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7. "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" (Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001)
So far, this list is leaning toward the bleaker, more compromised side of sporting (anti)heroism, so where better to look for a shot of undiluted heroics than the cinema of Bollywood? Certainly, Indian megastar Aamir Khan provides this in this vast, Oscar-nominated 2001 epic, which comfortably claims first place in the admittedly brief list of films devoted to the gentleman’s sport of cricket. At nearly four hours, some might grumble that this rousing story of Indian villagers rebelling against English rule – by, quite literally, beating them at their own game -- takes almost as long to develop as a five-day test match, but as with the sport in question, patience is rewarded.