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8 Netflix Football Movies Based on True Stories

When it comes to sports movies, few can rival the emotional rollercoaster of a football movie. And when those Football Movies Are Based On True Stories, they tend to be even more powerful. These movies offer an inspiring look at the sport of football and the athletes who play it.

Here are Eight Netflix Football Movies Based on True Stories that are sure to get your blood pumping.

Netflix Football Movies Based on True Stories


Undefeated is a 2011 documentary film directed by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning season after years of losses. (Stream on Netflix)


Triumph of the Heart

A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story is a 1991 CBS made-for-TV movie that recounts the life of Ricky Bell, a Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back sickened with dermatomyositis, and Ryan Blankenship, a physically impaired child. (Stream on Netflix)

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Quiet Victory

When high school football coach Charlie Wedemeyer is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, he perseveres in leading his team despite becoming disabled. (Stream on Netflix)


Shaken by a friend’s suicide, a Deaf high school football player copes with family and relationships while anticipating his final homecoming game. (Stream on Netflix)

Football Series Based on True Stories on Netflix:

Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist

From Notre Dame to the NFL, Manti Teo’s future in football showed promise until a secret online relationship sent his life and career spiraling. (Stream on Netflix)

We Are the Brooklyn Saints

We Are: The Brooklyn Saints is 2021 American docuseries created for Netflix and directed by Rudy Valdez. Its story follows the players, coaches, and parents of the Brooklyn Saints, a youth football program in the east New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, throughout their 2019 season. (Stream on Netflix)

Last Chance U

Elite athletes with difficult pasts turn to junior college football for the last shot at turning their lives around and achieving their dreams. (Stream on Netflix)

Titletown High

In a Georgia town where football rules and winning is paramount, a high school team tackles romance, rivalries, and real life while vying for a title. (Stream on Netflix)

People Also Ask:

What football movie is based on a true story?

Brian’s Song: The ABC Movie of the Week (1971) tells the story of Brian Piccolo’s (James Caan) life stricken with and death from lung cancer soon after he became an NFL star. It is told by way of his friendship with Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers (Bill Dee Williams).

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Are there any football movies on Netflix?

  • The Longest Yard (2005)
  • Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)
  • Undefeated (2011)
  • Coach Snoop (2018)
  • Home Team (2022)
  • All American (2018–present)
  • Last Chance U (2016–present)
Netflix offers a variety of sports movies and you can watch them for free with a subscription.

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