The best sports movies on Netflix UK
Ivan Radford | On 05, Jan 2018
Whether you’re looking for an excuse to put off exercise, need inspiration for your latest get-fit target, or just want a fix of feel-good underdog competition, we round up (in no particular order) the best sports movies on Netflix UK:
This list will be updated regularly to reflect new releases and removals.
This sports doping documentary is an eye-opening, endlessly surprising expose of corruption.
Sacha Wolff’s powerfully simple sports drama is a impressive debut for both the director and his blisteringly intense star.
Goon: Last of the Enforcers
What this enjoyable sports sequel lacks in laughs it makes up for with heart.
Liev Schreiber delivers an award-worthy performance in this tale of the real life inspiration behind Rocky Balboa.
Channing Tatum delivers a breakout performance in this hard-hitting sports drama.
Eddie the Eagle
Dexter Fletcher’s film about the real life British skier who became an unlikely sporting legend is irresistibly feel-good stuff.
I Am Ali
Clare Lewins’ documentary about the boxing legend’s life and career is an enjoyable, informative and moving portrait.
Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins. Sports movie casts don’t come much better than Ron Shelton’s 1988 drama, which sees young recruit Ebby (Robbins) receive coaching from Costner’s veteran, the brilliantly-named Crash Davis.
Johnny Harris is on quietly knockout form in this low-key British indie boxing drama, with a cast that includes Ian McShane, Ray Winstone and Michael Smiley.
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton dial the intensity up to 11 in this MMA drama about two brothers who find redemption in the ring – even when it means going up against each other. Nick Nolte brings emotional weight as their recovering alcoholic father, while director Gavin O’Connor gives enough painful realism to the gritty, brutal fight sequences that the movie ducks heavy-handed cliches and swings straight for a powerful punch to the gut.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Did you know Kurt Russell’s dad was the head of a baseball team? Neither did we. Following the titular troupe made up of rejects, tearaways and part-timers, Netflix’s documentary is full of the underdog charm that has tempted sports fans away from VOD all summer.
Ryan Coogler’s sensational Rocky sequel, starring Michael B Jordan, is a gripping, moving human drama that finds fresh weight in boxing movie conventions. One of the best sports movies on Netflix UK? Hell, it’s one of the best in recent memory.
Amber Fares’ documentary about female racers in Palestine is fast, furious and heartwarming film-making.
See Arnie before he became Arnie in this now famous 1977 sports docudrama. Only 85 minutes long, its part-scripted, part-real runtime follows the build-up to Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia, featuring a competition between none other than Lou Ferrigno and Schwarzenegger. Thanks to the success of this film, both became household names.
Watch on Netflix UK
Netflix’s knack for spotting quality documentaries and the true story of the Foxcatcher wrestling team combine for this surprising, insightful film. If you were shocked by the Oscar-nominated drama about Olympic champion Mark Schultz, who (along with his brother, Mark) became associated with millionaire philanthropist John du Pont, this documentary is a must-watch.