Sports Legends in the Movies

Few things are more inspiring than a good sports story -- especially when it's true. This list of all-star athlete movies about real-life sports legends is sure to have you and your kids cheering.

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The Jackie Robinson Story

age 7+

1950s biopic feel naive, but Robinson plays himself.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1950)
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The Rookie

age 7+

Sweet, engaging true story more appealing to tweens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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The Short Game

age 7+

Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Alex & Me

age 8+

Kid-friendly soccer tale scores with positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Cool Runnings

age 8+

Delightful, tween-friendly story of Jamaican bobsledders.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1993)
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Full Out

age 8+

True story of gymnast who overcame multiple obstacles.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story

age 8+

Inspirational sports docu about basketball legend.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

age 8+

This gem will lift the spirits of baseball fans.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Miracle

age 8+

Moving story of the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2004)
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Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive

age 8+

Clean sports documentary is inspiring but a little bland.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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The Year of the Yao

age 8+

Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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Lindsey Vonn: In the Moment

age 9+

Inspiring sports docu with great role model; one F word.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Red Army

age 9+

Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

age 9+

By-the-book yet inspiring biopic of superstar gymnast.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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Brian and the Boz

age 10+

Smart docu about controversial football player's redemption.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Brian's Song

age 10+

Weepy story of interracial pro football teammates.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1971)
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Invincible

age 10+

Inspiring sports-underdog story for tweens and up.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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A League of Their Own

age 10+

Terrific story of women's baseball has great messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1992)
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I Am Bolt

age 10+

Winning docu celebrates world's fastest man; mild cursing.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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McFarland, USA

age 10+

Poignant story about Latino runners a winner for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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