Parenting 20 Films to Show Your Kids to Get Them into Sports Movies  

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Looking for some sports movies for beginners? If you want to sit down with your children and watch kid-oriented movies like Angels in the Outfield and The Mighty Ducks, that's great when your child is very young. But what happens when your tween is no longer satisfied with those feel good family films? What happens when you want to introduce your kid to the conventions and style of quality sports cinema? It's time to break out the PG-13 sports movies and educate your kids on more mature content. Here, you'll find a list of classic sports movies kids can watch. 

The same sort of story is still there - the down and out team finds a way to victory or the athlete everyone doubted learns to overcome his/her odds and thrive. All the conventions that made your kids love films like The Bad News Bears are there, but movies like The Blind Side, Cinderella Man, and Friday Night Lights introduce more complex characters and themes. These sports movies for teens and tweens are appropriate for a younger audience without being too in your face kid friendly. These films can help get kids into sports and are great to fodder some discussion about cinema. 

Browse the list below and vote up your favorite movies for introducing kids to sports films! 


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Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, + more

Initial Release: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis. The storyline features Michael Oher, an offensive lineman who played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Tennessee Titans, and currently is signed with the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. The film follows Oher from his impoverished upbringing, through his years at Wingate Christian School, his adoption by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, to his position as one of the most highly coveted prospects in college football, then finally becoming a first-round pick of the Ravens. Sandra Bullock stars as Leigh ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates, Tim McGraw, Kim Dickens, + more

Initial Release: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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Cinderella Man is a 2005 American drama film by Ron Howard, titled after the nickname of heavyweight boxing champion James J. Braddock and inspired by his life story. The film was produced by Howard, Penny Marshall, and Brian Grazer. Damon Runyon is credited for giving Braddock this nickname. Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger and Paul Giamatti star. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Clint Howard, Paddy Constantine, + more

Initial Release: 2005

Directed by: Ron Howard

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Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire, William H. Macy, Chris Cooper, + more

Initial Release: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

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