They won’t catch up with us: 15 movies about parkour

Parkour is a street sport that is gaining popularity every year. For tricksters there are no boundaries, there are only obstacles that can be overcome with the help of strength, dexterity and virtuoso technique. Films with elements of parkour are not only films about extreme sports, but also crime thrillers, fantasy about time travel and spectacular comedies.

The Oliver Twist Affair (2021)

An aspiring British artist uses his talent to paint walls, and one day, while running from the police, he encounters an unusual gang. The leader of the gang is a former art manager, Fagin, who has masterminded a daring heist . Many years ago, his career collapsed due to the intrigues of the owner of the Lusborn art gallery – and the man figured out how to take revenge on the villain.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Twist

Genre:
Action, drama

Actors:
Ruff Lowe, Michael Caine, Lena Headey …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 4.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Adi (2018)

A new trend in Indian cinema is a film about a dexterous parkour man. Dances and songs now complement the chases and dizzying stunts, because the main character of the action movie is a musician . Adi dreams of performing on the big stage, but the next concert ends in tragedy. A ludicrous accident takes the life of a powerful businessman ‘s son , and the musician becomes the prime suspect.

Original Title :
Aadhi

Genre:
Action, Thriller

Actors:
Pranav Mohanlal, Sharafudheen, Meghanadhan…

Country:
India

Rating:
IMDb – 6.6


Assassin’s Creed (2016)

Callum Lynch participates in a scientific study to unlock genetic memories – and is transported to 15th century Spain. A man finds himself in the body of his distant ancestor, who is a member of the Assassin Order and fights against the insidious Templars . Callum manages to accumulate military experience in order to return to the modern world and fight back the descendants of cruel aggressors.

Original title:
Assassin’s Creed

Genre:
Fiction, action, adventure

Actors:
Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons…

Country:
USA, France, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malta

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Hardcore (2016)

The list of the best films about parkour is continued by the Russian action movie, filmed in the genre of shooter games. Henry wakes up in a secret laboratory, but remembers almost nothing from his own past. Nearby is his wife, who is immediately kidnapped by the monster Akan, and the guy gives chase. Henry needs to free his wife, defeat the cyborgs , and bit by bit restore elusive memories.

Actors:
Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Hayley Bennett …

Genre:
Action, fantasy

Country:
Russia, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Fyva (2015)

Life can change at the most unpredictable moment – the protagonist of the Russian adventure film faced the veracity of this statement. The young man was heading for an interview for employment, but ended up in the center of a criminal showdown. Kidnapping , murder and chase have become a reality for the guy, and the parkour player can only run to save his own life.

Genre:
Adventure

Actors:
Mikhail Kusturov, Natalya Nepovinnykh, Alexei Bogdanov…

Country:
Russia

Age limit:
16+


Tracers (2015)

The American movie about parkour is a solid action, an hour and a half of a dynamic film with young stars in the lead roles. Cam owes a decent amount to serious people, so he takes on any job to pay off the bills. A guy delivers parcels and one day he accidentally hits a girl. Seductive Nikki introduces him to the world of parkour. Clever tricks and a trained body help to earn good money, but luck is not always on the side of the guys.

Original title:
Tracers

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama, crime

Actors:
Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos, Adam Rainer…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Run (2013)

Daniel transfers to a new school  and immediately becomes popular among teenagers due to his passion. The guy is engaged in parkour, allowing him to effectively soar over the night city. Daniel makes friends, falls in love with a school beauty, but the past suddenly comes back to haunt him. The teenager is forced to defend his new friends, but even they are not ready to reveal his secret.

Original title:
Run

Genre:
Action, thriller, romance

Actors:
William Moseley, Adrian Pasdar, Kelsey Asbil …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 4.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Light Up This World (2011)

We have diluted the top films about parkour with a musical drama about a dance competition , where there are elements of spectacular tricks of tracers. Fans of modern choreography are looking forward to the international competition Beat the World. The best dancers from all over the world take part in the championship, and victory will bring not only fame, but also a cash prize. Yoosung’s team is determined to win the competition, despite the troubles that fell on the eve of the performance.

Original title:
Beat the World

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Tyrone Brown, Michelle Morgan, Nikki Grant…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 4.5

Age Limits :
12+


Freerunner (2011)

Ryan is used to overcoming city obstacles at speed every day, but one day a harmless hobby turns against him. A criminal group is watching freerunners, selecting worthy candidates for an underground game. The guy is kidnapped, put on a collar with explosives – and together with the rest of the participants they are released into stone labyrinths. To survive, you need to go through special checkpoints, but Ryan needs to take care of not only himself. His lover was included in the list of players – the girl is also in mortal danger.

Original title:
Freerunner

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Sean Faris, Tamer Hassan, Rebecca Da Costa …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.6, IMDb – 3.6

Age Limits :
16+


Skills (2010)

A film about fights and parkour is a Swedish action movie about extreme teenagers . Calvin is fond of street tricks, which have become his only outlet. After the death of the mother, it is difficult for the son to find a common language with his father, but one day there is a risk of being left without a second parent. Dad is accidentally wounded in a shootout, and the police suspect the man of having links to the underworld. Calvin is willing to risk his own life to prove his father’s innocence.

Original title:
Skills

Genre:
Action

Actors:
Josefin El, Emil Alqvist, Thomas Amlev …

Country:
Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.9, IMDb – 2.7


Survival Tournament (2009)

Among hired killers, competitions are held every seven years for the title of the best killer, where your own life is at stake. The winner gets a solid jackpot and a high professional reputation, but real passions flare up outside the arena. In luxuriously furnished offices, influential people place bets on the participants, and cruel intrigues are woven for the triumph of the favorite.

Original title:
The Tournament

Genre:
Action, thriller

Actors:
Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ian Somerhalder …

Country:
UK, USA, Bahrain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Parkour (2009)

Street performance of tricks became a real challenge for the main character, because character is formed in overcoming obstacles. An industrial city is the perfect place to navigate labyrinths and inventive training – especially when your girlfriend and loyal friends are next to you. The German film about parkourists is a motivational drama about the formation of a person in difficult living conditions.

Original Title :
Parkour

Genre:
Drama, Sports

Actors:
Christoph Letkowski, Nora von Waldstetten, Marlon Kittel…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
IMDb – 5.8


Daring Days (2007)

In the coastal resort town, young people independently find entertainment for themselves, choosing active types of recreation. Motorcycle racing , skateboarding and unusual tricks unite the guys in the company of interest. Parkour Ignat meets a local singer, and passion flares up between the young people. One day, Lina becomes an accidental witness to a crime and is taken hostage by bandits, but her lover is ready to do anything to save the girl.

Genre:
Comedy, crime

Actors:
Andrey Dementyev, Gosha Kutsenko, Matvey Zubalevich …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.8, IMDb – 2.8

Age restrictions:
16+


District 13 (trilogy, 2004, 2009 and 2013)

The French film is a real saga about parkour, helping the inhabitants of the ghetto to survive. The high level of crime forces the authorities of Paris to take extreme measures, and the criminal area is separated by a high concrete wall. Gangs establish their own laws on the streets, and the police do not interfere in what is happening until a neutron bomb falls into the hands of one of the authorities. Upon learning of this, an undercover officer is sent to the 13th district, and a local guy who has his own scores with the underworld becomes the cop’s partner.

Original title:
Banlieue 13

Genre:
Fiction, Action, Thriller, Crime

Actors:
Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D’Amario …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.1

Age Limits :
16+


Yamakashi (dilogue, 2001 and 2004)

Young guys are united by their love for performing tricks, and the athletes form a street team. The young men call themselves Yamakasi, which means “strong in spirit” in African dialect. Parkour is becoming more popular every day, young talents fill the ranks of tracers – and one day the recruit’s inexperience leads to tragedy. The boy accidentally falls off the tree, gets seriously injured, and the mother does not have enough money to treat her son. The Yamakashi plan several heists to help the child as the authorities remain unmoved by the problem.

Original title:
Yamakasi – Les samouraïs des temps modernes

Genre:
Crime, drama, action

Actors:
Chau Bel Din, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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