The Best Cycling Movies

Here are some of the great movies about cycling and cycling races.

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.

A Sunday in Hell
A Sunday in Hell is a masterpiece

Stars and Water Carriers (1974)

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

Another great Jørgen Leth film. This movie displays the scenes from 1973 Giro d’Italia. Eddy Merckx era.

Stars and Water Carriers
Stars and Water Carriers

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!

Here is the fragment of the movie:

Les Triplettes de Belleville (2003)

Director: Sylvain Chomet

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

The fragment of the movie:

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

The Last Kilometer: A cycling documentary

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

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”

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