What movies motivate US soccer icons Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe? Which Tarantino flick does track and field star Vashti Cunningham watch almost every day? And who first saw Airplane! as a kid and still hasn’t found a movie that makes him laugh as hard? As they head to Tokyo, we caught up with members of the US Olympic Team to talk about their favorite movies: the films that make them laugh, blow their minds, and give them the drive to reach for that podium. Tune in above – or check out our guide below – to see their favorite movies, from Good Will Hunting and The Shawshank Redemption to Happy Gilmore and The Little Mermaid.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Chosen by: Sue Bird, Basketball
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Critics Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey — and is loaded with enough powerful performances — that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Chosen by: Kolohe Andino, Surfing
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Critics Consensus: Widely touted as a masterpiece, this sparse and sprawling epic about the underhanded “heroes” of capitalism boasts incredible performances by leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Dano, and is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s best work to date.