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The Best Movies About the Olympics

Updated February 14, 2020 1.5k votes 332 voters 10.5k views38 items

List RulesMovies 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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    Cool Runnings
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

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    Chariots of Fire
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    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two... more on Wikipedia

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    Miracle
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    Miracle

    Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson

    Released2004

    Directed byGavin O'Connor

    Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States men's hockey team, led by... more on Wikipedia

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    Eddie the Eagle
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    Eddie the Eagle

    Rupert Grint

    Released2011

    Eddie the Eagle is a 2011 sports comedy film written by Sean Macaulay.

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    The Cutting Edge
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    The Cutting Edge

    Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly

    Released1992

    Directed byPaul Michael Glaser

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    D2: The Mighty Ducks
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    D2: The Mighty Ducks

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky

    Released1994

    Directed bySam Weisman

    D2: The Mighty Ducks is a 1994 American sports comedy film directed by Sam Weisman. It is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Olympia
    Olympia is a 1938 German documentary film film written, directed and produced by Leni... more on Wikipedia
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    Tokyo Olympiad
    Tokyo Olympiad is a 1965 documentary film directed by Kon Ichikawa which documents the 1964... more on Wikipedia
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    Munich
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    Munich

    Daniel Craig, Eric Bana

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Munich is a 2005 historical drama and political thriller film based on Operation Wrath of God,... more on Wikipedia

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    Unbroken
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    Unbroken

    Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson

    Released2014

    Directed byAngelina Jolie

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    Prefontaine
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    Prefontaine

    Jared Leto, Ed O'Neill

    Released1997

    Directed bySteve James

    Prefontaine is a 1997 American biographical film chronicling the life of the American... more on Wikipedia
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    Blades of Glory
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    Blades of Glory

    Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell

    Released2007

    Directed byWill Speck, Josh Gordon

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    The Bob Mathias Story
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    The Bob Mathias Story

    Frank Gifford, Ward Bond

    Released1954

    Directed byFrancis D. Lyon

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    Race

    Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    Race is a 2016 biographical sports drama film about African American athlete Jesse Owens, who... more on Wikipedia
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    Children of Glory
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    Children of Glory

    Kata Dobó, Tamás Jordán

    Released2006

    Directed byKrisztina Goda

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    Jim Thorpe – All-American
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    Jim Thorpe – All-American

    Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford

    Released1951

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

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    Charlie Chan at the Olympics
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    Charlie Chan at the Olympics

    Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille

    Released1937

    Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone

    Charlie Chan at the Olympics is a 1937 film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone.
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    The Other Side of the Mountain
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    The Other Side of the Mountain

    Beau Bridges, Dabney Coleman

    Released1975

    Directed byLarry Peerce

    The Other Side of the Mountain is a 1975 American film based on a true story of ski racing... more on Wikipedia
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    Olympic Dreams
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    Olympic Dreams

    Alexi Pappas, Nick Kroll

    Released2020

    Directed byJeremy Teicher

    Olympic dreams is a 2020 American comedy directed by Jeremy Teicher. A young cross-country... more on Wikipedia
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    Foxcatcher
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    Foxcatcher

    Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum

    Released2014

    Directed byBennett Miller

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    One Day in September
    One Day in September is a 1999 documentary film directed by Kevin Macdonald examining the 5... more on Wikipedia
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    Running Brave
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    Running Brave

    Robby Benson, Graham Greene

    Released1983

    Directed byD.S. Everett, Donald Shebib

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    American Anthem
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    American Anthem

    Michelle Phillips, Janet Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

    American Anthem is a 1986 American Sports drama film produced by Lorimar Motion Pictures and... more on Wikipedia
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    Personal Best
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    Personal Best

    Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert Towne

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    Asterix at the Olympic Games
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    Asterix at the Olympic Games

    Tony Parker, Zinedine Zidane

    Released2008

    Directed byThomas Langmann, Frédéric Forestier

    Asterix at the Olympic Games is a French film, based on characters from René Goscinny and... more on Wikipedia