Director: George Butler & Robert Fiore

A 1977 documentary focusing on the 1975 Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions, Pumping Iron is probably most famous for raising the profile of beloved actor/politician Arnold Schwarzenegger. The documentary focuses on other famous bodybuilders at the time and also highlights the competition between Schwarzenegger and fellow future actor Lou Ferrigno for the title of Mr. Universe. The documentary isn’t only for bodybuilding enthusiasts; it’s an insightful look into the sport as a whole, showcasing why it was (and still is) a worldwide phenomenon.