Spectacular Sports Movies to Save Your 2012 Olympics

by Tommy_Swanhaus | created - 08 Aug 2012 | updated - 08 Aug 2012 | Public

In this digitally connected era, avoiding Olympic spoilers has become a Herculean feat in its own right. Rather than have the internet continue to soil your Olympic experience, lay off the facebook and twitter and dive into our list of Spectacular Sports Movies.

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1. 9000 Needles (2009)

83 min | Documentary, Drama, Family

7.3
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Having faced the confines of the American health care system, a forty year old stroke patient travels to Tianjin, China in search of the rehabilitation he needs.

Director: Doug Dearth

Votes: 46

9,000 NEEDLES Having faced the confines of the American health care system, a forty year old stroke patient travels to Tianjin, China in search of the rehabilitation he needs. Watch 9,000 Needles

2. Breathe (III) (2011)

TV-G | 51 min | Documentary, Adventure

7.4
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Martin Khodabakhshian (9-Time Emmy Award-winning ESPN producer) directs and produces this fascinating documentary that truly goes to new depths in the search for man's physical and mental ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Khodabakhshian | Star: William Trubridge

Votes: 55

BREATHE Attempting to break his own world record in the sport of Freediving, New Zealander William Trubridge attempts to dive completely unaided to the bottom of the deepest blue hole in the world.

3. China Heavyweight (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Sport

5.9
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77 Metascore

A documentary on rural teenagers in southwestern China who are recruited as their country's next Olympic hopefuls, with a focus on the coach Qi Moxiang.

Director: Yung Chang | Stars: Moxiang Qi, Yunfei Miao, Zongli He, Ye Xinchun

Votes: 306 | Gross: $0.01M

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT China Heavyweight follows the charismatic Qi Moxiang, a former boxing star and coach who recruits young boxing talent from poor farms and villages across Sichuan province. The best are sent to national training centers to become the next Olympians.

4. Dragonslayer (2011)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary

5.8
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71 Metascore

Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval, a local skate legend and new father in Fullerton, California, has to come to terms with the fact that it's time to grow up and be responsible for his son and family.

Director: Tristan Patterson | Star: Josh 'Skreech' Sandoval

Votes: 502

DRAGONSLAYER SoCal skateboarder Josh “Skreech” Sandoval wanders the decaying suburban landscape of Southern California in search of love, booze, drugs and empty swimming pools in this brilliantly crafted documentary. Watch Dragonslayer

5. Knuckle (2011)

R | 97 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

6.8
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65 Metascore

An epic 12-year journey into the brutal and secretive world of Irish Traveler bare-knuckle fighting. This film follows a history of violent feuding between rival clans.

Director: Ian Palmer | Stars: James Quinn McDonagh, Paddy Quinn McDonagh, Michael Quinn McDonagh, Ian Palmer

Votes: 2,572 | Gross: $0.00M

KNUCKLE Documentary examining the savage world of bare-knuckle boxing and how the brutal fighting style is employed by members of Irish Traveller Clans to settle disputes. Watch Knuckle

6. Pelada (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

7.5
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Away from the bright lights and manicured fields, there's another side of soccer. Two players, twenty-five countries, one game.

Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White

Votes: 284

PELADA Pelada a documentary about the game of soccer and what it means in each country. Two graduates travel around the world to engage in the sport of pick-up soccer and expierence life along the way. WATCH PELADA

7. Racing Dreams (2009)

PG | 93 min | Documentary, Sport

7.2
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78 Metascore

A feature documentary following three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Curry | Stars: Annabeth Barnes, Josh Hobson, Brandon Warren, Russ Wiles

Votes: 378 | Gross: $0.06M

RACING DREAMS Documentary following three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National Championship title and take one step closer toward their dream...NASCAR.

8. Senna (2010)

PG-13 | 106 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

8.6
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79 Metascore

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia | Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams, Ron Dennis

Votes: 50,084 | Gross: $1.61M

SENNA This award-winning documentary covers the life and career of Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian Formula One race car driver who died tragically in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix. Watch Senna

9. TT3D: Closer to the Edge (2011)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

8.0
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By vividly recounting the TT's legendary rivalries and the Isle of Man's unique road racing history, this 3D feature documentary will discover why modern TT riders still risk their lives to... See full summary »

Director: Richard De Aragues | Stars: Guy Martin, Ian Hutchinson, John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop

Votes: 5,605

TT3D: CLOSER TO THE EDGE Shot in 3D, see why drivers continue to risk their lives in one of the most dangerous races on the planet in this blood pumping documentary.

10. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

7.8
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71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,182 | Gross: $0.56M

UNDEFEATED History has not been kind to the Manassas Tigers. For over 110 years, the Tigers had been fodder to more privileged high schools and the Memphis based football team lacked a single playoff win in their school’s entire history. However, history never met coach Bill Courtney.

11. The Wildest Dream (2010)

PG | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

7.3
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57 Metascore

Uses astonishing visuals to tell the intersecting stories of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who finds Mallory's frozen remains 75 years later.

Director: Anthony Geffen | Stars: Conrad Anker, Susan Robertson, Robert Macfarlane, Peter Gillman

Votes: 1,959 | Gross: $0.87M

THE WILDEST DREAM: The Conquest of Everest Biography of George Mallory, the first man to attempt a summit of Mount Everest, and Conrad Anker, the mountaineer who discovered Mallory's frozen remains on Everest 75 years later. Watch The Wildest Dream: The Conquest of Everest

12. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 50,295 | Gross: $10.18M

WIN WIN Win Win Trailer: Struggling lawyer and part time high school wrestling coach Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti) crosses paths with a star athlete under sketchy circumstances in this comedy.