7 Greatest Sports Films With A Female Lead

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Mary Kom (2014) - Netflix

A biographical sports drama that chronicles the life of Indian boxer Mary Kom. Priyanka Chopra stars in the titular role, delivering a powerful performance as she depicts Kom's journey from a small village in Manipur to becoming a five-time world boxing champion.

Chak De! India (2007) - Prime Video

The film centers on the Women's Hockey team's journey to the World Cup. Each character's story reflects the broader struggles of women in sports, dealing with issues such as societal pressure, gender discrimination, and the pursuit of excellence.

Irudhi Suttru (2016) / Saala Khadoos (2016) - SonyLiv

"Irudhi Suttru" (also known as "Saala Khadoos" in Hindi) is a Tamil sports drama that stars Ritika Singh as Madhi, a feisty young woman from a poor fishing community who dreams of becoming a boxing champion.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002) - N/A

The film follows Jess Bhamra (Parminder Nagra), a British-Indian teenager with a passion for soccer. Despite her traditional family's objections, Jess pursues her dream of playing professionally, with the help of her friend Jules (Keira Knightley) and their coach Joe (Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

Queen of Katwe (2016) - Disney+ Hotstar

"Queen of Katwe" is a biographical sports drama based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi (Madina Nalwanga), a young girl from the slums of Katwe in Uganda who rises to become a chess prodigy.

Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Prime Video

In "Million Dollar Baby," Hilary Swank plays Maggie Fitzgerald, a determined and aspiring boxer who convinces a reluctant trainer, Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood), to help her achieve her dream.

Battle of the Sexes (2017) - Prime Video Rent

A biographical sports film that centers on the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). Emma Stone's portrayal of King captures the iconic tennis player's fight for gender equality both on and off the court.

Ghoomer (2023) - ZEE5

"Ghoomer" follows the inspiring story of a young paraplegic cricketer, portrayed by Saiyami Kher, who overcomes physical and societal obstacles to pursue her passion for cricket. The film is a tribute to the indomitable human spirit and the power of determination in the face of adversity.

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