Entertainment The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant  

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Calling all sports fans! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be in the middle of a pile-up or to lift over deadlift over 275 pounds? Well, this list of the best sports documentaries on Netflix will put you there. Ranging from the REAL Friday Night Lights (Undefeated) to the scaling of Mount Everest (Everest: IMAX), these are the best sports documentaries that are streaming on Netflix, as voted on by movie lovers like you. 


So, if it’s too hot (or cold) for a day out at the ballpark, settle back into your Laz-E-Boy and bring up on of these Netflix sports documentaries to learn the hows and whys of our world’s greatest athletes - how they got there and the struggles they’ve had to overcome to be the best in the world.

These movies include basketball documentaries, baseball documentaries and football documentaries, and luckily for you they're all streaming on Netflix. Give a thumbs up to the movies that you would recommend to other sports fans.

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Undefeated is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Undefeated is a 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a ...more

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The Short Game is a 2013 documentary film about 7- and 8-year-old golfers. Directed by Josh Greenbaum, it presents eight entrants in the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. The movie ...more

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The Battered Bastards of Baseb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a defunct Minor League Baseball team which operated from 1973 through 1977. Owned by actor Bing ...more

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Conor McGregor: Notorious is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Conor McGregor: Notorious

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Icarus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Icarus Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev, Grigory Rodchenkov
Icarus is a 2017 documentary film directed by Bryan Fogel. While exploring the option of doping to win an amateur cycling race, Fogel happens upon a major international doping scandal when he ...more

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CounterPunch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
CounterPunch Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Sugar Ray Leonard
CounterPunch is a 2017 documentary film directed by Jay Bulger. The seasoned pro. The Olympic hopeful. As boxing's popularity wanes, three fighters at different stages of their career make ...more

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The Carter Effect is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
The Carter Effect

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I Am Bolt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
I Am Bolt

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Ronnie Coleman: The King is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Ronnie Coleman: The King

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The Hurt Business is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
The Hurt Business

Featuring legendary and up-and-coming MMA fighters, this documentary details the history of the brutal sport and the fighters' struggles and triumphs.

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Born Strong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Born Strong

Four 400-pound giants fight for the crown at the Arnold Strongman Classic and offer a glimpse into their lives leading up to the competition.

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Tyson is a 2008 documentary film about the life of former undisputed heavyweight world champion boxer Mike Tyson. It was directed by American filmmaker James Toback and produced by Nicholas ...more

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Death of a Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Death of a Gentleman Jonathan Agnew, David Becker, Ian Chappell

Lifelong fans of cricket, two filmmakers join a devoted player and uncover the realities of a historic sport reshaped by a corrupt, powerful few.

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Ice Guardians is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Ice Guardians Chris Chelios, Brett Hull, Jarome Iginla

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Gun Runners is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Gun Runners

Two roaming Kenyan bandits attempt to change the course of their lives by exchanging their rifles for running shoes.

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Stop at Nothing: The Lance Arm... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu, Frankie Andreu

An athlete dupes the world with his tale of miraculous recovery from cancer, becoming a sports hero and beacon of hope, but can he outpace the truth?

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Valley Uprising
Valley Uprising is a documentary film, directed by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen.

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Iverson
Iverson is a 2014 biographical, sports, documentary film directed by Zatella Beatty.

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"The story of Ayrton Senna, perhaps the greatest race car driver who ever lived, is an epic tale that literally twists at every turn. In the mid 1980s, Senna, a young, gifted driver, ...more

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Planet FIFA is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Planet FIFA

In the wake of an international scandal, this film scrutinizes how world soccer organization FIFA became a bloated and corrupt money-making machine.

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Generation Iron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix Instant
Generation Iron Mickey Rourke, Mike Katz, Sibil Peeters
Generation Iron is a documentary drama film directed by Vlad Yudin.