Grab some popcorn and settle in! It’s movie night, and your women’s soccer experts have some suggestions on what to watch. From dramas to comedies to kid-friendly films, check out our list of recommendations.
Air Bud: World Pup: When it comes to classic sports movies, Air Bud is always a safe bet. The third movie in the franchise, Air Bud: World Pup is part love story, part you-can-do-anything-you-put-your-mind-to. The film even cameos some women’s soccer greats, including Briana Scurry, Brandi Chastain, and Tisha Venturini.
Switching Goals: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen star in this The Parent Trap inspired tale of switching places. One sister, a star soccer player and tomboy, gets drafted to a team that hasn’t won in years. Meanwhile, her girly-girl sister is put on a team that’s out of her league. The sisters trade places, each learning a lesson in the process.
Underdogs: For a more recent movie, check out the animated movie Underdogs. An Argentinian film, the U.S. dub features a cast of familiar faces, including Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne, and Taran Killam. The film tells the story of foosball players come to life.
She’s the Man: Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, She’s the Man stars Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum. Focusing on Viola Hasting’s determination to play soccer — even in disguise — this is great for a Friday night in, a sleepover, or even just to get a good laugh.
Playing for Keeps: What’s a movie list without a rom-com? Starring Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel, Playing for Keeps shows Gerard Butler stepping up to the plate to coach his son’s soccer team and breaking a lot of hearts along the way.
Bend It Like Beckham: If you say you want to watch a soccer movie, you can guarantee that someone will suggest this classic. Keira Knightley stars in this movie about following your passion. Jess comes from a strict family that banned soccer, but follows her heart anyway and continues playing the sport. Scouted by Jules, Jess is then offered a spot on a semi-pro team.
The Damned United: Released in 2009, this biographical film follows Brian Clough’s 44-day stint as the manager of Leeds United Football Club. Acclaimed by film critics, The Damned United has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, scored 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, and received 3 and a half out of 4 stars by Roger Ebert.
Fever Pitch: No, this is not Jimmy Fallon’s poorly executed film debut. Fever Pitch stars a young Colin Firth, whose character is obsessed with soccer and a team that has gone 18 long years without winning a league cup. This film is based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling memoir, Fever Pitch: A Fan’s Life.