This October, we celebrate 25 years since the incomparable 'Cool Runnings' came into our lives. I find it hard to believe that there's a soul alive who hasn't seen this film and that doesn't love it. It's Disney. It's by Jon Turteltaub, the man who also gave us 'The Meg' and 'National Treasure'. It's funny. It has a man and his lucky egg. It features one of John Candy's last performances before his untimely death. And there is only about 5% truth to this "based on a true story," but it's fantastic. A real-life fairytale that stranger than fiction about outsiders and underdogs who learn that the key to winning is keeping true to yourself. You can see the dollar signs in the Disney executives' eyes.
It's a wonder that there aren't more Olympic-based films. Every two years, we're showered with heroes and miracle stories from gold medal winners to those who defied the odds to simply compete. As someone who has personally attended three in her short(ish) lifetime, I can attest that the "Olympic Spirit" is very much a real thing and is truly an ineffable entity to behold, so in an effort to inspire more glorious tales with those five rings as its backdrop and to usher in a quarter of a century of 'Cool Runnings', I've compiled a list of the best Winer/Summer Olympic films since 1993.