Olympic Movies to Get You in the Olympic Mood

by Rachel Pratas

The Winter Olympics taking place in Sochi, Russia started yesterday, but the opening ceremonies will air on NBC tonight.

If you aren’t quite in the Olympic spirit yet, (but seriously, how could you not be?) here are some movies to help get you there.

Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings – 1993

Former American bobsled Olympian, Irv Blizter coaches Jamaica’s first ever bobsled team for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Miracle

Miracle – 2004

The U.S. Men’s hockey team defeats all odds and beats the Soviets in the medal round to bring home the gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

Munich

Munich – 2005

After the Munich Massacre at the 1972 Summer Olympics where 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team were taken hostage and killed, the Israeli government fights back against the Palestinian Liberation Organization through Operation Wrath of God.

Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire – 1981

Two athletes representing the United Kingdom at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France, find themselves running for two very different reasons.

Prefontaine

Prefontaine – 1997

The story of Olympic runner, Steve Prefontaine and his journey of defeat at the 1972 Munich games followed by his battle to redeem himself at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada only to lose his life in a car accident in 1975.

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