I pedal: 18 films about cyclists

“Fast leg” is similar to the nickname of an Indian, but in fact this is how the word “bicycle” is translated, which was coined at the beginning of the 19th century. Iron friends accompany a person from childhood: first a three-wheeled baby, then a two-wheeled, simple, racing or mountain. Our selection includes films about cyclists, which will not only please Greenpeace, but also show what interesting situations both ordinary fans of pedaling and inveterate extreme sports find themselves in.

Rise (2019)

Two friends go on a bike ride through the mountains of southern France. For one – a professional athlete – such rides will not be difficult, but the second, who is not accustomed to the loads and cycling extreme, will have to make a lot of effort. However, the main problem on the way will not be fatigue due to winding mountain roads, but the accidental recognition of one of the friends in an affair with the bride of another.

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Original title:
The Climb

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Kyle Marvin, Michael Angelo Covino, Gail Rankin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.7


Doping (2015)

The feature film about the great revelation in the field of cycling is based on real events . The famous racer successfully wins one competition after another. Tribunes applaud the outstanding athlete, but an Irish journalist suspects the victor of doping. To find confirmation of his guesses, the reporter begins a high-profile investigation.

Original title:
The Program

Genre:
Drama, biography, sports

Actors:
Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet …

Country:
UK, USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Come first (2015)

Four friends decided to take part in a large-scale bicycle race. Buddies have to pedal to overcome more than a hundred thousand kilometers on several continents. To show a successful result, everyone will have to make every effort. However, a sports competition will not only test the physical form of everyone, but will also become a severe test for a strong long-term friendship.

Original title:
Po feng

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Eddie Peng, Choi Chi-won, Sean Dou…

Country:
Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.3


Tour de Chance (2013)

Life-affirming film about a bicycle trip continues the tradition of the best French comedies . An inconspicuous loser has a black streak in his life: a divorce from his wife, dismissal from work … A desperate man decides to drive along the route of the famous Tour de France the day before the start of official competitions. Many other amateur cyclists are joining the unusual initiative.

Original title:  
La grande boucle

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:  
Clovis Cornillac, Bouli Lanners, Eri Abittan …

Country:  
France

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
12+


Girl on a bike (2013)

The bus driver, showing tourists the sights of Paris , believed that he was in love with a beautiful stewardess, until he ran into a charming single mother, cutting through the French capital on a bike. In order to find an approach to a new acquaintance, a man seeks advice from a fellow womanizer, but for some reason an experienced womanizer gives extremely dubious recommendations.

Original title:
Girl on a Bicycle

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Vincenzo Amato, Nora Chirner, Louise Mono…

Country:
Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Express Delivery (2012)

An exciting crime movie about a cyclist working in a delivery service. The reckless courier loves to quickly drive around the city, delivering orders. Performing the next task, the messenger picks up the envelope and goes to the specified address, but on the way the guy notices that a corrupt policeman is on his heels to take the parcel from him. The courier picks up speed and tries to pull away.

Original title:
Premium Rush

Genre:
Thriller, crime

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Danya Ramirez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Boy with a bike (2011)

The father handed over his teenage son to an orphanage and fled in an unknown direction. The boy wanders around the district in vain attempts to find a negligent parent. The owner of a local hairdresser shows sympathy for the teenager – she helps to buy out the old bike, takes the guy to her place for the weekend. However, the boy, embittered by the whole world, perceives kindness and care with hostility.

Original title:
Le Gamin au vélo

Genre:
Drama, family

Actors:
Thomas Doré, Cecile De France, Jeremy Renier…

Country:
Belgium, France, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Cyclist (2011)

The first date obviously didn’t go well. It’s time to say goodbye and disperse, but someone stole the girl’s bike from the parking lot. A failed gentleman cannot leave the poor thing alone. Together, the strange couple sets off in search of a night thief and a stolen vehicle. The city, plunged into darkness, is full of secrets and dangers, so there is no easy solution to the situation.

Original title:
The Cyclist

Genre:
Short, thriller, drama

Actors:
Luke Baibak, Riccardo LeBron, Shannyn Sossamon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 7.6


Flying Scotsman (2006)

The list of the best films about cyclists continues with an interesting biographical drama dedicated to the famous Graham Aubrey. An outstanding Scottish athlete won prestigious races and set world records, and he also assembled bikes from spare parts from old equipment. Despite various talents and grandiose achievements, the famous cyclist suffered from mental problems all his life. all his life .

Original title:  
The Flying Scotsman

Genre:  
Drama, sports

Actors:  
Jonny Lee Miller, Sean Brown, Joseph Carney …

Country:  
Germany, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
16+


Beijing Bicycle (2000)

A simple guy from the village moved to Beijing and even found a good job as a cyclist courier. The young man will have to deliver orders around the city, but according to the terms of the contract, the vehicle must be purchased from the company. When the hero makes the last installment, someone steals the bike. A long search ends in success, but the bike already has a new owner. The guy decides to also commit theft in order to return his iron horse.

Original title:
Shiqi sui de dan che

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Lin Kui, Li Bin, Zhou Xun …

Country:
France, Taiwan, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Policemen on bicycles (TV series, 1996 – 2000)

On the hot Californian beaches, there is a unique police unit patrolling the area on racing bikes. From the outside it may seem that such law enforcement officers do not look serious, but only real pros work there. In addition, the virtuoso possession of two-wheeled vehicles, combined with quick response and maneuverability, does not leave offenders a single chance.

Original title:
Pacific Blue

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Jim Davidson, Paul Tricky, Darlene Fogel …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Thugs on Bicycles (1993)

A group of friends discovers a box filled with walkie-talkies in a secret place. The guys did not even know that a gang of robbers, who were preparing a bank robbery , hid the means of communication. , hid the means of communication . The villains intend to cruelly get even with those who stick their noses into other people’s business. Criminals are scary and dangerous, but catching up with a group of teenagers masterfully riding bikes can be an impossible mission for them.

Original title:
BMX Bandits

Genre:
Drama, crime, adventure

Actors:
David Arge, John Ley, Nicole Kidman…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.5

Age limit:
12+


Cyclist (1989)

Iranian film about cycling, shot in the genre of social drama, received the main award at the prestigious festival in Rimini. A well-known cyclist is forced to flee from Afghanistan to Iran. In a foreign land, a famous athlete must do hard and low-paid work. And in order to earn money for the treatment of his dying wife, the hero of the film agrees to a rather risky proposal.

Original title:
Bicycleran

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Mahshid Afsharzadeh, Firuz Kiani, Samira Makhmalbaf…

Country:
Iran

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3


American Lightnings (1985)

Athlete brothers train hard and prepare to set records, but a constant sense of anxiety prevents the achievement of brilliant results. The father of talented cyclists died due to a rare vascular disease. The insidious disease is inherited, so it is highly likely that one of the brothers is also seriously ill . A long-awaited victory can turn into a fatal outcome.

Original title:
American Flyers

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Ray Don Chong…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Broker (1985)

A young ambitious broker on the stock exchange loses all his savings, and at the same time his father’s money. A desperate guy gets a job as a cyclist messenger. A new job, although not considered prestigious, helps to improve physical fitness, make friends and find love. That’s just cunning businessmen want to use the delivery people to transport drugs . The hero of the film will have to use his business acumen to bring the criminals to clean water.

Original title:
Quicksilver

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.7


Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

A little-known comedy that became a feature-length debut for a director who later achieved worldwide fame. An eccentric man who loves extravagant inventions was very proud of his tuned two-wheeled friend. One day, someone stole a fancy vehicle. The frustrated inventor intends to return the loss and sets off across the country in search of an iron horse.

Original title:
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

Genre:
Comedy, adventure, family

Actors:
Paul Reubens, Elizabeth Daily, Mark Holton…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.0


Going to Breakaway (1979)

The young guy could not adequately prove himself in front of his cycling idols, and he also failed to impress the girl he liked. Friends suggest not to lose heart and create your own cycling team. A convincing victory will help to wipe the nose of the presumptuous pros and charm the wayward beauty. However, for a successful performance, the young hero of the film needs to make a lot of efforts.

Original title:
Breaking Away

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy, sports

Actors:
Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7


Bicycle Tamers (1963)

In an old Soviet romantic film , a teacher and a veterinarian are in love with the same girl. A talented person is trying to invent a new model of a wheel mechanism for cycling. To impress the wayward beauty, both gentlemen are forced to become cyclists and take part in the race. To the winner, who has overcome all difficulties, the fatal girl will be more supportive.

Genre:
Comedy, sports

Actors:
Lyudmila Gurchenko, Oleg Borisov, Eduard Pavuls …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


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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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