9 Movies to Inspire the Athlete in You

Hoosiers (1986)

In this classic, a small-town Indiana basketball team wins the state championship under the guidance of new coach Norman Dale, who has a somewhat checkered past. Though the team and the community originally clash with Dale’s tough coaching style, viewers eventually see the team’s transformation as players buy into Dale’s system of discipline and teamwork. “Five players on the floor functioning as one single unit: team, team, team — no one more important that the other,” Dale, played by Gene Hackman, says at one point. With a celebrated film score and beautiful, shadowed shots dedicated to gyms and the aesthetics of basketball, you’d be hard pressed not to want to perfect your craft after watching this film, which Robert Ebert called “all heart.”