1. Remember The Titans (2000)
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For many years, the public schools in suburban Virginia have been segregated. Under federal integration mandates, two segregated high schools have closed, sending their students to T.C. Williams High School, which is majority-Black.
Years are seen through the eyes of a local high school football team, where a white man hired to coach the Black school is promoted to head coach. This fictional team, based on real-life events from 1971, serves as a unifying symbol for the community, teaching both children and adults how to rely on and trust one another.
2. Friday Night Lights (2004)
There are not many people living in Odessa, Texas, a small town in the state of Texas. Friday Night gives the town, which is racially divided and economically dying, something to look forward to. There’s a long winning tradition for the Permian Panthers in Texas high school football thanks to quarterback Mike Winchell and star running back Boobie Miles. But things don’t go as planned when Boobie gets hurt in the first game of the season, ending his playing career.
Coach Gary Gaines, who believes that “Perfection is being able to look your friends in the eye and know you did everything you could not let them down,” somehow manages to help the team rise from the ashes and make a significant season comeback. Now that they’re on their way to the state championship game, the Panthers must play their best game yet because they may never have another opportunity like this.
3. Glory Road (2006)
It is in 1965 that Don Haskins, the coach of the high school girl basketball team, accepts an invitation to coach the Texas Western Miners. Despite the limited resources at his disposal, Haskins sees an opportunity to take on the NCAA and relocates his family to a college dorm.
He assembles a legendary team of seven talented and rejected African-American players to play alongside five Caucasian players and defeats the dominant Kentucky in the 1966 national championship game.
4. The Blind Side (2009)
Informed by “Leigh Anne Tuohy” (qv) and “Sean Tuohy” (qv) taking in a homeless African-American teenager named “Michael Oher,” based on the true story (qv). Neither Michael nor his mother are aware of their biological father’s identity. Michael’s formal education has been limited, and he possesses few tools with which to further his education.
Leigh As is her nature, Anne soon assumes control and sees to it that the young man has every chance of success. To help him pursue his dream of becoming a quarterback in the NFL, she gives the head coach some suggestions on how to best utilize Michael.
Besides giving him a loving home, they also hire a tutor to help him raise his grades so that he can receive an athletic scholarship from an NCAA Division I university. The Baltimore Ravens selected ‘Michael Oher’ (qv) in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
5. Varsity Blues (1999)
High school football is a religion in rural Texas. As long as the team wins, the head coach is revered, and every Friday night, 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community to the football field.
Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight) is in his 35th season as head coach of the Wes…t Canaan Coyotes, who are vying for their 23rd division title. If Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) is injured, the Coyotes must rely on second-string quarterback John Moxon (James Van Der Beek), who has an unorthodox approach to playing the game.
Our love of sports and how teenage athletes deal with the enormous pressure is explored in the film “Varsity Blues.”
6. We Are Marshall (2006)
A plane crash in November 1970 claimed the lives of Marshall University’s entire football team and coaching staff (all of whom were from Huntington, West Virginia). Students rally in the spring of 1971 under the leadership of ill player Nate Ruffin, who missed the fatal flight.
In order to find players, the college’s…president Don Dedman will have to find a coach. Coach Jack Lengyel inspires and guides young players while questioning the Lombardi creed that winning is the only thing that matters. The father and fiancée of a deceased football player find the courage to move on without him. Marshall’s chances of winning a game in 1971 appear slim.
7. Men Of Honor (2000)
There are two “men of honor” in this story, and the plot ultimately revolves around their relationship, as well as their individual and joint struggles and victories While racism still exists, Carl Brashear is adamant about becoming the first African American Navy Diver. His bitter trainer, Leslie Sunday, is out to get him. As fate would have it, these two men are destined to cross paths in a story of upheaval and eventual triumph.
8. Selma (2014)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights against violent opposition during the tumultuous three-month period in 1965.
With President Johnson’s signature on the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the civil rights movement’s most significant victories had been achieved during the long march from Selma to Montgomery. The film “Selma,” directed by Ava DuVernay, tells the story of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a revered leader and visionary, and his fellow activists sparked a revolution that changed the course of history.
9. October Sky (1999)
It’s the 1950s in the mining town of Coalwood, and 10-year-old Homer Hickam has one goal in mind for the future: to work in the mine like his father. Everything changes, however, when the first man-made satellite, Sputnik, is launched into orbit on October 4, 1957. Homer is now motivated to learn how to… construct rockets as a result of this occurrence.
Homer decides to learn by trial and error with the help of his pals and the neighborhood nerd. Homer’s father, in particular, thinks they are wasting their time, which is unfortunate. Only one high school science teacher recognizes the students’ efforts and informs them that they could be national science fair contenders, with college scholarships as the prize. In order to reach the top, the gang must now learn to perfect their craft and overcome the numerous obstacles in their way.
10. Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013)
As a child growing up in the 1920s as the domestic servant of the white family who carelessly destroyed his own, Cecil Gaines was a sharecropper’s son.
Cecil becomes a hotel valet in the 1950s who is so efficient and discrete that he is promoted to butler in the White House. The Civil Rights Movement in the United States gains momentum as Cecil’s family faces its own problems. Cecil would serve numerous US Presidents over the years as a passive witness to history.
Gloria battles addictions, and his defiant eldest son Louis wants a fair world, so Cecil must decide if he should take action in his own way.
11. Invincible (2006)
Vince Papale, 30, is having a bad year in the summer of 1976. The budget cuts have eliminated his job as a substitute teacher, which he had been doing for the past two weeks.
His wife gives up on him because she believes he’ll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce from him because of this. He’s a bartender who likes to watch football with his pals after work. Vince reluctantly agrees to participate in open tryouts for the Philadelphia Eagles under the guidance of new head coach Dick Vermeil. Based on a true story, but with some changes.
12. Malcolm X (1992)
Tragic life story of Malcolm X, famed civil rights activist. The Ku Klux Klan assassinated his father, a Garveyite Baptist minister, before Malcolm Little was even born. Malcolm became a gangster and, while incarcerated, came across Elijah Muhammad’s writings, which led him to the Nation of Islam.
On his way out of jail, he preaches the Islamic faith, but on his way back, stops in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and converts to the original Islamic faith. He becomes a Sunni Muslim and takes the name El-Hajj Malik Al-Shabazz. On the 21st of February, 1965, he is assassinated, becoming a Muslim martyr in the process.
13. Race (2016)
The 1930s see a young Jesse Owens become the first member of his family to attend college. With his enormous potential, the young African-American athlete immediately impresses at Ohio State under track and field coach Larry Snyder, suggesting that he could be an Olympian.
Nevertheless, as Owens struggles with the responsibilities of his life and the virulent racism directed at him, the issue of whether the United States should participate in the 1936 Munich Olympics in Nazi Germany is hotly debated. In order to avoid a boycott, the American envoy negotiates a deal with the Third Reich, and Owens is torn about whether or not to accept it.
As soon as the problem is resolved in Berlin, Owens and his coach head there to compete in a competition that will cement Owens’ legacy as one of the greatest Olympians in American history, even as German film director Leni Riefenstahl squares off against her country’s Propaganda Minister, Josef Goebbels, in order to capture the politically embarrassing moment on film.
14. Coach Carter (2005)
Basketball coach Ken Carter returns to his old high school in Richmond, CA in 1999 to take over as the head coach of the team. Concerned about both his team’s poor attitude and their poor play, Carter decides to do something about it.
Written contracts specify his rigid rules, which include things like a dress code and high academic standards for players. There will be no initial resistance as the team under Carter’s tutelage becomes a formidable opponent.
Carter, on the other hand, steps in right away when the overconfident team’s behavior starts to stray and too many students are doing poorly in class. Carter cancels all team activities and locks the court until the team shows acceptable academic improvement, much to the chagrin of the team, the school, and the community.
Following this, Carter fights to maintain his methods in order to show the boys that good values are necessary for their future and discovers that he has affected them much more profoundly than expected..
15. American History X (1998)
A man who murdered two black men who tried to rob and break into his truck has been released from prison after serving three years for the crimes. Before going to prison, Derek was a skinhead and the leader of a violent white supremacy gang that committed racial crimes throughout Los Angeles. His actions had a significant impact on Danny, as narrated by Derek’s brother, Danny Vineyard.
Derek, a reformed gang member fresh out of prison, cuts ties with Danny and vows to prevent him from following in his footsteps.