There are countless films where the odds are stacked against a team, the final minutes of a game are counting down, the last timeout is called...and the coach comes up with a Hail Mary type of a play because it's all or nothing, of course.
Without that special someone looking out from the sidelines, we would never have those iconic, cinematic moments.
So here, for your viewing pleasure, are some special films featuring some unforgettable movie coaches.
This hockey film is easily one of the best sports movies of all time... but why exactly? In our opinion, the best sports films are those based on true stories and this one is the classic tale of how the U.S. men's ice hockey team faced off with Russia's feared, top team in the 1980 Winter Olympics. How were they able to pull off their improbable success?
They had a lot of help and guidance from legendary coach Herb Brooks (played with toughness and integrity by Kurt Russell), who prepared them for the biggest moment of their athletic lives. When we talk about coaches who make a true impact, Brooks is one of the most inspiring.
Kicking & Screaming
Our second pick highlights one of the worst but seriously amusing examples of a coach. To be fair, he's really just a dad who steps in because he wants to make his son a better soccer player and beat the rival team (his own dad's team) in the process. But if it wasn't for Hall of Famer Mike Ditka stepping in as his assistant coach, then his old man would definitely take him out.
This story isn't based on a true story, but it's a relatable tale for anyone who's had too much coffee and went ballistic. Will Ferrell is the head soccer coach, so it's the farthest thing from a serious sports film. But it's worth the watch.
The Miracle Season
Our third and final pick is based on a tragic, but empowering true story about a high school girls volleyball team in Iowa City that experiences a devastating loss. With the help of their coach Kathy Bresnahan (played by former Oscar winner Helen Hunt), they begin to rebuild their once flourishing squad by assigning a new captain to help pick up the pieces. It's an incredible and underrated sports movie gem.
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