Best Olympic Games Movies, Ranked
the Olympic Games are a quadrennial sports festival attended by most countries of the world. The Olympics have existed since ancient Greece and was officially revived in 1896. The Olympic Games are a way for the world to unite through athletics with healthy competition. It awakens the inner patriot in all of us and it’s a wonderful way for citizens to unite around a common interest and goal.
Like everything else, the Olympics have received a lot of media coverage, whether it’s the games themselves televised or fictionalized retellings of true stories recreated in movies, the Olympics is a subject burning. Modern films that cover the darker truths behind the scorch of competition like Me Tonya to the re-enactment of the miracle that no one saw coming Miracle, everyone loves a juicy story about winning and the lengths some will go to achieve it. These are the best movies about the Olympics, ranked.
foxcatcher tells the dark story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz who is invited to John du Pont’s estate to come train with him and build a team for the 1988 Olympic wrestling squad. Tensions rise as du Pont’s methods affect Mark’s self-esteem, and Mark’s brother, Dave, steps in to try to help. This biographical film is based on the tragedy of the murder of Dave Schultz at the hands of John du Pont, chronicling the development up to the day of the murder. foxcatcher received a number of Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Director. While foxcatcher was well received by critics, it was also criticized for deviating from the real story, including omitting that John du Pont had a history of violence against his ex-wife.
seven Cool races
Loosely following the true story of the Jamaican bob luge team that competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics despite never seeing snow, Cool races follows the Jamaican bob luge team determined to make it to the Olympics. With the help of former champion Irving (John Candy) who was disqualified for cheating in the 1972 Winter Olympics, the team reunites and works to qualify for the Olympics and represent Jamaica. Cool races was well received by all, considered a truly inspiring story of hard work to achieve your dreams.
Starring Kurt Russell as Coach Herb Brooks, hired to coach the 1980 U.S. Olympics hockey team. An upgrade from his position as a college coach, Brooks brings a unique coaching style to the rink. After his team of college stars are humbled, he unites the team to work hard and defeat their Soviet enemies. The team became a symbol of American patriotism amid Cold War political tensions. Based on the true story of the “Miracle on Ice”, in which the American hockey team overcame all obstacles and won the gold medal, Miracle won the ESPY Award for Best Sports Film in 2004.
Munich is based on the novel Revenge which was based on the Munich massacre at the 1972 Olympics in which 11 Israeli Olympians were killed. Munich follows Avner Kaufman who is in charge of the Israeli government’s reprisals against the Palestine Liberation Organization, targeting 11 people. As Avner commits the assassinations, he begins to question the morality of his actions. Munich was nominated for five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Music. Although the film has received much praise, it has also come under scrutiny for portraying Israeli assassins as terrorists, as well as implying that retaliation should never be issued by the government.
4 chariots of fire
chariots of fire follows two young runners in the UK training for the Paris Olympics in 1924. Eric Liddel, a devout Christian who refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath and Harold Abrahams, a Jew who manages to overcome the anti-Semitism of his class. These two men have one thing in common, their love of running. Based on a true story, chariots of fire was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four, including Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film became so iconic that it was eventually adapted for the stage in honor of the 2012 Olympics in London.
3 Me Tonya
Me Tonya tells the true story of Tonya Harding’s rise to fame after completing a triple axel in a competition and how her world changes forever when her ex-husband seeks to eliminate Tonya’s competition, Nancy Kerrigan. Both of these women were Olympic hopefuls and Kerrigan’s attack forever tarnished Tonya’s reputation. Margot Robbie stars as Tonya Harding with Allison Janney as Harding’s mother. The film was based on “contradictory” interviews of Harding and her ex-husband, suggesting the pair are unreliable storytellers, leaving it up to the audience to decide whether the film is a fictionalized version of the story or of the truth.
2 On the razor wire
On the razor wire follows spoiled figure skater Kate who is paired with hockey player Doug to represent the United States at the 1992 Winter Olympics. The pair initially compete but eventually bond with their mutual Soviet competitors. During their training and their tumultuous relationship, Doug eventually falls in love with Kate. The two perform with the greatest passion they have ever shown on ice and Kate returns the favor with Doug’s love. On the razor wire was a great success and sparked the start of On the razor wire franchise, spawning a number of sequels, most of which were TV movies.
Angelina Jolie makes a new appearance as a director in Uninterrupted. Jack O’Connell stars as Louis Zamperini, a troubled boy who turns his anger into racing, earning himself the nickname “The Torrance Tornado” and eventually qualifying for the 1936 Olympics, setting a record in the final lap of the 5000 meter race. When war broke out, Zamperini enlisted and when his plane crashed, he managed to survive 47 days on a raft before being captured by the Japanese Navy and taken to a POW camp where he suffered unimaginable horrors. . The film was nominated for three Oscars and won Jack O’Connell a New Hollywood Award.
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