Being an Olympian takes training, talent, focus, and determination. And if actors want to portray these athletes successfully, they need that too.

Countless films over the years have told the stories of sports stars – some victorious and some not.

With the Tokyo Olympics only a few weeks away, many movie fans get in the mood by re-watching some of their favorites. Do you want to get into the action? The games begin with the opening ceremony on Friday 23 July and end with the closing ceremony on Sunday 8 August. So there is still enough time to watch the classics – just watch out.

Fortunately, E! News is here to assist and coach you in choosing a film. Keep scrolling to see a list of celebrities who absolutely deserved a gold medal for their portrayals of Olympic greats. Then pop popcorn, grab your teammates and make yourself comfortable.