Sports Movies Based on True Stories

My All American movieMy All American: History vs. Hollywood
Football  |  Does the truth ride the bench in this biopic about college football player Freddie Steinmark?
Pawn Sacrifice moviePawn Sacrifice: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Bobby Fischer movie starring Tobey Maguire sacrifice the truth?
Concussion movie
 Will Smith Butts Heads With the NFL in "Concussion" Trailer
Football  |  Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered a degenerative brain disease in NFL players.
McFarland, USA movieMcFarland, USA: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Kevin Costner movie keep pace with the real story?
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 Walk movieThe Walk: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Is this Robert Zemeckis movie about high-wire artist Philippe Petit shaky with the facts?
Race movie
 Jesse Owens Biopic Races Into Theaters in February
Sports  |  The first feature biopic of Olympian Jesse Owens is coming to theaters.
The Program movie
 Ben Foster Pedals Into a Scandal as Lance Armstrong
Sports  |  Based on the book by journalist David Walsh.
McFarland, USA movie
 Kevin Costner Inspires an Underdog Cross-Country Team in the McFarland, USA Trailer
Sports  |  Based on Coach Jim White and his 1987 McFarland cross-country team.
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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My All American
Is the truth left on the sidelines in this story of college football standout Freddie Steinmark?
The Walk
Is this story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit wobbly with the truth?
Pawn Sacrifice
Chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) takes on the Soviet Union and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber).
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.