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10 Best Ice Skating Movies to Watch This Year

Best Movies About Ice Skating

Hey there, ice skating fans and movie buffs! Are you ready to glide into the world of cinema where ice skates meet the silver screen? I’ve got something special for you – a rundown of some of the coolest ice skating movies out there.

From heartwarming tales of triumph to hilarious comedies that’ll have you in stitches, these films are sure to captivate anyone who loves the thrill of the rink or just enjoys a good flick. So, grab your popcorn (or maybe hot cocoa to stay on theme), and let’s get started!

Top ten movies about ice skating

10. “The Cutting Edge”

At the forefront of ice skating movies is “The Cutting Edge,” a romantic drama that combines the world of figure skating with a love story (I know, it’s a perfect combination). This 1992 film tells the story of a spoiled figure skater and a former hockey player who form an unlikely pair, both on and off the ice.

The film is renowned for its portrayal of the discipline and dedication required in figure skating, as well as for its exploration of the dynamics between contrasting personalities.

Fun facts: The famous “toe pick” line became an iconic catchphrase from the movie. The film’s lead actors, D.B. Sweeney and Moira Kelly, had no significant skating experience before the movie, requiring intensive training to prepare for their roles.

9. “Ice Princess”

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Ice Princess,” released in 2005, is a heartwarming tale of a young girl’s journey to pursue her dream of becoming a professional figure skater. The movie is based on the themes of self-discovery, the pressure of parental expectations, and the resilience needed to overcome obstacles.

I believe its beauty lies in its reliability – we’ve all been at these crossroads at some point in our lives, anyone who has ever dared to follow a dream, regardless of the challenges. The film also highlights the technical aspects of figure skating, making it educational for all of you who are new to the sport.

Fun fact: Michelle Trachtenberg, who played Casey, did most of her own skating for the film. The film includes cameo appearances by real-life figure skating champions like Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano.

8. “I, Tonya”

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I, Tonya,” a biographical film released in 2017, portrays the controversial life of figure skater Tonya Harding. The movie offers a raw and unfiltered look at Harding’s journey, including the infamous incident involving her rival Nancy Kerrigan.

What sets “I, Tonya” apart and what I like the most is its honest depiction of the darker side of competitive sports, including the physical and emotional toll it can take on athletes. The film’s unique narrative style, blending dark comedy with drama, has been praised for its bold storytelling approach.

Fun fact: Margot Robbie, who played Tonya Harding, trained extensively in figure skating and even suffered a herniated disc in her neck due to the rigorous training. Special effects were used to recreate Tonya Harding’s famous triple axel as it is an extremely difficult move that few skaters can perform.

7. “Ice Castles”

Ice Castles,” a classic film from 1978 and remade in 2010, tells the touching story of a young and talented figure skater who loses her sight in a tragic accident.

As a story about rediscovering one’s passion and the transformative power of support and friendship, the film is so emotional and truly inspirational.

Fun fact: The 1978 version of the film was nominated for an Academy Award for its theme song “Through the Eyes of Love”. In the 2010 remake, Taylor Firth, who played the lead role, was a competitive skater in real life.

6. “Blades of Glory”

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For those of you looking for a lighter take on the world of figure skating, “Blades of Glory” is a perfect choice. This 2007 comedy stars Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as two rival male figure skaters who are banned from singles competition and must team up as a pair.

The film is a hilarious and over-the-top parody of the figure skating world, filled with absurd situations and laugh-out-loud moments. Despite its comedic approach, I love that the film still showcases impressive skating sequences and satirizes the sport’s competitive nature.

Fun fact: Will Ferrell, who is known for his comedic roles, actually did a lot of his own skating in the movie. The concept of two men skating together in pairs was unprecedented in real-world competitive figure skating at the time of the film’s release.

5. “The Ice Follies of 1939”

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Going back in time, “The Ice Follies of 1939” is a classic film that combines romance, drama, and the spectacle of ice shows. Starring Joan Crawford and James Stewart, the movie follows the story of a pair of ice skaters whose relationship is tested by fame and ambition.

The film is a window into the golden age of Hollywood and offers a nostalgic look at the early days of ice skating in entertainment. Personally, I love these kinds of movies so I enjoyed this one very much.

Fun fact: This film was one of the last movies to feature Joan Crawford in a glamorous role before she transitioned to more dramatic characters. The movie includes ice skating performances choreographed by famous skater and future Olympic coach, Howard Nicholson.

4. “Go Figure”

Go Figure” is a Disney Channel original movie that follows a young figure skater aspiring to reach the Olympics. This family-friendly film (aka you can watch it with your kids, no worries) blends the worlds of figure skating and ice hockey, offering a unique perspective on both sports.

The protagonist, a talented skater, must navigate the challenges of intense training, balancing schoolwork, and dealing with competitive peers. “Go Figure” stands out for its positive messages about teamwork, perseverance, and the importance of following one’s passion.

Fun fact: The movie was part of Disney Channel’s initiative to produce original movies focusing on sports. Kristi Yamaguchi, a former Olympic figure skater, makes a cameo appearance in the film.

3. “Ice Dreams”

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Ice Dreams” is a heartwarming film that focuses on the story of a former Olympic figure skater who returns to the sport after a long absence. Watching a story about second chances (and the power of love and will), got me so motivated!

It’s a touching narrative that shows it’s never too late to chase your dreams and how the past can inspire the future. The film is especially appealing for its portrayal of the more mature aspects of figure skating, providing a different perspective from the usual focus on young athletes.

Fun fact: The movie was filmed in just 18 days. It focuses on more mature themes of redemption and second chances, which is less common in ice skating movies that often focus on younger skaters.

2. “Spinning Out”

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While technically a TV series, I put “Spinning Out” on this list because I believe it deserves a mention for its in-depth and gripping portrayal of the figure skating world. The series explores the life of a high-level single skater who faces personal and professional challenges as she pairs up with a talented partner.

It delves into mental health issues, the pressures of competition, and the complexities of family dynamics, offering a more nuanced view of the sport. “Spinning Out” is a compelling drama that sheds light on the less glamorous aspects of figure skating, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

Fun fact: The series was praised for its realistic portrayal of mental health issues in competitive sports. The cast underwent intensive ice skating and ballet training to prepare for their roles.

1. “Unbroken”

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“Unbroken 2020” is a gripping movie about resilience and survival. It follows the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete turned World War II bombardier.

After his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, Louis and two crewmates survive for weeks adrift at sea, facing hunger, thirst, and shark attacks. Eventually, they’re captured by the Japanese and endure brutal treatment in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Despite unimaginable hardships, Louis refuses to give up hope, showing incredible strength and courage. It’s such a powerful tale of human endurance and spirit, I believe you cannot watch this movie without getting inspired.

Final words

These films not only entertain but also share important messages about passion, perseverance, and the beauty of chasing your dreams, even if it means landing a few tough jumps along the way.

So next time you’re looking for something to watch, why not lace up your virtual skates and give one of these movies a spin? You might just find yourself inspired to hit the ice – or at least, to dream big!

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