Top 10 High School Sports Movies Programs
There have been many movies involving high school sports. Some are too old for me to remember, and some are just ridiculous, which why I love them and include them on this list. Being from Indiana, the pinnacle of high school sports movie is an easy number one. Let’s just say it involves basketball, Coach Norman Dale, a drunken Dennis Hopper, and the picket fence. To the list!
10. Johnny Be Good (1988): While this football movie is far from a classic, I remember seeing it at the movies and coming away thoroughly entertained. I was also 10 years old. Equal parts of Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., and Uma Thurman deliver a mind numbingly fun movie. Also, every athlete wishes they had Johnny Walker-like recruiting trips.
9. Varsity Blues (1999): A lighthearted take on the high school football scene in Texas, James Van Der Beek plays a backup quarterback shoved into the spotlight, when the starter goes down to from an injury. He also turns downs a whipped cream sundae in the form of Ali Larter. That was inexcusable.
8. Bring It On (2000): Put a group of gorgeous cheerleaders on the big screen for 90 minutes, and that qualifies as sports movie for me. This movie is surprisingly watchable.
7. Friday Night Lights (2004): A great Peter Berg movie, focusing on the powerful grip high school football has on a West Texas town. High school kids being treated as celebrities, is always an interesting sociological experiment. As good as the movie was, the television show is much better. Do yourself a favor and watch both.
6. Lucas (1986): A nerdy high school kid falls for a girl, who then falls for his much larger football star friend. Ok, he was more like an older brother figure, but we’re still talking about a movie with Corey Haim people!
5. He Got Game (1998): Who saw this performance coming out of Ray Allen? He won’t be looking for work long when he retires from the NBA. Oh yeah, some guy named Denzel Washington plays his father, who is looking to get his prison sentence shortened by pushing his basketball prodigy son toward Big State.
4. Hoop Dreams (1994): This is a documentary that focuses on two Chicago area basketball players looking to earn college scholarships. The family backgrounds and inner drive that are brought to light make this documentary riveting.
3. Karate Kid (1984): While karate is not really a high school sport, when an 80 pound high school kid teams up with a 60 year old Okinawan handy man to dismantle the Cobra Kai’s, you include them in any list you can.
2. Teen Wolf (1985): Let’s say the below average 6th man on your basketball team morphs into a werewolf. He then begins averaging 50 points a game, gets the hottest girl in school, hangs out with Styles and fat guy named Chubs, and wears a white suit to prom. Sound cool? If not, please check your pulse.
1. Hoosiers (1986): Hands down the best high school sports movie ever. Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, and the rest of the cast have you pulling for the Hickory High basketball team like you have money riding on each game.
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