The 6 Best Martial Arts Documentaries of All Time (2021 Update)

As martial artists, we tend to always have a role model to look up to or an incredible story to draw inspiration from. And many times, we get our motivation and inspiration to train harder from other people! unique ability films have to move and inspire us.

Today, Primal Arts presents 6 Of The Best Documentaries to guide you on your journey in Martial Arts and in life:


1. Facing Ali (2009)

Facing Ali, which recounts the experience of stepping into the ring to face the most famous boxer of them all, the legend they called ‘The Greatest,’ from the point of view of the men who did it, succeeds as an affecting documentary because it’s as much about those lesser known contenders who Muhammad Ali faced as it is about the sports icon who died in June of 2016.


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2. Renzo Gracie: Legacy (2008)

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Released in 2008 and directed by Gethin Aldous, this documentary takes you through the life and career of the legendary Renzo Gracie, one of the most iconic members of the Gracie family, who are absolute royalty in MMA. If you want to learn about the whole family, Legacy has you covered there, but where it shines is detailing Renzo’s rise because it was shot over a decade by a couple of different people. MMA’s evolution is also covered pretty well.

3. Like Water (2011)

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Though the name of this documentary suggests that it’s about Bruce Lee, it’s another fight legend that’s the focus of Like Water. This one follows Anderson Silva from his controversial fight with Demian Maia at UFC 112 to after his huge first fight with Chael Sonnen. It’s probably the most memorable stretch of his career considering the backlash he got in the Maia fight for not finishing him and how close Sonnen came to killing the king. This documentary also gives viewers a great look at Anderson outside of the cage as a family man.

4. Fighting For A Generation: 20 Years Of The UFC (2013)

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Released in 2013, 20 years on from UFC 1 in 1993, Fighting For A Generation: 20 Years Of The UFC documents what fighting for over two decades in the business looks like. Dozens of interviews were done for the documentary, and it takes a good look at a good range of the company’s history and is a must-watch for any fans of the sport whether you’ve been following since the start or you’re just getting into it.

5. The Hurt Business (2016)

For the first time ever, The Hurt Business reveals an uncompromising look into one of the most violent, controversial and fastest growing sports in the world. The film dives deep into the lives of Mixed Martial Arts athletes and witnesses the struggles, the triumphs, and the sacrifice (both mental and physical) that accompany every single career in the unforgiving world of cage fighting.

6. Conor McGregor: Notorious (2017)

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Conor McGregor: The Notorious, filmed over the course of 4 years, is a gripping access-all- areas account of McGregor's personal and professional journey from claiming benefits and living in his mum's spare room with his girlfriend to claiming multiple championship belts and 9-figure pay packets. Featuring exclusive interviews, unprecedented access and fight footage, this is the ultimate behind-the- scenes look at a sporting icon and his meteoric rise.

Well, these are  The 6 Best Martial Arts Documentaries of All Time (If you are into martial arts, you must definitely watch all of these amazing movies to learn a thing or two. 

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