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The 12 Best Netflix Sports Films And Series You Can Gorge On Today

The 12 Best Netflix Sports Films And Series You Can Gorge On Today

We know you might have tried to take a little bit of a break from sport over the Christmas. You only watched two NBA games on Christmas night and didn't even bother with Wolves and Fulham on Stephen's Day before settling in to six straight hours of live football before Match of the Day.

We know you value your family time at this time of year and that means Mary Poppins, and days and days of Harry Potter. But it's nearly New Year's now. Technically you should probably be even back at work today. There's only so much family time you can handle. It's time to get back to what you do best; sport and personal time.

As usual, Netflix has you covered. We've scoured the tonnes and tonnes of sports documentaries, films, and TV shows on the platform to offer you up our version of the best out there, something to fill your next couple of days of freedom before Wednesday arrives with its long, unending, wintery outlook.

 

Pumping Iron

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It's 1977 and Arnold Schwarzenegger and The Incredible Hulk are the two biggest names in bodybuilding. It's weird, and the behind the scenes documentary is equal parts bizarre and brilliant. Arnie's mindgames with Ferrigno are fascinating. Who knew bodybuilding had so much trash talk?

 

Bull Durham

Yes, Kevin Costner loves a baseball movie, but this might be his best, and his most real. It hits all the sport story high notes, the master and the student, the cocky young upstart, a love story, broken friendships, a big showdown, and dreams come true. A perfect sports movie, and a great Christmas afternoon film.

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Les Bleus

The best football documentary on Netflix. It is in French but subtitled in English, and if you don't mind putting up with that, it's well worth your time. The documentary charts the remarkable rise and fall of the French national side since 1996, encompassing French society and politics in the process.

 

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Bobby Robson: More Than A Manager

A good film for this time of year. Robson was a gent, and despite incredibly tough and sad moments, it's a pleasure to spend time with him for the duration of the film.

 

Sunderland 'Til I Die

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We wrote about the best parts of Netflix's best effort at an embedded series. You were always going to get more out of Sunderland than Manchester City or Juventus, but catching a season of a successive relegation, two managers, and a Brent-like chief executive only too happy to explain himself to the cameras mean gold was struck. Anyone with an interest in football or tragedy needs to watch this series.

 

Iverson

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Allen Iverson was a one-of-a-kind athlete who also was one of the most controversial in American sports' history. His story is a must watch.

 

Summer of '92

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A dramatisation of one of football's great stories, you'll be annoyed by some of the acting, the football, the portrayals of well known faces, and the simplifying of some complicated stories, including the falling out of coach Richard Moller Nielson and the Laudrup brothers but ultimately, the story of a team winning a competition they didn't even qualify for is worthy of a film, and this is well worth a watch, and the inclusion of real match footage is a great workaround to the eternal problem of every football movie - the football.

 

Last Chance U

Having changed course in its third season, 'Last Chance U' persists as the beat-for-beat perfect depiction of the brutality and hardship required to make a living playing American Football. The latest installation tilts away from the familiar setting of Scooba, Mississippi to another junior college in Independence, Kansas.

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The show combines superb cinematography of America’s underbelly with the tales of various young American football hopefuls vying for Division 1 College Football.

This show isn't just one episode but three seasons and thus will require a lengthy commitment, but it is worth it.

 

Icarus

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A must-have on any Netflix watch-list, and not just for sports documentaries. The Academy Award-winning movie begins with documentary maker Bryan Fogel's experimental doping regime and suddenly finds itself in a global doping scandal. An eye-opener for sports fans and compelling for film fans.

 

Coach Carter

Remember the Titans meets Dangerous Minds, this is a flawed basketball film, but an enjoyable one, made better at all times by the presence of peak Samuel L. Jackson.

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Warrior

An age old tale of estranged brothers, but this time the sporting arena is an MMA cage. In a world of a million boxing movies, Warrior stands alone as the one truly great MMA film.

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Team Foxcatcher

You may have seen the film with Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum. This is better. One of the most amazing stories in sport feels more like the dreams of an up all night Hollywood screenwriter rather than the tragic real life story it is.

 

If you have anymore you feel should be added to the list, please let us know in the comments.

SEE ALSO: 40 Sports Documentaries You Need To Watch

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