One doesn’t have to look much further than a sports movie to get some inspiration in the movies. Scrappy teams beating the odds to win the big game are some of the most dominant story plots in film but that doesn’t mean they aren’t entertaining. Soccer has long been a popular sport to showcase and many have found great success at the box office. Have you seen them all? Today’s Here’s 5 are soccer movies with a lot of kick.
In 1950, there wasn't much interest in the United States for international soccer, so it was with little support or knowledge that a team was being built to head to Brazil for the World Cup. Putting together a ragtag team of all sorts of personalities from all over the country, the film chronicles the men's efforts to come together, led by goalkeeper Frank Borghi (Gerard Butler), to overcome the enormous odds. It's full of historical inaccuracies, and a bit slow, but has a feel-good ending.
The Big Green (1995)
What do you do with the breakout star of a baseball movie (The Sandlot)? You put him in a soccer movie. In this family film, Miss Anna (Olivia d'Abo), fresh from England, arrives in a small Texas town and decides that building a youth soccer team will lift the local dreary attitudes and employs the handsome Sheriff Tom (Steve Guttenberg) to be her assistant. Meanwhile, curly-headed Patrick Renna plays the team goalie and has fantastical visions of monsters and zombies on the opposing team. No way that's over-used.
Kicking and Screaming (2005)
Phil Weston (Will Ferrell) was never any good at sports or living up to his demanding father's expectations. When he grows up and has a son of his own, he takes up the coaching job of the little league soccer team, complete with the outrageous competitive attitude of his dad. Can he bring the team from last place to champions, facing off against the superior rival team, coached by his own father (Robert Duvall)? You can bet no matter the outcome, it'll be funny.
Bend it Like Beckham (2002)
The talented daughter (Parminder Nagra), of an east Indian family living in London is under strict rules, one of which is not being able to play soccer, even though she's already 18 year-old. But when Jules Paxton (Keira Knightley) spots her impressive skills one day, she convinces her to join the women's semi-pro team and now they have to try and keep that a secret. Oh, she also has to deal with her romantic feeling her the coach (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Guess she'll bend a few rules.
Escape to Victory (1981)
In a German prisoner of war camp during World War II, a high-profile soccer match between Nazi players and captives is organized, meant to show off the Third Reich's superiority. But the Allied prisoners, led by goalkeeper Captain Robert Hatch (Sylvester Stallone) come up with their own plan to not only win the match but use it as way to escape. That first part isn't so hard of course considering they have Pelé on their team.