14 Olympic Movies To Get You Ready For Rio

From triumphant tales to hilarious parodies, we’ve got you covered.

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Chariots of Fire (1981)

Winner of four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Chariots of Fire tells the story of two dedicated young athletes training for the 1924 Paris Olympics in the religiously divided United Kingdom. The inspiring film is based on the real-life stories of runners Eric Liddell, a Scottish Christian whose faith is the driving force behind his quest, and Harold Abrahams, an English Jew running to rise above anti-Semitism. Also, it’s where that song that is used in pretty much every slow-motion parody sequence came from.

Twentieth Century Fox

Miracle (2004)

Miracle (2004)

Another rousing tale based on the true story of the 1980 USA Olympic men’s ice hockey team and the unbelievable journey that led them to (spoiler alert) triumph over the unstoppable Soviet team in the final match, which became known as the “Miracle on Ice.” Required viewing for anyone who gets even a bit choked up at hearing “The Star-Spangled Banner” every time Team USA wins a gold medal.

Walt Disney Pictures

Cool Runnings (1993)

Cool Runnings (1993)

This feel-good comedy has become a classic, and no list of Olympic-themed movies would be complete without this tale of four Jamaican athletes who dream of competing in the Winter Olympics as the first Jamaican bobsled team — despite the fact that they have never even seen snow. Believe it or not, this movie was also based on a true story, although some changes were made to enhance the comedy and drama in the storytelling.

Walt Disney Pictures

The Cutting Edge (1992)

The Cutting Edge (1992)

Hockey! Figure skating! An unlikely love story! An instant classic from the ’90s set against the backdrop of the road to the 1988 Winter Olympics — what more can you ask for?

MGM


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