With the Olympic Opening Ceremony taking place early tomorrow morning (6am CST), we thought it was the perfect time to recommend some sports movies to help get you in the mood for this momentous occasion. If you’re a fan of hockey, basketball, and everything in between, this list will definitely help you find a great movie to watch.
Miracle – This is one of my favorite sports movies, and, while it chronicles a tale of the Winter Olympics, it will still get you in the mood for Tokyo.
A League of Their Own – With baseball and softball making their much-awaited returns to the Olympic spotlight, A League of Their Own is a must-watch for fans.
Space Jam – While it isn’t directly related to the Olympics, Space Jam is perfect for those who are excited to watch basketball this year, and for those who want to see some Olympic stars of the 90s in their prime.
Rocky – While Rocky, one of the most famous fictional boxers, never went to the Olympics, reality’s most famous boxer, Muhammad Ali, actually got his first taste of fame at the 1960 Summer Olympics, so make sure you have a chance to get in the mood for the iconic sport this summer.
The Karate Kid – With karate making its Olympic debut this year in Tokyo, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the sport before tuning in.
Rudy – Even though American football isn’t an Olympic sport, this tale of camaraderie shows that players and fans should focus on positivity and celebrating success during the games.
Bend It Like Beckham – Women’s soccer is extremely popular, with the US Women’s National Team winning four World Cup titles and four Olympic Gold medals. While the team is definitely one to watch this year, Bend it Like Beckham should also be on your watchlist if you’re in the mood for some feel-good sports.
Chariots of Fire – Focusing on two runners at the 1924 Olympics, Chariots of Fire is a must-watch for fans getting ready to watch any sport in Tokyo.
I, Tonya – Another winter-sport classic, I, Tonya has everything you need in a movie about the Olympics – drama, twists, and turns.