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 footballsoccerbasketball, and baseball movies lists, as well as Sports Legends in the Movies.

Browse Best Sports Documentaries

The Short Game Movie Poster Image
Fabulous, kid-friendly docu about world's youngest golfers.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Jump Shot: The Kenny Sailors Story Movie Poster Image
Inspirational sports docu about basketball legend.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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The Year of the Yao Movie Poster Image
Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Red Army Movie Poster Image
Fascinating documentary about legendary Soviet hockey team.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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I Am Bolt Movie Poster Image
Winning docu celebrates world's fastest man; mild cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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The Endless Summer Movie Poster Image
Dated but fascinating surfing documentary still charms.
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(Release Year: 1966)
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F(l)ag Football Movie Poster Image
Heartfelt documentary about gay football league.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Runner Movie Poster Image
Stirring, inspiring sports docu about overcoming adversity.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Swim Team Movie Poster Image
Inspiring documentary about young athletes with autism.
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(Release Year: 2017)
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Diego Maradona (2019) Movie Poster Image
Documentary about troubled soccer player has drug use.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Manny Movie Poster Image
Boxing docu glorifies Pacquiao but skims the surface.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Ice Guardians Movie Poster Image
Provocative docu on hockey "enforcers" is violent.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Pretending I'm a Superman: The Tony Hawk Video Game Story Movie Poster Image
Docu best for skaters and video game fans; some cursing.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Red Penguins Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, fascinating sports doc has violence, language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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Rising Phoenix Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful Paralympic Games docu has strong language.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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When We Were Kings Movie Poster Image
Thrilling boxing docu covers race, politics; some profanity.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Where the Trail Ends Movie Poster Image
Thrilling doc glorifies freeriding; some language and peril.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Dogtown and Z-Boys Movie Poster Image
Before Tony Hawk, skateboarding had the Z-Boys.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Crash Reel Movie Poster Image
Pro snowboarder's rise and fall is sobering and inspiring.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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T-Rex Movie Poster Image
Inspirational yet troubling, edgy doc about female boxer.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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