You can’t beat the feeling of snuggling up in front of the television to watch a movie with your kids at this time of year. To celebrate the impending cold weather, ice skating movies are an excellent way to get in the mood. They’re also a lot of fun to watch—who doesn’t enjoy watching a great ice skater? The good news is that there are a lot of ice skating movies to choose from. Even if your child isn’t a fan of figure skating or ice hockey, you may still plan an ice skating-themed birthday party for him or her.
When it comes to ice skating movies, it’s difficult to know where to begin. You’ll find plenty of family-friendly ice skating flicks, but if you’re looking for something romantic to watch after the kids have gone to bed, you’ve come to the right place. A wide range of film genres feature ice hockey and figure skating as a central theme. Because, hey, Mamas need winter-weather movies to watch too, we’ve included choices across the range for our list.
Here are some of the best ice-skating movies for both kids and adults to watch, so keep reading! Get a super-soft blanket to snuggle up in while you watch the show!
Best Ice Skating Movies for Kids
1. The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Although the focus of the film is on hockey rather than ice skating, the sport does play a significant role. A natural skater before a hockey player, Marguerite Moreau was the perfect choice to play Connie. You’ll get a newfound respect for ice-dwelling creatures thanks to the Mighty Ducks. Also, if you enjoy the original film, there are two sequels and a lovely Disney+ series starring Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham.
2. Ice Princess (2005)
Michelle Trachtenberg’s character, Casey Carlyle, finds herself in an awkward situation. Even though her mother went to Harvard, she wants Casey to go there as well, and she has the grades to make it there. Ice skating, on the other hand, is her passion. However, despite the disapproval of her mother and the local team’s captain, Casey manages to overcome the odds and skate right past the doubters.
3. Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)
Mickey is always a safe bet, and this film is basically a collection of five separate films. The first portion deals with ice skating, and that’s enough for us to include it on our list. Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck face off in an ice skating competition in the first story of the anthology film. When their competitive instincts take over, the women cross the line in their quest for victory. It’s always good to see a story come to a happy conclusion, and in this case, it was a happy ending for everyone involved.
4. Go Figure (2005)
Natasha Goberman, a famous Russian figure skater, has invited 14-year-old Katelin Kingsford to a prestigious Russian school where she can learn from her. The only problem is that her parents can’t pay the school’s expensive tuition. For the sake of the school’s ice hockey team, Natasha agrees to give Katelin a scholarship… if she joins the squad. Even though Katelin is a young figure skater, there are important life lessons to be gained from how she manages her obligations in both realms.
5. Ice: The Movie (2018)
Looking for the ideal gift for your adolescent? Finally! It’s a shame that Ice: The Movie slipped under the radar, because it’s chock-full of motivating themes like dedication, passion, and camaraderie, among others. For your child, seeing Bailey and Peyton learn how to reconcile their friendship with the stresses of competing in elite figure skating will be an unforgettable experience.
Best Ice Skating Movies for Teens
6. The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge is the best ice skating film ever made. Ice-dancing duo: a furious hockey player and a stuck-up figure skater are brought together in the movie. As a result of its star power, this film rapidly became an all-time favorite. Many future skaters were likely introduced to the term “toe pick” as a result of this video.
7. Blades of Glory (2007)
Are you in need of a laugh? This ice skating comedy may be the funniest of all. It has become a cult classic over the years, starring Jon Heder and Will Ferrell as two figure skaters compelled to train together. A new fan of the show will appreciate that Jenna Fischer has a modest role in the film as well. The pre-divorce relationship between Amy Poehler and Will Arnett is also on display in this episode.
8. Ice Castles (1978)
Ice Castles, a drama released in 1978, might be just what you’re looking for. This is an ice skating movie starring Lynn-Holly Johnson and Robbie Benson about an amateur skater with a natural talent who suffers a life-altering accident. An interesting tidbit of trivia regarding the film: Due to the Ice Capades, Lynn-Holly was discovered. Because she’s a natural skater, her role in this movie is all the more convincing for it. You can also check out the 2010 reimagining if you like this one.
9. Skating to New York (2013)
These five Canadian teenagers who attempt to skate across Lake Ontario to New York did not receive the best reviews for their coming-of-age story. However, it does have a number of advantages, and who knows? Your adolescent may identify with some of these sentiments. Because it’s based on an actual event, you know it’ll be interesting. It also features a talented young ensemble and excellent cinematography. Please give it a chance!
10. Kiss & Cry (2017)
Check out this list of ice skating movies that are sure to make you cry. That’s why you should check out Kiss and Cry. Figure skater Carley, 18, is battling a rare form of sarcoma in the film, which is based on a true tale. Chantal Kreviazuk’s fans will be ecstatic to learn that she has joined the cast. This one is definitely best suited for older teens due to some explicit sexual themes and serious medical difficulties.
Best Ice Skating Movies for Adults
11. I, Tonya (2017)
In 2017, Margot Robbie and Allison Janney turned the Tonya Harding affair into a fantastic film. As a fan of the film based on Tonya Harding’s true tale, Tonya herself is also a fan. “I was really nervous to watch it, but when I saw it, I wasn’t watching a movie about me,” she said following the film’s release. “Oh my goodness,” I thought as I watched Margot. Now you know a little bit about me.” The film is a must-see for any (adult) enthusiast of figure skating, and rightfully so.
12. Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Ice hockey is the center of life in Mystery, Alaska. But when a former resident returns with a once-in-a-lifetime matchup against the New York Rangers, the quirky small town is put to the test.. Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria, Mary McCormack, Ron Eldard… the list of A-name actors that appear in this film is endless.
13. Youngblood (1986)
Get ready, because here we go. Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, and Keanu Reeves featured in this 1986 thriller, which was Reeves’ debut feature film role. Dean Youngblood, a 17-year-old New York farmhand, aspires of making it to the National Hockey League in this film starring Lowe. With the help of his brother, he decides to go to Canada and try out for the Hamilton Mustangs baseball team. It’s there that he meets Derek Sutton (played by the late, great Patrick Swayze). Come for the nostalgia, but stay for everything else: Youngblood includes combat, drama, and romance.
14. The Ice King (2018)
You can be sure that this documentary will be gripping if it has a perfect Tomatometer rating. Of course it is. for over an hour, James Erskine presents a complex image of James Curry, the skater who is often credited with revolutionizing the sport and for also being one of its first openly gay Olympians. You’ll gain a new appreciation for this legendary figure skater after reading this moving tale.
15. The Hell of ’63 (2009)
Keep an eye out for this Dutch drama that looks promising! Watching the skaters in The Hell of ’63 compete in dangerously cold conditions in the Netherlands in 1963 will make you appreciate your warm house’s heating system all the more. It’s a well-known tale of overcoming adversity.
16. Love on Ice (2017)
Ice skating and romance are two of life’s greatest pleasures, after all. Emily James, a 27-year-old figure skater, is the focus of this film, which is a two-film deal. That doesn’t stop a young coach from taking an interest in her and realizing her full potential, though. More than just the ice is to blame for the two of them falling in love on their way to triumph.