Cycling Films

by KEReisenbuk | created - 24 Dec 2011 | updated - 14 Feb 2017 | Public
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1. The Flying Scotsman (2006)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sport

49 Metascore

The true story of Graeme Obree, the Champion cyclist who built his bicycle from old bits of washing machines who won his championship only to have his title stripped from him and his mental health problems which he has suffered since.

Director: Douglas Mackinnon | Stars: Jonny Lee Miller, Laura Fraser, Brian Cox, Sean Brown

Votes: 5,447 | Gross: $0.14M

The best feature film about cycling. And it's the only track racing film I've ever seen. Also I think it's the only track racing film one can find. Though there is one japanese film called ''Onna Keirin Oh'' and it's about women keirin(track) riders. But it seems impossible to find this film.

2. La course en tête (1974)

110 min | Documentary

A documentary film that looks at the racing and private life of professional road and track bicycle racer Eddy Merckx and which is one of the pillars of films about cycling.

Director: Joël Santoni | Star: Eddy Merckx

Votes: 49

Absolutely brilliant documentary about Eddy Merckx - the best cyclist ever!

3. Bicycle Thieves (1948)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

In post-war Italy, a working-class man's bicycle is stolen, endangering his efforts to find work. He and his son set out to find it.

Director: Vittorio De Sica | Stars: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Elena Altieri

Votes: 165,553 | Gross: $0.33M

Not really a cycling film, but definitely worth watching. Vittorio De Sica!

4. Küljetuul (1983 TV Movie)

66 min | Drama, Sport

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Director: Raul Tammet | Stars: Märt Visnapuu, Talvo Pabut, Tõnu Saar, Kiiri Tamm

Votes: 28

Küljetuul(Side wind) is an Estonian feature film about professional cycling. I should mention that finding English subtitles to this film is probably impossible. I understand Estonian so I watched it twice. It's quite good compared to other Estonian films.

5. Road to Roubaix (2008)

Documentary, Sport

Road To Roubaix is a documentary on the most prestigious one-day cycling race in the world, Paris-Roubaix. First held in 1896 and now in its 105th edition, the race is a grueling contest ... See full summary »

Directors: Dave Cooper, David Deal

Votes: 74

Worth mentioning.

6. The Stars and the Water Carriers (1974)

91 min | Documentary, Sport

The images from the Tour de France in the television production Eddy Merckx in the Vincinity of a Cup of Coffee may be seen as a small sketch for the fully unfurled epic cycling drama Stars... See full summary »

Director: Jørgen Leth | Stars: Marino Basso, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Ole Ritter

Votes: 218

Fascinating documentary about Eddy Merckx.

7. A Sunday in Hell (1977)

111 min | Documentary, Sport

The film follows the French Paris-Roubaix spring classic, notorious for the hellish paves or cobbled roads of the north "which are no longer used for traffic but only for transporting ... See full summary »

Director: Jørgen Leth | Stars: David Saunders, Roger De Vlaeminck, Marc Demeyer, Freddy Maertens

Votes: 846

The best documentary about cycling.

8. Vive le tour (1962)

18 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Chronicles the cyclists of the Tour de France and their daily trails along the race.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Jean Bobet, Jacques Anquetil, Raymond Poulidor

Votes: 949

Brief vision of 62' Tour de France. Quite good!

9. Chasing Legends (2010)

93 min | Documentary, Sport

Documentary following the progress of Team Columbia-HTC throughout the 2009 Tour de France including race footage interspersed with interviews, archive clips and brief history of the Tour.

Director: Jason Berry | Stars: Jean-Michel Heimonet, Mark Cavendish, Bernhard Eisel, Bert Grabsch

Votes: 172

Worth watching.

10. Pedal (2001)

52 min | Documentary

Documentary about the bicycle messengers who weave their way in and out of traffic in New York City.

Director: Peter Sutherland

Votes: 180

Good documentary about fixed gear bicycles. Watch only if you like fixis.

11. Hell on Wheels (2004)

Not Rated | 120 min | Documentary, Sport

A look behind the scenes of the toughest cycling race in the world on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France.

Directors: Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer | Stars: Erik Zabel, Rolf Aldag, Dieter Ruthenberg, Andreas Klöden

Votes: 734

Great documentary about 2004 Tour de France.

12. Le tour a 100 ans (2003 TV Movie)

101 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary about the first century of the Tour de France (1903-2003), the most important cycling event in the world.

Director: Jean-Paul Olivier | Stars: Jacques Anquetil, Lance Armstrong, Louison Bobet, Laurent Fignon

Votes: 12

Very nice view of Tour's history.

13. Fast Friday (2009 Video)

43 min | Documentary, Short

Director David Rowe documents the emergence of the prolific track bike scene in Seattle Washington. Started by Cadence Clothing founder and fixed-gear rider Dustin Klein, the monthly ... See full summary »

Director: David Rowe | Stars: Keo Curry, Kia Kamiri, Dustin Klein

Votes: 27

Also rather good documentary about fixed gear bicycles. Watch only if you like fixis.

14. Overcoming (2005)

105 min | Documentary, Sport

Profound and penetrating insight into the hermetically closed world of professional cycling. With former pro rider, Tour de France winner Bjarne Riis as the protagonist, the documentary ... See full summary »

Director: Tómas Gislason | Stars: Michelle Bartoli, Ivan Basso, B.S. Christiansen, Ole Kaare Føli

Votes: 429

Good documentary.

15. 3 Minute Gaps (2011)

Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

For two years the crew of 3 MINUTE GAPS have followed the world's best mountain bike racers around the globe documenting them as they trained, prepared, rode, ate, traveled, raced, ... See full summary »

Directors: John Lawlor, Clay Porter | Stars: Dan Atherton, Gee Atherton, Sam Blenkinsop, Brendan Fairclough

Votes: 62

IMDb average is very low, but it's worth watching. It isn't really that bad and if you compare it to other mountain/dirt/downhill-bike documentaries then it's even quite good. If you have any interest in this sport then you should definitely watch it.

16. Line of Sight (2012)

60 min | Documentary

Line Of Sight is a rare view into underground bicycle messenger racing which has become a global phenomenon. For over a decade Lucas Brunelle has been riding with the fastest, most skilled ... See full summary »

Director: Benny Zenga | Star: Lucas Brunelle

Votes: 365

17. Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

66 Metascore

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Sean Kennedy

Votes: 115,374 | Gross: $20.28M

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