Are you looking for something to get you in the mood for the 2012 London Olympics, which start in July? Why not rent a movie about past Olympic struggles and successes? There are plenty out there, but I like these five Olympic movies:
This lesser-known, 1984 film is a biography of the young, black sprinter, who single-handedly ruined Hilter's plans for Aryan athletic superiority at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning four gold medals. Dorian Harewood plays Owens with understated courage and grace.
Who can resist the tale of the Jamaican bobsledding team? This 1993 comedy about Jamaica's entry and preparation for the 1988 Winter Games proves that truth is stranger than fiction. The film stars John Candy as a former Olympic bobsledder who retires to Jamaica and organizes a national team in a country that has never seen snow.
The ultimate Olympic underdog story, "Miracle" is the story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, who took home gold medals after defeating the seemingly invincible Soviet Union team. I never get tired of watching this film, which stars Kurt Russell as the team's coach and Patricia Clarkson as his wife. "Miracle" has been frequently named as the Best Sports Movie of All Time.
So, dust off your DVD player or restart your Netflix membership and settle in for some enjoyable pre-Olympic movie nights.
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