If you’re anything like us, then chances are you’re missing sports pretty severely right about now. And as much as we appreciate ESPN airing obscure sports, like competitive sign spinning, cherry pit spitting, and marble racing, it hasn’t been quite enough to fill the void left by real sports.
Instead, you might want to check out some of the best sports movies available to watch on various streaming services right now.
Here Are The Best Sports Movies To Stream Right Now
Robert Redford plays light tower-smashing Roy Hobbs in this classic baseball movie from director Barry Levinson. The Natural will make you want to trot around the bases—or your living room—in slow motion to Randy Newman’s iconic score.
As with Moneyball, director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is less about the sport and more about the human drama behind the sport—and in this case, there was plenty of excitement.
Steve Carell makes an eerie transformation into John du Pont, who went from being the heir of the du Pont chemical fortune to a wrestling “coach,” to the wealthiest murder defendant in the United States. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called it “a superb, satiric antithesis of a Hollywood underdog sports movie.”
Coach Carter is based on the true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter, who in 1999 suspended his undefeated team due to poor academic performance. In a positive review of the film, Roger Ebert said that it’s not only a sports movie, “but also a coaching movie, with inspiring locker room speeches and difficult moral decisions.”
Although it doesn’t deliver as hard a blow as its subject matter does, Concussion nevertheless shines a light on an important issue: damage done to the brains of football players who suffer repeated concussions throughout their careers.
Will Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of real-life forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, the first person to publish findings on the link between chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and American football.
Against all odds, U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks, played by Kurt Russell, leads a group of college kids to victory against the heavily favoured Soviet team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, in what became known as the “Miracle on Ice.”
Estranged brothers Brendan (Joel Edgerton) and Tommy (Tom Hardy) cross paths at a mixed martial arts tournament where the winner takes home $5 million. Nick Nolte earned his first Oscar nomination in 13 years for his performance as their alcoholic ex-boxer father.
4.Million Dollar Arm
Million Dollar Arm is the “wacky but true story” of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the first Indian nationals ever to sign contracts with an MLB team. The two were discovered after winning a pitching contest on a reality TV show in 2008.
Jamaican sprinter Derice Bannock is so set on competing at the Olympics that, after failing to qualify for the Summer Games, he seeks the help of a disgraced coach to try and make it to the Winter Games as the first Jamaican bobsled team. Cool Runnings was John Candy’s last film to be released during his lifetime.
2.Remember the Titans
Coach Herman Boone (Denzel Washington) is tasked with heading up a Virginia high school’s first integrated football team in this Boaz Yakin-directed film. Roger Ebert called it “a parable about racial harmony, yoked to the formula of a sports movie,” and lauded the fact that the film avoids the common trope of depicting the African-American coach as being noble and the white coach as racist, and instead “shows them both as ambitious and skilled professionals.”
Starring Dennis Quaid, The Rookie is the true story of Jim Morris, a Texas high school baseball coach who makes it to the MLB at 35 years old after agreeing to attend a tryout if his team made it playoffs. Morris had previously spent five seasons in the minors before retiring to focus on his family.