The Only Thing More Dramatic Than the Olympics...

...Is Movies About the Olympics

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What to Watch...If You Need a Classics Primer

Chariots of Fire (1981)

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Olympic Sport: Running

Why It's a Must-See: Just hearing the first few Academy Award-winning notes of Vangelis's iconic score should get your adrenaline pumping and shoelaces tied: no running scene compares to the opening beach sequence in Chariots of Fire.

Downhill Racer (1969)

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Olympic Sport: Downhill Skiing

Why It's a Must-See: A young, dashing Robert Redford plays a fictional American downhill skier whose intense work ethic and unparalleled skill lead him to compete in the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. Filmed on location in Austria, Switzerland, France, and Colorado, the stunning scenery and intertwined love story make for the perfect sports movie.

What to Watch...If You Root for the Underdogs

Miracle (2004)

Olympic Sport: Ice Hockey

Why It's a Must-See: Miracle tells the inspiring true story of the United States men's hockey team that (spoiler alert) won the 1980 Winter Olympics as serious underdogs. The movie takes its title from the hockey game between the U.S. team—which was made up of amateur and college players—and the top-dog Soviet Union team, a showdown that was later dubbed "The Miracle on Ice."

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Eddie the Eagle (2016)

Olympic Sport: Ski Jumping

Why It's a Must-See: Dreamy British actor (and Sweet alum!) Taron Egerton stars in this biopic about Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, an unlikely national hero who became the first athlete to represent England in Olympic ski jumping in 1988. Complete with awesome '80s clothes, hair, and moustaches, Eddie the Eagle will steal your heart and remind you that passion can persevere, no matter the odds.

What to Watch...If You Love a Historical Tearjerker

Prefontaine (1997)

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Olympic Sport: Running

Why It's a Must-See: Starring a young Jared Leto, Prefontaine is the heartbreaking true story of Steve Prefontaine, one of the most influential American runners of all time. The film follows the rise of the middle- and long-distance runner, his performance in the 1972 Olympics, and his tragic death at the young age of 24.

Unbroken (2014)

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Olympic Sport: Running

Why It's a Must-See: Grab the tissues: this movie is ultimately uplifting (promise!) but not without an abundance of tragedy thrown in. Directed by Angelina Jolie, Unbroken follows the true story of the 1936 Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini, who survived in a raft for 47 days after his fighter plane crashed into the ocean during World War II—only to be taken to multiple Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. It's not an easy film to watch, but it's a story worth knowing.

What to Watch...If You're More of a Winter Sports Fan

Cool Runnings (1993)

Olympic Sport: Bobsledding

Why It's a Must-See: Anyone with an affinity for brightly colored athletic gear and heartwarming perseverance will love Cool Runnings—and the delightful tale of the little Jamaican bobsled team that could.

The Cutting Edge (1992)

Olympic Sport: Figure Skating

Why It's a Must-See: If you're into romantic comedies, this is about as rom-com as you'll get with an Olympics film. When ice queen and Olympic hopeful Kate Moseley and former hockey player and super-jock Doug Dorsey are forced to train together to compete in the 1992 Winter Olympics for figure skating, lots of sexual tension and painful wipeouts ensue. But can they work out their differences to bring home the gold? There's only one way to find out.

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Stick It (2006)

Olympic Sport: Gymnastics

Why It's a Must-See: OK, admittedly this one is a bit of a stretch since it doesn't actually take place at the Olympics, but it will still get you in an I'm-a-total-badass-who-can-take-over-the-world kind of mood and it's one of the best gymnastics movies of all time—and who doesn't love gymnastics? After walking out on her team at the World Championships and costing them a gold medal, a young gymnast is forced to return to the beam, where she takes on handsprings, mean girls, and leotards.

Mary Kom (2014)

Olympic Sport: Boxing

Why It's a Must-See: How much do you know about Mary Kom? If the answer is next to nothing, watch this movie. The film highlights the challenges Kom faced as a young female boxer from a small town in India and the sacrifices that led to her 2012 Olympic bronze medal. Kom is the only female boxer to win a medal in each of the six world championships—so look out for her this week in Rio!

From: Seventeen
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