Olympics The Best Movies About the Olympics  

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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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Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Ken Dryden 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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John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau 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 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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RJ_02 added Rupert Grint Eddie the Eagle is a 2011 sports comedy film written by Sean Macaulay.

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Terry O'Quinn, Moira Kelly, D. B. Sweeney 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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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wayne Gretzky, Joshua Jackson 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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Daniel Craig, Eric Bana, Geoffrey Rush 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 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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Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson, Jack O'Connell 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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Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Jenna Fischer 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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Rusty Shackelford added Race Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons 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 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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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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Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell 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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Beau Bridges, Dabney Coleman, Griffin Dunne 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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Rusty Shackelford added John Longden, Patric Curwen, Carol Goodner The Ringer is a 1931 British crime film directed by Walter Forde and starring Patric Curwen, Esmond Knight, John Longden and Carol Goodner. Scotland Yard detectives hunt for a dangerous criminal ...more

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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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Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille Charlie Chan at the Olympics is a 1937 film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone.

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Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Jim Moody Personal Best is a 1982 movie centered on a group of women trying to qualify for the American track-and-field team bound for the 1980 Olympic Games. Despite their commitment to their training ...more

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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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Michelle Phillips, Janet Jones, Mitch Gaylord American Anthem is a 1986 American Sports drama film produced by Lorimar Motion Pictures and released in North America by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Albert Magnoli, and starred Mitch ...more

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Donald Sutherland, Billy Crudup, Monica Potter 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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Mollevangsvagen added Kata Dobó, Tamás Jordán, Iván Fenyő Szabadság, szerelem (English: Children of Glory) is a 2006 drama film directed by Krisztina Goda.

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Robert Redford, Gene Hackman, Dabney Coleman 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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Robby Benson, Graham Greene, Pat Hingle 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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Cary Grant, George Takei, Samantha Eggar Walk, Don't Run is a 1966 Technicolor comedy film starring Cary Grant and set in Tokyo during the Olympic Games in 1964. The movie marked the last appearance by Grant in a feature film, and is a ...more

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Tony Parker, Zinedine Zidane, Alain Delon Asterix at the Olympic Games is a French film, based on characters from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's Astérix comic series. It was filmed essentially in Spain in the course of ...more

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Ice Castles Michelle Kwan, Henry Czerny, Morgan Kelly

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The Bob Mathias Story Frank Gifford, Ward Bond, William Conrad The Bob Mathias Story is a 1954 drama film directed by Francis D. Lyon, starring Bob Mathias and Ward Bond. The story of the first man to win two consecutive Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon ...more

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Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Plummer, Tatum O'Neal International Velvet is a 1978 Metrocolor dramatic film. It was a sequel to the 1944 classic, National Velvet. The film stars Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins and Nanette ...more

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Bruce Adams added Ruta Gedmintas, Dag Malmberg, Rasselas Lakew Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero in his ...more

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Karoline Herfurth, Axel Prahl, Sebastian Urzendowsky Berlin 36 is a 2009 German film telling the fate of Jewish track and field athlete Gretel Bergmann in the 1936 Summer Olympics. She was replaced by the Nazi regime by an athlete later discovered ...more

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Kari Matchett, Molly Parker, Paul Gross Men with Brooms is a 2002 Canadian romantic comedy film, starring and directed by Paul Gross. Centred on the sport of curling, the offbeat comedy tells the story of a reunited curling team from ...more

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James Van Der Beek, Margaret Colin, Glenn Morshower Backwards is a 2012 sport romance-film written by Sarah Megan Thomas and directed by Ben Hickernell.

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Sam Elliott, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour The Games is a 1970 film based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich Segal. It was directed by Michael Winner. The plot concerned four marathon competitors at a ...more

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Colin Ferguson, Leslie Hope, Kenneth Welsh Rowing Through is a 1996 film directed by Masato Harada.

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James Coburn, Leslie Caron, Jessica Walter Goldengirl is a 1979 film directed by Joseph Sargent, loosely based on a science-fiction novel by Peter Lear, a pseudonym of Peter Lovesey. The screenplay was by John Kohn, with music by Bill ...more