6 Olympic Movies That Will Get You Ready For The 2012 Games

Monday, August 27 by Tony Dayton

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The 2012 Olympics have come and gone with the United States taking the most medals. The Olympics have been around for several decades, and each year the world's most popular sporting event seems to outdo itself. Whether it's Usain Bolt tearing up the track, or the lovely view of Misty May's backside, the 2012 Olympics did not disappoint. Here are six Olympic Movies that will get you in the spirit of the games.

"Miracle"

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Starring Kurt Russell, this Olympic movie classic was one of the best feel good stories of 2004. Based on the U.S Olympic hockey team that beat the Russians in the medal round, the movie features a group of hand-picked hockey players who overcame their egos and former rivalries in order to achieve Olympic Gold. They would later become dubbed "The Miracle on Ice".

 

"Chariots of Fire"

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This cinematic classic tells the true story of two British athletes preparing to compete in the 1924 Olympics. One of the athletes, Harold Abrahams, must overcome Anti-Semitism, while Eric Liddell's Christian beliefs motivate him to compete. Other than the famous beach scenes, the film is mostly known for its incredible theme song composed by the great Vangelis. The 2012 Olympic ceremony featured a parody of one of the beach scenes, which featured British actor Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean.

 

"Cool Runnings"

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Starring the late John Candy, "Cool Runnings" is a 1993 Olympic movie loosely based on the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team that qualified for the Olympics. John Candy plays the character of Irving Blitzer, a bookie who was once an Olympian but was caught cheating during the 1972 Olympics. However, under Irving's tutelage, the team nearly set a world record, but one of their blades fell off near the finish line, causing them to crash.

"Personal Best"

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This 1982 gem centers around a group of women who are competing for spots on the 1980 Olympic track and field team. However, their dreams are yanked from them when the U.S ends up boycotting the Olympics. Starring Mariel Hemingway and real-life track star Patrice Donnelly, the film portrays the complicated relationships that can develop between athletes. However, the movie's saving graces are the nude sauna scene and the hot lesbian sex scene between Hemingway and Donnelly. 

"Without Limits"

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This 1998 autobiographical film tells the tale of record breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with his coach, Bill Bowerman.  Even though the film featured heavy hitters such as Donald Sutherland (Bowerman), Billy Crudup (Prefontaine), and Tom Cruise (who produced it), the movie grossed just over $700,000.

"Blades of Glory"

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Starring Will Ferrell and John Heder, this 2007 comedy tells the tale of two Olympic skaters, Chaz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy, who become stripped of their medals and banned from the singles competition. However, the two bitter rivals find a loophole in the system and compete as teammates. Michaels (Ferrell) is a sex addict, while MacElroy (Heder) falls in love with their main competition's younger sister.