It’s a long wait till the next Winter Olympics, since it comes every four years for only two weeks in February. No worries, you can watch these six delightful Winter Olympic-themed movies any time of the year. A majority of them feature the highly popular winter sport of figure skating, in addition to ice hockey and bobsledding. You’ll find comedies, romantic comedies, dramas, true stories, and a tear-jerker in the list. Now sit back with your snuggie, onesie or anything else that’s warm or comfy for some fun in the snow and ice. No driving required.
Cutting Edge (1992)
What do you get when a macho ice hockey player pairs up with a spoiled figure skater? A match made in hell that eventually works athletically and romantically. “Cutting Edge” is a delightful romantic comedy that was released only weeks before the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.
Doug Dorsey is a top-notch Olympic ice hockey player who gets an eye injury. It eventually knocks him out from playing competitively and professionally. Kate Moseley has gone through every partner throughout the skating world. Her coach and father are at their wits end to find Kate that special someone to skate with.
Tonya and Nancy: The Inside Story (1994)
This is the only TV movie on the list. It’s the unbelievable true story featuring the tabloid-esque events of two figure skaters, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, leading up to the Lillehammer Olympics 20 years ago. “Tonya and Nancy” was released only a few months after the incident. This is not to be confused with the recent documentary with interviews by Kerrigan and Harding, which aired during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.
Ice Castles (1978)
If you love to watch ice skating, this is the right movie for you. It’s somewhat of a clichéd tear-jerker romantic drama. The story is about a champion figure skater who’s spotted by an Olympic skating coach. Everything’s going smoothly until tragedy strikes our main character. This is the epitome of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (a popular tagline during the “ABC’s Wide World of Sports”). “Ice Castles” does boast some incredibly well-choreographed skating executed by the leading actress, Lynn-Holly Johnson.
Blades of Glory (2007)
Will Farrell stars in this crazy comedy as a rebellious and sexually-addicted figure skater. He and his cloistered arch rival on the ice are now banned from ever competing. They both team up reluctantly when an obscure loophole brings them together. They now have a chance to compete once again, only as a same-sex figure skating pair.
Will Arnett and Amy Poehler (real-life husband and wife) portray as brother and sister pair skaters who are threatened by the new couple. In “Blades of Glory” the Winter Olympics are referred to fictionally as the World Winter Sport Games.”
The long program routine Arnett and Poehler skate to titled “Forbidden Romance,” inspired by JFK and Marilyn Monroe, is absolutely hysterical. Look out for some cameos by Olympians and gold medalists that include Nancy Kerrigan, Sasha Cohen, Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, and Brian Boitano.
It’s one of three true stories on this movie list. “Miracle” is the extraordinary account of the 1980 U.S. ice hockey team at the Lake Placid Olympics in Upstate New York. At a time when amateur athletes were only allowed to compete, Coach Herb Brooks trains and nurtures these collegiate ice hockey players. During the Olympics it’s Team USA who achieves one of the most miraculous victories in sports history.
Cool Runnings (1993)
Based on the true story of the now famous Jamaican bobsled team, “Cool Runnings” chronicles their incredible journey and debut at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. How they got to the Olympics is what this movie is all about. During the late 1980s hearing about a tropical nation competing in any winter event was unheard of at the time.
These four Jamaican men broke the mold, and bobsledding has never been the same since. When the country of Jamaica walked out in the Parade of Nations at the 2014 Sochi Olympics the crowd went wild with excitement. Even NBC commentators stated they are the most celebrated team in the world.