As the Winter Olympics skate toward a conclusion you may find yourself with a debilitating case of Olympics withdrawal. Symptoms include incessantly refreshing T.J. Oshie’s Twitter feed and practicing your best “Ashley Wagner face” in the mirror. Fear not, intrepid fan. There are five movies that will help satisfy your insatiable Olympic appetite until the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea winter games!
Need an inspirational pick-me-up? Miracle, the 2004 Kurt Russell film based on the 1980 U.S. hockey team’s victory over the Soviet Union, will do the trick. It’s also fitting, because the U.S. topped Russia last week in a hockey game people referred to as “Miracle 2.0.”
Favorite moment: “If we play ‘um ten games they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight.”
2. Cool Runnings
While The Cutting Edge may be the gold standard for romantic Olympic movies, Cool Runnings could very well be the funniest. While it appears this year’s Jamaican bobsled team won’t have a Hollywood ending, this fish-out-of-water comedy will remedy any Sochi withdrawals.
Favorite moment: “Nuff people say they know they cant believe, Jamaica we have a bobsled team.”
3. The Cutting Edge
The subtle one-upmanship and overt chemistry between Kate, the urbane, uptight figure skater and Doug, the uncultured hockey player, is one of the best cinematic proponents of the “opposites attract” theory. While it may not be the most traditionally romantic line, Doug’s declaration of love and subsequent justification—”Don’t say we’re not right for each other, because the way I see it we may not be right for anyone else”—is an honest, beautiful summation of their relationship.
Favorite moment: Um…duh! Only one of the best montages of the ’90s. Two words: TOE PICK!
4. The Mighty Ducks 2
While this ragtag group of underdogs didn’t participate in the Olympics, they did compete in the Junior Goodwill Games where, minor spoiler alert, hijinks ensued! Few movie franchises evoke more nostalgia than The Mighty Ducks. It’s fairly obvious this Sochi street hockey showdown between USA and Canada was a direct homage to the street hockey scene featured in The Mighty Ducks 2.
Favorite moment: “It’s knuckle-puck time!”
5. Blades of Glory
Any movie that features Will Ferrell and Jon Heder figure skating to the Aerosmith classic “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” is a film worth watching. While not nearly as graceful as the Sochi pairs figure skating events, Ferrell and Heder’s performance is a lot more hilarious.
Favorite moment: “We’re gonna skate to one song and one song only: ‘Lady Humps’ by the Black Eyed Peas.”
What’s your favorite Olympic movie?