The Best Running Movies  

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List Rules Only movies that feature running as a plot point.

A list of the best running movies. These are films that feature running as either a sport or as simply a central theme to the plot. We believe we've listed all of the best ones, but if you think we missed one please feel free to add it to the list yourself. Typically in movies, running implies a chase. In these films however, the running is often for many other purposes, including running in a marathon, jogging as part of a different type of race, or sprinting to beat the clock. If you're a runner yourself, then you're sure to love the movies on this list.

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Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Running Movies
Mark Holmes added Tom Hanks, Kurt Russell, Sally Field
Forrest Gump is a 1994 American epic romantic-comedy-drama film based on the 1986 novel of the same name by Winston Groom. The film was directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks, Robin ...more
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Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh, Ian Holm
Released: 1981 Chariots of Fire is a 1981 British historical drama film. It tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 Olympics: Eric Liddell, a devout Scottish Christian who runs for the glory of ...more
Race is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Running Movies
johnsonj.samuel99 added Race Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, David Kross
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Donald Sutherland, Billy Crudup, Monica Potter
Released: 1998 Without Limits is a 1998 biographical sports film. It is written and directed by Robert Towne and follows the relationship between record-breaking distance runner Steve Prefontaine and his coach ...more
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Jared Leto, Ed O'Neill, R. Lee Ermey
Released: 1997 Prefontaine is a 1997 American biographical film chronicling the life of the American long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine. Jared Leto plays the title character and R. Lee Ermey plays Bill ...more
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Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider
Released: 1976 Marathon Man is a 1976 suspense/thriller film directed by John Schlesinger. It was adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name and stars Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy ...more
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gerard flynn added Sam Elliott, Ryan O'Neal, Charles Aznavour
The Games is a 1970 film based on the Hugh Atkinson novel and adapted to the screen by Erich Segal. It was directed by Michael Winner. The plot concerned four marathon competitors at a ...more
Brittany Runs a Marathon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Running Movies
Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins, Utkarsh Ambudkar
Brittany Runs a Marathon is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Paul Downs Colaizzo. A 27-year-old New York woman, Brittany Forgler (Jillian Bell) takes up running as a way to find direction ...more
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Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn, Jim Moody
Released: 1982 Personal Best is a 1982 movie centered on a group of women trying to qualify for the American track-and-field team bound for the 1980 Olympic Games. Despite their commitment to their training ...more
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Franka Potente, Armin Rohde, Moritz Bleibtreu
Released: 1998 Run Lola Run is a 1998 German thriller film written and directed by Tom Tykwer and starring Franka Potente as Lola and Moritz Bleibtreu as Manni. The story follows a woman who needs to obtain ...more
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darbylou added Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien, Patricia Clarkson
The Maze Runner is a 2014 American science fiction dystopian action thriller film directed by Wes Ball, based on James Dashner's 2009 novel of the same name. The film is the first installment in ...more