Allow These Movies and TV Shows To Get You in the Spirit for the Olympics

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While we wait to watch the world's greatest athletes compete at the Tokyo Olympics, we decided to get in the spirit with some of our favorite movies about, well, sports. Whether it's NBA superstar and former Olympic gold medalist Michael Jordan battling cartoon aliens in Space Jam—or even Lebron James' take on the highly-anticipated HBO Max sequel—these films and TV shows will get you in the mood for the international sporting event. 

After binging Stick It and Make It or Break It, we'll basically be ready to show off our best Simone Biles gymnastics flips. That's how training works, right? And yes, there are even biopics on some of our favorite Olympic athletes. Even look ahead to the Winter Games with Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya and laugh along during the figure skating parody Blades of Glory. There's no competition here—watch all of the below picks to gear up for the big games.

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Keep scrolling to see the top picks for what to watch ahead of the Opening Ceremony, which airs on NBC July 23.

Adam Rose/Walt Disney Television via Getty ImagesMake It or Break It

The Freeform teen drama ran from 2009 to 2012, and followed fictional character Emily Kmetko (Chelsea Hobbs) after she receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious Olympics gymnast training center in Colorado. Between backstabbing foes and friends for life, the beloved series is rooted in its ensemble cast featuring Ayla KellJosie LorenCassandra Scerbo, Peri Gilpin and Candace Cameron Bure.

Available to stream on Hulu.

Touchstone PicturesStick It

The 2006 dramedy stars Missy Peregrym as a troubled teen who is forced to return to the world of elite gymnastics after getting in trouble with the law. Jeff Bridges plays the coach that harnesses her rebellious nature into team spirit.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Allen Frasergab/ LifetimeThe Gabby Douglas Story

Regina King plays Gabby Douglasmother in this biopic of the "Fierce Five" gold medalist, portrayed by both Imani Hakim and Sydney Mikayla on her road to victory. Douglas even later plays herself after making history as the first Black person ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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