Running and competition is a theme that resonates with Hollywood for obvious reasons: a struggle that the protagonist needs to overcome is of the essence for a good plot.
This has lead to many of Hollywood’s most iconic films being centred around running. If you’ve got some time to kill and are short on motivation, check out one of these classics.
1. Personal Best (1982)
In “Personal Best”, the focus is on a fictional group of female track athletes training for the US Olympic trials in 1980. The film’s portrayal of female athletes in the 80s received a lot of praise, and it stars quite a few actual American athletes.
2. Run for Your Life (2008)
This documentary is about the New York City Marathon, and its director, Fred Lebow. It follows the development of distance running in New York City, and specifically the contribution that Lebow made in this regard.
3. Spirit of the Marathon (2007)
If you’re already a marathon runner, or are aspiring to run your first marathon soon, this documentary is not to be missed. It follows six experienced runners preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon, and the nuggets of wisdom the runners share go far beyond the marathon and head straight to the heart.
4. Forrest Gump (1994)
You might not have seen this Oscar winning film yet, but we bet you’ve heard the phrase “Run, Forrest, run!” more than once. See what all the fuss is about, or revisit this tale of determination against all odds.
5. Chariots of Fire (1981)
Even if you’ve never seen this film, the score will bring back memories. It centres around two athletes during the 1924 Olympics. This film has had such an influence on people that the score is still played at the finish line of road races today, 37 years after its release.