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Top 10 Must-Watch Gymnast Movies Like Stick It

Updated on November 10, 2016
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Stick It is an American teen comedy-drama film starring Jeff Bridges, Missy Peregrym, and Vanessa Lengies. It was written and directed by Jessica Bendinger, writer of Bring It On; the film marks her directorial debut. It was produced by Touchstone Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment and was released in theatres on April 28, 2006.

Stick It (2006)
Stick It (2006)

Written and directed by Jessica Bendinger, the film marks the debut of Missy Peregrym. Stick It garnered generally favorable reviews from both critics and users. Also, the film had the highest per screen average on its opening weekend with 2,038 movie theaters, making an average of $5,301 per screen.

Here is a list of few more gymnast movies just like Stick It:

The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)

DIRECTOR:

Gregg Champion

WRITER:

Maria Nation, Sterling Anderson

STARS:

Regina King, Imani Hakim, Sydney Mikayla

PLOT SUMMARY:

A prodigy from a very young age, Gabby Douglas originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age eight. She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career. While her star was fast rising in the arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie, three siblings and grandmother in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow to pursue her dream of Olympic glory. Buoyed by her early success, dedication and unyielding love from her family, Gabby made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women's Gymnastics team, with whom she faced intense competition in the London Games. Her sacrifice and perseverance were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-round gold medals, placing Gabby and her teammates - known as "The Fierce Five" -- among the world's all-time greats in gymnastics.

Peaceful Warrior (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Victor Salva

WRITER:

Kevin Bernhardt, Dan Millman

STARS:

Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte, Amy Smart

PLOT SUMMARY:

Dan Millman has it all: good grades, a shot at the Olympic team on the rings and girls lining up for the handsome Berkely college athlete all team mates look up to with envy. Only one man shakes his confidence, an anonymous night gas station attendant, who like Socrates, keeps questioning every assumption in his life. Then a traffic crash shatters Dan's legs, and his bright future. Now Socrates's life coaching is to make or break Dan's revised ambition.

Nadia (1984)

DIRECTOR:

Alan Cooke

WRITER:

Jim McGinn

STARS:

Talia Balsam, Jonathan Banks, Joe Bennett

PLOT SUMMARY:

As a young child, Romanian Nadia Comaneci was discovered by domineering gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi. Karolyi and his wife Marta trained Comaneci in their school for eight years. Comaneci eventually became a gymnastics champion. In 1976, at the age of 14, she became the first woman to ever score a perfect 10 at the Olympics; she ended the competition with seven 10s, three gold medals, one silver and one bronze and was a big celebrity in Romania and around the world. However, the pressure was too much for Comaneci to handle. She was separated from the Karolyis by the Romanian government and became overweight and out-of-shape. She eventually rebounded, though, at the 1979 World Championships.

McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012)

DIRECTOR:

Vince Marcello

WRITER:

Mary Casanova, Jessica O'Toole

STARS:

Jade Pettyjohn, Kerris Dorsey, Nia Vardalos

PLOT SUMMARY:

McKenna has been such a bright reader up until 4th grade. But she slowly started having problems comprehending what she was reading and it was hard for her to tell her friends that her tutor, Josie Myers, was her reading tutor. Then, her friends wonder if she has a private "Gymnastics" coach. Then an ankle injury sends McKenna's life off track.

Raising the Bar (2016)

DIRECTOR:

Clay Glen

WRITER:

Jarrad Bhatia, Pirie Martin, Hayden Smith

STARS:

Kelli Berglund, Lili Karamalikis, Tess Fowler

PLOT SUMMARY:

16-year-old Kelly quits an elite gymnastics program in America and moves to Australia. To help out a new friend and show up an old rival, because a girl broke her leg Kelly re-enters competitive gymnastics, she'll have to find a way to move forward while also making amends with her past.

Full Out (2015)

DIRECTOR:

Sean Cisterna

WRITER:

Willem Wennekers

STARS:

Ana Golja, Jennifer Beals, Sarah Fisher

PLOT SUMMARY:

Based on the true life story of Ariana Berlin, a California gymnast. As she zoned in on her Olympic goals, 14 year old Ariana Berlin's life took a sharp turn when she was involved in a debilitating car accident. Gaining her confidence and movement back through learning hip hop dance, she unexpectedly found herself called back to the gymnastics world thanks to world renowned UCLA Coach Valorie Kondos Field. With Val's help, Ariana was eventually able to secure a spot on the UCLA gymnastics team and win an NCAA championship, a lifelong goal that she had always dreamed of. This is a wonderfully inspiring story of persistence, confidence, and the heart and courage to make a somewhat impossible comeback in life.

The Bronze (2015)

DIRECTOR:

Bryan Buckley

WRITER:

Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch

STARS:

Melissa Rauch, Gary Cole, Haley Lu Richardson

PLOT SUMMARY:

Former gymnastics Bronze Medalist Hope Ann Greggory (Melissa Rauch) has been living off her celebrity status in her hometown of Amherst, Ohio, though she is reduced to going through the mail her mailman father delivers for spending money. When her former coach Pavleck (Christine Abrahamsen) suddenly commits suicide, a letter arrives addressed to Hope stating that if she can guide Pavleck's best student, a young gymnastics star named Maggie Townsend (Haley Lu Richardson) to the Olympics in Toronto, she will receive a $500,000 inheritance.

Perfect Body (1997)

DIRECTOR:

Douglas Barr

WRITER:

Melissa Gould

STARS:

Amy Jo Johnson, Brett Cullen, Wendie Malick

PLOT SUMMARY:

Andie Bradley is a gymnast with big dreams for the Olympics. When offered to work with one of the leading coaches in the U.S., she gratefully accepts. When she gets to the gym, she is scrutinized by the coach about her weight and feels the pressure to lose the pounds. At first it's just dieting, but when she meets a fellow team member, Leslie, she realizes there are ways around it. It's possible to eat what you want, but not gain a pound.

The Gymnast (2006)

DIRECTOR:

Ned Farr

WRITER:

Ned Farr

STARS:

Dreya Weber, Addie Yungmee, David De Simone

PLOT SUMMARY:

The talented Jane Hawkins (Dreya Weber, Lovely & Amazing) was an impressive gymnast at the top of her game until a devastating injury ended her career. Now she pours the passion, strength and discipline that once fueled her sport into maintaining both a tedious job as a massage therapist and a loveless marriage. A chance meeting leads sets Jane on a new path: performing a CirqueDu Soleil style aerial act with a mysterious and beautiful dancer named Serena (Addie Yungmee). Each of them are illuminated by the presence of the other, but there are distractions. Jane is distressed by her lack of children while Serena is a closeted lesbian who tackles stereotypes with being an adopted Korean daughter of Jewish parents. As the stunning pair prepares to audition their act for a Las Vegas show, the gravitational pull between the two women becomes increasingly unavoidable... A visually compelling film that challenges notions of both ability and identity, THE GYMNAST is foremost a story about hope and taking the necessary risks to fully become yourself.

Little Girls in Pretty Boxes (1997)

DIRECTOR:

Christopher Leitch

WRITER:

Bruce Franklin Singer

STARS:

Swoosie Kurtz, Courtney Peldon, John Ashton

PLOT SUMMARY:

A made for television movie based on the book and starring Swoosie Kurtz and Courtney Peldon aired in 1997 on Lifetime Television. It portrayed a fictionalized account of a teenage girl, whose family relocates to Los Angeles to pursue Olympic Gold with a difficult coach and rigorous schedule, drawing on many of the stories Ryan recounts in the book. It depicts young female gymnasts dealing with prescription painkiller abuse, skipping meals, enduring intimidation, and generally pushing their bodies to the breaking point in order to achieve perfection.

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