12 Best Movies About Runners


Movies are among the best ways considered for inspiring the budding runners who need that kick of motivation to work hard and earn a name for them. A well made motivational running movie inspires the non-runners as well to excel in whatever field chosen. These are also good ways to pay tribute to the great runners of all times.

Best Running movies that have inspired the masses

Some of the best movies about runners that are worth downloading or watching the video are:

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)


loneliness the long distance

The movie is about a youth in the prison planning to defy the authority and win back his self-esteem. Though the movie does not inspire to run, it still shows how running can influence some areas of your life.

Quote from the movie:  Running was always a big thing in our family, especially running away from the police. It’s hard to understand. All I know is that you’ve got to run, running without knowing why, through fields and woods. And the winning post’s no end, even though the barmy crowds might be cheering themselves daft. That’s what the loneliness of a long distance runner feels like.

Lead artistes: Michael Redgrave, Tom Courtenay, and Avis Bunnage

Running (1979)


Running 1979 the movie that will bring you back to your feet.

This is a commendable piece of work on the life of American Marathon runner Michael Andropolis. The movie shows his journey as a representation of the United States for the 1976 Olympic Games at Montreal. In the movie, Andropolis wishes to resolve his problems in work, marriage, and family by the success earned through running.

Leading artists: Michael Douglas and Susan Anspach

Chariots of Fire (1981)


Chariots of Fite 1981 With Wings on their Heels and Hope in their Hearts

The movie is based on the quest for fulfilling different ambitions by two sprinters, Englishman Harold Abraham and the Scottish missionary, Eric Liddell. The movie depicts their journey for the 1924 Olympics in Paris.

Quotes from the movie: If I can’t win, I won’t run!

Lead artistes:  Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, and Nicholas Farrell

Running Brave (1983)


Running Brave 1983 The one athlete they least expected outran all their expectations

Dakota runner Billy Mills, the American Indian hero of the movie leaves his reservation for college and wins a gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He ran the 10,000 meters long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.

Quotes from the movie: Coach Bill Easton [instructing Billy on his opponents] Now he thinks he almost got you! You gotta crush him, so he knows you’re better!

Lead artist: Robby Benson

Forrest Gump (1994)


Forrest Gump

This interesting movie depicts the life of Forrest Gump who has to run faster to escape the tormentors’ pursuit. The good amount of running throughout the movie takes the audience by surprise. The movie revolves around Forrest who had been a handicap when a kid and it was only running that could put life into his legs. He had run from the west to the east coast of USA inspiring thousands to run. The phrase, “Run, Forrest, run!” has been given by the movie.

A famous quote from the movie: Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out… and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water… like that Mountain Lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It’s so beautiful.

Lead artistes:  Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Without Limits (1998)


Without limits

‘Without Limits’ is a powerful movie which tells the story of American distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his famous attempt to win a gold medal at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972. Steve enjoyed stardom because of his running abilities.

Quotes from the movie: I don’t want to win unless I know I’ve done my best, and the only way I know how to do that is to run out front, flat out until I have nothing left. Winning any other way is chicken-shit.

Lead Artists:  Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter |

Saint Ralph (2004)


Saint Ralph

The Canadian movie is based on Ralph Walker, a 14-year-old who was put in the cross country team of the school to utilize his time in a better way. But his seriousness for the sport instilled new spirits in him. And, thus started his journey in the world of running. He outran everyone’s expectations in 1954 to win the Boston marathon.

Quotes from the movie:  Claire has clearly decided to put up the Great Wall of China Defense on me. But I’m positive this whole nun thing is basically a way of denying her true feelings… understandably.

Lead artist: Adam Butcher, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Tilly

Spirit of the Marathon (2007)


Spirit of a Marathon When You Cross the Finish Line It Will Change Your Life Forever

The 2007 released movie follows six runners as they prepare for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. The movie was made only after experts in Marathon expressed their views and experiences. “Spirit of the Marathon” is considered the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2-mile running event.

Quotes from the movie: “I had really reached a point in my life where I didn’t think that I could ever be happy again.” “I can pretty much do anything.”

Lead artistes: Dick Beardsley, Ryan Bradley, and Leah Caille

Marathon Boy (2010)


Marathon Boy the tragic story of Budhia Singh

The documentary film is on the life of the marathon boy, Budhia Singh from the slums in India who rose to fame at the age of three for running the marathons. He has been acclaimed as the World’s youngest marathon Runner. His talent was nurtured by his coach Biranchi Das.

Lead Artistes: Budhia Singh and Biranchi Das

Bhag Milkha Bhag (2013)


Bhaag Milkha hard work will power dedication, with these qualities sky is the limit

Our very own movie based on the life of Milkha Singh, an Indian athlete who was a national champion runner and an Olympian had gathered positive response from audience and critics alike. It depicts the various obstacles overcome by the ‘Flying Sikh’ to become the world champion.

Quotes from the movie: Aivaye nahi milta India ka coat. Use kamana padta hai. Uske layak banana padta hain.

Lead Artistes:  Farhan AkhtarSonam KapoorPavan Malhotra

Desert Runners (2013)


The movie shows some unprofessional runners attempting to complete the most difficult ultramarathon race series on Earth. Their journey in the marathon is depicted in the movie. The movie leaves a mark on the minds of the ultra-athletes, the complex ways in which human beings deal with both heartbreak and triumph.

Leading artistes: Dave, Samantha, Tremaine, Ricky

Budhia Singh- Born to Run (2016)


The Indian Biographical Sports movie is based on the achievements of Budhia Singh, World’s youngest marathon runner. Budhia ran 48 marathons when he was only 5 years old. It also won the National Award for best children’s film at the 63rd National Awards, 2016.

Famous Quote: Jitna Rokoge, Utna Bhagoonga.

Leading artistes: Mayur Patole and Manoj Bajpayee

It is interesting how well made movies on runners, athletes and even on running influence the thoughts of the amateur and budding runners. Well, they inspire all of us, don’t they?

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