John Carlos and Tommy Smith give the Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Photo: Wikipedia
John Carlos and Tommy Smith give the Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Photo: Wikipedia

10 great movies about the Olympic Games, from Margot Robbie in I, Tonya to Chariots of Fire, Cool Runnings and Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi propaganda

  • Our picks tell stories of pure sportsmanship – think Jesse Owens in Berlin – politics, with the Black Power salutes in 1968, and scandal (hello, Tonya Harding)
  • There are highs and lows, from Kon Ichikawa’s record of the first Tokyo games and Robert Redford’s hot-headed downhill skier to Munich 1972 and Black September

John Carlos and Tommy Smith give the Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Photo: Wikipedia
John Carlos and Tommy Smith give the Black Power salute at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Photo: Wikipedia
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