8 Bicycle Movies on Netflix Right Now

Check out these great dramas, comedies, and documentaries for your Netflix bike-movie fix.

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Wadjda (2012)
Wadjda tells the story of an enterprising and rebellious 10-year-old girl in Saudi Arabia who wants to beat a male classmate in a bicycle race, but doesn’t have a bike. She registers for a Koran-reciting competition at her school in hopes of winning enough money to buy the green bicycle she has set her sights on.
Available in Canada

The Bicycle Thief (1948)
The Bicycle Thief has been heralded as one of the best movies of all time by voices from the New Yorker to the Los Angeles Times. The drama tells the story of Antonio, an impoverished man in post-war Italy who requires a bicycle to do his job, but has his stolen the same day he buys it. He sets out in streets of Rome with his son to track down the thief and retrieve his bike.
Available in the US and Canada

Girl on a Bicycle (2013)
Set in Paris, this romantic comedy tells the story of Paolo, an Italian tour bus driver who becomes infatuated with a beautiful woman he sees riding past on a bicycle just days after he becomes engaged to his long-time girlfriend.
Available in the US

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The Triplets of Belleville (2003)
This comical French cartoon follows the exploits of Madame Souza, her dog Bruno, and an ageing, eccentric singing trio who set out to save Souza’s grandson after he was kidnapped during the Tour de France.
Available in the US

Ride the Divide (2010)
This aesthetically beautiful documentary follows the trails of three cyclists as they race each other across the longest mountain bike trail in the world, a gruelling 2,700 mile journey from Banff, Canada to the US-Mexico Border.
Available in Canada

The Kid with a Bike (2011)
Another French film, The Kid with a Bike centers around a young boy who has recently been abandoned by his father and left to the care of the state. A hairdresser in town takes him under her wing on weekends, and as the two of them ride around town, the boy struggles to come to terms with his situation.
Available in the US

The Armstrong Lie (2013)
This documentary follows Lance Armstrong from his post-cancer comeback in 2009, through to his confession about performance-enhancing drug use in 2012.
Available in Canada

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Pee Wee Herman sets out on a grand adventure across the US in an attempt to find his beloved red bicycle in this family-friendly American Classic.
Available in the US

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  • Phil zap

    “Inspired to Ride”
    Documentary about the first Trans America bicycle race from Astoria, OR to Yorktown, VA via the trans American trail, solo, self-supported.

  • Andrew

    and not a single one on Netflix Australia . . . =/

  • Yukon Cornelius

    Breaking Away Should be on that list as well.

  • paul loomans

    The Kid with a Bike is a great film…. Actually Belgian / French language. Came immediately to mind when I saw a post on FB. At first it seems not a bicycling movie, but upon reflection the bike plays a vital role in this moving story.

  • Thanks for the list of great bike movies! If you are looking for another one to see, check out
    Riding Bikes with the Dutch. It compares LA car culture with the bike culture of Holland.

  • David Perry’s wonderful 1995 Bike Cult book lists, among its treasures, many films, poems, songs and literary works where the bicycle stars. Also
    A short film I enjoyed recently is

  • “I (Heart) Huckabees” although not a straight up bicycle film, has lots of fun bicycle moments and usage.

    • @Clarence – I Heart Huckabees has one of the best bicycle film characters ever!!! And don’t forget The Spinster!!! Muahahahaha!

  • Paul

    “Premium Rush” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, great flick about bicycle messengers

  • Ron

    Copenhagen is another, great movie!

  • Larry Lenne

    Rising from the Ashes is about the creation of the Ruwanda pro team. It’s also on Netflix and very good.

  • Vote Ride The Divide!

    • I renamed that one “Cried the Divide” – as the participants bellyached all the way through the movie…

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