Sports films may not occupy a huge space in the cinematic canon, but no one can argue that many of the best aren't some of the most beloved.
While the teams, players and athletes we loyally cheer on, or just enjoy watching, don't always follow the script written in our hopes and dreams, sports films often capture the moments of triumph that are often so fleeting in reality, as well as bring to life the game in ways we could never imagine.
Just as the seemingly impossible sometimes becomes all too real on the field, the rink or court, great sports movies often take liberties with reality. How entertaining would a biopic about Muhammad Ali be if it was nothing more than actors recreating history without any re-imagining?
That's what documentaries are for. Creativity doesn't have to betray the essence of the story. However, sometimes sports films ask us to suspend a belief just a little too much, for better or worse. This can be totally true to the spirit of the movie, but it can also be a major distraction or can lie somewhere in between.
These are the "20 Most Unrealistic Moments in Sports Movies Plots."