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)
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