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10 Sports Documentaries on Netflix

The Rugby World Cup is in the group stages. The MLB has entered it’s postseason. The NFL season is into its fifth week. And the NBA season is a few weeks away. With all of these going on you might think that is all the sports content anyone could need.But just in case you need more, Netflix has a bunch of great sports documentaries which we’ve broken down to give you 10 available right now in no particular order.

If you are outside of the US some of these titles may not be available. You can stream US Netflix with a VPN or connect to another location and watch all of the available movies and shows it has to offer without any restrictions.


Pele: Birth of a Legend
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Diego Boneta, Rodrigo Santoro, Colm Meaney (Actors)
  • Michael Zimbalist (Director) - Michael Zimbalist (Writer) - Kim Roth (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Pelé — Netflix Documentary (2016)

Coming to Netflix on February 23, 2021.  Emerging from a childhood fraught with adversity, a Brazilian soccer player barrels into the game with unmatched focus and indelible skills. Mixing rare archival footage and exclusive interviews, this documentary celebrates the soccer legend who personified the beautiful game: Pelé. (Stream on Netflix)

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Team Foxcatcher (2016)

This tells the story of John Du Pont, the USA wrestling benefactor and billionaire and how he shaped the face of the sport. Family footage reveals the tragic story of his involvement with Dave Schulz, the country’s most successful wrestler at the time and how he met his untimely end. (Watch on Netflix)

Icarus (2017)

An Oscar-winning documentary that starts out as an experiment by Bryan Fogel into doping and competitive cycling. Through a chance meeting with a Russian scientist, he uncovers the truth behind the decades-long state-sponsored Olympic doping program in Russia and a major international scandal. (Watch on Netflix)

The Short Game, Season 1The Short Game, Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)

The Short Game (2013)

This chronicles the 2012 youth golf championship at Pinehurst featuring 7- and 8-year old golf proteges looking to become the best in the world. Commentary from legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Gary player add great insight into the drama and difficulty of the game, even at that young age. (Watch on Netflix)

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Dee Booher, Emily Dole (Actors)
  • Brett Whitcomb (Director) - Bradford Thomason (Writer) - Jason Connell (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)

You may be more familiar with the Netflix series “GLOW”, featuring Alison Brie, but this documentary details the true story behind it. This explores the original TV show that aired in the 1980s in which models, actresses and other women (who weren’t wrestlers) did battle on the mat. Through interviews with its cast, it gives an in-depth look at the physical toll wrestling has on its competitors. (Watch on Netflix)

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Basketball or Nothing (2019)

Set in Arizona’s Navajo Nation, this docuseries follows the Chinle High basketball team in their quest for a state championship. In an area afflicted by high alcohol, drug and suicide rates, basketball is the main source of entertainment and unites a community on the largest Native American reservation in America. (Watch on Netflix)

The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Follow the journey of the Portland Mavericks, a now-defunct minor league baseball team. A team that signed Kurt Russell (yes, that one) and was owned by his father, they competed in the Class A-Short Season Northwest league in the 1970s. They were the only team to operate without Major League affiliation making this a true underdog story. (Watch on Netflix)

The Dawn Wall
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson (Actors)
  • Josh Lowell (Director) - Josh Lowell (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Dawn Wall (2018)

Tommy Caldwell’s dedication and obsession to climb the Dawn Wall, a 3,000-foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, is covered in this award-winning film. Along with his climbing partner, Kevin Jorgeson, we learn more about how they got there and what this climb truly meant to them and the climbing world. (Watch on Netflix)

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Sunderland ‘Til I Die (2018)

Follow the journey of the Black Cats, the Sunderland football team as they fall from the English Premier League to the Championship. Although a dark moment in the team’s recent history, the fans show their dedication, support and love for their squad through it all. (Watch on Netflix)

Last Chance U (2016-18)

This docuseries follows a group of young American football players looking to become the next stars of the NFL. Based at East Mississippi Community College, coach Buddy Stephens and his team look to win a collegiate title and get their careers back on track. The players must not only perform on the field but also in the classroom. (Watch on Netflix)

These documentaries highlight the impact that sport can have on communities, individuals and global institutions and the lengths that people will go to win. Balancing high-level competition with everyday life can bring people together or push them apart making some of the best stories out there.

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