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The sports films that made history: triumphs, sacrifices and successes on the big screen. The sports films that made history: triumphs, sacrifices and successes on the big screen.

The sports films that made history: triumphs, sacrifices and successes on the big screen.

29 May 2024

As we await the release of “Challengers,” we look back at some of the most exciting and inspirational stories in sports cinema, celebrating the passion, resilience and triumph of humanity through sport. In recent years the cinematic world has seen a growing wave of sports-inspired films, with stories of triumph, defeat, sacrifice and success capturing the attention of audiences around the world. While waiting for the release of Challengers, Luca Guadagnino's latest film, set in the world of tennis but centered on the rivalry (including love) between three boys - which will land in Italian cinemas on April 24th - let's look back at some sports film titles that have made history! One of the most recent films that has aroused great interest is "King Richard", directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and starring Will Smith. The film tells the story of father and tennis coach Richard Williams, who guided his daughters Venus and Serena Williams to global fame in the world of tennis. The film received positive reviews for Smith's performance and for its ability to convey the passion and determination of a family that fought against adversity to achieve success. Another film that has aroused great interest is "Nyad - Beyond the Ocean". Released in 2023, the film tells the true story of Diana Nyad who, after giving up the marathon to become a sports journalist, decides in 2013 to age of 64 years of achieving a historic feat: swimming 177 kilometers from Cuba to Florida, becoming the first woman to reach her destination without the use of an anti-shark cage. Distributed in Italy by Netflix, “The Swimmers”, a 2022 film directed by Sally El Hosain, tells the emotional story of two Syrian sisters who flee from their war-torn home in Damascus. Both swim for hours in the rough Mediterranean Sea to finally reach Greece, where they request asylum before competing in the Rio Olympics. We cannot fail to mention "Winning Again", a 2020 film directed by Gavin O'Connor and starring Ben Affleck. The film tells the story of a former basketball player who faces his inner demons as he returns to coach a high school team. The film was praised for Affleck's performance, who proved to be a versatile and touching performer, showing the struggle and resilience of a man trying to redeem himself through sport. Or the four-time Oscar winner "Million Dollar Baby" by Clint Eastwood, the famous "Any Given Sunday" by Oliver Stone, or even the unforgettable true story told in "Invictus" by Clint Eastwood. Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon face each other as Nelson Mandela and the captain of the South African Springboks, François Pienaar, in the epic victory of the Rugby World Cup hosted by the country still divided after years of Apartheid. These are just a few examples of the many sports-inspired films that have captured the attention of audiences around the world in recent years. These stories, which mix emotion, drama and sport, remind us of the power and inspiration of pursuing our dreams despite adversity. Be it tennis, basketball or any other sport, these films teach us that passion and determination can overcome any obstacle and lead us to success.

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