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The Best Gymnastics Movies

Updated February 3, 2021 9.7k votes 4.2k voters 281.6k views27 items

A list of the best gymnastics movies. These are films that focus on gymnastics as a central theme. We believe we've included them all, but if your favorite gymnastics film isn't listed, please feel free to add it yourself. This genre has some crossover with cheerleading, so don't be surprised if a couple cheer leading films appear on the list of the best gymnastics films. Gymnastics is a very physical sport encompassing events such as the balance beam, uneven parallel bars, still rings, vault, and the high bar. It's fascinating to watch, which makes it a perfect fit for being in the movies. If you're into the sport, these are the gymnastics films for you.

What are the best gymnastics movies? What films feature gymnasts? Since there is such a crossover appeal between cheerleading and gymnastics films, make sure to check out the best cheerleading films to find some more flicks you'll be interested in.
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    Full Out: The Ariana Berlin Movie

    Ana Golja, Ariana Berlin

    Released2014

    Directed byAriana Berlin, Sean Cisterna

    A young gymnast's Olympic aspirations are crushed after a debilitating accident....  more
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    Raising the Bar

    Kelli Berglund, Lili Karamalikis

    Released2016

    Directed byClay Glen

    An elite gymnast who moves to Australia. There she re-enters competitive gymnastics, trying to move forward while making amends for her past....  more
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    Stick It

    Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym

    Released2006

    Directed byJessica Bendinger

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    The Gabby Douglas Story

    Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson

    Released2014

    Directed byGregg Champion

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    A 2nd Chance

    Nina Pearce, Adam Tuominen

    Released2011

    Directed byClay Glen

    A young girl and her coach overcome adversity to make their way into the National Australian Gymnastics Squad....  more
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    Directed byVince Marcello

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    Chalk It Up!

    Maddy Curley, John DeLuca

    Released2016

    Directed byHisonni Johnson

    When a super girly-girl is dumped by her boyfriend; she decides to do everything she can to get him back by building a college gymnastics team, quickly learning that she is capable of a lot more than...  more
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    Bring It On

    Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku

    Released2000

    Directed byPeyton Reed

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    Perfect Body

    Wendie Malick, Amy Jo Johnson

    Released1997

    Directed byDouglas Barr

    Perfect Body is a 1997 American drama film about a young gymnast who develops an eating disorder. It originally aired on NBC on September 8, 1997. It has since aired on Lifetime and ABC Family and...  more
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    Nadia

    Jonathan Banks, Talia Balsam

    Released1984

    Directed byAlan Cooke

    Nadia is a 1984 made-for-television biopic of Olympic gymnast Nadia Comăneci. The film was directed by Alan Cooke....  more
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    The Simone Biles Story: Courage To Soar

    Jeanté Godlock, Simon Akenhead

    Released2018

    Directed byVanessa Parise

    The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar is a 2018 biographical sports drama film directed by Vanessa Parise. America gymnast Simone Biles (Jeanté Godlock) travels on her road to success filled with...  more
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    Full Out 2: You Got This!

    Logan Edra, Sydney Cope

    Released2020

    Directed byJeff Deverett

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    Peaceful Warrior

    Nick Nolte, Amy Smart

    Released2006

    Directed byVictor Salva

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    The Aerialist

    Dreya Weber, Morgan Bradley

    Released2020

    Directed byNed Farr

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    The Bronze

    Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole

    ReleasedMarch 16, 2016

    Directed byBryan Buckley

    The Bronze is a 2015 American sports comedy-drama film directed by Bryan Buckley. A foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist with local celebrity status (Melissa Rauch) reluctantly trains a...  more
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    American Anthem

    Michelle Phillips, Janet Jones

    Released1986

    Directed byAlbert Magnoli

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    Athlete A

    Maggie Nichols, Simone Biles

    Released2020

    Directed byBonni Cohen and Jon Shenk

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    Going for Gold

    Kelli Berglund, Emily Morris

    Released2018

    Directed byClay Glen

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    The Gymnast

    Tony Horton, Dreya Weber

    Released2006

    Directed byNed Farr

    The Gymnast is a 2006 film directed by Ned Farr and starring Dreya Weber, Addie Yungmee, David De Simone....  more
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    Released2019

    Directed byErin Lee Carr

    At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Erin Lee Carr. In 2016 USA Gymnastics was rocked by the revelation that national team doctor...  more
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    Girls Just Want to Have Fun

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt

    Released1985

    Directed byAlan Metter

    Girls Just Want to Have Fun is a 1985 American romantic comedy dance film directed by Alan Metter and starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Helen Hunt. For many years, Comedy Central, Lifetime, USA...  more

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    Over the Limit

    Yana Kudryavtseva, Margarita Mamun

    Released2017

    Directed byMarta Prus

    Over the Limit is a 2017 Russian sports documentary film directed by Marta Prus. An intimate portrait of the world's most outstanding rhythmic gymnast Margarita Mamun who needs to overcome mental...  more
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    Flying

    Keanu Reeves, Olivia d'Abo

    Released1986

    Directed byPaul Lynch

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    White Palms

    Kyle Shewfelt, Gheorghe Dinică

    Released2006

    Directed bySzabolcs Hajdu

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    Gymkata

    Richard Norton, Tadashi Yamashita

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Clouse

    Gymkata is a 1985 martial arts film starring Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas as Jonathan Cabot, an Olympic gymnast who combines his gymnastic ability with martial arts to enter a deadly competition in a...  more