Movies for Runners Who Like Running Movies

by Bill Bean

I have a rather short attention span. Well, more like a little OCD and a little ADD. I can pay attention for a little while, until I see something shiny…or a squirrel…and then it's all over.  So I don’t watch too many movies on TV. Ok, I don’t watch ANY movies.  I'm more geared toward YouTube length stuff, which satisfies my interest in comedy, news, music, and lots of running videos, but in smaller bite-sized videos that my overstimulated brain can manage. But the other night, as I was social distancing in the living room recliner, I thought it would be inspiring to watch a running movie, and maybe I'd be able to sit through the whole thing. Besides, my legs were junk from today's run, so I really wasn’t going anywhere. So I asked my Facebook family and friends for some of their favorite movies having to do with running. The list below includes suggestions for running movies by our running friends. Enjoy.

Chariots of Fire

Without Limits

Brittany Runs a Marathon

Saint Ralph

Forrest Gump

Personal Best

4 Minute Mile

Spirit of the Marathon (Parts 1 and 2)


Patriots Day


Running Brave


The Barkley Marathons on Netflix

Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken also on Netflix

Unbreakable: The Western States 100


Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner


Run Lola Run

On YouTube: The Toughest Man Alive: David Goggins

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

The Jericho Mile: Sympathy for the Devil

Run for your Life

The Long Green Line

Run Fat Boy Run

On the Edge


Iron Cowboy


The Games


Desert Runners

Running the Sahara


Boston: The Documentary


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