Got some downtime? Take a peek at our list of running movies available to stream online, whether it’s on Amazon, Netflix or YouTube. Click on select titles for more information.

Barkley Marathons
Race director Gary “Laz” Cantrell waits for runners. Photo: Michael Doyle / Canadian Running Magazine.

Forest Gump

From YouTube: “Despite his sub-normal IQ Gump leads a truly charmed life with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

Barkley Marathons
Photo: Michael Doyle / Canadian Running Magazine.

From the doc’s website: “A famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years.”

Where to stream: Netflix.

The Long Green Line

From IMDB: “Coach Joe Newton has used the sport of Cross-Country Running to teach simple but important lessons to high school boys for the last 50 years.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

Patriots Day

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath starring Mark Wahlberg.

Where to stream: YouTube.

Chariots of Fire

From IMDB: “Two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

McFarland, USA

From IMDB: “Jim White moves his family after losing his last job as a football coach. He sees that some of the students are worth starting a cross-country team and turns seven students with no hope into one of the best cross-country teams.”

Where to stream: YouTube, Netflix.

Prefontaine

From YouTube: “It’s the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

Unbroken

The story of Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war survivor and Olympic distance runner.

Where to stream: YouTube.

1 Mile to You

From IMDB: “After a teenager’s friends die in an accident, he finds running allows him to remember them perfectly.”

Where to stream: Netflix, YouTube.

Fittest On Earth

From the movie’s website: “The fittest athletes on earth take on the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.”

Where to stream: Netflix, YouTube.

Gun Runners

Two Kenyans trade in their rifles for running shoes and attempt to make it in the world of marathoning.

Where to stream: Netflix.

The Robber

From IMDB: “A story based on Johann Rettenberger, an Austrian marathon runner and a bank robber.”

Where to stream: Fandor.

4 Minute Mile

From IMDB: “A former track coach decides to train a student with natural athletic talent. Tragedy strikes, forcing the student to confront everything that has been holding him back.”

Where to stream: Netflix, YouTube.

Endurance

A look at the life of Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, one of the greatest long distance runners in history.

Where to stream: YouTube.

Bannister: Everest on the Track

The journey of breaking the four-minute barrier in the mile for the first time in history.

Where to stream: YouTube.

Saint Ralph

From YouTube: “Fourteen year old Ralph fears life as an orphan if mother doesn’t emerge from a coma. Desperate to believe a miracle is the answer to his mother’s recovery, Ralph sets out to actualize the miracle by running the 1954 Boston marathon.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

Spirit of the Marathon 2

From YouTube: “The Spirit of the Marathon sequel follows seven runners from around the world as they journey to the starting line of the Rome Marathon.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

The Jericho Mile

From IMDB: “Larry “Rain” Murphy is stuck in Folsom Prison for life on a first-degree murder charge. An inmate who prefers to be alone, Murphy spends much of his time running around the facility’s track.”

Where to stream: YouTube.

Editor’s note: Some titles, like Without Limits, have been updated for viewing in Canada.

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  • Suzanne says:

    Please add Personal Best to this list. It’s actually pretty amazing – in that unlike most of the films above it is about a woman— and amazingly also depicts a lesbian love story. Films about queer female athletes are rare now. The amazing thing is that this film was made in the 80s!!! It’s my all time fave and I watched it completely via streaming…

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