After the immense success and hype of the documentary, ‘The Last Dance‘, you might be feeling a sports itch. Luckily for you, there is no shortage of awesome sports documentaries to binge now!
And yes we know, there are hundreds of great choices to choose from when it comes to documentaries. These are just a select few that we enjoy!
The Fab 5
When five young men make it their life goal to make it to the NCAA finals, they set out to do the impossible. Despite the odds, setbacks and culture of the time, these five young men would go on to make sports history. Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson would go down as legends.
If football is more your speed, The U is one of the greatest documentaries in recent history. Examining the story and process of Miami University after a spat of winning a bunch of national titles.
This documentary shows how the mentality and recruiting goes a long way to ensuring a successful team. It’s a fascinating look at what it really takes to coach a team, and what results can be when you play it right.
I Hate Christian Laettner
Possibly one of the best documentaries in the sports scene is also about one of the most controversial players in Basketball.
Christan Laettner was a player on the Duke’s who went on to have one of the most successful careers in the league. So what gives with the name? Well, when you’re extremely talented, good looking, cocky and successful, you make enemies.
Fascinating not only because of the subject matter, but how it explores the human condition.
Survive and Advance
Telling the story of Jim Valvana and his team the Cougars in one of the most explosive wins in NCAA history. This sobering look at success, victory and ultimately death is a heartbreaking reality checkmate.
Even if you win and go down in history as one of the greatest, death comes for everyone. The tragedy that would rock this team months later is one of the saddest moments in the game.
Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
While this doc is centered on boxing, it is still one of the best documentaries about sports put to film. Regaling in the story and power of Jack Johnson is this doc’s biggest strength. The man was larger than life and overcame incredible odds.
When Jack Johnson competed for the heavyweight as the first African American, it created a landslide of opinions. Rife with timely themes of racism, triumph and victory. Jack Johnson will always be one of the best.
That’s our short list folks! Be sure to let us know what your favorite sports related documentaries is in the comments below! Which of these excellent films have you guys seen? Which ones would you recommend to others?
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