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The Best Sports Movies And Documentaries

“What are the best Sports Documentary Movies?” We looked at 173 of the top Sports Documentary films, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 45 films, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Sports Documentary” movie lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 100+ movies, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 45 Best Sports Documentary Movies Ever Made



45 .) 180° South (2010) directed by Chris Malloy

180° South (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

The film follows adventurer Jeff Johnson as he retraces the epic 1968 journey of his heroes Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to Patagonia.



44 .) A Sunday In Hell (1977) directed by Jørgen Leth

A Sunday In Hell (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

A Sunday in Hell (original title: En Forårsdag i Helvede) is a 1977 Danish documentary directed by Jørgen Leth. The film is a chronology of the 1976 Paris-Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.



43 .) Baseball (1994) directed by Lynn Novick

Baseball (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fox Sports
  • Mental Floss
  • Rolling Stone

Baseball is an 18½ hour, Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Ken Burns about the game of baseball. First broadcast on PBS, this was Burns’ ninth documentary.



42 .) Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008) directed by Chris Bell

Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America’s win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream.



41 .) Deep Water (2006) directed by Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell

Deep Water (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

DEEP WATER is the stunning true story of the fateful voyage of Donald Crowhurst, an amateur yachtsman who enters the most daring nautical challenge ever – the very first solo, non-stop, round-the-world boat race.



40 .) Facing Ali (2009) directed by Pete McCormack

Facing Ali (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker

Ten of Muhammad Ali’s former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.



39 .) Fire in Babylon directed by Stevan Riley

Fire in Babylon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Sports Keeda
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker

Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970s and ’80s. Fire In Babylon is the breathtaking story of how the West Indies triumphed over its colonial masters through the achievements of one of the most gifted teams in sporting history. In a turbulent era of apartheid in South Africa, race riots in England and civil unrest in the Caribbean, the West Indian cricketers, led by the enigmatic Viv Richards, struck a defiant blow at the forces of white prejudice worldwide. Their undisputed skill, combined with a fearless spirit, allowed them to dominate the genteel game at the highest level, replaying it on their own terms. This is their story, told in their own words. ×



38 .) Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998) directed by Paul Jay

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • The 42
  • The Stacker

This documentary follows superstar Bret Hart during his last year in the WWF. The film documents the tensions that resulted in The Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial events in the history of professional wrestling, in which Vince McMahon, Shawn Micheals, and others, legitimately conspired behind the scenes to go against the script and remove Bret Hart as champion.



37 .) McConkey (2013) directed by Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

McConkey (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

“McConkey,” a 90-minute documentary to be released in 2013, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as the pioneer of freeskiing and ski base jumping, and through his talent and unique outlook on life, he inspired countless lives. In a new film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, “McConkey” celebrates the life of one of the world’s ultimate innovators ×



36 .) Meru (2015) directed by Jimmy Chin

Meru (2015)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

Meru is the electrifying story of three elite American climbers—Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk—bent on achieving the impossible.



35 .) More Than a Game (2008) directed by Kristopher Belman

More Than a Game (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Sports Keeda
  • The Stacker

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James’ journey to fame.



34 .) Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938) directed by Leni Riefenstahl

Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

The First part of Olympia, a documentary about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin by German Director Leni Riefenstahl. The film played in theaters in 1938 and again in 1952 after the fall of the Nazi Regime.



33 .) Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938) directed by Leni Riefenstahl

Olympia Part Two: Festival of Beauty (1938)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Mental Floss
  • The Stacker

The Second part of Olympia, a documentary about the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin by German Director Leni Riefenstahl. The film played in theaters in 1938 and again in 1952 after the fall of the Nazi Regime.



32 .) One Day in September (1999) directed by Kevin Macdonald

One Day in September (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fox Sports
  • IMDB
  • The Stacker

The full story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli revenge operation ‘Wrath of God.’ The 1972 Munich Olympics were interrupted by Palestinian terrorists taking Israeli athletes hostage. Besides footage taken at the time, we see interviews with the surviving terrorist, Jamal Al Gashey, and various officials detailing exactly how the police, lacking an anti-terrorist squad and turning down help from the Israelis, botched the operation



31 .) The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014) directed by Annika Iltis

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.



30 .) The Class of 92 (2013) directed by Benjamin Turner

The Class of 92 (2013)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • The Guardian
  • The Stacker

A documentary about the rise of six youth team players at Manchester United. From 1992 to 1999, the year of the Treble. Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, the Neville brothers, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham give their insight to breaking into the first team and the emotions of playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world.



29 .) The Fab Five (2011) directed by Jason Hehir

The Fab Five (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Depicts the story of Jalen Rose and his other Fab Five teammates, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Called by some “the greatest class ever recruited,” the five freshmen not only electrified the game, but also brought new style with their baggy shorts, black socks and brash talk. “The Fab Five” relives the recruitment process that got all five of them to Ann Arbor, the cultural impact they made, the two runs to NCAA title game, the Webber “timeout” in the 1993 championship and the scandal that eventually tarnished their accomplishments. ×



28 .) The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998) directed by Aviva Kempner

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Indiewire
  • Rolling Stone
  • The Stacker

The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues.



27 .) The U (2009) directed by Billy Corben

The U (2009)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum, will tell the story of how these “Bad Boys” of football changed the attitude of the game they played, and how this serene campus was transformed into “The U.” ×



26 .) Tokyo Olympiad (1965) directed by Kon Ichikawa

Tokyo Olympiad (1965)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

This impressionistic portrait of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics pays as much attention to the crowds and workers as it does to the actual competitive events. Highlights include an epic pole-vaulting match between West Germany and America, and the final marathon race through Tokyo’s streets. Two athletes are highlighted: Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, who receives his second gold medal, and runner Ahamed Isa from Chad, representing a country younger than he is. ×



25 .) TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011) directed by Richard De Aragues

TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • The Stacker

By vividly recounting the TT’s legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man’s unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary discovers why modern TT riders still risk their lives to win the world’s most dangerous race. The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is the greatest motorcycle road race in the world, the ultimate challenge for rider and machine. It has always called for a commitment far beyond any other racing event, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice in their quest for victory. A story about freedom of choice, the strength of human spirit and the will to win. It’s also an examination of what motivates those rare few, this elite band of brothers who risk everything to win. ×



24 .) Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) directed by Ken Burns

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Indiewire
  • Rolling Stone
  • The Stacker

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African American Heavyweight boxing champion.



23 .) Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006) directed by Douglas Gordon

Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • IMDB
  • The 42

Halfway between a sports documentary and an conceptual art installation, “Zidane” consists in a full-length soccer game (Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005) entirely filmed from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.



22 .) No No: A Dockumentary (2014) directed by Jeffrey Radice

No No: A Dockumentary (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • Softonic
  • Yard Barker

Dock Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD, then worked for decades counseling drug abusers. Dock’s soulful style defined 1970s baseball as he kept hitters honest and embarrassed the establishment. An ensemble cast of teammates, friends, and family investigate his life on the field, in the media, and out of the spotlight.



21 .) Once Brothers (2010) directed by Michael Tolajian

Once Brothers (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fox Sports
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to USA where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic’s Croatia and Divac’s Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. This film will tell the gripping tale of these men, how circumstances beyond their control tore them apart, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile. ×



20 .) Red Army (2014) directed by Gabe Polsky

Red Army (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • IMDB
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

From Oscar and Emmy award winning filmmakers, Red Army highlights the Soviet Union’s legendary and enigmatic hockey training culture and world-dominating team through the eyes of the team’s Captain Slava Fetisov, following his shift from hockey star and celebrated national hero to political enemy. The film turns a unique lens on the social and cultural transformation of the Soviet Union leading up to the fall of Communism, mirroring the rise and fall of the Red Army team. A film by Gabe Polsky and Executive Producers Werner Herzog and Jerry Weintraub. ×



19 .) Riding Giants (2004) directed by Stacy Peralta

Riding Giants (2004)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • Redbull
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Stacker

Documentary detailing the origins and history of surf culture.



18 .) The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014) directed by Chapman Way

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB 2
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Hollywood veteran Bing Russell creates the only independent baseball team in the country—alarming the baseball establishment and sparking the meteoric rise of the 1970s Portland Mavericks.



17 .) Free Solo (2018) directed by Jimmy Chin

Free Solo (2018)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • MSN
  • Yard Barker

Follow Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb Yosemite’s 3,000 foot high El Capitan wall. With no ropes or safety gear, this would arguably be the greatest feat in rock climbing history.



16 .) Icarus (2017) directed by Bryan Fogel

Icarus (2017)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Softonic
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program.



15 .) OJ: Made in America (2016) directed by Ezra Edelman

OJ: Made in America (2016)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • Esquire
  • Fox Sports
  • MSN
  • Softonic

A chronicle of the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile murder trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions, revealing a fractured and divided nation.



14 .) The Two Escobars (2010) directed by Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

The Two Escobars (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • MSN
  • Softonic
  • Sports Keeda
  • The Stacker

Pablo Escobar was the richest, most powerful drug kingpin in the world, ruling the Medellin Cartel with an iron fist. Andres Escobar was the biggest soccer star in Colombia. The two were not related, but their fates were inextricably-and fatally-intertwined. Pablo’s drug money had turned Andres’ national team into South American champions, favored to win the 1994 World Cup in Los Angeles. It was there, in a game against the U.S., that Andres committed one of the most shocking mistakes in soccer history, scoring an “own goal” that eliminated his team from the competition and ultimately cost him his life. The Two Escobars is a riveting examination of the intersection of sports, crime, and politics. ×



13 .) Tyson (2008) directed by James Toback

Tyson (2008)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • MSN
  • The Stacker

Director James Toback takes an unflinching, uncompromising look at the life of Mike Tyson–almost solely from the perspective of the man himself. TYSON alternates between the controversial boxer addressing the camera and shots of the champion’s fights to create an arresting picture of the man.



12 .) Beyond the Mat (1999) directed by Barry W. Blaustein

Beyond the Mat (1999)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Guardian
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticizing it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, it’s rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.



11 .) Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) directed by Paul Crowder, John Dower

Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IGN
  • Indiewire
  • Mental Floss
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • Yard Barker

In the 1970s the North American Soccer League marked the first attempt to introduce soccer to American sports fans. While most teams had only limited success at best, one managed to break through to genuine mainstream popularity – the New York Cosmos. The brainchild of Steve Ross (Major executive at Warner Communications) and the Ertegun brothers (Founders of Atlantic Records), the Cosmos got off to a rocky start in 1971, but things changed in 1975 when the world’s most celebrated soccer star, the Brazilian champion Pele, signed with the Cosmos for a five-million-dollar payday. With the arrival of Pele, the Cosmos became a hit and the players became the toast of the town, earning their own private table at Studio 54. A number of other international soccer stars were soon lured to the Cosmos, including Franz Beckenbauer, Rodney Marsh, and Carlos Alberto, but with the turn of the decade, the team began losing favor with fans and folded in 1985. ×



10 .) Murderball (2005) directed by Henry Alex Rubin

Murderball (2005)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • Mental Floss
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.



9 .) Pumping Iron (1977) directed by George Butler

Pumping Iron (1977)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fox Sports
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Mental Floss
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Guardian
  • Yard Barker

Pumping Iron is a 1977 documentary film about the run-up to the 1975 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition. The film focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger and his competitors, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu. The documentary was co-directed by Robert Fiore and George Butler. It was based on the book of the same name by Charles Gaines and George Butler (Simon and Schuster, 1974).



8 .) The Endless Summer (1966) directed by Bruce Brown

The Endless Summer (1966)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • Mental Floss
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Casting
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

The Endless Summer, by Bruce Brown, is one of the first and most influential surf movies of all times. The film documents American surfers Mike Hynson and Robert August as they travel the world during California’s winter (which back in 1965 was off-season for surfing) in search of the perfect wave and an endless summer.



7 .) The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007) directed by Seth Gordon

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fox Sports
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Casting
  • The Guardian
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

In this hilarious arcade showdown, a humble novice goes head-to-head against the reigning Donkey Kong champ in a confrontation that rocks the gaming world to its processors! For over 20 years, Billy Mitchell has owned the throne of the Donkey Kong world. No one could beat his top score until now. Newcomer Steve Wiebe claims to have beaten the unbeatable, but Mitchell isn’t ready to relinquish his crown without a fight. Go behind the barrels as the two battle it out in a vicious war to earn the title of the true King of Kong. ×



6 .) Touching the Void (2003) directed by Kevin Macdonald

Touching the Void (2003)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Esquire
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Mental Floss
  • MSN
  • Rolling Stone
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The 42
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

A documentary based on the book of the same name by Joe Simpson about Simpson’s and Simon Yates’ disastrous and near-fatal attempt to climb 6,344m Siula Grande in the Cordillera Huayhuash in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.



5 .) Undefeated (2011) directed by Daniel Lindsay

Undefeated (2011)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Complex
  • Esquire
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • MSN
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The Guardian
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker

Set against the backdrop of a high school football season, Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin’s documentary UNDEFEATED is an intimate chronicle of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field. For players and coaches alike, the season will be not only about winning games — it will be about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.



4 .) Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001) directed by Stacy Peralta

Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)

Lists It Appears On:

  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • Mental Floss
  • Redbull
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Casting
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The 42
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

This award-winning, thrilling story is about a group of discarded kids who revolutionized skateboarding and shaped the attitude and culture of modern day extreme sports. Featuring old skool skating footage, exclusive interviews and a blistering rock soundtrack, DOGTOWN AND Z-BOYS captures the rise of the Zephyr skateboarding team from Venice’s Dogtown, a tough “locals only” beach with a legacy of outlaw surfing.



3 .) Hoop Dreams (1994) directed by Steve James

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • Esquire
  • Fox Sports
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • Mental Floss
  • MSN
  • Redbull
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Casting
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The 42
  • The Guardian
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years. ×



2 .) Senna (2010) directed by Asif Kapadia

Senna (2010)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • Esquire
  • Fox Sports
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • MSN
  • Redbull
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Keeda
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The 42
  • The Guardian
  • The New Daily
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

Senna’s remarkable story, charting his physical and spiritual achievments on the track and off, his quest for perfection, and the mythical status he has since attained, is the subject of Senna, a documentary feature that spans the racing legend’s years as an F1 driver, from his opening season in 1984 to his untimely death a decade later.



1 .) When We Were Kings (1996) directed by Leon Gast

When We Were Kings (1996)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Dog Woof
  • Esquire
  • Fox Sports
  • IGN
  • IMDB
  • IMDB 2
  • Indiewire
  • Mental Floss
  • MSN
  • Redbull
  • Rolling Stone
  • Sports Casting
  • Sports Keeda
  • Taste Of Cinema
  • The 42
  • The Guardian
  • The Stacker
  • Yard Barker

It’s 1974. Muhammad Ali is 32 and thought by many to be past his prime. George Foreman is ten years younger and the heavyweight champion of the world. Promoter Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million dollars apiece to fight one another, and when they accept, King has only to come up with the money. He finds a willing backer in Mobutu Sese Suko, the dictator of Zaire, and the “Rumble in the Jungle” is set, including a musical festival featuring some of America’s top black performers, like James Brown and B.B. King. ×



 


The 100+ Additional Best Sports Documentary Films



 

# Movies Directors Lists
46 1 (2013) Paul Crowder IMDB
IMDB 2
47 9 Innings from Ground Zero (2005)   Complex
Indiewire
48 9.79* (2012)   Dog Woof
The Stacker
49 An Impossible Job (1994)   Esquire
MSN
50 Andre the Giant (2018) Jason Hehir IMDB
IMDB 2
51 Catching Hell (2011)   Complex
The Stacker
52 Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017) Gavin Fitzgerald IMDB
IMDB 2
53 Dark Horse (2015)   Esquire
MSN
54 Freedom’s Fury (2006)   Esquire
MSN
55 Generation Iron (2013) Vlad Yudin IMDB
IMDB 2
56 Hillsborough (2016)   Esquire
MSN
57 I Hate Christian Laettner (2015)   Complex
The Stacker
58 Iverson (2014) Zatella Beatty IMDB
IMDB 2
59 Kicking & Screaming (1995)   Esquire
MSN
60 Messi (2014) Álex de la Iglesia IMDB
IMDB 2
61 Nine Innings From Ground Zero (2004)   Fox Sports
Rolling Stone
62 Premier Passions (1998)   Esquire
The Guardian
63 Road (2014) Michael Hewitt IMDB 2
The Stacker
64 Ronaldo (2015) Anthony Wonke IMDB
IMDB 2
65 Sachin (2017) James Erskine Dog Woof
IMDB
66 Team Foxcatcher (2016) Jon Greenhalgh IMDB
IMDB 2
67 The Art of Flight (2011) Curt Morgan IMDB
The Stacker
68 The Best That Never Was   The New Daily
The Stacker
69 The Crash Reel (2013) Lucy Walker IMDB
The Stacker
70 The Dawn Wall (2017) Josh Lowell IMDB
IMDB 2
71 The Eagle Huntress (2016) Otto Bell IMDB
IMDB 2
72 The Gambler (2000)   Esquire
MSN
73 The Other Dream Team (2012) Marius A. Markevicius IMDB
The Stacker
74 Williams (2017) Morgan Matthews IMDB 2
The Stacker
75 You Don’t Know Bo: The Legend of Bo Jackson   Softonic
The Stacker
76 A League of Ordinary Gentleman (2006)   Yard Barker
77 A Year Til Sunday   The 42
78 All This Mayhem (2014) Eddie Martin IMDB
79 All.I.Can.   The Stacker
80 Bad Boys   The Stacker
81 Ballplayer: Pelotero (2009)   Yard Barker
82 Bannister: Everest on the Track (2014)   Indiewire
83 Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011) Liz Garbus IMDB
84 Bones Brigade: An Autobiography   The Stacker
85 Bound By Movement (2019) Jesse La Flair IMDB 2
86 British & Irish Lions tour 1997: Living with Lions   The 42
87 Clarkson: Thriller   The Stacker
88 Conor McGregor RISE TO FAME   Softonic
89 Day of the Fight (1951) Stanley Kubrick IMDB
90 Detail   Softonic
91 Detroit Pistons – Glory Times, 2004 Championship   Softonic
92 Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen (2006) Sönke Wortmann IMDB
93 Diego Maradona (2019) Asif Kapadia IMDB 2
94 Elway to Marino   The Stacker
95 Endless Summer   IGN
96 Fantastic Lies   The Stacker
97 Fastest   The Stacker
98 Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee   The Stacker
99 Four Falls of Buffalo (2015)   Yard Barker
100 Get Big (2018) Elena Beatrice IMDB 2
101
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)
  Yard Barker
102 Hitting the Apex (2015) Mark Neale IMDB 2
103 I Am Ali (2014) Clare Lewins IMDB
104 I Am Durán (2019) Mat Hodgson IMDB 2
105 I Believe in Miracles   The Stacker
106 Ice Guardians (2016) Brett Harvey IMDB 2
107 John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection (2018) Julien Faraut IMDB 2
108 June 17th, 1994   The Stacker
109 Kaiser: The Greatest Footballer Never to Play Football (2018) Louis Myles IMDB 2
110 Klitschko   The Stacker
111 Kobe Bryant’s Muse   The Stacker
112 Larry Bird: A Basketball Legend (1992)   Indiewire
113 Life Cycles   The Stacker
114 Linsanity (2013)   Indiewire
115 Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk (2018) Jason Baffa IMDB 2
116 Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals   The Stacker
117 Make Us Dream (2018) Sam Blair IMDB 2
118 Maradona by Kusturica (2008) Emir Kusturica IMDB
119 McLaren (2017) Roger Donaldson IMDB 2
120 Minding the Gap (2018)   Yard Barker
121 Mount St. Elias (2010)   Redbull
122 Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story   The Stacker
123 Muhammad and Larry   The Stacker
124 Never Say Die – The Story of the New York Islanders   Softonic
125 Next Goal Wins   The Stacker
126 Nice People   The Stacker
127 Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot   The Stacker
128 Of Miracles and Men   The Stacker
129 On Any Sunday   The Stacker
130 Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2014)   Dog Woof
131 PEP   Softonic
132 Pony Excess   The Stacker
133 Pulling John (2009)   Taste Of Cinema
134 Schooled: The Price of College Sports   The Stacker
135 Step Into Liquid   The Stacker
136 Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story (2014) Alex Holmes IMDB 2
137 Strokes of Genius (2018) Andrew Douglas IMDB 2
138 Supervention   The Stacker
139 Survive and Advance   The Stacker
140 Take the Ball Pass the Ball: The Making of the Greatest Team in the World (2018) Duncan McMath IMDB 2
141 That’s It, That’s All.   The Stacker
142 The ’85 Bears   The Stacker
143 The Armstrong Lie (2013) Alex Gibney IMDB
144 The Band That Wouldn’t Die (2009)   Yard Barker
145 The Battle of the Sexes (2013)   Dog Woof
146
The Bret Hart Story: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be
  The Stacker
147 The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight   The Guardian
148 The Endless Summer 2   The Stacker
149 The Final Quarter (2019) Ian Darling IMDB 2
150 The Four Falls of Buffalo   The Stacker
151 The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner   The Stacker
152 The Greatest Tragedy in Sports   Softonic
153 The Heart of the Game   The Stacker
154 The Man Who Skied Down Everest (1975)   Yard Barker
155 The NHL: Masked Men   Softonic
156 The Other Sport: Leken som blev allvar   The Stacker
157 The Other Sport: Vinnarskallar   The Stacker
158 The Referee   The Stacker
159 The Resurrection of Jake the Snake   The Stacker
160 The Rise & Fall of ECW   The Stacker
161 The Russian Five (2018) Joshua Riehl IMDB 2
162 The Smashing Machine   The Stacker
163 Thrilla in Manila   The Stacker
164 Tom Meets Zizou: Kein Sommermärchen   The Stacker
165 Toni Kroos (2019) Manfred Oldenburg IMDB 2
166 Tough Guy: The Bob Probert Story Geordie Day IMDB 2
167 Vive le tour   The Stacker
168 What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (2019) Antoine Fuqua IMDB 2
169 Where the Trail Ends   The Stacker
170 Why We Ride   The Stacker
171
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
  The Stacker
172 Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman   The Stacker
173 Year of the Scab   Softonic

 


 


21 Best Sports Documentary Film Sources/Lists



Source Article
Complex The Best Sports Documentaries
Dog Woof The Ten Best Sports Documentaries
Esquire The Greatest Sports Documentaries Of All Time
Fox Sports The 10 greatest sports documentaries of all time
IGN Top 10 Sports Documentaries
IMDB Documentary, Sport (Sorted by Number of Votes Descending)
IMDB 2 Documentary, Sport (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Indiewire The 13 Best Sports Documentaries
Mental Floss 10 Fascinating Sports Documentaries
MSN The Greatest Sports Documentaries Of All Time
Redbull Best sports documentaries: Top 6 you have to watch
Rolling Stone 15 Sports Documentaries to Cheer About
Softonic 13 Best Sports Documentaries 2019
Sports Casting The 5 Greatest Sports Documentaries of All Time
Sports Keeda The 5 best sports documentaries of all time
Taste Of Cinema 12 Great Sports Documentaries Even Non Sports Fans Can Enjoy
The 42 Re-wind: The 10 best sporting documentaries of all-time
The Guardian The 10 best sports documentaries
The New Daily The best sports documentaries of all time
The Stacker Best sports documentaries of all time
Yard Barker The best sports documentaries

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