We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 Olympic movies of all time. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. The Cutting Edge (1992) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
Hockey player Doug Dorsey and figure skater Kate Moseley both fail at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Soon they’re teamed up to skate as a pair in couple’s competition.
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice
9. Blades of Glory (2007) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes
Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy are fierce competitive men’s figure skaters. After a fight on the awards platform gets them both banned for life, they team up to compete as a couple in pair’s competition.
Director: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler
8. Munich (2005) 77% at Rotten Tomatoes
Eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team are taken hostage and killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. In response, Prime Minister Golda Meir okays a black operation to kill everyone involved.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Maria-Josee Croze
7. Foxcatcher (2014) 87% at Rotten Tomatoes
Eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont recruits championship wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz to join Team Foxcatcher and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. However, Du Pont’s self-destructive behavior becomes an issue that leads to the murder of one of the brothers.
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
6. Berlin 36 (2009) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
High jumper Gretel Bergmann is the best at what she does. Unfortunately she’s a Jew in Nazi Germany, and it’s unclear whether she’ll be able to compete for Hitler’s country in the 1936 Olympic Games.
Director: Kaspar Heidelbach
Starring: Karoline Herfuth, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Axel Prahl
5. Cool Runnings (1993) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
An accident disqualifies Olympic hopeful sprinter Derice Bannock from his race. So he enlists disgraced bobsledder Irving Blitzer to coach him and a group of sprinters to become Jamaica’s first bobsled team.
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Starring: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug
4. Miracle (2004) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
The 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has seemingly no chance against the Russian squad. However, this rag-tag group manages to pull off a miracle that briefly unites the nation.
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West
3. Race (2016) 61% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jesse Owens is racing to become a legend, but Hitler’s Aryan race stands in the way during the 1936 Olympics. It’s a real-life story of triumphing over all adversity.
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree
2. Peaceful Warrior (2006) 25% at Rotten Tomatoes
Dan Millman has a shot at the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team on the rings. A motorcycle accident derails his mind, but a chance encounter with a stranger at a gas station gives him the personal focus needed to rise above his injuries and compete.
Director: Victor Salva
Starring: Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart
1. Chariots of Fire (1981) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
Harold Abrahams and Eric Lidell have different approaches to the sport of running. However, they’re both fast, and they’re on a collision course with each other (and the rest of the world’s top sprinters) at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris.
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell