There are lots of great running movies out there for entertainment and inspiration. If you are not already an avid runner, watching running movies is a great, easy way to educate and motivate yourself by watching a variety of films. They can also give you a view from a runner’s perspective of what it takes to be successful and achieve your running goals. If you are already an avid runner, you’ll appreciate these films even more.
Without Limits is a movie about the running life of Steve Prefontaine (a.k.a. Pre). Pre is known to many as the best American distance runner ever. This movie shows why. The records he broke are one thing, but his spirit and willingness to lay it all on the line every race is another. Starring Billy Crudup as Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland as legendary coach Bill Bowerman, this is a great, entertaining movie about the life of Pre.
Saint Ralph is fictional movie about a 14-year-old Catholic schoolboy with raging hormones and a foul mouth who determines that he must create a miracle in order to save his mom who has fallen into a coma. His miracle? To win the Boston Marathon! Ralph’s curiosity for the opposite sex and bad language get him into big trouble with his headmaster who tells Ralph that his punishment will be to run on the cross country team. Then, the dream was born. Saint Ralph is a hilarious, entertaining, inspiring movie that most runners would enjoy. The biggest drawback to some may be lots of profanity in the movie.
Prefontaine is another film that provides a look into the running life of Steve Prefontaine. Much like Without Limits, this movie is entertaining and inspiring. Both are excellent and a must see for anyone who enjoys running movies.
Chariots of Fire is considered by many to be the greatest running movie of all time. Winner of the 1981 Academy Award for Best Picture, this film is a true story of two Olympic runners who won gold in the 1924 Olympics.
Running Brave is the story of Billy Mills, an American Indian and winner of the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Olympics. The win is considered to be one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history.