8 Best Sports Movies on Netflix

One of the great advantages of a streaming service like Netflix is its wide range of genre choices. Probably one of the most popular themes in film is sports. Hundreds of movies have been made over the years about the topic. They cover everything from true life, inspirational stories to fictionalized accounts and simple stories of love and struggle in the athletic world. Netflix has a wide selection of those films from which to choose. We’ve created a list of 8 of the best sports movies on Netflix for you to take a look at.

8. The Longest Yard (2005)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Peter Segal
Runtime: 1 hr 53 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This Adam Sandler helmed remake of a 1974 movie starring Burt Reynolds is not quite as edgy as the original film, but it does have quite a few moments of humor. A group of prison inmates challenge their guards to a football game, while a former NFL player (Sandler) is doing time. His friend (Chris Rock) and a former football coach (Burt Reynolds) join in, and they try to inspire the prisoners while making more human connections with the men responsible for guarding them. They also find a way to connect more closely with each other.

7. The Mighty Ducks (1992)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Stephen Herek
Runtime: 1 hr 43 min
IMDb Rating: 6.4
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%
MPAA Rating: G
Streaming on: Netflix USA

This fun, touching kids’ film is about a down and out hockey player (Emilio Estevez) who tries to make good by coaching a youth hockey team. The Ducks have never won a game, but with inspiration, hard work, and cooperation, he convinces them they can be the best at whatever they take on in life. The story follows their climb towards victory, and is one of the most inspiring youth films made by Disney. The real life professional hockey team, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, took their name from the film.

6. Trouble with the Curve (2012)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Robert Lorenz
Runtime: 1 hr 52 min
IMDb Rating: 6.8
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

When a long-time baseball scout (Clint Eastwood) begins to see his retirement as inevitable, especially due to his failing eyesight, he decides to take his daughter (Amy Adams) along on his final recruitment trip. She sees it as an opportunity to rebuild a rocky relationship with her father, so she chooses to join him. John Goodman and Justin Timberlake also appear in this well-performed film, rounding out a great cast despite the somewhat predictable script.

5. The Water Boy (1998)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: Frank Coraci
Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: Netflix USA

A straight up goofy comedy, this film revolves around the life and times of the Water Boy (Adam Sandler) for a college football team. It is discovered during practice that he has a better arm than the quarterback. Despite his life long obsession with water and hydration, and despite the fact that his mother (Kathy Bates) does not want him to play the “foosball”, he gives it all up for a chance at fame and success on the gridiron. He must overcome the challenge of teammates who do not feel the water boy has earned his place on the field. One of Sandler’s earlier films, his youthful zest for life and comedy really come out in this one.

4. My All American (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Angelo Pizzo
Runtime: 1 hr 58 min
IMDb Rating: 7.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix USA

Based on a true story, this film follows the college career of football player Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock). He played for Texas A&M as a defensive safety and overcame many challenges with the help of his coach (Aaron Eckhart). Only after he leads his team to a championship season do things start to get truly challenging in his life. He meets his challenges again, even if they are not on the football field.

3. A Mile in His Shoes (2011)

Release Date on Netflix: 2014
Director: William Deal
Runtime: 1 hr 29 min
IMDb Rating: 6.1
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%
MPAA Rating: PG
Streaming on: Netflix USA

A young autistic man with Aspberger’s syndrome (Luke Schroeder) joins a minor league baseball team, and with the help of his manager (Dean Cain), a former major league star, he inspires the entire team to see him and baseball a little differently. An inspirational story, this film puts together the drama of life and the drama of sport in one solid package.

2. The Challenger (2015)

Release Date on Netflix: 2016
Director: Kent Moran
Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
IMDb Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: All Netflix

When his mother gets sick, a young man from the Bronx (Kent Moran) takes up boxing as a way to fight to the championship and make the money his mother needs for medical care. He is taken on by an old champ who now trains (Michael Clarke Duncan), who then drives him to be among the best in a difficult, brutal sport. He soon comes to find out that there are greater challenges in life than boxing, and that things are often easier to control inside the ring.

1. Fighting (2009)

Release Date on Netflix: 2015
Director: Dito Montiel
Runtime: 1 hr 45 min
IMDb Rating: 5.6
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Streaming on: All Netflix

When a New York City street hustler (Channing Tatum) figures out that selling counterfeit merchandise is never going to get him the success of which he dreams, he comes across a street fighting coach (Terrence Howard) who promises he can achieve much more than he once thought. He also meets a beautiful woman (Zulay Henao), who gives him another priority to consider. This is Tatum’s break out film, and he really shines in the lead role, not only through his acting, but also through his great fight scenes.

There is a huge number of great sports movies available to stream on Netflix. With everything from documentaries and true life stories to melodramas and silly comedies, the genre of sports in film covers the gamut of human emotion and story telling.

The list above gives you a little taste of the best sports movies on Netflix. A little searching through your own queue can bring up other movies for when you are looking for a great flick about sports.

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