Whoever said that playing like a girl was lame could sit their ass back at the bench and watch these ladies pack the winning punch for the team. If you’re looking for something to inspire you to get up on your feet and try your hand at playing ball, these films prove how girls are just as capable in the field to win home run. – CASA BIANCA
A League Of Their Own (1992)
Set in the backdrop of WWII where most of American’s stock of athletic men were depleted during the war, their open fields were left to dust until an all-female baseball league takes the mantle for themselves and create a league of their own. Sentimental and light, this film captures the simple longing of girls to do what they do best out in the field.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The film follows the tale of Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), a veteran boxing trainer who has devoted his life to the ring and Maggie Fitzgerald (Hilary Swank), a waitress seeking a way out of her old life. Struggling to prove her worth as a viable fighter, Maggie works hard to convince Frankie that women can be just as strong inside the ring as any other men he’s trained, and her palpable yearning and determination wins the match.
Whip It (2009)
Living in a small-town Texas, Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) struggles to break out from the mold her mother has pictured for her – which is to constantly win beauty pageants. Living in misery, things change for Bliss when she discovers a women’s roller derby league called the Hurl Scouts, and she was thrown into a world of punk-rock loving misfits who know how play it rough on the rink. In a flurry of bruises and aggressive determination, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut is a superb story that pumps you up to have fun and go against people’s cookie-cutter image of a woman.
Girl Fight (2000)
Newcomer Michelle Rodriguez in an astounding performance alongside Jaime Tirelli, Paul Calderon and Santiago Douglas. Nothing comes easy for Diana Guzman, a troubled girl on the brink of womanhood. Her teachers don’t understand her, her father underestimates her and her friends are few. Diana struggles to find respect and dignity every day. Diana is a quick tempered young woman who finds discipline, self-respect and love in the most unlikely place – a boxing ring.
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
A comedy about bending the rules to reach your goal, Bend It Like Beckham explores the world of women’s football, from kick-abouts in the park to free-kicks in the final. Set in Hounslow, West London and Hamburg, the film follows two 18-year-olds with their hearts set on a future in professional soccer. Heart-stopping talent doesn’t seem to be enough when your parents want you to hang up your football boots, find a nice boyfriend and learn to cook the perfect chapatti.