Sports in the Movies

Million Dollar Baby - Frankie is a former boxing manager, who initially refuses to train Maggie due to her gender and age. With her talent and his coaching the spirited young fighter rises through the ranks of women’s boxing, the pair form a touching bond in the process. (DVD 4670)

The Bad News Bears - A former baseball minor-leaguer coaches a team of tough kids. Michael Ritchie's film is an examination of the American attitude toward competition and winning. (DVD 4349)

The Iron Ladies -
The true story of a Thai male volleyball team that competes in the national championships in 1996 with a team consisting mostly of gays, transsexuals, and transvestites. Directed by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon. (DVD 6709)

Tokyo Olympiad - An epic study of athletes struggling to excel against their own bodies and against each other. Kon Ichikawa used 164 cameramen and over 100 cameras to show the humanity of the competitors-- the tears of the Japanese women volleyball champions, the bellow of the hammer throwers, the pain of the collapsed marathon runner and the solitude of the loser, finishing his lap, picking up his sweats and leaving the field. (DVD 1103)

Hoosiers -
A basketball coach with a checkered past leads him to a last-chance position with a last-chance team. Starring Gene Hackman (DVD 3532)

This Sporting Life
- The story of a professional rugby player who carries the violence of the football field into every area of his life. Directed by Lindsay Anderson  (DVD 990)

Bang the Drum Slowly
- An unlikely friendship ignites between two baseball players. One is the team’s ace pitcher and social charmer; the other is the catcher, a farm boy from Georgia who lacks sophistication. During their last season together, the two men grow in manhood and respect for themselves and each other. With Robert DeNiro.  (DVD 5917)

Unforgivable Blackness -
The in-depth and intimate story of one of the most important African Americans to live in the first half of the 20th century. Tells the story of Jack Johnson, who was the first African American boxer to win the most coveted title in all of sports - Heavyweight Champion of the World. Includes his struggles in and out of the ring and his desire to live his life as a free man.  (DVD 4064)

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
- Documentary of Hank Greenberg, the first Jewish star of major league baseball as he battles discrimination.  (DVD 14850)

Personal Best
- Two female track stars meet during the 1976 Olympics and become lovers, one day to meet as competitors in a grueling contest of mind, body and will.  (DVD 11362)

Damn Yankees - A Washington Senators fan sells his soul to the devil to become a great baseball player and to help his favorite team win the pennant. (DVD 4191)

Hoop Dreams - This documentary follows two inner-city basketball phenoms’ lives through high school as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA. Directed by Steve James. (DVD 4339)

Chariots of Fire
- Story of two English runners that were both driven by different means to win the Olympics. One used his faith in God, and the other his hatred of Anti-Semitism.  Academy Award winner for "Best Picture".  (DVD 1191)