If you’ve just finished watching The Last Dance and are wondering if another sports documentary will ever reach such greatness, don’t worry. We’ve listed three incredibly captivating sports documentaries that will have you glued to the screen.
Filmed more like an action thriller rather than a typical documentary, Icarus is a rare glimpse at the grand Russian state-sponsored Olympic doping program and the scandal that followed. It introduces us to Grigory Rodchenkov, who is the head of the Russian anti-doping laboratory as he helps Bryan Fogel in the investigation while being threatened by the Russian government. It truly is a thrilling story that makes you question Olympic sports as we know them.
2. Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
Professional cycling is one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet. So, when a doping scandal reached the spotlight with one of the sport’s biggest stars, Lance Armstrong, the whole world was watching. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found that Lance wasn’t just using performance-enhancing drugs, but he was actually the ringleader behind this whole doping program.
3. Free Solo
Disclaimer: you’ll probably be at the edge of your seat for the majority of the documentary. Free Solo follows the story of Alex Honnold, the most famous and fearless free solo climber in the world. This documentary captures the 2-year journey of Alex to free solo climbing El Capitan – a 3200 feet vertical granite rock at Yosemite National Park. He does it with no ropes and no safety equipment. A truly incredible athletic accomplishment that will stay in history.
Other Sports Documentaries Worth Your Time
Aside from these three documentaries, baseball fans will probably like The Battered Bastards of Baseball, basketball lovers will surely enjoy The Carter Effect (produced by LeBron James’ Uninterrupted), and Formula One enthusiasts will love Senna.