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buildingme Rookie 2 posts since
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Jun 23, 2010 12:59 PM

What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

I'm one of those guys that love great sport movies. I get all inspired after I watching movies such as "Rocky" and "Hoosiers"... So it got me thinking of GREAT RUNNING MOVIES...

 

There has been quite a few great running films too, here are some of my FAVORITES in no order:  "Badwater" (classic -  about the four runners trek though Death Valley and 135 miles of road) "Spirit of the Marathon" (story 5 marathoners prepare and run the Chicago Marathon - www.marathonmovie.com),  "My Run" (love this film - saw it at the Austin Film Festival - amazing story of a man that ran 75 marathons  - www.facebook.com/myrunmovie) and "Running the Saraha" (cool flick about three men attempt to become the first humans to run coast to coast across the Sahara Desert.)

 

Looking forward to hear some of yours and feedback on these films. Happy running to the video store!

  • skypilot77 Legend 1,077 posts since
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    1. Jun 23, 2010 2:19 PM (in response to buildingme)
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    Those all sound like documentaries and not really movies.

     

    Besides Chariots of Fire I do not know of any running movies. And I won't watch that movie because the music/song from the movie drives my batty.





  • rbird Legend 1,073 posts since
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    2. Jun 23, 2010 2:16 PM (in response to buildingme)
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    I enjoyed Spirit of the Marathon and Running the Sahara.

     

    I stumbled on an old Michael Douglas movie on cable about 2 weeks ago called Running.  He played a marathoner in the 1976(?) Olympics.  The movie was OK but I have a lot more respect for Michael Douglas after watching him run.  It's probably still available on demand this month.





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  • Curtis721 Legend 203 posts since
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    4. Jun 23, 2010 4:38 PM (in response to skypilot77)
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    That's funny, I just watched Chariots of Fire two weeks ago with my 21 year-old daughter. I like to introduce her to vintage movies from before she was born.  We made it a double-feature with Breaking Away (the bike racing movie filmed in Bloomington, Indiana).  The main character from Breaking Away has a bit part in Chariots of Fire as one of the American runners.  I know that people make fun of the Vangelis theme music, but it is iconic from that era.  It is interesting to see what technology is featured in these old films.  I was especially interested in the running shoes in Chariots of Fire.  They look like really comfortable minimalist shoes!

     

    I will have to look up some of those other films.  I can't think of any other running movies but it seems that I've seen some at one time or another.  Does Forest Gump count?





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  • Marykb Legend 1,347 posts since
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    5. Jun 23, 2010 5:21 PM (in response to Curtis721)
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    "Run, Forrest, Run!"

     

    Yes, it totally counts.  One of my favs! 





  • xc29min Amateur 15 posts since
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    6. Jul 1, 2010 1:51 PM (in response to buildingme)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    "Without Limits" a story of the life of Steve Prefontaine.  "Fire on the Track" a documentary about Steve Prefontaine.  "Running Brave" a story about Billy Mills.  "Loneliness of a Long Distance Runner" a story of a great runner.  I want to buy the documentary "Jim Run America's Greatest Miler".


    Here's a favorite little story i like:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuy1GSYoOr8





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  • winkirun Amateur 38 posts since
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    7. Jul 2, 2010 12:14 PM (in response to rbird)
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    There was also "The Lonliest Runner" with Michael Landon.  Not a terrible movie for its time.  About a teenager who still wet the bed and would race home to pull the sheets out of the window where his "mommy dearest" would hang them.  Gotta love that mom.  Ugh.





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  • silvereagle Legend 1,159 posts since
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    8. Jul 2, 2010 2:34 PM (in response to xc29min)
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    I agree with Running Brave, Great Movie!!!!!





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  • growlerius Pro 74 posts since
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    9. Jul 2, 2010 7:27 PM (in response to buildingme)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    Seems kind of fluffy compared to the films mentioned here, but I enjoyed Run Fatboy Run, a British comedy about an out of shape deadbeat dad who resolves to run a marathon to win his kid's mother back.  One of the funnier (and horribly wrong) aspects is his 'training', which is exactly three weeks long. 





  • ePathChina Amateur 1 posts since
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    10. Jul 2, 2010 9:23 PM (in response to buildingme)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    Transformers, Superman, Spiderman and Batman

  • Kali.Queen Pro 121 posts since
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    11. Jul 5, 2010 5:34 PM (in response to xc29min)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    xc29min wrote:

     

    "Without Limits" a story of the life of Steve Prefontaine.  "Fire on the Track" a documentary about Steve Prefontaine. 

     

    I actually just bought both of those today!

     

     

    Right now I am LOVING "Prefontaine" - with Jared Leto. This weekend alone I watched it 3 times ..... last weekend I visited his grave, this weekend I visited his rock where he sadly died.  I guess I'm really into it right now because a) it is a great movie, b) Pre is my running idol and c) the next big race I am prepping for is the Prefontaine Memorial 10K that I hear is pretty much an very difficult, mostly uphill race in his hometown. Looking forward to it a lot, and looking forward to watching Fire on the Track!

  • moviechic3 Pro 96 posts since
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    12. Jul 6, 2010 4:52 AM (in response to Kali.Queen)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    As far as an actual movie, SAINT RALPH is my fave.

    In the documentary category, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.





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  • sumovato Amateur 13 posts since
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    13. Jul 6, 2010 7:01 AM (in response to buildingme)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    I remember a movie from my youth called Jericho Mile, something about a convict who almost becomes an olympic runner.. or something like that anyhow.. I remember it being good when i was a kid about 30 years ago....LOL  maybe i should try to find it and watch it again to see if I still like it.





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  • Atsipootes Pro 102 posts since
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    14. Jul 6, 2010 8:03 AM (in response to buildingme)
    Re: What's your favorite RUNNING movie?

    Forrest Gump is really great http://you-run.com/Forrest_Gump.html

    Running the Sahara is really inspirational http://you-run.com/Running_Sahara.html

    I like "Without limits" as  well.

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