Movies about Running

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1. Without Limits (1998)

PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

The life of renowned runner Steve Prefontaine and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto

Votes: 6,580 | Gross: $0.78M

2. Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

48 Metascore

Five years after jilting his pregnant fiancée on their wedding day, out-of-shape Dennis decides to run a marathon to win her back.

Director: David Schwimmer | Stars: Simon Pegg, Thandie Newton, Hank Azaria, Dylan Moran

Votes: 65,531 | Gross: $6.00M

3. Saint Ralph (2004)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

51 Metascore

Saint Ralph is the unlikely story of Ralph Walker, a ninth grader who outran everyone's expectations except his own in his bold quest of trying to win the 1954 Boston Marathon.

Director: Michael McGowan | Stars: Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly, Michael Kanevsky

Votes: 5,860 | Gross: $0.80M

4. The Terry Fox Story (1983 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Eric Fryer, Robert Duvall, Chris Makepeace, Rosalind Chao

Votes: 566

5. Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

PG | 104 min | Documentary, Sport

The first ever feature-length film to capture the essence, drama and unique spectacle of the famed 26.2-mile race, the production features five runners - three amateurs and two elites - as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Dunham | Stars: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, Leah Caille, Deena Kastor

Votes: 578

6. 4 Minute Mile (2014)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes, forcing the student to confront everything that has been holding him back.

Director: Charles-Olivier Michaud | Stars: Kelly Blatz, Richard Jenkins, Kim Basinger, Cam Gigandet

Votes: 2,713

7. The Long Run (2001)

R | 112 min | Drama, Sport

A failed track coach finally finds someone who he believes has what it takes to win.

Director: Jean Stewart | Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Nthati Moshesh, Paterson Joseph, Seputla Sebogodi

Votes: 324

8. Endurance (1998)

G | 83 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The gold medal for the men's 10,000-metre race in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics is won by Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie.

Directors: Leslie Woodhead, Bud Greenspan | Stars: Haile Gebrselassie, Shawananness Gebrselassie, Yonas Zergaw, Tedesse Haile

Votes: 376 | Gross: $0.23M

9. Four Minutes (2005 TV Movie)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of the four minute mile-breaker Roger Bannister.

Director: Charles Beeson | Stars: Jamie Maclachlan, Christopher Plummer, Shaun Smyth, Amy Rutherford

Votes: 352

10. Prefontaine (1997)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

Based on the life of Olympic hopeful Steve Prefontaine, a long distance runner who lived in Oregon and died young.

Director: Steve James | Stars: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O'Neill, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 6,842 | Gross: $0.53M

11. Runners High (2006)

86 min | Documentary

When teenagers from one of the nation's toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, California sign up to train for a marathon, they begin the journey of a lifetime. Runners High is an intimate, ... See full summary »

Directors: Alex D. da Silva, Justine Jacob

Votes: 73

12. Run for Your Life (I) (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late ... See full summary »

Director: Judd Ehrlich | Stars: Fred Lebow, Ed Koch, Nina Kuscsik, Bill Rodgers

Votes: 178

13. Fast Women (2010)

97 min | Documentary, Sport

Fast Women follows four female runners from the same local running club as they aspire to reach their goals. Three women are aiming for the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, while the fourth is... See full summary »

Director: George Delalis | Stars: June Estrada, Ronald Hyde, Susan Loken, Brett Schumacher

14. Beyond the Expedition: Running the Sahara (2008 TV Movie)


As three ultra-athletes attempt to run across the Sahara desert, 4500 miles, two marathons a day, for more than 111 days, they will face the most extreme conditions on earth. To support ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Rosen | Stars: Matt Damon, Charlie Engle, Marc Joubert, Kevin Lin

Votes: 5

15. The Athlete (2009)

Not Rated | 92 min | Biography, Drama

Running the streets of Rome in 1960, an unknown, barefooted Ethiopian man stunned the world by winning Olympic gold in the marathon. Overnight, Abebe Bikila became a sports legend. A hero ... See full summary »

Directors: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew | Stars: Rasselas Lakew, Dag Malmberg, Ruta Gedmintas, Abba Waka Dessalegn

Votes: 226

16. Town of Runners (2012)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Sport

Town of Runners is a feature documentary about young runners from the Ethiopian rural town of Bekoji, home to the current Olympic and World Champions Tirunesh Dibaba and Kenenisa Bekele. ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Rothwell

Votes: 130

17. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Sport

A juvenile offender (Sir Tom Courtenay) at a tough reform school impresses its Governor (Sir Michael Redgrave) with his running ability and is encouraged to compete in an upcoming race, but faces ridicule from his peers.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, Avis Bunnage, Alec McCowen

Votes: 7,848

18. Running the Sahara (2007)

TV-G | 102 min | Documentary, Sport

Three men attempt to become the first humans to run coast to coast across the Sahara Desert.

Director: James Moll | Stars: Matt Damon, Charlie Engle, Kevin Lin, Ray Zahab

Votes: 519

19. Volcanic Sprint (2007)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

The sleepy town of Buea in the Southwest Province of Cameroon hosts Africa's most grueling footrace: the Mt. Cameroon Race of Hope, a marathon-length sprint 10,000 feet up a live volcano, ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Dorst | Stars: Sarah Etonge, John Ekema, Max Mwambo, Pierrot Talla

Votes: 27

20. Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days (2008)

109 min | Documentary

Dean Karnazes also known as the UltraMarathon Man has inspired thousands of runners. This is the epilogue to Karnazes' 50 day expedition. Dean Karnazes completed 50 Marathons in 50 States ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Benna | Stars: Alexandria Karnazes, Dean Karnazes, Fran Karnazes, Julie Karnazes

Votes: 104

21. De Marathon (2012)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

After finding out that they have a tax debt of forty thousand euros, four very out-of-shape men working at a car shop start to train for a marathon in which they can win the money to pay the debt.

Director: Diederick Koopal | Stars: Stefan de Walle, Martin van Waardenberg, Marcel Hensema, Frank Lammers

Votes: 6,418

22. Marathon Man (1976)

R | 125 min | Crime, Thriller

64 Metascore

A history student becomes caught in the middle of a dangerous international plot involving Nazis, stolen jewels, and government agents.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane

Votes: 58,100 | Gross: $21.71M

23. Desert Runners (2013)

99 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

A diverse cast of non-professional runners attempt to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their dramatic journey takes them across the World's most picturesque ... See full summary »

Director: Jennifer Steinman Sternin | Stars: Samantha Gash, Tremaine Kent, David O'Brien, Ricky Paugh

Votes: 476

24. The Jericho Mile (1979 TV Movie)

97 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

A prisoner gets a chance to take part in the Olympics.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Peter Strauss, Richard Lawson, Roger E. Mosley, Brian Dennehy

Votes: 1,482

25. Personal Best (1982)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

The intertwined lives and loves of three highly-ranked athletes striving for the national team; Chris bounces between the beds of male coach Terry and her female friend, competitor, and role model Tory.

Director: Robert Towne | Stars: Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Patrice Donnelly, Kenny Moore

Votes: 2,484 | Gross: $5.67M

26. The Long Green Line (2008)

88 min | Documentary

Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years. "Always do your best", "be on time" and "it's ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Arnold | Stars: Joe Newton, Charlie Kern, Eric Dettman, Matt Dettman

Votes: 115

27. Unbreakable: The Western States 100 (2012)

106 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

In 2010, four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth toed the starting line at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile foot race in... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Benna

Votes: 168

28. Transcend (II) (2014)


Long-distance running allowed Wesley Korir to escape the grinding poverty of Kenya. But after winning multiple American marathons, including taking running's most cherished prize - the ... See full summary »

Directors: Michael Del Monte, Tad Munnings | Star: Wesley Korir

Votes: 89

29. Running on the Sun: The Badwater 135 (2000)

100 min | Documentary, Sport

Forty runners compete in the most grueling race on earth, the Badwater. The film documents the trials and tribulations of these athletes as they run 135 miles through Death Valley in July ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Adam Bookspan, Angelika Castaneda, Eric Clifton, Maria De Jesus

Votes: 217 | Gross: $0.00M

30. Running Brave (1983)

PG | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Billy Mills, the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Robby Benson, Pat Hingle, Claudia Cron, Jeff McCracken

Votes: 642 | Gross: $3.00M

31. The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton (2006)

78 min | Documentary, Action, Sport

THE RUNNER follows Extreme UltraRunner David Horton as he runs more than 40 miles per day for 66 consecutive days in an attempt to set the speed record on the 2,700 mile Pacific Crest Trail... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Benna | Stars: J.B. Benna, David Horton

Votes: 25

32. Chariots of Fire (1981)

PG | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

78 Metascore

Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew, and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Nigel Havers

Votes: 54,683 | Gross: $58.97M

33. The Robber (2010)

Not Rated | 101 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.

Director: Benjamin Heisenberg | Stars: Andreas Lust, Markus Schleinzer, Roman Kettner, Hannelore Klauber-Laursen

Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $0.08M

34. Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail (2014)

45 min | Documentary, Adventure, Family

Family man and ultrarunner, Scott Jaime, is preparing for the most difficult challenge of his life - to run the entire 486-mile Colorado Trail to set a new FKT (fastest known time). Scott ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Trappe

35. Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive (2012)

60 min | Documentary

This documentary follows the life and career of Usain Bolt.

Director: Gaël Leiblang | Star: Usain Bolt

Votes: 487

38. Four Minute Fever (1956)

Approved | 9 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

This short film chronicles the quest to run a mile in under four minutes starting in the 1920s through the mid-1950s when the world record was first set and when it was first achieved on U.S. soil.

Director: William Deeke | Stars: Harry Wismer, Paavo Nurmi, Fiorello LaGuardia, Arne Andersson

Votes: 83

39. The Games (1970)

G | 100 min | Drama, Sport

Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czechoslovakian, and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Michael Crawford, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour, Jeremy Kemp

Votes: 411

40. My Way (1972)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Family, Sport

In this sports-oriented drama from South Africa, a former Olympic marathon champion pushes his sons to be as successful in competition as he was and emphasizes victory above all else.

Directors: Emil Nofal, Roy Sargeant | Stars: Joe Stewardson, Madeleine Usher, Tony Jay, Marié du Toit

Votes: 20

41. Wilma (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Director: Bud Greenspan | Stars: Shirley Jo Finney, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca

Votes: 202

42. See How She Runs (1978 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, Sport

This is the story of a 40-year-old divorced teacher whose life is changed by her decision to enter the Boston Marathon.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Joanne Woodward, John Considine, Barnard Hughes, Melissa Newman

Votes: 56

43. Special Olympics (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Sport

A single father with three teenaged children struggles to keep his family together. One of them is intellectually disabled. The father enrolls him in a special state-run school, where the boy develops a love for sports.

Director: Lee Philips | Stars: Irene Tedrow, Mare Winningham, Philip Brown, George Parry

Votes: 42

44. ABC Afterschool Specials (1972–1997)
Episode: It's a Mile from Here to Glory (1978)

46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A high school track star is involved in a life threatening accident, and now must learn to depend on others for his day to day living.

Director: Richard C. Bennett | Stars: Steve Shaw, Justin Lord, David Haskell, Woodrow Parfrey

Votes: 23

45. Goldengirl (1979)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport

A neo-Nazi doctor tries to make a superwoman of his daughter who has been specially fed, exercised, and conditioned since she was a child in preparation of the Olympics.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Susan Anton, James Coburn, Curd Jürgens, Leslie Caron

Votes: 348