Cricket and movies. Two things that are so similar that there was bound to be some connection. Both are major sources of entertainment, both have massive fan following across the world and both involve normal people who are elevated to the status of God. Bollywood has made quite a few movies on cricket and there have been quite a few hits and misses. We have had blockbusters like Lagaan garnering acclaim worldwide and we have had disasters like Azhar, Victory, Chain Kulli Ki Main Kulli which have gone unnoticed. This list talks about movies who have wonderfully depicted the Gentleman’s game. Here’s the list of top cricket movies ever made. You can watch some of these best cricket movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
10. Awwal Number (1990)
The first movie on this list is a relatively unknown movie, though it featured 2 stalwarts of Indian cinema: Dev Anand and Aamir Khan (he wasn’t a star as yet). A decent movie, it managed to keep you engaged for a large part of its duration. It handled the professional rivalry between Sunny(Aamir) and Ronny (Aditya Panscholi) quite well, at the same time adding some thrilling moments with terrorists being about to bomb the stadium and Dev Anand, who plays a DIG in the movie, preventing the attack. Though it is certainly not as good as some of the other movies in this list, it was an entertaining movie to say the least.
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9. Patiala House (2011)
Personally, I find this movie to be very underrated. Yes, it certainly had its flaws and it is far from being a great cricket movie, but it did have its heart in the right place. Akshay Kumar as Gattu, underplays his role to perfection and makes you feel his angst and pain as he sees his dream of playing for England fade away because of his conservative, anti-English father. Though some parts are nonsensical, like when he changes his name to Kaali and represents England and Gattu’s supportive cousins leave no stone unturned to ensure his dad doesn’t see his picture in the newspaper gets irritating after a point. But superb performances from Akshay as well as Rishi Kapoor, save this movie from being below average.