underdog wins” kind of film. This one told a true story about an American rowing team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. It was based on Daniel James Brown’s book.

It didn’t meet “Chariots of Fire,” one of my all-time favorite films of any and all genres, with its magnificent score and a more complex story than “Boys,” which I liked less passionately. When “Chariots” runs on Turner Classic Movies, that’s it. I’m in.

I also saw “Ferrari,” starring Penélope Cruz and Adam Driver. I would have liked it more had the interminable racing scenes been cut considerably. [I’m expecting to hear a sigh from racing car enthusiasts.] I most enjoyed the scenery, the acting and the personal interactions in the film. Oh, and it isn’t really a feel-good film, unless you focus solely on the handsome cars, but I don’t want to be a spoiler.

I mentioned “Boys” to a friend who responded with “What about ‘Cool Runnings’ and ‘The Mighty Ducks?’ Those were the cute sports movies of my generation.” He’s almost 40. He added “Cool Runnings=Jamaican bobsled.  Mighty Ducks= youth hockey.” I haven’t seen these.

He continued, “My dad loved ‘Rudy,’ a football movie about Notre Dame.” I missed this one too.

Do you have a favorite sports film? Do you also appreciate the uplifting nature of these movies?

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9 Responses to “Service of Feel-Good Sports Movies”

  1. B.C. Said:

    Adored “Boys in the Boat”. Small wonder- l adore any kind of boating!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Some movies about a subject that isn’t necessarily of interest to a viewer that nonetheless captivates is a darned good one!

  3. Hank Goldman Said:

    These are great!

  4. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda on Facebook: I too love “Chariots of Fire” and enjoyed “Boys in the Boat.” But in a oddly related way, I add “Brian’s Song” to your list. It aired on TV in late 1971 at the same time my mother was dying from ovarian cancer and it strangely helped me cope emotionally.

  5. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I would like to see “Brian’s Song.”

    My response is unrelated to sports, but to the impact a movie can have. I was watching “The Out of Towners” with Jack Lemmon and Sandy Dennis late one night in the ugly eye of a divorce. I was alone yet suddenly I heard a strange sound. It was laughter–mine–that used to come naturally and often but had been put away. Thanks to that film I knew that I would pull through.

  6. Loretta Adams Said:

    Loretta on Facebook: “A League of Their Own.” Does that count?

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:

    Sure it does Loretta! Feel good in spades.

  8. Erica Martell Said:


  9. Linda Levi Said:

    Linda on Facebook: Ooh, Hoosiers is a good addition. Great film.

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