February 9, 2018 marks the beginning of the 2018 Winter Olympics, where scores of extraordinary athletes, the best of the best sent out of almost every country on Earth, will get the opportunity to reach for their dreams. I believe that one of the main reasons most of us tune into the Olympics -- when we don't care one iota about the mechanics of the two-man luge or the politics of curling during the preceding four years -- is to vicariously experience the high stakes and dramatics of the whole affair.
The Olympics, summer or winter, is a profoundly cinematic experience, a series of climactic explosions culminating from years of sheer will and ambition, wrapped around an inspirational message of unity. For proof, just listen to the rousing fanfare of each game, or watch the many Olympic-themed commercials that "borrow" directly from the aesthetics of underdog sports dramas to sell us cars and sodas. Therefore it shouldn't come as a surprise for film history to be filled with equally inspirational and heart-pounding films based on The Olympics. As a way to celebrate the Winter Games and hopefully put you into the winter gaming spirit, we thought it might be fun to list the 10 best Olympic movies. My goal was to pick a variety of different genres and tones in order to capture the versatility of stories that can be inspired by the games. Ready... set... go!