The 90s were definitely the golden age of live-action kids movies, especially sports stories. I grew up watching these tales of underdogs beating the "favorite," of unlikely friendships being made through sport and competition, and of people figuring out who they truly are.
It was great to see these things happen as a kid, and I truly think it helped define my love of sports and "friendly" competition.
Hollywood hasn't seen fit to give us a classic kid's sports movie in quite some time, so let's look back at the 8 best from the 90s.
1. Little Giants
Nothing is more American than pee-wee football. The Little Giants pits two brothers against each other, as coaches, as they each form a team to play for the right to represent their town in the football league.
In the end the brothers come together after realizing they are stronger together than they are apart, and they unite their town's kids under the banner of a single team. Oh, and this movie also proves that girls can play football too.
2. The Mighty Ducks
What happens when you put a stuck up, high-priced lawyer forced to coach a youth hockey team, with a group of misfits who have a hard time even skating? You get The Mighty Ducks: a story of redemption, overcoming the odds, and realizing potential.
Joshua Jackson gave us the first taste of his talents as young Charlie Conway, and he played the role of angry pre-teen to perfection.
3. Angels in the Outfield
This movie was actually quite sad. Two young foster kids who love baseball are the center of the story. The elder of the kids asks his real dad "when are we going to be a family again?" His response, "when the Angels win the pennant." Essentially telling his son that it will never happen. The boy prays, asking God to help the Angels win, and God actually answers by sending his angels down to help the team.
In the end the boys realize that family is more than blood, and they both live happily ever after.
4. Rookie of the Year
Another baseball movie makes this list. Most kids' first dreams are to become professional athletes. In a lot cases you are more likely to win the lottery than make it to the pros. But after a freak accident causes a young boy to break his arm he is put in an upper-body cast. When the cast comes off, the boy realizes that he has the ability to throw a baseball harder than anyone else in the world. Through a series of hijinks he ends up as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and the hilarity just continues from there.