Best Sports Movies and Shows to Stream on Netflix Right Now
10th November, 2020
Missing the Chicago Bulls in their heyday or Mercedes’ march to the 2018 and 2019 World Championship? No problem! Fire up Netflix and relive all of it. The streaming giant has an amazing collection of sports-themed shows and movies that are worth watching any time of the day. From a boxing drama based on the life of a certain legend, to an unnerving tale of relegation from the prestigious English Premier League, there’s something for everyone! So sit back and enjoy our picks for the best sports-themed shows and movies on Netflix.
Ali, 2001 (Movie)
Ali, starring Will Smith, deep dives into the success, failure, and controversies that defined the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Directed by Michael Mann, the sports-drama was received positively by critics, earning Smith an Oscar nomination as well.
Any Given Sunday, 1999 (Movie)
Dramatic and inspirational, this movie is worthwhile even if you’re not a sports fan. Al Pacino, who plays Tony D’Amato, the veteran coach of Miami Sharks, is legendary from start to finish. His final rallying speech before the playoff game gives us goosebumps every. single. time.
Bleed for This, 2016 (Movie)
The movie narrates the legendary comeback of American boxer Vinny Pazienza played by Miles Teller. The lightweight World Champion once suffered a disappointing car crash that cast doubt over his career. What followed is inspiring and truly incredible.
Coach Carter, 2005 (Movie)
Basketball is important, but so are academics. The sports-drama is based on the real-life story of basketball coach Ken Carter, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who had benched his best-performing player because of his poor grades.
Formula 1 – Drive to Survive, 2019 (TV Series)
Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes may have made Formula 1 more predictable, but the event is still the most anticipated one on the planet. This Netflix Original explains why F1 is worth the hype as it follows the 2018 and 2019 World Championship.
Home Game, 2020 (TV Series)
American football is fierce. However, some of the traditional sports worldwide can be fiercer. Home Game, which has eight episodes spread out over one season, investigates traditional sports like “freediving” and “roller derby” where there's tread a fine line between entertainment and danger.
Last Chance U, 2016 (TV Series)
This Netflix Original takes viewers through the struggles in the life of junior football players all over America. Two of the five seasons are set in Mississippi, with the rest of them based in Kansas and Oakland.
Losers, 2019 (TV Series)
The highly competitive nature of the sporting industry produces “winners” and “losers” in equal measure. While the former take the accolades, the latter are left alone with their thoughts. Coming back from that takes real effort, and Losers reveals some of these stories.
Million Dollar Baby, 2004 (Movie)
Hilary Swank, who won the Best Actress title for the movie, stars as Maggie Fitzgerald, a determined woman who seeks help from Frankie Dunn, played by Clint Eastwood, to become a professional boxer. This sports drama won four Oscars, including the award for Best Picture.
Moneyball, 2011 (Movie)
Scout reports and player recruitment strategies in almost every sport are vaguely inspired by Moneyball. The movie portrays the smart efforts of the Oakland Athletics’ manager, played by Brad Pitt, who used analytics to identify talent and recruit players for his team.
Sunderland ‘Til I Die, 2018 (TV Series)
Relegation is never easy, especially from a division as prestigious as the English Premier League. Sunderland, one of the oldest clubs in England, suffered the unfortunate fate in 2017. The show charts their time in the season that followed.
The Fighter, 2010 (Movie)
The movie explores the rise of a struggling boxer Micky Ward. Micky’s troubled half-brother, Dicky Eklund, who once had a stellar career, helps him get his career on track. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale in the lead roles.
The Last Dance, 2020 (TV Series)
The mini-series, spread over ten episodes, brings to light the unparalleled sporting dominance of the Chicago Bulls in the ‘90s. Michael Jordan is the centerpiece of the show, and it features numerous interviews and match footage.
Southpaw, 2015 (Movie)
Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a former light-heavyweight boxing champion whose life turns upside down after the death of his wife. In order to get his life and daughter back, Billy seeks help from trainer Tick Wills who is played by Forest Whitaker.