Netflix has certainly revolutionized the way we interact with movies and television. Everything is accessible on our chosen device at the touch of a button. It really is astounding to think back a few short years ago when televisions used to be as heavy as a lump of concrete and only slightly smaller than the smart cars you now see cutting you up while nipping in and out of the bus lane.
The number of genres now available on the platform should make it easier to please even those who typically have difficulty finding something they’d enjoy.
If you are a lover of sports movies, then Netflix will certainly be able to cater to your whims. In fact, below, you’ll find a list of epic sports movies that we have put together. Here are the top sports films available on the platform right now:
1 Moneyball (2011)
This film certain hit home with fans and critics across the world and deserves several viewings. Netflix has excelled in getting this one on the list and the platform offers some impressive titles. It is important to note that certain titles and series aren’t always available abroad. To bypass this, using a VPN is always an option should you find yourself yearning to watch the shows you love so much. Using a VPN is simple and will make it easy to get around geo-restrictions if you are watching shows outside the USA.
Moneyball is the classic American baseball tale and was voted in the top 10 movies of 2011 by several different critics while being nominated for six Academy Awards.
This movie is so good Netflix fans will want to watch it over and over again especially if they are fans of baseball. Brad Pitt plays the baseball GM Billy Beane who is driven to succeed with the Oakland As despite having a budget far smaller than that of their rivals.
Beane utilizes the help of a Peter Brand, a young man who believes the secret to success lies in finding players using stats that other teams overlook. This brilliant adaptation of the Michael Lewis book portrays a team using a cutting-edge, different approach, that was then adopted by the Boston Redsox in order to win the World Series in 2004.
2 Southpaw (2015)
Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a superb performance as he depicts the life of boxer Billy ‘The Great’ Hope. The undefeated champion lives a life full of tragedy that sees the star go through a breakdown following the accidental death of his wife at the hands of another boxer.
This film is about revenge, redemption, and passion as Gyllenhaal’s character seeks out revenge in the ring. The strong acting performances make this film and will be a hit with boxing fans.
3 42 (2013)
Baseball is the oldest sport in the US and has deep roots in the movement for social change, none more so than the career of Jackie Robinson. He was the first African American to cross the race line and play in the Major Leagues. Before this, black players had to play in the Negro Leagues and had been forced to do so since the 1880s.
Jackie Robinson’s appearance at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers in April 1947 was historic and started his 10-year dominance in the game with six straight All-Star appearances and a 1955 World Series victory.
This film had long been in the offing and big names such as Robert Redford and Spike Lee were both linked to the project. Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, made contributions to ensure it was accurate and Chadwick Boseman plays the man himself. An excellent, 128-minute, bio-pic that will be enjoyed by baseball fans the world over.
4 High-Flying Bird (2019)
This is a Netflix exclusive directed by the acclaimed Steven Soderbergh. It was shot on his iPhone 8 and follows the tale of an NBA lockout. The power struggles behind a labor dispute are brought into beautiful focus by a talented cast including Andre Holland who plays an agent trying to get the best deal for his clients while putting a spanner in the works of a corrupt system.
Although it is not centered around the actual sport on the court this is certainly one that will be enjoyed by NBA fans.
5 The Fighter (2010)
If you don’t think Christian Bale is a good actor then you probably won’t like The Fighter. But his portrayal as a former boxer fallen on hard times is compelling. The movie follows the fortunes of Dicky’s (Bale) younger brother Micky (Mark Wahlberg) who is an up-and-coming boxer with a lot of talent. The biographical film follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional family as they try to find success in the world of boxing.
Netflix has plenty of other sports movies but this list will help get you started and you are bound to find at least one that will make you want to come back for more.