Movie Mom's 12 Great Movie Coaches

The 12 Best Movie Coaches

Gene Hackman as Norman Dale in Hoosiers

By Nell Minow

Movie coaches, most of them real-life characters, have provided some of the most memorable moments in film history, inspiring us in the audience as they inspire their athletes on screen—teaching them that the game or event isn't about scoring or medals or applause; it is about courage, determination, loyalty, and knowing you have given your entire heart to something. And, in our own private, faint-hearted moments, we often think back on those "Win one for the Gipper" speeches for our own sense of meaning, purpose, and confidence. When you feel as though you can use a pep talk, these coaches are always available on DVD.

Nell Minow writes the Movie Mom blog on Beliefnet.

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