The 10 most inspirational running movies of all time

Posted on 12 May 2021
By Carlton Whitfield
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If you don’t want to do anything, wish to just turn on a Netflix series or play at PlayAmo, choose one of these movies to get inspiration.

The stories of great runners and ordinary people who decided to go for a run will inspire you to do great things.

Race, 2016

Jesse Owens, whose biography is the subject of this film, is a legendary American track and field athlete. He competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and won four gold medals in the presence of Adolf Hitler.

The decision to go to the Olympics was not easy for Jesse Owens. The US wanted to boycott the games that year. But he took to the track, and it became a big event in the world of running.

Forrest Gump, 1994

The phrase from this movie, “Run, Forrest, run”, is unforgettable, the picture has won many awards and became the best in six Oscar nominations.

The main character Forrest Gump tells how he was a businessman, a football player, served in the army and ran several times through all the USA – from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Ocean.

Prefontaine, 1997

Steve Prefontaine is a famous and feisty runner from the ’70s, and has long been the focus of running fans. Steve Prefontaine’s character, perseverance and the way he went about his goal of winning can inspire anyone to accomplish feats.

Don’t be surprised if, after watching this film, you want to go out to the track and field stadium.

Chariots of Fire, 1981

This movie is worth watching for anyone who feels a lack of motivation to exercise. Based on true events, the drama tells the story of two ever-competitive runners – Cambridge Jewish student Harold Abrahams and Scottish missionary Eric Liddell, who were lucky enough to represent Great Britain at the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

Saint Ralph, 2004

The film is about a teenager whose father was killed during the war and whose mother falls into a coma because of her illness. The doctor says only a miracle can save her, and Ralph decides that that miracle will be his victory in the Boston Marathon.

I am Bolt, 2016

Usain Bolt is undoubtedly a legend. He has won gold at three Olympic Games and set 8 world records. The film allows you to find out how the fastest man on Earth trains, experiences, and dreams.

Four Minutes, 2005

A documentary about Roger Bannister, the man who was the first man in history to run one mile faster than four minutes. For 1954, this event was as unbelievable as the four-minute marathon in our time.

La Ligne Droite, 2011

Leila is released after five years in prison and meets the track and field athlete Yannick, who has lost his sight. He wants to keep running, but he needs a seeing-eye companion to do so. Leila decides to help him because she realizes that running is the activity that makes Yannick feel alive.

Endurance, 1999

Haile Gebrselassie is an Ethiopian runner who has become Olympic champion twice, world champion eight times, and set 27 world records at different distances during his career. This film tells the story of his journey from poor kid running to school with a book under his arm to the greatest runner of them all.

Run Fatboy Run, 2007

Dennis first left his pregnant fiancée, and a few years later decided to get her back. But in the meantime, she has a new friend who is handsome and athletic, while Dennis has grown a belly and lost his shape.

To win back her love, Dennis decides to run the London Marathon. If he can do it, so can you. At least, that’s what the comedy makes you believe.