Just last weekend I was going through a drawer of old movies. I happened to pull out a VHS tape of Saint Ralph. Two hours later I had watched the movie for about the tenth time, and guess what? It was still amazing.
So, I started thinking what other running movies are amazing? After about a week of talking to some fellow runners and friends, along with hours of research, here’s the list I came up with.
Before we get to the list I want to quickly explain how I came up with these movies.
First off, I did not include any documentaries. The list was getting too big already, and there are probably another twenty-five documentaries on running, so this list will only include biographies and drama.
Secondly, while I’ve seen nearly every movie on this list and would have liked to rank them according to what I though, that didn’t seem very unbiased. So, I created a spreadsheet that averaged the rating from Amazon and IMBD. If you really want to know my favorites, scroll down past the list.
Lastly, you may roll your eyes at some inclusions like Forest Gump, The Running Man, or The Maze Runner, but I included them because running is central to the movie. If you’re looking for more “pure” running dramas, then feel free to just skip over those.
Oh, one more quick note. You’ll notice I included a “Watch It Here” link. Where possible I tried to link to a free version (aka YouTube), but there were only a couple. There were also a couple that I actually couldn’t find a paid or free version of.
Top 25 Running Movies
|Rank||Movie Poster||Movie Name||Where to Watch||Average Rating|
|1||Forrest Gump||Watch It Here||9.0|
|2||Marathon||Watch It Here||8.6|
|3||McFarland, USA||Watch It Here||8.5|
|4||The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner||Watch It Here||8.4|
|5||Run Lola Run||Watch It Here||8.4|
|6||Saint Ralph||Watch It Here||8.3|
|7||The Athlete||Watch It Here||8.2|
|8||Chariots of Fire||Watch It Here||8.1|
|9||Without Limits||Watch It Here||8.1|
|10||The Jericho Mile||Watch It Here||7.9|
|11||Marathon Man||Watch It Here||7.9|
|12||Prefontaine||Watch It Here||7.9|
|13||Cliffy||Watch It Here||7.8|
|14||Endurance||Watch It Here||7.6|
|15||Run, Fat Boy, Run||Watch It Here||7.6|
|16||The Robber||Watch It Here||7.6|
|17||The Maze Runner||Watch It Here||7.4|
|18||The Running Man||Watch It Here||7.2|
|19||Personal Best||Watch It Here||7.2|
|20||4 Minute Mile||Watch It Here||7.1|
|21||Across the Tracks||Watch It Here||6.9|
|22||On the Edge||Watch It Here||6.9|
|23||Running Brave||Watch It Here||6.8|
|24||The Long Run||Watch It Here||6.6|
|25||Running||Watch It Here||5.8|
As I mentioned above, I would have organized this list a little differently, but that’s because I’m a little biased, especially when it comes to Steve Prefontaine.
Keeping that in mind, my top two picks would have been:
- Without Limits
If you twisted my arm and said I had to pick something not about Pre, then I’d go with:
- The Jericho Mile
- Saint Ralph
- McFarland, USA
What about you?
Let me know in the comments below which ones make your best of the best list.
Also, if you think I left a movie off the list then I’d love if you let me know that as well, and I”ll be sure to get it added.
(Note: I recently saw Race in the theaters, and as soon as it’s released to stream, I’ll update the list because it definitely deserves a spot.)