5 of the Best Running Movies that Will Inspire You to Lace Up Your Shoes and Run

Having trouble finding the motivation to get on the fitness track? Here are some of the best running movies that will inspire you to lace up your shoes and head out for a run.

1. Chariots of Fire (1981)

Why watch it: Widely considered as one of the classic running movies ever made, Chariots of Fire is an award-winning film based on the story of two athletes and their journey to the 1924 Paris Olympic Games. Scottish Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson) is mainly motivated by his faith in God while Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) is an Englishman of Jewish descent to struggles with prejudice against Jews.

2. Forrest Gump (1994)

Why watch it: While not entirely focused on running, Forrest Gump showcased a compelling narrative around the activity. Watch as Gump run and cheer him on with chants of run, Forrest, run! This movie will make you think about the positive impact of running.

3. Spirit of the Marathon (2007)

Why watch it: If you have not experienced running the marathon, this film will make you seriously consider it. Spirit of the Marathon is the story of six runners preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. It brilliantly captures the grit and determination of runners, especially those aspiring to run and finish a marathon.

4. The Jericho Mile (1979)

Why watch it: Actor Peter Strauss won an Emmy award for his brilliant performance The Jericho Mile. The film tells the story of Folsom Prison inmate and loner Larry Murphy (Strauss) who found solace in running and displayed remarkable determination to become of the top milers in the country.

5. Without Limits (1998)

Why watch it: Without Limits is one of the biographical movies based on the life of American runner Steve Roland “Pre” Prefontaine. It offers a glimpse to his early days as a runner and his relationship with legendary coach Bill Bowerman.