As voted on by IMDb, these are the top 10 gymnastics-themed movies.
The sport of gymnastics has been the subject of a slew of films over the years. While some depict gymnasts, others focus on gymnastics as a sport itself. It’s the perfect time to reflect on cinema’s best nods to athletics, with the Olympic Games of 2021 just around the corner.
Even though gymnastics hasn’t been a popular topic in Hollywood, there are still some good examples to look at. In addition, everyone can find something to their liking. Examples of genre filmmaking based on the sport can be found alongside a number of inspirational stories.
1. A 2nd Chance (2011) – 4.7
In general, critics were unimpressed with A 2nd Chance’s performance. However, the film’s inspirational message and family-friendly tone have been lauded by critics and viewers alike.
Maddy Cornell, an aspiring gymnast, is the subject of A 2nd Chance, a film that follows her journey to the top. She may even be able to land a spot on a professional team with the help of her coach. Despite the negative reviews, the film has a lot to offer sports fans, especially those who have had personal or professional involvement in the sport.
2. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) – 4.9
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, the relaunch of Charlie’s Angels, takes the kick-flying combat to a whole new level of intensity. The story’s strength was sacrificed in the process, according to the audience. Lucy Liu’s character is first introduced in the film during a gymnastics competition.
Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, and Cameron Diaz reprise their roles in the film as they take on a renegade ex-Angel (Demi Moore). A gymnastics scene serves as an appropriate introduction to the new athletic spy character in this sequel.
3. Raising The Bar (2016) – 5.6
Jordyn Wieber, an Olympic gold medallist, stars in Raising the Bar, a gymnastics film released in 2016. Those who want a light drama with a message on contemporary issues, such as cyberbullying, will enjoy this film greatly.
When she and her family were forced to relocate, a teen gymnast refused to join a U.S. team. She enters a gymnastics competition to help a buddy who is now residing in Australia. If you’re looking for a story that will inspire you, Raising the Bar is an excellent option.
4. Final Destination 5 (2011) – 5.8
A fatality using gymnastics was depicted in the iconic horror franchise’s latest episode, Final Destination. However, this sequence is one of the most memorable in the film. Many horror enthusiasts consider Final Destination 5 to be one of the series’ best installments.
Finally, a new generation tries to escape Death’s systematic game in Final Destination 5, which follows yet another group of teenagers. A deteriorating suspension bridge was the narrowly dodged catastrophe this time. The gymnastics scene is just one of a number of powerful scenes in the film that are worth the ticket price.
5. The Bronze (2015) – 6.1
Despite being produced by the Duplass Brothers, this comedy about gymnastics was not a hit with critics. This film made both critics and viewers uncomfortable because of their misunderstanding of what constitutes comedy and what does not. As a result, it ended up being another film that was unsure of its own identity when it was released. This is still the go-to choice for anyone seeking a filthy gymnastics movie..
Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch of The Big Bang Theory) is a former gymnastics Bronze Medalist who lives in her hometown. Greggory is forced to train Maggie Townsend after the death of her former student’s coach.
6. Never Been Kissed (1999) – 6.1
Drew Barrymore starred in Never Been Kissed in the late 1990s. High school gymnastics is only one of the numerous extracurricular activities depicted in the film, which also includes one of the best prom scenes ever made. It cost more than three times as much as the original and boasted an A-list cast. Jessica Alba, LeeLee Sobieski and James Franco were all unknown actors in this film.
As a young copywriter at the Chicago Sun-Times, Josie Geller (Barrymore) is the focus of this story. At the university, she is tasked with returning to her high school to conduct study on the language and mindset of today’s teenagers. She’ll have to go back to high school for a second time before she can submit her article for publication.
7. The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) – 6.1
Gymnastics-trained villain portrayed in the story. The Russian gymnast, albeit primarily a sidekick, is one of the movie’s more memorable characters. The reactions of Morgan, one of Kate McKinnon’s most recognizable characters, only serve to strengthen the villain’s hand. In For Your Eyes Only, James Bond fell in love with a gymnast. When The Spy Who Dumped Metook this, gymnastics fans finally had a villain to identify with.
The story revolves around best friends Audrey and Morgan, who unwittingly become involved in a global heist. Audrey has a lot of healing to do after her ex-boyfriend unexpectedly deserted her.
8. Stick It (2006) – 6.4
When it comes to “gymnastics movies,” Stick It is the best. Most of the plot revolves around the gymnasts’ ability to execute their routines, and unlike other movies about the sport, Stick Itshows admiration for both the sport and its athletes. Stick It also manages to inject some realism into the proceedings despite the film’s forays into feel-good terrain.
Haley, a troubled kid with an undeveloped talent, is the focus of the story. A gymnastics school is where Haley is taken when she gets into some legal issues. To help her get back on track, she’ll be working with a harsh coach (Jeff Bridges).
9. The Gabby Douglas Story (2014) – 7.0
Lifetime’s 2014 biopic, about the first-ever Black Olympic individual all-around winner, throws a sympathetic light on what it takes to create history.
Gymnasts and non-gymnasts alike will be moved by the story of Gabby Douglas.
The story depicts how Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas (Imani Hakim) went from obscurity to fame. A former artistic gymnast, Liang Chow (Brian Tee), has been assigned to train Douglas, who is just 17 years old.
10. Old School (2003) – 7.1
It turns out that Old School is the most popular gymnastics-themed film. The principal immature three and their fraternity participate in Olympic-style events in the third act of this quotable Will Ferrell/Vince Vaughn/Luke Wilson comedy. These occurrences include gymnastics, which ends disastrously for a certain character. You can see how gymnastics may be used for comedic effect in this hilarious sequence.
Mitch (Luke Wilson), an attorney in his early 30s, stumbles in on his wife cheating on him in this audience-loved but critically panned comedy. After buying a property near a university, he recruits Frank (Will Ferrell) and Beanie (Vince Vaughn) to help him form a fraternity that is not linked with any college.