13 Inspirational Track & Field Movies

13 Inspirational Track & Field Movies

Track and field movies are few and far between, but I’m always on the lookout for new ones. I enjoy watching a movie/documentaries like this when recovering from a big training session or doing prehab/rehab work. Have I missed any? Comment your favourite below 🙂


1. Fast Girls

Type: Movie [fiction]

Events: 200m & 4x100m Relay

Blurb:

Shania could be one of the fastest girls in the world. She’s got the heart, determination and raw talent to become a champion sprinter, but this poor kid from the wrong side of town has all the odds against her. When Shania’s offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the National Women’s Relay Team, she’ll need to overcome her pride, set aside her rivalry with rich-girl athlete Lisa and learn what it means to be part of a team. It will take more than speed for this group of fiercely competitive women to band together and chase their dream across the finish line at the World Championships.


2. Age of Champions

Type: Documentary

Events: All

Blurb:

Age of Champions is the award-winning documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age. The film is “infectiously inspiring” and festival audiences across the country have fallen in love with its light-hearted take on growing older. It’s a powerful story to share with the whole family and inspire your loved ones to be healthier, happier, and more active.

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3. I am Bolt


Type: Documentary

Events: 100m, 200m, 4x100m Relay

Blurb:

Fully authorized, access-all-areas feature doc on the hugely charismatic and globally adored Usain Bolt – officially the fastest man alive. With never-before-seen archive footage of his youth in Jamaica, through to original footage that will be captured at his fourth and final Olympic Games in Rio, where he will compete for the gold in both the 100 and 200 metres races, for a third straight Games before his retirement in 2017. I Am Bolt will reveal the man and define the legacy of this incredible athlete.


4. Race

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Event: 1 mile

Blurb:

The incredible true story of Olympic legend Jesse Owens is vividly brought to life in Race. In his epic quest to be the greatest athlete in history, Owens (Stephan James, Selma) chooses to compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he must overcome not only elite competition, but also the brutal racial climate of Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Also starring Jason Sudekis (We’re the Millers) and Academy Award® winners Jeremy Irons and William Hurt, Race is a film about courage, determination, tolerance, friendship and trust that critics are calling “Movie magic!” (Brian Truitt, USA TODAY).


5. Personal Best

Type: Movie [fiction]

Events: Heptathlon

Blurb:

Mariel Hemingway (TV’s “Civil Wars,” “Star 80”) and Scott Glenn (“The Silence of the Lambs”) star in Oscar-winner Robert Towne’s (“Chinatown,” “Shampoo”) controversial, gripping and skillfully photographed movie. Two aspiring female athletes become friends, lovers and ultimately Olympic competitors in a relationship that suggests that the “war between the sexes” is not a battle over gender, but over sexuality. “One of the year’s 10 best” (Siskel & Ebert).

*Not available on iTunes Australia


6. Without Limits

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Events: 1mile, 2000m – 10000m

Blurb:

Steve Prefontaine didn’t run races. He attacked them. The fiery life and fast times of the renowned distance runner who held every record from 2,000 through 10,000 meters come home in this acclaimed and inspiration-filled movie.


7. Chariots of Fire

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Events: 1 mile

Blurb:

In this Academy Award winner for Best Picture, two very different men on the same team vie to win Olympic gold to demonstrate to the world the worth of their deeply held–and strongly opposing–convictions. Yet a friendship builds between the two in this true story that is as strong as their desire to win in Chariots of Fire. Paris Olympics, 1924. Scotsman Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson–Gandhi) competes to prove the superiority of this Christian faith, while his teammate, Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross–Exorcist: The Beginning), a Jewish Englishman, is driven to win to show the world that Jews are not inferior people. But as different as they two competitors are, the bond that develops between them reveals to both how complex their true motives are . . . and how much they really have in common.


8. Prefontaine

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Events: 1 mile, 2000m – 10000m

Blurb:

Inspirational and entertaining, Prefontaine is another acclaimed success from the makers of Hoop Dreams. It’s the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial “James Dean of Track,” whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, “Pre” was a running rebel who defied rules, pushed limits … and smashed records … in an incredible against-all-odds quest for Olympic gold! Now a major motion picture, the triumphs and heartbreaks of this unforgettable champion will have you riveted from beginning to end!

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9. Unbroken – The Unbelievable True Story

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Events: 5000m

Blurb:

Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces this epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived on a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII – only to be caught by the Japanese navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) enormously popular book, it’s the inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.


10. Unbroken – Path To Redemption

Type: Movie [based on true story]

Events: 5000m

Blurb:

When the war ended, his real battle was just beginning. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book, Unbroken: Path to Redemption begins where the hit movie Unbroken concludes, continuing the amazing true story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini. Haunted by nightmares of his torment, Louie sees himself as anything but a hero. Then, he meets Cynthia, a young woman who captures his eye—and his heart. Still, Louie’s wrathful quest for revenge drives him deeper into despair, putting the couple on the brink of divorce … until Cynthia turns to God. Now, her most fervent prayer is for God to help Louie find peace and forgiveness. UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION brings to life the rest of this powerful real-life story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace.


11. 4 Minute Mile

Type: Movie [fiction]

Events: 1 mile

Blurb:

4 MINUTE MILE is the inspirational story of Drew (Kelly Blatz), a high school student struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison him. After getting manipulated into running drug payments to a local dealer (Rhys Coiro), Drew has nowhere to turn in a family with a deadbeat older brother (Cam Gigandet) and an overwhelmed single mom (Oscar-winner Kim Basinger). His only outlet is track practice but that is taken from him as he continues down the path of his sibling; even the affections of a girl at school (Analeigh Tipton) can’t set him straight. Just as it seems hopeless, an ex-track coach with his own demons (Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins) witnesses Drew’s speed and athleticism and decides to train him to reach for more than he ever imagined possible. Together they work towards finding solace in each other but Drew’s resolve is threatened as tragedy strikes right before the biggest race of his life and forces him to confront everything that has been holding him back.

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12. Salute

Type: Documentary

Events: 200m

Blurb:

SALUTE chronicles Peter Norman’s involvement in the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics. The picture of the three men on the winner’s podium after the Men’s 200m final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still considered one of the most powerful images of modern history. Almost forgotten in the ensuing years is the seemingly quiet and composed man in the left of the picture, the Australian silver medalist Peter Norman. Why is he considered a household name throughout the United States even today? And why do the other medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos consider him a brother? This is the story of the quiet man, the forgotten man, and a salute to him.


13. Tracktown

Type: Movie [fiction]

Events: 5000m

Blurb:

Plumb Marigold is a famous but lonely distance runner preparing for the biggest race of her life: The Olympic Trials. But when an injury forces her to take an unexpected day off, Plumb wanders into a bakery where the aimless boy behind the counter catches her eye. In this story that captures the experience of a young Olympic hopeful, many of the actors are actual Olympic athletes — including co-writer/director and lead actor Alexi Pappas.

*Not available on iTunes Australia



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