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The best sports films and TV shows

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The best sports films and TV shows

Throw on some “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” in the locker room and check out this all-time football classic based on the true story of Herman Boone (Denzel Washington), an all-white high school football in Alexandria, Virginia , incorporate team in 1971. Throughout history, sport has proven to be a cultural lightning rod – a forum where the game has the power to transform hearts, minds and ultimately society. As a result, the best sports films and television shows deal with the game at this level. Remember, the Titans are one of the purest and finest examples of this – using the soccer field and dressing room as a place to play out a civil rights story with far-reaching implications. In today’s world, the movie’s view of racism and brotherhood could be seen as a reductive or a pink view. But the performances – by Washington, Will Patton, a young Ryan Gosling, Donald Faison, Ryan Hurst, and more – elevate the material to moving sports melodrama at the highest level. And who can ever forget Denzel’s motivational speech in Gettysburg? —Maureen Lee handlebars

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