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The Best Sports Documentaries On Netflix

Updated March 10, 2021 104 votes 160 voters 7k views31 items

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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    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 premiered in...  more
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    Bing Russell, Kurt Russell
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    Released2014

    Directed byChapman Way, Maclain Way

    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 Russell, the...  more
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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 Jarecki,...  more
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    Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown
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    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T. J. Martin

    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 winning...  more

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    Iverson is a 2014 biographical, sports, documentary film directed by Zatella Beatty....
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    Reed Albergotti, Betsy Andreu
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    Released2014

    Directed byAlex Holmes

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

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    Chris Chelios, Brett Hull
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    Released2016

    Directed byBrett Harvey

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    Bryan Fogel, Nikita Kamaev
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    Released2017

    Directed byBryan Fogel

    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 asks...  more
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    Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins
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    Released2017

    Directed byJay Bulger

    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 sacrifices...  more
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    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich
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    Released2021

    Directed byFlorent Bodin

    Tony Parker: The Final Shot is a 2021 French sports documentary film directed by Florent Bodin. The film examines the background and the career of the famed french basketball player Tony Parker and...  more
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    Pelé, Mario Zagallo
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    Released2021

    Directed byBen Nicholas, David Tryhorn

    Pelé is a 2021 British sports documentary film directed by David Tryhorn & Ben Nicholas. Mixing rare archival footage and exclusive interviews, this documentary celebrates the soccer legend who...  more
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    Tai Sheppard, Rainn Sheppard
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    Released2021

    Directed byTone Grøttjord-Glenne, Corinne van der Borch

    Sister on Track is a 2021 Norwegian-American sports documentary film directed by Tone Grøttjord-Glenne and Corinne van der Borch. A coming of age story about hope, belonging, and the metaphorical and...  more
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    Tim Donaghy, Stephen Jackson
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    Released2021

    Directed byFloyd Russ

    Untold: Malice at the Palace is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Floyd Russ. A brawl broke out near the end of a game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons on November 19,...  more

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    Christy Martin, Mike Tyson
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    Released2021

    Directed byLaura Brownson

    Untold: Deal with the Devil is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Laura Brownson. Christy Martin broke boundaries and noses as she rose in the boxing world, but her public persona belied...  more

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    Released2021

    Directed byCrystal Moselle

    Untold: Caitlyn Jenner is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Crystal Moselle. After a failed attempt in 1972, Caitlyn Jenner made it her mission to win decathlon gold in Montreal in 1976....  more
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    James Galante, A. J. Galante
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    Released2021

    Directed byChapman Way, Maclain Way

    Untold: Crimes & Penalties is a 2021 American documentary film directed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way. They were the bad boys of hockey - a team bought by a man with mob ties, run by his 17 year old...  more
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    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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    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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