The Best Films about Swimming

Swimming Upstream (2003)

Dir: Russell Mulcahy

Stars: Georffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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Swimfan (2002)

Dir: John Polson

Stars: Jesse Bradford, Erika Christensen, Shiri Appleby

A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.

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Pride (2007)

Dir: Sunu Gonera

Stars: Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Kimberly Elise

The determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.

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Against the Current (2009)

Dir: Peter Callahan

Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Samantha Sherman, Pell James

Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Alex (1992)

Dir: Megan Simpson Huberman

Stars: Lauren A. Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker

Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women’s 100 freestyle.

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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)

Dir: Steven Hilliard Stern

Stars: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Jeffrey Meek

Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world’s top Olympic divers.

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Sea People (1999)

Dir: Vic Sarin

Stars: Hume Cronyn, Joan Gregson, Tegan Moss

Hume Cronyn, Joan Gregson and Tegan Moss star in this dramatic fantasy about a teenage girl who wants to swim the English Channel.

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