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Get into the Paris 2024 spirit by watching these iconic movies set at the Olympic Games

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With the Paris 2024 Olympic Games just two months away, it’s time to get into the team spirit.

And what better way to do that than by watching some iconic movies that are set at the Olympics?

Nothing quite grips the world like the Olympic Games, with people being inspired by athlete’s journeys to success. And this fascination has been the catalyst for countless iconic and award-winning films.

From biopics to wholesome stories and heartbreaking documentaries, here are our top picks for movies to watch about the Olympics.

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Cool Runnings

1993

Arguably one of the most well-known movies about the Olympics, Cool Runnings follows the Jamaica national bobsled team during the 1988 Winter Olympics.

This wholesome Disney movie may be partially fictional, but for the most part it’s based on the true story of four Jamaican bobsledders who get the chance to compete at the Olympics even though they’d never seen snow.

Stream Cool Runnings on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth. Subscribe now.

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Chariots of Fire

1981

If historical dramas are more up your alley, look no further than Chariots of Fire which is based on a true story.

This movie is about two athletes who couldn’t be more different – one being a Scottish Christian named Eric Liddell and the other being an English Jew named Harold Abrahams.

Eric and Harold compete as runners in the 1924 Olympics and they both return home to the religiously-divided United Kingdom with gold medals.

Considering Chariots of Fire has won multiple Academy Awards, you know you’re in for a good watch.

Stream Chariots of Fire on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth. Subscribe now.

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Eddie the Eagle

2016

A relatively new movie, Eddie the Eagle is a biographical comedy-drama that tells the story of British skier Michael “Eddie” Edwards.

During the 1988 Winter Olympics, Eddie became the first skier to represent Great Britain in ski jumping in 60 years.

Despite not taking home any medals, he became the British ski jumping record holder and won over the hearts of the nation.

The film stars Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman so who wouldn’t want to watch it!

Stream Eddie the Eagle on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth. Subscribe now.

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Miracle

2004

Another wholesome Disney movie, Miracle tells the story of Herb Brooks, the American hockey coach who transformed a group of college athletes into an Olympic squad that was able to defeat the expected victors, the Soviet team, to claim gold.

This incredible and inspiring achievement became known as the “Miracle on Ice”.

Stream Miracle on Disney Plus from $13.99/mth. Subscribe now.

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At the Heart of Gold

2019

Trigger warning: This contains mentions of sexual abuse which may be triggering for some readers.

A much more heavy and devastating film, this documentary looks back at the 2016 USA Gymnastics scandal after it was discovered that the national team doctor Larry Nassar had been sexually abusing the young athletes for decades.

At the Heart of Gold features dozens of interviews from survivors and is an extremely moving and powerful watch.

Stream At the Heart of Gold on BINGE from $10/mth, with a 7 day free trial. Subscribe now.

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I, Tonya

2017

Starring Australia’s very own Margot Robbie, I, Tonya is a biographical film that follows the life story of Tonya Harding who was a competitive figure skater.

Tonya was accused of having a connection to an attack against her rival, Nancy Kerrigan, just before the 1994 Winter Olympics.

I, Tonya is available to stream on Stan.

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Foxcatcher

2014

Foxcatcher is a biographical sports film with an all-star cast including Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell.

The movie is loosely based on John du Pont – a family heir and wrestling enthusiast who used his wealth and influence to recruit two Olympic gold medal-winning brothers, Mark and David Schultz, to his new wrestling team.

Foxcatcher is available to stream on Stan.

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