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11 sports films to get you excited for the Olympics

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With the Olympics and UEFA European Championship, it looks like this summer will be a sporty one. To help you get in the mood, here is a list of some of the best sports films out there.

1. The Rocky Saga, and Creed (1976-2015)

Who has never had Eye of the Tiger mentally playing in their head while at the gym? The famous Rocky film series chronicles Rocky Balboa’s rise and life in the boxing world. The first film of the saga was voted by the American Film Institute as the second best sports film of all time. Number one was...

2. Raging Bull (1980)

Considered one of Martin Scorsese's finest films, Raging Bull is inspired by the memoir of boxer Jake LaMotta (played by Robert de Niro). Jake's violent, jealous and all around pretty asshole-ish temper makes for a thrilling film.

So far, Great Britain lies third in the Olympics boxing title, with a total of 17 gold medals and 53 medals. This year, look out for Nicola Adams, who was in 2012 the first woman to win an Olympic Boxing title. The same year, she was voted by The Independent as the most influential LGBTI person in Great Britain. Boxing is probably the most represent sport on screen, and two other worth noting are Million Dollar Baby (2004) and The Fighter (2010).

3. Caddyshack (1980)

Taking place on the fancy and exclusive golf Bushwood Country Club, Caddyshack has garnered a cult-following and is largely considered one of the funniest sports film of all time. I was introduced to the film when my friend showed me the famous “doodie in the pool” bit - a few years later, it’s still one of the funniest movie moments I’ve ever seen.

4. Chariots of Fire (1981)

Aka the movie that Mr Bean parodied at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Chariots of Fire is the story of two British track athletes: Eric is a devout Scottish Christian, and Harold an English jew. Both are motivated by their religions in their running. The film was nominated for seven Academy Award and won four, including Best Picture.

GB-wise at this year's Olympic, look out for Somali-British Mo Farah in the 5,000 and 1,0000 meters competition. He was the gold-winner of these two categories at the 2012 Olympics.

5. Cool Runnings (1993)

This film is based on the Jamaican National Bobsleigh Team's debut at the Winter Olympics Competition of 1988. Although looked down upon by the other teams, they turn out to be surprisingly good for the team of a tropical country. 

Sprinter and six times gold medal winner Usain Bolt will once more be the star of the Jamaican Team this year. Here’s hoping the country’s Bobsleigh team will qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea.

6. Space Jam (1996)

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan teams up with the Looney Tunes to win a basketball game. With a special appearance by Bill Murray. Need I say more? 

The UK has never won an Olympic Medal at this sport. In fact, the USA has been dominating this game, having won 21 of the 28 Olympic gold medals there have been for it.

7. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

Another classic of the nineties and noughties. Jess is the daughter of a Punjabi Sikhs family living in London. Her parents oppose her love of football, but that does not Jess for following her passion. You can also check out the Musical adaptation of it! 

So far, Great Britain has played two match in the UEFA European Championship, where it tied 1-1 with Russia and won 2-1 against Wales. Make sure to watch the team’s third match against Slovakia on Monday.

8. Blades of Glory (2007)

Archrivals ice skaters Chazz (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy (Jon Heder, AKA Napoleon Dynamite guy) decide to team up  in pair skating in order to make a glorious come back on the ring. To win, they will need to achieve a highly dangerous and never been done before figure: The "Iron Lotus".

The United States is by far the most rewarded country in this Winter Olympic sport, with a total of 49 medals. Great Britain lies fifth, with 15 medals.

9. Invictus (2009)

Based on the true and amazing performance by the Springboks (The South African Rugby Team) during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, Invictus is a feel-good movie led by great performances by Morgan Freeman (playing Nelson Mandela), and Matt Damon (Springboks Captain François Pienaar).

New Zealand was last year’s winner of the World Cup. The next one will be held in 2019 in Japan, and the Springboks are already qualified for the championship.

10. Moneyball (2011)

Written by the Social Network’s Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball is once again a biographical tale. It is about Oakland’s Baseball team general manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), and his attempt to reassemble the team by the innovative Sabermetrics method.

Baseball is not a sport present at the Olympics and, let’s face it, probably more of us have watched this year’s half-time show (poor Coldplay...) than the Super Bowl game itself.

11. Foxcatcher (2014)

Led by a great cast (Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum), Foxcatcher is inspired by the true tale of millionaire John E. du Pont (Carell) and the Foxcatcher Wrestling team that he prepares for the 1988 Olympics. The team includes already gold medalled brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, and the film explores the relation between the brothers and du Pont.

Wrestling is not the UK’s strongest point in the Olympics - we arecurrently ranked 25 (with 17 medals) in the all-time medal table of the sport. Number one is actually the Soviet Union (60 medals).

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