Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Victories!

My taste in films and books are wide and eclectic…to some extent. One of my favorite types of films is the ones with victorious endings. The battle is won, the underdog is triumphant, and good kicks evil in the ass. So here are a few of my favorite film victories.

Braveheart: Yes William Wallace was beheaded, but there is no doubt his passion, drive, and fearlessness is what helped Scotland win their freedom even after his death.


Rocky: Classic underdog movie. You have the cocky champ, Apollo Creed, and the unknown Italian how he wins that makes his victory all the sweeter. Oh, and it has one of the most recognized theme songs out there.
Stallion. Its one of those films that you know the ending before it begins. Rocky has to win, but it’s all the stuff in between and just


Rudy: After overcoming the odds, small statue for football, dyslexia, and all-around rejection, Rudy not only gets into Notre Dame, but gets on the football team. He finally gets to play in the last game of his senior year. And Notre Dame wins. Victory for Rudy!


Seabiscuit: Small horse, big jockey, and an old trainer is a recipe for disaster. This should just tell you, never judge a book by its cover…or a horse by its size, cause Seabiscuit can go!!!


Billy Elliot: Sometimes victory isn’t about winning a battle, game, or race. Sometimes it’s about being brave enough to go after what you want out of life. Billy, the son and brother of rough coal miners didn’t really understand why dancing made him feel like energy. But when he is finally able to dance in front of his father, basically saying ‘this is me, love it or leave it’, he has himself a victory. I think there are small victories all over this film. And the end, with a grown up Billy dancing lead in Swan Lake is the best victory of all. Love this film!

There are so many movies for this category. Tell me which of these is your favorite. As always, tell me if your favorite isn’t up here!


  1. I love all these picks. But a movie that will make you believe anyone can change the world, is Music Within about Richard Pimentel, who returns from Vietnam severely hearing -impaired and efforts on the behalf of Americans with disabilities.

  2. I actually really enjoy Rocky, although when I first started the movie I didn't think I would. Love underdog stories...they are just fantastically uplifting!

  3. I think I'll go with Braveheart. It touched my heart in many ways.

  4. From your list, Braveheart, but otherwise I would say Return of the King.

  5. I'd go with Billy Elliot - love that film .. cheers Hilary

  6. underdog films... anything with sports seems to be the true test...
    i am going with braveheart too...

  7. Regina: I’ve never heard of The Music Within. I’ll check it out though. Thanks!

    Mere: I know, I felt the same way. Mostly it was because I was like, what is he saying? Can we get some subtitles? But then it turned out to be a great movie.

    Al: Braveheart was a great one. Very emotional and powerful.

    Alex: Return of the King is a good choice for many of my categories!

    Hilary: I can’t even begin to tell you how much I loved Billy Elliot! I watched it for the first time in the middle of the night. I couldn’t sleep and began watching it. I was so surprised by how long it stuck with me. I just felt good after watching that movie.

    Jeremy: Yeah, underdog films and sports go together very well. No one wants to see a movie about a guy who has it all and keeps getting it all. Lol.

    Sheena-kay: Thanks!

  8. GAH! I've only seen one of these too >.< Braveheart gets my vote, but I love it so much it would get it regardless, more than likely.

    I've heard Rudy is really good, but I am almost positive it will make me cry like a little baby. But, then again, so did Braveheart