12 Sports Movies Everyone Should See

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The recent release of I, Tonya and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games has likely got you excited for some figure skating and for sports films. The genre isn't stacked with classics, but there are some absolute gems littered throughout cinema history over the past fifty years. Here's some of the best of them (and where to stream them!).


Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Remember The Titans

Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.


Where To Watch: Foxtel Now, Stan

Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer, gets a supremely rare chance to fight heavy-weight champion Apollo Creed in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Hoop Dreams

Where To Watch: Stan, SBS On Demand

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

The Wrestler

Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

A faded professional wrestler must retire, but finds his quest for a new life outside the ring a dispiriting struggle.

A League Of Their Own

Where To Watch: Stan

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Cool Runnings

Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Million Dollar Baby

Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.


Where To Watch: Google Play Store, Apple Store

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.


Where To Watch: Amazon Prime Video

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.


Where To Watch: Google Play Store

Kurt Sloane must learn the ancient kick boxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother.
Say what you want about this one, but this is Van Damme at his best. The bar scene alone is worth the price of admission.

The Mighty Ducks

Where To Watch: Foxtel Now

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.


    Don't forget Foxcatcher!

    And also Blades of Glory :)

    The list missed "Rad" - best BMX movie ever made.

      What?! Have you forgotten all about BMX Bandits?!? :P

    It's drawing a pretty long bow to count Kickboxer as a sports movie, isn't it? More of a martial arts movie.

      I was going to go Bloodsport instead... Sport is IN the title. Similar...???

    It's a pretty good list, but you need "Slapshot" in there rather than Mighty Ducks.

    add Rush to that list

    and yep The Wrestler was an incredible movie

    What about "Gleaming the Cube" and "Animal Chin" ?

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