Sports events have for the longest of time attracted many spectators, so it is only logical to assume that a sport-themed film would do the same. One could say that sports and cinematography are connected as closely as sports and betting. Ever since the first sports movie, the directors across the world have tried to capture the essence of the game and transfer it to the big screen as vividly as possible. They were always fervent to show that an individual or a team were more than enough to create history. With the sheer number of different sports we have today, the ideas for sports movies are endless.
Some of those movies hail from Europe, and if you happen to be a sports lover and a movie lover concurrently, in such case we’ve made sure to compel a list with a few of the influential films that you should check out.
Pilkarski Poker (1989)
Pilkarski Poker is a Polish comedy film. Directed by Janusz Zaorski, the story revolves around the Polish football scene in the 1980s, a few years before the collapse of the communist regime. The story follows a famous football player now turned referee, Mr Laguna, who is the last honest man left in the league. One day an opportunity presents itself for him to earn a lot of money. Is he going to succumb or retain his honesty?
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Even though the movie doesn’t follow an athlete or a group of them, it has everything to do with what makes sports what it is – the fans. Green Street Hooligans, also known as Green Street, is an independent drama about football hooliganism in the United Kingdom. It was directed by Lexi Alexander and features two movie stars, Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam. After Matt (Elijah Wood) is expelled from Harvard University, he decides to visit his sister. Her husband introduces Matt to his brother Pete, played by Charlie Hunnam, who leads the local football firm. The story begins to unfold after his older brother suggests Pete to take Matt to a football match.
There is many biographies or auto-biographies among the sports movies, and Senna falls into that category. It focuses on the life of a Brazillian Formula One driver, Ayrton Senna. Senna won the F1 world champions three times driving under the McLaren’s banner before losing his life in a racing accident at the age of 34. He was, and still is, regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time and was often voted as the best and most influential driver of all time in various motorsport polls.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Chariots of Fire is a historical drama film. It is based on facts that follow two athletes during the 1924 Olympics. Eric Lidell is a devout Scottish Christian and Harold Abrahams is an English Jew who wishes to overcome prejudice by running. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four of them. It’s ranked 19th on Top 100 British films list composed by the British Film Institute.