What are your favorite running movies?

@steveshaum’s post about the ultrarunning flick coming out soon got me thinking about my favorite running movies. Here are a couple to start. This first one is obvious, but what other running movies would you recommend?

Chariots of Fire: Probably the most iconic running movie of all time. The only real problem, from my perspective, is that it’s largely about sprinters. :slight_smile:

McFarland, USA: Fairly recent movie based on the true story of a 1987 mostly Latino cross country team in California. It’s a pretty good depiction of what cross country is like, although they apparently don’t have mud in California. The main anachronism is the coach getting fired for throwing a cleat that hits one of his football players. In the 1980s, that would never have been an issue.

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Here are a couple I remember well:

Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner

Prefontaine

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The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Prefontaine

and how about Forest Gump! - not really a running movie, but there’s a good portion of the film when he’s ruuuunnnnning!

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Goshen is one of my favorites. It’s a documentary from 2015 about the Tarahumara—a race of natives in a remote region of Mexico who, for centuries, have embedded running into their culture. (The Tarahumara were also a major part of the book Born to Run.) The film seems to capture their lifestyle very well, and discusses their distance running lifestyle and how they largely avoid modern day diseases while eschewing western medicine.

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Forest Gump totally counts. Without it we wouldn’t have all those clever idiots yelling “Run, Forest, run!” from their car windows while we’re on training runs.

@tonya and @meganthom and I saw Brittany Runs a Marathon a while back. It’s not a classic, I don’t think, but it does offer a more modern look at how someone who’s having some trouble with life might find running a source of control and growth.

A couple of my favorites:

(1) “Fire on the Track,” an excellent documentary about Steve Prefontaine’s life and career.

(2) If you are going to go with one of the Pre biopics, I much prefer “Without Limits” to “Prefontaine.” Give me Billy Crudup as Pre and Donald Sutherland as Bowerman any day of the week over Leto and Ermey. (Sorry, @KeiferD!)

(3) In the ultra category, a couple of my favorites are:

“Unbreakable,” which documents the battle between Geoff Roes and Anton Krupicka almost a decade ago. In my opinion, that race kicked off the ultra boom in the United States.

My favorite running film of all, though, may be this short film from Salomon about Bernd Heinrich. Heinrich’s “Why We Run: A Natural History” is a must read for runners.

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I know a bunch of local runners know Yassine Diboun from his FLRC trail days. Here’s a new short film he did with his sponsor Columbia Montrail.

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Strong agreement on Chariots of Fire as the most iconic running movie of all time. The original film footage of the races from 1924 that you can watch on youtube is remarkably similar to how it is depicted in the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvLl64HI_5M.

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I would also go with Without Limits as the best Pre docudrama. It captures the races well, especially Pre’s frontrunning strategy.

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@RichHeffron linked to Unbreakable above. It’s now on YouTube for free for a limited time.

I just watched it last night for the first time—great film that lives up to the hype in every way. You don’t have to be an ultrarunner to enjoy it.

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I just watched this from Tracklandia about Woody Kincaid’s sub-13 5K

https://www.runnerspace.com/gprofile.php?mgroup_id=47567&do=videos&video_id=298404

I just watched this and couldn’t help but think, “really Killian, WHITE?!?!?!?” How did his kit stay clean the whole race? Took a big gamble there. :rofl: