Best Sports Movies to Get You Excited for The Tokyo 2020 Olympics
We love the heart-pumping, adrenaline-inducing, buzzer-beating rush of a great sports movie—and what better time (than right before the highly anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympics) to share some of our favorites?
Check out the best sports movies on Hulu, inspired by the Olympic events we’re looking forward to most this summer.
The 2017 Oscar®-winning film I, Tonya tells the story of former Olympian Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), whose path to stardom was threatened by her conspiring ex-husband in a scandal that shook the nation.
Allison Janney took home an Oscar in 2018 for her supporting role as Tonya’s mother, LaVona.
Watch: I, Tonya*
*I, Tonya requires SHOWTIME® on Hulu add-on subscription.
One of the most inspirational hockey movies of all time, Miracle tells the true story of determined coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), who is hired to lead the 1980 U.S. men’s Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union.
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*Miracle is available with The Disney Bundle. Access content from each service separately.
Swimming for Gold
A great family movie, Swimming for Gold tells the story of U.S. women’s swim team Olympic hopeful, Claire Carpenter (Peyton List), who suffers an injury that forces her to put aside her dreams and help the Australian men’s swim team get competition-ready.
Watch: Swimming for Gold
Set in Ancient Greece, the birthplace of the Olympics, Disney’s Hercules tells the tale of one of the best-known heroes in Greek and Roman mythology.
Hercules (Tate Donovan), half-god and half-mortal, enlists the help of Philoctetes (aka Phil, Danny DeVito) to channel his super-strength and become a true hero, all in hopes of rejoining his parents, Zeus and Hera, on Mount Olympus.
*Hercules is available with The Disney Bundle. Access content from each service separately.
Inspirational Sports Movies
Borg vs. McEnroe
Based on a true story, Borg vs. McEnroe portrays the epic rivalry between brash American tennis legend John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) and his greatest adversary, the reigning world champion Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason), which came to a head during the 1980 Wimbledon championships.
Watch: Borg vs. McEnroe
Boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr. (Kevin Hart) calls on longtime rivals Billy ‘The Kid’ McGuigan (Robert De Niro) and Henry Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) to return to the ring and settle the score after 30 years of retirement.
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Watch: Grudge Match
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Run The Race
Earning a college scholarship is the ticket out of town for desperate brothers Zach (Tanner Stine) and David (Evan Hoffer). When a devastating injury lands Zach—and his dreams—on the sidelines, David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future.
Watch: Run The Race
The Blind Side
This is a different kind of football than you’ll find at the Olympics, but an inspirational sports flick nonetheless.
The Academy Award®-winning movie The Blind Side is based on the true story of Michael Oher, a once homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman (Sandra Bullock) and her family.
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Watch: The Blind Side*
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Kids Sports Movies
A 2nd Chance
If you’re looking for great sports movies for kids, check out A 2nd Chance.
The film highlights one of the most-watched summer Olympic events, gymnastics, and tells an inspiring story of a young girl and her coach who overcome adversity to perform at the National Gymnastics Competition.
Watch: A 2nd Chance
What happens when you combine the Looney Tunes and basketball superstars like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, and Larry Bird? The classic ’90s basketball movie Space Jam, that’s what.
When Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner, sends his crew to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate.
Watch: Space Jam
The Miracle Season
Based on an inspiring true story, The Miracle Season follows the West High girls’ volleyball team, who must persevere to win the state championship after tragically losing their beloved teammate, Caroline “Line” Found (Danika Yarosh).
Watch: The Miracle Season
Looking to discover more winning titles? Explore Hulu’s Sports Hub for more great sports movies streaming now.
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