The Best Cycling Movies

Here are some of the best cycling movies about road bike racing.

A Sunday in Hell (1976) (En forårsdag i Helvede)

Director: Jørgen Leth
Cast: Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Marc Demeyer, Freddy Maertens and others

1976 edition of “The Queen of the Classics”: Paris-Roubaix. It has been said that it’s the most beautiful movie about cycling. Great soundtrack, specially composed for the movie. Epic scenes from the real race.

The Best Cycling Movies - A Sunday in Hell
A Sunday in Hell is a masterpiece

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Stars and Water Carriers (1974)

Director: Jørgen Leth
Cast: Marino Basso, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Ole Ritter and others

One of the best cycling movies ever produced, Stars and Water Carriers is another great Jørgen Leth film. This movie displays the scenes from the 1973 Giro d’Italia. Eddy Merckx era.

The best cycling movies - Stars and Watercariers
A scene from the Stars and the Watercarriers, one of the best cycling movies ever produced: Eddy Merckx vs Giovanni Battaglin, 1973 Giro d’Italia, Stage 8 (Monte Carpegna).

The Flying Scotsman (2006)

Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Cast: Jonny Lee Miller (Graeme Obree), Brian Cox (The Priest), Billy Boyd (Malky), Laura Fraser (the wife of Graeme Obree)

The real story of the Graeme Obree, former track world champion and hour record holder. He was known for his unusual riding positions and for the “Old Faithful” bicycle he built which included parts from a washing machine.

The Flying Scotsman
The Flying Scotsman is the real story of Graeme Obree.
Graeme Obree and Johnny Lee Miller
Graeme Obree and Johnny Lee Miller on the set of The Flying Scotsman.

Hell on Wheels (2004)

Directors: Pepe Danquart, Werner Schweizer
Cast: Erik Zabel, Rolf Aldag, Alexandre Vinokourov, Lance Armstrong and others

The story of the 2003 Tour de France from the Team Telekom’s point of view. Scenes from the tour and inside the team.

Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels is the story of 2003 Tour de France.

Chasing Legends (2010)

Director: Jason Berry
Cast: Mark Cavendish, George Hincapie, Kim Kirchen and others

The story of the 2009 Tour de France from the Team HTC Columbia’s point of view. Scenes from the tour and inside the team. Epic scenes!

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Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

A funny animated movie. Some scenes fromTour de France and Mont Ventoux.

The trailer of the movie:

Les Triplettes de Belleville
Poster of Les Triplettes de Belleville
Les Triplettes de Belleville
A climbing scene

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The Last Kilometer: A cycling documentary (2012)

With: Davide Rebellin, Ignazio Moser, Gianni Mura, “El Diablo” Didi Senft
Also with: Francesco Moser, Cadel Evans, Gedeone Rebellin, Marco Milesi, Francoise Antonini

“The Last Kilometer / a cycling documentary” is a film totally dedicated to a passion, an emotion, a sport: Cycling.

The movie follows the story and an entire cycling season of “the old” Davide Rebellin, 41 years old and still fighting in the peloton after many victories and scandals, and “the young” Ignazio Moser, promising 20 years old son of cycling champion Francesco Moser.

The famous italian journalist Gianni Mura, Tour de France correspondent since 1967, helps us to discover what cycling was and what it has become today, after doping scandals, passion, epic, richness and decadence.

Finally, a bit of madness and insane joy is brought into the movie by Didi Senft, better known as “El Diablo”, a living and metaphorical symbol of all cycling fans, with their passion and their enthusiasm.

The Last Kilometer, “L’Ultimo Chilometro” is a portrait of cycling.

The Greatest Show on Earth (1975)

The epic documentary about the 1974 Giro d’Italia. A film by Michael Pfleghar and Hans Gottschalk.

José Manuel Fuente, Giro 1974
KAS team’s Spanish rider, José Manuel Fuente, nicknamed “El Tarangu” (which is a word in the Asturian language for a man reputed for his strength and character) at the Giro d’Italia. A scene from the movie “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (2014)

The best cycling movies - Pantani The Accidental Death of a Cyclist
The poster of Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist is a 2014 feature-length documentary film directed by James Erskine. It is about life and death of Marco Pantani. The name of the movie is a reference to Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Italian title: Morte accidentale di un anarchico), the most internationally recognized play by Dario Fo (24 March 1926 – 13 October 2016), recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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