Ever wondered why we watch sports movies? We can always watch a real match of baseball instead of watching a movie about it. But we still dig all these inspirational sports movies. The reason behind this is that sports movies offer us something that’s much deeper than the game itself. We get to dwell deep into the psychology and mindset of the characters and also understand their struggles as they make their way to the top. Be it any sport, nothing is more fascinating and inspiring than the story of an underdog making his way to being the champion and the journey of a long shot starting off as a dark horse all the way till he becomes the front-runner.
It doesn’t matter which sport you’re into, Netflix has a movie for each one. From some extreme action-packed boxing films to inspirational real-life adaptations, the streaming giant has it all. So if you’re tired of scrolling through long lists of sports movies without being able to decide on one, we’ve got a list of really good sports movies on Netflix. The list includes sports movies for kids and inspirational sports movies.
17. Born Strong (2017)
A must-watch documentary for all the powerlifters out there. The film features four powerlifters from four different countries competing against each other for the title of 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic. Only one out of England’s Eddie Hall, America’s Brian Shaw, Iceland’s Hafthor Bjornsson (The Mountain from Game of Thrones) and Lithuania’s Zydrunas Savickas will eventually become the world’s strongest man alive. “It’s great to see these monsters.” quotes Arnold Schwarzenegger and he’s right. There’s nothing more intimidating yet exciting than seeing four 400 plus pound giants competing against each other to be the best among the best.
16. Icarus (2017)
Sports are often glamorized in the most beautiful ways in movies and on sports channels. But we never really get to see what happens behind the screen, behind the closed doors of gyms, behind the protected confinements of an athlete’s home and inside shady dark laboratories. ‘Icarus’ is a documentary that reveals, or I’d rather say, exposes the darker side of sports. Bryan Fogel, who won an Academy Award for directing this documentary, sets out to seek the truth about doping in sports as an experiment of his own but later he somehow ends up meeting a Russian scientist. This accidental meeting lands him right in the middle of a global conspiracy, dirty politics and filthiest scandals ever in the history of sports.