15 of the best sports films on Netflix

In case you need MORE sport in your life than the Rio 2016 Olympic Games...


The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)

This moving biopic tells the story of Gabby Douglas, following her throughout her childhood and teenage years, before she becomes the first black gymnast to become the Individual All-Around Champion at the Ompyics.


Bull Durham (1988)

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Kevin Costner star in this classic comedy sports movie. Costner plays Crash, a veteran catcher bought in to teach rookie pitcher Nuke (Tim Robbins) the ropes in the hopes he’ll usher the minor league baseball team to victory.


Team Foxcatcher (2016)

Featuring previously unseen home video, this Netflix Original documentary recounts the true-story of John E Pont’s downward spiral and the murder of Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. The story was made into a film, Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo, in 2014.

The Fighter (2010)

Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams star in this biographical movie about professional boxer Micky Ward and the troubled relationship he had with his older half-brother Dicky Eklund. It was nominated for seven Oscars after its release, winning two.

Town of Runners (2012)

A documentary about the small village of Bekoji in Ethiopia, which is home to two girls training to become their country’s next Olympic gold medalists in long-distance running.


Days of Thunder (1990)

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman star in this action movie about a young hot-shot driver who gets a chance to compete at the top level.

Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014)

Lance Armstrong is in the spotlight in this detailed documentary, following what has been dubbed one of the biggest cons in sporting history. The doc examines the how and the why of Armstrong’s dramatic fall from grace.

Ronaldo (2015)

The life and career of Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the focus of this documentary. Filmed over 14-months, the doc is the first official film following the “footballer, father, family-man and friend” at the peak of his career.


Slap Shot (1977)

A comedy sports film following a minor league hockey team that resorts to extreme and violent measures to gain popularity. Paul Newman stars as Reggie Dunlop, the team’s aging player and coach, who uses his skills as a conman to the team’s advantage…

The Short Game (2013)

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel produced this documentary about 7 and 8-year-old golfers. The movie follows eight entrants as they compete in the 2012 US Kids Golf World Championships.

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

This Netflix Original tells “one of basball’s last great, unheralded true stories.” That of the Portland Mavericks, a “scrappy, independent baseball team of underdogs started by actor Bing Russell in the 1970s.”


Hoop Dreams (1994)

An award-winning documentary following the lives of two African-American Chicago boys with dreams of making the big time, who struggle to become college basketball players.

Moneyball (2011)

Based on Michael Lewis’s nonfiction book Moneyball: the Art of Winning an Unfair Game, this Oscar-nominated movie follows Oakland Athletics baseball team’s 2002 season and their manager’s attempts to assemble a successful team. Brad Pitt, Robin Wright and Jonah Hill star.

Iverson (2014)

This documentary tells the story of NBA legend Allen Iverson, who rose from crippling poverty to leave an indelible mark on the sport.



Pumping Iron (1977)

A young Arnold Schwarzenegger is the star of this documentary, following the 1975 IFBB Mr Universe and Mr Olympia competitions as 28-year-old Schwarzenegger vies for his sixth title.