The 100 best movies sports: Olympic Games


The fifth chapter of the series of the 100 best movies (not documentaries) related to the world of sport is dedicated to the Olympic Games. Let us remember that it is not about deciding which one is best but to provide a list of interesting productions for you to enjoy during these days of confinement. Although it may seem surprising, there are not many films centered on the world’s greatest sporting event, perhaps due to the complexity of play in an event of such magnitude at the global level. Almost always taking as a basis the real facts, the majority of the productions related to the olympic theme is focus on one athlete or team specific, leaving aside the rest of the event; the great exception is ‘Munich’, which takes an approach radically different. And there are so many examples of Games of summer and winter.


– Original title: Chariots Of Fire

– Year: 1981

– Actors: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell

Cunning production british who narrates the road to the JJ.OO. of Paris’1924 two of the best athletes in the Ukthe jewish Harold Abrahams and the protestant pastor, Eric Liddellwho come from social strata quite different and have personalities opposite to each other. The fact that it has won the Oscar for Best Movie and Best Original Screenplay, in addition to the immortal soundtrack Vangelismake this film a must-see for any true sports fan.


– Original title: Personal Best

– Year: 1982

– Actors: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly

Two american athletes attempt to qualify to compete in the JJ.OO. of Moscow’1980. One of them is attracted to the other but tries to hide his feelings, knowing that your technician is a homophobic declared. While debate between the hard work of the training and your personal life, U.S. announces that it will not go to the Games by ausa of the soviet invasion of Afghanistan, shattering his dreams. It is one of the few fictional productions of olympic theme and part of the basis of the frequent intermarriage between groups of athletes who live together on a permanent basis.


– Original title: Cool Runnings

– Year: 1993

– Main Characters: Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, John Candy

The real story was too juicy for Hollywood the might escape. In the JJ.OO. winter Calgary’1988 a caribbean country such as Jamaicathat has never seen snow, decided to compete with a bobsled team. From here we developed a script almost comical with all the ups and downs possible, but with little resemblance to what happened. The film worked very well at the box office, adorned with a soundtrack rich in reggae, ska and tropical rhythms.


– Original title: Without Limits

– Year: 1998

– Actors: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter

Produced by Tom Cruise, is a ‘biopic’ about the controversial figure of the runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with the coach Bill Bowerman, who would later be a co-founder of the multinational sports Nike. Beyond the scenes of his misfortune, olympic Munich’1972 (he ended up fourth, falling without strength in the end), the tape gloss to Prefontaine as one of the main culprits of the ‘boom’ of the ‘running’ in United States in the decade of the 70’s.


– Original title: Miracle

– Year: 2004

– Actors: Kurt Russell, Paricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich

Another true story that was the meat of screenwriting: the victory against all odds in the JJ.OO. winter Lake Placid’1980with a team formed at the base of college and gone wrong, of the selection american of ice hockey on the almighty ‘roller’ red ‘ soviet. The sports media was baptized that final as ‘Miracle On Ice’so Hollywood not even had to think of a title witty.


– Original title: Munich

– Year: 2005

– Actors: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds

Directed and produced by Steven Spielbergrelates to the operation of vengeance large-scale carried out by the secret service Israelthe Mossadafter the massacre that the palestinian group ‘Black September’ ran in the olympic village of Munich during the OLYMPIC.OO. of 1972, ending the lives of eleven members of the olympic team of israel.


– Original title: Unbroken

– Year: 2014

– Main Characters: Jack O’connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson

Angelina Jolie run this script Coen brothers based on the life of Louis Zamperini, athlete and war hero during the World War II. Competed in the JJ.OO. of Berlin’1936 in the 5,000 m. and, even though it was away from the podium, Adolf Hitler he was so impressed by his back end and asked them to take his presence to congratulate him.


– Original title: Eddie The Eagle

– Year: 2016

– Actors: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken

‘Biopic’ on the first great antihero olympic ski jumper Eddie Edwards, who participated in the JJ.OO. winter Calgary’1988. It was the first Moussambani the story: it was so certifiably bad that woke up the affection and the sympathy of the public, who immediately became your favourite. As good production british, there is no lack of sense of humor to a story as absurd as real.

51. I, TONYA

– Original title: I, Tonya

– Year: 2017

– Actors: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney

This film delves into the controversial figure of Tonya Hardinga skater artistic american who hired a thug to injure Nancy Kerriganhis great rival on the way to the JJ.OO. winter Lillehammer’94. In its day it was a media phenomenon as had not been ever seen in United States.