Top 10 Movies to Inspire Student-Athletes

Published on December 23, 2021


Athletes all need a little inspiration from time to time, and sometimes watching someone else’s story can provide that needed boost. 

There is nothing like a good sports movie to motivate you. They remind us of important life lessons, like overcoming challenges and beating the odds, breaking down racial and cultural barriers, or joining together and speaking up for what you believe in. 

With the holiday break upon us it’s the perfect time to binge on movies that can re-energize your athletic dreams. Whether it’s on the court, field, or ice, watching these athlete’s dedication and hard work can inspire sports lovers and non-sports lovers alike. 

We know athletes are naturally driven to succeed, but we all need a little something to help us visualize our dreams once in a while. 

Here are ten of our favorites at Honest Game to inspire and motivate you. 

In Search of Greatness | Trailer
This documentary reveals the true nature and nurture of the greatest athletes of all time. Featuring original interviews with iconic athletes – Wayne Gretzky, Pelé, and Jerry Rice, as well as renowned thought leaders – Sir Ken Robinson and David Epstein. In Search of Greatness resonates beyond the world of sport to realms of self-expression, attitude, and human nature.
Where to watch: Hulu Apple TV Prime Video 


Remember the Titans | Trailer
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team in their first season as a racially integrated unit.
Where to watch: Disney+ Apple TV Prime Video 



Bruised | Trailer
Halle Berry directs and stars in a triumphant sports drama about a mixed martial arts fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.
Where to watchNetflix



Coach Carter | Trailer
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. Carter is determined to show the boys that they need good values for their futures and eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected.
Where to watch: Netflix Apple TV Prime Video


Bend it Like Beckham | Trailer
Two ambitious girls, despite their parents’ wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer.
Where to watch: Hulu HBO Apple TV Prime Video



Without Limits | Trailer
The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.
Where to watch: HBOMax Apple TV Prime Video



We Are Marshall | Trailer
When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team’s new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Where to watch: HBOMax Apple TV Prime Video



More Than A Game | Trailer
This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James’ journey to fame.
Where to watch: Amazon Video FuboTV Tubi



Miracle | Trailer
The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.
Where to watch: Disney+ Apple TV Prime Video



Undefeated | Trailer
An inspirational profile of an inner-city high school football team’s valiant effort to reach the school’s first-ever playoff game.
Where to watch: Netflix Apple TV Prime Video



Bonus Series: Friday Night Lights | Trailer
The six season series about a high school football team set in the fictional rural town of Dillon, Texas. The interactions between the team members, current and former players, supporters, coaching staff and regular townsfolk address many of the issues facing small-town America.
Where to watch: Netflix Hulu Tubi


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