Sports Movies Based on True Stories

Pawn Sacrifice movie
 Tobey Maguire Portrays Bobby Fischer in "Pawn Sacrifice" Trailer
Sports  |  The film chronicles Fischer's life leading up to his 1972 Cold War chess match against Boris Spassky.
The Walk movie
 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Not Afraid of Heights in "The Walk" Trailer
Sports  |  Gordon-Levitt portrays high-wire artist Philippe Petit, who attempted to cross the World Trade Center towers.
Spare Parts movie
 4 Ragtag Students Enter a Robotics Competition in the Spare Parts Trailer
Sports  |  Four Hispanic high school students compete against MIT with only $800 and spare car parts.
Million Dollar Arm movieMillion Dollar Arm: History vs. Hollywood
Baseball  |  Does this Disney baseball movie allow the truth to step up to the plate?
Chasing Mavericks MovieChasing Mavericks: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  We've recently added the big-wave surfing movie Chasing Mavericks.
The Program movie
 Ben Foster Pedals Into a Scandal as Lance Armstrong
Sports  |  Based on the book by journalist David Walsh.
McFarland, USA movieMcFarland, USA: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Kevin Costner movie keep pace with the real story?
When the Game Stands Tall movieWhen the Game Stands Tall: History vs. Hollywood
Football  |  Do the facts stand tall in this football movie starring Jim Caviezel?
Rush Racing MovieRush: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  We pit the real-life Formula One racers vs. the Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl characters.
42 movie42: History vs. Hollywood
Baseball  |  Is this Jackie Robinson movie batting above .500 when it comes to the facts?

ALL TRUE STORY Sports Movies
Whether you're watching the story of an underdog high school basketball team that won it all, an undersized football player who dreamed of making his favorite college team, or an Hawaiian surfer who got back on the board after a shark took her arm, we analyze the reality behind these true sports movies, separating the facts from the Hollywood fiction. Meet the real life athletes and people behind these sports movies based on true stories. Return to this page to peruse our latest additions or explore the sports biopics by choosing a category below.
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McFarland, USA
Does this Kevin Costner sports movie outrun the truth?
When the Game Stands Tall
Does the movie fumble when it comes to the truth?
Million Dollar Arm
Does this Jon Hamm Disney baseball movie hit too many foul balls regarding the truth?
Explore the real Formula One rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda.
Does this Jackie Robinson movie strike out with regard to the truth?
Chasing Mavericks
Does Chasing Mavericks hang ten or wipeout with regard to the truth?
Soul Surfer
Does the truth hang ten or wipe out?
The Fighter
We pit Fact vs. Fiction to see which wins the title.
The Blind Side
Is the reality just as inspiring?
Gridiron Gang
Meet the real coach and find out if the football program really changed the lives of these troubled kids.
Meet the real Vince Papale and discover the true story.
Meet the real hockey players and coach behind the 1980 Olympic victory.
Find out what made the real coach invite Radio into his life.
Meet Seabiscuit and watch the real-life races depicted in the movie.
The Rookie
Did Jim Morris really test his fastball by throwing past a speed limit monitor on the side of the road?
Remember the Titans
Find out if the racial tension was depicted accurately in the movie.
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
Find out if a family curse could have been responsible for Bruce Lee's death.
Learn the truth and see a pic of the real Rudy being carried off the Notre Dame field.
A League of Their Own
When the men go off to war, the women pick up their bats, but is the story based in fact?
We fight to uncover the truth behind Frank Dux and the Bloodsport movie.
Find out if the real basketball team's story was as dramatic as the movie.