All-Time Best Christian Sports Movies

With so many sports movies being produced in Hollywood every year, it’s hard to keep track of which ones are family friendly and devoted to promoting Christian teachings and values, and which ones are offering nothing more than vulgarity and violence.

Fortunately, there are MANY well-made, inspiring, spiritual films about sports of all kind, ranging from baseball, to football, to track and field, and more.

Presented below is a list of ten of the best and most well-received sports films with Christian themes, values, or teachings, from Chariots of Fire (1981) all the way to Greater (2016)!

The Blind Side (2009)

Description: Based on the inspiring true story of devout Christians, Leigh Anne Tuohy and Sean Tuohy, who take in a homeless teenage African-American boy named Michael. Despite his terrible upbringing, Michael shows promise, and is given every opportunity to succeed through help from Leigh Anne, whose charity is inspired by her deep faith. Through the Tuohy’s help, Michael finds his calling as a football player, and ultimately, finds success.

Length: 2 hours 9 minutes

Director: John Lee Hancock

Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw

Woodlawn (2015)

Description: After desegregation, in 1973 Alabama, Tandy Gerelds, the Woodlawn Colonels football coach, deals with the struggles of racial tension between the players on his team, and in the town, as riots break out in the city. Things begin to change, however, after Coach Geralds allows an outsider by the name of Hank to speak to the team, who tells them about how a “better way” is possible through Jesus. Almost the entire team, moved by Hank’s message of hope, give their lives to Jesus, which has an unforeseen and incredible effect on the entire community.

Length: 2 hours 3 minutes

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin

Starring: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Description: Chariots of Fire is the emotional true tale of two British runners competing against each other in the Paris Summer Olympics of 1924. The movie follows the stories of Harold Abrahams, a British Jew who has to endure lots of class prejudice and antisemitism to make it to Olympics, to square off against The “Flying Scotsman” Eric Liddell, who races for the glory of God.

Length: 2 hours 5 minutes

Director: Hugh Hudson

Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Facing the Giants (2006)

Description: An incredibly moving story about a devout Christian high school football coach, facing intense adversity both at home and at his job, who cries out to God in his moment of desperation. Miraculously, Grant receives a message from an unannounced visitor, leading Grant to begin challenging his football team to believe in God, and the incredible changes he begins to see in them, both on and off the field.

Length: 1 hour 51 minutes

Director: Alex Kendrick

Starring: Alex Kendrick, Shannen Fields, Jason McLeod

Greater (2016)

Description: Greater tells the touching story of Brandon Burlsworth, a devout Christian and true underdog, who dreamed of playing college football at the University of Arkansas, despite constantly being told that he was too overweight to play. Through his incredible work ethic and faith, Brandon not only walked onto the Razorbacks team, but he impressed coaches and teammates, becoming one of the more successful players in the history of the program. Shortly after getting drafted into the NFL, a grave tragedy occurs to Brandon, leaving the entire community stunned and wondering “why?”

Length: 2 hours 10 minutes

Director: David Hunt

Starring: Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Christopher Severio

Soul Surfer (2011)

Description: Soul Surfer tells the story of a 13 year old girl named Bethany, who loves surfing more than anything (except for Jesus). After her arm is lost in a shark attack while surfing, Bethany never loses her faith, and slowly begins to relearn how to live her life without an arm, including getting back into the ocean with her board.

Length: 1 hour 52 minutes

Director: Sean McNamara

Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt

The Mighty Macs (2009)

Description: During the 1970’s, fiery Catholic basketball coach Cathy Rush takes over the coaching job at a small, all-girls Catholic college. Despite the odds being stacked against her and her team (the team can’t afford a gym or uniforms and the school could be sold at any moment), Coach Rush uses her coaching skills and her faith to help lead her team to their first national championship game.

Length: 1 hour 39 minutes

Director: Tim Chambers

Starring: Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn

Home Run (2013)

Description: After a series of mishaps lands a drunk baseball star back to his small home town, he pretends to clean his life up to get back on the roster. Despite starting off evil, he eventually finds redemption among a group of addicts, gets a position coaching little league, and tries to find love with a former girlfriend.

Length: 1 hour 53 minutes

Director: David Boyd

Starring: Scott Elrod, Dorian Brown Pham, Charles Henry Wyson

When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Description: Another inspiring film based on a true story, When the Game Stands Tall tells of the fantastic journey of famous football coach Bob Ladouceur, a true man of faith and conviction, who, during his tenure at De La Salle High School, led the program from the ranks of the unknowns to a high school powerhouse, including a 151-game winning streak, which currently holds the record for longest winning streak in any American sport.

Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

Director: Thomas Carter

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis

Seven Days in Utopia (2011)

Description: Seven Days in Utopia is about a young up-and-coming golfer named Luke. Pushed too hard by his father to succeed as a golfer, Luke eventually reaches rock bottom and runs away from his past, until he is greeted by a man named Johnny Crawford. A spiritual man, Johnny goes out of his way to help Luke forget about his past and uncover the key to his future.

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

Director: Matt Russell

Starring: Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo


Guest Post by Nick Cangemi from The King’s Academy of West Palm Beach, FL.


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