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Lack of live sport got you down? Relive some former glory with this selection of excellent sports-themed doccies, biopics and movies.
There may not be much live sport to enjoy at the moment, but sports fans need not despair. There are some great sports movies and documentaries to stream on Showmax to make up for it.
And don’t forget, you can still watch your favourite teams in action with a great selection of highlights.
What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali (Boxing): One of the most iconic figures in athletic history, Muhammad Ali’s incredible story from world champion boxer to inspiring social activist is explored through his own voice and never-before-seen archival material.
Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes (Boxing): Relive Muhammad Ali’s legacy as told through his numerous appearances on the long-running Dick Cavett Show, and his friendship with the iconic host.
Women of Troy (Basketball): This sports documentary tells the incredible story of the legendary USC Trojans and the impact they had on women’s basketball.
Chronicles of a Champion Golfer (Golf): This series provides exceptional insight into the skill, emotion and determination required to become Champion Golfer of the year.
Wimbledon: The Official Film 2017 (Tennis): The official film of the 2017 tournament, which featured a serious upset in the Ladies Championship.
War with the Roses (Rugby): The Springboks and England have endured a brutal rivalry for over a hundred years on the rugby field with each side enjoying highs and lows. The Springboks are still never short of motivation when they go to war with the Roses.
Crossing the Line (Cricket): Relive the highly controversial 2018 Australian cricket Tour to South Africa; five weeks that rocked the gentleman’s game and captivated the globe.
Meet our African heroes
In Conversation: Joost van der Westhuizen (Rugby): Long time friend and team mate, Kobus Wiese interviews rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen in one of his final public appearances before his passing in early 2017.
Chester Williams Tribute (Rugby): A look back at the early career of Chester Williams, from his upbringing in Paarl to 1995 World Cup hero.
Siya Kolisi (Rugby): This documentary charts the incredible journey of Springbok captain Siyamthanda Kolisi, from his impoverished upbringing to the top of international sport.
Chris Froome the Pride of Africa (Cycling): He’s been the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España champion and one of the most successful riders in the history of the Tour de France, having won it four times.
Roger Federer: 8 Time Wimbledon Winner (Tennis): Swiss dad, South African mom – and we’re happy to call him one of our own! A look back at Roger Federer’s record 8 Wimbledon titles. Different opponents. Different degrees of difficulty. Same old Federer.
KP: Story of a Genius (Cricket): Nasser Hussain charts the highs and lows of Kevin Pietersen’s England career, as well as his upbringing in South Africa and plans for the future.
In Conversation with Mark Boucher (Cricket): Meet Proteas player and coach Mark Boucher. The ‘In Conversation with’ series includes Bruce Fordyce, Jacques Kallis, Kevin Pietersen and international stars.
Hansie (2008) (Cricket): He was once one of the greatest cricketers alive, then fell from grace in a betting scandal, only to die tragically in an airplane accident. But who was Hansie Cronje, one of SA’s greatest sports stars and villains?
Ali (2001) (Boxing): A biography of sports legend Muhammad Ali, starring Will Smith. It focuses on his triumphs and controversies between 1964 and 1974.
Greater (2016) (American football): The biographical sports film tells the story of American footballer Brandon Burlsworth, believed to be the greatest walk-on in the game’s history.
Fictional sports movies
Creed (2015) (Boxing): The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Creed II (2018) (Boxing): Under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa, newly crowned heavyweight champion Adonis Creed faces off against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago. Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, alongside young gun Michael B Jordan.
The Fighter (2010) (Boxing): Boxer Micky Ward’s career was always overshadowed by his older, more famous brother Dicky. But when Dicky falls from grace, Micky gets a shot to prove what he’s really capable of. Starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale.
Never Back Down (2008) (MMA): When Jake and his family relocate, he struggles to fit in at school and his short temper lands him in a fist fight. He’s then convinced by a classmate to join a fight club where he learns about Mixed Martial Arts.
Kickboxer (1989) (Kickboxing, obvs): Is there a more classic fight movie than this one? A dirty Thai kickboxing fight leaves Kurt Sloane’s brother paralysed. Kurt dedicates his life to mastering Muay Thai to defeat the man who hurt his brother. Starring, of course, Jean-Claude van Damme.