Without Limits is a 1998 biographical sports drama about record-breaking runner Steve Prefontaine, played by Billy Crudup, along with his coach, Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland,) who would go on to become the co-founder of Nike. Tom Cruise worked as a producer on the picture, which was distributed by Warner Bros.
The film was received fairly well from critics and audiences. Although it won no major awards, it holds nearly an 80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Unfortunately, it flopped at the box office crossing less than $800,000 against a $25 million-dollar budget.
Charlie Chaplin was a legend in the film industry. Most famous for his work on silent film, Chaplin tells the story of the British entertainer’s life, told in the form of flashbacks from the words of his own mouth as he talks to the editor of his autobiography. The actor and filmmaker created the iconic "tramp" character of the silent era. He then went onto create more hugely famous films like "The Great Dictator" and "Limelight."
Robert Downey Jr. plays the grownup version of the comedian in the motion picture, which in ’72 at the end of the movie, we see receive a Lifetime Achievement award. The film was nominated for several awards, including three Academy Awards, Best Actor, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Score.
Soul Surfer (2011)
AnnaSophia Robb stars in this 2011 biographical drama based on the life of Bethany Hamilton. Hamilton was a surfer who, in 2003 at the age of 13, was horrifically attacked by a shark, which caused her to lose her left arm and more than 60% of her blood. She survived to tell the tale. Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid share the screen with Rob for the production which grossed nearly $48 million on an $18 million budget.
Although the film did well at the box office, the receipt mixed reviews from audiences and critics alike. As of now, it sits at just a 46% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was most popular with young audiences, which resulted in two nominations at the Teen Choice Awards.
Brian’s Song (1971)
Brian’s Song is a made for TV movie from 1971, which premiered as an ABC Movie of the week, and tells the story of former Chicago Bears player, Brian Piccolo. Piccolo, portrayed by the late James Caan, played pro in the 1960s, and in 1965, was diagnosed with a terminal form of cancer, which resulted in his death in 1970.
The movie is widely regarded as being one of the best television films in history and holds a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It won several awards and was nominated for many more, including eight Emmys and the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Television Film.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
This 2019 film as written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, includes a star-studded cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Brad Pitt. It tells the story of an actor, Rick Dalton, and his stunt double, working to adjust to the changes in Hollywood during its Golden Age while living next door to the ill-fated Sharon Tate (Robbie.) Unlike the film, Sharon Tate was tragically killed in her home by the cult members of the Charles Manson gang. She was pregnant at the time and married to Roman Polanksi.
It received the number of accolades, including 10 nominations that year’s Academy Awards, among them, Best Picture, and a win for Pitt as Best Supporting Actor. The film also earned a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy.)