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Sports are canceled. Many families are stuck at home for Spring Break. It seems fitting, then, to find some good sports-related movies that parents and kids can watch together. The problem is, many family-friendly sports movies are, well, bad. Here are five I recommend: 
5. "Cool Runnings" (1993)
"Cool Runnings" is the true story - or at least the "Disney-fication" - of the formation of Jamaica's first bobsled team for the Olympics. The late, great John Candy is a treasure here, and how was Doug E. Doug not more of a thing in the 90s?
Now streaming on Disney Plus
4. "42" (2013)
"42," is the story of Jackie Robinson and his historic breakthrough into Major League Baseball. Chadwick Boseman is excellent as Robinson and Harrison Ford was underratedly great as Dodgers team president Branch Ricky. 
This would be a movie for families with older kids - maybe at least age 10. This is not a movie that soft-pedals the despicable racism black players faced, but it could provide some great conversation for families. 
Available to rent on: Amazon, Vudu, Apple 
3. "Hoosiers" (1986)
Another one for families with older kids, "Hoosiers" is thought by many to be the best basketball movie ever. It's not - that's "Hoop Dreams," but "Hoosiers'" greatness can't be denied. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper are iconic, and it's a great reminder to work on free-throws. 
Now streaming on Starz 
Available to rent on: Google Play, Vudu, Apple
2. "A League of Their Own" (1992)
"A League of Their Own" is an often hilarious telling of the creation of the women's professional baseball league. As a bonus, it has Hollywood coronavirus patient zero Tom Hanks, who has never been funnier than he was in this.
"A League of Their Own" was my favorite baseball movie when it came out in 1992. That is, until our number one family sports movie came out the next year. 
Now streaming on Showtime
Available to rent on: Amazon, Vudu, Google Play

1. "The Sandlot" (1993)
"The Sandlot" is a perfect movie - a film with a nostalgic love for America's game and what it means to the many kids who play it. Set in the early 60s it has a flawless sense of time and place. How could we forget characters like Squints, Ham and Smalls? We feel like we know them. 
It's a heaping slice of Americana Nd something I will love... "for-ev-ver."
Available to rent on: Amazon, Vudu, Google Play
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