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Sports shows and documentaries like The Last Dance that will keep you glued to the screen

If you think The Last Dance is a slam dunk, these other docos will be right up your alley.

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ESPN's The Last Dance, is a bona fide hit. It's easy to see why: the docu-series offers a fascinating portrait of one of the sport's most legendary athletes, Michael Jordan, along with one of basketball's most celebrated teams, the Chicago Bulls. More than that, it manages to perfectly capture Jordan's essence and celebrate his legacy.

If you've already binged your way through The Last Dance's 10 episodes, you might be on the lookout for more content that blends sports and emotions in a thoughtful and effective manner. Rest assured - there are several exciting titles to choose from. We've gathered below some of the most dazzling feature documentaries and series revolving around popular athletes and teams. Ready, set, binge.

1. ESPN 30 for 30 - Rodman: For Better or Worse


Year: 2009
Cast: Dennis Rodman, Dick Vitale, Brent Musburger, Mike Tyson, Ice Cube

One of the most captivating characters of The Last Dance was Dennis Rodman. From skipping out on NBA finals practice to wrestle on WCW to taking a mid season hiatus to party it up in Las Vegas, Rodman is a colourful character. His story is so interesting that ESPN had already given him his own 30 for 30 series.

ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary series is an eclectic collection of passionate films about sports and the culture surrounding them. Each film is meant to tell an intimate story, so you can start wherever you feel like it and take it from there. As a whole, they paint a comprehensive picture on how sports evolve and shape culture.

If you enjoyed The Last Dance, we particularly recommend The Fab Five, Jordan Rides the Bus which dives in further into MJ's baseball exploits and Bad Boys based on the Detroit Pistons teams Jordan went toe to toe with.

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2. Iverson


Year: 2014
Cast: Allen Iverson, Tom Brokaw, Larry Brown

Iverson is an unfiltered documentary that follows the rocky life and impressive career of Allen Iverson, who rose from poverty to become an NBA icon. Off the court, his unapologetic embrace of hip hop culture sent shockwaves throughout the league. For the most part, the documentary is told in Iverson's own words, making it that much more captivating. We're pretty sure anyone can enjoy this, regardless of how much into sports they are.

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3. The Carter Effect


Year: 2017
Cast: Vince Carter, Drake, Tracy McGrady, Steve Nash

At first glance, The Carter Effect comes across as a pretty conventional sports documentary, featuring interviews and highlight footage. Look closer and it's all about that special relationship between an athlete and the city they represent. The documentary features Vince Carter and offers an in-depth look at his impact on the Canadian basketball scene and pop culture in general, while playing for the Toronto Raptors.

We see an introspective Carter grateful for the time he spent in Toronto and recounting his experiences in his own words, which is likely to appeal to The Last Dance fans. Now with Carter's storied NBA career all but finished, it's the perfect time to reflect on Vinsanity.

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4. The Test: A New Era for Australia's Team


Year: 2020
Cast: Justin Langer, Tim Paine, David Warner, Pat Cummins

This docu-series takes a close look at The Australian Men's Cricket Team. After being rocked by a cheating scandal, the squad must rebuild their culture and reclaim their status. Besides being well-crafted, the series is also inspirational, showcasing how getting back up is possible as long as there's enough passion involved. You'll get a front row seat to witness a journey from despair to victory. The Test is the ultimate story of redemption – and it's incredibly compelling.

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5. Formula 1: Drive to Survive


Year: 2019
Cast: Valtteri Bottas, Pierre Gasly, Romain Grosjean, Lewis Hamilton

This show revolves around the drivers, managers and team owners in Formula 1, who live life in the fast lane both on and off the track. It manages to capture the drama of Formula 1, highlighting stories – both personal and technical – that make the sport so appealing and entertaining. Each season of the series gives a run-down of the previous year's F1 season, with the focus not really on the races themselves, but on everything else thanks to unprecedented access to drivers and their teams. If you're a fan, this comprehensive behind-the-scenes look at the world's largest motorsport championship will pull you in from the very first minute.

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6. Sunderland 'Til I Die


Year: 2018
Cast: Nick Barnes, George Honeyman, Aiden McGeady, Gary Bennett

Sunderland 'Til I Die revolves around English soccer club Sunderland and highlights the unfailing passion Sunderland residents have for their beloved club. It takes viewers through the good and bad starting with their 2017–18 season, after the squad was demoted to England's second-tier league. More than a chronicle of what went down, the series showcases the significance of the city's relationship with its proud support base. It's immersive, insightful and uplifting.

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7. All or Nothing: Manchester City


Year: 2018
Cast: Sergio Agüero, Txiqui Beguiristain, Claudio Bravo

Amazon's All or Nothing sports-documentary franchise takes a close look at some of the most successful teams in sports history. The 2018 instalment focuses on Manchester City and illustrates exactly what the squad goes through to prepare for matches while trying to earn a Premier League title during the 2017/18 season. It's riveting stuff, especially as the docu-series chronicles everything from their 18 consecutive league wins to their lowest moments, like losing to Liverpool in the Champions League.

If you have time, make sure you check out other entries in the franchise as well. There's series on NFL teams including the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, Brazil's national football team and the world famous All Blacks, just to name a few.

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8. Make Us Dream


Year: 2018
Cast: Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen, Steve Bruce

This emotional documentary follows the mercurial football career of Steven Gerrard, one of Liverpool FC's finest players. Gerrard's readiness to open up and reveal the agony behind the ecstasy is what helps Make Us Dream stand out from the crowd. The audience can better understand the athlete's strong desire to deliver for his people, which often pushed him to the edge. If you're a soccer fan, this one is a must-see.

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9. Pistorius


Year: 2018
Cast: Diane Binge, Dick Binge, Graham Binge

Pistorius is a sports documentary with a twist. It revolves around the South African Paralympic and Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who shot and killed his girlfriend in the early hours of Valentine's Day 2013. At the same time, it aims to offer a portrait of South Africa's turbulent society, offering insights from Pistorius' family, relatives and friends. Powerful and well-made, it will give you a lot to think about.

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10. Dark Side of the Ring


Year: 2019
Cast: Chris Jericho, Dutch Mantell, Steve Kasan

This gripping documentary series tackles the darkest stories from the golden age of professional wrestling, trying to determine how much is fact and how much fantasy. The line is blurrier than you might think. Turns out, legends in the ring often had even crazier lives outside of it. Subjects range from backstage controversies to mysterious murders, but each episode has plenty to offer wrestling fans.

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11. Last Chance U


Year: 2016
Cast: Ron Ollie, John III Franklin, Buddy Stephens

Last Chance U is like a real-life Friday Night Lights: moving, character-driven and sometimes infuriating. The series follows college football teams that don't get much national attention, focusing on players with troubled backgrounds who want to improve their lives by playing professional football. Yet, they face numerous challenges both on and off the field. The first couple of seasons profile recruits at East Mississippi Community College, with later ones shifting the focus to Independence Community College.

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12. O.J.: Made in America


Year: 2016
Cast: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Mike Albanese, Muhammad Ali, Marcus Allen

O.J.: Made in America was produced for ESPN Films and their 30 for 30 series but was released as a five-part miniseries and in theatrical format. The doco chronicles of the rise and fall of sports icon-turned-accused murderer O.J. Simpson, whose high-profile trial exposed the extent of American racial tensions. It manages to offer a definitive overview of O.J.'s life, while also providing more context and exploring social issues that made the shocking events possible. All in all, it's a tremendous series that's not to miss.

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13. Hoop Dreams


Year: 1994
Cast: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates

Hoop Dreams follows the story of two African-American high school students in Chicago who dream of becoming professional basketball players. Along the way, they are forced to overcome numerous social and physical obstacles. The documentary has plenty of depth as it explores not only the love for basketball, but also issues of education and class in the US. If you're craving a heartbreaking watch, you can't go wrong with this one.

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14. Basketball or Nothing


Year: 2019
Cast: Cooper Burbank, Josiah Tsosie, Dewayne Tom

This docuseries centres on the Chinle High basketball team in Arizona's Navajo Nation, while the squad is on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to their isolated community. For them, basketball is more than just a sport – it unites the community and is an important source of entertainment. The show is honest and wholesome, managing to challenge stereotypes along the way. Definitely worthy of your time.

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15. Losers


Year: 2019
Cast: Michael Bentt, Surya Bonaly, Harold Perrineau

In a society that values winning above all else, how do we handle failure? That's the question behind Losers, a series where each episode dives deep into the story of a person or team that has failed to live up to expectations. Most often than not, the agony of defeat can turn into human triumph. Featured subjects include Michael Bentt, English soccer club Torquay United, Jack Ryan and Mauro Prosperi, to only name a few.

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If you're looking for other sports content to watch Netflix has their own list and we've got our own best sport movies. Otherwise be sure to check out our sports streaming guides, so you can watch them live. Who knows you might even be witnessing the next big sports documentary.

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