Statement: Watching people training hard for things is entertaining.
A quick scan of this list will reveal a group of movies with vastly different types of training and while some may not be incredibly inspiring, they are each entertaining in their own way.
Here are 10 movies with awesome training scenes:
Remember The Titans
In the category of inspirational, Remember The Titans is right up there with the best of them. Watching the team train on screen and then cheering them on to victory is what makes these types of movies sensational.
It was clear to me when I started this list that spy movies would be represented in some way. What I love about The Recruit is how well the training sequences are integrated into the overall story. Plus, I can watch Al Pacino in just about anything.
This is probably a surprise addition to some but I find this movie entertaining. It definitely wins the award for most original training scenes.
“Get your hand on that wall!”
This movie came out of no where and really impressed. Some of the best movies with training sequences take place in specialty schools where exceptional people excel. The Guardian takes you through the grueling training the coast guard puts it’s new recruits through. It’s fascinating to watch.
The Mighty Ducks
Take your pick. D1 and D2 both provide some pretty great training sequences. They are some of the funniest training scenes you’ll ever see. The Mighty Ducks is one of my favorite sports movies but I give the edge to D2 this time.
Million Dollar Baby
Nobody should be shocked that a boxing movie made this list. Million Dollar Baby is a prime example of the heights dedication allows you to reach. Being passionate about something and putting in the work will always bring results.
Is it weird that I feel like jogging right now?
“I know kung fu.”
Easily the coolest movie on this list. Who wouldn’t want a giant needle rammed into their skulls in order to learn how to fight in a matter of seconds? Imagine the possibilities.
Full Metal Jacket
And the award for bad ass training goes to…
I’m fairly certain I’ve never seen this movie all the way through but I’ve definitely seen the first 30 minutes about a million times. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I was in that unit and had to deal with Sergeant Hartman.
I think I would have laughed. Which would have had drastic effects on my well being.
The Karate Kid
I’ve written a lot about those who are training on this list but what about the trainers? Who doesn’t love Mr. Miyagi!
When I was a kid, I considered the crane kick a part of my fighting arsenal. Who’s with me?
Boxing. The kings of the training movies. How could I leave Rocky off of this list. A series of 5 movies about defying the odds and becoming a champion. Rocky is one of the most inspirational characters in history. Watching him train is equally inspirational.