Pursuit Picks – top sports and adventure documentary films

This edition of Pursuit Picks, we asked around SportPursuit HQ for the best documentary films about sport, adventure and the great outdoors. Here are just a few of our favourites:

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Icarus

In a sentence: An enthusiastic American cyclist accidentally plunges into a vast doping scandal that escalates dramatically.
Last seen on: Netflix
More dramatic cycling stories: Stop at Nothing, Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist.

Diego Maradona

In a sentence: A close, engrossing portrait of one of the most celebrated and controversial icons of the beautiful game.
Last seen on: Channel 4
More profiles of a legend: Pumping Iron, Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey, Senna.

Valley Uprising

In a sentence: A history of the larger-than-life characters that established and developed climbing in Yosemite, setting the stage for contemporary legends like Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell.
Last seen on: Netflix
More climbers with attitude: Free Solo, Dawn Wall, Meru.

Where Dreams Go To Die

In a sentence: Obsession and endurance go hand in hand with the notoriously brutal Barkley Marathons – follow Canadian ultrarunner Gary Robbins on his two attempts at the 100+ mile event.
Last seen on: YouTube
More remarkable runners: Karl Meltzer: Made To Be Broken, Run Forever, Breaking2.

Liv Along The Way

In a sentence: There are 82 4000m peaks in the European Alps; Liv Sansoz decided to climb them all in one year.
Last seen on: Salomon TV
More journeys for perfection: The Endless Summer,


Pursuit Picks is our way of highlighting a selection of things we’re enjoying, sharing and exchanging recommendations across the SportPursuit community. Want to join in the conversation? Just comment below, let us know on social, or ping us an email!

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