The best films about running and runners

Movies about running talk about the desire to win, fortitude and endurance. Not only in sports, but also in life, these qualities are extremely important for success. To recharge with strong energy, you should give preference to the films that are presented in our selection.

Marathon (2012)

This positive film instills confidence that age is determined not by a passport, but by the state of the soul. The four workers at the auto repair shop: Gerard, Leo, Niko and Kees often get together for friendly gatherings with beer and cards. One day they learn that their life’s work is in danger of bankruptcy.

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To avoid ruin, the heroes decide to attract a sponsor and take part in the Rotterdam Marathon. Despite the fact that all men are already under fifty, they are confidently moving towards their goal. To do this, friends hire a running coach, who turns out to be a lame immigrant. But there is no turning back, because not only the fate of the garage depends on the marathon …

Original title:
De Marathon

Cast:
Stephan de Walle, Martin van Wardenberg, Marcel Hensema

Country:
Netherlands

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+

Fast Girls (2012)

Among films about athletics, it is worth highlighting this picture about competition and rivalry. Two athletes, Shania and Liza, are on the same team. The girls grew up in completely different conditions, so they do not agree on many issues.

Their coach is sure that in order to achieve success at the World Cup, the rivals must get along and work together. Whether the athletes will be able to step over their pride for the sake of a common goal, one can only guess.

Original title:
Fast Girls

Cast:
Lenora Crichlow, Philip Davis, Jamie Howard

Country:
UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

Coach (2014)

Sports films are always a little touching if the events are related to children. So this plot tells the story of football coach Jim White, who, for the sake of talented teenagers, decides to change his qualifications and create a running team.

After moving to a city with a predominantly Hispanic population, the man gets a job as a physical education teacher at a school, where he begins to assemble a team and train boys. The picture shows in detail the complexities of the mentoring mission. However, the coach believes that even tomboys can be made into champions.

Original title:
McFarland, USA

Cast:
Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez, Carlos Pratts

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
12+

His last run (2013)

This film about an athlete-runner is dramatic and shows the harsh truth of life. Paul Averhoff is an Olympic champion. In the past, he was a real “star”, and today he is an ordinary pensioner. In the family of the hero, too, not everything is fine: because of the constant traveling, his daughter, who works as a flight attendant, sends her parents to a nursing home.

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The oppressive situation forces the old man to commit a desperate act – he decides to take part in the Berlin Marathon. Despite the skepticism of others towards this idea, Paul is determined only to win!

Original title:
Sein letztes Rennen

Cast:
Dieter Hallervorden, Tatja Seibt, Heike Macacs

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
12+

One square mile (2014)

This deep film shows the audience the life of a young guy whose only hope and consolation is running. Drew Jacobs’ family is his mother and brother, who are tired of poverty and injustice.

The goal of the hero is to escape from the slums and get a scholarship to a good university. And for this, the athlete needs to try harder than ever to win the running championship.

Original title:
One Square Mile

Cast:
Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
12+

Saint Ralph (2004)

This feature film about running touches the most delicate strings of the soul. The fate of the protagonist is sad: at an early age he loses his father, his mother becomes seriously ill, and Ralph ends up in a Catholic orphanage. The boy knows that only a miracle can help the only loved one.

The 14-year-old hero is ready to create it for his mother and is preparing hard for the Boston run. But this difficulty is not the only one. Among other things, others see him only as a bully. Everyone except Father Hibbert.

Original title:
Saint Ralph

Cast:
Adam Butcher, Michael Kanev, Gordon Pinsent

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.5

Age limit:
12+

Finish line (2011)

A French film about determination and endless hope. After serving a five-year sentence, the main character Leila is released. She meets a young man named Yannick. The guy achieved great success in running, but after an accident he lost the ability to see.

Layla decides to help Yannick and becomes his guide. Now they are training in one bundle. Only patience and intensive training will help them to become the first at the finish line.

Original title:
La ligne droite

Cast:
Rashida Bracni, Cyril Decourt, Clementine Selarier

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

Willpower (2016)

This running movie is based on the real-life success of African-American athlete Jesse Owens. The dark-skinned guy had to fight his way to the heights of Olympus with difficulty. Despite the racial discrimination that existed in the United States, the young athlete showed great endurance, perseverance and professionalism.

Thanks to this, Jesse is honored to represent his country at the 1936 Olympic Games, which are held in Nazi Germany. Now the hero faces the most difficult task – to fight for victory in the very lair of Nazism.

Original title:
Race

Starring :
Stefan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Gory

Country:
Canada, Germany, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

Unbroken (2014)

Another movie based on a true story . The meaning of the life of the American athlete Louis Zamperini was running. The life of a budding athlete changes dramatically after the 1936 Olympics, when Hitler draws attention to him.

With the outbreak of war, the hero goes to the front. The plane he is flying on crashes and Louis is taken prisoner by the Japanese. Now he can only remember his former sporting triumph and cherish the dream of returning home someday.

Original title:
Unbroken

Cast:
Jack O’Connell, Donal Gleeson, Miyavi

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
18+

Run Fat Man Run (2007)

In the list of the best films about running, the comedy about fat Dennis was the final one. A few years ago, the guy left his pregnant girlfriend Libby at the altar, which he soon regretted more than once.

The hero long and persistently tried to return the love of his life, but Libby remained adamant. Then Dennis decides to take a desperate step – to take part in the London Marathon. With excess weight and dubious workouts, this will not be easy for the hero to do.

Original title:
Run Fatboy Run

Starring :
Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
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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