The Olympics as told by the cinema: 10 films to watch

Author: Giulia Greco ,
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The Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony is scheduled for July 23. While waiting to see the athletes competing in very tough challenges, I have drawn up a list of films, all related to the Olympics who will be able to immerse us in the competitive spirit of the Games.

In the details tab of the film you will also find information on where you can watch it in streaming or buy it in digital format.

  1. Moments of glory
  2. Without Limits
  3. Miracle
  4. Munich
  5. The athlete - Abebe Bikila
  6. Unbroken
  7. Foxcatcher - An American Story
  8. Race - The color of victory
  9. Eddie the Eagle - The Courage of Madness
  10. Tonya

Moments of Glory (1981)

Moments of glory Moments of glory The athletic training, the university camaraderie and the Olympic adventure, in Paris in 1924, of two British athletes: Eric Liddel, a very religious Catholic, who runs for the glory and joy of ... Open tab

Winner of four Academy Awards, Moments of Glory traces the story of two British athletes, Scotland's Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) and England's Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross). The first was of Christian faith, the second of Jewish origin, Liddell and Abrahams competed against each other during the Paris Summer Olympics in 1924.

The Hugh Hudson film, a masterpiece makes use of the soundtrack of the Greek Vangelis, celebrates friendship that overcomes cultural and religious differences and is more relevant today than ever.

Without Limits (1998)

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Directed by Robert Towne, Without Limits tells the private and professional life of Steve Prefontaine (Billy Crudup), the American middle-distance runner who participated in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

An integral part of the film is the athlete's relationship with coach Bill Bowerman (played by Donald Sutherland). Thus we witness Prefontaine's formative years in Oregon, which enabled him to compete in the 1972 Summer Olympics before tragically losing his life in a car accident at the age of 24.

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A still from the film Without Limits

Without Limits is just one of two films dedicated to the figure of Steve Prefontaine. Just a year earlier, in 1997, a feature film entitled Prefontaine starring Jared Leto was made.


Miracle (2004)

Miracle Miracle Inspired by the true story of Herb Brooks, coach of the US national team ice hockey team in the XNUMXs who, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Lake ... Open tab

Miracle is one of the most moving biopics ever. Gavin O'Connor's film is based on one of the most exciting events in the history of athletics: the triumph of the United States men's hockey team and the defeat of the Soviet one at the 1980 Olympics in the middle of the Cold War.

The protagonist of the story is Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), a former hockey player who agrees to coach the United States Olympic team even if the chances of winning are slim. Against all odds, however, by exploiting the strengths of each player, Brooks leads the team to victory.

Munich (2005)

Munich Munich During the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the Palestinian extremist Black September commando takes Israeli athletes hostage and then kills. Following the attack, a team of five ... Open tab

Although Munich is not a film dedicated to the Olympic Games, the story told by Steven Spielberg in this 2005 thriller masterpiece is set in the period of the '72 Munich Summer Olympics.

The film retraces the events leading up to Munich massacre, the terrorist attack organized by a commando of the Palestinian Black September group in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed.


The Athlete - Abebe Bikila (2009)

The athlete. Abebe Bikila The athlete. Abebe Bikila Portrait of the legendary Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, who became a barefoot Olympic champion in 1960 and was later paralyzed in both legs. Open tab

Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila stars in the biopic The Athlete, directed by Rasselas Lakew and Davey Frankel.


The film tells the whole story of Bikila, from the triumph at the 1960 Rome Olympics to the tragic accident that cost him his legs, but who was unable to tame his competitive spirit.

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The movie poster The athlete - Abebe Bikila

Unbroken (2014)

Unbroken Unbroken Louis Zamperini is an American middle distance champion. The son of Italian immigrants and Olympic runner at the Berlin Olympics in 1936, four years later Zamperini was recruited into the Air Force as a bomber. ... Open tab

Directed by Angelina Jolie and played by an extraordinary Jack O'Connel, Unbroken is dedicated to the Italian-American athlete Louis Zamperini.

The film does not just describe the struggles of Zamperini in athletics competitions at the 1936 Olympics, but also those, harder and harder, won during the Second World War.

Foxcatcher - An American Story (2014)

Foxcatcher - An American Story Foxcatcher - An American Story Inspired by real events, FOXCATCHER - An American Story tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and essentially tragic relationship between an eccentric billionaire and two fighting champions ... Open tab

Presented at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival, the film directed by Bennett Miller shows the dark side of the Olympic dream and it does so through the relationship between wealthy John Eleuthère du Pont (Steve Carell) and wrestling prodigies Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).

The evil influence of du Pont, ready to do anything to lead Mark to the 1988 Olympics, creates an apparently incurable rift between the two brothers.

Race - The Color of Victory (2016)

Race - The color of victory Race - The color of victory James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens leaves for university, leaving behind a young daughter, a girl yet to be married and a family of origin in precarious financial conditions. It already seems like an achievement, but some ... Open tab

The true story of sprinter and long-distance runner Jesse Owens is told in Race - The Color of Victory.

As the Italian subtitle suggests, the film investigates the difficulties a young African American man is forced to face in XNUMXs America.

Owens' triumph at the 1936 Olympics (he won four gold medals!) In Hitler's Berlin still represents today one of the symbols of the fight against racism.

Eddie the Eagle - Courage in Madness (2016)

Eddie the Eagle - The Courage of Madness Eddie the Eagle - The Courage of Madness Inspired by the true story of Eddie Edwards, the film tells the climb of an unusual athlete who wants to achieve his dream: to compete for ski jumping and ... Open tab

Eddie the Eagle is a comedy about the life of the bizarre British skier Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton) who in 1988 achieved unexpected popularity after competing in the Calgary Winter Games.

Edwards' determination, who had wanted to be an Olympic athlete since childhood, crowned him first among the British to have participated in the winter games in the specialty of ski jumping.

Tonya (2017)

Tonya Tonya Tonya Harding is an ice skater who, despite the difficulties, manages to establish herself internationally. However, her life in 1994 was marked by the attack on her rival Nancy ... Open tab

The 2017 film, a mix of black comedy and biopic, tells the tragedy of the Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie).

Directed by Craig Gillespie, Tonya investigates not only the limelight years of the skater, but also the personal life of the protagonist, paying particular attention to the difficult relationship with her mother LaVona (Allison Janney).

The film also depicts the aftermath of Harding's unfortunate involvement in the assault on rival Nancy Kerrigan (Caitlin Carver).

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