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- There are some great sports movies on Netflix this month.
- "The Fighter" is a more well-known choice.
- "Miracle" is a classic.
Even within a single movie genre, it can be overwhelming to narrow down your options on Netflix. Sports films are no exception.
To take the guesswork out of what you should watch next, INSIDER consulted score data from Rotten Tomatoes to round up a selection of sports movies that are worth streaming. From romantic comedies such as "Bull Durham" to biopics like "The Fighter," there’s something for every kind of viewer.
Here are 12 of the best sports movies currently streaming on Netflix.
"Bull Durham" (1988)
Netflix description: "A perennially pitiful baseball team inks a rookie in hopes he’ll usher the team to victory. But it’s up to his seasoned catcher to keep him in line."
Critic score: 97%
Audience score: 82%
"Bull Durham," a romantic comedy about a real-life minor league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina, stars Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon. Partially based on screenwriter and director Ron Shelton’s own experiences in the minors, this baseball flick has endured as a classic through the decades.
Netflix description: "Husband. Father. Fighter. Meet Chuck Wepner, the liquor salesman and self-proclaimed real-life inspiration behind Rocky Balboa."
Critic score: 80%
Audience score: 62%
If you’re a fan of the "Rocky" series (and its subsequent "Creed" spinoffs), you might be intrigued by the story of Chuck Wepner, the heavyweight boxer from Bayonne, New Jersey, whose 15-round bout against Muhammed Ali in 1975 apparently inspired Sylvester Stallone to create the character Rocky Balboa. Although Wepner later sued Stallone for allegedly using his life story without permission, the two men, who became friendly after the release of "Rocky," are now on good terms.
In "Chuck," Liev Schreiber portrays Wepner, with his "Ray Donovan" co-star Pooch Hall playing Ali. Elisabeth Moss and Naomi Watts respectively appear as Wepner’s second and third wives.
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Netflix description: "This fast-paced documentary profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native Brazil."
Critic score: 92%
Audience score: 95%
For a movie that lives life in the fast lane, look no further than "Senna," a documentary about the titular Formula One racer. The film centers on Senna’s career, beginning with his 1984 debut at the Brazilian Grand Prix and concluding with his death from an accident 10 years later at the San Marino Grand Prix.
Director Asif Kapadia also helmed "Amy," the Academy Award-winning doc about Amy Winehouse.
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