Last Updated: June 10th, 2020

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Finished your run?

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Pumped or wanna give up?

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And get motivated for your next run…

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Best Running Movies of All Times

Without Limits

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This is the awe-inspiring story of the famous 1970’s distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bill Bowerman. Steve held every record from 2000 to 10000 meters come home.

The movie captures all the finer nuances, the frustrations, the success and the tragic accident that lead to his early demise at the age of only 24.

This true story shows how grit and perseverance can change a person’s reality despite a humble beginning. A must watch for every runner.

Director: Robert Towne

Writer: Robert Towne, Kenny Moore

Starring: Billy Crudup, Donald Sutherland, Monica Potter

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

7.8 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.8 
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7.8 
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4.8 
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This is the story of a cult-like race which has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years.

The idea of this race is sparked by a famous prison break and is the most guarded secret of the sports world.

Directors: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane

Starring:  Lazarus Lake, Raw Dog

Running for Good

7.9 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.7 
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7.9 
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4.7 
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This is a sports documentary on world record marathoner Fioana Oakes.

This documentary follows her in an attempt to compete in the earth’s toughest foot race, the Marathon Des Sables.

In this 250 KM race through Sahara Desert, this marathoner tries to set a new global record in endurance racing. Will she succeed?

Watch to find out.

Directors:  First Spark Media, Keegan Kuhn

Starring: Scott Jurek, Fiona Oakes, Rich Roll

City Slickers Can't Stay With Me: The Coach Bob Larsen Story

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4.7 
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This is a story of the Legendary UCLA and Olympic running coach, Bob Larsen, and 4-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi. Meb is one of the most accomplished American runners.

The movie culminates with Meb’s electrifying victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Director: Robert Lusitana

Writer: Robert Lusitana

Starring: Bob Larsen, Meb Keflezighi, Thom Hunt

Boston

7.4 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.7 
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7.4 
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This is the story of Boston Marathon herself. (I know many people will call it, “it”, but I think she deserves more respect)

A humble beginning with only 15 runners to the first female runner,  through the tragedy of 2013 and ultimately the stunning triumph of 2014, she has seen it all.

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Matt Damon this is a true salute to the spirit of the iconic Boston Marathon.

Director: Jon Dunham

Starring: Matt Damon, Robert de Castella, Manzie Jones

Off and Running

6.4 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.3 
BPG RATING (OUT OF 5)

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6.4 
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4.3 
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Growing up in a loving but diversified household with two white lesbian moms, two adopted brothers Avery was determined to achieve her dreams.

Her curiosity about her African-American origin and her search for her birth mother lead to a path of self-destruction.

But when she decides to pick up the pieces to make a sense of her existence, the result is this awe-inspiring story.

Director: Nicole Opper

Writer: Avery Klein-Cloud

Starring: Travis Cloud, Tova Klein, Avery Klein-Cloud

Spirit of the Marathon II

7.4 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.3 
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7.4 
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4.3 
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Spirit of the Marathon II weaves the compelling stories of each runner – the trials and the triumphs – that paved their road to Rome.

It also brings to you, the insightful interviews of the legendary races of the great marathoners like Stefano Baldini, Paula Radcliffe, Frank Shorter, and many others.

Director: Jon Dunham

Starring: Domenico Anzini, Epiphanie Nyirabarame, Domenico “Mimmo” Scipioni

The Long Green Line

7.9 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.3 
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7.9 
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4.3 
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Like a true mentor,  Coach Joe Newton has used Cross Country Running as a medium to teach valuable lessons to the High School Boys for 50 years.

This documentary follows one such particular season where the young men from Elmhurst Illinois as they go for their 25th state title.

The film focuses on the top athletes, an autistic runner and an athlete with cerebral palsy.

This is a truly inspiring story for any runner across the world.

Director: Matthew Arnold

Writer: Matthew Arnold

Starring: Coach Joe Newton, Charlie Kern, Eric Dettman, Lord Sebastian Coe

Run For Your Life

7
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.3 
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7
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4.3 
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New York City Marathon is a huge event as we know it. It would not have even existed without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania.

This is a fun, loving and inspirational tribute to the late Fred Lebow by Judd Ehrlich.

He shows how one man’s imagination, determination, and love for the running created one of the world’s most popular sporting events.

Director: Judd Ehrlich

Starring: Neil Amdur, Gloria Averbuch, Abraham Beame

Prefontaine

6.8 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.2 
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6.8 
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The true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial “James Dean of Track,” whose spirit captured the heart of the nation!

Director: Steve James

Writers: Steve James, Eugene Corr

Starring: Jared Leto, R. Lee Ermey, Ed O’Neill

Remember The Goal

5.8
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.5 
USER RATING (OUT OF 5)

4.0 
BPG RATING (OUT OF 5)

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5.8
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4.5 
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4.0 
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A female coach fresh out of college takes over the cross country program at an all-girls’ Christian school.

This is her first attempts to lead them to their first-ever state title.

With so much at stake, the runners begin to train hard.

However, the top 5 girls start to dwindle as they needed to deal with teen life issues.

As each of these stories unfolds, so does the wisdom of the young coach as she guides the girls along the pathway of life.

Director: Dave Christiano

Writers: Dave Christiano

Starring: Allee-Sutton Hethcoat, Quinn Alexis

Breaking 60: Challenging the Impossible

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A non-stop, 298km trail running event where there are no race fees, no prizes, no medals and no pats on the back.

I’m talking about none other than Hong Kong Four Trails Ultra Challenge…

Will you take it?

Director: Robin Lee

Starring: Andre Blumburg, Stone Tsang, Jag Lanante

Ouray 100

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Avery Collins finds himself near the last place at one of the world’s toughest trail races, Ouray 100.

But he is not somebody to back down.

He spends the next 90 miles battling bad weather and high altitude in a daring attempt to take the lead.

Will he succeed? 

Director: Red Tide Productions

Starring: Avery Collins, Rob Coslick, Charles Johnston

Finding Traction: The Ultra Marathon Documentary

6.6 
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4.0 
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6.6 
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It’s Ultramarathoner Nikki Kimball vs. 273-mile long trail.

Find out how she marshall her mind and body to overcome the inevitable hardships of this legendary, but brutal race.

Follow Nikki’s journey through Vermont’s beautiful and the rugged Green Mountains.

Will she make it?

Directors: Jaime Jacobsen, Charles Dye

Writers: Stefanie Watkins, Jaime Jacobsen

Cliffy

7.1 
IMDB RATING (OUT OF 10)

4.0 
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From potato farmer to Austalia’s most unlikely sporting hero.

Set against the backdrop of the 1980s this film revisits the inspirational and extraordinary journey of Cliff Young.

Cliffy was a potato farmer who went ahead and won the inaugural 550-mile footrace from Sydney to Melbourne.

Director: Dean Murphy

Writers: R.B. Taylor

Starring: Morgan Griffin, Stephen Curry, Kevin Harrington

Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco

7.3 
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4.0 
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7.3 
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Story Line

Run Free is a movie about Micah True (Caballo Blanco, or the White Horse), an American ultra runner who helped the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico preserve their traditional running culture by creating a 50-mile ultra marathon which combines aspects of traditional Tarahumara running with the ideology of modern ultrarunning.

Director: Sterling Noren

Writers: Sterling Noren

Starring: Micah True, Christopher McDougall, Scott Jurek

The Last Mile

6.3 
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4.0 
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6.3 
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The Last Mile is a feature-length documentary about running and the reasons behind it. Filmmaker John Burkett led a destructive, unhealthy and sedimentary life. After getting sober, one day walking his dog he decided to take the first run out of mental anguish.

Director: John Burkett
100 Miles to 40

9.2 
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3.8 
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9.2 
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The Western States Endurance Run winds 100 miles over the Sierra Nevada Mountains along an old gold miner’s path. Racers get one day to finish. No stopping. No sleeping. Just a pair of trail running shoes and the ability to ignore an unbelievable amount of pain. At night, it’s like running over Mount McKinley, alone, with blinders on. What will you do to remember your next birthday?

Director: Chris Halsne

Starring: Michelle Halsne, Paul Bush

Want to watch some inspiring running movies? Here are the best running movies for your inspiration. These running movies will motivate you whether you are a road, trail or ultra runner. Grab a tub of popcorn and enjoy these running movies.

Want to watch some inspiring running movies? Here are the best running movies for your inspiration. These running movies will motivate you whether you are a road, trail or ultra runner. Grab a tub of popcorn and enjoy these running movies.

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