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1. Road to the Big Leagues (2008)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

Baseball in the Dominican Republic is not just a game. For many Dominicans the long, competitive road to a professional baseball career is one of the few viable alternatives to a life of ... See full summary »

Director: Jared Goodman | Stars: Vladimir Guerrero, Jesus Alou, David Ortiz

Votes: 62

3. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,449 | Gross: $0.56M

4. The Short Game (2013)

PG | 99 min | Documentary, Sport

51 Metascore

The best 7 year old golfers from around the world descend on the world famous Pinehurst Golf course in North Carolina to determine the next world champion and who might become golf's next ... See full summary »

Director: Josh Greenbaum | Stars: Amari Avery, Jed Dy, Allan Kournikova, Zamokuhle Nxasana

Votes: 1,192 | Gross: $0.04M

5. Schooled: The Price of College Sports (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary that examines how college sports in America became a billion dollar enterprise built on the backs of its unpaid athletes.

Directors: Ross Finkel, Trevor Martin, Jon Paley | Stars: Kevin Anderson, Jay Bilas, Taylor Branch, Bob Costas

Votes: 574

6. Broke (I) (2012)

Documentary

According to a 2009 Sports Illustrated article, 60 percent of NBA players are broke within five years of retirement. For 78 percent of NFL players, it takes only three years. Sucked into ... See full summary »

Director: Billy Corben

Votes: 249

7. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,386 | Gross: $7.83M

8. The Real Football Factories (2006– )

60 min | Documentary, Sport

Based on the Nick Love movie, Danny Dyer explores a social history of hooliganism across the UK over the past half century.

Stars: Danny Dyer, Barrington Patterson, Cass Pennant, Forbes KB

Votes: 586

9. 30 for 30 (2009– )

60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

ESPN Films' 30 for 30 is an unprecedented documentary series featuring today's finest storytellers from inside and outside of the sports world. What started as a celebration of ESPN's 30th ... See full summary »

Stars: Ice Cube, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson

Votes: 3,780

10. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,340

11. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004)

TV-PG | 214 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

Director: Ken Burns | Stars: Jack Johnson, Keith David, Samuel L. Jackson, Adam Arkin

Votes: 1,246

12. One Day in September (1999)

R | 94 min | Documentary, History, Sport

82 Metascore

The Palestinian terrorist group Black September holds Israeli athletes hostage at the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich.

Director: Kevin Macdonald | Stars: Michael Douglas, Ankie Spitzer, Jamal Al Gashey, Gerald Seymour

Votes: 5,401 | Gross: $0.16M

13. Deep Water (2006)

PG | 92 min | Documentary, History, Sport

80 Metascore

A documentary about the disastrous 1968 round-the-world yacht race.

Directors: Louise Osmond, Jerry Rothwell | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Donald Crowhurst, Jean Badin, Simon Russell Beale

Votes: 2,765 | Gross: $0.27M

14. A State of Mind (2004)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A British documentary that follows two young North Korean girls as they prepare for the Mass Games, the world's largest choreographed gymnastics performance.

Director: Daniel Gordon | Stars: Daniel Gordon, Hyon Sun Pak, Song Yun Kim, Jong-Il Kim

Votes: 985 | Gross: $0.04M

15. Faster (2003)

PG-13 | 103 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

The first film to go inside the MotoGP world since television took a sport watched by a few thousand spectators at race tracks and turned it into prime-time entertainment for over 350 ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Neale | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Garry McCoy

Votes: 1,237

16. Go Tigers! (2001)

R | 103 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

"Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tigers high school football team, played out in a small rustbelt town that draws its identity ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth A. Carlson | Stars: Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Joe Paterno, Danny Studer

Votes: 791 | Gross: $0.15M

17. Handicapped: A Documentary About Bad Golf (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

Handicapped documents the third annual Albert J. Doermaet, Jr. Average Man Invitational, a golf tournament created exclusively for bad golfers by the CEO of a multi-millionaire portable ... See full summary »

Directors: G.R. Kearney, Tom Dernulc | Stars: Bill Almond, Jimmy Bardo, John F. Barmon Jr., Jason Chamberlain

18. Murderball (2005)

R | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

87 Metascore

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro | Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan, Joe Bishop

Votes: 9,557 | Gross: $1.52M

19. The Heart of the Game (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

74 Metascore

A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.

Director: Ward Serrill | Stars: Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Ludacris, Devon Crosby Helms

Votes: 901 | Gross: $0.44M

20. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

67 Metascore

The rise and fall of the N.Y. Cosmos. The soccer team that brought Pele to America; against the backdrop of N.Y. City in the 70's.

Directors: Paul Crowder, John Dower | Stars: Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Matt Dillon, Ahmet Ertegun

Votes: 1,384 | Gross: $0.14M

21. Maradona by Kusturica (2008)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary on Argentinean soccer star Diego Maradona, regarded by many as the world's greatest modern player.

Director: Emir Kusturica | Stars: Ernesto Cantu, Fidel Castro, Manu Chao, Hugo Chávez

Votes: 5,251

22. The Referee (2010)

29 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

Swedish soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his big dream in life, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.

Director: Mattias Löw | Stars: Janne Andersson, Sepp Blatter, Birgit Hansson, Martin Hansson

Votes: 1,635

23. Deutschland. Ein Sommermärchen (2006)

108 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary on the German national team's World Cup 2006 journey, all the way from boot camp in Sardinia to the 3rd-place play-off.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Jürgen Klinsmann, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski, Oliver Bierhoff

Votes: 2,981

24. One Night in Turin (2010)

90 min | Documentary, Sport

Before the Premier League and multi-million pound salaries, in England 'football' was a dirty word. The game was in disgrace, the fans, hooligans, the nation, it seemed, were all played out... See full summary »

Director: James Erskine | Stars: Gary Oldman, Rebecca Marie Burnett, Paul Gascoigne, Douglas Hurd

Votes: 1,033



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