The Olympics start this week! My son has already looked up the schedule to see when he can watch the hockey games. The little one isn’t too interested yet, but I’m sure there will be figure skating and other such things that we’ll watch. In talking about the games, my son and I got on the subject of bobsledding, which led to Cool Runnings references. I started thinking about what other movies we could watch that involved the Olympics and put a list together.
The 1980 winter Olympics, Lake Placid, and the surprise miracle win for the U.S. men’s hockey team over Russia. This movie is really about sticking it to the Communists, but there is nothing bad in it, it’s PG, so it’s a good one for kids.
This is a fairly new movie, but covers the story of an underdog ski jumper at the 1988 Olympics. He became the first British ski jumper to compete since 1928. The movie is all about his dream and his journey to see it happen. Rated PG-13.
If your kids like stupid funny movies, then here you go. Will Ferrell and Jon Heder were figure skaters who were banned and stripped of their medals. They found a loophole and plan to compete as a pair. It’s not called the Olympics, but there’s probably good reason for that. Rated PG-13.
I loved this movie when I was younger. It’s the story of an injured hockey player and a figure skater who need a partner. They don’t get along, but make a go of it, all the way to the Olympics. Any female will love this (my daughter did and I plan to force it on my son with talks of hockey) and the rom-comness of it. Toepick! Rated PG.
It’s the story of the Jamaican bobsled team and John Candy is there coach. Also a Disney movie. What could go wrong? We watched this one a few months ago and I’m pretty sure I hadn’t seen it in 25 years. It held up well though. It’s based on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team that went to the 1988 Olympics in Alberta. Rated PG.
This one may not be on your radar, but it’s the story of Billy Mills, a Native American that came out of nowhere to win the 10,000 meter long distance race at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Rated PG.
While not quite the Olympics, it’s like the kid Olympics and who didn’t love these movies back in the day? The Cold War is over, so in this one, they play the Icelandic team. I can’t say I remember the plot of this one as well as the first movie, but I know my kids liked it. I also like that it’s a co-ed team. My 13 year old self was a little envious of those girls. Rated PG.
Based on the story of two British men, one a Christian and one a Jew, that compete in the 1924 Olympics. They both have to work around their faith and beliefs to compete for their country. Rated PG.