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The 2022 Winter Olympic Games have got me hyped about all things ice skating. Time for me to brush up on the difference between a twizzle and a triple axel and re-familiarize myself with the national champions going for gold. And when that’s done, I might treat myself to an ice skating movie. These are the 12 best skating movies and docs about those crazy kids who strap knives on their feet and turn it into the prettiest sport of all time.

Bonus fun fact: There are also great ice skating TV shows out there—Spinning Out was a wild Netflix binge, and Yuri on Ice has a huge fan following. The Disney+ series The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is also pretty good! Oh, and in the interest of fairness and ~*equality*~ I’m including movies about figure skating and movies about hockey. If the two sports have to share ice time IRL, they have to share ice time in our movie lists. That all said, let’s get into it!

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1 ‘Blades of Glory’

Not all the jokes in the 2007 Will Ferrell comedy hold up in 2022, but others satirize the best and worst of the figure skating world perfectly.

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2 ‘The Cutting Edge’

It’s the classic enemies-to-lovers story of hockey player meets figure skater.

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3 ‘The Mighty Ducks’

WHAT TEAM? Sorry, wrong Disney movie.

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4 ‘I, Tonya’

This Academy Award-winning film tells a darkly comic, exaggerated version of the real-life scandal between Tonya Harding, her ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, and Nancy Kerrigan.

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5 ‘Ice Princess’

DCOM alert! The first of two 2005 films about skating to air on the House of Mouse, this one follows Michelle Trachtenberg’s STEM girl character as she attempts to use her knowledge of physics to become a competitive figure skater.

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6 ‘Go Figure’

Another DCOM alert! This 2005 film is about a promising figure skater who moonlights as a hockey player in order to attend a prestigious boarding school for free.

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7 ‘The Ice Follies of 1939’

In the mood for a classic? The figure skaters in this film are more about show business than competition. (And the movie stars Joan Crawford and Jimmy Stewart, so you know it’s good.)

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8 ‘Ice Castles’

This throwback, like The Cutting Edge, is a romance between a figure skater and a hockey playerand drama ensues when the figure skater is injured. The hockey player is played by Robby Benson, who voices the Beast in Beauty and the Beast.

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9 ‘The Ice King’

This one’s a documentary about John Curry, who revitalized the art of figure skating and become the first openly gay competitor at the Olympic Games after being outed by a tabloid.

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10 ‘Miracle’

This inspirational hockey movie is a true story. It’s also about an Olympic hockey team, and therefore appropriate for the season.

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11 ‘Mystery, Alaska’

Burt Reynolds and Russell Crowe?? Get the white wine out. Your mom’s interested in watching Mystery, Alaska if you’re not.

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12 ‘Torvill & Dean’

If you swooned over Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir when they took home Olympic gold in 2018, you’ve gotta watch this TV biopic about England’s sexiest ice dancers, and… hey! I recognize that guy from Game of Thrones!

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