All combat sport documentaries I know of (more to come)

by m_roberts_07 | created - 07 Jun 2012 | updated - 23 Aug 2012 | Public

This is some of the recent or even old documentaries that could be enjoyable to anyone who is involved in martial arts or boxing and any other combat orientated sport will be posted in this list.

 Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc
  • Instant Watch Options
  • Genres
  • Movies or TV
  • IMDb Rating
  • In Theaters
  • On TV
  • Release Year
  • Keywords

IMDb user rating (average) to
Number of votes to »


Release year or range to »

1. Fightville (2011)

85 min | Documentary, Sport

60 Metascore

A documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.

Directors: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker | Stars: 'Bad' Chad Broussard, Jere' Folley Chaisson, 'Crazy' Tim Credeur, Derek Gauthier

Votes: 833

2. John Wayne Parr: Blessed with Venom (2011)

95 min | Biography

Chronicling the life and career of Australian Muay Thai superstar and 7 times World Champion, John Wayne Parr.

Director: Guy Norris | Stars: John Wayne Parr, Richard Norton, Richard Vell, Stephen Fox

Votes: 66

3. The Smashing Machine (2002)

R | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

This is a documentary that follows M.M.A. great Mark Kerr, and his string of amazing victories in the ring.

Director: John Hyams | Stars: Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Dawn Staples, Bas Rutten

Votes: 1,610

4. Like Water (2011)

Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

In the most brutal and often most misunderstood sport in the world, becoming a champion takes more than just blood, sweat, and tears. Like Water follows middleweight Ultimate Fighter ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo Croce | Stars: Anderson Silva, José Aldo, Penny Buffington, Junior Dos Santos

Votes: 1,439

5. The Ultimate Iceman: Chuck Liddell (2007 Video)


A documentary that follows the illustrious career of legendary MMA fighter Chuck Liddell from prospect to UFC champion.

Director: Anthony Giordano | Star: Chuck Liddell

Votes: 37

6. The Fighters (2013 Video)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Mixed Martial Arts is misunderstood as being a blood sport . A reckless and violent sport with no regard to the safety of the participants solely for entertainment of others. The athletes ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Johnson | Stars: Kevin Asplund, Sergio Cunha, Shana Nelson, B.J. Penn

7. Fighting Fear (2011)

TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Action, Drama

Mark and Richie dream of being the best. Both are fearless, daring each other to surf bigger waves, party harder, take greater risks which triggers a series of events that threaten to derail everything they have worked so hard for.

Director: Macario De Souza | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Mick Fanning, Mark Mathews, B.J. Penn

Votes: 81

8. Renzo Gracie: Legacy (2008)

78 min | Documentary

A 10 year history of mixed martial arts through the eyes of Renzo Gracie, one of its most charismatic pioneers."

Director: Gethin Aldous | Stars: Renzo Gracie, Robson Gracie, Ryan Gracie, Ralph Gracie

Votes: 83

9. Jens Pulver: Driven (2011)

TV-14 | 95 min | Documentary

Probes the incredible personal story of legendary UFC fighter, Jens Pulver, as he journeys back into the cage for what may be his final bout.

Director: Gregory Bayne | Stars: Connor Flynn, Tj De Santis, Jens Pulver, Scott Jorgensen

Votes: 144

10. Sonny Liston: The Mysterious Life and Death of a Champion (1995 TV Movie)

Unrated | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

The story of the life and career of boxer Sonny Liston, who rose from being a violent street enforcer for an organized crime ring to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Director: Jeff Lieberman | Stars: Sonny Liston, William Nack, Jerry Izenberg, Geraldine Liston

Votes: 54

11. Fallen Champ: The Untold Story of Mike Tyson (1993 TV Movie)

93 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple profiles the life and career of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and the surrounding events that led to his 1992 6 year prison conviction.

Director: Barbara Kopple | Stars: Mike Tyson, Kevin Rooney, Desiree Washington, Curtis Ratliff

Votes: 155

13. I Beat Mike Tyson (2013)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

In a working class suburb of Boston, an out of shape boxer prepares himself for what will be his last fight. In 2005 things were different, Kevin McBride then an unknown journeyman beat ... See full summary »

Director: Joshua Z Weinstein

Votes: 14

14. When We Were Kings (1996)

PG | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

83 Metascore

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, "The Rumble in the Jungle," between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast | Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King, James Brown

Votes: 13,948 | Gross: $2.67M

15. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (1969)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

77 Metascore

He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »

Director: William Klein | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee, Jack Nilon

Votes: 634 | Gross: $0.02M

16. a.k.a. Cassius Clay (1970)

PG | 79 min | Documentary, Sport

The documentary story of Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay)--the heavyweight boxing champion whose style and courage captured the imagination of the world.

Director: Jim Jacobs | Stars: Richard Kiley, Muhammad Ali, Cus D'Amato, Floyd Patterson

Votes: 603

17. Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee (1969)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

77 Metascore

He's the greatest fighter of all time. A sports icon that is loved throughout the world. A man driven by his ambition to be the best. Muhammad Ali is a name that to this day puts fear in ... See full summary »

Director: William Klein | Stars: Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston, Angelo Dundee, Jack Nilon

Votes: 634 | Gross: $0.02M

21. Fist of Fear, Touch of Death (1980)

R | 82 min | Documentary, Sport

A reporter interviews fighters and promoters about Bruce Lee, intercut with footage from old Bruce Lee films and pseudo-documentary footage.

Director: Matthew Mallinson | Stars: Bruce Lee, Fred Williamson, Ron Van Clief, Adolph Caesar

Votes: 1,060

22. The Real Bruce Lee (1977)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

He's back. An early Bruce Lee film found in the Chinese archives, and introducing the new sensation Dragon Lee, and Bruce Li. The complete fury of martial arts as never before..

Directors: Si-Hyeon Kim, Jim Markovic | Stars: Bruce Lee, Bruce Li, Dragon Lee, Hwang-ki Baek

Votes: 278

23. Bruce Lee: A Warrior's Journey (2000 Video)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

Legendary martial artist Bruce Lee is the subject of this thoughtful documentary by Lee aficionado John Little. Using interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and action sequences from Lee's ... See full summary »

Directors: John Little, Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer, Sun-Man Bae

Votes: 2,598

24. I Am Bruce Lee (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Biography

Bruce Lee is universally recognized as the pioneer who elevated martial arts in film to an art form, and this documentary will reveal why Bruce Lee's flame burns brighter now than the day ... See full summary »

Director: Pete McCormack | Stars: Bruce Lee, Paul Bowman, Daniele Bolelli, Richard Bustillo

Votes: 3,475

25. Bruce Lee, the Legend (1984)

TV-14 | 88 min | Documentary

The Official Golden Harvest tribute to the Master of the Martial Arts Film, Bruce Lee.

Director: Leonard Ho | Stars: Bruce Lee, James B. Nicholson, Hoi-Chuen Lee, Raymond Chow

Votes: 865

26. The Curse of the Dragon (1993)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Action, Biography

Documentary of the life of actor Bruce Lee, with interviews with cast members and crews who worked with him.

Directors: Tom Kuhn, Fred Weintraub | Stars: George Takei, Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Votes: 775

27. Death by Misadventure: The Mysterious Life of Bruce Lee (1993)

92 min | Documentary, Action

The truth behind the mysterious death of Bruce Lee is exposed in this documentary that includes accounts by people who were present at the time of Lee's premature death. Features never-before-seen exclusive footage of Bruce Lee.

Director: Toby Russell | Stars: Jon T. Benn, Linda Lee Cadwell, Chaplin Chang, Leo Fong

Votes: 114

28. How Bruce Lee Changed the World (2009 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

More than just a biography, this film explores Bruce Lee's global impact to see how he has influenced all areas of popular culture including fitness, cinema, music, sport, dance, video ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Webb | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Chan, Margaret Cho, Raymond Chow

Votes: 503

29. Bruce Lee: The Man and the Legend (1973)

85 min | Documentary

A documentary that examines the life and the untimely death of superstar Bruce Lee.

Director: Shih Wu | Stars: Mei Wang, Bruce Lee, Linda Lee Cadwell, George Lazenby

Votes: 205

30. The Life of Bruce Lee (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Biography

Documentary about martial arts actor Bruce Lee, from his birth in 1940 till his death in 1973, with interviews with his fellow actors and family. Dedicated to his son, Brandon.

Director: Guy Scutter | Stars: Bob Bremer, Jackie Chan, James Coburn, Taky Kimura

Votes: 233

31. The Path of the Dragon (2012 Video)

44 min | Documentary, Short

An informative documentary about the ancient practice of Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple in China. The documentary centers on both the history of martial arts and the phenomenal impact Bruce ... See full summary »

Director: Walt Missingham | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Peter Archer, Robert Baker, Jackie Chan

Votes: 161

33. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

R | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The history of the independent film company, The Cannon Film Group, Inc..

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Sam Firstenberg, David Paulsen, Luigi Cozzi, Menahem Golan

Votes: 4,719

34. Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors (2011– )


Jean-Claude Van Damme aka 'The Muscles from Brussels' is a massive box office star with roles in movies including Bloodsport, Universal Soldier and The Expendables 2. In Jean-Claude Van ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Flemyng, Gladys Portugues, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Kris Van Damme

Votes: 368

36. Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme (2003 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary

If you want to find out how it is being Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Director: Fred Fiol | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Gilardi

Votes: 87

37. Christo and Jeanne-Claude (1995)

58 min | Documentary

Christo and Jeanne-Claude met in Paris in 1958 and so began an extraordinary adventure in art, a series of spectacular public art works in many parts of the world that reached its climax in... See full summary »

Director: Michael Blackwood | Stars: Christo, Jeanne-Claude

39. Jackie Chan: My Stunts (1999 Video)

94 min | Documentary

A documentary where Jackie Chan and his stuntman team show you the secrets of some of the great stunts they do in films. The film also takes you on the sets of "Who Am I?" and "Rush Hour".

Directors: Jackie Chan, Xavier Lee | Stars: Jackie Chan, Ken Lo, Bradley James Allan, Anthony Carpio

Votes: 1,040

40. Jackie Chan: My Story (1998 Video)

PG-13 | 74 min | Documentary

About Jackie Chan is written and filmed very much. A living legend, a unique creative personality, one of the biggest movie stars in the history of cinema, a man whose enthusiastic love for... See full summary »

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Willie Chan, Charles Chan, Stanley Tong

Votes: 597

41. Traces of a Dragon (2003)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A surprising look at the past of movie star Jackie Chan and the difficulties of Chinese families during the Culture Revolution.

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Kristina Cepraga, Yuk-Lan Chan, Gui-Lan Chen

Votes: 131

45. Jet Li Is 'The One' (2002 Video)

13 min | Documentary, Short

well basically jet li becomes a dimensional time traveler and has to go to all of the other dimensions fighting the other jet li's, until there is "one", and he becomes more powerful each one he beats

Stars: Jet Li, Jason Statham, Delroy Lindo, Carla Gugino

Votes: 675

46. Fight Science (2006– )


Infrared cameras, sensors and computerized test dummies allow engineers to exactly calculate the incredible physics and physiology that produce martial arts' devastating force-at last, separating myth from reality.

Stars: Robert Leigh, Bren Foster, Cynthia Bir, David Sandler

Votes: 359

48. Once I Was a Champion (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary

Adventure seeker, fighter, philosopher, writer and alcoholic died on September 8th, 2008 in the desert north of Brawley, California. He was on a quest to find buried treasure. "Treasure" does not necessarily refer to something material.

Director: Gerard Roxburgh | Stars: Randy Couture, Rich Franklin, Forrest Griffin, John Herzfeld

Votes: 213

49. New York Mixed Martial Arts (2011)

60 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

New York MMA is an enthralling documentary that provides a back seat view of the grass roots struggle to legalize and regulate the professional sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State.

Directors: Kahleem Poole, Reggie Hines | Stars: Eddie Alvarez, Luiz Azeredo, Josh Barnett, Manual Casais

50. The Modern Warrior (2007 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary