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Best Speeches from Coaches in Sports Movies, Ranked

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Some of the most inspirational speeches have been given by sports coaches. Whether they are movies about football or movies about the Olympics, one thing they have in common is, at the moment of need, the head coach delivered an impactful speech that turned the game around for the players. The coaches in sports movies and even sports biopics play influential roles in their players’ lives.

Most of the sports movies on this list are based on true life events, while some are fiction that made for great cinema. Regardless of the background, the one thing they all have in common is the coaches. While there are a number of great speeches given by coaches, here are some of our favorite speeches from coaches in sports movies, ranked.

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“No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around.”

Rudy is based on the true story of Rudy Ruettiger, the five-foot-six defensive end who went through three rejections before being accepted to his dream school, Notre Dame. The film centers around his time at Notre Dame and his pursuit of a spot on the football team. Coach Dan Devine, played by Chelcie Ross, does not have many motivational speeches in the film. The one he does have comes from inside the locker room. It’s short and sweet, but powerful.

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“And most important, don’t get caught up thinking about winning or losing this game. If you put your effort and concentration into playing to your potential, to be the best that you can be, I don’t care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game. In my book, we’re gonna be winners!”

Also inspired by true events, Hoosiers takes place on the basketball court for a small-town Indiana basketball team. This speech took place at the Indiana Regionals final game during which the team had to face their toughest opponent yet. Coach Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, goes through his own journey in this film that shows him first as a tough “no attitude” coach to one who is backed fully by his team. It seems that both the players and the coach needed each other to win state.

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