Sports Movies Based on True Stories

Soul Surfer movieSoul Surfer: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Soul Surfer comes to Netflix. We explore the real-life shark attack that inspired the film.
I, Tonya movieI, Tonya: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Tonya Harding movie stick its landing when it comes to the truth?
Happy Valley movieFirst Still of Al Pacino as Joe Paterno in HBO Movie
Football  |  See the cast of the HBO Joe Paterno film next to their real-life counterparts.
Queen of Katwe movieQueen of Katwe: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  A girl from the slums of Uganda becomes a chess prodigy, but does the movie cheat by adding too much fiction?
Eddie the Eagle movieEddie the Eagle: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this story of Britain's first Olympic ski jumper stick its landing when it comes to the truth?
Concussion movieConcussion: History vs. Hollywood
Football  |  Does the movie provide an accurate depiction of the discovery of CTE and its effect on former NFL players?
The Walk movieThe Walk: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Is this Robert Zemeckis movie about high-wire artist Philippe Petit shaky with the facts?
The Program movie
 Ben Foster Pedals Into a Scandal as Lance Armstrong
Sports  |  Based on the book by journalist David Walsh.
Ford v Ferrari movieFord v Ferrari: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  How much of this car racing film is fiction?
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Battle of the Sexes movieBattle of the Sexes: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this tennis movie double fault when it comes to the truth?
Bleed for This movieBleed for This: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this story of a boxing comeback get KO'd by too much fiction?
Hands of Stone movieHands of Stone: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Robert De Niro boxing movie leave the facts outside of the ring?
Race movieRace: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this story of Olympian Jesse Owens keep pace with the truth?
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?
McFarland, USA movieMcFarland, USA: History vs. Hollywood
Sports  |  Does this Kevin Costner movie keep pace with the real story?

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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Ford v Ferrari
Does this car racing movie about the 1966 Le Mans rivalry leave the truth in the dust?
Happy Valley
Was Al Pacino able to capture Joe Paterno's appearance for the Penn State scandal movie?
I, Tonya
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?
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.