Hustle: Five Netflix movies to watch if you enjoyed Adam Sandler’s hit sports drama

Already, Fuss became one of the most pleasant cinematic surprises of 2022.

The sports drama, starring Adam Sandler, was received well by fans and critics alike. Fuss not one but two records on Rotten Tomatoes for the actor.

Fuss sees Sandler playing Stanley Sugerman, a basketball scout who finds a hidden gem in an unknown Spaniard, Bo Cruz (Juancho Hernangomez), whom he takes back to the US.

The movie almost looked very different as Netflix made one major change to the script before filming began.

Although much of Sandler’s career has been devoted to making popular but critically acclaimed comedies such as water boy or Billy Madisonhe occasionally ventured into dramatic territory with considerable success.

If you liked Sandler’s famous turn in fuss – or if you’re a fan of underdog sports movies in general, here are five similar movies you can watch on Netflix.


See the full list below…


One of the best sports films of the century, 2011 moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), a failed former baseball player who becomes the general manager of the Oakland Athletics. Enlisting the help of a sly statistician played by Jonah Hill, Bean changes the very fabric of the game by insisting on a seemingly counter-intuitive statistic-based approach. With an amazing screenplay by Stephen Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. moneyball how Fuss, the film is not only about the sport itself, but also about corporate shenanigans and deals. It’s dynamic, heartfelt, funny: in other words, it’s a home run.

Brad Pitt in the movie “Moneyball”

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Million dollar baby

This Oscar-winning drama is one of the most popular sports films of all time and is currently available to stream on Netflix in the UK and Ireland (and elsewhere). Hilary Swank plays an amateur boxer who is trained by a grumpy trainer (Clint Eastwood, who also directs). rocky However, it is not; Million dollar baby rather dark towards the end – something to keep in mind if you’re looking for Fuss-esk rise.

high flying bird

Shot entirely for Netflix using an iPhone 8, this basketball movie directed by Steven Soderbergh boasts an interesting cast (including MoonlightAndre Holland, Zazie Beetz, The wireSonya Sohn, Zachary Quinto, Glenn Fleshler and Kyle MacLachlan) and a gripping story. A sports agent (Holland) has 72 hours to save his company by making an inventive proposal to his client, a young rookie basketball player.

Uncut Gems

The almost undisputed pinnacle of Adam Sandler’s acting career, the film by the Safdie brothers. Uncut Gems this is a film that must be seen to be believed. Playing avid gambler and diamond dealer Howard Ratner, Sandler is a force of nature; he spends the entire film dabbling between pawnshops and loan sharks, always chasing big wins. There’s also a sporty angle here—Celtics player Kevin Garnett plays himself, and the film is set around three real-life NBA games—but the real spectacle is simply Howard’s behavior and the tension that cleaves his insides for a minute. second.

Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems


home team

On the lighter side of things we have home team, a 2022 sports film produced by Sandler’s company Happy Madison. Sandler’s assistant Kevin James plays Sean Payton, the head coach of the New Orleans Saints who takes over his 12-year-old son’s football team during a one-year suspension from the NFL. Unlike Fuss, home team hasn’t been blessed with blazing Rotten Tomatoes ratings, but for sports movie fans or Sandler fans, it might be worth the pop.

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