5 incredible real life sports stories hitting the big screen

Get ready to brush up your backhand, pull on skates and hit the start line for these amazing real-life sports movies…Be warned, more sports-puns ahead!
Battle of the Sexes

Tennis movies have double-faulted in recent years with the likes of Wimbledon and Balls Out crashing out in the first round. But La La Land star Emma Stone is serving up the performance of her career as tennis great Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes. The movie focuses on the infamous 1973 tennis match between an in-form King and the schmuck showman Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). There’s Oscar buzz for Stone, who critics say hits an ace with an intense, steely portrayal of the tennis star. 

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Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures


Shia LaBeouf plays tennis hothead John McEnroe in the upcoming Borg/McEnroe, based on the 1980 Wimbledon championship match between ‘Super Brat’ McEnroe and stoic Swedish champ Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason). Stellan Skarsgård plays Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin. Staging the epic showdown tested LaBeouf’s athletic ability and the non-player spent six months learning the game; “We rehearsed things like a ballet, including his outbursts,” he said. LeBeouf has a theory about McEnroe’s frequent on court hissy fits: “It's not just screaming rage. He (McEnroe) used rage to throw people off. In that way, he's an artist.” 

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Source: Nordisk Film


Jake Gyllenhaal is getting raves for his role in the Boston marathon bombing drama Stronger. Gyllenhaal plays Jeff Bauman, a man who lost his legs in the bombing, while supporting his ex-girlfriend, who was running in the famous race. His courage and strength during rehab was a source of inspiration for the entire city. Gyllenhaal says it’s the toughest role of his career: “No matter how far you push yourself, to understand even the idea of that is almost close to impossible.” In cinemas October 19. 


Molly’s Game 

In this incredible true tale, Jessica Chastain plays Molly Bloom, an Olympic-hopeful skier from Colorado who winds up running an exclusive high-stakes poker game for celebrities and business tycoons. When the Russian mob comes to play, the former athlete becomes an FBI target. Molly’s Game is Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut and also stars Idris Elba, Michael Cera, Kevin Costner and Chris O'Dowd.  

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Source: Entertainment One 

I, Tonya

One of the most jaw-dropping stories in sport was the rivalry between US figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, which led to a violent hitman attack on Nancy arranged by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly. Kerrigan went on to win the silver medal while Harding finished eighth. Aussie Margot Robbie will take to the ice to play the disgraced Nancy – the actress trained for months at a rink to capture Harding’s signature spins. In cinemas February 15.

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Source: Chris Jackson  / Getty Images 

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