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Can you recommend high quality cycling-centric films? Can you recommend good sources (for example, publishers, distributors, vendors, etc.) to locate these films?

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IMO this question is too broad. For example, here is a 71 page forum thread with the same idea and many links: click. –  Vorac Jul 11 '14 at 12:46
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@Vorac, are you serious? Would it be specific enough if it was, "Are there any other good films about the Paris-Roubaix", for example? It's a good-natured question that's already garnered enthusiastic responses. Plus the forum you linked to is in Russian! –  headeronly Jul 11 '14 at 12:52
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@Vorac - question is deliberately broad. Personal recommendations across the whole gamut of film about cycling is what interests me. Question now edited for clarity. –  user12879 Jul 11 '14 at 13:15
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I agree that it is likely to be closed, though a great topic. Perhaps viable as a big-list type community wiki with one movie per answer. –  David LeBauer Jul 11 '14 at 20:16
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Make it community wiki. It seems ideal for that. Each answer is one movie. –  Nuі Jul 12 '14 at 1:31

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Old but still worthwhile: Breaking Away.

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Yeah, that was the first one to come to my mind. –  Daniel R Hicks Jul 11 '14 at 15:07
    
@DanielRHicks: Yeah, I was a bit surprised it wasn't pretty much the first one to be mentioned... –  Jerry Coffin Jul 11 '14 at 15:08
    
Much of it is antiquated, of course, but it reflects "real" competitive cycling representative of the era, and just technical enough to interest bikies while not driving away other viewers. –  Daniel R Hicks Jul 11 '14 at 15:15

A few of my guilty pleasures:

Hard-boiled:

Soft-boiled:

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+1 for Belleville Rendezvous –  Emyr Jul 11 '14 at 9:38
    
Innart! It's fantastic! –  headeronly Jul 11 '14 at 9:39

Because I'm a mountain bike guy, and I think the stories and shots are way more interesting (sorry roadies):

And of course all the old-school freeride films like Kranked.

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A couple of classics for you...

A Sunday in Hell

The Stars and The Water Carriers

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Maybe a brief description, for those of us unfamiliar?? –  Daniel R Hicks Feb 5 at 22:02

Hell on Wheels is a German movie portraying Erik Zabel and Rolf Aldag during the Tour de France 2003. It gives quite some insights into cycling on that level (while it ignores doping and we meanwhile know that the participants did quite some doping during that time ...)

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Blood Sweat Gears is a documentary on Garmin Cycling Team, a good alternative to watching TdF dvds.

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It's no Breaking away, but check out American Flyers too. You've got your Kevin Costner, cycling, iconic scenes, and Russian bogeymen.

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I love to annoy my ride buddies with the occasional "Enough of this Sunday ride, LET'S HURT A LITTLE BIT!!" –  Kevin Feb 9 at 21:39

The Sufferfest offer motivational/training videos.

Also, Bromley Video in the UK has lots of DVDs, books, videos etc. of all things cycling - grand tours, races, bios, documentaries, dramatisations. Not particularly cheap but the best selection I've seen in a single place, also some of the DVDs are self-produced so I'd imagine are unavailable elsewhere. I think they also have an eBay outlet, you may find some things cheaper on there.

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The Armstrong Lie

In 2009 director Alex Gibney set out to film The Road Back, a documentary on cyclist Lance Armstrong's comeback year after a four-year retirement from the sport. Three years later, on October 2012, a doping investigation led to his lifetime ban from competition and the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles, and the documentary was shelved. On January 14, 2013, three hours after his appearance on Oprah, Armstrong went back to Gibney to set the record straight about his career.

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If you are into mountain biking at all, I highly recommend any/all of the NWD (New World Disorder) series, and also the films The Collective made. NWD is pretty much straight up old school bike Pr0n. Professionals on bikes doing ridiculous things to awesome music. The collectives movies were a bit more artsy, but very close to the same thing; both sets were well done.

Finally I'd also like to recommend Bang Bang, which was a film that sort of revolved around Aaron Chase and the year he broke his back. It's very behind the scenes and gave me a very unique perspective on what some of the riders are actually like and how to some extent "the show must go on".

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Great bicycle movies

  1. Top Five Cycling Films of All Time
  2. 9 Cycling Movies You Can't Miss
  3. 10 Best Cycling Movies Ever

Bonus:

Best Bicycle Movie Scenes

All bicycle movies

  1. Wikipedia
  2. Bicycle Universe
  3. IMDB 1
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Can you provide the titles instead of the bare links? –  Peter Mortensen Jul 11 '14 at 13:03
    
The links have pictures and plot, I wouldn't spend time on this. But you can copy-paste them if you want... –  olee22 Jul 11 '14 at 13:35
    
wikipedia link is great, lists a lot of titles I've never heard of. –  Benzo Jul 11 '14 at 15:28
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Link only answers are not really what SE is about. Links are good but answers should at least provide a summary of the content of the link. –  mattnz Jul 12 '14 at 5:58
    
@Aaron Thanks for the edits with the links. –  olee22 Jul 12 '14 at 7:22

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