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  • Writer's pictureEmma Tanti

Have You Watched These Top 5 Movies Related to Swimming?

Whether you want a movie that will make you laugh, cry, think, or a combination of all three. In fact, each of these movies presents diverse perspectives and attitudes that can contribute to enhancing one's swimming skills. You’ll definately find swimming movies you’ll love on this list:

Orca (2023): is based on the true story of Elham Asghari, the Iranian open-water swimmer who defied the legal and cultural limitations placed on women in Iran by making and breaking world records. It is an excellent female-directed Iranian film about a female super swimmer who is adored and supported by her community but forbidden to compete by repressive authorities who actually attempt to drown her. She’s beaten by not only the authorities, but her husband as well. The story is gripping, the cinematic elements (including underwater photography) are superb and her refusal to give up is inspiring.

Pride (2007): is a heartwarming film based on the true story of Jim Ellis, a determined swim coach who starts a swim team in one of Philadelphia's roughest neighborhoods. Facing adversity and racial tensions, Ellis helps his team overcome societal challenges through the unifying power of swimming. The film celebrates the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and the positive impact that sports, particularly swimming, can have on individuals and communities.

Swimming Upstream (2003): The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton is told from his childhood days growing up in a troubled family to finding inner strength in overcoming his fears and anxieties to become a champion. Tony was abused physically and emotionally by his father. Tony and his siblings find solace in swimming. Once his father sees he has talent, he decides to train Tony. At first Tony swims to make his father proud, but he eventually sees it as a way to escape his life of poverty and abuse in Brisbane.

The Swimmers (2022): Unfolds the remarkable narrative of Yusra Mardini, a two-time Olympic swimmer, and her sister Sara as they navigate the challenges of seeking refuge from Syria while concurrently preparing for the 2016 Olympics. Beyond the portrayal of Yusra's tenacious Olympic journey and her determined pursuit to continue swimming, the heart of the story lies in the theme of family. Her adversity goes beyond the pool, delving into the depths of human connection and the transformative power of solidarity in the pursuit of dreams.

Touch the Wall (2014): Immerses audiences in the compelling documentary journey of swimmers Missy Franklin and Kara Lynn Joyce as they navigate the path to the 2012 Olympics. It captures the essence of athletic pursuit, camaraderie, and the intricate dance between personal and professional life for two remarkable swimmers on their quest for Olympic glory.

What are some of your swim movie favorites?

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