On an adrenaline needle: 16 movies about extreme sports

Extreme lovers cannot be locked within four walls. House dust will not settle on them – the heroes of this collection are more familiar with snow, water or road dust. Feel the adrenaline rush, conquer fear, go down to the bottom of the ocean, ride a giant wave or climb to the top – everyone has their own goal. The best films about extreme sports inspire desperate guys to re-experience the limits of human capabilities and a dizzying sense of freedom and speed.

Betty (TV series 2020 – 2021)

One of the brightest new films in 2020 is a series starring non-professional young actresses, covering the topics of growing up, friendship and self-acceptance. In the center of the plot is a whole subculture of skateboard lovers and a group of girlfriends who ride the board all day long. They do what they love and compete with the guys in an attempt to create a female skateboarding community.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Betty

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Dede Lovelace, Cabrina Adams, Nina Moran…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
18+


Ford v Ferrari (2019)

The popular x feature film about extreme sports is based on real events and tells not only about racing and rivalry between two car manufacturers, but also about true friendship, forgiveness and acceptance. The automobile concern “Ford” decides to compete in the creation of racing cars with the invincible “Ferrari”. To develop a sports car, a team of the best specialists is assembled, led by designer Carroll Shelby and racer Ken Miles.

Original title:
Ford v Ferrari

Genre:
Biography, sports, drama, action

Actors:
Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Katrina Balf…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


6 feet deep (2017)

The American thriller will definitely appeal to those who love dramas, where the hero finds himself in extreme circumstances, on the border between life and death. The sports career of hockey player Eric Lemark is in the past. Now, in pursuit of thrills, a man uses drugs and risks his life, trying to curb steep slopes in the mountains on a snowboard. During the next pokatushek Eric gets into a storm. So he finds himself in a snow captivity in the midst of deserted beauty.

Original title:
6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

Genre:
Thriller, drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Josh Hartnett, Mira Sorvino, Sarah Dumont…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


On the crest of a wave (2015)

The list of the best movies about extreme sports will continue with a driving action movie with an excellent cast. In the center of the plot is a gang of elusive raiders. The bank robbery takes place within three minutes, and on the faces of the criminals are the same mocking masks. The guys act carefully, each time releasing the hostages safe and sound, but their impudence got the local police in order . New to the FBI , Detective Johnny is entrusted with the case of overconfident robbers. It was possible to find out that the members of the gang are aces of surfing. And in order to ingratiate themselves with them, Johnny will also have to stand on the board.

Original title:
Point Break

Genre:
Action, thriller, crime, adventure, sports

Actors:
Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winston …

Country:
USA, Canada, China, Germany, Austria, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Everest (2015)

To achieve their dreams, the heroes dedicated to this extreme sport will have to risk their lives, because their goal is Mount Everest, the highest peak on the planet. In 1996, two commercial groups of 30 people, including both experienced guides and ordinary tourists who had no climbing experience, set off to storm Everest. And they succeeded. However, not all daredevils managed to return home – already on the descent, fate threw them a serious test.

Original title:
Everest

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, adventure, biography

Actors:
Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal …

Country:
UK, USA, Iceland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Walk (2015)

An interesting film with a high rating will tell an amazing story about an extreme, doing unprecedented things – Philippe Petit. From childhood, the hero dreamed of becoming a great tightrope walker. In the end, long training and the fight against fear paid off. However, its main goal has not yet been achieved. Ahead is preparation for an unimaginably risky performance – to walk along a tightrope stretched between two skyscrapers without insurance.

Original title:
The Walk

Genre:
Biography, drama, thriller

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Steve Valentine, Charlotte Le Bon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
12+


Race (2013)

The powerful sports drama will allow you to look into the real world of sports – the backstage of Formula 1 with all its intrigues, pragmatism, romance, technical discoveries and human weaknesses. The heroes of the film are two first-class racers. James is a conqueror of women’s hearts, a bully and a favorite of the public. Nicky is a cautious, reserved and prudent guy. They are completely different, but they are united by the desire to win, through psychological and physical barriers, by all means.

Original title:
Rush

Genre:
Sports, drama

Actors:
Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Olivia Wilde…

Country:
UK, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Wave Breakers (2012)

In the top films about extreme sports is the real story of a young surfer Jay Moriarty. Being just a boy, 8-year-old Jay stood on the board, and a couple of years later he already won prizes in competitions. However, the teenager did not limit himself to these victories, dreaming of curbing the famous Californian waves, reaching a height of more than 20 meters. To do this, he turns to Rick for help – the only surfer who has conquered such big waves. Despite the promise given to his wife, Rick still takes on the training of a fearless kid.

Original title:
Chasing Mavericks

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Gerard Butler, Johnny Weston, Elisabeth Shue…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Sanctum (2010)

A tense and tragic film, based on real events in 1988, is full of surprises, dangers, and testing the characters for psychological and physical stability. The plot develops around a group of divers who go on a dangerous expedition through a system of underwater caves – into an unknown depth where no one has swum before. A tropical storm causes the team to be trapped. Now, in order to get out, extreme people will have to look for another way in the underwater maze.

Original title:
Sanctum

Genre:
Thriller, drama, adventure

Actors:
Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Griffith, Reese Wakefield …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


127 hours (2010)

Climber and thrill-seeker Aron Ralston decides to conquer the canyon alone, without warning his family about where he is going. A man falls into a crevice, and a huge boulder clamps his hand. Caught in a deadly trap and making extreme efforts to get out, exhausted from dehydration and lack of food, he is on the verge of insanity. But despite this, Aron continues to fight for his life for 127 hours.

Original title:
127 Hours

Genre:
Thriller, biography, drama, adventure

Actors:
James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn…

Country:
USA, UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Kings of Dogtown (2005)

The film tells about the rise of skateboarding as pop culture in the 70s in California. The plot is based on the famous skate team of former young surfers who move to the Docktown quarter. One day, friends decide to ride in empty pools, which opens up new opportunities for sports in general, and financial prospects for the guys in particular.

Original title:
Lords of Dogtown

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Emil Hirsch, Victor Rasuk, John Robinson, Heath Ledger…

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


13th district (2004)

Parkour and extreme sports enthusiast Leito lives in a poor, crime-ridden suburb of Paris , walled like a prison. There are no schools , no social services, lawlessness reigns here, and local authorities profit from the sale of weapons and drugs. The leader of one gang from the 13th district managed to steal a truck with a nuclear bomb. To prevent the bomb from being resold, Officer Damien, an ex- martial arts champion , must infiltrate the wall. The cop joins forces with Leito, who is involved in a criminal history and hopes to free his sister from the clutches of criminals.

Original title:
Banlieue 13

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Crime

Actors:
Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D’Amario …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age Limits :
16+


Skateboarders (2003)

As the rest of the senior year of high school prepares for college, skateboarder Eric and three of his friends go on their last summer trip. The guys are going to make their dream come true – to become famous in professional skateboarding and, of course, make money on their favorite business, having received sponsorship. Teenagers follow the tour of the famous champion in the hope that someone will notice them.

Original title:
Grind

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, sports

Actors:
Mike Vogel, Vince Vieluf, Adam Brody …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
12+


Extreme (2002)

Another film about extreme sports introduces us to a team of stuntmen. Young people shoot ads in the middle of the Austrian Alps. The company is going to launch an avalanche to descend right under it. By chance, the film crew comes across the hideout of a war criminal hiding in the mountains. The terrorist has a weapon, professional killers in submission and a helicopter. And the guys have drive, energy and a virtuoso ability to ride and perform tricks. Who will win in this fight?

Original title:
Extreme Ops

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Devon Sawa, Bridget Wilson, Rupert Graves …

Country:
UK, Germany, Luxembourg

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 4.4

Age limits :
12+


Three X’s (2002)

Xander Cage is a tough guy with a shaved head, a bunch of muscles, tattoos, and a love of extreme sports and adventure. When the U.S. government recruits him for a special assignment, Xander has to agree, otherwise he’ll go to jail . His goal is to infiltrate a gang of Russian criminals whose headquarters is in Prague and collect as much information as possible. Perhaps their leader is planning the real end of the world . However, the mission becomes more complicated after meeting the mysterious Elena, the leader’s girlfriend. The beauty openly flirts with the brutal “mole”, but it is not yet clear which side she is on.

Original title:
xXx

Genre:
Action, thriller, adventure

Actors:
Vin Diesel, Asia Argento, Marton Chokash …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Yamakashi: Freedom in Motion (2001)

In the center of the film about an unusual sport are seven friends-tracers – lovers of extreme movement around the city. The guys are not used to walking on their feet, they move along the roofs, railings and other hills, striking casual spectators with their abilities and earning points from loyal fans. One day, one of the team’s fans gets into trouble. To help him, friends will have to break the law by organizing a robbery.

Original title:
Yamakasi – Les samouraïs des temps modernes

Genre:
Crime, drama, action

Actors:
Chau Bel Din, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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