The early 90’s produced some of the best sports movies, and watching any of these movies will surely bring on a rush of nostalgia. Here is just a short list of some of the classics!
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Who doesn’t wish they could wake up one morning and their dream of playing professional baseball came true? For Henry, it happens thanks to a broken arm! As a result, Henry can throw a fast-ball like no other. He gets hired by the Chicago Cubs and becomes an instant celebrity. While the story is a little unbelievable, this movie is fun as it shows how living your dreams can be a lot of fun as a kid, but having it all isn’t necessarily for the best.
The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge came out around the time Olympic figure-skating was hugely popular. The story of a spoiled figure skater finding a new partner in an ex-hockey player and their quest for Olympic gold is still a classic. What is great about this movie is that we never know if Doug and Kate win the gold, but the chemistry between the lead actors is what makes this movie, as well as the figure-skating and underdog storyline.
Sean Astin stars as Rudy, a young man obsessed with Notre Dame football who is determined to play for the team. Rudy is too small to play football and doesn’t have the grades to get into Notre Dame, but that does not deter him. After a lot of hard work, Rudy gets into Notre Dame and is eventually allowed to suit up and play in the last play of the year. The movie’s message is to never give up on your dreams and to follow your heart; something we can all be reminded of and be inspired by.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The Mighty Ducks is a 1990s classic. The story is nothing unique- a rag tag group of pee-wee hockey players are coached by an ex-hockey player who is bitter with life. But what makes this movie so special is the message- honor and dedication will make you succeed, even if you do not win. “Ducks never say die!” is what Coach Gorden tells his kids as they see their new jerseys and laugh at their new mascot.
The Sandlot (1993)
I cannot think of another movie from the 1990’s that is more ingrained in our childhood memories and is frequently quoted to this day. “L-7-Weenie!” “You play ball like a GIRL!” “You’re killin’ me Smalls!” This was a movie families could watch and love together. The plot is nothing spectacular, a group of boys have adventures throughout the summer: playing the rival baseball team, going to the fair, and, of course, their battle with the Beast. Who can forget the infamous Wendy Peffercorn scene? But what is so great about this movie is that the kids aren’t competing for a big championship or making a miraculous comeback; they are simply a bunch of boys having the time of their lives playing baseball and being kids.