The world of sports is awash with incredible stories, tales of triumph over adversity, of never giving up despite the odds, of struggles great and small that transcend mere games and athletic contests. That’s why films based on real-life sports stories, stories so unbelievable that if they were made up you’d never believe them for a second, have proliferated throughout the history of cinema.

The Jesse Owens biopic, Race, opened last week, and Eddie the Eagle hits theaters this weekend, but those are far from the only ones on the way. UFC fighter Ronda Rousey will star in her own biopic, NBA player Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, the first African American player signed to play in the NBA will have his story told, and the "Battle of the Sexes" between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King will unfold in theaters. With this in mind, here are seven true sports stories that would make for great movies.

Jimmy V
Jim Valvano
The coach that led North Carolina State University to an unlikely NCAA basketball championship in 1983, Jim Valvano was not only remembered for his frantic, post-game run up and down the court looking for someone to hug, but for a moving speech he gave about courage and perseverance he gave just weeks before he died after a battle with bone cancer.

Jimmy V’s legacy is still very much felt in the world of sports, he’s a charming, charismatic figure, and his story is powerful, poignant, and both hopeful and heartbreaking. In short, it’s perfect fodder for cinematic greatness. He may be a bit young, but Steven Strait (The Expanse) looks the part, while someone like Bill Murray, who is a bit too old, has the right mix of charm, humor, and pathos to bring this man to life.

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