Your top (non-football) sports films

Back at the beginning of the Euro 2020 tournament, I posted a few of my favourite non-football related sport films for anyone who’d rather watch a film than a match.

I’ve continued to tweet it throughout the tournament as Gareth Southgate’s team has done more to unite the country than anyone else in recent memory, with responses coming in over the weeks.

Whether we win or lose the final, it’s been a great ride, and we’ll be without international football for a while – so what better time to collate the results and give us something to watch once the final whistle blows?

In no particular order then, here are your favourite sporting films that don’t involve football…

  • The Rocky franchise (but specifically 1-3, Balboa and the Creeds)
  • Raging Bull
  • Rush
  • Field Of Dreams
  • The Natural
  • Slap Shot
  • The Damned United (argument is, it’s more about the man than the game, so I’ll allow it)

A short list then, but plenty of quality on there. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for Rocky IV too, even though it’s 75% montage.

In a lull during a later match, I also asked if there had ever been any genuinely good films made about football. That was a fairly short list too, but here you go…

  • Looking For Eric (I’d say this could also go on the list above)
  • Escape To Victory
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Mike Bassett: England Manager
  • Ted Lasso (I know this is TV, but it got a few mentions so what the hell)

Oddly, no love for the Sean Bean ‘classic’ When Saturday Comes, though I seem to recall someone suggesting the soundtrack wasn’t awful, so that’s nice.

Anyway, it’s been a cracking tournament, even as someone with only a passing interest in the sport.

That’s it for this tournament’s non-coverage, and I’ll get back to the usual nonsense shortly.

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