Underdogs, Daredevils, And Legends: The Greatest Sports Documentaries Ever Made

For many, documentaries are a go-to form of entertainment. And what better way to enjoy an informative piece than having it set in the world of sports? It’s captivating to witness drama, heartbreak, and major milestones, and the stories of how people became top-level athletes are nothing short of inspiring.

With ESPN’s new 30 for 30 series, there are countless sports documentaries to enjoy. But let’s not forget the jaw-dropping movies showcasing feats such as the Barkley Marathons or Lance Armstrong’s fall from Tour de France grace. Channel your inner Carl Boenish and take a leap of faith into this list of some of the greatest sports documentaries ever made.

The Price Of Gold

The Price Of Gold
ESPN
ESPN

One of ESPN’s 30 for 30 docs is the unbelievable true story of what happened in the early ’90s with two of figure skating’s biggest names, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. It was before the Olympics, and these two athletes were at each other’s throats, both wanting to take home gold.

Everything quickly changed when Harding and her boyfriend hired someone to attack Kerrigan, resulting in Harding being banned from the sport. Director Nanette Burstein breaks down what is considered to be one of the biggest stories in sports history. Trust us; this story is equal parts dumb and fascinating.