Running has been the topic of more than one film in the history of cinema. Often used as an inspiring tool, and telling stories of triumph, failure, and the human experience, movies about running are plentiful, and often beautiful pieces.
See if youÕre familiar with any of the following films, and add them to your queue of films to see if youÕre looking for any sort of interesting or inspiring movie experience. Grab the popcorn, ladies and gentlemen, here we go.
Chariots of Fire (1981)
This 80Õs epic follows two runner from the United Kingdom on their journey to compete in the 1924 Olympic games. This historical drama is full of sports energy, of course running specifically, but it also addresses many issues of religion, as the two main characters are of different religious backgrounds: one a Jew, the other a Christian. Definitely an eye-opening watch that will keep you hooked in.
Forrest Gump (1994)
If you missed this one, you mightÕve missed the 1990Õs. No worries if you did, thereÕs still time to watch this multi-award winning film and work it into your favorites. The film follows Tom Hanks, who plays a mentally slow sweetheart, in his journey from football, to war, to love, to his journey of running across the country, and the movement he starts because of his ability to just… not stop running. Bring a box of tissues along with the popcorn on this one, but also be ready to laugh and have your heart warmed.
Run, Fatboy, Run (2007)
Featuring British all-star actor Simon Pegg this film is a comedy first, with some romance worked in, all surrounding around a loser of a father, who decides to run a marathon to win back the respect of the woman he loves. Certainly worth a laugh, and chock full of jokes about running and training, that most will really love, this film is an enjoyable flick for a casual night.
The Warriors (1979)
This sure isnÕt your typical sport running film, but boy do these guys learn how to run. The Warriors are a New York gang who are forced to find their way home to their gang turf in Coney Island, after theyÕre framed for murdering a gang leader who was trying to unite the New York gangs. And theyÕre forced to find their way their very quickly. Fast paced and action packed, The Warriors is a classic you shouldnÕt miss, if nothing but to see if the boys make it on their run home.
Run Lola Run (1999)
Time based, and also action packed, this thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end. Lola is a German woman who lives in and out of a life of crime with her boyfriend. This film follows Lola, sprinting through the streets of Germany to get a huge sum of money to her boyfriend before he robs a store to get it. But in the process, thereÕs small things that can happen that could completely change the course of her ability to get him the money in 20 minutes, before he pulls the gun. Strap yourself in and get ready for a wild ride… and be ready to ready some subtitles. We promise itÕs worth it.
A young man named Jaguar Paw is captured by the Mayan kingdom, where he learns he is to be used as a human sacrifice to prevent the downfall of their kingdom. This adventurous film follows Jaguar Paw as he escapes from captivity in order to save his own life, and runs from those chasing him. A run tougher than any triathlon awaits him in his escape. Exciting and dramatic, this film received high acclaim, and is a smart addition to your queue.
Marathon Man (1976)
In this 70Õs flick an obsessive runner in New York City (Dustin Hoffman) is drawn into a pretty wild set of circumstances that cause his running habit to be used as a tool to solve a mystery that involves Nazis, his European girlfriend, bank vaults, stolen diamonds, and a scene that will make you never want to go to the dentist again! This classic that surrounds a marathon runner, will have you involved and thrilled in this great classic film.
Running Brave (1983)
This is a running movie, thatÕs actually based on a true story. This 1983 film tells the story of Billy Mills, an American Indian man that basically arrived into national attention for his ability to run out of nowhere. It tells his story from his beginnings to his win in the Tokyo Olympics for the 10,000 meter distance foot race. Inspiring and interesting, especially when you know itÕs true, and that Mills is the only American to have ever taken gold in the 10,000 meter race. ItÕll certainly inspire you to get up and run a couple miles tomorrow.
Not the first movie on our list to combine the perils of war with those who know how to run fast, Gallipoli is an epic film set in the early 1900s, and follows young men, who are runners, and enlist in the Australian army to fight in World War I. This coming of age film tells the horrors of war, and combines the historical with the personal, as it tells the stories of two young men. The film features some major stars, and is also another one that will without a doubt tug on your heartstrings.
Cool Runnings (1993)
This film is one many who grew up in the 90Õs have a soft spot for. This Disney film is a fictional take on the true story of the first Jamaican bobsled team, the captain of which was first a Jamaican long distance runner before he ever thought to join a bobsled team. In fact, the first scene of the movie is a gorgeous early morning shot of him running over the Jamaican countryside. A beautiful and touching film, filled with laughs and inspiration, this film has every sports fan in mind with the story it tells.
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