Can You Identify These ’90s Kids Sports Movies?

By: Lauren Lubas
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From soccer to hockey to baseball, children's movies of the 1990s delivered some inspirational teams that overcame insurmountable odds to make it to the championships, the finals or even the Olympics. '90s kids watched as low-income heroes triumphed over rich, well-dressed teams. The narrative arcs showed us that everyone wants to give up sometimes, but a good coach, teammate or parent can bring you back so you can win your prize. We watched our favorite characters grow through sequels and survive hardships time and again (somehow always the same types of hardships, and somehow always with the same realization at the end). We didn't care how cheesy the dialog was; we just wanted to see our favorite players win in our favorite sports. It never mattered what the movie was about in the 1990s; all that mattered was that the team had a nerd, an overweight funny kid, a superhero (who could play the game better than all of the other players on the team combined) and a new guy. While few characters crossed over in these categories, very few of the '90s sports movies featuring kids broke their formula too much.

If you grew up hoping the Mighty Ducks beat the Sharks or you just have a love for teen athletes, we have the quiz you've been looking for. It's time to see if you can identify all of these '90s kids sports movies.

"Rookie of the Year" (1993) was about a boy who broke his arm and felt as though he could still pitch. His stance and delivery were way off, but for some reason, he could pitch faster than any MLB player. Hey, it worked in the '90s.

We all remember Joshua Jackson in his childhood role as Charlie Conway, the heart of the Mighty Ducks team. This movie came out when it was totally cool for those who break the law to teach kids how to play hockey properly.

"You're killin' me, Smalls!" is one of the most well-known lines from "The Sandlot" (1993). Though 1993 was a big year for baseball movies, this one holds a place in the hearts of many '90s kids.

Remember when Steve Guttenberg was in, like, every movie? So do we, and yes, he was in "The Big Green" (1995), a film about small-town kids who don't have much to do except run around in a field.

This was the decade of the Chicago Bulls, and what better way to make money off of Michael Jordan's magical jumping powers than to have him in a movie with the Looney Toons? Hey, at least we got to meet an adult female bunny in this one.

"Angels in the Outfield" (1994) teaches kids that it's totally fine to cheat, as long as a celestial being is doing the cheating for you. Don't believe us? Watch the movie again and see what happens when Christopher Lloyd moves the foul post.

While the 1990s weren't necessarily hurting for movie ideas, it was a time when children had expendable funds, and they liked to spend those funds on seeing movies ... And what's better than a movie that involves animals and sports at the same time? Nothing, that's what.

There are some interesting plot lines in 1990s kids movies, but one of the most outlandish of them all was the fact that a minor was running a major league baseball team (yes, he owned them and managed them).

The plot of "He Got Game" (1998) isn't as outlandish as people think it is. When it comes to recruiting college athletes, some people will go to great extents to ensure the star players land on their teams, as was the case in this movie.

Starring John Candy before his untimely death, "Cool Runnings" (1993) was about Jamaica trying to form a bobsled team for the Olympics. As inspirational and funny as this movie was, it was also based on a true story.

Whoever decided to name a sequel the same as the original with a simple "2" in it was pretty special. However, "D2: The Mighty Ducks" gave us nearly the same plot as the original that had come out just two years before. It was a sad attempt to make a little more money.

"Varsity Blues" (1999) showed just how difficult it was for teenagers in the 1990s. They were still told what to do, and they still had their lives mapped out for them. Of course, it did show us how to stand up to our parents.

The 1990s really dug in hard on how college athletics changes a person. In "Blue Chips" (1994), we watch Nick Nolte do some pretty crazy stuff to get his team to win.

Really? That's what you're going to name this movie? All right, that's fine. In this, the third installment of "The Mighty Ducks" franchise, we watch our favorite ragtag team go to prep school and get mad at the varsity hockey team for being a bunch of jerks. That's pretty much the entire movie. Seriously.

The cheesiest thing you could do to a tall person in the 1990s was ask them how the air was up there. This movie took that cheesiness and put it on the big screen. At least Kevin Bacon learned a lot of lessons on his trip.

If a movie with a dog playing basketball can make money, why wouldn't a movie with a dog playing football make money? This is what the production studio asked before they hit the green light on "Air Bud: Golden Receiver" (1998).

As far as the "Major League" franchise is concerned, this is right on par with the first movie. "Major League II" brought us to the World Series and gave us more of the characters that we loved.

"The Scout" (1994) was about a baseball player who had it all. No one thought this could ever be a real person (until we met Mark Prior). Unfortunately, this player has a little bit of a psychological issue that needs to be addressed.

"Prefontaine" (1997) stars Jared Leto as a man who just loves to run. While the film cost around eight million dollars to produce, it only made just over half a million dollars at the box office.

Whoopi Goldberg was all the rage in the 1990s. She was like the Samuel L. Jackson of the early 1990s (as in she was literally in every film ever made). It was only a matter of time before someone put her front and center in a movie and made her a professional basketball coach.

"The Program" (1993) was a film that had the drama that many were looking for in sports movies along with the grit of what it really takes to be a college football coach with a winning team.

"Toe pick!" What happens when you mix a spoiled rich girl with a dirty ex-hockey player? 1990s sports-movie magic is what happens. This movie is all about two worlds colliding and the intense teamwork that is a result of said collision.

"Little Giants" (1994) was the quintessential '90s kids sports movie. It included a team of misfits (and low-income kids), a new kid, a love interest and an adult rivalry. However, it did show that girls could be good at football.

While "Happy Gilmore" (1996) was a little more for adults, pretty much every '90s kid watched it at a friend's house or in the dark when their parents weren't looking. Adam Sandler just had that much appeal back then.

"Hoop Dreams" (1994) tells the story of two inner-city Chicago children who want to do more with their lives. That is why they have to walk an hour and a half to a school that has a better basketball program.

Everyone remembers "The Waterboy" (1998) as one of Adam Sandler's last great movies. He plays a young sheltered boy who doesn't know much, but he does know that Gatorade is the devil.

"Kingpin" (1996) was directed by the Farrelly brothers and showed us a darker side to some of our favorite actors. Bill Murray and Woody Harrelson star in this ... very interesting film about what it's like to be a professional bowler.

In Mystery, Alaska, there isn't much for people to do, except ice skate down a frozen river. However, when the New York Rangers want to play a hockey game against the local team, inspiration is abounds.

Jared Leto starred in "Prefontaine" (1997), but two years later, Billy Crudup took on the role and attempted to retell the inspirational story in a different way. This time, it was produced by Tom Cruise.

While the majority of the "Major League" cast didn't show up for this film, we were lucky enough to see Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) and his voodoo antics in this film.

The early 1990s had its fair share of movies that starred conmen. For some reason, we loved seeing people get conned back then. "Diggstown" (1992) was no exception. James Woods stars as a recently released conman in this boxing movie.

The 1990s were all about the Wayans brothers. When one of those brothers hits the court with a ghost, this dark comedy becomes a sensation. This movie was fun for people of all ages back then, but it was mostly marketed to children.

In the swing of his success on "Friends," Matt LeBlanc attempted to make the transition to the big screen in this hit of a movie, "Ed" (1996). While the movie wasn't very memorable, it did make over four million in theaters.

When you put Tom Hanks and Geena Davis on the same frame, magic happens. "A League of Their Own" (1992) smashed box-office expectations and became a huge hit as both a historical movie and a comedy.

Yes, that was the premise for this movie. Not only did Keanu Reeves have to learn how to surf, but he also had to do so while investigating a surf gang that was robbing banks on his turf.

This movie would probably never be made these days, but in 1992, having a boy dress up like a girl in order to win a soccer tournament was totally cool ... as long as no one found out he was a boy.

Yet another movie about a college sports team that needs more help. While the team doesn't do well, they learn that letting girls play football is the only way they'll be able to win.

"We're the bad luck guys!" "Celtic Pride" (1996) showed exactly what pride gets you when two Celtic superfans kidnap a member of the opposing team in order to give their team an edge.

There is nothing like Jonathan Brandis fantasizing about being Chuck Norris's best friend and sidekick. Did we mention that his character suffers from asthma? Well, he works hard and gets what he wants, so this one is at the top of the cheese charts for us.

We love Mr. Miyagi, and we love that he taught anyone who was willing to listen. While we all wanted to see a new Karate Kid movie, it turns we really meant "Cobra Kai" (2018), not a new student.

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