The 15 Most Critically Acclaimed Sports Documentaries

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This past weekend the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 hit theaters, just in time for “Jackie Robinson Day.” And while it took the top spot at the box office and was generally well-received by critics and audiences, the one complaint people have had is that it makes the legendary ballplayer out to be just a little too perfect.

That of course is a legitimate complaint that people are entitled to have. I have not yet seen the film, but from the trailers I got the impression that I would probably feel the same way. Nevertheless, it’s not like the film is a documentary. It’s a work of fiction based on historical events, and obviously artistic license is taken to make a larger point about the man’s historical significance.

If you’re looking for a more realistic sports film, then maybe you should start here with this list of the top-rated sports documentaries on

In case you don’t know, Rotten Tomatoes basically provides users with the percentage of film critics who liked or did not like the movie. Thus, if a movie has a 99% rating, that doesn’t mean it is necessarily better than a movie that has a 91% rating. It just means that there is more consensus among critics. So the higher the number, the safer the bet that you’ll like the movie.

Ready to see which sports documentaries the critics love? Then let’s get started.

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