Disney+ launches in the UK today: These are the 11 best sports films available to stream

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Since being launched months ago in the US, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand and Australia, Disney+ has been a roaring success.

While they've managed to keep the UK waiting, they've timed the release perfectly, at a time when many of us have no choice but to stay inside and binge TV.

Disney+ is the dedicated streaming service for films and TV shows from the Disney family, including Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic and many, many more.

From today, the UK has access to this platform, offering a 7-day free trial, which due to current events, should be plenty of time to watch every film on this list.

So get your pyjama's on, delve into your stockpile of snacks and settle in - it's going to be a long lockdown. 

11. Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings follows the story of a group of young aspiring Jamaican athletes, hoping to compete in the Olympics. It's loosely based on the incredible true story of the Jamaica national bobsleigh team's debut in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Canada.

A feel-good comedy, definitely worth a watch if you're stuck indoors.

10. The Game Plan

Starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson before his career skyrocketed to the sun and back, this movie follows the story of a professional quarterback who finds out that he is the father of an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Another classic feel-good comedy, this is definitely one to watch, if not simply because it has the Rock in it. 

9. Breaking2

Breaking2 is more of a documentary than a film, but still has the pull and suspense of a perfectly written movie. The premise of the documentary is the Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge attempting to break the two-hour barrier for running 26.2 miles.

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It's brilliantly shot and goes into depth on the changes made to Kipchoge's equipment and training. This does, however, sometimes make it feel like a sportswear advert.

8. Rookie of the Year

This movie follows the adventures of a sixth-grader baseball hopeful, Henry Rowengartner. As far as Disney tales go, it doesn't get any more classic than this; a brilliant tale of wish fulfilment. Definitely something to make you realise how easily pleased you were as a kid.

7. The Greatest Game Ever Played

The Greatest Game Ever Played is quite a title, but does it live up to the hype? You could say so. It follows the story of a disadvantaged Shia LeBeouf, as Francis Ouimet.

He loves golf and is able to gain access to the posh course near his home as a caddie, which allows him to train to the point where he can compete in the 1913 U.S. Open as an amateur.

Definitely worth a watch, golf fan or not.

6. Remember the Titans

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Just like number seven, this is a great example of a sports movie set against the social concerns of the time.

A talent-packed cast, led by Denzel Washington, including Ryan Gosling and Kate Bosworth, this film is full of emotional speeches and uplifting drama.

It's based on the true story of the integration of black and white players into the T.C. Williams High football team, a great tale of the time.

5. The Sandlot

The Sandlot is almost definitely high up on everyone's favourite baseball film list, a classic dramatic comedy, this is certainly one for the whole family.

Perhaps slightly less relatable for those of us in the UK than our American brothers and sisters, it still offers a good watch.

4. Invincible

Another film based on a real-life story, this time the adventures of Vince Papale (played by Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old bartender with incredible hidden athletic talent, who makes use of a tryout for the Philadelphia Eagles. Another classic tale of wish fulfilment, but this time for the adults.

3. The Rookie

Yet another example of a feel-good real-life story.

Main character Morris has his baseball dreams dissolved by an unsupportive and uninterested father, and after a seemingly career-ending shoulder injury, the chances of playing professionally get slimmer and slimmer for the main character.

Until suddenly, at the age of 35, he realises he can throw a 98mph zinger and gets a shot with a major-league team. Happy days.

2. Miracle

Miracle offers perhaps the most inspirational real-life sports story out there. It follows the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey team which, against the odds, defeated the more experienced Soviet Union at the Lake Placid Winter Games.

Kurt Russell plays his role perfectly, offering a truly wholesome viewing experience.

1. Free Solo

You might be surprised to see a documentary at the top of this list, but once you've watched it, it'd be hard to disagree.

Shot in a movie-style, this incredibly dramatic film showcases the story of Alex Honnold and his journey to becoming the first man to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any equipment to help him.

This film is full of near-death experiences, but the consequences of a mistake here would've been greater than any movie.

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