Next Goal Wins is a biographical sports comedy-drama film directed by Taika Waititi, who also co-wrote the film with Iain Morris. Based on a novel of the same name by Mike Brett and Steve Jamison, the film revolves around a Dutch American Football coach Thomas Rongen, who gets a choice to either be fired or convert the American Samoa national team into a great team, which was considered to be one of the weakest team in the world. Next Goal Wins stars Michael Fassbender, Oscar Knightley, Elisabeth Moss, Will Arnett, Rachel House, David Fane, and Kaimana. So, if you love the sports comedy film here are some similar shows you could watch next.
The Mighty Ducks (Disney+ & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Tough trial lawyer Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) never loses. But when he’s slapped with a community service assignment, he must coach a ragtag team of pee wee hockey players who can’t skate, can’t score, and can’t win! Reluctantly, Bombay takes on the assignment and soon realizes there are more important things than winning. Armed with this new attitude, feathers fly as Bombay and the Ducks battle along to the toughest game of their lives!
Bend It Like Beckham (Disney+, Hulu & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: A kaleidoscope of colour and culture clash humourously as an Indian family in London tries to raise their soccer-playing daughter in a traditional way. Unlike her tarty older sister, who is preparing for a lavish Indian wedding and a lifetime of cooking delicious dishes, Jess dreams of playing soccer professionally, like her hero, British soccer superstar, David Beckham. Wholeheartedly against Jess’ unorthodox ambition, her parents eventually reveal that their reservations have more to do with protecting her, than withholding her back. When Jess is forced to make a choice between tradition and her beloved sport, her family must decide whether to let her chase her dream… and a soccer ball… Bend It Like Beckham is a comedy about bending the rules to be yourself.
The Replacements (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of the 1987 NFL strike, this comedy tells the story of an over-the-hill coach (two-time Oscar winner Gene Hackman) and a washed-up former quarterback (Keanu Reeves) who lead a team of strike-bearing “replacement players” to a short but glorious season of victories in professional football. Co-starring Orlando Jones (The Time Machine, Chain of Fools) and Jon Favreau (Made, Swingers), with NFL announcers John Madden and Pat Summerall.
Eddie the Eagle (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
McFarland, USA (Disney+ & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Kevin Costner stars in Disney’s McFarland, USA, a moving film based on an inspirational true story of underdogs triumphing over tremendous obstacles. When Coach Jim White (Costner) arrives to teach at a predominantly Latino high school, everyone has a lot to learn about each other. But when Coach discovers the boys’ exceptional running ability, things change. Beyond their talent, it’s the power of family, commitment to each other and work ethic that transforms them into champions — helping them achieve their own American dream. Experience this heartwarming celebration of the human spirit in McFarland, USA.
Cool Runnings (Disney+ & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Based on a true story, this is the comedic saga of four Jamaican athletes going to extremes to compete as bobsled racers at the Winter Olympics. With few resources and virtually no clue about winter sports, it’s an uphill course for this troupe from the tropics who are sliding on thin ice as they go for the gold in Calgary, Canada. Refusing to let anything stand in their way, these four Jamaicans enlist the help of a down-and-out ex-champion American slider named Irv. Unavoidably drawn back to a sport he had come to loathe, Irv is faced with coaching a team of complete novices. But once committed, he is determined to turn them around and to somehow right the wrongs of his own failed career. It’s a bumpy ride but with pride, determination, and dignity, the bobsledders make their impossible dreams come true.
Hoosiers (Showtime & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Failed college coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackman) gets a chance at redemption when he is hired to direct the basketball program at a high school in a tiny Indiana town. After a teacher (Barbara Hershey) persuades star player Jimmy Chitwood to quit and focus on his long-neglected studies, Dale struggles to develop a winning team in the face of community criticism for his temper and his unconventional choice of assistant coach: Shooter (Dennis Hopper), a notorious alcoholic.
Coach Carter (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Based on an incredible true story, Coach Carter is the inspirational account of controversial basketball coach Ken Carter (Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson), who received both high praise and staunch criticism when he made national news for a gymnasium “lockout” of his entire undefeated team for poor academic performance. With the players, the parents, and the community rallying to get the team back on the court, Carter must overcome the obstacles of his environment and show the young men a future that stretches beyond gangs, drugs, prison and even basketball.
The Bad News Bears (Showtime & Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: In Bad News Bears, ex-minor leaguer Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) spikes his beer with liquor before taking a check to manage a little league baseball team. An assortment of misfits, the Bears share one thing: they’re all terrible players. At first, Buttermaker cares little for them. But after the boys get humiliated, he recruits secret weapon number one. More interested in ballet than baseball, Amanda (Tatum O’Neal), throws a knee-buckling curve. With Amanda pitching, and the others improving, the Bears gain respectability. When eleven-year-old, Harley-riding Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley) joins, the Bears become contenders. In the finals they play the Yankees, whose manager (Vic Morrow) mercilessly drives his players. Caught up in the competition, Buttermaker mistreats his team, until he realizes that they’re only children playing a game. In the end, though the Bears lose, they regain their pride as Buttermaker tastes redemption.
Chak De! India (Prime Video)
Synopsis: This ultimate Indian sports movie has Shahrukh Khan, the tainted ex-captain of the Indian Hockey team given a chance to redeem his reputation by coaching the Indian Women’s Hockey Team. Infighting, external opposition and even touches of racism and sexism are all the things he must overcome to make his team a winner. Game on…Chak de India!