Over the last few years we’re seeing more and more sports movies hit the screens thanks to the likes of ESPN and Netflix, particularly when it comes to documentaries. And for sports fans at the moment, they couldn’t be more welcome as fans are unable to watch live sport from stadiums right across the world.
More and more of us are looking to sports films to get our sporting fix, which is why we’ve put together this list of our favourite titles to watch at the moment across the streaming services.
Below you’ll find our top tips, but of course we’d love to hear yours by leaving a reply below…
Boxing always lends itself to the screen, whether it be movies like Rocky, Creed and The Fighter, or documentaries such as The Tale of Gatti-Ward. One of the newer documentaries which has appeared to be a must-watch is Katie, the story of Katie Taylor.
A real trailblazer for women’s boxing, Katie is available on Netflix and charts her career, from the early days through to winning Olympic Gold in London and then a tough period that followed.
Of course, today she’s at the very top of her game and the current undisputed lightweight champion, and one of only eight fighters to hold all four major world titles simultaneously. It’s a remarkable tale and one that continues to fascinate, with her due to fight Miriam Gutierrez on November 14 of this year.
Most bookmakers have got her as a heavy favourite for this one, with most on Freebets.com pricing her at around 1/25! What Katie offers though, is the perfect watch before this fight and an excellent Saturday of sport at the weekend!
It’s worth shopping around for the best odds when placing a bet and there’s plenty of sign up offers and welcome bonuses available so keep an eye out for them should you want to place a bet online.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
We all love an underdog story, and The Battered Bastards of Baseball is exactly that. Telling the story of the Portland Mavericks, a minor league baseball side formed in the 1970s, the film is full of warmth, humour and shows you exactly what sport is all about.
Formed as the only independent team in the minors by actor Bing Russell, the club had open tryouts to form a team and reinvigorated the people of Portland to come down to the Civic Stadium to watch them play.
It was a team all about fun, and that resonated with not only the people in the city, but Oregon as a whole, as well as making national news. Such was their popularity, Major League Baseball wanted a slice of the action, and it all started to crumble from there. It’s a compelling documentary that will have you in tears even if you aren’t a lover of baseball.
It’s available to watch on Netflix and we’d highly recommend it.
Kaiser is a Brazilian footballer known as The Greatest Footballer to Never Play Football. Sounds intriguing right?
You can watch this film on Amazon Prime and it tells the tale of Carlos Kaiser, who built a career based upon lies and his popularity as a person. He built quite a reputation and across the 1980s enjoyed contracts at nine different clubs, all without making a single appearance. That included the likes of Botafogo, Flamengo and Fluminense, although the greatest stories come from his time at Bangu and their gangster owner.
It’s a story you can’t believe until you see it and the perfect watch for any football fan who loves a bit of a maverick.