10 of Film’s Greatest Training Montages

The London 2012 Summer Olympics kick off tonight with Danny Boyle’s highly-anticipated opening ceremony, and like most people around the world right now, we can’t wait to curl up on the couch for the next 17 days and be blown away by the crazy athletic prowess on display. Watching competitors put their all into winning a medal can be pretty darn inspiring, but of course we’re seeing the results of weeks, months, and even years of training. Luckily, there are a ton of films to help us imagine those moments that we didn’t see using one of the best cinematic devices created: the training montage. Check out ten classic sequences below, and let us know what we may have missed in the comments!

The Karate Kid

This training session is really a win for all involved: Daniel (Ralph Macchio) learns the foundations of karate and Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) gets all those pesky chores done! Genius. Of course, Daniel doesn’t know how key the “wax on, wax off” move will be until he faces off with The Cobras at the big tournament, but he quickly learns to trust Mr. Miyagi’s non-traditional methods. Sure makes us re-think our shower scrubbing technique.