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Best Cycling Movies Of All-Time (Stream Or Buy)

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When you’re not out riding your bike, the next best thing can be relaxing, watching a movie and wishing you were out there. We’ve put together a list of some of the best cycling movies to inspire your next ride.

21 Best Cycling Movies Of All Time

1. The Bicycle Thief

The Bicycle Thief (also called Bicycle Thieves) is a black and white film from 1948 that tells the story of a man searching for his stolen bicycle. This is a highly acclaimed Italian movie that has won several awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe.

The movie is set in post-war Rome, where there are high rates of poverty. The man finally receives a job offer, for which he’s required to have a bicycle. After pawning some of his family’s household items to buy the bike, it’s stolen on his first day on the job.

Suitable for: fans of the classics

Watch on: DVD

2. Breaking Away

Breaking Away is a multi-award-winning movie from 1979 that follows a young guy, who has recently graduated from high school, as he tries to win the heart of a young college girl.

One of the things that stand in his way is his working-class background. But as an avid fan of the Italian cycling team, and a champion cyclist himself, he tries to pass himself off as an Italian exchange student.

Suitable for: fans of romantic comedies

Watch on: DVD

3. Rising From Ashes

Rising From Ashes is a documentary film about the first Rwandan cycling team ever to make it to the Olympic Games.

The story follows a group of men who have struggled through the horrors of their country’s civil war, including the deaths of multiple family members, but found solace and purpose through cycling.

This documentary follows the team as they attempt to make history by competing in the London 2012 Olympics.

Suitable for: finding inspiration

Watch on: DVD

4. The Flying Scotsman

The Flying Scotsman is based on the true story of Graeme Obree, the Scotsman who beat the World Hour Record for cycling distance in 1993 on a bike that he made himself using parts of a washing machine.

This 1996 movie highlights the struggles Obree had to deal with in his life, namely his depression, and how he was able to overcome these to succeed.

Suitable for: fans of uplifting dramas

Watch on: DVD

5. American Flyers

American Flyers is a 1985 movie about the relationship between two brothers as they attempt a bike race through the Rocky Mountains. After previously losing their father to a brain aneurysm, the brothers have to live with the possibility that the condition is inherited.

The movie features great shots of Colorado biking trails and views of the Rockies.

Suitable for: drama lovers

Watch on: DVD

6. Rad

Rad tells the story of a young guy who dreams of riding in the Hell Track BMX competition. This amateur small-town BMX rider gets offered the chance to qualify for the race and ends up putting everything on the line just to take part.

The story also follows the rider’s love for a semi-pro BMX rider, who, along with her friends, may be able to help him succeed.

Suitable for: families and fans of 80s music

Watch on: Blu-ray

7. Half The Road

Half The Road is a documentary movie that focuses on women’s cycling. It takes you inside the world of female professional cycling, with insights into the differences and inequalities between men and women’s cycling.

The movie features interviews with champions, Olympians, coaches, and many others involved in the sport, as well as footage of various races around the world.

Suitable for: serious road riders

Watch on: DVD

8. Slaying The Badger

Slaying the Badger is a documentary film that was part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series. The film follows the story of Greg LeMond, the first and only American ever to win the Tour de France.

It covers the rivalry between LeMond and his teammate Bernard Hinault, known as “the badger” during the 1986 Tour.

Suitable for: road riders and sports history fans

Watch on: DVD

9. Luca

Luca is not entirely about cycling but a large portion of the movie centers around an annual cycling race that takes place in a small village in Italy. This fun animated Disney Pixar movie features the usual life lessons that are often standard in Disney Pixar movies.

The colorful story follows the underdog characters who train to take part in the coveted Portorosso Cup, despite only just learning how to ride a bike.

Suitable for: family viewing

Watch on: Blu-ray

10. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure is a silly family comedy that sees Pee-Wee Herman’s precious bicycle get stolen in broad daylight.

The movie follows Pee-Wee’s adventures as he travels across the United States in search of his beloved bike, which he believes has been taken to the basement of the Alamo after visiting a fortune teller. Along the way, he meets a host of unsavory characters.

Suitable for: fun, family viewing

Watch on: Blu-ray

11. The Armstrong Lie

The Armstrong Lie is a documentary film that covers one of the greatest deceits in cycling, and possibly all sport. What had originally started out as a documentary about Lance Armstrong’s comeback and his attempt to win his eighth Tour de France, ended up becoming a film showing his demise after his admission of doping.

This led to him being stripped of all seven Tour de France titles, as well as being given a lifetime ban.

Suitable for: fans of documentaries

Watch on: Blu-ray

12. Chasing Legends

Chasing Legends is a documentary film that follows the HTC-Columbia team during the 2009 Tour de France. The team, which included Mark Cavendish, was the most successful UCI ProTour team in 2008 and 2009.

This interesting film includes footage of the race as well as interviews with the team and facts about the history of the Tour de France.

Suitable for: road racers and Tour de France fans

Watch on: Blu-ray

13. Blood Road

Blood Road is a 2017 documentary film that follows the journey of Rebecca Rusch, an endurance mountain biker, as she cycles with a fellow cyclist, 1,200 miles across the Ho Chi Minh Trail on an emotional ride in search of answers surrounding her father’s death. Rusch’s father – a US Air Force fighter pilot – was shot down in his plane during the Vietnam War.

The journey takes them through jungles and across mountains as they make their way to the crash site.

Suitable for: trail riders and history fans

Watch on: DVD

14. Inspired To Ride

Inspired to Ride tells the story of a group of cyclists as they embark on the TransAm Bike Race. This documentary film covers the race as the group travels along the famous TransAmerica Trail, winding through ten states and a variety of terrain.

The group, which includes men and women cyclists from all over the world, ride 300 miles each day, covering 4,233 miles across the entire race.

Suitable for: mountain biking inspiration

Watch on: DVD

15. Wadjda

Wadjda is the inspirational story of a young girl living in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who desperately wants a bicycle she has seen for sale so that she can beat her neighbor (a boy) in a race. Since her family won’t allow her to have the bike – because she’s a girl – she sets about trying to raise the money herself.

She hears about a Quran recitation competition with a cash prize and begins to memorize verses in an attempt to win and hopefully buy the bike.  

Suitable for: family viewing

Watch on: Blu-ray

16. Icarus

Icarus is the 2017 documentary film directed by Bryan Fogel, an amateur cyclist, as he explores the world of doping to win competitions. He meets with a Russian scientist who can help him take performance-enhancing drugs that are designed to evade detection during athlete drugs tests.

This uncovers the Russian state-sponsored doping program that saw the Russian Olympic team stripped of medals and Russian athletes stripped of world championships. This doping program also resulted in the country being banned from all major sporting events.

Suitable for: fans of investigative journalism and competitive sports

Watch on: Netflix

17. Premium Rush

Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, tells the story of a bike messenger who gets caught up in a thrilling chase across New York City when he’s given an urgent envelope to deliver. He’s targeted by a guy who turns out to be an NYPD officer with a gambling debt.

The movie is filled with lots of action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Suitable for: fans of action movies and thrillers

Watch on: DVD

18. All For One

All For One is a documentary film that follows the story of Australia’s first ProTour cycling team, GreenEdge. The movie highlights their athleticism and their drive to win over the first five years of the team’s journey, focusing on their personal ups and downs as they take on international competitions and achieve individual goals.

Suitable for: fans of inspiring stories

Watch on: Prime

19. Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist is the true story of Marco Pantani, the Italian cyclist and winner of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, and his battle with addiction.

This biographical film highlights the struggles the athlete faced which ultimately led to him being found dead in a hotel room after a cocaine overdose. The film includes archive footage from Pantani’s 1998 race wins.

Suitable for: fans of road cycling

Watch on: Prime

20. A Sunday In Hell

A Sunday in Hell covers the 1976 Paris-Roubaix race as the cyclists ride over the challenging cobbled terrain that the route is renowned for.

The documentary follows the riders before they begin the demanding one-day race in Paris and journeys with them over the strenuous course as they make their way to the finish line in Roubaix.

Suitable for: competitive cyclists

Watch on: DVD

21. The Racer

The Racer is a 2020 movie that tells the tale of a Belgian cyclist who is a career support rider or “domestique” for the Tour de France, setting the pace and enabling his team sprinter to win. But after 20 years riding as support, he harbors dreams of winning and getting the chance to wear the coveted yellow jersey.

The movie is set in 1998 when the opening stages of the Tour de France were moved to Ireland.

Suitable for: drama fans

Watch on: Prime

Are You Inspired?

Are you ready to settle down, rest your legs and take a journey without leaving your couch?

Give these awesome cycling movies a watch and tell us which one is your favorite before you get back on your own saddle.

Maybe your favorite didn’t make our list? Let us know, so we can all check it out.

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I’m a cycling enthusiast, and the founder and chief editor of Bike Push. If I’m not working on this website, then I’m out on the bike clocking up the miles. I want to help others get the most out of cycling.

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