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What Is the Best Olympics-Themed Movie?

GMR 2012/06/29 22:29:37
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The London 2012 Summer Olympics are right around the corner, and soon most of the planet will be caught up in the breath-taking athleticism of the world's very best. Though the Olympics are technically a sporting event, they transcend traditional entertainment to become a spectacle of human endurance, willpower, skill, strength... It would take us a while just to cover the basics, so we'll leave it there.

In honor of the London 2012 Olympics, we're running a survey on some of the greatest moments in recent Olympics history, the greatest Olympics-themed movies, and a few other related topics. Make sure to check out our 8-Question Quick Poll and see what other people think!
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  • vdehl 2012/07/05 06:40:05
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    vdehl
    A movie one was not embarrassed to say one saw. Good entertainment.
  • pete 2012/07/04 15:42:58
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    pete
    "Olympia" by Leni Riefenstahl's depiction of the 1936 Berlin Olympics may not be considered an Olympic themed movie, but it is certainly a piece of art in its' depiction of the Classic Olympic sports. (Avery Brundage stated that it was "The greatest Olympic film ever made").

    Riefenstahl was in a class by herself back then and helped pioneer many innovative filming techniques used by Hollywood today.

    Had she not been infatuated by Hitler, her fame would have been touted more in Hollywood (where powerful Jewish influence shunned her).

    Anyone who has not seen her film is missing something. Put yourself back in 1936 and watch the stunning film making techniques. She was way ahead of her time.
  • BigKwell 2012/07/03 18:08:16
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    BigKwell
    Love the story... and the music.
  • Call me Mark willya? 2012/07/03 17:03:40
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    Call me Mark willya?
    That movie was entirely too damn funny. They even reference it in an episode of Futurama... LOL
  • debhead 2012/07/03 12:01:36
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    debhead
    +1
    Chariots of Fire, Cool Running, then Munich.
  • Blur3737 2012/07/03 11:55:16
    Other
    Blur3737
    +4
    The Ringer
  • Derbyhat 2012/07/03 08:07:25
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    Derbyhat
    Chariots of Fire with its awesome title song, although Cool Runnings was a great fun movie.
  • beach bum 2012/07/03 06:10:28
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    beach bum
    chariots
  • Rob Williams 2012/07/03 01:16:41
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    Rob Williams
    A magnificent film that was partly filmed in my local sports centre with my cousin as an extra!
  • LYNN MEYER 2012/07/03 01:09:06
    Other
    LYNN MEYER
    Black September?
  • charles nelson 2012/07/02 23:40:02
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    charles nelson
    What I think the Olympics are all about.
  • nicesteve 2012/07/02 23:01:01
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    nicesteve
    They're all good movies, however, none can hold a candle to Chariots of Fire.
  • Nameless 2012/07/02 22:38:27 (edited)
    “Chariots of Fire” (1981)
    Nameless
    While "Miracle" was a pretty awesome experience, and "Munich" made me, literally, throw up as I watched it on television when I was 13 - as I watched people being murdered... "Chariots of Fire" has to be the most touching movie and Ben Cross (Harold Abrahams) made me wish to be more than I was.
  • Rob Wil... Nameless 2012/07/03 01:15:15
    Rob Williams
    Ben Kingsley wasn't in Chariots of Fire...
  • Nameless Rob Wil... 2012/07/03 10:10:38
    Nameless
    Good catch. Thanks. I corrected it. My husband and I were talking about movies and "Ghandi" entered the discussion so I had Kingsley in my head. LOL
  • Rob Wil... Nameless 2012/07/03 10:34:13
    Rob Williams
    An understandable confusion... both films came out in the early 80's, both brilliant and powerful stories, both superbly acted.
  • Amelia 2012/07/02 22:27:31
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    Amelia
    Amazing movie!
  • rcardon 2012/07/02 21:29:40
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    rcardon
    Maybe I'm just an uncultured philistine, but I didn't care for chariots of fire, nor have I seen any of the others, except cool runnings, which I really enjoyed. Even now, just thinking about it I have "I Can See Clearly Now" running through my head. :-D
  • Bunny 2012/07/02 21:24:53 (edited)
    Other
    Bunny
    Peaceful Warrior
  • El Prez 2012/07/02 21:09:34
    “Munich” (2005)
    El Prez
    Once again, you can't go too far wrong picking any of three or four.
  • amber 2012/07/02 20:27:43
    Other
    amber
    Rocky theme song the best
  • NickPirce 2012/07/02 18:59:23
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    NickPirce
    +1
    Cool Runnings is my Olympics Movie
  • Kingarthurup 2012/07/02 18:56:34
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    Kingarthurup
    yAH... dAT'S DA oNE mUN!
  • May 2012/07/02 18:52:05
    Other
    May
    since I have not seen them all I felt I could not vote for the best theme. At first I was thinking of music because of Chariots of Fire. Most of them are probably all great stories.
  • mrs.radkewayuriebiersack<3 2012/07/02 18:33:59
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    mrs.radkewayuriebiersack<3
    FEEL THE RHYTHM FEEL THE RHYME GET ON UP IT'S BOBSLED TIME! COOL RUUNINNNNNNNNNGS!!!
  • Zeus2713 2012/07/02 18:23:41
    Other
    Zeus2713
    Peaceful Warrior
  • Chris Moon 2012/07/02 18:22:48
    Other
    Chris Moon
    Revenge of the Nerds, kinda counts....
  • Wutnagkillabeeontheswarm 2012/07/02 18:09:50
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    Wutnagkillabeeontheswarm
    "Cool Runnings" is the only movie out of this list that I have actually seen tbhonest. And it is a funny movie
  • mwf122090 2012/07/02 10:44:50 (edited)
    “Cool Runnings” (1993)
    mwf122090
    +1
    FEEL THE RHYTHM, FEEL THE RHYME, GET ON UP IT'S BOBSLED TIME! COOOOOOL RUNNINGGGGGGS!
  • Raphy 2012/07/02 04:31:52
    “Prefontaine” (1997)
    Raphy
    This and Cool Runnings are the only movies I seen on this list
  • Your Favorite Nerd 2012/07/02 04:29:24
    “Miracle” (2004)
    Your Favorite Nerd
    +1
    It was so good :-)
  • wolf sloan 2012/06/29 23:01:43
    Other
    wolf sloan
    "The First Olympics" though I think that was originally a mini series.

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