Gymnastic films

Who doesn´t like movies whose main character is a cute little girl doing gymnastic or a powerful confident women doing gymnastic or a strong good looking guy doing gymnastic or whoever doing gymnastic?!

I compiled a (surely not complete) list of films about gymnasts & their problems with doing the sport they love (and sometimes hate).

The linked movies are free to watch on YouTube:

  1. Nadia (1984, part 1 disappeared mysteriously since I watched it; only part 2 to the end available, but it´s still worth to relive the athletic career of the “perfect gymnast” from Romania)
  2. Little girls in pretty boxes (1997, watch a cute little girl struggling on her way to nearly become an elite gymnast for the United States)
  3. Perfect Body ( it´s about a gymnast, who develops eating disorders after her coach asks her to lose weight)
  4. American Anthem (1986, the first part is unfortunately mute – but after that you will see a nice and sometimes unrealistic movie about a “bad boy” returning to gymnastics and a pretty girl, who´s the new gymnast in town… a touch of romance is in the wind! ;-))
  5. Stick it (2006, a more modern and funny story about the gymnastics world in the United States with fashionable leotards – “it´s not called GymNiceTic” :-))
  6. Reach For the Sky (1991, two young gymnasts from a small Romanian town want to compete at the best gymnastic school in the country)
  7. The Gymnast (2006, Making of, sorrowful ex-gymnast Jane falls again in love with the sport and her partner Serena doing an aerial acrobatic act together)
  8. White Palms (2006,  Trailer, watch the troubles between Hungarian coach Miklos- a former gymnastic champion – and young Canadian gymnast Kyle)
  9. Peaceful Warrior (2006, Trailer, a talented gymnast meets a spiritual guide & suffers a car accident – a very short summary)

At that time…



…and this day.


The Gymnast - a gymnastic movie far away from cute little girls

If you don´t know the films yet: Have a nice weekend :-)!

If you know other gymnastics films, please leave a comment!

22 Responses to “Gymnastic films”

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  2. Sap Says:

    Great post, there are a few I didn’t know about. Here are a few more –

    Dream to Believe/Flying/Teenage Dream –

    Gymkata –

    “The film has developed a minor cult following as an unintentional comedy for its dubious premise, poor production quality and low budget. Maxim lists the film as the 17th “Worst Movie of All Time”.[2] Due to the sensitive nature of the film it was banned in Finland in 1986 so as to not offend the USSR.[citation needed]”

    I have a bunch of Cirque du Soleil DVDs in my collection as well.

  3. Calítoe.:. (Cristina MJ) Says:

    You’ve both mentioned prety much all the gymnastics films I knew, but there’s another film called “The Gymnast” from the 80’s (I couldn’t find it in IMDB). You can download it here:

    And I know this one that is not specifically about gymnastics, but there’s some gymnastics in it: “If…” (1968):
    You can see those scenes here:

    Thanks a lot for this post. I intend to post similar one in my Spanish gymnastics blog hopefully soon. 😀

  4. Calítoe.:. (Cristina MJ) Says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention this Soviet one loosely based on Olga Korbut and with actual footage of Olga Korbut and Touricheva in competitions: “Chudo S. Kosichkami” aka Long haired wonder.

  5. George N Says:

    If you can find it try to see the movie Lefty based on a true life story of Carol Johnston who did gymnastics (including bars) with one arm being amputated at the elbow.

    Rick at gymnasticscoaching has some links here

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  7. Wendy Says:

    Any one have a link for where I can watch/buy Reach for the sky? Couldn’t find it on YouTube

  8. jessica Says:

    i know the movie “reach for the sk” and i want to watch it so bad! do you have any idea of where i can download it???

  9. Caroline Says:

    I too am desperate to watch ‘Reach for The Sky’, please if anyone finds it let us know here how we to can watch it! 🙂

    ♬ “No more candy, no more cake.. no more ice cream, no more belly aches!” ♪ ♫

  10. abla Says:

    Theres ‘s also an other movie called “La Championne” its really a good movie i fell in love with it 10 years ago and still love its as much or even more you should look it up!!

    PS : Its in french or roumanian

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  12. Roma Says:

    I love Reaching for the sky (Campioana, La Championne). It was my favorite movie when I was a child. Today, after a long research, I found it!!! I didn’t finish downloading it yet but it’s in english.
    Here’s the link:

  13. Anni Says:

    i couldnt get the movie to download from the above link but it is available on YouTube now, i watched it the other day – quality isn’t great though.

  14. Fiebie Says:

    Short film called ‘chalk’, nominated for a BAFTA 2012

  15. William P. Says:

    Was there nota movie in the mid-late 80’s about a family which were gymnists, and they all fell from the Top of the High wire, or the wire gymnists walk across. Some end up Dying and others end up with severe injuries while at a show. Someone in the family, performs outside in front of a large audiance and has a flashback of his or her family falling off the wire? Sound familiar?

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  17. Monica Says:

    There’s a new film about gymnastics, called A Second Chance, I’m not sure if it’s already in cinemas, but you can check the trailer on youtube. 🙂

  18. Izzy Says:

    Another gymnastic movie is called an American girl McKenna shoots for the stars

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  20. Alice Says:

    Have any of you watched A Second Chance. Tell me if you have and where you watched it.

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