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21 Olympics-Fueled Films to Go with Your Sochi

February 16, 2014  |  8:03pm
21 Olympics-Fueled Films to Go with Your Sochi
15. Rowing Through (1996)

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What makes it stand out more is its cheesy voice-over and the actors’ bad rowing. Tiff Wood, an amateur rower, makes it to the Olympic team in 1980. But when President Jimmy Carter boycotts the Olympics due to political tensions with the U.S.S.R., the competition is put on hold. Tiff holds on to the dream, training himself to his utmost potential so that he can be in shape to compete with younger athletes in the next Olympics.
Final Results: DNP

16. Running Brave (1983)

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A true story about runner Billy Mills (played here by Robbie Benson), the underdog in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics who became the second Native American to win an Olympic gold medal. While the movie’s editing is a little dated, the story stands up to the test of time.
Final Results: Silver

17. The Bob Mathias Story

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A movie about athlete Bob Mathias, his path to the Olympics, and the woman that stood by him. The cool thing about this movie is that the protagonist is played by the athlete himself, Bob Mathias.
Final Results: Bronze

18. The Cutting Edge (1992)

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A rom-com about a cocky, has-been hockey player and an unbearable, diva figure skating princess who turn into an unlikely pair as an ice skating team. This film is just as much about overcoming challenges as it is about the romance, and is great if you’re in the mood for a snuggle and a laugh. The movie was so popular it spawned three sequels.
Final Results: Silver

19. The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)

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This film is the true and touching story about Ski Racing Champion Jill Kinmont, who was supposed to compete in the Olympics but was left as a quadriplegic after a skiing accident at the age of 19. A passionate love story inspires her to get back up and put her life back together. Though the story is timeless, the style of this film is a little stiff.
Final Results: Bronze

20. Walk, Don’t Run (1966)

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Set during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, this “Odd Couple” scenario stars Cary Grant who, due to a housing shortage in Tokyo, becomes roommates with an American Olympic competitor. This film marks Grant’s final performance, which makes it worth watching.
Final Results: Bronze

21. Without Limits (1998)

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Billy Crudup stars in this second movie about track star Steve Prefontaine, but focuses on his relationship with Coach Bill Bowerman (Donald Sutherland), who later became the founder of Nike. This movie is the second on this list directed by Robert Towne. Towne must be an avid Olympics fan.
Final Results: Gold

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