Throughout the years Hollywood has often times tried to capture the heart and soul of soccer, the most popular game in the world. Just like any other genre of movie, there are some soccer movies that rise to the top, and others that fizzle out. Today we are going to take a look at some of the best soccer movies of all time.
Some of the best soccer movies of all time tell the story of the underdog rising above and overcoming adversity through hard work and dedication. United is a true story that tells the tale of the Busby Babes, a Manchester United soccer squad that was the youngest ever to win the European Cup. Initially aired on BBC, United is now distributed internationally as a theatrical picture. The movie primarily follows in the footsteps of assistant manager Jimmy Murphy (Played by David Tennant) and of player Bobby Charlton (played by Jack O’Connell). Murphy gives Charlton the opportunity to play his first match on the Manchester United Squad. And this ultimately serves as his stepping stone to success. The story becomes more dramatic when a plane carrying members of the Manchester United team crashes killing 8 members of the team. This amazing true story surely makes for a great watch and is why it’s found it’s way onto our list of the Best Soccer Movies.
Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
Following suit just like the rest of the best soccer movies of all time, Goal! The Dream Begins tells a story of young man by the name of Santiago Munez following his dream to become one of the best soccer players of all time. Working as a gardener alongside his father, Santiago plays for a local soccer club and doesn’t think he’ll ever have the chance of becoming anything more. Noticed by former Newcastle United player, a tryout is arranged for Santiago in England. After a failed tryout and almost giving up, Santiago is offered a second chance and takes it. His perseverance eventually pays off and he makes his way onto the first team for Newcastle. Goal! The Dream Begins follows the hopes and dreams of a young man, ultimately coming to fruition due to hard work and overcoming adversity, making it another great addition to our list of the best soccer movies of all time.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Bend It Like Beckham is an inspirational story about a young woman who follows her dreams of playing soccer despite being forbidden to by her parents, earning it a spot among our list of the best soccer movies ever. The main character, Jesminder “Jess” Bhamra, comes from a conservative Indian family living in England. She is discovered to be a natural talent in soccer and must overcome resistance from her family to compete on the local team, The Harriers. Eventually after winning a local championship and securing a scholarship to play soccer in the United States, she gains her parents acceptance and is able to pursue her dreams. This film is truly an inspiration to anyone that has ever been faced with adversity and intolerance, making it a welcomed favorite on our list of the best soccer movies.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our list of the best soccer movies!