This Monday I'm going to share with you my top Running Movies of all time! As far as motivation goes movie really do it for me! And a running movie well lets just say mid way through I'm ready to throw on my shoes and run out the door! But of all the running movies which are the best to get you pumped and eager to hit the road these cold winter mornings? I'll judge them in 3 categories.
1 to 10 scale:
Quality of overall movie (acting, filming basically can this movie win as Oscar!)
Story and Motivation(how good the story how much does it pump you up regardless of quality of film)
Running Accuracy (are the races and workouts close to real life)
With that in mind we will get started with #5 and work our way to #1:
#5 The Long Green Line: A documentary about the most successful cross-country coach of all time, Joe Newton, who recently passed away. The film follows, York High School near Chicago, in the 2005 season as the prep to win their twenty-fifth state championship in 50 years. they struggle to overcome one obstacle after the other including losing top runners for getting in trouble with the law.
Quality: 6 Story: 7 Running Accuracy: 9
#4 Jericho Mile: The movie tells the story of Rain, who is sent to jail for murdering his abusive father. While in prison, a warden discovers his running talent and encourages him to train for the Olympic trials. This movie truly shows how much determination a runner can put together under the most difficult of conditions.
Quality: 7 Story: 8 Running Accuracy: 7
#3 McFarland USA: Disney made this movie so big budget and big actors to go with a big story. Tells the true story of an ex football coach that starts the schools first cross country team with a group of 7 talented runners but little future prospects and guidance. They overcome many challenges and come together to make history in this inspiring story. Running scenes are a bit cheesy but its Disney!
Quality: 9 Story: 9 Running Accuracy: 6
#2 Without Limits: The film tells the life story of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he ran for the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash. An excellent view of the relationship between a coach and his runner.
Quality: 8 Story: 9 Running Accuracy: 7
#1 Running Brave: The true story of Billy Mills a native american youth raised on the reservation and against all odds and expectations goes on to become one of the best American runners of all times. The story is without question one of the best and proves what a person can accomplish with the right amount of Grit! The final race will leave you in tears if you have a heart at all!
Quality: 8 Story: 10 Running Accuracy: 8
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Coach Rojas has 11 combined years of coaching experience at various levels including coaching a high school D1 State finalist team and 3 years in a row of a top 10 state ranking. He is passionate of the sport of running and loves to see new runners take up the sport! He wants to share a lifetime of running experience to all