Having recently had the opportunity to pre-screen the offbeat, and very funny film, Eddie the Eagle, I was not only inspired by the true life exploits of Michael Edwards, but I was inspired to put together a list of films surrounding the topic of the Winter Olympics, seeing as the Winter Games of the Olympiad are viewed as the red-headed step brother of the big grand Summer Games.
So without further adieu and in no particular order, here are the Top 5 Winter Olympic Movies of All-Time.
DOWNHILL RACER (1969)
Starring two Hollywood legends, Robert Redford and Gene Hackman, and loosely based on the novel Downhill Racers by Oakley Hall, the films follows the rise of an enigmatic American skier from the European international competitions to the gold medal at the 1968 Winter Olympic Games. This film puts the "I" in team.
COOL RUNNINGS (1993)
Based on the true story of the Jamaican bobsled team from the 1988 Winter Olympics, this sports-comedy stars the late John Candy as the disgraced coach of Jamaica's first bobsled team. The foursome, consisting of Leon, Malik Yoba, and Doug E. Doug, find hilarious ways to make you laugh and eventually be inspired by these lovable underdogs.
THE CUTTING EDGE (1992)
No list about Winter Olympic films would be complete without this gem. Take one figure skating champion in need of a partner and an ice hockey champ in need of a team, and put them together. The result is this romantic-comedy that takes place during the the 1992 Winter Games. Spawning three sequels, Moira Kelly and D.B. Sweeney are by far the best American sweethearts on ice.
This based on true life sports-docudrama depicts what has become known in sports lore as The Miracle on Ice. The film follows the journey of head coach Herb Brooks (as played by Kurt Russell) as he selects, builds and feverishly trains the US Men's Hockey team with the sole expressed desire to beat the indomitable Russian team at the 1980 Winter Olympics. USA! USA! USA!
EDDIE THE EAGLE (2016)
Undoubtedly to become a classic, this "based on the real life" exploits of one man's steadfast journey to Olympic greatness. Set during the run up to and during the 1988 Winter Olympics, the movie recounts the humble beginnings and daunting obstacles that stand in the way of one plucky ski-jumper and his coach (Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman) in their quest for glory. Underdogs have never been so lovable.