London Olympics Marathon

by fwmcathy | created - 29 Jul 2012 | updated - 08 Aug 2012 | Public

In honor of the 2012 London Summer Olympics I plan on watching movies somehow related to either London, England or the Olympics. Each day I will pick a theme and post movies that would work for a movie marathon.

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1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 349,319 | Gross: $291.71M

Theme of the day for Sunday, July 29th: children sent away or already living in the country for safety during wartime.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

PG | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Family

62 Metascore

The Pevensie siblings return to Narnia, where they are enlisted to once again help ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the land's throne, Prince Caspian.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley

Votes: 184,875 | Gross: $141.62M

Sequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

3. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

53 Metascore

Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter

Votes: 134,090 | Gross: $104.39M

Sadly we do not own this personally yet.

4. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

G | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

An apprentice witch, three kids and a cynical magician conman search for the missing component to a magic spell to be used in the defense of Britain in WWII.

Directors: Robert Stevenson, Ward Kimball | Stars: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe

Votes: 32,115 | Gross: $18.53M

5. Five Children and It (2004)

Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Five children staying in their eccentric uncle's labyrinthine mansion for protection during World War I befriend a sand fairy who has the power to grant wishes.

Director: John Stephenson | Stars: Tara Fitzgerald, Freddie Highmore, Alex Jennings, Jonathan Bailey

Votes: 4,743

6. The Water Horse (2007)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

71 Metascore

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Alex Etel, Bruce Allpress

Votes: 36,450 | Gross: $40.41M

7. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 50,983 | Gross: $58.97M

Theme of the day for Monday, July 30th: Movies about actual Olympic Games

8. The Cutting Edge (1992)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A temperamental figure skater and a former hockey player try to win Olympic gold as a figure skating pairs team.

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, Moira Kelly, Roy Dotrice, Terry O'Quinn

Votes: 17,914 | Gross: $25.11M

9. Walk Don't Run (1966)

Approved | 114 min | Comedy, Romance

During the housing shortage of the Summer Olympic Games in 1964, two men and a woman share a small apartment in Tokyo, and the older man soon starts playing Cupid to the younger pair.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Cary Grant, Samantha Eggar, Jim Hutton, John Standing

Votes: 3,577 | Gross: $9.81M

10. Cool Runnings (1993)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

60 Metascore

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Director: Jon Turteltaub | Stars: John Candy, Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis

Votes: 86,901 | Gross: $68.86M

11. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 202,768 | Gross: $47.40M

12. King Ralph (1991)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

As the only relative to take over the Royal throne, a down on his luck American slob must learn the ways of the English.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: John Goodman, Peter O'Toole, John Hurt, Camille Coduri

Votes: 14,564 | Gross: $34.00M

Theme of the day for Tuesday, July 31st: Americans to Brits. I must admit that King Ralph is a guilty pleasure of mine. I adore his wacky American ways including his singing.

13. What a Girl Wants (2003)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

41 Metascore

An American teenager learns that her father is a wealthy British politician running for office. Although she is eager to find him, she realizes it could cause a scandal and cost him the election.

Director: Dennie Gordon | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Colin Firth, Kelly Preston, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 56,496 | Gross: $35.99M

This is the remake of The Reluctant Debutante (1958). When I first watched this I had not made the connection. There is a great scene which is very reminiscent of King Ralph.

14. The Reluctant Debutante (1958)

Approved | 94 min | Comedy, Romance

A teenage American girl while visiting her father, is thrown into London society during the "Debutante Season".

Director: Vincente Minnelli | Stars: Rex Harrison, Kay Kendall, John Saxon, Sandra Dee

Votes: 1,235

This was remade as What a Girl Want (2003).

15. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious woman juggles adjusting to her new role as an aristocrat's wife and avoiding being intimidated by his first wife's spectral presence.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 114,434 | Gross: $4.36M

Theme of the day for Wednesday, August 1st: British Ghostly Tales

16. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

In 1900, a young widow finds her seaside cottage is haunted and forms a unique relationship with the ghost.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Edna Best

Votes: 14,648

17. The Innocents (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Horror

88 Metascore

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Director: Jack Clayton | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave

Votes: 24,660 | Gross: $2.62M

18. The Others (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

74 Metascore

A woman who lives in her darkened old family house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that the home is haunted.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann

Votes: 321,689 | Gross: $96.52M

19. Mary Poppins (1964)

G | 139 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

88 Metascore

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns

Votes: 148,990 | Gross: $102.27M

Theme of the day for Thursday, August 2nd: Nanny movies

20. Nanny McPhee (2005)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A governess uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in her charge.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury, Kelly Macdonald

Votes: 63,970 | Gross: $47.14M

I consider this a remake of Mary Poppins.

21. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Eloise at the Plaza (2003)

89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Eloise is an imaginative little girl living in New York City with her nanny, going on various adventures.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Julie Andrews, Jeffrey Tambor, Kenneth Welsh, Debra Monk

Votes: 1,893

Mary Poppins' nanny as a nanny again.

22. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Eloise at Christmastime (2003)

89 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A 6-year-old girl tries to reunite a young woman with a former boyfriend before she marries another.

Director: Kevin Lima | Stars: Julie Andrews, Sofia Vassilieva, Kenneth Welsh, Debra Monk

Votes: 2,011

Mary Poppins' nanny as a nanny again.

23. Au Pair (1999 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A young MBA mistakenly takes the job of looking after a rich executive's spoiled children.

Director: Mark Griffiths | Stars: Gregory Harrison, Heidi Lenhart, Jane Sibbett, Katie Volding

Votes: 1,859

An accidental nanny!

24. The Pacifier (2005)

PG | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

30 Metascore

Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.

Director: Adam Shankman | Stars: Vin Diesel, Brittany Snow, Max Thieriot, Brad Garrett

Votes: 83,109 | Gross: $113.09M

A very different nanny!

25. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 99,350 | Gross: $26.81M

Theme of the day for Friday, August 3rd: British Royalty

26. Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

PG | 145 min | Biography, Drama, History

King Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Catharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Richard Burton, Geneviève Bujold, Irene Papas, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 6,318 | Gross: $2.07M

27. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

75 Metascore

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Liz Giles, Rod Culbertson, Paul Fox

Votes: 88,011 | Gross: $30.08M

28. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 63,935 | Gross: $16.29M

29. Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

53 Metascore

During the sixteenth century, the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots engages in over two decades of religious and political conflict with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, amidst political intrigue in her native land.

Director: Charles Jarrott | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton

Votes: 3,754

30. Mary of Scotland (1936)

Approved | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

The recently widowed Mary Stuart returns to Scotland to reclaim her throne but is opposed by her half-brother and her own Scottish lords.

Directors: John Ford, Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Fredric March, Florence Eldridge, Douglas Walton

Votes: 2,150

31. The Lion in Winter (1968)

PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.

Director: Anthony Harvey | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle

Votes: 27,651 | Gross: $22.28M

32. Victoria & Albert (2001– )

200 min | Biography, Drama, History

The passionate love story that was Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's lengthy marriage. Beginning in 1837, the year of King William IV's death and eighteen-year-old Victoria's ascension to ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Hamilton, Jonathan Firth, James Callis, Diana Rigg

Votes: 919

33. The King's Speech (2010)

R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The story of King George VI, his impromptu ascension to the throne of the British Empire in 1936, and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch overcome his stammer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi

Votes: 610,306 | Gross: $138.80M

34. The Queen (2006)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

91 Metascore

After the death of Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings

Votes: 99,995 | Gross: $56.44M

35. Our Man Flint (1966)

Unrated | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Gila Golan, Edward Mulhare

Votes: 5,674 | Gross: $16.00M

Theme of the day for Saturday, August 4th: Bond-like Movies Sequel is In Like Flint - James Coburn as Derek Flint

36. In Like Flint (1967)

Unrated | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: James Coburn, Lee J. Cobb, Jean Hale, Andrew Duggan

Votes: 4,899 | Gross: $11.00M

Sequel to Our Man Flint - James Coburn as Derek Flint

37. The Silencers (1966)

TV-PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Stella Stevens, Daliah Lavi, Victor Buono

Votes: 2,463

Matt Helm played by Dean Martin - 1 of 4

38. Murderers' Row (1966)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Handsome top-secret American agent Matt Helm must recover a laser-weapons inventor who has been kidnapped by arch-villain Julian Wall.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden, Camilla Sparv

Votes: 1,619

Matt Helm played by Dean Martin - 2 of 4

39. The Ambushers (1967)

Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dean Martin, Senta Berger, Janice Rule, James Gregory

Votes: 1,561

Matt Helm played by Dean Martin - 3 of 4

40. The Wrecking Crew (1968)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Gold bullion worth USD 1 billion has been stolen from a hijacked train in Denmark. The main suspect is Count Massimo Contini. The US government sends Matt Helm, one of its top agents, to investigate and recover the gold.

Director: Phil Karlson | Stars: Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan

Votes: 2,391

Matt Helm played by Dean Martin - 4 of 4

41. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

A 1960s secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers

Votes: 212,314 | Gross: $53.88M

Austin Powers played by Mike Myers - 1 of 3

42. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

Dr. Evil is back and has invented a new time machine that allows him to go back to the 1960s and steal Austin Powers' mojo, inadvertently leaving him "shagless".

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Heather Graham, Michael York, Robert Wagner

Votes: 208,703 | Gross: $206.04M

Austin Powers played by Mike Myers - 2 of 3

43. Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

PG-13 | 94 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

Upon learning that his father has been kidnapped, Austin Powers must travel to 1975 and defeat the aptly named villain Goldmember, who is working with Dr. Evil.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Mike Myers, Beyoncé, Seth Green, Michael York

Votes: 188,373 | Gross: $213.31M

Austin Powers played by Mike Myers - 3 of 3

44. Johnny English (2003)

PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

51 Metascore

After a sudden attack on MI5, Johnny English, Britain's most confident, yet unintelligent spy, becomes Britain's only spy.

Director: Peter Howitt | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, John Malkovich, Natalie Imbruglia, Tasha de Vasconcelos

Votes: 140,943 | Gross: $28.08M

Johnny English played by Rowan Atkinson - 1 of 2

45. Johnny English Reborn (2011)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy