With no live sporting events currently taking place and sports fans around the country itching for some entertainment, we’ve listed 20 fantastic films that will have you jumping out of your seat as if you were a spectator at a real game!
Take an in depth look into the frenetic life and career of the enigmatic genius Diego Maradona, arguably the greatest footballer of all time. Available to watch on Channel4.com
I AM BOLT
Go on a journey with the fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt as he embarks upon an era of dominance while breaking multiple records along the way. Available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Katie gives you an unfiltered look into the life of Katie Taylor as she looks to put the disappointment of the 2016 Rio Olympics behind her and sets about on a quest for glory in the professional ranks. Available to watch on Netflix.
The Damned United
Based on the career of Brian Clough, one of the most charismatic and controversial characters that English football has ever seen. The late, great manager is portrayed brilliantly by Michael Sheen in this critically acclaimed biopic. Available to watch on Youtube movies & Google Play.
Directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci, Raging Bull is regarded by many as one of the greatest films of all time. Based on the memoirs of troubled boxer Jake LaMotta who is portayed by De Niro, a roll that secured him an Academy Award for best actor. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.
Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffallo, this true crime drama follows a billionaire wrestling buff who enlists two brothers, both whom have won Olympic gold medals, to help coach American wrestlers who are preparing for international competition. After initial success, the story takes a dark turn as things do not go according to plan. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.
Margot Robbie portrays disgraced American figure skater Tonya Harding in this dramatic biopic about an infamous scandal that rocked the sporting world. Available to watch on Netflix.
A true underdog story based on the life and career of boxer Micky Ward and his unexpected surge towards a world title. Mark Whalberg stars as Ward with help from Christian Bale who portrays Ward’s drug addict brother and trainer. Bale picked up an Academy Award for his outstanding performance. Available to watch on Netflix.
A fictional drama based on two estranged brothers and their estranged father who cross paths again with the help of an MMA tournament. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton star as brothers Tommy and Brendan Riordan while Nick Nolte plays the father, a roll that garnered him an Oscar nomination. Available to watch on Netflix.
When We Were Kings
This Academy Award winning documentary chronicles the build up to the iconic heavyweight bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, more commonly known as ‘The Rumble In The Jungle’. Available to watch on Amazon Prime.
Battle Of The Sexes
Set in the 1970’s this film is based upon the then newly formed Women’s Tennis Association Tour and concludes with the male vs female grudge match that took place between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs with starring roles from Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. Available to watch on Now TV, Google Play & Youtube movies.
Rush portrays the heated rivalry between Formula 1 stars Niki Lauda and James Hunt that took place in the 1970’s. Starring Chris Hemsworth as Hunt, Daniel Bruhl as Lauda and a musical score by Hanz Zimmer to boot. Available to watch on Netflix.
Moneyball follows the cash strapped Oakland Athletics baseball team as they go on a record breaking winning streak with the help of a groundbreaking strategy concocted by assistant manager Peter Brand played by Jonah Hill and championed by manager Billy Beane played by Brad Pitt. Available to watch on Netflix.
Borg vs McEnroe
The legendary rivalry known as Fire and Ice takes centre stage in this biographical drama as the composed swede Bjorn Bjorg takes on the eccentric John McEnroe in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, a match widely acknowledged as one of the best games of tennis ever played. Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LeBeouf star as their fellow countrymen. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.
Remember The Titans
Based on real events, Coach Herman Boone played by Denzel Washington, takes on a Virginia high school football team that have become racially integrated for the first time ever. With racial tensions bubbling, he faces an uphill battle to lead the team to glory and unite the school and town in the process. Avaialble to watch on Disney plus.
This Clint Eastwood directed drama centres around the events surrounding the 1995 rugby World Cup in South Africa and Nelson Mandela’s hopes of uniting a nation. Starring Morgan Freeman as president Mandela and Matt Damon as the Springboks captain Francois Pienaar. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.
Take a deep dive into the dark world of doping in sports as Bryan Fogel connects with Russian scientist Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of Russia’s national anti-doping laboratory to uncover some eye-opening truths. Available to watch on Netflix.
Friday Night Lights
Billy Bob Thornton stars as the head coach of a high school football team that are vying to win a state championship. The coach and players face a series of hurdles on their road towards victory. Available to watch on Netflix.
He Got Game
This Spike Lee directed drama stars Denzel Washington as a convicted felon who tries to convince his star basketball player son to sign for the governors college team in exchange for his release. Former NBA great, Ray Allen stars as Denzel’s estranged son. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.
With seven films made in the Rocky series and a further two recently made Creed movies, starting the series from scratch is a great way to spend your days while stuck at home. The first film made in 1976 was Oscar nominated and catapulted Sylvester Stallone to stardom. Available to watch on Amazon Prime, Google Play & Youtube movies.