The Olympics (Summer)

by joe_538 | created - 04 Jun 2013 | updated - 01 Feb 2014 | Public

Movies set at the Summer Olympic Games, from 1896 onward.

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1. The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (1984– )

237 min | Drama, History, Sport

This movie describes the founding of the modern Olympics and concentrates on the creation of the American team and their trials in getting to the Olympics in Athens.

Stars: David Ogden Stiers, Hunt Block, David Caruso, Alex Hyde-White

Votes: 342

1896 Athens

2. Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,633

1912 Stockholm

3. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 47,529 | Gross: $58.97M

1924 Paris

4. Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Comedy, Sport

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 854

1932 Los Angeles

5. The Jesse Owens Story (1984 TV Movie)

174 min | Biography, Drama, History

A biopic of the four-time Olympic gold medallist Jesse Owens.

Director: Richard Irving | Stars: Dorian Harewood, Dan Ammerman, Bob Banks, Tom Bosley

Votes: 184

1936 Berlin

6. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

When a strategically important new aerial guidance system is stolen, Charlie traces it to the Berlin Olympics, where he has to battle spies and enemy agents to retrieve it.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Warner Oland, Katherine DeMille, Pauline Moore, Allan Lane

Votes: 1,328

1936 Berlin

7. Olympia Part One: Festival of the Nations (1938)

Not Rated | 111 min | Documentary, Sport

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: David Albritton, Arvo Askola, Jack Beresford, Erwin Blask

Votes: 3,822

1936 Berlin

8. Olympia 2. Teil - Fest der Schönheit (1938)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

The document of the 1936 Olympics at Berlin, orchestrated as Nazi propaganda.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Sheigo Arai, Jack Beresford, Ralf Berzsenyi, Ferenc Csík

Votes: 3,186

1936 Berlin

9. Duo biao (2008)

PG | 118 min | Action

Inspired by real events. When China announces that it will field its very first Olympics team, which will include a handful of martial artists to demonstrate Wushu to the world for the very... See full summary »

Director: Siu Ming Tsui | Stars: Dicky Cheung, Mo Tse, Priscilla Wong, Debbie Goh

Votes: 210

1936 Berlin

10. Bert & Dickie (2012)

TV-PG | 89 min | Biography, Drama, History

Thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell and Dickie Burnell row together in the the double sculls.

Director: David Blair | Stars: Matt Smith, Sam Hoare, James Frain, Douglas Hodge

Votes: 291

1948 London

11. The Bob Mathias Story (1954)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

California school boy and Stanford University student Bob Mathias was the first man to win two Olympic Gold Medals in the Decathlon in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. The film begins with him ... See full summary »

Director: Francis D. Lyon | Stars: Bob Mathias, Ward Bond, Melba Mathias, Howard Petrie

Votes: 93

1948 London 1952 Helsinki, Finland

1952 Helsinki

13. Wee Geordie (1955)

93 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Geordie is a Scots lad sent to the Melbourne Olympics to represent Britain in Hammer-Throwing. He insists on wearing his kilt...

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Bill Travers, Alastair Sim, Paul Young, Norah Gorsen

Votes: 671

1956 Melbourne

14. Szabadság, szerelem (2006)

123 min | Drama, History, Romance

At the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, the Hungarian water polo team faces off against the Russians in what will become known as one of the bloodiest matches in the sport's history.

Director: Krisztina Goda | Stars: Kata Dobó, Iván Fenyö, Sándor Csányi, Károly Gesztesi

Votes: 3,761

1956 Melbourne

15. Dawn! (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biopic of Australian 3 Time Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Dawn Fraser.

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Bronwyn Mackay-Payne, Ron Haddrick, Bunney Brooke, Tom Richards

Votes: 45

1956 Melbourne 1960 Squaw Valley 1964 Tokyo

16. The Games (1970)

G | 100 min | Drama, Sport

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czechoslovakian, and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 333

1960 Rome

17. Alex (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Sport

Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Simpson Huberman | Stars: Lauren A Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker, Cathy Godbold

Votes: 123

1960 Rome

18. Atletu (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew | Stars: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas, Abba Waka Dessalegn

Votes: 215

1960 Rome

19. Wilma (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Director: Bud Greenspan | Stars: Shirley Jo Finney, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca

Votes: 177

1960 Rome

20. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 3,028 | Gross: $0.05M

1964 Tokyo

21. Walk Don't Run (1966)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton, John Standing

Votes: 3,352

1964 Tokyo

22. Running Brave (1983)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Robby Benson, Pat Hingle, Claudia Cron, Jeff McCracken

Votes: 577 | Gross: $3.00M

1964 Tokyo

23. Salute (2008)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Sport

The black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights movement. What part did the white Australian who ran second play and what price did these athletes pay for standing up for their beliefs?

Director: Matt Norman | Stars: Christopher Kirby, Bob Beamon, Ralph Boston, Raelene Boyle

Votes: 329

1968 Mexico

24. 21 Hours at Munich (1976 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, History, Sport

A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: William Holden, Shirley Knight, Franco Nero, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 790

1972 Munich

25. Without Limits (1998)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto

Votes: 6,232 | Gross: $0.78M

1972 Munich

26. Prefontaine (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young

Director: Steve James | Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 6,396 | Gross: $0.53M

1972 Munich

27. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 194,271 | Gross: $47.40M

1972 Munich

28. Sword of Gideon (1986 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 173 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Chronicles a Mossad team hand picked to hunt down the terrorists involved in the 1972 Munich Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Steven Bauer, Michael York, Robert Joy, Laurent Malet

Votes: 1,035

1972 Munich

29. Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997 TV Movie)

95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Meek, Rosemary Dunsmore

Votes: 615

1976 Montreal 1984 Los Angeles 1988 Seoul

30. Nadia (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Sport

Story about gymnast Nadia Comaneci from her childhood beginning as a gymnast and how she was discovered by Belya Karolyi. Nadia received 7 perfect 10's in the Montreal Olympics.

Director: Alan Cooke | Stars: Talia Balsam, Jonathan Banks, Joe Bennett, Simone Blue

Votes: 490

1976 Montreal

31. Running (1979)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Sport

American marathon runner Michael Andropolis sets his heart on representing his country at the Olympic games. Meanwhile his marriage has fallen apart and his children have no respect for him... See full summary »

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern | Stars: Michael Douglas, Susan Anspach, Lawrence Dane, Eugene Levy

Votes: 634

1976 Montreal

32. The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 199 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

An American athlete and a Russian gymnast meet just before the Moscow Olympics and fall in love.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian | Stars: Stephanie Zimbalist, David Keith, Richard Lawson, Victor French

Votes: 86

1980 Moscow (America didn't compete, but this was put into production before the boycott)

33. Goldengirl (1979)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport

A neo-Nazi doctor tries to make a superwoman of his daughter who has been specially fed, exercised, and conditioned since she was a child to run in the Olympics.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Susan Anton, James Coburn, Curd Jürgens, Leslie Caron

Votes: 307

1980 Moscow (Again, put into production before the boycott)

34. Rowing Through (1996)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Sport

This is the world of Tiff Wood, the top international sculler. A Harvard grad who trains under the legendary Harry Parker, Tiff is the odds on favorite to capture the gold medal in the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Director: Masato Harada | Stars: Colin Ferguson, Leslie Hope, Peter Murnik, James Hyndman

Votes: 83

1984 Los Angeles

35. Foxcatcher (2014)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

U.S. Olympic wrestling champions and brothers Mark Schultz and Dave Schultz join "Team Foxcatcher", led by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont, as they train for the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but John's self-destructive behavior threatens to consume them all.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave

Votes: 122,882 | Gross: $12.10M

1984 Los Angeles (Don't know how much they'll cover it)

36. Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Truth is stranger than fiction. Olympic gold medal hurdler Gail Devers almost lost her feet to a mysterious disease after being picked for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. She failed to qualify for... See full summary »

Director: Neema Barnette | Stars: Charlayne Woodard, Louis Gossett Jr., Tina Lifford, Jeffrey D. Sams

Votes: 81

1988 Seoul

37. 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: 4,733 | Gross: $0.14M

1992 Barcelona

38. Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story (1996 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama, Sport

Silken Laumann fought injury and surgery to make it to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Nancy Anne Sakovich, Dylan Neal, Cedric Smith, Susan Hogan

Votes: 37

1992 Barcelona

39. Southpaw (1999)

77 min | Documentary, Sport

62 Metascore

Follows the life of Olympic hopeful Francis Barrett as he overcomes social and cultural barriers to realise his dream of fighting for the Irish Olympic team.

Director: Liam McGrath | Stars: Francis Barrett, Chick Gillen, Tom Humphries, Colum Flynn

Votes: 108 | Gross: $0.03M

1996 Athens, GA

40. Endurance (1998)

G | 83 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

Directors: Leslie Woodhead, Bud Greenspan | Stars: Haile Gebrsellasie, Shawananness Gebrselassie, Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile

Votes: 348 | Gross: $0.23M

1996 Athens, GA

41. The Gabby Douglas Story (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Director: Gregg Champion | Stars: Regina King, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla, Brian Tee

Votes: 1,433

2012 London



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