5 Oscar-Worthy Fit Films
From Rocky to I, Tonya, these movies give new meaning to “winning.”
There are a ton of classic Hollywood blockbusters that have the ability to inspire a serious workout, whether it’s courtesy of the runners in Chariots of Fire, the inspirational saga of Rudy, or this year’s Oscar nominee I, Tonya. In honor of the 90th Annual Academy Awards, here’s a look back at some of the fittest films to ever grace the silver screen.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
The winner of four Oscars, including both best original screenplay and best picture, after nearly 40 years Chariots of Fire still stands as one of the best sports movies ever made. Set during the 1924 Olympics, its epic story combines themes of tolerance, religion, and athletics into one triumphant film that has the ability to inspire anyone to achieve greatness. However, its crown jewel is its instantly recognizable theme song (you know the one) which has influenced a generation of athletes to give it their all.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Directed by Clint Eastwood, Million Dollar Baby is the gritty boxing tale that shows the darker side of the sport. The winner of four Academy Awards including best picture, its star Hilary Swank walked away with the trophy for best actress for an inspired and dedicated performance as a waitress-turned-boxer who dreams of glory in the ring.
The Fighter (2010)
The third epic boxing flick to make this list, David O Russell’s The Fighter showcases Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Mark Wahlberg, and Melissa Leo at the top of the gritty game. Set in Boston, The Fighter is based on the wild life story of “Irish” Micky Ward and features a training montage worthy of an Oscar itself. Perhaps that’s why the film scored two Oscar wins, with both Bale and Leo taking home the golden trophies for best supporting actor and actress.
I, Tonya (2017)
Nominated for three Oscars this year, including for star Margot Robbie and co-star Allison Janney, I, Tonya is the mockumentary both critics and audiences couldn’t seem to get enough of this year. Based on the true, turbulent story of figure skater Tonya Harding, the film tracks her journey from skating wunderkid to Olympic champion, where she became the first American female figure skater to complete two triple axel jumps in competition.