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Top 12 Ice Skating Movies of All Time!

Updated on September 8, 2014
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What Are the Best Ice Skating Movies Ever Made?

Movies that feature figure skating are always very popular; a solid ice skating movie is all it takes to start a whole new wave of future Olympic skaters!

There are comedies, dramas, romances, and documentaries that feature ice skating. Some even feature appearances by former skating champions.

If you are a fan of skating movies, you have probably seen a lot of them. Take the Skating Movie Trivia Quiz to see how much you already know, then read my list of what I believe are the top twelve ice skating movies of all time to fill yourself in on any films you may have missed!

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12. On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story (1990)

Starring: Rachael Crawford and Charlie Stratton.

This is the true story of the rise and fall of Tai Babilonia, the first African-American figure skater to complete in the Olympics.

Tai starts training for pairs with Randy Gardner at the age of eight. Together, they become five-time US figure skating champions, and in 1979, they become world champions. The following year, they are expected to win a medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. But tragically, Randy pulls a muscle, forcing them to withdraw. As her meteoric career slows, Tai realizes that her life feels empty, and turns to drinking, drugs, and eating to try to fill it. This is a cautionary tale about what it takes to be great, what it takes to be happy, and the fact that the two do not always coincide.

This was a made-for-TV movie that is not available on DVD.

Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner 1983 Paraguay stamp
Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner 1983 Paraguay stamp | Source

11. Blades of Courage

Starring: Christianne Hirt, Rosemary Dunsmore, Patricia Hamilton, Cec Linder, and Colm Feore.

This 1987 Canadian made-for-television movie stars Christianne Hirt as Lori Laroche, an aspiring figure skater. Lori places third at her first appearance in the Canadian Figure Skating Championships, and the president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association (CFSA) decides to place her on the World Figure Skating Championship team instead of the silver medalist winner.

Lori's life is turned upside down, as she begins to train for the championship in the middle of the school year. The CFSA changes her coach to Gainor, an egomaniac who wants to break Lori to his coaching methods. He alternatively yells at and sexually harasses her until iceskating no longer comes naturally and Lori is both physically and psychologically hurt. However, she is stronger than she appears, and works to see if without Gainor she can continue to follow her dream.

Blades of Courage Full Movie

10. Go Figure (2005)

Starring: Jordan Hinson, Whitney Sloan, and Cristine Rose.

Katelyn is an aspiring figure skater. She is discovered by a famous Russian skating coach, Natasha, but Natasha teaches at an expensive boarding school that Katelyn cannot afford. However, Katelyn finds a loophole! In order to go to the school where the Russian coach is, she gets a scholarship to be on the girls' hockey team.

At her new school, Katelyn struggles to balance her time playing on the hockey team, practicing figure skating, completing challenging school work, and finding new friends. And it’s no help that the hockey team thinks figure skating is lame and that another figure skater who is jealous of Katelyn bullies her. She must find motivation in order to persevere!

Go Figure Trailer

9. Ice Castles (1978)

Starring: Lynn-Holly Johnson, Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, and Tom Skerritt.

Lynn-Holly Johnson plays skater Alexis Winston, who skates because she loves it. She has a natural talent for the sport and is coached by a family friend. She is spotted at a competition by a coach who wants to take over her training to turn her into a champion.

However, Alexis's Olympic dreams as an upcoming skater are shattered when she falls on the ice and loses her eyesight. Her family takes her home to help her try to adjust to life without her eyesight.

Despite her blindness, Alexis's boyfriend insists she should try skating again because it would be pointless and cruel not to try. He pushes her to get back on the ice, and with help from family and friends, she is able to overcome her disability and do the sport she loves again.

Skaters today often choose this film's theme song, Through the Eyes of Love by Melissa Manchester, as their music in a competition or exhibition.

This movie was a favorite of my daughter and was one of the reasons why she decided to take skating lessons!

This film not only won the heart of my daughter, but was also nominated for an Oscar, the Golden Globe Award, and a Grammy Award; it was the winner of the Golden Reel Award.

Ice Castles Movie Trailer

8. The Cutting Edge (1992)

Starring: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, and Terry O'Quinn.

With a championship title in sight, a rough-around-the-edges hockey player and a pompous figure skater learn to bring out the best in one another.

Both Kate Moseley and Doug Dorsey have worked their whole lives to make it to the Olympics. Dorsey is injured in a violent hockey game and Moseley experiences a fall when her partner drops her while performing a lift. Dorsey is not able to play hockey again and without a suitable partner Mosely is not able to continue her quest for a championship. Moseley goes through potential skating partners in temperamental fits until she is left with no further options. Finally, Dorsey is recruited to try out with Mosely, and they are both made to realize that there is no other choice for either of them if they want to make it to the Olympics. The training begins, and they find themselves falling in love with each other but not wanting to admit it to anyone, including themselves. Their final competition could make or break them as they work toward Olympic gold.

This is the ultimate love/skate relationship!

The Cutting Edge Movie Trailer

7. Blizzard (2003)

Starring: Paul Bates, Brenda Glethyn, Brittany Bristow, Leif Bristow, and Whoopi Goldberg.

When 10-year-old Jess's best friend moves away, she is inconsolable. Her aunt tries to help her by telling her a tale of an enchanted reindeer and another little girl named Katie who only wants to ice skate.

When Katie is skating on a local outdoor rink, she meets a former Olympic skater named Otto Brewer who offers to give her lessons. She quickly develops into a wonderful ice skater. But, when Katie's father loses his job, they are forced to move into the city so his father can find another job. Katie is devastated to move away from her friend.

In another part of the world, a reindeer named Blizzard is able to sense the little girl's sadness and flies to her to investigate the cause. Despite the rules of the North Pole, Blizzard helps Katie realize that friends are friends forever. Blizzard faces the possibility of banishment from the North Pole for breaking the rules.

This film won the Best of the Fest award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and the DGC Team Award from the Director's Guild of Canada.

Blizzard Movie Trailer

6. Ice Princess (2005)

Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Joan Cusack, Amy Stewart, Kim Cattrall, and Hayden Panettiere.

Under the advice of her high school physics teacher, Casey decides to do a project applying the concepts of physics to ice skating for a presentation that will potentially earn her a scholarship to Harvard. She joins the skating school to be her own test subject. However, what she does not expect is that over the course of the summer, she develops a love of the sport of ice skating. She must then decide between her dream of going to Harvard and her dream of pursuing competitive ice skating.

This movie won 14 awards in the Teen Film/TV Series International Awards including Best Film of the Year.

Ice Princess Movie Trailer

5. Blades of Glory (2007)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, and Jenna Fischer.

Two rival skaters who get in a fight on a competition podium are banned from the event for life. They find a loophole by joining up to be the first male-male pairs team to compete. They find a coach who is willing to train them and they have to discover how they overcome their hatred for one another in order to become competitive skaters. The coach challenges them to try a dangerous move that has never been successfully performed before. They must also deal with the vicious tricks of one of their rivals.

This movie has a lot of famous skaters in it, including Sasha Cohen, Scott Hamilton, Peggy Fleming, Brian Boitano, Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, as well as others who perform as competing doubles teams.

Blades of Glory Movie Trailer

4. (New) Ice Castles (2010)

Starring: Taylor Firth, Rob Mayes, Henry Czerny, and Morgan Kelly.

This is a remake of the 1978 movie Ice Castles.

Alexis Winston is well on her way to becoming a champion figure skater when she falls, hitting her head and suffering a loss of eyesight. She retreats to her home where she is protected by her father. While she is feeling sorry for herself, her former boyfriend, Nick, returns to encourage her to try to skate again. In the course of training her to skate blind, Alexis falls in love with Nick and with skating all over again.

This movie was released as a direct-to-DVD version shortly before the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Lynn-Holly Johnson, who played Alexis Winston in the original Ice Castles movie, was to play a part in this remake, but it was later edited out. You can see this edited part in the extras on the movie DVD.

Ice Castles (2010) Movie Trailer

3. The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold (2006)

Starring: Christy Romano, Ross Thomas, and Scott Thompson.

Jackie Dorsey, the daughter of Olympic gold medalists Kate Moseley and Doug Dorsey in the original Cutting Edge, now seeks her own Olympic gold. However, after a serious injury, she is unable to keep up with the rigorous training for singles skating. She decides her best bet is pairs and finds a surfer-boy named Alex Harrison who is willing to train with her. However, they fight so much that her mother, their coach, harnesses them together and forces them to do everything together in order to meld as a team. They overcome their differences, but when Alex announces his engagement to his girlfriend, Jackie realizes she is in love with Alex and they must face their feelings for each other as they skate toward the championship.

This movie was produced by the ABC Family cable channel and was then released to DVD.

Figure skaters Oksana Baiul, Sean McNamara, and Michael Kuluva appear in this movie.

The Cutting Edge 2: Going for the Gold Movie Trailer

2. The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream (2008)

Starring: Matt Lanter, Francia Raisa, and Ben Hollingsworth.

After Zach Conroy's skating partner, Celeste, is seriously injured and cannot participate in training for months, both Celeste and the coach convince Zach to search for a new partner. But that seems like an impossible challenge due to Zach's temper and his record of injuring his partners. Zach finally discovers a partner in an unlikely place: in a hockey game.

After Zach loses to a girl named Alex in a hockey match, he realizes her potential. However, Zach's coach is less than pleased, because he does not believe she has what it takes. He drops Zach, so Zach talks Jackie Dorsey of The Cutting Edge 2 into coaching them. They must overcome their differences and face many challenges to skate to the top.

This movie was produced by the ABC Family cable channel.

The Cutting Edge 3: Chasing the Dream Movie Trailer

1. Thin Ice (1937)

Starring: Sonja Henie, Tyrone Power, Arthur Treacher, and Raymond Walburn.

In the film, Lili Heiser (Sonja Henie) works as a ski instructor at a luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. She falls in love with a man who goes skating every morning. She thinks the man is a tourist, but later discovers that he is a prince who is trying to escape the pressures of being royalty.

This movie has a fantastic attention to detail, and amazing talent. For example, more than 100 skaters were used to create an authentic skating rink scene. It's a must-see, nominated for the Academy Awards for best dance direction. This movie also features the skating talents of Sonja Henie, who won gold in the Olympics in 1928, 1932 and 1936, and beautiful vocal performances by Leah Ray.

Thin Ice Full Movie

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      Cate Kiiza 10 months ago

      I love The Cutting Edge (1992)

      I love the humour in how they fight and yet grow so acustomed to each other in the end.

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      AnnBeth 17 months ago

      Certainly Blades of Glory gets my votes in the skating movie catagory, though Ice Castle is a classic Lynn Holly Johnson who was a former figure skater. In the Blade of Glory Sasha was the best in a cameo appearance and of course you could see some familiar faces as well too.

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      H C Palting 3 years ago from East Coast

      My personal favorite is the original Ice Castles and have seen all of these skating movies except for The Cutting Edge part 3. I really like the original Cutting Edge and Blades of Glory as a close 2nd and 3rd favorites. This is a fun and useful hub for skating fans.