Best Gymnastics Movies/TV Shows

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best gymnastics movies and tv shows

We rounded up the best gymnastics movies and tv shows in this guide! We watched them to discern what age group the movie or show targets, along with the gymnastics topics they address. Hope this guide is helpful the next time you want to watch a gymnastics movie or tv show!

best gymnastics movies

Here are the best gymnastics movies:

Gymnastics Movies

1. Stick It

Released: 2006
Rated: PG-13
Target age: 10+
Duration: 1hr 43min

Where to watch: Rent ($3.99+) or buy from Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play

Topics: Bullying, quitting and re-entering sport, sportsmanship, coaching and parental issues, family issues, athlete vs non-athlete lifestyles, dedication and sacrifices required for elite sports

Rebellious Haley Graham is forced to return to a sport she had quit – gymnastics. Not only is she forced to return to gymnastics, she has to at an elite gymnastics academy out of state — away from her friends and family.  This sarcastic girl has to quickly adapt to her environment while dealing with bullies, re-training at an elite level after being out of the sport for two years.

2. Full Out

Released: 2015
Rated: PG
Target age: 8+
Duration: 1hr 28min

Where to watch: Free on Netflix, Rent ($3.99+) or buy from Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play

Topics: accident/injury, bullying, dedication, following your dreams, visualization, commitment

Ariana is a Level 10 gymnast who finds herself in a place she never dreamed of – depressed after her injury and not her usual upbeat, positive self.  Follow her journey from despair to finding hope through her recovery.  Overcoming obstacle after obstacle, there’s nothing you can’t do if you want it badly enough!

3. Full Out Part 2

Released: 2020
Rated: TV-PG
Target age: 8+
Duration: 1hr 30min

Where to watch: Rent ($3.99+) or buy from Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, iTunes

Topics: based on true story, college gymnastics, Oklahoma University, dance, breakdancing, going for your dreams, Olympics, exploring life outside of gymnastics, collaborating with other sports to improve, believing in yourself, teamwork, always doing your best, coaching

The women’s Oklahoma University gymnastics team is determined to win the National Championship title, and they just know they’re going to win it this year!  Team captain, Brenna Dowell has dreams of making professionally at World’s and then on to Olympic trials.  With just a few weeks left before Nationals, Brenna makes a big decision that leaves her team wondering if they will have a shot at the National Championship title.  With a little creativity and the help of other sports, the Sooners are determined to win the title and will do whatever it takes to give it their all!

 

4. Raising the Bar

Released: 2017
Rated: PG Family/Drama
Target age: 8+
Duration: 1hr 33min

Where to watch: Free on Netflix, Hoopla, Prime Video, Tubi, Vudu

Topics: re-entering gymnastics after quitting, bullying, friendship, teamwork, parent coach, parental pressure

Kelly gets a fresh start in Australia with her mom after quitting elite gymnastics in the United States.  She tries to leave gymnastics behind, but her love for the sport returns when she helps a friend.  Kelly’s troubles follow her from the States to Australia and she has to deal with bullying from both former friends and new teammates, and she does it all with the grace and ease of a champion.

5. The Gabby Douglas Story

Released: 2014
Rated: PG-13
Target age: 9+
Duration: 1hr 26min

Where to watch: Rent ($3.99) or buy from Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

Topics: Biography, first African American Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics in the Olympics, racism, sacrifice, dedication, commitment, history

“To become a champion: it’s easy – turn your dream into your goal, plant it deep in your heart, then for the next 10 years: eat, sleep, breathe, laugh and cry without EVER taking your eye off your goal – not even or a second. You wanna know how to stop becoming a champion? I actually tried that once: believe it or not, that was a lot harder.”

Follow the life of Gabby Douglas through all of her trials and tribulations to becoming the first African American Individual All-Around Champion in the Olympics.

6. A 2nd Chance

Released: 2011
Rated: PG
Target age: 6+
Duration: 1hr 35min

Where to watch: Free on Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Hoopla

Topics: confidence, new gym, new coach, bullying, facing fears, overcoming obstacles

Sometimes the most terrifying things – a new gym, new coach, new teammates – are just what a gymnast needs to build her confidence and reach her goals.  Join Maddy as she faces other obstacles with bullying between both gymnasts and adults – coaches/judges as she realizes just how important a second chance can be.

7. The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar

Released: 2018
Rated: PG
Target age: 6+
Duration: 1hr 27min

Where to watch: Free on Lifetime Movie Club, Rent ($2.99+) or buy from Prime Video, iTunes

Topics: documentary, history, sacrifice, dedication, commitment, Olympian, racism, foster care, adoption

Based on her book, follow the life of Simone Biles on the journey to greatness to earn the title of the greatest gymnast of all time – the sacrifices and trials she endured and overcame on her way to earning 19 Olympic and World Championship medals.

8. Chalk It Up

Released: 2016
Rated: PG
Target age: 9+
Duration: 1hr 31min

Where to watch: Free with subscription to Prime Video, Hoopla, Epix, Tubi

Topics: comedy, college, parental pressures, smart girls, standing up for what you believe in, sterotypes, friendship

When a super girly girl gets dumped, she puts everything she has into trying to get him back.  What she finds along the way is worth so much more.  Gymnasts will enjoy this cute, funny movie that ties some valuable lessons on this journey of self-discovery.

9. An American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars

Released: 2012
Rated: TV-G
Target age: 6+
Duration: 1hr 35min

Where to watch: Rent ($3.99) or buy Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Vudu

Topics: importance of listening to coaches, feeling like coach is treating like a baby, parental pressures/expectations, falling behind in school, tutoring, learning challenges, cheating in school, injury, normalizing getting help, friendship jealousy, normalizing handicaps, mental blocks/fears after injury

McKenna is wanting to compete more difficult skills when she feels like her coach is holding her back.  Falling behind in school, McKenna struggles with trying to keep up with school and gymnastics while her friends don’t seem to be struggling at all.  Gymnasts will enjoy this movie overcoming obstacles and challenges – both in the gym and outside of – where McKenna proves many important lessons to herself along the way.

10. Barbie: Spy Squad

Released: 2016
Rated: TV-G
Target age: 6+
Duration: 1hr 15min

Where to watch: Rent ($3.99) or buy from Prime Video, Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play

Topics: animation, friendship, secret agent, glamour, spy tech, obstacles, overcoming fears,

Barbie and her besties are recruited to transform to undercover secret agents as a result of their amazing gymnastics skills, to catch a gem-stealing cat burglar.  Join these 3 girls as they have to pass intense training and testing to see if they have what it takes to work for the agency.

best gymnastics tv shows

Here are the best gymnastics tv shows:

Gymnastics TV Shows/Series

1. My Perfect Landing

Released: 2020
Rated: TV-G
Target age: 7+
Duration: Season 1: 14 Episodes, 22-24 min average, 40 min 1st episode

Where to watch: Netflix

Topics: moving, new gym, new school, new friends, loss of parent, keeping secrets, bullying, blackmail, friendship, parental fears, parent coach, sibling bond, teamwork, overcoming fears

Jenny is a Level 8 gymnast whose mom makes her compete at Level 4 because she’s afraid of Jenny getting hurt.  This engaging series will have you begging for more, and luckily there will be a season 2!  It can be scary moving to a new place and even more so to a new country, but Jenny is quickly adjusting with the help of her new friends and her brother.

2. Make It Or Break It

Released: 2009-2012
Rated: TV-14
Target age: 14+
Duration: 44 min episodes with commercials, Season 1: 20 Episodes, Season 2: 20 Episodes, Season 3: 8 Episodes

Where to watch: Free on Freeform, Hulu, Prime Video ($9.99)

Topics: high school, college, dating, minimal cursing, drinking, peer pressure, sacrifice, eating disorders, family issues, sabotage, injury, training with former Olympian, National team, international competitions, World’s tryouts, new coaches, surgery

Payson, Lauren and Becca have trained together at The Rock, an elite gym, for years when newcomer Emily (who was discovered working out at the Y) makes an entry at The Rock on a scholarship.  Follow these girls over the years of intense training, peer pressure when attempting to be “normal” teens, through family trials and tribulations and the ups and downs of friendships with teammates who you see more than your own families.

3. Douglas Family Gold

Released: 2016
Rated: TV-PG
Target age: 9+
Duration: 1 Season, 6 Episodes, 22 min each episode

Where to watch: $12.99 Prime Video

Topics: coming out of retirement of the sport, family, travel, sacrifices, commitment

Join the Douglas family as they give some insight into what it takes for a family to support an Olympic gymnast.  Based on years 2011-2016, this series sheds some light into the sacrifices the entire family makes to support an Olympian.  Gabby has to prove to herself that she can once again be great, after retiring.

 

Are there any others we should add to the list ? Have you watched any of the movies or tv shows on the list ? If so, we would love to know in the comments!

 

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6 comments… add one
  • Amanda December 5, 2020, 1:29 pm

    Awesome movies/tv-shows!

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  • Elayne Kim December 7, 2020, 12:10 am

    Wow, I got to check out some movies. By the way do you know how to not pay in prime video.

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  • annonimos December 28, 2020, 8:24 am

    i love my perfect landing its a great show its on netflix for free and its just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ive watched the fist season about 10 times i cant wait for season 2 (in 2022 <:()
    its what encorged me to be a gymnast!!!!!!!
    now im a level 1 (cool it you bullys!) gymnast
    thank god for my perfect landing of this was a revew fo this sh id give the show 5 stars i also LOVE LOVE LOVE a 2nd chance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i recomned these 2 movies as a boost of confidice and just for fun i mean like gymnastics is my life!!!

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  • Ellie January 4, 2021, 5:40 pm

    I think full out should be first and a second chance should be 2nd. I don’t really think Barbie spy squad is a gymnastics movie. I love my perfect landing I have watched it like a billion times! I am a level 4. good job annonimos for making level 1! great list

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  • K January 7, 2021, 9:40 am

    This won’t help me with hoopla.

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  • Katie Cothran January 15, 2021, 2:24 pm

    Nadia! The Disney movie from the 90s!

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