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The Best Movies About the Olympics 

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Updated February 14, 2020 1.4k votes 328 voters 10.3k views 38 items

List Rules Movies about the Olympics and Olympians. Vote up the best Olympic films.

The Olympics are a source of inspiration, unity, and hope across the globe. Every country is proud to send its best athletes to the games to display their talents to the entire world. It’s no wonder that so many movies have centered on the Olympics, as these are some of the most inspirational stories of all time. But what are the best movies about the Olympics? Vote up the best Olympic films below and see where your favorites rank!
 
The movies on this list have been ranked as the absolute best films on the subject of the Olympics. Many of these films highlight an individual athlete’s life story and the journey that lead them to becoming the absolute best in their event. Others focus on the failed attempts of prospective Olympians. But no matter the narrative, each of these films offers an inspiring look at the Olympic Games and the Olympians who make them so special.
 
This list features the best movies about the Olympics including, Chariots of Fire, Cool Runnings, One Day in September, Munich, Miracle, Without Limits, and The Cutting Edge. Vote up the best films below or add a movie with an Olympic story that isn't already on the list.
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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jon Turteltaub

Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm

Released: 1981

Directed by: Hugh Hudson

Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more

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Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden

Released: 2004

Directed by: Gavin O'Connor

Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The USA team's victory ...more

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Joshua Jackson

Released: 1994

Directed by: Sam Weisman

D2: The Mighty Ducks is a 1994 American sports comedy film directed by Sam Weisman. It is a sequel to the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks and produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Avnet–Kerner ...more

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Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly, D. B. Sweeney

Released: 1992

Directed by: Paul Michael Glaser

The Cutting Edge is a 1992 romantic comedy film directed by Paul Michael Glaser and written by Tony Gilroy. The plot is about a very rich, spoiled figure skater who is paired with a has-been ice ...more

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Released: 2011

Eddie the Eagle is a 2011 sports comedy film written by Sean Macaulay.
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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush

Released: 2005

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God, the Israeli government's secret retaliation against the Palestine Liberation Organization after the ...more

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Jared Leto, Ed O'Neill, R. Lee Ermey

Released: 1997

Directed by: Steve James

Prefontaine is a 1997 American biographical film chronicling the life of the American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Jared Leto plays the title character and R. Lee Ermey plays Bill ...more
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Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jenna Fischer

Released: 2007

Directed by: Will Speck, Josh Gordon

Blades of Glory is a 2007 American comedy film directed by Will Speck and Josh Gordon, and starring Will Ferrell and Jon Heder. The movie was produced by MTV Films, Red Hour and Smart ...more

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Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell

Released: 2014

Directed by: Angelina Jolie

Unbroken is a 2014 American biographical drama film, produced and directed by Angelina Jolie, and based on the 2010 non-fiction book by Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, ...more

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Race is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About the Olympics
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Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

Race is a 2016 biographical sports drama film about African American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Directed by Stephen Hopkins ...more
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Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Nestor Paiva

Released: 1951

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

Jim Thorpe – All-American is a 1951 biographical film produced by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz, honoring Jim Thorpe, the great Native American athlete who won medals at the 1912 ...more

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Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille

Released: 1937

Directed by: H. Bruce Humberstone

Charlie Chan at the Olympics is a 1937 film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone.
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Donald Sutherland, Billy Crudup, Monica Potter

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Towne

Without Limits is a 1998 biographical sports film. It is written and directed by Robert Towne and follows the relationship between record-breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his coach ...more
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Released: 1965

Directed by: Kon Ichikawa

Tokyo Olympiad is a 1965 documentary film directed by Kon Ichikawa which documents the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Like Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia, which documented the 1936 Summer Olympics ...more
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Beau Bridges, Dabney Coleman, Griffin Dunne

Released: 1975

Directed by: Larry Peerce

The Other Side of the Mountain is a 1975 American film based on a true story of ski racing champion Jill Kinmont. In early 1955, Kinmont was the national champion in slalom and was a top U.S. ...more
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Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Dabney Coleman

Released: 1969

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Downhill Racer is a 1969 American drama film the directorial debut of Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford, Gene Hackman and Camilla Sparv. Written by James Salter, based on the 1963 ...more
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Released: 1999

Directed by: Kevin Macdonald

One Day in September is a 1999 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald examining the 5 September 1972 murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. Michael ...more
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Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll, Gus Kenworthy

Released: 2020

Directed by: Jeremy Teicher

Olympic dreams is a 2020 American comedy directed by Jeremy Teicher. A young cross-country skier bonds with a volunteer doctor after her competition ends.
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Ice Castles Michelle Kwan, Henry Czerny, Morgan Kelly

Released: 2009

Directed by: Donald Wrye

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Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bennett Miller

Foxcatcher is a 2014 American biographical drama film produced and directed by Bennett Miller. Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, the film stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark ...more

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Released: 1938

Directed by: Leni Riefenstahl

Olympia is a 1938 German documentary film film written, directed and produced by Leni Riefenstahl, documenting the 1936 Summer Olympics, held in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. The film ...more
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Robby Benson, Graham Greene, Pat Hingle

Released: 1983

Directed by: D.S. Everett, Donald Shebib

Running Brave is a 1983 movie based on the story of Billy Mills, a North American Indian brought up on the reservation, destined against all odds to become the best distance runner in the world ...more
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Michelle Phillips, Janet Jones, Mitch Gaylord

Released: 1986

Directed by: Albert Magnoli

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Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Jim Moody

Released: 1982

Directed by: Robert Towne

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