Sports Movies Based on True Stories
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.
The Boys in the Boat
Meet the real group of working class boys who rowed their way to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
The Iron Claw
Does this movie about the Von Erich wrestling family deliver an iron claw to the truth?
Next Goal Wins
Thomas Rongen becomes the head coach of the infamously bad American Samoa soccer team.
Annette Bening portrays long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, who attempts to swim from Cuba to Florida.
Rickey Hill dreams of playing big league baseball despite a seemingly insurmountable medical condition.
Meet the real Gran Turismo player who became an actual race car driver.
Nike's Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) wants to create a shoe around rookie Michael Jordan.
16-year-old Jessica Watson tries to become the youngest person to sail solo and nonstop around the world.
Saints coach Sean Payton (Kevin James) coaches his son's football team during his year-long NFL suspension.
The story of Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from grocery store stock boy to NFL star.
Will Smith portrays Richard Williams, father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams.
12 Mighty Orphans
Is the truth left on the sidelines in this story of a football coach who leads a group of orphans to victory?
Does this story of an orphanage entering a fishing tournament leave the facts stranded at sea?
A barmaid convinces her small-town neighbors to help fund a racehorse in hopes of it becoming a champion.
Are the facts left on the bench in this tale of a college football player who takes custody of his brother?
Ford v Ferrari
Does this car racing movie about the 1966 Le Mans rivalry leave the truth in the dust?
Was Al Pacino able to capture Joe Paterno's appearance for the Penn State scandal movie?
With so many unknowns surrounding Tonya Harding, what does the movie get right?
Battle of the Sexes
Does this movie about the Battle of the Sexes tennis match serve up the truth?
Bleed for This
Does this story of a boxing comeback get pinned against the ropes by too much fiction?
Queen of Katwe
Does this story of a Ugandan female chess prodigy add any fictional pieces to the board?
Hands of Stone
Does fiction knock out the truth in this story of boxing trainer Ray Arcel and boxer Roberto Duran?
Eddie the Eagle
Does this story of the first British Olympic ski jumper stick its landing when it comes to the truth?
African American athlete Jesse Owens wins a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin as Hitler watches.
Does this Will Smith movie suffer from dementia when it comes to the truth?
My All American
Is the truth left on the sidelines in this story of college football standout Freddie Steinmark?
Is this story of high-wire artist Philippe Petit wobbly with the truth?
Chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) takes on the Soviet Union and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber).
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?
Does Chasing Mavericks hang ten or wipeout with regard to the truth?
We pit Fact vs. Fiction to see which wins the title.
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.
Did Jim Morris really test his fastball by throwing past a speed limit monitor on the side of the road?
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.