We’ve all seen those iconic locker room scenes in the movies – the ones where the football, basketball, baseball or any other sports team has an inspirational coach who not only changes their game but also their life.
See how many of these top 10 locker room scenes you remember:
- Coach Carter (2009)
Based on a true story of how coach Ken Carter (Samuel L Jackson) teaches his players there’s more to life than basketball, Coach Carter’s emotional, powerful locker room speech shows how he tries to lift their spirits after they lose the final of the basketball state championship. He tells them why he’s proud of them and makes them consider their personal triumphs as human beings.
- D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) is coach of Team USA, a kids’ ice-hockey team playing in the International Junior Goodwill Games. Getting through to the final against Iceland, Team USA frustrate Bombay with sloppy play. Knowing they can do better, he inspires the youngsters with an emotional locker room speech and they return to the ice fired up.
- Friday Night Lights (2004)
Billy Bob Thornton plays Coach Gaines who guides a high-school football team through not only the season but also the challenges of day-to-day life. In the locker room, he explains “being perfect” isn’t about success on the pitch, it’s more about “looking your friends in the eye and knowing you didn’t let them down”.
- Remember the Titans (2000)
Based on a true story, assistant coach Bill Yoast (Will Patton) tells the football team they must do the right thing, regardless of the cost, as he makes a stand against bigotry during their first season as a racially integrated team in early 1970s Virginia. He tells his players, “I don’t want them to gain another yard!” as he sends them back out to the field of play.
- A League of Their Own (1992)
Tom Hanks stars as coach Jimmy Dugan, a former top baseball player who’s now an alcoholic. He’s asked to coach a team in the All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League, founded in 1943. Dugan sobers up, regains his self-respect and the team shows promise. During his locker room speech, slightly awkward because he’s unused to coaching girls, he says, “May our feet be swift, may our bats be mighty.”
- We Are Marshall (2006)
Based on the true story of an horrific plane crash which killed 75 members of Marshall University’s football squad, including players and coaching staff, We Are Marshall stars Matthew McConaughey as head coach Jack Lengyel, who helps rebuild the team and the local community after the accident. He tells the squad, “This is your opportunity to rise from these ashes”, encouraging them to play for their fallen teammates.
- Any Given Sunday (1999)
Oliver Stone’s football epic shows football coach Tony D’Amato (Al Pacino) building the locker room into a frenzy with his famous speech, telling the young players to look at the guy next to them and know he will sacrifice himself for the team. “He knows, when it comes down to it, you’re gonna do the same,” says D’Amato, his gruff voice exploding into a roar.
- Rocky III (1982)
One of the biggest all time tear-jerkers occurs when boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns to the locker room after losing to Clubber Lang, only to find his long-time coach and friend Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith) dying, after suffering a heart attack. All the trainer cares about is whether his protégé won the fight. Rocky lies, “It was a knockout,” and Mickey tells the boxer he loves him, before slowly fading away.
- Hoosiers (1986)
In this classic underdog tale, Gene Hackman stars as Norman Dale, the basketball coach at Hickory High School in a rural American town. The failing team is finally rejuvenated and reaches a state final when his locker room speech fires up the youngsters. He tells them if they are the best that they can be, then no matter what the scoreboard says at the end, they’ll be winners.
- Miracle (2004)
Kurt Russell plays Herb Brooks in the true story of the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team who triumphed against all the odds, despite a seemingly invincible Russian squad. His intense locker room pep talk is tough and doesn’t mince words. He reminds his players they can win and not to believe the hype because all that matters, is these three periods.
Judging by the number of films with emotional locker room scenes, it’s obvious that this is the heart of the team – where games are either won or lost. Crown Sports Lockers provides a comprehensive selection of locker solutions. We are a leading UK manufacturer of wooden lockers and changing room furniture including bespoke options for gyms, golf clubs, spas and many other environments. Please contact us for further details.