Best Sports Films On Netflix
We’ve all been there… you spend 20 minutes trying to find something to watch something on Netflix before settling down for yet another episode of The Office.
However, you could be missing out on some of these gems from the sporting genre…
Stuck for something to watch?
Here’s our round-up of some of the best sports films on Netflix UK to watch right now* – as well as our pick of the latest TV shows and documentaries focusing on sport…
Best Sports Films On Netflix UK Right Now
He was arguably English football’s most maverick talent, but Paul Gascoigne’s well-publicised struggles off the pitch are at the heart of this no-holds barred documentary. All the ups and downs of a troubled talent both on and off the pitch are explored here.
Tonya Harding was at the epicentre of one of the most infamous episodes in American sporting history. This award-winning film looks at the life of the figure skater both before and after the controversial incident that overshadowed all of her sporting success.
Does sport have redemptive powers? This documentary aims to find out, focusing on the inmates of the San Quentin Warriors basketball team as they look to the power of sport to help shape a new path forward in life.
THE CARTER EFFECT
An essential watch for all basketball fans, this gripping documentary explores the impact of NBA ace Vince Carter and his impact on the sport in Canada. If you’ve ever wondered how one sports star can help put a team on a map, this covers all the bases.
How did the unfashionable Oakland Athletics rise from struggling no-hopers in 2002 all the way to the American League play-offs?
Moneyball explains all.
It follows the story of how visionary Billie Beane challenged conventional baseball wisdom by using stats and inspired scouting to unearth hidden gems to power Oakland to new heights. A film that gives hope to every supporter of an underdog side.
As we’ve seen time and again, F1 is not a sport for the faint-hearted – especially in the golden era of the sport in the 1970s.
This adrenaline-filled drama chronicles the intense rivalry between two of the sport’s biggest legends – the cocky James Hunt and the calculated Nicky Lauda. Exploring how the rivalry between the pair developed through the good times and bad, it’s a must watch even if you’re not a fan of motorsports.
THE DAWN WALL
Those of a nervous disposition might want to avoid this gripping rock-climbing documentary.
It follows American duo Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s death-defying attempt to scale the 3,000ft Dawn Wall at Yosemite National Park. As thrilling as any drama, it’s worth staying put for the stunning scenery even if you’re scared of heights.
BEST SPORTS TV SHOWS ON NETFLIX
SUNDERLAND ‘TIL I DIE
Series 1 delivered drama as gripping as the latest Hollywood thriller as Sunderland’s expected promotion push on their return to the Championship didn’t exactly deliver the fairy-tale script owners, staff and fans expected.
Series 2 picks up where the first series left us with Jack Ross the manager tasked with picking up the pieces as the club starts life in the depths of League One.
F1: DRIVE TO SURVIVE
Who would be an F1 driver?
This gripping series tries to answer that question by lifting the lid on life in and out of the pit lane, exploring what motivates drivers, managers and teammates to keep moving forward in the high-risk world of F1.
They say history is always written by the victors, but what’s it like be on the other side of the coin?
Over short half hour episodes, this light-hearted documentary series explores the art of losing. From Jean Van De Velde’s meltdown in the 1999 Open to a hopeless Torquay Utd side fighting relegation, this programme takes a wry look at how all of us handle failure.
*All content available for streaming as of 08/07/2020
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