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American Flyers (1985)
Director: John Badham
Starring: Kevin Costner, David Marshall Grant, Rae Dawn Chong, Alexandra Paul, Luca Bercovici and Janice Rule
Sports physician Marcus persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains. Marcus doesn't tell David that he has a brain aneurysm which could render him paralyzed or dead at any given moment. While David powerfully heads for the victory, Marcus comes to realize that the contest is now beyond his capabilities.
Beijing Bicycle (2001)
Director: Wang Xiaoshuai
Starring: Cui Lin, Li Bin, Zhou Xun, Gao Yuanyuan, Li Shuang, Xie Jian, Zhao Yiwei, Zhou Fanfei and Liu Lei
A young country boy, Guei, comes to the big city determined to make it. He soon finds a job as a bike messenger in which he gets a percentage of each delivery, working hard to build up enough credit to own the bike for himself. The bike is stolen and winds up in the hands of Jian, a poor city boy who sees the bike as his way to make friends and impress the girl he loves. With both boys claiming the bike is theirs, a series of fights ensue over what is more than just a bike.
The Bicycle Thief (1948)
Director: Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell, Gino Saltamerenda, Vittorio Antonucci, Giulio Chiari, Elena Altieri, Carlo Jachino, Michele Sakara, Emma Druetti, Fausto Guerzoni, Giulio Battiferri, Ida Bracci Dorati, Nando Bruno, Eolo Capritti, Memmo Carotenuto, Giovanni Corporale, Sergio Leone, Mario Meniconi, Massimo Randisi, Checco Rissone, Peppino Spadaro and Umberto Spadaro
Ricci, an unemployed man in the depressed post-WWII economy of Italy, finally gets a good job - hanging up posters - for which he needs a bike. But soon his bicycle is stolen. He and his son walk the streets of Rome, looking for the bicycle. Ricci finally manages to locate the thief but, with no proof, he has to abandon his cause. But he and his son know perfectly well that, without a bike, Ricci won't be able to keep his job...
Breaking Away (1979)
Director: Peter Yates
Starring: Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Dooley, Barbara Barrie, Robyn Douglass, Hart Bochner, P.J. Soles, Amy Wright and John Ashton
Dave and his working-class friends Cyril, Moocher and Mike spend their post-high school days in Bloomington, Indiana sparring with snooty students from the local university, chasing girls and, in Dave's case, dreaming of competitive bicycle racing. The four friends face opposition from all corners as they decide to make Dave's dreams come true in the university's annual bicycle endurance race.
The Kid With A Bike (2011)
Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne
Starring: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo and Olivier Gourmet
Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends.
Life Cycles (2010)
Directors: Ryan Gibb and Derek Frankowski
Starring: Graham Agassiz, Mike Hopkins, Matt Hunter, Cam McCaul, Riley McIntosh, Thomas Sanderham, Evan Schwartz, Brandon Semenuk, Thomas Vanderham and Graham Tracey (Narrator)
Life Cycles is a true adventure film. Over 5 years in the making, and using the bicycle as the vehicle, Life Cycles takes you on a journey through natures most beautiful, dramatic and sometimes unforgiving landscapes.
Nurse on Wheels (1963)
Director: Gerald Thomas
Starring: Juliet Mills, Ronald Lewis, Joan Sims, Noel Purcell, Esma Cannon, Raymond Huntley, Athene Seyler, Norman Rossington, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson, Renée Houston, Jim Dale, George Woodbridge, David Horne, Deryck Guyler, Barbara Everest, Brian Rawlinson and Amanda Reis
A mobile English nurse charms a rich farmer while tending accident-prone country folk.
The Program (2015)
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Denis Ménochet, Dustin Hoffman and Elaine Cassidy
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
Starring (voices): Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda and Michel Robin
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters - an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire - to rescue him.
Director: Thomas Michael Donnelly
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Jami Gertz, Paul Rodriguez and Rudy Ramos
Jack Casey used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid traffic jams of San Francisco, is attracted to a fellow bicycler, Terri, and befriends Hector, a budding entrepreneur. Can Jack regain his nerve and his self-respect, and rebuild his life on a more sound basis?
A list of my favorite films about cycling or which heavily feature bicycle riding.
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