A few months ago, we ranked our top five sports documentaries of all time. The Last Dance topped our list that time.
However, there are just way too many high-quality sports documentaries out there to have one condensed list of five. So, we’ve done some extensive research and come up with a part two!
Check out our new list below!
Released earlier this year, this documentary covers one of the most highly polarizing athletes to have ever played a sport. Directed by Stanley Nelson, this two part series chronicles the life of Michael Vick. From his earliest collegiate days at Virginia Tech, Vick established himself as one of the most exciting quarterbacks of our generation.
After his college days, Vick was selected as the #1 pick by the Atlanta Falcons. In being selected, he also became the first African-American QB taken #1 overall in the NFL Draft. The money was coming in, his jersey was one of the highest selling, and he was a Madden cover athlete.
Six years into his career, this documentary covers one of the biggest scandals in American sports. The dog fighting ring Vick and his friends had set up at his home in Virginia and the subsequent arrest.
He was sentenced to 23 months in jail but after his sentence was over, returned to the NFL. This documentary is about the rise and fall and redemption and definitely one that makes the cut for the watchlist.
4. This Magic Moment
Directed by the duo of Erin Leyden and Gentry Kirby, this documentary covers the Orlando Magic’s lucky streak in the early 1990’s. During this time, they acquired two players at no.1 in the draft. Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway.
They were destined to become a fixture in the league after making it to the 1995 NBA Finals, before losing to the Houston Rockets. Although they had lost, the Magic were on the rise to have the tandem of Hardaway and O’Neal be a dominant force until an injury to O’Neal forced Hardaway to shoulder most of the load.
‘This Magic Moment’ tells the story of the 95-96 season being the one that ultimately dismantled the franchise as Hardaway and O’Neal disagreed on who ultimately was the bigger star.
O’Neal left to go to the Lakers the next season and found success with another player you may have heard of. Kobe Bryant.
3. The Two Escobars
What do you get when you combine the world’s most powerful drug kingpin with a national soccer hero? You get ‘The Two Escobars’.
Although unrelated, this documentary covers the lives of Pablo Escobar, a Colombian drug kingpin and Andres Escobar, a national soccer hero. Although they weren’t related, their lives became intertwined more than siblings. Soccer was a big foundation of where the drug cartels were laying their money through gambling.
A big supporter of his national team, Pablo also helped players like Andres with their finances and was often seen as a financier to most of the players on the team.
This documentary also recaps the death of Pablo in 1993 and the tragic murder of Andres in 1994. After scoring a costly own goal in the 1994 World Cup, Andres was shot and killed.
This documentary details how much the drug cartels were bigger than anything else in Colombia and it makes for captivating viewing.
2. This Was the XFL
Directed by Charlie Ebersol, in 2017, ‘This Was the XFL’ is a great story of how Vince McMahon and Dick Ebersol tried to create a rival to the NFL, but ultimately failed.
A titan of the pro wrestling world, Vince McMahon thought that by adding more “entertainment” to football, he would create a rival to the NFL as far as ratings and viewership.
Dick Ebersol, a man known for putting sports on TV thought the idea could work. But he didn’t quite understand just how far Vince McMahon was willing to take this venture.
Ultimately, it became more of a gimmick than it was an actual sport. But this documentary covers the butting heads of a league that could have been successful, if egos were set aside.
Easily one of the best documentaries that will ever be produced, ‘Broke’ takes a damning look at one of the biggest problems facing professional athletes.
As the title suggests, this documentary covers a wide array of athletes who spent so much money, they eventually ran into the problem of not having any money after their playing days were over.
From the expensive jewellery to the flashy cars to the $100,000 bar tabs, ‘Broke’ does a great job in portraying how many athletes have more dollars than they do sense. The stories of how they end up in debt a few years after making millions of dollars is mind-blowing.
Directed by Billy Corben, this is a phenomenal documentary that reveals that even when athletes are raking in the money, they don’t take into account what would happen if they didn’t have any.
Like the saying goes, “more money, more problems”.