Can You Name These '90s Sports Movies?

By: Olivia C

"The Sandlot" is a 1993 kiddie baseball film. But its story is actually set during the ‘60s.

Emilio Estevez stars in "The Mighty Ducks." It was a mighty hit!

The legendary Michael Jordan appears in "Space Jam." The Looney Tunes gang is also there!

You had me at hello, Jerry Maguire! Since 1996!

"Tin Cup" was released in 1996. It stars Kevin Costner playing golf. What, not baseball?

"Cool Runnings" is the 1993 aspirational story of a Jamaican team hell-bent on competing at the Winter Olympics. They wanted to bobsled!

Bet ya didn’t know that Hilary Swank was touted as "The Next Karate Kid." Well, she did become the Million Dollar Baby when she grew up…

"Rocky V" is, obviously, the fifth incarnation of the Balboa boxer saga. Stallone’s real-life son, Sage, appeared here.

"The Cutting Edge" is the cute 1992 rom-com about two ice skaters. Who knew love could melt some ice this way?

The 1998 film "Air Bud" is, indeed, a legit sports film. That’s a golden retriever playing hoops.

Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson are a barrel of laughs to watch in "White Men Can’t Jump." The 1992 film tried to figure this mystery out. Watch to see if it’s true!

"The Big Green" is a ‘90s Disney sports flick. So of course, it’s full of cute kids, this time playing soccer.

The 1991 film "Point Break" is not entirely about surfing. There’s a mystery in there, too, as it’s actually a crime film.

If you want to see Tom Cruise as a NASCAR guy, watch "Days of Thunder." It was released in 1990 and co-starred ex-wifey Nicole Kidman.

Tom Hanks is brilliant as the washed-up baseball coach of an all-women baseball team. Of course, all of the women shone here.

"Searching for Bobby Fischer" is a 1993 film based on a true story. Its focus is on the life of a chess child prodigy, not the veteran champ they’re looking for.

"The Basketball Diaries" is actually a biopic. It’s about a promising basketball player who got into drugs.

Many of the ‘90s sports flicks were biopics of athletes. "Rudy" was one of them, about football athlete Daniel Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger.

"Happy Gilmore" stars Adam Sandler. Well, you know how his comedies go…

"Once Upon A Time in China" was released in 1991. It garnered international success for this kind of martial arts genre, as well as Hollywood popularity for its star, Jet Li.

"Kingpin" is a 1996 film directed by the Farrelly brothers. And yes, it’s about bowling, and it’s a comedy.

Looking for an exciting poker film? Catch this 1998 one called "Rounders," starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton.

Oliver Stone also gave his hand at directing a sports film. That’s "Any Given Sunday," starring Al Pacino no less.

"Without Limits" is a 1998 sports biographical film. It’s about the running great named Steve Prefontaine and his intuitive coach.

Denzel Washington stars in "He Got Game." This was released back in 1998.

Looking for a cute Joseph Gordon-Levitt film? Try this teen flick of his called "Angels in the Outfield," released back in 1994.

Famed writer-producer David E. Kelley penned "Mystery, Alaska." That’s why this 1999 hockey film has a great story.

"The Ladybugs" is a 1992 comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield. No, he’s not the one playing soccer here, directly.

It’s basketball meets gangsta hip-hop, of sorts. "Above The Rim" stars Tupac Shakur and Duane Martin.

James Van Der Beek paused in being Dawson for a while and filmed "Varsity Blues" during the ‘90s. The 1999 film is about a high school football team.

"Iron Will" is actually about dogsled racing. But there’s an emotional story attached to it, of course.

"The Hurricane" is yet another ‘90s sports bioflick. It stars Denzel Washington as the boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.

Jonathan Brandis is the teen and Chuck Norris is the adult idol in "Sidekicks." You know, it tried to ride along the popularity of the "Karate Kid" films…

"Aspen Extreme" is a 1993 film about ski instructors. And yes, it’s set in Aspen, Colorado.

If you like dancing reality TV shows, then you should watch "Strictly Ballroom." This 1992 Australian film is still a gem, since it’s directed by Baz Luhrmann.

"The Waterboy" is a 1998 film starring Adam Sandler. Yes, he sure likes mixing sports and laughs …

You can’t grow up in the ‘90s and miss an Ernest movie! So "Slam Dunk Ernest" is 1995’s attempt to show you his sporty side.

"The Babe" is the 1992 biofilm about George Herman Ruth, or Babe Ruth. He was played by John Goodman to a T.

"Necessary Roughness" is actually a sports comedy film. It stars Scott Bakula of "Quantum Leap" fame.

"Mortal Kombat" is a 1995 martial arts fighting film. However, it’s more viewed as a fantasy and sci-fi film combined.

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About This Quiz

The 1990s were a great time of intersections for many eras in society, locally and worldwide. The world was changing a lot during those times, and those changes influenced many parts of our culture. Societies also had to adapt to many of these changes. And the adaptations are cool and accepted, mostly.

One sector that embraced changing times gladly is the entertainment sector. Be it film, TV, music or any other kind of entertainment venue, the world of show business always welcomed many innovations and developments. That's because, as part of the arts world as well, the entrepreneurs of this sector are also artists. Art always reflects the changing times, records the sentiments of an era, and provides humor and comfort by offering familiar stories and characters to people who may need it in real life.

For the reel life of the '90s, it was a curious observation to see that there were so many great sports films that came out of this era. Sports, too, was at the cusp of so many changes back then, and it's but natural that the film world captured that and preserved that, through cinematic stories.

So, do you think you can name many of these interesting '90s sports movies? Most of them became cinematic classics outside of this category. Try your hand at it, and play nicely! 

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