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75 All-Time BEST Sports Movies for Teenagers

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Written by: Marybeth Bock

There’s just something about a great sports movie – it can inspire you, excite you, move you to tears, motivate you, and simply make you feel wonderful.

Whether your teen is a die-hard fan of a particular sport or they just love a feel-good underdog story, there’s something here for everyone. So grab some popcorn, round up the family or your teen’s friends, and get ready to be inspired! Check out our top picks! 75 all-time BEST sports movies for teenagers!

“Playing football with your feet is one thing, playing football with your heart is another.” ~ baby-g-swag

Rudy (1993) PG
For any teen who’s ever felt like an underdog, this is a must-watch film. Based on true events, this tells the story of a small-town kid who dreams of playing football for Notre Dame. But he’s faced with a few problems – his grades are low, his athletic skills are poor, and he’s only half the size of the other players. Despite his monumental setbacks, Rudy’s determination and spirit take him farther than anyone could have ever imagined. A truly inspirational movie for any teen who feels “they can’t!”

Remember the Titans (2000) PG 
This movie has such a great cast, headed by Denzel Washington. Washington portrays a newly appointed Black coach of a high school team during their first season as a racially integrated school. Based on actual events in 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for their community as the boys learn to depend on and trust each other taking them to an inspiring victory.

The Blindside (2009) PG-13
Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award for her outstanding performance as the real-life, caring mom, Leigh Anne Tuohy, who helped turn a homeless and traumatized boy into a first-round NFL draft pick in 2009. It’s a wonderful story of family, courage, hope, and overcoming hardship.

We Are Marshall (2006) PG
Another excellent film based on true events. In 1970, a plane carrying nearly all the players and coaching staff of Marshall University in West Virginia crashed, killing everyone onboard. One young player who missed the flight due to illness convinces the board of governors to play during the 1971 season. The college hires a coach, played by Matthew McConaughey who then has to find players and help this university and town begin to heal. This is one inspiring story.

Friday Night Lights (2007) PG
This film is based on a book about the real-life town of Odessa, Texas, and its heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers. The movie was so popular, it became a TV show. It’s an excellent movie for teens that highlights the importance of camaraderie and love among teammates.

12 Mighty Orphans (2021) PG-13
Haunted by a mysterious past, a devoted high-school football coach leads a scrawny team of orphans to the Texas state championship during the Great Depression. This film is based on historical facts and reveals how this unlikely team inspired an entire devastated country during their amazing run.

American Underdog (2021) PG-13
This is the inspiring true story of Kurt Warner, who went from being a grocery store stockboy to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback. The film centers on his years of challenges and setbacks and shows how the support of his family, coaches, and teammates helped him persevere and find the strength to show the world the champion that he already was.

Gridiron Gang (2005) PG-13
Based on a real football program, this movie is about teenagers at a juvenile detention center. Their counselor, played by Dwayne Johnson, is a former player who sees their lack of discipline and self-esteem and proposes to prepare a team to play in a football league. His successful experiment motivates and changes the lives of the kids in ways they never could have imagined.

My All-American (2015) PG
Inspired by the true story of Freddie Steinmark, this movie is about an undersized and unlikely player who manages to get a scholarship to the University of Texas. While helping his team through an amazing season, he becomes injured and then faces a shocking diagnosis – the toughest challenge of his life. This one will have you reaching for the tissues.

Facing the Giants (2006) PG
A losing coach with an uninspired, underdog football team uses his faith to inspire his team to face their fear of failure. His efforts change the lives not only of his team, but adults, other students, and the community when he helps breathe fresh spirit and life into their hearts. A true inspiration to watch as this team comes together and faces The Giants, a team with twice the number of players.

The Greater (2016) PG
An inspiring story about the life of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football. Brandon’s dream of playing football was met with every obstacle possible. He was overweight, lacked talent, and didn’t have the support of his teammates. But his motivation and determination surprised everyone. Not only did he reach his goal of playing college football, but he also inspired everyone to be the absolute best along the way. This is one of those amazing feel-good movies you don’t want to miss. 

Invincible (2006) PG
An inspiring true story about lifelong football fan Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg). Papale sees his wildest dreams come true when he becomes a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. While teaching at his high school alma mater in Pennsylvania, the 30-year-old gets a chance to try out for his favorite team and, except for kickers, becomes the oldest rookie in NFL history who never played football in college.

The Replacements (2000) PG-13
The playoffs are fast approaching, and the Washington Sentinels have just gone on strike. Scrambling for a solution, the Sentinels’ owner Edward O’Neil hatches a plan to bring in legendary coach Jimmy McGinty to recruit a team of replacement players in exactly one week. For fans and owners alike, the strike is a disaster. But for Shane Falco, the quarterback, and a mismatched crew of outsiders, it is the second chance they’ve waited their whole lives for.

Brian’s Song (1971) G
A class must-see movie for any football fan. Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers are teammates on the mid-1960s Chicago Bears team. At a time when professional football still bears a fair amount of race-based segregation, the growing friendship between the white Piccolo and the black Sayers, as well as their wives, becomes a symbol of harmony during the civil rights era. That bond grows stronger still when Piccolo receives shattering and unexpected news.

Radio (2013) 13+
In this heartwarming movie,  coach Jones (Ed Harris) spots a mentally disabled black student named Radio (Cuba Gooding Jr.) near his practice field and is inspired to befriend him. Soon, Radio is Jones’ loyal assistant who brings light and acceptance to the school and town. Based on the inspiring relationship between coach Jones and Radio.

Catching Faith (2015) PG
John and Alexa Taylor appear to have a perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and his bright future are on the line.

When the Game Stands Tall  (2014) PG
In 2003, high school football coach Bob Ladouceur (Jim Caviezel) and his De La Salle Spartans have just completed an incredible 151 consecutive victories and 12-straight state championships. While the team’s seniors receive offers from colleges all over the country, the advancing juniors look forward to making their mark. However, beloved “Coach Lad” has a brush with calamity, while the Spartans face their most challenging, most unpredictable season yet.

The Express (2008) 18+ (Older Teens)
The story of Ernie Davis, the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, and his journey to becoming a college football legend.

 

“It doesn’t matter whether you fall down, it’s whether you get back up.” ~ Michael Jordan

Hoosiers (1987) PG
A coach with a questionable past who also happens to be a local outcast trains a small-town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the state championship. Based on the true story of a heartwarming Indiana team. 

Glory Road (2006) 18+ (Older Teens)
Another incredible and inspiring true story, this movie highlights Texas Western coach Don Haskins, who led the first all-Black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the 1966 NCAA national championship.

Coach Carter (2005) PG-13
A high school coach played by Samuel L. Jackson imposes strict rules upon his team and fights to keep his tactics, determined to show his players that they need good values for their future success. He eventually finds he has affected them more profoundly than he ever expected.

Hoop Dreams (1994 ) 18+ (Older Teens)
Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way.

The Winning Season  (2018) PG-13
A misfit guy (Sam Rockwell) is brought on to coach the local girls’ high school basketball team, but he never imagined how this experience would alter his life and theirs.

Little Mike  (2002) PG
Hilarious antics ensue when a young teen stumbles upon a pair of Michael Jordan’s discarded sneakers and discovers they give him impressive basketball skills. His unexpected success leads him to discover the true meaning of family — and you’ll enjoy an excellent sports movie soundtrack to boot.

 

“The smartest thing I ever did is I never gave up. ” ~ Ivan Rakitic

Goal! The Dream Begins (2006) PG
A talented young soccer player is noticed by a British ex-pro who promises he can arrange a real talent scout to check him out. His dad forbids it, so he accepts his grandma’s savings to try out with the English premier league club Newcastle. Despite his asthma, he gets in and befriends an undisciplined bad-boy star scorer. The pairing is a recipe for trouble yet ends up being each player’s salvation.

Bend It Like Beckham (2003) PG-13
Two ambitious teenage girls, despite their parent’s wishes, have their hearts set on careers in professional soccer. This delightful British comedy is both heartfelt and funny, and you don’t have to know a thing about soccer to enjoy it.

Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016) PG
This biographical drama is about Pele’s spectacular rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to him leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17. The soccer scenes in this movie are mesmerizing, and the real Pele makes a cameo in it.

Gracie (2007) PG-13
A great family film, this one revolves around a teenage girl in New Jersey with three soccer-playing brothers. Her father doesn’t believe that girls should play soccer and tells her that she’s not tough enough or talented enough to play. Undeterred, she finds strength she never knew existed and persists in changing everyone’s beliefs in what she is capable of, including her own. She faces an uphill battle when fighting to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.

 

“You lose, you smile and you come back the next day. You win, you smile and you come back the next day.” ~ Ken Griffey Jr.

Field of Dreams (1989) PG
Considered by many to be the best baseball movie ever, this is a timeless classic that shouldn’t be missed. Kevin Costner plays an Iowa farmer who hears a mysterious voice telling him to build something and that when he does, “people will come.” Supported by his wife, he begins the quest by turning his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams really can come true.

Moneyball (2011) PG-13
Nominated for multiple Academy Awards, this movie has a little something for everyone, not just fans of baseball. Brad Pitt plays Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane, who attempts to assemble a baseball team on a very stingy budget by utilizing a computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. Major League Baseball was changed forever.

The Sandlot (1993) PG
A boy in the 1960s moves to a new neighborhood and wants to learn how to play baseball. He’s befriended by the neighborhood baseball guru and becomes one of the baseball buddies. They get into hilarious adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleepovers, the cute lifeguard at the local pool, the snobby rival Little League team – and the Beast, who terrorizes them from beyond the fence at the back of the sandlot. This one’s a true classic.

42 (2013) PG-13
Based on the true events surrounding Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in Major League Baseball, this is a fascinating look at how Robinson and his family endured unrelenting racist hostility on and off the field, from both players and fans. This story focuses on what may be the most critical turning point in baseball history, and one of its greatest players.

A League of Their Own (1992) PG
This one is another classic with a great cast, led by Tom Hanks. The movie is set during World War II when baseball teams were struggling to find enough men to play, so they turned to form teams with women to keep the fans in their seats. An endearing story of female friendship.

Trouble With the Curve (2012)  PG-13
This movie has an excellent cast and centers on the dysfunctional relationship between a father who’s a baseball scout, and his young adult daughter who’s worried about his health and his lifestyle. They reconnect over the course of a scouting trip, which provides any viewer with both laughter and some tears.

Million Dollar Arm (2014) PG
A frustrated sports agent has a bold idea to travel to India to find cricket players and train them to become professional baseball players in America. Based on a true story, it’s heartwarming to watch these two young Indian men adapt to life in Los Angeles, struggling with a new culture, and trying to make their dreams come true.

The Rookie (2002) G
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. The 39-year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. An inspirational story that reminds us all… it’s never too late.

 

“If it’s not hard, you’re not dreaming big enough.” ~ Shalane Flanagan

McFarland, USA (2015) 13+
A struggling coach and teacher who’s been forced to move around many times in his career, lands in one of the poorest cities in America, McFarland, California. He discovers hidden potential in several high school boys and slowly turns them into championship runners bringing the team and the community closer than even he could ever imagine. It’s a great story about commitment, dreams, persistence, family, and sportsmanship.

Chariots Of Fire (1982) PG
This film won four Oscars, including best picture in 1982. It centers on two British track athletes, one a determined young Jewish man and the other a devout Christian. They are driven to win in the 1924 Olympics as they grapple with issues of pride and honor. This one’s worth watching just for the music and sound effects alone.

Unbroken (2014) PG-13
Directed by Angeline Jolie and based on the incredible true story of the former Olympian Louis Zamperini, this movie tells the harrowing tale of how Zamperini survives a near-fatal plane crash in WWII and spends an immensely difficult 47 days in a raft with two fellow crewmen before he’s caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. His track training and indomitable spirit help him overcome astonishing odds.

Race (2016) PG-13
This drama, based on true events, is about legendary Black athlete Jesse Owens and his inspiring journey to overcome racism at home and abroad, finishing with his triumphant track-and-field performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Great for fans of history and sports. 

4 Minute Mile (2014) PG-13
This film tells the story of a teenager who takes up running as a way to get a college scholarship, so he can leave the undesirable family and social situation he’s in. A former track coach decides to train him, but tragedy strikes, forcing the runner to confront everything that’s been holding him back. This one’s a good story about patience, tenacity, and self-improvement.

The Overcomer (2019) PG
A high school cross-country coach’s life is changed when he meets a runner who pushes herself to the limit and inspires those around her. With a heartwarming twist, the runner ends up finding her long-lost father who she was told was dead and he uses his past history of competitive running to help his daughter win the race of her life. 

Right on Track  (2013) G
This Disney movie tells the story of two sisters (played by Beverly Mitchell and Brie Larson) who, from the time they were kids, dreamed of racing professionally. You’ll be cheering them on when these girls beat the odds and reach the top of a sport that’s largely dominated by men. 

 

“You’ve got what it takes, but I promise, it will take everything you’ve got.”  ~ Unknown

Stick It (2006) PG-13
This is the story of a former Junior Olympics gymnast who’s gotten into some legal trouble and is forced to enroll at an elite gymnastics academy in Texas that is run by a legendary Olympic gymnast. The rebellious girl is not welcomed by her new teammates but somehow struggles to overcome her past making for a great feel-good movie.

The Gabby Douglas Story (2014) PG-13
Based on a true story, this sports movie is about Gabby Douglas, the first Black American to win gold as Individual All-around Champion in the Olympics for gymnastics. Whether you’re a gymnastics devotee or not, you’re sure to be amazed by this inspirational story.

 

“It’s not about being the best. It’s about being better than you were.”  ~ Unknown

Bring It On (2000) PG-13
When a champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year’s championships, it sets the stage for a cheer team rivalry like no other with both teams trying to prove their worth. This one’s full of memorable dialog, cheerleading, and fun music.

 

“Play with passion and heart. If you don’t carry passion into a sport – or into any job for that matter – you won’t succeed.”  ~ Jean Beliveau

Miracle (2004) PG
The triumphant and true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad. Kurt Russell’s performance as Coach Brooks will have your whole family cheering for the underdogs.

Hockeyland (2002) 16+
Minnesota is the heartland of US hockey, creating more skaters on the local rinks and in the NHL than any other state. Here, the senior boys of rival towns – one an emerging dynasty, the other with a fabled past – face down uncertain futures as they skate for a last chance to etch their names into local lore. Where Texas football has Friday Night Lights, Minnesota hockey has Hockeyland.

 

“If you want to be the best, you have to do things other people aren’t willing to do.” ~ Michael Phelps

The Swimmers (2022) PG-13
This is a harrowing tale based on true events, that follows two sisters who flee war-torn Syria in 2015. Both are swimmers and one has her eyes set on someday competing in the Olympics. During their arduous journey to reach Germany, they help save lives when their raft starts to sink in the Aegean Sea. This beautiful movie is about love, hope, survival, and family.

 

“A kid grows up a lot faster on the golf course. Golf teaches you how to behave.” ~ Jack Nicklaus

The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) PG
This is a family-friendly drama about the real-life events of the 1913 U.S. Open where a young American caddy rises from a humble background to play against his British idol in what was dubbed, “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” The game of golf is brought to life in this visually stunning movie.

The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) PG-13
A great cast, led by Matt Damon, who plays a disillusioned war veteran who reluctantly agrees to play a tournament of golf after admitting that he “lost his swing.”  He finds the game pointless until his caddy, Bagger Vance, teaches him the secret of the authentic golf stroke which turns out also to be the secret to mastering any challenge and finding meaning in life.

Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004) PG
Golfers will love this movie about one of the greatest golfers of all time, Bobby Jones. Jones overcomes his own fierce temper, intense passion, and perfectionist tendencies to master the game and win the Grand Slam, the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens in golf, a feat unsurpassed even today.

Tommy’s Honour (2017) PG
Tommy’s Honour is based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.

 

“Sportsmanship for me is when a guy walks off the court and you really can’t tell whether he won or lost – when he carries himself with pride either way.” ~ Jim Courier

King Richard (2021) 13+
Based on the true story of how Venus and Serena Williams came up in the tennis rankings, under the high expectations and unwavering resolve of their dad, Richard Williams. A truly uplifting movie about family and tennis, with loads of excellent acting.

Battle of the Sexes (2017) PG-13
A biopic that’s both dramatic and funny, this movie is about the real 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone, and ex-man’s champion and gambler Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell. It was billed as the “Battle of the Sexes” and became one of the most-watched televised sporting events of all time.

 

“Life is a lot like surfing. When you get caught in the impact zone, you have to just get back up because you never know what might be over the next wave.” ~ Bethany Hamilton

Soul Surfer (2011) PG
Based on the real-life events that happened to 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton, a champion surfer who was attacked by a shark and lost an arm. This movie focuses on how she had to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm -including surfing. It takes her friends, family, and her faith to get her back into the water.

Chasing Mavericks (2012) PG
This is the rousing true story of real-life surfing phenomenon Jay Moriarity. At 15, he discovers that the mythic Mavericks surf break, one of the biggest waves on Earth, is real and exists just miles from his California home. He enlists the help of a local surfing legend to train him to survive it. As they embark on their quest to accomplish the impossible, they form a friendship that transforms both of their lives.

 

“If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do it next year. ”   ~ Unknown

Cloud 9 (2014) Not Rated
A girl who has a passion for snowboarding is forced to train with a guy, an ex-champion of the sport, after an unexpected event. In this inspiring story, she has to prove to him that she is a true professional.

 

“You can’t be brave without fear.” ~ Muhammad Ali

Rocky (1976) PG
A Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards in 1977, this boxing movie is one of the all-time best which is why it generated seven sequels. This may have been the movie that created the training montage which is
now practically required in any movie about sports. It’s the ultimate “underdog triumphing against all
odds” movie.

Million Dollar Baby (2005) PG-13
This superb movie won four Academy Awards in 2005, including Best Picture. It’s the story of an aspiring female boxer who wants to train with the best, a coach who doesn’t want anything to do with training a girl. They end up developing a warm friendship and her career skyrockets.

Creed (2015) PG-13
In this movie, the former World Heavyweight Champion, Rocky Balboa, serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. 

 

“It is not the size of the man, but the size of his heart that matters. ”   ~ Unknown

Forever Strong (2008) 16+
A teenager who’s a star player on his rugby team ends up in a juvenile detention center following his second drunk driving conviction. Counselors at the center hook him up with a rugby team known for a long string of state championships. His coach has an unexpected philosophy – to train boys to be champions in life first, then on the field. Based on true events, this is a wonderful feel-good story.

Invictus (2009) PG-13
This movie tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman, joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar, played by Matt Damon, to help unite their divided country through the universal language of sport. This one will keep you glued to your screen the entire time.

 

“You have to be willing to fail to improve.” ~ Al Scates

The Miracle Season (2018) PG
Based on a true story, this movie is about a star high school volleyball player who is tragically killed in an accident, leaving behind her devastated teammates. The girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.

 

Figure Skating Movies

“People become remarkable when they start believing they can do things. ~ Unknown

The Cutting Edge (1992) PG
A U.S. hockey player is injured during the 1988 Olympic games, and a female figure skater falls during her routine at the same games. Both of their dreams have been shattered. The skater’s coach recruits the hockey player as a potential partner for her, and this movie is all about their training and their determined efforts (and challenges) to become true partners. A fun movie for skating fans, with a little romance thrown in.

Ice Princess (2005) G
Casey Carlyle is a gifted physics student who decides to pursue her career as a figure skater despite her mother’s wishes. With the help of a former skater, Casey must train hard, overcome her insecurities and find the courage to follow her heart and her passion.

 

“It never gets easier. You just get better.”  ~ Unknown

The Karate Kid (1984) PG
A classic 80s movie worth watching over and over again. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi, an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.

 

Horse Racing Movies

“You try to do the best with what you’ve got and you ignore everything else. That’s why horses have blinders. If you look at the horse next to you, you lose a step.” ~ Jimmy Lovine

Seabiscuit (2003) PG-13
A beautiful movie about second chances, this takes place during the Great Depression. A team of unlikely winners – an old coach, a problematic jockey, and an undersized racehorse come together to lift the spirits of the entire country. A must-watch film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

Dreamer (2005) PG
Inspired by the story of a real horse, this is such a sweet movie starring a young Dakota Fanning. A man and his daughter save a mare with a broken leg to give it another shot at racing while rebuilding their lost father-daughter bond.

Secretariat (2010) PG
Despite her lack of experience, housewife and mother, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), agrees to take over management of the family thoroughbred farm after her father becomes ill. Successfully navigating her way through the male-dominated world of horse racing, Chenery, together with veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, fosters a gifted colt that ultimately crosses the finish line into history as the Triple Crown winner in 1973.

 

Other Sports Movies

“The only one who can tell you “You can’t win,” is you and you don’t have to listen.”  ~ Jessica Ennis-Hill

Free Solo (2018) PG-13
A truly inspirational movie worth watching – free solo climber Alex Honnold prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: scaling the 3,200-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.

Ford v Ferrari (2019) PG-13
Set during the mid-1960s motorsports world, this is the story of Ford Motor company’s desire to break the Italian company Ferrari’s world domination in racing. Ford’s racing team has only 90 days to create a high-performance car and rewrite history. Excellent performances from Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

The World’s Fastest Indian (2006) PG-13
A charming and fascinating film based on the true story of a man from New Zealand who becomes obsessed with making a 45-year-old Indian motorcycle capable of breaking the land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. You’ll definitely end up cheering for this eccentric oddball to reach his goal.

Maiden (2019) PG
Maiden is the story of Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, who became the skipper of the first-ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989.

Whip It (2009) PG-13
The story of a Texas teen whose mom wants her to compete in beauty pageants but she’s shy and quiet and has no interest. Things change when she discovers a nearby women’s roller-derby league, tries out, and makes the team. She needs to become tough on the rink and keep her parents from finding out where she goes twice a week – and do something about her first crush on a musician she meets at the derby. Every teen will relate to something in this movie.

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