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The Best Running Movies

Updated October 3, 2019 1.4k votes 457 voters 30.6k views11 items

List RulesOnly 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

    Tom Hanks, Sally Field

    Released1994

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Marathon Man2
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    Marathon Man

    Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Released: 1976
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    Without Limits

    Donald Sutherland, Billy Crudup

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Towne

    Released: 1998
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  • Race4
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    Race

    Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis

    ReleasedJune 23, 2016

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    Chariots of Fire

    Stephen Fry, Kenneth Branagh

    Released1981

    Directed byHugh Hudson

    Released: 1981
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  • Prefontaine6
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    Prefontaine

    Jared Leto, Ed O'Neill

    Released1997

    Directed bySteve James

    Released: 1997
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  • The Maze Runner7
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    The Maze Runner

    Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien

    Released2014

    Directed byWes Ball

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  • Brittany Runs a Marathon8
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    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Jillian Bell, Michaela Watkins

    Released2019

    Directed byPaul Downs Colaizzo

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    The Games

    Sam Elliott, Ryan O'Neal

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Winner

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    Run Lola Run

    Franka Potente, Armin Rohde

    Released1998

    Directed byTom Tykwer

    Released: 1998
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    Personal Best

    Mariel Hemingway, Scott Glenn

    Released1982

    Directed byRobert Towne

    Released: 1982
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