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3 Great Sports Movies For A Romantic Evening


10th Sep 2020 Film & TV

3 Great Sports Movies For A Romantic Evening

Anyone who has ever tried to decide which movie to watch on a date night will have wrestled with the difficulties of making the right choice.

Anyone who has ever tried to decide which movie to watch on a date night will have wrestled with the difficulties of making the right choice.

Romantic comedies are often the ‘go-to’ genre for many people, although they can often leave one half of the equation feeling a little underwhelmed.

Sports movies might seem like an odd way to go, but if you pick the right one they can be hugely rewarding for both parties.

Many top sports movies skilfully intertwine a love story as part of the plot, so read on as we look at three films that have the power to provide a perfect date night.

Jerry Maguire

Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who falls out with his bosses and ends up with just one client on his books – NFL player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr).

The movie centres around Maguire’s efforts to secure a big money deal for Tidwell and the impact that has on his own relationship with Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger).

Boyd is initially supportive of his new venture and subsequently marries Maguire, but the strain eventually proves to be too much and the couple split.

Maguire works his socks off to seal a bumper deal for Tidwell, before attempting to reunite with his wife in an emotional ending that we won’t spoil!

Bull Durham

Recent research by Betway showed that baseball is one of the most popular vehicles for Hollywood producers when it comes it making sports movies.

Bull Durham proves that point to perfection, with the film chronicling the lives of three people brought together by America’s greatest pastime.

Starring Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, the movie expertly uses baseball as the backdrop to the story of a love triangle involving the trio’s characters.

Costner went on to have further success in a baseball-themed film with the excellent Field of Dreams, further highlighting the sport’s appeal with moviegoers.


Peter Colt (Paul Bettany) is a professional tennis player who has dropped out of the top 100 in the world after losing his appetite for the sport.

He meets a young player on the women's circuit called Lizzie Bradbury (Kirsten Dunst), who helps him rediscover his focus just in time for Wimbledon.

The pair embark on a ‘friends with benefits’ type relationship during the tournament, which quickly spirals into a full-blown love affair.

Tennis is just a convenient sideshow for the romance in a film where Bettany and Dunst demonstrate the on-screen chemistry that all good movies are built upon.

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