These Stars Deserve a Gold Medal for Their Onscreen Portrayals of Athletes

Watch: What Margot Robbie Learned From "I, Tonya"

Being an Olympian requires training, talent, focus and determination. And if actors want to successfully portray these athletes, they'll need this, too.

Countless films have told sports stars' stories over the years—some coming out victorious and some not getting the glory. 

With the Tokyo Olympics just weeks away, many movie buffs are getting in the spirit by re-watching a few of their favorites. Want to get in on the action? The games begin with the opening ceremony on Friday, July 23 and end with the closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8. So, there's still plenty of time to binge-watch the classics—just make sure to pace yourself. 

Luckily, E! News is here to help and coach you through the movie selection process. Scroll on to see a list of celebrities who totally deserve a gold medal for their portrayals of Olympic greats. Then, pop some popcorn, grab your teammates and settle in.

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And remember, it's a movie marathon, not a sprint.

Allsport UK /Allsport/Getty Images; Ms Gordon/20th Century Fox/Kobal/ShutterstockEmma Stone as Billie Jean King in The Battle of the Sexes

Emma Stone aced her portrayal of Billie Jean King in the 2013 movie The Battle of the Sexes. While the film didn't center on the Olympics—but rather the tennis champion's winning match against Bobby Riggs in 1973—King did coach the gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 women's tennis teams and received the International Olympic Committee Women & Sport World Trophy in 2002. Stone also went for the gold and was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in 2018.

Clubhouse Pictures/Kobal/Shutterstock; David Madison/Getty ImagesMargot Robbie as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya

In 1991, Tonya Harding made history as the first American woman to land a triple axel. She went on to place fourth at the 1992 Olympic Games. But two years later, everything changed and her name became associated with one of the biggest scandals in sports history.

In 1994, just ahead of the Winter Games, fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed in the knee by Shane Stant. Harding's bodyguard Shawn Eckardt, her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly and Stant's uncle Derrick Smith were co-conspirators in the attack. Both Kerrigan and Harding went on to compete in the 1994 Olympics, with Kerrigan winning the silver medal and Harding coming in eighth place. Harding denied any involvement in the attack but pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution and was banned from the sport. 

Margot Robbie portrayed Harding in the 2017 film I, Tonya and was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for her performance.

Frank Connor/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock; Focus on Sport/Getty ImagesWill Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali

Will Smith's performance in the 2001 movie Ali was a total knockout, with the actor being nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award and winning a BET and MTV Movie & TV Award for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali. The film is about the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion and his life both in and outside the ring, with a focus on the years between 1964 and 1974.

One of the many victories Ali achieved in his lifetime was at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where he won the gold medal at age 18.

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