A few years ago, The Atlantic discovered that Netflix had tens of thousands of different hyperspecific genres to help them better recommend new shows and films for subscribers to watch, and each had its own URL.
That information has now been made actionable thanks to the Netflix ID Bible, which provides hyperlinks and names for each of these “altgenres.” Extra Mustard has decided to comb through this mountain of info to give you what you really want: all of the sports movies on Netflix.
We have even tossed in our thoughts on a few categories and a couple recommendations, although we should admit those are based more on the brief Netflix synopses than on having actually seen the movie.
I have never heard of Mary Kom but it has four stars and the description says she has to “KO everything from sexism to her disapproving father.” She probably does not literally knock both sexism and her dad unconscious, but it’s worth watching just in case.
One of the movies in this category is called 16-Love and is about a 16-year-old tennis phenom in love. Would it have been so hard to make her one year younger so the title made more sense?
Grit, as we all know, is the single most important attribute an athlete can have. Unfortunately all these movies fall short of the high level of grittiness set by the likes of Brett Favre and David Eckstein. Maybe watch Dawg Fight?
This genre in unsurprisingly dominated by 30 for 30, so we will recommend Survive and Advance, which once made me cry while on a treadmill.
Weekend of a Champion is a documentary about F1 directed by Roman Polanski, which seems like a winning combo.
Have you seen Hot Rod? You should see Hot Rod.
The Quiet Man barely qualifies as a sports movie, but it is great and features John Wayne in one of cinema’s greatest fight scenes, so you should watch it.
Russell Madness is a movie about a dog who is also a professional wrestler. If that is not fun for the whole family, nothing is.
This is the mother lode of sports movies. You should probably watch Bigger, Faster, Stronger, which provides an honest look at steroids.
There are so many more Bring It On sequels than you think there are.