Top 15 Gymnastics Movies to Marathon this Weekend

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If we sit down to list all the creative, productive and valuable things we can do on weekends, that will not only be advantageous for our careers but also gratifying for ourselves and turn us into worthwhile human beings, there won’t be any end. But we can just be stuck with gymnastics movies.

So, like any indolent student – let’s not do it.

Instead, let’s start a Movie Marathon! Because what’s a better way to spend your weekend than watching back to back movies and eating junk food as you procrastinate on your assignment till the last moment while fending off nagging voice from your conscience? Huh?

Some of The Top-Rated Gymnastics Films Ever Made

That will inspire you and motivate you to reach your full potential.

Movie Name  Year Rating Gender Genre
1 ABC Afterschool Special (The Gymnast) 1980 9.3 Male&Female Adventure/Comedy/Sport
2 White Palms 2006 7.5 Male Drama/Sport
3 Nadia 1984 7.4 Female Drama/Sport
4 Jump Ashin 2011 7.1 male Drama/Sport
5 Kukolka 1988 7.1 Female Romance/Sport
6 The Gabby Douglas Story 2014 7.1 Female Drama/Sport/Biography
7 Full Out 2015 6.5 Female Drama/Sport/Biography
8 The Gymnast 2006 6.4 Female Drama/Sport/Romance
9 Stick it 2006 6.4 Female Drama/Sport/Comedy
10 Perfect Body 1997 6.3 Female Drama/Sport/Family
11 The Bronze 2015 6 Female Drama/Sport/Comedy
12 An American Girl 2012 6 Female Drama/Sport/Adventure
13 Raising The Bar 2016 5.7 Female Family/Sport
14 Flying 1986 5.4 Male Romance/Drama/Sport
15 A 2nd Chance 2011 4.9 Female Drama/Sport/Family

ABC After School Special (The Gymnast)


Summary: The story follows a 16-year-old girl who’s determined to become a world-class gymnast. But that’s easier said than done. On the way, she has to deal with a lot of things, struggle with unwavering obstacles and give up even more things, like food.

What we Think: A sneak peek into the daily life of an aspiring gymnast.

  • Year: 1980
  • Rating: 9.3
  • Lead: Male & Female
  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sport

White Palms


Summary: The story of a 30-year-old gymnast Miklos, suffering from deep psychological scars as a result of his brutal training during childhood. He moves to Canada to start fresh as a coach but finds himself repeating the same cycle and inflicting the same agony on his pupils. Enters a young and troubled kid, with the potential to become world champion, who might be Miklos only chance at redemption.

What we Think: A beautiful and heart touching story of redemption.

  • Year: 2006
  • Rating: 7.5
  • Lead: Male
  • Genre: Drama, Sport



Summary: Biopic of Nadia Comaneci, who receive 7 perfect 10’s in the Montreal Olympics 1976, took to the uneven bars on Sunday 18 July. and became the first and youngest gymnast to achieve that feat. A realistic uptake on how much effort goes into gymnastics.

What we Think: An inspiring tale that is perfect for up and coming gymnasts.

  • Year: 1984
  • Rating: 7.4
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography

Jump Ashin


Summary: The story of a Taiwanese boy who’s only ever loved gymnastics and trained for it his whole life. However, his mother fails to see his devotion and takes him off the school gymnastics team, where he was training for the national team. Dejected upon having his dream snatched from him, Ashin falls in with the wrong crowd, encountering drugs and fights. After hitting rock bottom, the boy realizes the importance of his dream and decides to give it another chance.

What we Think: Pretty well-executed and finely paced. Plus the main actor is cute!



Summary: The story of a young Russian gymnast forced to quit her sport due to an injury. She returns to the life of an ordinary teenager but the world that raised her was anything but ordinary. The movie takes an intense, dark and horrifying turn that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

What we Think: It is as disturbing as it is unforgettable. The movie shows the dark side of sports and how it affects young minds.

  • Year: 1988
  • Rating: 7.1
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Romance, Sport

The Gabby Douglas Story


Summary: Biopic of Gabby Douglas, who became the first black gymnast in Olympic history to achieve the All-around champion title. She was also the first American to win the gold medal in both individuals as well as a team competition. This gymnastics movie shows how many obstacles she had to overcome to gain that achievement.

What we Think: Thankfully, a person of color in the gymnastics world at last.

  • Year: 2014
  • Rating: 7.1
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography

Fall Out


Summary: Biography of Ariana Berlin, an American gymnast who suffered crushing inquiries in a car accident. As a result, she was forced to quit competitive gymnastics. However, she didn’t give up and started gymnastics again after her injuries healed. She learned the sport from zero through dancing before making her way to the top and participating in the competitive gymnastics.

What We Think: The story teaches us about how we should never accept defeat even in the face of extreme adversity.

  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: 6.5
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Biography

The Gymnast


Summary: A romantic story about a talented gymnast who was forced to quit competing after a fatal injury and a mysterious dancer who fights society’s ideas of gender and sexual identity. Both find solace in each other as they prepare their act to audition in the Los Vegas Show.

What we Think: Cinematically beautiful with an alluring story.

  • Year: 2006
  • Rating: 6.4
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Romance

Stick It


Summary: The movie follows Haley, a 17-year-old gymnast who was previously a world champion but went into self-imposed retirement when she realized the unfairness of judging rules. Because of behavioral issues and brush ups with law, however, she finds her at an elite gymnastics academy and forced to participate in competitive gymnastics once again. With her rebellious nature, she starts a revolution in the gymnastics world.

What we Think: A truly inspiring story that also shows gymnastics is not as fair and beautiful as it looks.

  • Year: 2006
  • Rating: 6.4
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Comedy

Perfect Body


Summary: The story of a talented 15-year-old gymnast who dreams of becoming a part of the Olympics team. However, she develops eating disorders under the strict training of her coach. The movie follows her as she struggles with her eating disorder in hopes of having a perfect body.

What we Think: A disturbingly realistic outlook that reveals the truth behind the perfect and beautiful bodies of gymnasts.

  • Year: 1997
  • Rating: 6.3
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Family

The Bronze


Summary: Former Olympic medalist is living off of her celebrity status in her hometown, even though she’s broke and poor. Forced to take action upon hearing that a young and talented gymnast might be taking over her position. On the request of her former and now head coach, she agrees to train the new gymnast. But all is not as fair as it seems. With behind the scenes scheming, romance and relationship drama, you’ll be rolling on the floor laughing.

What we Think: A movie made for gags. Just focus on laughing.

  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: 6
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Comedy

An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars


Summary: One of the family drama gymnastics movies, based on the American Girl series books written by Mary Casanova, is the sixth movie of the series. It follows the life of an adolescent girl as he struggles to achieve her dream of becoming an Olympic gymnast. However, her parents oppose her decision and want her to focus on her studies instead. The movie shows the conflict as the young girl tries to maintain a balance between dream and reality.

What we Think: A perfect movie for young adults who want to follow their dream but are afraid of not achieving it.

  • Year: 2012
  • Rating: 6
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Adventure

Raising the Bar


Summary: The story of a 16-year-old gymnast who was previously a part of an elite gymnastics program. However, she quitted because of mysterious reasons. After moving to Australia to get away from gymnastics, she is yet again forced to become part of this world in order to help a friend. The movie follows her as she makes amends for past mistakes and her reasons for quitting are revealed.

What we Think: A family movie heavy on the drama category but overall fun.

  • Year: 2016
  • Rating: 5.7
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Family, Sport



Summary: A teen movie about a teen gymnast champion whose life takes a turn for the worse, when she receives injuries in a car accident that also kills her father. This gymnastics movie story follows our female lead as she tries to overcome odds, find love and achieve her dream.

What we Think: A perfect movie for teenagers. Who can resist a Teen Keanu Reeves?

  • Year: 1986
  • Rating: 5.4
  • Lead: Male
  • Genre: Romance, Drama, Sport

A 2nd Chance


Summary: A typical story of the rivalry between two adolescent girls. Both are trying to land a position on the national gymnastics team. While one is a plain Jane, the other is Miss perfect. The movie follows these girls as they face obstacles in life and grow up.

What we Think: A perfect film for young adults to watch and enjoy with their families.

  • Year: 2011
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Lead: Female
  • Genre: Drama, Sport, Family


Gymnastics Films Ever Made

Closing Notes

Sports are unique in this way because they physically manifest a person’s spirit, efforts, and struggle. Things that are otherwise abstract and taken for granted because of it. People doing sports not only train their bodies but also discipline their minds as well. There are many things you can learn from watching sports and gymnastics movies and more if you actually do them. But let’s not think about that right now. Without further ado, watch on!

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