Sports Documentaries

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The following list includes sports covered by SportAccord. See the Wikipedia entry for what is classed as a sport https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SportAccord

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1. 1 (2013)

Not Rated | 112 min | Documentary, History, Sport

Set in the golden era of Grand Prix Racing '1' tells the story of a generation of charismatic drivers who raced on the edge, risking their lives during Formula 1's deadliest period, and the men who stood up and changed the sport forever.

Director: Paul Crowder | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Michael Schumacher

Votes: 3,599

2. AlphaGo (2017)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

Google's DeepMind has developed a program for playing the 3000 y.o. Go using AI. They test AlphaGo on the European champion, then March 9-15, 2016, on the top player, Lee Sedol, in a best of 5 tournament in Seoul.

Director: Greg Kohs | Stars: Ioannis Antonoglou, Lucas Baker, Nick Bostrom, Yoo Changhyuk

Votes: 3,979

3. American Weightlifting (2013)

Unrated | 118 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Ultra-independent - a one person production start to finish - this movie looks at the passion and dedication of American athletes and coaches in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. The ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Everett | Stars: Mike Burgener, Danny Camargo, Kevin Doherty, Paul Doherty

Votes: 81

4. Andre the Giant (2018 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A look at the life and career of professional wrestler André Roussimoff, who gained notoriety in the 1980s as Andre the Giant.

Director: Jason Hehir | Stars: Cary Elwes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal

Votes: 4,901

5. Being AP (2015)

103 min | Documentary, Sport

'Being AP' premiered at Toronto Film Festival 2015, and documents one of Northern Ireland's greatest ever sportsmen during his last racing season. The story of AP's final season is a ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Wonke | Star: Tony McCoy

Votes: 256

6. Beyond the Tryline (2016)

91 min | Documentary, Sport

XV Beyond The Tryline takes you behind the scenes to understand what the sport of Rugby means to everyone who touches the game. With the backdrop and access point of the Rugby World Cup, ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Deschamps | Stars: Dan Carter, Sean Fitzpatrick, Bryan Habana, Eddie Jones

Votes: 46

7. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

Votes: 12,929 | Gross: $0.31M

8. Bobby (2016)

97 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A film which marks the 50th anniversary of England's victory in the 1966 World Cup, and uncovers the truth behind the man who led them to it... Bo66y is a powerful, dramatic and deeply ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Scalpello | Stars: Gordon Banks, Paul Gascoigne, Geoff Hurst, Frank Lampard

Votes: 402

9. Bobby Fischer Against the World (2011)

TV-14 | 93 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

'Bobby Fischer Against the World' is a documentary feature exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeniable, ... See full summary »

Director: Liz Garbus | Stars: Bobby Fischer, David Edmonds, Anthony Saidy, Susan Polgar

Votes: 6,502

10. Bobby Robson: More Than a Manager (2018)

104 min | Documentary, Sport

The definitive portrait of the late English football manager Sir Bobby Robson, one of the game's most inspirational and influential figures, whose legacy lives on far beyond the football field.

Directors: Gabriel Clarke, Torquil Jones | Stars: José Mourinho, Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, Pep Guardiola

Votes: 1,946

11. Born Strong (2017)

TV-MA | 85 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

The four strongest men on the planet compete for the crown. We meet each 400-pound giant in his home country, then on to The Arnold Strongman Classic. Starring Eddie Hall, Hafthor Bjornsson, Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas.

Directors: Gary Cohen, Ross Hockrow | Stars: Eddie Hall, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Brian Shaw, Zyndrunas Savickas

Votes: 1,321

12. Boxing Gym (2010)

Unrated | 91 min | Documentary

83 Metascore

Explores the world of a boxing gym in Austin, Texas, dwelling on the discipline of training as people from all walks of life aspire to reach their personal best.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Richard Lord

Votes: 408 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

Votes: 879 | Gross: $0.22M

14. Buffalo Girls (2012)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

62 Metascore

Two eight year old girls fight in rural Thailand's underground child boxing economy to earn money to support their families.

Director: Todd Kellstein | Stars: Stam Sor Con Lek, Pet Chor Chanachai, Jid, Lek

Votes: 99

15. Building Jerusalem (2015)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA, World Cup Final, 2003. With two minutes of extra time left to win, Jonny Wilkinson goes for his trademark drop goal. This time, he's shooting for a place in sporting history.

Director: James Erskine | Stars: Matt Dawson, Peter FitzSimons, George Gregan, Martin Johnson

Votes: 313

16. Busby (2019)

102 min | Documentary, Sport

From the producers of 'Class of 92', Busby combines previously unseen archive footage with interviews with those who knew the man best.

Director: Joe Pearlman | Stars: Matt Busby, Rob Cavanaugh, Ryan Giggs, Denis Law

Votes: 83

17. Champs (2014)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

59 Metascore

A documentary on boxing greats Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Bernard Hopkins examines their lives in and out of the ring.

Director: Bert Marcus | Stars: Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Larry 'Ratso' Sloman

Votes: 1,806

18. Dark Horse (2015)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

An inspirational true story of a group of friends from a working men's club who decide to take on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Jan Vokes, Howard Davies, Brian 'Daisy' Vokes, Angela Davies

Votes: 944

19. Death of a Gentleman (2015)

99 min | Documentary, Sport

Two cricket journalists set out to see whether Test cricket has a future. In so doing they discover a conspiracy which starts at the highest echelons of cricket administration and politics.

Directors: Johnny Blank, Sam Collins, Jarrod Kimber | Stars: Jonathan Agnew, David Becker, Ian Chappell, Giles Clarke

Votes: 410

20. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,839 | Gross: $0.27M

21. Desert Runners (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin | Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien, Ricky Paugh

Votes: 434

22. Don't Take me Home (2017)

86 min | Documentary, History, Sport

The story of the Welsh international football team's rise through the FIFA World Rankings, and onto their first international tournament for 58 years.

Director: Jonny Owen | Stars: Gareth Bale, Chris Coleman, Aaron Ramsey, Gary Speed

Votes: 291

23. Facing Ali (2009)

R | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

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

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier

Votes: 3,220

24. Fastball (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Sport

74 Metascore

With Kevin Costner narrating, lead a cast of baseball legends and scientists who explore the magic within the 396 milliseconds it takes a fastball to reach home plate, and decipher who threw the fastest pitch ever.

Director: Jonathan Hock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Derek Jeter, Denard Span, Craig Kimbrel

Votes: 1,448

25. FERRARI-Race to Immortality (2017)

91 min | Documentary

The 1950's - the iconic Scuderia Ferrari battle to stay on top in one of the deadliest decades in motor racing history. Cars and drivers were pushed to their limits, and the competition for... See full summary »

Director: Daryl Goodrich | Stars: Peter Collins, Enzo Ferrari, Lin Gallagher, Mike Hawthorn

Votes: 746

26. Fighting for A City (2018)

93 min | Documentary

The story of a young boxer on the road to his dream; a world title fight in his hometown of Leeds. On the way, we meet an extraordinary family, a father who trains his son and the most ... See full summary »

Directors: Greg Hardes, Jacob Proud | Star: Josh Warrington

Votes: 50

27. Fire in Babylon (2010)

TV-14 | 87 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

Feature documentary about the great West Indies cricket team of the 1970's/80's.

Director: Stevan Riley | Stars: Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Brian Close

Votes: 1,562

28. Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (2017)

TV-PG | 116 min | Documentary

The 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games were a grueling five-day, 15-event test to find the fittest man and woman on Earth. "Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness" follows the dramatic story of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Heber Cannon, Mariah Moore, Marston Sawyers, Ian Wittenber | Stars: Justin Bergh, Josh Bridges, Samantha Briggs, Dave Castro

Votes: 1,282

29. Flatball (2016)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

A feature length documentary exploring the origins and rise of one of the world's fastest growing sports, through the lens of one of the sport's greatest players.

Director: Dennis Warsen | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Brodie Smith, Josh Wiseman

Votes: 69

30. Foreman (2017)

PG-13 | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A retrospective look at the boxing career of George Foreman.

Director: Chris Perkel | Stars: George Foreman Jr., Ralph Cooper, George Foreman, Jim Brown

Votes: 237

31. Free Solo (2018)

PG-13 | 100 min | Documentary, Adventure, Sport

83 Metascore

Alex Honnold attempts to become the first person to ever free solo climb El Capitan.

Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi | Stars: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Cheyne Lempe

Votes: 44,075 | Gross: $17.54M

32. Generation Iron (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno

Votes: 7,319 | Gross: $0.85M

33. George Best: All by Himself (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The rise and fall of football superstar, George Best.

Director: Daniel Gordon | Stars: George Best, Angie Best, Calum Best, Matt Busby

Votes: 490

34. Grand Prix: The Killer Years (2011 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

This documentary focuses on the dangers of the early Grand Prix racing and the actions that followed in order to make Formula 1 safer. Former drivers, mechanics and journalists share their ... See full synopsis »

Director: Richard Heap | Stars: Denise Cooke, Chris Hilton, David Tremayne, Tony Brooks

Votes: 426

35. Hitting the Apex (2015)

138 min | Documentary, Sport

'Hitting the Apex' is the story of six fighters - six of the fastest motorcycle racers the world has ever seen - and of the fates that awaited them at the peak of the sport.

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: Jorge Lorenzo, Jose Manuel Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa

Votes: 2,639

36. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,938 | Gross: $7.83M

37. Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals (2013 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

This powerful story captures the heart of the 1970s - told through unseen footage and exclusive interviews with the people who were really there - the team managers, families, journalists ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Whiteman | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Daniel Audetto, Alastair Caldwell, Enzo Ferrari

Votes: 732

38. I Am Ali (2014)

PG | 111 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

55 Metascore

Unprecedented access to Muhammad Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Director: Clare Lewins | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ali Jnr, Hana Ali, Maryum Ali

Votes: 3,044 | Gross: $0.00M

39. I Am Bolt (2016)

PG | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

64 Metascore

The legacy of the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt.

Directors: Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner | Stars: Pelé, Neymar, Serena Williams, Asafa Powell

Votes: 2,855

40. I Am Durán (2019)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

A one man wrecking-ball who took on the world, transcended his sport and helped inspire a nation to rise up against its CIA funded dictator to achieve independence.

Director: Mat Hodgson | Stars: Oscar De La Hoya, Robert De Niro, Roberto Duran, Marvelous Marvin Hagler

Votes: 212

41. Ice Guardians (2016)

108 min | Documentary, Sport

On-ice enforcers struggle to rise through the professional ranks of the world's most prestigious hockey league, only to be confronted with a new found fight for the existence of the role itself.

Director: Brett Harvey | Stars: Jay Baruchel, Chris Chelios, Bobby Hull, Sasha Lakovic

Votes: 1,224

42. In Search of Greatness (2018)

PG-13 | 77 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

Through the eyes of the greatest athletes of all time, IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS is a cinematic journey into the secrets of genius.

Director: Gabe Polsky | Stars: Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice, Pelé, Ken Robinson

Votes: 245 | Gross: $0.06M

43. Kenny (2017)

86 min | Documentary, Sport

An intimate and revealing portrait of Kenny Dalglish - the player, the man, the truth.

Director: Stewart Sugg | Stars: Margaret Aspinall, John Barnes, Kelly Cates, Jodie Christmas

Votes: 716

44. Knuckleball! (2012)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

73 Metascore

A documentary that showcases baseball's most unpredictable pitch.

Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg | Stars: Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon, Jim Bouton, Charles Hough

Votes: 1,551

45. Kobe Bryant's Muse (2015 TV Special)

TV-MA | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Documentary that goes behind the stats to reveal Kobe Bryant's career, exploring the mentorships, allies and rivalries that have helped shape his stellar 18-year tenure in the NBA, and uncovering his greatest personal challenge yet.

Director: Gotham Chopra | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John S. Battle, Larry Bird, Joe Bryant

Votes: 1,229

46. Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (2010 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 85 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.3