On February 28, 2015 Showtime aired Kobe Bryant’s Muse, a documentary that took a look at the past, present, and future of one of the best basketball players of all time in an attempt to understand who he really is and what truly fuels his desire for greatness. Never before had Bryant been so open and forthcoming about himself, and despite the surprise that many must have felt to see this side of Kobe, it shouldn’t actually be that much of a shock. After all, it’s the price you pay to make a great documentary.
Some of the best sports films ever are done in this format. Documentaries resonate with the viewer on a deeper level because they focus on real-life individuals. With that comes an immediate connection to the material. It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever gone through the same experiences as the main character in the picture because, in the end, it’s not about that. It’s about how you feel when you see them succeed or fail, or what it means to you when they go through joy or heartache.
Films in general have the power to move you. But documentaries, they have the power to inspire change. With that, these are the pictures we feel represent the top five sports documentaries of all time.