The best sports films about swimming

Films about sports do not lose popularity. It is interesting for the viewer to follow how the main character overcomes all sorts of obstacles and, as a result, receives a long-awaited reward. No less exciting and interesting are the pictures about swimmers. We present a selection of the best films about swimming.

Swim in Life (2006)

The main character of the film, Amy Pearson, does not like her job. And yet she is forced to go to school and teach mathematics. At home, she is met by her husband, with whom relations are not going well. Domestic problems only accumulate, and it is hardly possible to cope with them. For a little change of scenery and relaxation, Amy signs up for a swimming course.

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Communicating with new acquaintances and adopting their experience, the heroine tries to find a solution to her own problems. The group’s coach is Noah Owens, who once wanted to become an Olympic champion. Now he is forced to teach adults how to swim. He has to deal with people of different ages and social status.

Original title:
The Big Bad Swim

Cast:
Paget Brewster, Jeff Branson, Jess Weixler

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
18+

Swimming with the guys (2018)

This is the most unusual synchronized swimming movie you’ve ever seen. Its protagonist Eric Scott has already exchanged his fifth ten. He is an ordinary office worker whose life is bland and brimstone. To add color to his existence, Eric joins the amateur synchronized swimming team.

Eight not so young men do their best to succeed in their unusual occupation. And even if they are far from experienced athletes, they are trying very hard. Although the team looks strange from the outside, Eric feels in the right place.

Original title:
Swimming with Men

Cast:
Rob Brydon, Rupert Graves, Thomas Turgus

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

Champions: Faster. Higher. Stronger (2016)

The main characters of the film are gymnast Svetlana Khorkina, wrestler Alexander Karelin and swimmer Alexander Popov. The film is divided into three short stories, each of which tells about the legendary Russian athletes.

Thanks to his perseverance and hard work, by the age of 25, swimmer Alexander Popov received a huge number of awards and became known all over the world. For its speed, foreigners nicknamed it the “Russian torpedo”. The hero successfully performed at the 1996 Olympics and was already preparing for the next one. At this time, an incident occurred that crossed out his career and affected the entire life of the athlete.

Cast:
Sergey Bondarchuk, Evgeny Pronin, Kristina Asmus

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
6+

Against the Current (2003)

Harold and Dora have five children. The couple are in a difficult financial situation, constantly late at work and pay too little attention to their sons and daughters. Meanwhile, Tony and John start swimming. The father decides to educate his children himself, but he makes all the bets on only one of his sons – John.

This swimming movie is based on a true story. Its protagonist Anthony is trying to do everything possible to prove to his father that he is also worth something. He will have to go from a simple boy, in whom no one believed, to one of the most famous swimmers in the world.

Original title:
Swimming Upstream

Cast:
Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer

Country:
Australia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
12+

Swimmers (2001)

A young teacher is obsessed with the idea of ​​creating her own synchronized swimming team at the college. To do this, she agitates her students. The girl wants to put on a grand show, the main star of which will be her team.

But there are circumstances that greatly complicate the situation. Firstly, a girl works at a school for boys, and therefore her team consists entirely of guys. Secondly, several students who swim very badly agreed to help her. Thirdly, the teacher finds out that she is pregnant, and she has to leave the team. However, the students are no longer going to deviate from their plans.

Original title:
Waterboys

Starring :
Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroshi Tamaki, Akifumi Miura

Country:
Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
16+

Like a Dolphin (2011)

Among films about sports and swimming, a story based on real events stands out. The protagonist of the film, Alessandro, was an outstanding swimmer. One after another, he received awards and set records. After one of the competitions, the man became ill. Alessandro learned that due to heart problems, it is contraindicated for him to continue to play sports.

As often happens, leaving the career of an athlete, an experienced swimmer decided to become a coach. Young guys with difficult destinies and a whole bunch of problems fall under his care. Despite the constantly arising conflicts and the unwillingness of difficult teenagers to take the coach seriously, Alessandro intends to make real athletes out of the guys.

Original title:
Come un delfino

Cast:
Raul Bova, Barbora Bobulova, Ricky Memphis

Country:
Italy

Rating:
IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
12+

On a Clear Day (2005)

The protagonist of the film, Frank, has retired, now he is waiting for a measured and calm life. Finally, a man will be able to devote more time to his family. The only problem is that Frank is an active person who is not used to sitting still. He feels how life is choking him, and is trying with all his might to escape from the gray everyday life.

To achieve inner harmony, Frank decides on a risky venture. A man is going to swim across the English Channel. To prepare for such a dangerous event, the hero begins to train hard.

Original title:
On a Clear Day

Starring :
Peter Mullan, Brenda Blethyn, Sean McGinley

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
12+

Unsinkable (2018)

Another movie about sports tells how swimming in the pool helps to cope with a midlife crisis. Forty-year-old Bertrand could not overcome depression. Neither pills nor support from his wife helped him. As a result, the man decided to join the synchronized swimming team.

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Marcus, Laurent, Thierry and Simon are older men who also try to cope with their emotional problems through sports. They welcome Bertrand to the team and give themselves completely to their hobby. The heroes are so captivated by synchronized swimming that they decide to take part in the international championship.

Original title:
Le grand bain

Cast:
Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Benoit Pulvoord, Virginie Efira

Country:
Belgium, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.0

Age limit:
16+

Against the Current (2008)

Five years ago, the main character of the film, Paul Thompson, lost his wife. Although time passed, he was never able to come to terms with the loss. To get distracted, the hero decides to fulfill his dream. A man wants to swim across the Hudson River. And he is going to do this not across the stream, but along. The end point of the journey should be the ocean.

The sweet and attractive Liz, as well as the caustic and ironic Jeffrey, are called to help Paul. They provide their friend not only with moral support, but together with him go on a risky journey.

Original title:
Against the Current

Cast:
Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+

Pride (2007)

This biopic about swimming and swimmers is about African American Jim Ellis. In college, he was a fairly successful athlete. After graduation, the guy can not find a job and can hardly make ends meet. The hero decides to restore an abandoned pool in order to teach swimming to a team of dark-skinned young guys.

Jim has to face racism, arbitrariness of the authorities, prejudice and injustice. The guys he works with come from dysfunctional families. Usually they are prepared in advance the way to the criminal business. Jim fights against all odds to turn his charges into real professional swimmers.

Original title:
Pride

Cast:
Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberley Elise

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
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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