Get Your Head in the Game With These Sports Movies Streaming on Netflix
While watching live sports is generally pretty fun, sometimes you just want the stories behind the sports or a fictionalized version of a sport you don't normally watch live. When that's the case, Netflix is the place to turn to find the drama, the comedy, and the romance that can come with impressive athleticism. Netflix has a good mix of sports movies based on real life as well as some dramatized stories that feel like they could be real life. Whatever you're searching for, Netflix has it (as well as tons of documentaries). Scroll through to check out 15 sports movies to add to your list.
This classic Jean-Claude Van Damme may be bloody, but it also tells the story of a military officer who escapes to Hong Kong to learn martial arts and falls in love along the way.
Will Smith stars as legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in this movie based on his life. In it, you'll follow Ali's rise to the top as well as see the real-life battles he fought day in and day out.
After spending years in foster care, this teenage girl decides she wants to get back in her estranged father's good graces, so she joins the wrestling team to try to connect with him.
When a teenage gymnast's Olympic dreams are crushed after a car accident, she switches gears and tries hip-hop instead.
High Flying Bird
When an NBA lockout sidelines an impressive rookie, his agent decides to shake things up a little and find a new space in the basketball industry.
The Last Whistle
When one of his football players dies, this coach becomes the talk of the town and not in a good way. Rather than dwell on it, he tries to keep his team winning.
Based on a true story, this film follows an 11-year-old girl who becomes the unlikely star of a local football team. Despite some ire from the town, she shows them what she's made of.
Million Dollar Baby
It takes a strong woman to tame this moody boxing trainer, and that's exactly what Maggie (Hilary Swank) is. When she asks Frankie (Clint Eastwood) to train her, he's reluctant, but once they start working together, they realize how important they are to one another.
Based on the 1980 US Olympic hockey team, this movie shows the real story behind how a ragtag group of college hockey players came together to be the miracle team.
Raising the Bar
Kelly (Kelli Berglund) gives up her spot on the gymnastics team when she moves to Australia with her family, but gets back into it to help out a friend.
After leaving life behind to head to Australia, Cora (Debby Ryan) takes things easy by diving into local sports, like surfing and playing baseball with coconuts.
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Ace Ventura — the pet detective — is hired to find out who kidnapped the Miami Dolphins mascot, and it turns into a bigger mystery behind an age-old football snafu that fans still haven't gotten over.
Bad News Bears
What happens when a grumpy coach tries to lead a group of misfit kids to victory in baseball? It's bad news but it's hilarious.
Agent Jerry Maguire splits off from his career to start his own agency but it's much harder than he thought. He only has one client and one coworker, but he's determined to make it work.
The Karate Kid
Fed up with being bullied, Daniel (Ralph Macchio) wants to do something about it. He learns martial arts from a master martial artist Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) to prepare himself to compete against Cobra Kai.