Here’s a list of the best running movies of all time as polled and ranked by runners via Lets.run.com.
Fire on the Track
Storyline: Documentary on Steve Prefontaine, America’s top distance
runner in the 1970′s whose front running style, brashness and American
records from 2,000m to 10,000m captivated the American track public like
no other distance runner.
He narrowly missed an Olympic medal in 1972 and then his life was
tragically cut short in a car accident. Fire on the Track is excellently
produced, has in-depth footage of the 1972 Olympic 5k final, with
comments from Prefontaine’s competitors.
Incredible story of life of Steve Prefontaine who broke numerous
American records, just missed an Olympic medal and revolutionized the
idea of how some people race (from the front) before dying in a tragic
car wreck in his prime. Prefontaine’s story is worth remembering. Tom Cruise producer. Get a
little on foundation of Nike with Bill Bowerman (Pre’s coach) being
behind this movie. Other movie on Prefontaine, Prefontaine, will steal
votes. Some say stretches truth a bit more than Prefontaine. Pre’s
romance is stressed more in this movie than in Prefontaine.
Chariots of Fire
Fascinating story of two Olympic sprinters from Great Britain, Erick
Liddell (devout Protestant) and Harold Abrahams (Jew), of vastly
different backgrounds who run for different reasons in the 1924
Olympics. This classic won four Oscars including best picture.
Inspirational, especially it’s famous soundtrack by Vangelis.
Tells the story of perhaps the greatest runner of all-time,
Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie, leading up to his victory in the 1996
Olympic Games. Intersperses footage of Olympic 10k race
throughout film. Footage of Gebrselassie running (in Ethiopian and
Olympics) is truly incredible and worth seeing in its own right. Most of
the actors are Gebrselassie’s real family members.
This is a made-for-TV movie about a man serving life sentence in
prison who find hope in running. After running a sub-4 minute mile, he
trains for the Munich Olympics from prison. The story is inspirational
although fictional and sometimes unrealistic.
Loneliness of a Long-Distance Runner
Based on a book of the same title, it tells the story of rebellious
youngster named Smith who finds comfort and security through his running
skills while attending classes at a reformatory school after stealing
from a local bakery. Running provides him with moments of quiet
reflection to consider the choices he made—and the choices made for him.
Runners can relate to the sense of peace and reflection provided by
solitary runs, while non-runners can relate to the challenges we all
face to our moral integrity on a daily basis.
(of course I highly recommend, Run Fat Boy Run, Running in the Sun, Running the Sahara, and of course Thelma)
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