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Best running movies and documentaries - Part IFebruary 20, 2015

 

With the recent release of a couple of new running movies (4 Minute Mile, Unbroken,…) and the upcoming Oscars, we felt compelled to gather a brief list of favorite running movies and documentaries of recent times.

Unbroken – Still playing on theaters, the movie will be available on DVD on March 24. The movie is based on the true story of Olympian Louis Zamperini (portrayed by Jack O’Connell), who during WWII survived a war plane crash and spent 47 days adrift in the Pacific before falling captive to the Japanese Navy. As a POW his resilience will be tested to the limit….

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag – Another movie based on a true story, the story of Milkha Singh, an Indian Olympian runner who overcame the tragic loss of his family during the Partition massacres in 1947. He was introduced to running while in the army and he was so determined to be the best that he would train until he would collapse and vomited blood. We are also HUGE fans of Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian player who joined the PGA Tour and has already won 4 events!!

Fast Girls – Do not expect any surprises or twists, it is just a fun and cheerful movie. What Bend it Like Beckham was for soccer, Fast Girls sort of plays out to be for running, if that makes sense.

The Spirit of the Marathon – Released in 2007, the movie documents the unique stories of six marathoners that are preparing for the 2005 Chicago Marathon. Deena Kastor and Daniel Djenga also appear in the movie. There is a sequel to this first documentary, The Spirit of the Marathon II, which similarly follows seven runners as they train for a marathon in Rome.

UltraMarathon Man (also a book) – this documentary is about Dean Karnazes quest to run 50 Marathons in 50 States on consecutive days. The movie was directed by JB Benna, who also did The Runner: Extreme UltraRunner David Horton back in 2006.

To be continued…