This is a compilation of movies about running that will make you love this sport even more.
A runner is always in constant search for inspiration. Many times, their own attitudes are what motivate them, how to hot better times or run a longer distance, but sometimes we need more than statistics to overcome the monotony.
That’s why we’ve created this list with seven great film stories that revolve around running and you’ll find them all on Netflix.
1. I Am Bolt
An intimate portrait of the greatest sprinter of all time. The Olympic champion reviews his career and his personal life, from his first great victory, at 15 years old, to the triple-triple historic won in Rio 2016. You will know first-hand, and with images recorded by Bolt himself, the person behind the myth.
Protagonist: Usain Bolt
Director: Gabe Turner, Benjamin Turner
2. 1 Mile Tou You
A moving story about forgiveness and hope: a teenager who loses his girlfriend in an accident discovers that, when running, a strong connection with that beloved person arises. His eagerness to preserve her memory will make him run faster until he becomes the most winning and besieged athlete.
Starring: Billy Crudup, Graham Rogers, Liana Liberato
Genre: Drama- Romance
Director: Leaf Tilden
3. Antwone Fisher
Sports biography that tells the story of the legend Jesse Owens and his historical participation in the Olympic Games in Berlin in 1936, where he won four gold medals despite the strong pressure exerted by Hitler. This inspiring story reminds us that effort, discipline, talent, and courage are our best weapons to end hatred, prejudice, and intolerance.
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Eli Goree
Genre: Biographical drama
Director: Stephen Hopkins
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4. Karl Meltzer: Made to be Broken
As runners we are attracted to stories that challenge the impossible and make us question ourselves. Karl Meltzer, without a doubt, enters this category for his constant exploits. In “Made to be broken”, the American ultra-marathon runner goes for his last attempt to conquer the Appalachian Trail (traditional circuit over 3,500 kilometers) and break the record of 46 days. Can he achieve it? Find out in this fantastic documentary produced by Red Bull.
Protagonists: Karl Meltzer
Director: Matt Katsolis
5. The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young
In 25 years, only 10 people have finished the Barkley Marathon. Based on a historical escape from one of the most ruthless and safe prisons in the United States, 40 runners from all over the world are testing their limits of physical and mental endurance, in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.
Director: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane
A film based on real events, Marathon is an endearing family story that manages with delicacy and wisdom the relationship of a mother with her autistic son. It is a story of the triumph of the human spirit in the face of indifference. It highlights the surprising and credible performance of its main actor, Cho Seung-Woo.
Starring: Cho Seung-woo, Kim Mi-sook, Lee Gi-Yeong
Director: Yoon-Chul Chung
7. Gun Runners
It’s the story of how Arile and Matanda, two former Kenyan warriors, exchange their rifles for a pair of running shoes. For 8 years, this Canadian documentary highlights the Kenyan Dream – the Kenyan American dream – which places them on the starting line of one of the most mythical races on the planet: the New York Marathon.
Protagonists: Julius Arile, Robert Matanda
Director: Anjali Nayar
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