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10 Motivational Movies Like Coach Carter (That'll Inspire You)

Updated on July 27, 2019
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Have you ever seen the 2005 drama movie called Coach Carter? If not, you should see it as soon as is possible. It follows the story of Thomas Carter, based on the true-life story of Ken Carter. Ken Carter is a Richmond High School basketball coach, and in 1999 he made extensive headlines for a very intriguing reason.

You see, most of us see those who pursue sports for a living as ‘dumb’. It’s a horrendous stereotype, but it’s one that has stuck to sportsmen and sportswomen like glue. Coach Carter came to prominence in 1999 when he suspended his undefeated High School basketball side. Why? Because their academic results were falling through the floor.

Carter, then, has done so much for helping to change and shift perceptions about the intellect of athlete. Today, it’s commonplace for athletes to have university degrees and to have other academic pursuits far outside of their own. That’s why Coach Carter is such an important watch: it can immediately break down some of the horrendous stereotypes about athletes.

Inspirational and educational sports films are always good to watch, as they can rebuild and redefine exactly how we look at the performance of young athletes from around the world. This has become a major part of the reason why Coach Carter is a sporting favourite. If you are looking for other good movies that shine a light on essential sporting stories, though, you are looking in the right place. Below, we have a list of ten movies that follow the same kind of thinking and thematic premise a that of Coach Carter.

If you liked Coach Carter, then you might find some of the following films equally enjoyable. What, then, are some of the best movies for telling sporting stories?

Similar Movies Like Coach Carter

  1. Gridiron Gang
  2. Glory Road
  3. The Rookie
  4. Remember the Titans
  5. He Got Game
  6. We Are Marshall
  7. The Greatest Game Ever Played
  8. Bend It Like Beckham
  9. Facing the Giants
  10. Miracle

#1 Gridiron Gang

A good place to start if you are looking for a sporting story to follow and get inspired by is that of Gridiron Gang. Gridiron Gang is one of the most popular US sports films around. It’s a loose retelling of the real story of the 1990 season for the Kilpatrick Mustangs. Sean Porter, a member of the Kilpatrick Detention Center in Los Angeles, is fed up of watching kids fail to escape the societal problems that hold them back.

So, with a team made of gang rivals and in-fighting, Porter moulds the team into a side that can compete and eventually start working towards a place in the play-offs. We won’t spoil the end, but it’s tremendous cinema.

#2 Glory Road

A good place to look for an inspirational sporting story, though, is that of Glory Road. Released in 2006, this film follows the story of the 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship. It follows the major events that led to these events, and it concentrates mostly on the story of Don Haskins. Haskins was the head coach of Texas Western College and put together a team of all-black basketball players in his team.

This was a first in NCAA history, and it caused a lot controversy. The movie is a deep look at the racism and discrimination that made this such a major landmark moment and is a fine example of sporting excellence in the face of adversity.

#3 The Rookie

Sport is all about amazing accomplishments and togetherness, and 2002 movie The Rookie is a fine example of this. It’s based on the story of Jim Morris, who was a popular Major League Baseball level player for one season, from 1999-2000. A fantastic pitcher, he lost out when his family moved to Big Lake, which had a very small baseball community.

Eventually, he got his chance – with the Milwaukee Brewers – but manages to tear out his shoulder. This brings an end to his dream, seemingly. It’s a story about achievement, tragedy, triumph, pain, suffering, and coming back from the brink.

Some of the lessons you learn from this movie will stick with you for good.

#4 Remember the Titans

When you enjoy sporting stories about progress, then Remember the Titans should soon grab your fancy. The biographical sports-comedy mixture is a unique blend, and it creates a film that is so easy to enjoy. The story is built around that of Herman Boone, an African-American coach who came through so much. He tried to integrate the T.C. Williams high School football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971.

This story shows you the immense challenge that existed to make this dream a reality, and the huge amount of work that was need to ensure it was possible. It was down to this effort that the team is remembered to this day, creating a sporting story never to be forgotten.

#5 He Got Game

1998 was a good year for sporting films, and the release of He Got Game was a culmination of that. This sports drama was released to massive acclaim, following the story of Jake Shuttlesworth, the father of the best basketball player in the country known as Jesus. Jake is in prison for murdering his wife but is eventually released on parole for a week. The aim? To persuade his son to take part in the Governor’s Alma Matter – in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

However, it’s obviously a tough task and one that takes a huge amount of twists and turns until a solution is found. It’s a brilliant watch; one that you should have absolutely no problems enjoying if you appreciate twists, turns, and the call of family being mixed in with high-octane sporting drama.

#6 We Are Marshall

Sadly, not all sporting films can be about triumph. One of the best sporting movies out there, though, is 2006 release We Are Marshall. This movie is about the 1970 plane crash that killed 75 people, including the 37 football players of the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team. Five coaches died, two athletic trainers perished, as did the athletic director, 25 boosters, and a crew of five.

The story tells their legacy and makes sure that the achievements and growth of this young and ambitious side are never forgotten. It shows the immense pain of a community in mourning, and the healing that can take place when an entire community works together to stay strong.

#7 The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played ins a 2005 biographical film that follows the early life of Francis Ouimet. The golfer is one of the most respected of all-time, and his importance of helping to make modern golf a possibility can never be forgotten. The film takes place in 1913 mostly, with the story following Ouimet becoming the first amateur player to win the US Open.

Once a sport only for the rich and the elite, Ouimet smashed up the golfing social structure by coming from a working class immigrant family and winning. As a 7-year-old, he watched Harry Vardon take part in a golfing set and is determined that – one day- he’ll emulate him.

#8 Bend It Like Beckham

A fine sporting watch, Bend It Like Beckham is about the story of an orthodox Sikh family and their daughter’s journey to sporting success. As she rebels against her orthodox and traditional parents to play in a football team, she changes the entire way of thinking of her family – and even people in her community.

Although the coach does not play such a major role in this movie as Coach Carter, it’s got more than enough value in the story to help us fully appreciate the importance that a supportive coaching structure can have on children.

#9 Facing the Giants

The 2006 release shows the story of a coach under immense pressure to turn the tide and start winning some games. The challenge of being a coach is that you are judged on results, not performance or player development. When a team of underdogs looks incapable of turning their season around, though, the coach looks to use increasingly innovative ways to help his team face their fears both and off the pitch.

It helps to create a hugely satisfying story of development, comebacks, redemption, and personal improvement. For fans who like to see people come through their biggest fears, this Alex Kendrick move is well worth your time: a story of triumph, togetherness, and transformation in the most outstanding way.

#10 Miracle

When sporting stories are built around true stores, we often get a true glimpse of the power of human determination. 2004 movie Miracle shows us the path of a player turned into a coach who had to achieve something special. It follows in-depth the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.

The 1980 U.S. Hockey Olympic side was expected to get a pasting from the Russians of the era; deemed to be the best in the sport, nobody could lay a glove on them. When Herb Brooks took over the side, though, her decided to make history instead of simply following history. This tremendous story tells how a man found the courage to take his team to a new standard of sporting excellence; excellence that is still revered to this.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Harry Sheen

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      President Carter is reckoned a true Cowboy 500 year lineage american champion winningline pure american achiever also but all in all the future direction is determined in LINDA CARTER ! She gave the meanings that Pres Carter is not the man who shall fire to annihilate USSR ! Clearly Marvel heroes are not annihilators but victims of love themselves losers of annihilations just like the leader superman who lost his planet and escape to earth so I always thought they are only like personal guardians but I shall never entrust the full salvation crowns and thrones of Mother earth relativities to such Victims of Love Losers indeed but Good !

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