Top 10 Sports Movies To Stream

Let’s be honest, live sport isn’t the same right now. Whatever your passion, there’s always at least something to root for.

Nevertheless, there’s plenty of good sports movies to fire up and relive. Whether it’s the underdog team that rises to announce themselves on the big stage, or the old veteran that comes back to prove they’ve still got what it takes.

Here’s a countdown of my top 10 sports movies to stream from the comfort of your own home.

10. Eddie the Eagle

(Available on Netflix)

Bet you didn’t think this list would start with Olympic downhill skiing did you? Well don’t be put off. This Taron Egerton led true tale of Eddie the Eagle attempting to reach Olympic gold will have you not only barrelling with laughter but fighting back those tears. It’s an underdog story in every sense of the world. A real life Cool Runnings. Eddie should be nowhere near the slope but he’s also born to be there. And you’ll love him for it.

9. Coach Carter

(Available on Netflix)

Want some Basketball action? Look no further than the story of Ken Carter taking over the underdogs from the bad neighbourhood. Samuel L Jackson is one of his best performances as the coach who tries to rally the team not only to be good on the court but also in the classroom. His methods are tough but you can’t help but fight for the principled coach to work his magic.

8. Fighting With My Family

(Available on Netflix)

Before you start, yes I know, wrestling isn’t real. The world of sports entertainment, however, can still make for some drama. With splashes of comedy that includes The Rock playing, well, The Rock, Florence Pugh leads the underdog story of Saraya Knight, from a council estate in Norwich, rose through the family business working in gyms to the threshold of WrestleMania. You’ll not be able to stop those smiles brewing.

7. Happy Gilmore

(Available on Netflix)

It’s an Adam Sandler comedy and, though that phrase may offer up some eye rolls in 2020, go back to 1996 when the Sandler craze is about to begin. Forget all the rubbish comedies that followed, this is where it all began. We all need a bit of a laugh these days so if that’s what you’re after, then you’ll be sure to find it here as Happy takes on the PGA.

6. The Fighter

(Available on Netflix)

The Fighter may not be a Rocky or Raging Bull but it’s a solid and engrossing Boxing film. With a star studded cast in Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Mark Wahlberg as Micky Ward. It’s a true sports movie in every sense with the against all odds mentality and will to win despite their clear disadvantages. There’s a lot of heart to The Fighter and it stands the test of time.

5. Icarus

(Available on Netflix)

Okay so this isn’t fictional drama, it’s a documentary. Don’t let that put you off though as Icarus provides more drama and punch than most blockbusters. Winner at the Academy Awards for Best Documentary, Bryan Fogel’s attempts to study and re-create the doping performed by athletes in cycling leads to a discovery of a dark web of deceit and lies that threatens to put decades worth of Olympic results into dispute. A must see.

4. I, Tonya

(Available on Amazon Prime)

You may not think that your go-to sports movie would centre around the world of Figure Skating but I, Tonya is so much more than just outfits and routines. Anchored by a terrific performance by Margot Robbie, we’re brought into the troubled life and upbringing of Tonya Harding and what leads her to be involved with one of the most disgraceful acts of sportsmanship known.

3. Warrior

(Available on Netflix & Amazon Prime)

The world of MMA may be brutal for some but amidst the caging fighting, Warrior hinges upon the relationship of two brothers and their estranged father. This one really took me by surprise when I saw it for the first time on the big screen. I’ve never actually been as torn before with who to root for than the brothers played by Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy. They’re on a collision course that’s not stopping. Strap yourselves in for a wild ride into the octagon.

2. Friday Night Lights

(Available on Netflix)

Texas Football is American Football at its very core. Step away from the pageantry of the SuperBowl to immerse yourself in the small town of Permian, Texas and he high school football team that carries the hopes and dreams of a community. It spawned a spin off TV Series but the original film is not to be matched. With Billy Bob Thornton on the sideline as coach, Friday Night Lights is the must-see to truly engross yourself in America’s favourite game.

1. Moneyball

(Available on Netflix)

Y’know, I don’t even think I fully understand the rules of Baseball. I’ve never actually watched a full game. But that doesn’t matter and it shouldn’t deter you from the engrossing and powerful Moneyball. With star studded turns from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, this true story, written by Aaron Sorkin, tells the tale of how the Oakland Athletics decided to look to statistics to try and bridge the gap between their lowly team and the big teams in Baseball. They sought to change the game forever.

Moneyball

Agree? Disagree? Any hidden gems that I’ve missed? We’d love to hear from you.

Side note: If you do want to some actual sport, there’s some great documentaries to dive into. Amazon Prime’s All or Nothing Series covers American Football, Football and Rugby while Netflix’s Last Chance U and Sunderland ‘Til I Die are fantastic viewing experiences.

Thanks for reading. Stay safe.

By Jordan Barrett

One Comment Add yours

  1. G says:

    Notable others off top of head:
    White Men Can’t Jump
    Jerry Maguire
    Raging Bull
    Rocky (Collective)
    Mighty Ducks
    Free Solo
    Million $ Baby
    Caddyshack
    Senna
    The Big Lebowski
    Cool Runnings

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