Coach Stories: 20 Movies About Sports Mentors

Everyone has their own favorite team or athlete, for whom you root with all your heart. We rejoice in the victories of idols, we are sincerely upset because of the defeats, and we launch hashtags with support on the network. However, behind sports achievements there is always a mentor – a master of a magic pendel, a guru who guides his wards to the heights of glory. Our selection contains the best films about coaches who played a special role in the lives of champions.

Offside (2020)

In his youth, Jack Cunningham was a basketball star with excellent prospects. A pernicious passion for alcohol put an end to the career of a talented athlete. After the divorce, Jack vegetates in a low-paying job. The school director finds out about the guy’s black streak , so he offers the former student to train rare losers. The manager hopes that two minuses will result in a plus, but everything turns out to be much more complicated.

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Original title:
The Way Back

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Ben Affleck, Al Adrigal, Yanina Gavankar…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Ted Lasso (TV series 2020)

The comedy series about the coach won a high rating and hit the top of the best TV shows. School mentor Ted Lasso is a popular blogger with a positive attitude. A man coaches the local American football team when he receives an unexpected invitation from an English woman who owns FC Richmond. After the divorce , the woman sued the club from the ex-husband in order to destroy the beloved offspring of her ex-husband. Ted, unfamiliar with European football, is ideally suited for this purpose, but Lasso takes on duties with enviable zeal.

Original title:
Ted Lasso

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt, Steven Mana…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.8


Coach (2018)

The sports career of the idol of Russian fans, Yuri Stoleshnikov, ended when he failed to score a decisive penalty in the last minutes of the national team game. In a state of stress, a football player arranges a fight, for which he receives a long disqualification. Yuri decides to end his career, but after a couple of years he receives an offer to coach the provincial club Meteor. Upon arrival in the south, it turns out that the athletes have long ceased to justify the club name, and Stoleshnikov challenges the local lazybones. The Russian sports drama is directed by Danila Kozlovsky, who shot about 200 professional football players in the film.

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Danila Kozlovsky, Vladimir Ilyin, Andrey Smolyakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Moving Up (2017)

The film about a basketball coach recreates the events of the 1972 Olympic Games, when the success of the Soviet team thundered all over the world. Before the competition, Vladimir Garanzhin is appointed as the new mentor of the athletes, without fear entering into disputes with the leadership. At a press conference, a man aims for an incredible result – a victory over American basketball players. The path to the pinnacle of glory turns out to be thorny, and in the final, only 3 seconds separate the Soviet guys from the title of champions.

Genre:
Sports, drama

Actors:
Vladimir Mashkov, Andrey Smolyakov, Ivan Kolesnikov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
6+


Coach (2014)

After a series of setbacks, Jim White gets a position as a high school football coach in a provincial town. The local population are Hispanics who are below the poverty line, so the children are forced to combine their studies with work in the field. Jim notices that the guys daily overcome a serious distance from home to school, and decides to direct the talent of teenagers in the right direction. The man proposes to the director to create a track and field team from the best runners.

Original title:
McFarland, USA

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


The Man Who Changed Everything (2011)

The list of the best biographical dramas includes a foreign film about training and sports, where the main role is assigned to a talented economist. The Oakland Athletics are losing, and top baseball players are being bought out by more successful clubs. Manager Billy Bean is desperately looking for a replacement based on modest financial means. Meeting a Yale graduate changes his perceptions of recruiting. The young economist uses mathematical calculations, taking into account the statistics of each player, which becomes an innovative scheme for baseball.

Original title:
Moneyball

Genre:
Biography, sports, drama

Atera :
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


United. Munich tragedy (2011)

The foreign dramatic film received favorable reviews from the audience, since the real story left no one indifferent. In the winter of 1958, the entire Manchester United team was killed in a plane crash . Reporters and football club staff were also victims , and the average age of the athletes themselves was barely over 20 years old. Against the backdrop of tragedy, assistant Jimmy Murphy finds the strength and courage to revive the legendary “Manchester” bit by bit.

Original title:
United

Genre:
Drama, history, sports

Actors:
David Tennant, Dougray Scott, Jack O’Connell …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Damn United (2009)

A severe injury put an end to the career of outstanding striker Brian Clough. A young man becomes a coach of a little-known football club – and brings the guys to the Premier League. The dizzying success of the wards opens up bright prospects for Brian, but the Leeds United players are not happy with the new mentor. The film tells about a football coach and his short confrontation with famous athletes.

Original title:
The Damned United

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Timothy Spall …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Pride (2007)

The film takes place in the 70s of the last century, when almost all doors were closed to black people. Young African American Jim Ellis is a varsity swimming star who can’t compete and a college graduate is constantly denied a job. The guy still gets a job at a sports center on the outskirts of the city – and here, in the Philadelphia ghetto, he recruits guys to make them swimmers.

Original title:
Pride

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberley Elise …

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Playing by someone else’s rules (2006)

The popular film about novice athletes and an outstanding coach is based on real events that took place in the 60s of the last century. Don Haskins for the first time in the history of basketball created a team of black players, which caused a stormy public outcry. The inhabitants of America were divided into two irreconcilable camps. Some were delighted with the strong game of black basketball players, while others, under the influence of racist prejudices , began to look for ways to cancel the unusual innovation.

Original title:
Glory Road

Genre:
Biography, sports, drama

Actors:
Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
12+


We are one team (2006)

The stars of local American football are the pride of the small town of Huntington, because the guys take prizes in competitions. In 1970, on the eve of an important match, athletes die in a plane crash. It is difficult for the city to recover from a terrible tragedy, but the ambitious Jack Lengyel intends to assemble a new team and breathe life into a drooping Huntington.

Original title:
We Are Marshall

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Second Chance (2006)

The juvenile delinquency zone is a dark place where the last hope of reformation is lost. A movie about the amazing coach Sean Porter will show the other side of life in the colony. The educator is sure that it is impossible to deprive teenagers of activity, running and sports entertainment, therefore he creates a team of prisoners . Sean is trying to awaken human dignity and good feelings in the wards, and give them a chance for a normal life.

Original title:
Gridiron Gang

Genre:
Crime, sports, drama

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Friday Night Lights (TV series 2006 – 2011)

The heroes and favorites of the Texas town are schoolchildren from the Panther team, local talented football players. The guys show great promise, but with the advent of a new mentor, a lot changes. Eric Taylor finds himself between two fires, as his ideas of fairness and fair play do not always coincide with the opinion of the leadership, ready to do anything to win the school.

Original title:
Friday Night Lights

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Taylor Kitsch…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.6


Coach Carter (2005)

Another film about the legendary coach, based on real events and an unusual act of a teacher. For schoolchildren, playing basketball has become such a priority that one can only dream of good grades. Carter makes a drastic decision and forbids young basketball players with low academic performance from entering the court. The guys miss a couple of matches, earning technical defeats, but the man remains unshakable.

Original title:
Coach Carter

Genre:
Biography, sports, drama

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson, Rob Brown, Robert Richard …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Miracle (2004)

A few months before the Olympics, varsity hockey coach Herb Brooks receives an offer to coach the American team. The man understands what style of play will bring the guys victory, and begins intensive training. Not only medals are at stake, because the main rival of the guys is the experienced and practically invulnerable hockey team of the Soviet Union.

Original title:
Miracle

Genre:
History, sports, drama, biography

Actors:
Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich …

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Maggie is a little over 30, but the young woman dreams of fighting in the ring with worthy opponents. Thus begins an Oscar-winning sports drama – a film about a boxing coach with a difficult fate. Gym owner Frankie Dunn refuses to work with Maggie for personal reasons, but the stubborn waitress trains herself, demonstrating perseverance and talent. The man changes his mind and agrees to prepare the female boxer for fights with professionals.

Original title:
Million Dollar Baby

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Coach (2001)

Michael Bassett works in the lower division and does not have enough stars from the sky, but one day he receives a generous gift from fate. The sudden death of the England coach vacates the vacant position, and the man gets to work. Michael is used to working the old fashioned way, not recognizing new game patterns, so everyone considers the entry of his wards to the World Cup a happy accident.

Original title:
Mike Bassett: England Manager

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Hardball (2001)

A film about a baseball team and a coach will introduce viewers to the loser and petty swindler Connor. The guy is mired in debt, so he turns to an old friend for financial help. A friend refuses to give money, but offers to prepare a hopeless children’s team for the upcoming baseball championship. Connor agrees, because in a tournament with losing stakes, the newly minted mentor has nothing to lose.

Original title:
Hardball

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes…

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Remembering the Titans (2000)

After the departure of the head coach of the school club, this position goes to Herman Boon, which causes protest among the athletes. Football players refuse to train under the guidance of a black mentor – and the boycott becomes the first test in a series of obstacles on the way to victory. Boone does not intend to give up, because the title of champions of the state is at stake, and the players must become one in a short time.

Original title:
Remember the Titans

Genre:
Biography, sports, drama

Actors:
Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
12+


Doublers (2000)

American Football League players go on strike over broken contracts, and the owner of the club is forced to urgently look for an alternative. The man returns the former coach, instructing him to hire understudies. While the rest of the clubs fill the vacant places with professional players, Jimmy gathers a ragtag football player, being ridiculed by competitors.

Original title:
The Replacements

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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