Lockdown special: sports docs and movies

After interviewing John Greechan in a recent episode of our Between the Lines podcast – on his piece for the Scottish Daily Mail recommending his list of sports docs and movies – we put a shout out to listeners and readers.

The following episode became a ‘mailbag’ special, where Martin read out all the suggestions we received. This drew the ire of Martin’s father, who said that his son “rattled through the list” at such pace that he didn’t have time to grab a pencil and paper! So, here’s the definitive list, broken into movies and documentaries and categorised by sports.

We hope it’s useful, particularly during lockdown.

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Take the Ball, Pass the Ball
Les Bleus: une autre histoire de France 1996-2016
Diego Maradona
Football of Ye Olde Times
The Four Year Plan (QPR)
I Believe in Miracles
Rangers: The Men Who Sold The Jerseys
CITY (made by Granada TV in late 1970s)
Sunderland till I Die
Manchester City: A Club In Crisis
Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Shankly: Nature’s Fire
The Two Escobars
Premier Passions
Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions

Other sports

Fire in Babylon (cricket)
Death of a Gentleman (cricket)
Ken Burns’ Baseball
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Steve Bartman: Catching Hell  (baseball)
Four Days in October (baseball)
Senna (F1)
A Football Life (NFL Films)
OJ Made in America (American football)
America’s Game (American football)
The Marinovich Project (American football)
Friday Night Lights (American football)
Undefeated (American football)
All or Nothing: Michigan Wolverines (American football)
The Unrideables (motorcycle racing)
Resurfacing: Andy Murray (tennis)
Icarus (cycling)
Pantani (cycling)
A Sunday in Hell: 1976 Paris Roubaix (cycling)
Wonderful Losers (cycling)
Dawn Wall (climbing / mountaineering)
Touching the Void (climbing / mountaineering)
Free Solo (climbing / mountaineering)
Red Army (ice hockey)
Chasing Tyson (boxing)
When We Were Kings (boxing)
I Am Ali (boxing)
One Night (boxing)
The Fabulous 4: Hagler, Leonard, Hearns, Duran (boxing)
Muhammad And Larry (boxing)
Jordan Rides The Bus (basketball)
Celtics/ Lakers Best of Enemies (basketball)
More Than a Game (basketball)
Hoop Dreams (basketball)
Once Brothers (basketball)
The Last Dance (basketball)
Seve (golf)
Living with Lions (rugby)
Richie McCaw – Chasing Great (rugby)
Palio (horse racing)
June 17, 1994
Chart Party/Dorktown


Jerry Maguire
Any Given Sunday (American football)
Friday Night Lights (American football)
We Are Marshall (American football)
Remember the Titans (American football)
Rudy (American football)
The Fighter (boxing)
Rocky 4 (boxing)
Cinderella Man (boxing)
Raging Bull (boxing)
I Am Duran (boxing)
Hands of Stone: Roberto Duran (boxing)
The Champ (boxing)
Escape to Victory (football)
Heleno (football)
Gregory’s Girl (football)
The Miracle of Bern (football)
The Damned United (football)
Bull Durham (baseball)
A League of their Own (baseball)
Moneyball (baseball)
Major League (baseball)
Field of Dreams (baseball)
Cobb (baseball)
Chariots of Fire (athletics)
Tin Cup (golf)
Happy Gilmore (golf)
The Greatest Game Ever Played (golf)
Phar Lap (horse racing)
The Program (cycling)
Kickboxer (martial arts)
Karate Kid (martial arts)
Slapshot (ice hockey)
Full Court Miracle (basketball)
Coach Carter (basketball)
He Got Game (basketball)
Invictus (Rugby)
I, Tonya (ice skating)
Rush (F1)
Real Steel










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