Five for Families: Celebrate the 2016 Games with these Olympic-inspired movies

Posted August 8, 2016

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Celebrate the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with movies based on previous Olympians. Here are five Olympic-inspired films for families to consider.

iTunes: 'Chariots of Fire'

"Chariots of Fire" is based on the story of two British track athletes who compete in the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Harold Abrahams was a Jewish student studying at Cambridge, and Eric Liddell was a devout Scottish Christian. Abrahams was almost disqualified after he hired a professional track coach, and Liddell's refusal to run on the Sabbath made it difficult for him to qualify. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Faith-Friendly" award for ages 12 and over, stating that "the exciting conclusion will have you on the edge of your seat." The film won four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Costume Design and Best Music. recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.

iTunes: 'Miracle'

The film, based on the U.S. hockey team's win at the 1980 Olympics, begins with historical footage, which says "sets the stage for the lack of confidence and hope that Americans began to feel for their future after a decade of heart-rending social and political problems." The website notes the victory over the Soviet team "inspired a renewed spirit of confidence and hope in Americans." recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Cool Runnings'

Loosely based on the true story, the first Jamaican bobsled team competes in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Parent Previews states "the movie teaches the importance of sportsmanship and determination" and says the film "shows how getting to your destination is just as enjoyable and worthwhile as achieving the final goal." recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Redbox: 'Eddie the Eagle'

The film is inspired by Eddie Edwards, the underdog British ski jumper who made it to the 1988 Winter Olympics. Common Sense Media calls the story "an inspiring one of determination, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, discipline and the spirit of the Olympics." The website notes the film contains an ongoing suggestive joke and intimidating antagonists. recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.

Redbox: 'Race'

The movie is based on the story of Jesse Owens, the four-time Olympic gold medalist in the 1936 Berlin games. Catholic News Service calls the film an inspiring portrait of personal courage, determination, friendship and tolerance" and notes the story chronicles "Owen's personal struggle against racism and bigotry while celebrating his astounding athletic achievements." The film is rated PG-13 and contains racial slurs, adult themes, an out-of-wedlock pregnancy and occasional crude and profane language. recommends the film for viewers ages 12 and older.



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