Lacrosse Movies – Our Sport on the Big Screen

We looked at all the references for the sport of lacrosse on screen and wrote a summary here for you to check out what you might be interested in watching.  We looked at:

  • Lacrosse in Movies

  • Lacrosse on TV

  • Documentaries related to Lacrosse

When you love an up and coming sport like Lacrosse, it is always very exciting when you see references to in the media.  We might see a quick story or two on national news but we do feel like at least we don’t have to explain as much when our grandmother asks us what sport we play.  Maybe in a few years we will see a lacrosse movie in the Amazon top ten but for now, we will have to explore what is out today.

The list below contains some recent movies that you may recognize but also some rare and obscure productions that never made the main stream.   Enjoy the list and we hope you will add some of these to your collection.

(Note: We wanted to make it easy for you to purchase any of these so clicking on their titles will bring you to their Amazon purchase page.  If you buy them, we do get a small (and we mean very small) commission and at no additional cost to you.  It helps us keep the lights on here.)


Lacrosse in Movies

Crooked Arrows

Crooked Arrows Lacrosse Movie

Excellent movie and definitely gets our #1 rating for the sport of lacrosse appearing on the big screen.  The movie is centered on the game.  It pays tribute to the Native American roots of the game delivered in a classic hollywood sports movie format of the classic Bad News Bears or Mighty Ducks style of bumbling fools turned champs.

 

A Warrior’s Heart

A Warrior's Heart Lacrosse Movie

This is a great tip of the hat to the sport from a Hollywood perspective.  The protagonist is a good boy turned bad by the pain of his Marine father’s death in Iraq.  He comes around again rallied by the sport to become a better person.  It’s an emotional story but definitely worth the watch.

Transition: Taking Life Back

Transition: Taking Life Back

Transition: Taking Life Back

High school senior Chris Jamison has recently recovered from cancer and looks to win back his starting spot on the lacrosse team and piece together the life he almost lost.  Watch the movie trailer here.

 

The Creator’s Game

The Creator's Game

The Creator’s Game

Daniel must defeat all odds, even himself, if he wants to regain the respect of his team and get the coaching position he covets.


Lacrosse on TV

Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf TV Series Lacrosse

Pretty heavy lacrosse content.  Lots of references.  The plot pretty much references lacrosse all the time.  There are some great insider references to the game.  This isn’t just a gratuitous mention of the sport but definitely pays tribute to our great sport.  The concept is that the main character notices that his skills as a lacrosse player are rapidly increasing due in large part that he’s turning into a warewolf!

 

How It’s Made

In season 8, Episode 3 the popular TV show showcases how a craftsman makes a traditional stick by hand.  No need to go out and buy the whole series on DVD for this because you can just watch it below.  Pretty fascinating how they make traditional sticks.  It’s a lengthy process that takes an enormous amount of craftsmanship.

 


Documentaries Related To Lacrosse

Keepers of the Game

keepersofthegame

Lacrosse was born in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory as a sacred game, traditionally reserved for men. Just off the reservation at Salmon River High in Fort Covington, NY an all-Native girls lacrosse team comes together, seeking to be the first Native women’s team to bring home a Section Championship. But first, they will have to overcome their crosstown rivals, Massena High. As the season comes to a head, the team is faced with increasing ambivalence in their own community and the girls must prove that the game of lacrosse is their rightful inheritance. With more than just the championship on the line, the girls fight to blaze a new path for the next generation of Native women, while still honoring their people’s tradition in a changing world.

The Morgan Lacrosse Story

The Morgan Lacrosse Story

This film tells the story of the nation’s first and only college lacrosse team at a historically black institution. When a young white administrator reluctantly accepted the position of head lacrosse coach at Morgan State University a six-year journey began. Underscored by the Native American roots of the game, THE MORGAN LACROSSE STORY is a sports story like no other. This film recounts the tragedy and the triumphs of a truly inspirational team.

 

KANDOTE

KANDOTE Lacrosse Movie

Who captured our hearts more than the men of Uganda Lacrosse when they captured their first international victory?

KANDOTE is a feature-length documentary chronicling the journey of Africa’s first national men’s lacrosse team, Team Uganda, as they work towards achieving their goal of competing in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships held in Denver, Colorado. The film focuses on five players with differing pasts and presents as they experience the trials and tribulations of life, love, and lacrosse. During KANDOTE, viewers will step into the lives of a group men who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS, homes to the government,  and their adolescence to the violent life of an LRA child soldier, but who have all found solace, escape, and a family through the brotherhood of lacrosse.

 

“Flip” A Lacrosse Movie

“Flip” is a project that Epoch Lacrosse and Lacrosse All Stars undertook together with one goal in mind: to showcase a truly special, influential, and intriguing man within our community. Epoch had just finished working with Flip Naumburg on The Hawk, their new head, and the idea for the movie about Flip was born. We hope this gives you a glimpse into Flip’s world, and that you can see just how far lacrosse can help take you.

 

The Game of Life: Heart and Spirit of the Onandaga

Documentary explores the cultural and spiritual significance of the sport of Lacrosse to the people of the Onondaga Nation. Called the “Creator’s Game” by the Onondagas, Lacrosse has its origins deep within the customs and beliefs of The Six Nations people. Interviews with players, tribal leaders and coaches help tell the story of the sport that has grown to span the world. The Onondaga Nation’s involvement with feature film “Crooked Arrows” is also covered as well as its unique connection with Syracuse University through the Haudenosaunee Promise program.

 

America’s First Sport

The first sporting event ever observed by Europeans in North America was a lacrosse game in 1637. Jesuit missionaries from France saw hundreds of native men playing a ball game with sticks that they thought resembled a bishop’s crosier, so they called the game “lacrosse”. That makes lacrosse the oldest sport in America, and in the 21st century it is also the fastest growing. This rapid growth in participation, domestically and globally, presents the sport with a new set of opportunities and several challenges.

 

 The Hopkins Lacrosse Story

The Hopkins Lacrosse Story

For over a century, the lacrosse team at Johns Hopkins has been a dominant force in the sport. With an unprecedented 43 national championship titles, Johns Hopkins is one the most revered lacrosse programs in the world. This film traces the team’s (and its players’) numerous historical accomplishments… its first championship in 1891, its wins at the Amsterdam (1928) and Los Angeles (1932) Olympic Games, and the current runs for the NCAA title. This compelling documentary captures the spirit of the team that helped to define the sport of lacrosse.

Did we miss anything?  Please comment below and let us know.

4 Comments

Amy lazore 01-05-2016, 21:32

“Keepers of the game” . First aired on ABC network April 23,2016. A girls high school lacrosse movie. Documentary of an all Native American team. Production of Flatbush pictures and Dicks sporting goods Sports Matters foundation

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Ron Cochran 23-05-2016, 11:11

Amy, thanks for the heads up. I finally had a chance to add it to the article so thank you!

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