10 Best Bollywood Movies on Sports: Inspirational & Based on True Stories

Best Bollywood Movies on Sports

Sports like Cricket, Football and Tennis have a tremendous fan following in India. Some fans treat their favourite players as god while others see them as inspiration. Seeing the inclination of Indians towards sports attracted several Bollywood film-makers to produce films around it. Majority of the movies in this genre are either inspirational, political, biopics or based on true stories. However, only a few make it to the top of the list.

Therefore, the wikibiotv team have done extensive research on most old and new films and picked only the best Bollywood movies on sports that every Indian should watch. Be it in Cricket, Badminton, Tennis, Boxing, Olympics, Hockey or any other sport we have got everything covered.

List of the Best Bollywood Movies on Sports

1) Chak De! India

Best bollywood movie on hockey
Main CastShahrukh Khan, Shilpa Shukla, Vidhya Malvade, Sagarika Ghatge
Release Date2007
Runtime2h 33m
GenreFamily, Drama, Sport
IMDB Rating8.1/10 based on 83,000 user votes
DirectorShimit Amin

Chak De is one of the best Bollywood movies on sports which inspires several aspiring players. The film is about the women’s Hockey team which gets demotivated due to their inside politics and poor player-coordination on ground. Therefore team’s coach Kabir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) brings them together as a team to fight against the opposition. Afterwards, the team gets united, the team beats the odds and wins the world cup. The sixteen Chak De! girls later received the best supporting actress award at Screen Awards.

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2) Mary Kom

Mary Kom: Best sports movie on Boxing
Main CastPriyanka Chopra, Sunil Thapa, Darshan Kumaar
Release Date2014
Runtime2h 2m
GenreBiography, Action, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating6.8/10 based on 11,000 user votes
DirectorOmung Kumar

Mary Kom is a biopic based on the real life of a female professional boxer ‘Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom’, who received Padma Bhusan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri awards. The film shows personal and professional challenges Mangte faced during her boxing career. In this film, Priyanka Chopra played the role of Mary Kom, who despite having financial challenges becomes a successful boxer and wins medals for the country.

However, after her marriage she gets stuck with chores and kids, only to realize that she is made for the sport. She decided to make her comeback in Boxing but failed on several occasions. But after extensive training and her coach’s support, she wins the Women’s World Boxing Championship. Mary Kom is one of the most inspiring sports movies in Hindi that every Indian must watch.

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3) Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag: Best movie on Athletes.
Main CastFarhaan Akhtar, Deepak Singh Rawat, Japtej Singh
Release Date2013
Runtime3h 6m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating8.2/10 based on 71,000 user votes
DirectorRakeysh Omprakash Mehra

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is another inspiring Biopic film based on the real life of an athlete ‘Milkha Singh’, a champion of Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. In this film Farhan Akhtar depicts the character of Milkha Singh, whose parents were killed during the partition of India. After he grew up, he joined the Indian Army and participated in a race, where he was declared as a winner.

Afterwards, he faced a lot of hardships in his life, but came past them. From then onwards his journey from an Army Man to The Flying Sikh started. Milkha broke all the records and became the sensation of the country. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag secured the top 10 spot on IMDB and became the best Bollywood movie on sports.

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4) Dangal

Dangal: Hindi Sports Movie based on Wrestling.
Main CastAamir Khan, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sakshi Tanwar
Release Date2016
Runtime2h 41m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating8.3/10 based on 2,02,000 user votes
DirectorNitesh Tiwari

Another classic biopic based on the subject of wrestling which depicts the lives of Phogat sisters. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film garnered a lot of success at the box office and received positive feedback from the critics. Dangal is one of the best hindi movies on sports which showcases the life journey of Mahavir Phogat (a wrestler, father and a coach) who raised his daughters Geeta and Babita with a lot of discipline. Due to his efforts Geeta and Babita emerged as the toughest wrestlers and won the gold medal at the commonwealth games.

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5) Lagaan

Lagaan: Hindi feature film based on Cricket
Main CastAamir Khan, Gracy Singh, Raghubir Yadav
Release Date2001
Runtime3h 44m
GenreSports, Musical, Drama
IMDB Rating8.1/10 based on 1,18,000 user votes
DirectorAshutosh Gowariker

Lagaan is an award winning sports-drama film written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. The story of the film is about the British Raj, when one of the British Army officers challenged villagers to play the game of cricket in order to get rid of their taxes. The game that first seemed alien to them turned into a victory.

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6) Skater Girl

Skatergirl: Hindi Bollywood movie on Skating.
Main CastRachel Saanchita Gupta, Amy Maghera, Waheeda Rehman
Release Date2021
Runtime1h 47m
GenreDrama, Family, Sports
IMDB Rating6.6/10 based on 4800 user votes
DirectorManjari Makijany

Skater Girl is a Hindi feature film directed by Manjari Makijany. The film follows the story of a village girl (played by Rachel) who developed an interest towards skate-boarding. Despite her father’s denial, she secretly attends the training to follow her passion for the sport. When her father comes to know about her training, he locks her into the house and fixes her marriage. On her wedding day, she runs from her house to participate in the tournament and wins it.

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7) M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story

M.S Dhoni: Biopic Film on Cricket
Main CastSushant Singh Rajpoot, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher
Release Date2016
Runtime3h 4m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating8.0/10 based on 65,000 user votes
DirectorNeeraj Pandey, Mathur Goswami

M.S Dhoni is the sports Biopic movie based on the real life of cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The film shows M.S journey from a ticket collector to a successful Indian Skipper, who’s leadership has added several accolades to the Indian Cricket team. The movie features Sushant Singh Rajput in the Dhoni’s role while Kiara Advani depicts the character of Sakshi Singh Dhoni. The film was directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Fox Star Studios.

8) Saina

Saina: Hindi Sports film on Badminton
Main CastParineeti Chopra, Mukesh Agrohari, Olga Anand, Rohan Apte
Release Date2021
Runtime2h 15m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating4.4/10 based on 4,300 user votes
DirectorAmole Gupte

Saina is the latest addition to the Hindi sports movies list. The film is a biopic of Indian Badminton player ‘Saina Nehwal’. Although the movie wasn’t a big success at the box office, it is definitely inspirational and worth watching. The film is written and directed by Amole Gupte.

9) 83

83: Bollywood film on sports and cricket
Main CastRanveer Singh, Deepika Padukone
Release Date2021
Runtime2h 42m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports, History
IMDB Rating7.5/10 based on 40,000 user votes
DirectorKabir Khan

83 is the latest sports drama film that, when released, created big headlines in the media due to its powerful starcast. In this movie, Ranveer Singh depicts the character of former Indian Captain ‘Kapil Dev’, who’s efforts and team spirit brought 1983 world cup to India. The film was directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Kabir Khan Films in collaboration with Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films.

10) Saand Ki Aankh

Saand Ki Aankh: Hindi Bollywood Movie on Sharpshooting Sport
Main CastTaapsee Pannu, Bhumi Pednekar, Prakash Jha
Release Date2019
Runtime2h 26m
GenreBiography, Drama, Sports
IMDB Rating7.6/10 based on 5,900 user votes
DirectorTushar Hiranandani

Saand Ki Aankh is a Hindi Biographical drama film based on the lives of Sharpshooters Chandro Tomar and Prakashi Tomar. The story of the film follows Tomar who accidentally hits the bull’s eye in a rifle club. Seeing her ability, the trainer encouraged her to enroll for professional training. Hesitant at first, she decided to join in after breaking all the society norms. She became the first sharpshooter to win several championships at the age of 65.

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