Over the last 200 hundred years, there have been thousands of cycling races across the world uniting sports and fitness enthusiasts alike. As popularity increased, filmmakers worked to portray the world of cycling in ways that the race viewers may not typically see. Films range from fiction to nonfiction, comedic to dramatic, from documentary to adventure. There is no shortage of movies on the long-established sport of cycling, and with so many to choose from, it may be helpful to start with a few of the best cycling movies.
Bicycle Dreams (2009)
This documentary focuses on the 2005 Race Across America, a 3,000-mile cross country event attempted by only the best endurance racers around. Starting with the tragic death of endurance cyclist Bob Breedlove, this story is proof of the astonishing strength of the human spirit.
The Armstrong Lie (2013)
Starting as a documentary on Armstrong’s extraordinary comeback from cancer, the film takes a turn as news breaks of Lance’s history of cheating with steroids. The film shows the once-known cycling hero’s fall into disgrace as he is stripped of his seven Tour De France titles and banned from professional cycling.
The Flying Scotsman (2006)
This film depicts the fantastic story of Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree as he attempts to obtain the world record for the one-hour distance despite suffering from a mental illness and having no sponsors for support. Despite the establishment’s pushback of his self-made bike, the cyclist gives the world a story of undeniable triumph.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
If you are a fan of Tour de France, then this selection is for you. Although this French animation is different from most cycling movies, this funny and touching film has something to offer all. As a young boys grandmother attempts to train him to be a champion in cycling, she decides he will be the next winner of the Tour. This movie won the Oscar for Best Animated Foreign Film in 2004.
Breaking Away (1979)
This would not be a “Best of” list without mention this film. This representation of small-town America, life as a college student and amateur cyclist, this movie grossed $20 million in North America, proving its critical and commercial success. The American Film Institute ranked it as one of the top ten American sports films of all time.