Who doesn’t love an underdog story? There’s something about a tale of a person with odds stacked against their favor stand up to the challenge – they become tales of grit, endurance and an affirmation of the archetypal David and Goliath tale. They lead us to believe that with courage, perseverance, and our belief anything is possible. Cinemas around the world have championed the underdog cause, mainstream movies more than anything else because underdog stories are always grand narratives and grand narratives make for lovely mainstream cinema. Here is the list of top movies about the dark horse.
15. 8 Mile (2002)
This American hip-hop movie is not only one of the finest films about the rap industry but is also a look at the younger days of Eminem, one of the most prominent rappers on the scene. The film won critical acclaim and features an excellent track titled ‘Lose Yourself’ that was sung by Eminem himself. What makes this such an effective underdog story is the racial aspect. The hip-hop scene was predominantly run by blacks and Eminem becomes this first lanky white kid to break onto the scene. A true tale of grit as this young boy follows his passion to overcome personal and professional obstacles to become one of the greatest rappers that the world has seen, this is definitely a movie you don’t want to miss.
14. Braveheart (1995)