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What are the best sports documentaries?

We're all witnesses to the glitz and glamour of sports. Well, that naturally comes with living in a world where competitive leagues are staples of television entertainment. However, not all the stories behind our favorite athletes are known to every fan. There could be a hidden tale behind every championship run, trophy, or success story around the sporting world. And as a fan, these are the things you want to see. This is why we have collected some of the best back stories around the world of sports for your enjoyment. From high-flying hoop gods, hard-swinging batters, and ground-and-pound experts, we've got their stories here. So, give it a go and watch some of the top sports documentaries that would inspire you.

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  1. 1Conor McGregor: Notorious

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    'Notorious' is all about Conor McGregor and in this documentary, you'll see that he isn't that notorious at all! That is, outside the Octagon, at least. Take an in-depth look at how the famed Irish mixed martial arts star overcame personal struggles to become one of the sport's best.

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  1. 2O.J.: Made in America

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    O.J.: Made in America is a documentary that talks about a sportsman, but it also focuses on issues regarding race, crime, and injustice in society. It follows the high-profile murder case involving former superstar running back O.J. Simpson and how it has divided America.

  2. 3Icarus

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    Through this special, you'll get to see the dark side of sports which only a few dare to explore. Icarus is an Academy Award-winning documentary movie that follows filmmaker Bryan Fogel as he sets out to uncover the truth about doping in sports. 

  1. 4The Last Dance

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    When still in doubt of who the basketball GOAT is, you probably should see 'The Last Dance'. The much-talked about documentary series follows hoops legend Michael Jordan during his last season with the Chicago Bulls. 

  2. 5You Don’t Know Bo

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    'You Don't Know Bo' is a documentary about multi-sport superstar Bo Jackson and his emergence to the top of the sporting world. Here, filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio explores Jackson's early life up to his glory days playing both football and baseball. 

  3. 6Year of the Scab

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    2017's 'Year of the Scab' documentary film talks about a rather unusual event in the history of football, and sports in general. The movie shows how a bunch of no-name replacement players would take the field for a chance at football immortality.

  4. 72003-2004 NBA Champions - Detroit Pistons

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    Watch the '2003-2004 NBA Champions - Detroit Pistons' and you'll see arguably one of the toughest teams assembled in the history of the NBA. Watch how the underdog Pistons team was able to accomplish the unthinkable task of beating the fan favorite Lakers team that featured Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. 

  5. 8Never Say Die - The Story of the New York Islanders

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    If you're a big-time hockey fan, then this documentary is a must-see! Know more about one of the NHL's earliest dynasties through 'Never Say Die - The Story of the New York Islanders'. The movie shows the rise of Islanders hockey team during the '70s, on their way to four straight Stanley Cup championships. 

  6. 9NHL's Masked Men: The Last Line of Defense

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    'NHL's Masked Men: The Last Line of Defense' is a vintage sports documentary that you wouldn't want to miss. It will give any sports geek a deeper understanding of goalkeepers and their important role, not only in hockey but in other sports as well. 

  7. 10The Two Escobars

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    Now, this documentary will surely open your eyes to the intricacies of sports. The critically-acclaimed documentary film 'The Two Escobars' focuses on two men who share the same last name, Pablo and Andres. Here, you'll get a look at how sports, crime, and politics could possibly intersect.

  8. 11Beyond the Boundary: ICC Women's T20 World Cup Australia 2020

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    Finally, we can now witness a documentary about one of the most-watched women's sporting events, the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup. In case you want to see the highlights from the seventh ICC Women's T20 World Cup tournament which was held in Australia, then this is the perfect sports documentary film to stream. Released by Netflix this August 2020, Beyond the Boundary: ICC Women's T20 World Cup Australia 2020 also highlights all the exciting events during the tournament. The documentary also features an inside look at the women's cricket, and how it is now turning into a really famous women's sport.

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 DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that ESPN airs its own collection of documentary films? It is called '30 for 30', which includes three "volumes" of 30 episodes each and a series of 'shorts' shown through the ESPN.com website. The viewers' initial reaction on the series were not that good good. But as awareness of the project and critical acclaim grew, sports fans started paying attention. The ESPN original series also gained awards from different award-giving bodies, including the Peabody Award, International Documentary Association's "Distinguished Continuing Series", and an Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program. 

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    April 17, 2018
    "This is a solid, well rated documentary of the journey of a hockey team to make it to the top. The movie focuses on the trials and tribulations of the team, watching them succeed and fail on their way to a record shattering number of Stanley Cup wins. If you like seeing the evolution of a team, whether or not you like hockey, you'll likely enjoy this."
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    Never Say Die - The Story of the New York Islanders
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    Anonymous
    April 22, 2018
    "What an inspirational story! I wasn't sure what to expect from this sports documentary but I really enjoyed this. His story from coming from nothing to rising to be the top of the UFC is just amazing."
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    Conor McGregor: Notorious
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    Anonymous
    April 21, 2018
    "Detroit Pistons - Glory Times, 2004 Championship is a documentary about the 2004 season for the Pistons. Arguably one of the better basketball teams out there, this is an easy way to learn about it."
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    2003-2004 NBA Champions - Detroit Pistons
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    Anonymous
    April 23, 2018
    "This is a must documentary for any NHL fan. I was watching it with my friend who is a hockey nut and he was lost in it!"
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    NHL's Masked Men: The Last Line of Defense
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    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019
    "Everyone who loves baseball and football should definitely watch this. Really well done."
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    You Don’t Know Bo
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    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019
    "Emotions are so raw and I love it!! No pretentions and the drama are all good too."
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    Year of the Scab
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    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019
    "Really entertaining and I didn't doze off while watching it. Really good!"
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    Icarus
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    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019
    "Really comprehensive and not a biased documentary. I like it!"
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    O.J.: Made in America
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    Anonymous
    February 7, 2019
    "One of the best sports documentary in recent memory."
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    The Two Escobars
This list is about What are the best sports documentaries
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Conor McGregor: NotoriousMovies 19 Paid
2O.J.: Made in AmericaTV Shows 15 Paid
3IcarusMovies 8 Paid
4The Last DanceTV Shows 3 Paid
5You Don’t Know BoMovies 3 Paid
6Year of the ScabMovies 3 Paid
72003-2004 NBA Champions - Detroit PistonsMovies 2 Paid
8Never Say Die - The Story of the New York IslandersMovies 2 Free
9NHL's Masked Men: The Last Line of DefenseMovies 1 Paid
10The Two EscobarsMovies 1 Paid
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