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  • 3 sports movies that can make you proud to be American

  • With the Fourth of July upon us, here are three sports movies that can make you proud to be American.

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  • In 1776, the people living in what is now the United States of America declared independence from the crown. The move seemed foolish as the British had an unstoppable military and the "rebels" could only muster a rag-tag group of civilians turned soldiers. Yet the Revolutionary War tilted the way of the patriots in a true underdog story. Here are three underdog sports movies that can make you proud to be American.
    Rocky
    In "Rocky," Sylvester Stallone plays Rocky Balboa, an unknown boxer from the rough city of Philadelphia. In a rare turn of events, Balboa is slated to face the heavy weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a match. From the get-go, Balboa has little chance of competing in the bout. He is too slow, has no access to good facilities, has a cranky old trainer and is altogether severely overmatched. Still, like the revolutionary army, what Balboa lacks in natural gifts and resources he makes up for in self-belief and heart. I dare you not to feel a rush of excitement when Rocky runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art while the theme song is blaring. If "Rocky" is not patriotic enough for you, watch "Rocky IV" where Rocky basically single-handedly brings down communism.
    Ok.com says "Rocky" is OK for audiences 10 and older.
    Miracle
    Speaking of communism, "Miracle" is another great sports movie that should make you proud to be American. In 1980, Russia was firmly entrenched as a world superpower as well as boasting one of the greatest hockey teams of all time. Though the United States was also a world superpower, its hockey team was far behind. While the Russian team was believed to be unbeatable, the American team was full of college kids with little life experience and a dearth of elite talent. When the two teams squared off in the Winter Olympics of that year, few gave the Americans any chance of winning. The ending of the game is so improbable that you may find yourself shouting with the annoucer at the time, Al Michaels, as he bursts out "do you believe in miracles?"
    Ok.com says "Miracle" is OK for audiences 8 and older.
    Seabiscuit
    If the two above listed movies do not fill your needs for underdog stories, then surely "Seabiscuit" will. Set during the Great Depression, "Seabiscuit" follows a bunch of people (and a horse) that have been beaten down by life in one way or another. As owner of the horse, Charles Howard, states, "Our horse is too small. Our jockey's too big. Our trainer's too old. And I'm too dumb to know the difference." While each of the members of the team involved have their challenges and weaknesses, together they form an incredible team that fearlessly tracks down the supposed best racehorse in the world and challenges him to a race. "Seabiscuit" is another movie about how indomitable will that has exemplified the American people since the inception of the country can overcome any challenges.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ok.com says "Seabiscuit" is OK for audiences 13 and older.
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