Chariots of Fire (1981)
The british film tells the story of two athletes who participated in the Olympic Games of 1924: Eric Liddell, a devout christian scot who runs for the glory of God, and Harold Abrahams, a jewish englishman who runs to overcome prejudice.
The film was nominated for seven Academy awards and won four, including Best picture and Best original Screenplay. It occupies the 19th place in the list of the 100 best british films by the British Film Institute. The film is also notable for the memorable theme electronic Vangelis, winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Soundtrack.
This film based on actual events tells the story of coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) and the american team of ice hockey in the Winter Olympic Games of 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. Team USA, comprised of mostly of college players, won a surprise victory in the finals against the mighty team from the Soviet Union on course to win the gold medal.
Personal Best (1982)
A film starring Mariel Hemingway and the star of the real-life Patrice Donnelly that relates the experience of Chris Cahill, a young athlete who competes without success in the olympic trials for the united States in 1976. Then such failure known to a competitor and more experienced, Tory Skinner. The two are part of a group of women trying to qualify for the u.s. team of athletics who will participate in the Olympic Games of 1980. Despite their commitment of their difficult preparation, their dreams are thwarted when the united States announces to boycott the Games for political reasons.
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Cool Runnings (1993)
A comedy directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon Robinson, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy, his latest film that premiered during his lifetime. Is loosely based on the true story of the debut of the national team of bobsleigh in Jamaica in competition during the Winter Olympic Games of 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The soundtrack of the film also became popular with the release of Jimmy Cliff’s “I Can See Clearly Now”, which reached the top 40 as a single in the united States, Canada, France and the United Kingdom.
This film tells the story of Steve Prefontaine, a student from Coos Bay, Oregon. Prefontaine is too small to play most sports but becomes a talented distance runner. He enrolled in the University of Oregon in 1969. “Pre” wins three national championships in cross-country and four consecutive races of 5,000 meters, breaking the record of the united States in the last. Prefontaine wins fame as an aggressive rider, but the destination will face a dramatic end.
Munich, produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, is a movie based on the book “Vengeance” (1984), an account of the Operation Wrath of God, the retaliation is secret by the israeli government against the Palestinian Liberation Organization after the massacre of Munich at the Olympic Games of Summer of 1972.
Munich received five Oscar nominations: best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Music. In 2017, the film was named as the 16th “Best Film of the century so far” by The New York Times.
The film directed by Angelina Jolie tells the story of olympian Louis Zamperini. Then a plane crash almost fatal in the Second World War, Zamperini spends 47 days in a raft with two fellow crew before being caught by the japanese navy and sent to a camp for prisoners of war.
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
Recounts the history of the international star of gymnastics who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first african american to become the Champion Individual in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
“Race” is a biopic about the athlete, african-american Jesse Owens, who won a record four gold medals at the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936. The american became the best athlete of the history and in the film you see how he had faced the vision of Adolf Hitler on the supposed supremacy of the aryan race.
I, Tonya (2017)
“I, Tonya” is a comedy film biographical drama american directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. Chronicles the life of the figure skater’s artistic Tonya Harding and her connection with the attack in 1994 against rival Nancy Kerrigan. The film states that it is based on interviews “contradictory” and “green” with Tonya Harding and her ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, calling into question who are the narrators unreliable. Presents interviews darkly comic with the characters in mockumentary style, set in the present day. Margot Robbie, who also co-produced, plays Harding, Sebastian Stan plays the husband of Harding, Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney plays the mother of Harding, LaVona Golden.
DOUMENTAL: Tokyo Olympiad (2017)
“Tōkyō Orinpikku” is a documentary japanese based in the JJ. OO. Tokyo in 1964, directed by Kon Ichikawa. Like “Olympia ” Leni Riefenstahl”, a film that documented the Olympic Summer Games of 1936 in Berlin, the film Ichikawa was considered a milestone in the realization of documentaries. However, the Olympiad Tokyo keeps its focus more on the atmosphere of the games and the human side of the athletes instead of concentrating on the results.
Ichikawa offers a show of magnificent proportions and remarkable intimacy to capture the triumph, the passion and the suffering of the competition with a humanistic vision unique, and it has a transforming influence on the art of documentary filmmaking.
“Tokyo Olympiad” is one of the few documentaries sports included in the book “1001 Movies you must see before you die”.
BONUS: Asterix at the Olympic Games
Based on the comic book Astérix, with the participation of Gérard Depardieu, Alain Delon, Clovis Cornillac and Santiago Segura. It tells the story of the warrior Lunatix who want to conquer the princess Irina and challenge the son of Caesar, Brutus, that also searches for the love of the princess. Both are measured in the Olympic Games in Greece, but Lunatiz account with the secret weapon of the small village gala.