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Subchapters. Political intrigue Annals of sports history. The best documentaries remind us that sport is more than the box. Covering everything from baseball to wrestling to dog sled racing, these documentaries not only show us the power of competition, but also why we even enter competitions. These are the 15 best sports docs that are now streamed to Netflix:
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15. The Carter Effect
In its heyday, there was no one like Vince Carter – the soaring, mud-dying former Toronto Raptors star nicknamed Air Canada. This 2017 Vinsanity profile follows the career of the All-Star, who still plays at the age of 42 and includes interviews with his contemporaries such as Steve Nash and Tracy McGrady along with the well-known Raptors fan Drake . GLOW: The Story of the Beautiful Ladies of Wrestling
You may have seen the Netflix series GLOW – the excellent Alison Brie comedy about women's wrestling – but this documentary delivers the true Story of the Year Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling television series of the 1980s, where aspiring models, actresses and other non-wrestlers competed on the mat.
. 13 Ice Guardians
Remember the old Rodney Dangerfield quip: "I went into a fight the other day, and a hockey game broke out!" Fighting has long been part of the sport and this documentary of 2016, the interviews with NHL sizes features Chris Chelios and Brett Hull – looking at the role enforcers play in the game.
The cultural history of director Jennifer Peedom provides a comprehensive insight into the mountains of the world, with a focus on the often dangerous sporting achievements that inspire them. It's not just a revealing, insightful exploration of the role that mountains play in human cultures and adventures, but also a great view of some of the most impressive peaks in the world.
. 11 The Short Game
Produced by Justin Timberlake, the film follows a group of seven- and eight-year-old golfers attending the 2012 US Children's World Cup. Sure, the film, which has earned comparisons with Spellbound the classic look at spelling bee participants, will definitely make you complain about your own skills on the links, but it's also a more entertaining one and often enlightening views in youth sports culture.
10th Barca Dreams
FC Barcelona is not only one of the most famous football clubs in history – it is also a big part of the Catalan identity. This 2015 film is a thorough introduction to the legendary franchise and some of its legendary players, including Lionel Messi – one of the best players ever to play on the field.
. 9 Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
This chronicle of the 2016 Crossfit Games tracks elite athletes who exert extraordinary physical strength and all hope to be called the best on Earth.
. 8 Senna
This 2010 British documentary follows the career of Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who died in an accident at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. The heartbreaking retrospective takes the champion from his early days in racing through his high-level rivalry with Alain Prost to his tragic death.
. 7 Team Foxcatcher
This film tells the story of John du Pont, the wealthy heir to the fortunes of the Du Pont family, and a US wrestler benefactor, who was eventually convicted of murder. Steve Carrell's role as du Pont in the 2014 film Foxcatcher earned him an Oscar for Best Actor, but this documentary digs deeper and uses family films to tell the tragic true crime story behind the late Du Pont.
6 The Dawn Wall
They spent their lives overcoming obstacles. When climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson started climbing the wall of Yosemite's Dawn Wall in 2015, this was just another challenge – albeit a steep challenge, a 3,000-meter-long cliff face where they lived for weeks.
Manassas Tigers' high school football team had spent years losing seasons. Then coach Bill Courtney came along. This Oscar-winning documentary follows the Tigers from an economically disadvantaged area of Memphis as they seek fame on and off the field.
. 4 The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Minor league baseball has been the poetic backdrop to many sports legends and the history of the 1970s Class A Portland Mavericks is truly one for all time. A team with future actor Kurt Russell, led by his father, and the legendary Jim Bouton, who sought a comeback after his Major League Tell-All, essentially forced his resignation, the Mavericks deserve their name, true history the dogs.
. 3 Iverson
This Netflix original follows legendary basketball player Allen Iverson from his impoverished childhood in Virginia to his career as an eleven-time NBA All-Star. It's a powerful movie that records him both in the depths and in the depths of his legendary career, but the incredible story of the former Philadelphia 76er is the justice he deserves.
. 2 The Great Alone
This 2015 documentary follows the career and comeback of Lance Mackey – the son of one of the founders of Iditarod and one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, who had throat cancer in 2001.  1. Icarus
Bryan Fogel's impressive documentary about Russia's Olympic doping program won the best documentary film at the 2018 Academy Awards – a deserved award for a film that not only lifted the veil on Kremlin-sponsored fraud but also likes playing a real political thriller.
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