Best Sports Documentaries

Sports documentaries can be educational, emotional, and, above all, inspiring viewing experiences for the whole family. The best ones can introduce you to new sports and athletes. We've picked out some of our favorite documentaries about everything from snowboarding and hockey to boxing and more. These real-life stories demonstrate incredible examples of perseverance, courage, and teamwork. For more sports-themed recommendations, be sure to check out our football, soccer, basketball, and baseball movies lists, as well as Sports Legends in the Movies.

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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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Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story

age 8+

Inspirational sports docu about basketball legend.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams

age 8+

Compelling docu about Japan's biggest baseball tournament.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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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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Red Army

age 9+

Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Citizen Ashe

age 10+

Inspiring documentary about Black tennis player/activist.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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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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The Endless Summer

age 11+

Dated but fascinating surfing documentary still charms.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1966)
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F(l)ag Football

age 11+

Heartfelt documentary about gay football league.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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The Green Wave

age 12+

Inspiring basketball docu has emotional intensity, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Runner

age 11+

Stirring, inspiring sports docu about overcoming adversity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Swim Team

age 11+

Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Venus and Serena

age 11+

Intimate tennis docu has language, references to racism.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Willie

age 11+

Hockey docu portrays Willie O'Ree as deserving role model.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Diego Maradona (2019)

age 12+

Documentary about troubled soccer player has drug use.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2019)
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Manny

age 12+

Boxing docu glorifies Pacquiao but skims the surface.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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The Alpinist

age 13+

Docu on elusive climber has some drug use, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Dunk or Die

age 13+

Inspiring sports docu has some language, positive messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2022)
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Hoop Dreams

age 13+

Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1994)
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Ice Guardians

age 13+

Provocative docu on hockey "enforcers" is violent.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2016)
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