30 strictly-Olympic Hollywood films

Movies | | July 29, 2012, 8:14 pm
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It happened in Athens (1962): This romantic-comedy-drama is set in 1896 where an actress announces that she'll marry the winner of the 26-mile marathon!

It happened in Athens (1962): This romantic-comedy-drama is set in 1896 where an actress announces that she'll marry the winner of the 26-mile marathon!

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Downhill Racer (1969): Robert Redford looks the dapper skier struggling to make it to the U.S. team. But he has clashes with his coach Gene Hackman.

Downhill Racer (1969): Robert Redford looks the dapper skier struggling to make it to the U.S. team. But he has clashes with his coach Gene Hackman.

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Goldengirl (1979): Starring Susan Anton as the daughter of a scientist who specially conditions her to run in the Olympics.

Goldengirl (1979): Starring Susan Anton as the daughter of a scientist who specially conditions her to run in the Olympics.

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Personal Best (1982): Directed by Robert Towne, the film illustrates the personal bonds formed between teammates at the games.

Personal Best (1982): Directed by Robert Towne, the film illustrates the personal bonds formed between teammates at the games.

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American Anthem (1986): Mitch Gaylord, a real-life Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast played an aspiring one in this film.

American Anthem (1986): Mitch Gaylord, a real-life Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast played an aspiring one in this film.

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16 Days of Glory (1986): Director Bud Greenspan gives us an inside look at the 1984 games in L.A.

16 Days of Glory (1986): Director Bud Greenspan gives us an inside look at the 1984 games in L.A.

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The Cutting Edge (1992): A love story between a U.S. hockey player and a figure skater during the 1988 Olympics.

The Cutting Edge (1992): A love story between a U.S. hockey player and a figure skater during the 1988 Olympics.

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Cool Runnings (1993): Absolutely hilarious, this one is based on the true story of the first Jamacian bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.

Cool Runnings (1993): Absolutely hilarious, this one is based on the true story of the first Jamacian bobsled team trying to make it to the winter Olympics.

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Pentathlon (1994): Story of Dolph Lundgren, an East German gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics who fleds to the U.S. and eight years later is chased by his disgruntled ex-trainer.

Pentathlon (1994): Story of Dolph Lundgren, an East German gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics who fleds to the U.S. and eight years later is chased by his disgruntled ex-trainer.

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Rowing Through (1996): A story based on fact, this was about the USA boycotting the Moscow Olympics.

Rowing Through (1996): A story based on fact, this was about the USA boycotting the Moscow Olympics.

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Without Limits (1998): The film follows the life of the famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine.

Without Limits (1998): The film follows the life of the famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine.

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One Day In September (1999): This film documents the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich when the Palestinian terrorist group Black September held Israeli athletes hostage.

One Day In September (1999): This film documents the 1972 Summer Olympic Games in Munich when the Palestinian terrorist group Black September held Israeli athletes hostage.

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Miracle (2004): Starring Kurt Russel, the film celebrates the triumph of the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Winter Games over the U.S.S.R.

Miracle (2004): Starring Kurt Russel, the film celebrates the triumph of the U.S. hockey team at the 1980 Winter Games over the U.S.S.R.

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Munich (2005): Takes us to the after-effects of the 1972 Olympics terrorist attacks when the Mossad agents were sent to track down the people responsible.

Munich (2005): Takes us to the after-effects of the 1972 Olympics terrorist attacks when the Mossad agents were sent to track down the people responsible.

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Blades of Glory (2007): Rival figure skaters Will Ferrell and John Heder are thrown out of the Olympics, but find a loophole where they can enter in the pair division.

Blades of Glory (2007): Rival figure skaters Will Ferrell and John Heder are thrown out of the Olympics, but find a loophole where they can enter in the pair division.

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Balls of Fury (2007): Starts off with a 12-year-old table tennis player who faces a career-ending injury at the 1988 Olympics.

Balls of Fury (2007): Starts off with a 12-year-old table tennis player who faces a career-ending injury at the 1988 Olympics.

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Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008): The French comic book hero travels to Greece to attend the ancient games in this adaptation!

Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008): The French comic book hero travels to Greece to attend the ancient games in this adaptation!

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Running Brave (1983): A film about the North American Indian Billy Mills who came first in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Running Brave (1983): A film about the North American Indian Billy Mills who came first in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

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The Jesse Owens Story (TV 1984): A personal account of the track and field athlete James Cleveland 'Jesse' Owens who excelled in sprints and long jump.

The Jesse Owens Story (TV 1984): A personal account of the track and field athlete James Cleveland 'Jesse' Owens who excelled in sprints and long jump.

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Olympia (1938): A film by Leni Riefenstahl, this was the first time the Olympic games were made into a documentary film.

Olympia (1938): A film by Leni Riefenstahl, this was the first time the Olympic games were made into a documentary film.

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Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937): Chan fights spies over an aerial guidance system.

Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937): Chan fights spies over an aerial guidance system.

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The Bob Mathia's Story (1954): Mathias, a two-time gold medal winner in the decathlon played himself in his life story.

The Bob Mathia's Story (1954): Mathias, a two-time gold medal winner in the decathlon played himself in his life story.

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Tokyo Olympiad (1965): Kon Ichikawa's documentary was about the personal lives of athletes. It was tagged as, 'The Man's Picture ... Every Woman Will Love!'.

Tokyo Olympiad (1965): Kon Ichikawa's documentary was about the personal lives of athletes. It was tagged as, 'The Man's Picture ... Every Woman Will Love!'.

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Walk Don't Run (1966): Features the Tokyo Olympics in a comic tale where there was a housing problem in the city because of the games.

Walk Don't Run (1966): Features the Tokyo Olympics in a comic tale where there was a housing problem in the city because of the games.

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International Velvet (1978): After 34 years of 'National Velvet' came this film starring Tatum O'Neal.

International Velvet (1978): After 34 years of 'National Velvet' came this film starring Tatum O'Neal.

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Running (1979): Michael Douglas trains for the Olympics as a runner. He hopes to fix his life - a ruined marriage and broken family - with a victory.

Running (1979): Michael Douglas trains for the Olympics as a runner. He hopes to fix his life - a ruined marriage and broken family - with a victory.

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Chariots of Fire (1981): This Academy Award winning British film was about two sprinters Eric Liddell and Scottish Christian in the 1924 Olympics. It was recently re-released for the London 2012 Olympics.

Chariots of Fire (1981): This Academy Award winning British film was about two sprinters Eric Liddell and Scottish Christian in the 1924 Olympics. It was recently re-released for the London 2012 Olympics.

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Jim Thorpe All American (1951): A tragic tale of an athlete who won both, the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, but was later stripped of his medals.

Jim Thorpe All American (1951): A tragic tale of an athlete who won both, the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, but was later stripped of his medals.

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A Million to One (1937): An Olympic champ is stripped off his medals. Later his daughter falls in love with the original second place winner's son.

A Million to One (1937): An Olympic champ is stripped off his medals. Later his daughter falls in love with the original second place winner's son.

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For those of you on a strictly-Olympic TV watching regime, catch up on these Hollywood flicks based on the games during breaks!

Million Dollar Legs (1932): A comedy in which the president of the fictional country Klopstokia hopes to win the weightlifting title at the games!

For those of you on a strictly-Olympic TV watching regime, catch up on these Hollywood flicks based on the games during breaks! Million Dollar Legs (1932): A comedy in which the president of the fictional country Klopstokia hopes to win the weightlifting title at the games!