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5 Movies like Pumping Iron: Making Gains

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘Pumping Iron’, ‘Generation Iron’ and ‘Stand Tall’ are all films that’ll leave you open-mouthed and gobsmacked at the ridiculous shape people are able to get themselves in. Welcome to the world of body-building, where your arms can always be bigger and your pecs can always be more defined.

If you’re strong enough to lift the DVD copies of these sports flicks, you might find yourself having a great time! ~ Dale Barham

Movies Similar to ‘Pumping Iron’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.



‘Generation Iron’ (Vlad Yudin, 2013)

Mickey Rourke narrates this compelling documentary that follows atheltes such as Phil Heath, Kai Greene and Branch Warren as they strive to get into shape and compete to become the renowed Mr. Olympia.

You think your gym routine is excessive? Wait until you get a load of these guys!


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An eloquent sport documentary with tonnes of personality. 



‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster*’ (Christopher Bell, 2008)

Christopher Bell provides a biting criticism of a society that’ll do anything to reach the top. The subject in question? Steroids.

Taking a stab at bodybuilders, politicians and a warped view of the American dream, ‘Bigger, Stronger, Faster*’ looks at the reasons why people turn to steroids as well as their effect on the human body and American culture.

Cracking stuff!


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A scathing insight that leaves no stone unturned. 



‘Stand Tall’ (Mark Nalley, 1997)

Have you ever wondered how you can get into the same shape as the Incredible Hulk? Well no you can find out thanks to filmmaker Mark Nalley’s chronicling of Lou Ferrigno’s ambitious return to competitive body-building, 19 years after he left the sport.

For any fans of the man it revolves around, ‘Stand Tall’ is an absolute must-see.


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An intriguing look into one man's incredible comeback. 



‘Pain & Gain’ (Michael Bay, 2013)

Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie star in this surprisingly adept Michael Bay flick, as three gym heads who think extortion is their ticket to the big bucks.

After failing miserably in their first attempts, they soon abduct a rich businessman and convince him to sign over all his money.

If you’re looking for a crime caper with a body-building twist, this is the movie for you!


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A testosterone-driven action comedy. 


If You Like ‘Pumping Iron’, You Will Like

‘Stay Hungry’ (Bob Rafelson, 1976)

If you’re looking for another movie like ‘Pumping Iron’ that features Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his weight-lifting powers, make sure you check out this sports comedy starring Arnie and Jeff Bridges.

It tells the story of a small gym in the sights of a rich syndicate who are buying up all the property in the area. They send in a dummy to encourage the sale of the building, but he ends up growing close with the colourful characters who go there, including Mr. Austria himself Joe Santo (Schwarzenegger).


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A harmless little flick with plenty of morals. 


Let Us Know Your Thoughts

Do you know any other films like ‘Pumping Iron’ that get you in the mood to lift some serious weight?

If you’ve got a suggestion, sound off in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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