Top 10 Bodybuilding Movies

by caspian1978 | created - 22 Jan 2014 | updated - 13 Feb 2014 | Public

A list of movies that will get you pumped up.

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1. Pumping Iron (1977)

PG | 85 min | Documentary, Sport

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno, Victoria Ferrigno

Votes: 18,919

2. Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Sport

80 Metascore

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell | Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell, Hank Aaron

Votes: 12,568 | Gross: $0.31M

3. Stand Tall (1997)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

A documentary on Lou ferrigno and his journey to the Olympia 19 years after he had retired from competitive bodybuilding.

Director: Mark Nalley | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Boyer Coe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ira Bankofsky

Votes: 141

4. Muscle Beach (1948)

9 min | Documentary, Short

Amateur athletes and bodybuilders at the original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California.

Directors: Irving Lerner, Joseph Strick

Votes: 29

5. Evolution of Bodybuilding (2012)

87 min | Documentary

Hear it staight from the Legends themselves about their stories of success and heartbreak. EVOLUTION OF BODYBUILDING offers a close look at what it takes to compete in the "Mr. Olympia" and... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Rivera | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney, Frank Zane, Shawn Ray

Votes: 147

6. Why We Train (2008)

93 min | Documentary

This documentary has as its main purpose to shine a positive light on bodybuilding, power lifting, health and fitness. Also: A Tribute to Reg Park and honoring Muscle beach and all those ... See full summary »

Director: Darin Mangan | Stars: Guile Branco, Barbie Barbell, Dave Bautista, Brooke Chirone

Votes: 27

7. Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985)

107 min | Documentary, Sport

"Pumping Iron," the film that turned the obscure sport of male bodybuilding into an overnight phenomenon and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, broke the ground. Now, experience PUMPING ... See full summary »

Director: George Butler | Stars: Bev Francis, Rachel McLish, Lori Bowen Rice, Carla Dunlap

Votes: 305 | Gross: $0.63M

8. The Comeback (1980)

78 min | Documentary, Action

After an absence of five years, six times Mr Olympia winner Arnold Schwarzenegger makes a comeback and attempts to take the World Body Building Championship for the 7th time.

Director: Kit Laughlin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Platz, Frank Zane, Dennis Tinerino

Votes: 166

9. Muscle Beach Then and Now (2011 TV Movie)


A complete history of Venice, California's famous Muscle Beach complex and the bodybuilders who have made the location famous.

First erected in Santa Monica, California in 1934. Muscle Beach... See full synopsis »

Stars: Samir Bannout, Franco Columbu, Corinna Everson, Amy Garcia

Votes: 11

10. Generation Iron (2013)

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

61 Metascore

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, Lou Ferrigno

Votes: 6,773 | Gross: $0.85M

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