Must-See Ice Skating Movies

Bringing the Rink to Hollywood

Sonja Henie's famous ice skating movies made figure skating popular. Since then, several figure skating movies have been made that continue to increase interest in the sport.

The movie "Blades of Glory" is a parody about the world of competitive figure skating. It is about two single male figure skaters and rivals, Chazz Michael Michaels (Will Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Jon Heder), who become pair skating partners after they are banned from competing in single men's figure skating competitions for life. They are banned after they get in a horrible fight on the podium when they have to share World WinterSport Games gold medals after they tie. Three and a half years later, they team up together as a pair after they find out that they are not banned from competing in pairs skating. They become a really good pair team and they work hard to win a gold medal in the World WinterSport Games.

"Ice Dreams" is a Hallmark Channel original television movie that was released in January of 2010. It ​is about a former champion skater and Olympic contender who returns to the ice to coach a talented teenage girl.

This is a Disney movie about a teenage girl who is a physics genius. In order to win a scholarship to Harvard, she works on developing a special formula to make figure skating moves better. She learns how to skate in the process and becomes a figure skating champion. Famous figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Brian Boitano make special guest appearances in this movie.

This movie's cast includes Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, and Tom Skerritt. Lynn-Holly Johnson, who was a beautiful and talented skater and actress in the 1970s, plays a young and talented teen from Iowa who is discovered by a top skating coach. She gets a chance to go to Colorado to be trained to become an Olympic champion. She gets injured and becomes blind shortly after becoming successful at skating, but returns to compete and skate again.

"Ice Castles" is a remake of the 1978 Oscar-nominated movie of the same name. The story clearly shows that a person can recover and go on after a tragedy.

This movie was made for television in 1979. Jimmy McNicol, the brother of the child star Christy McNicol, plays a hockey player that becomes a figure skater. He is paired up with actress Joy Leduc who plays a young single skater that must consider pairs since she is not making it in that branch of figure skating. The two become friends and fall in love as they train. Then, McNicol is killed in a plane crash, but Leduc somehow perseveres and skates again in singles. The movie ends on a happy note.

"Attack of the 5'2" Women" is a National Lampoon movie that is a parody about the Tonya and Nancy figure skating scandal. It is probably the funniest figure skating parody ever produced.

During the 1988 Winter Olympics, an ice hockey player has his professional career cut short after an accident. He is then recruited by a Russian figure skating coach to skate pairs with a very spoiled and rich figure skater. At first, they don't get along, but eventually, ​they become a very good pair team and make it to the 1992 Olympics and fall in love.

This is the sequel to the 1991 hit, "The Cutting Edge." Christy Carlson Romano stars as the daughter of the original movie's pair. She is a single skater and is injured. The injury means that she is not able to do the many triple jumps required for singles, but she is able to do pair skating. She interviews many partners and an in-line stunt skater is the best choice. At first, they don't like each other, but as time goes on they become an amazing pair skating team and fall in love.

This is the third "Cutting Edge" movie, and it was made for TV in 2008. This time around, the hockey player that becomes a pair skater is a girl. Christy Carlson Romano, who starred in "Cutting Edge 2," plays Jackie Dorsey, a former single and pair skater who is the coach that believes in the boy figure skater and the girl hockey player. She takes them to the top.

The Ice Follies of 1939's is a typical old MGM Hollywood movie, but the film also includes figure skaters from the real Shipstads and Johnson Ice Follies. Those interested in ice skating show history will especially enjoy seeing the film. Viewers should know that James Stewart and Joan Crawford don't actually do any skating. The story is really about their romance.

"Snow White and the Three Stooges" featured Carol Heiss, the 1960 Olympic Figure Skating Champion, to make her movie debut. Heiss is Snow White on figure skates. Instead of seven dwarfs, the three stooges come to Snow White's aid. The ice skating scenes are enjoyable to watch. Olympic Champion Carol Heiss skates very fast and does jumps and spins in both directions. She performs a double axel and also sings.

Sonja Henie is considered a figure skating legend. The ice skating movie "Sonja Henie: Queen Of The Ice" tells the story of her entire life and career. Anyone interested in ice skating history will learn something from this documentary. After winning the Olympics in 1936, Sonja Henie became a movie star. She was one of Hollywood's most popular stars. She appeared in ten films. Some of those films are available on DVD.

This is a very cute Disney movie. A talented teenage figure skater dreams of being a champion and is discovered by a famous Russian skating coach. She does not have enough money to train with this famous coach who is associated with a private boarding school, but she has the opportunity to get a hockey scholarship so she can figure skate. She accepts the scholarship and learns to play hockey. She changes in the process. She learns about teamwork and making friends by playing hockey.

This is a biographical drama which tells the story of Oksana Baiul who won the 1994 Winter Olympics. There is not much skating in the movie, but the story is very moving, and there is a performance by the real Oksana Baiul at the end of the movie.

This is a Canadian movie. It was originally called "Skate." It is about a talented Canadian teen who loves to skate. She does well in the Canadian national championship, and gets to go to the World Figure Skating Championship. The Canadian Skating Federation gives her a chance to train with a top coach, but the coach is very strict and ruins her. She returns home defeated, but eventually gets back on the ice and competes and performs again.

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