One rarely finds as seamless and as mesmerizing a combination of lithe bodily ability and stirring emotion as in gymnastics. The sport has been perfected over endless years, through an immeasurable dedication from its prodigious exponents. Despite its undoubted beauty and the high level of skill necessary for its dazzling execution, the gymnastic sport has been regretfully neglected.
As it stands, public attention is hogged by the chosen few sporting disciplines. Gymnastics is mainly showcased at the Olympics, which is, of course, greatly prestigious. However, the Games come once every 4 years, thus not providing nearly enough exposure to the sport. It is at this juncture that film comes to play an important role in it all.
While films haven’t focused on gymnastics much, what it has done is significant. Movies such as the ones enlisted below have managed to bring out the striking perseverance and unconquerable will of the gymnasts with finesse. These movies admirably bring out the taxing demands of the remorseless but rewarding discipline, and portray notions of success and failure hitherto unknown to the viewing audience. Here is the list of top gymnastic movies ever. You might be able to find some of these best gymnastics movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
8. Gymnast (2011)
Anthony Wonke delivers a heartfelt look into the lives of members of the British gymnastic team that took the 2008 Beijing Olympics by storm. This BBC documentary delivers an inspirational message not just for young, aspiring athletes everywhere, but for anyone with a seemingly unachievable dream that can be fulfilled by sheer hard work.
‘Gymnast’ also accomplishes the crucial task of humanising these wonderful young athletes by not limiting them to their sport. The technique is realistic, and was praised by film critics as well as professional gymnasts. In an age where women are still unbelievably thought to be lagging behind in the sporting arena (and sadly elsewhere), this film presents a powerful message of hope to young women everywhere.