There have been some famous running moments in Hollywood hit (non-running) movies, some believable, others not so believable.
Like, Rocky Balboa doing a training run that was an estimated 50K. Or, movie characters outrunning seemingly impossible elements, like lava or, in one case, sunlight.
From Rocky to Forrest Gump, here are some of the more memorable moments as well as some that defy human limits when it comes to running speed. Scenes come from movies not considered running-based.
(Some scenes may contain profanity.)
The Mummy Returns
It’s estimated that Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser) was running as fast as 1673 km/h, faster than the speed of sound, as he keeps pace with sunlight.
In an investigative piece, Philadelphia Magazine determined that Rocky, played by Syllvestor Stalone, covered upwards of 50K on this particular training run.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Added motivation to run faster when there’s a boulder barreling towards you.
Run Lola Run
Given 20 minutes to come up with 100,000 Deutsche Mark to save her boyfriend, Lola (Franka Potente) puts in plenty of mileage on her runs across the city.
The Day After Tomorrow
When you need to outrun weather.
Fast-flowing lava, which can move as quickly as 60 km/h, no match for the Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) and company.
Rocky sprints his former nemesis Apollo Creed in preparation for his fight with James “Clubber” Lang.
I Am Legend
Two treadmills side-by-side. One for Robert Neville (Will Smith) and his dog.
Arguably the most famous running scene in any movie ever. “Run Forrest Run,” anyone?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Perhaps one of the first instances of parkour.
Every Tom Cruise running scene
More parkour, this time from James Bond (Daniel Craig).
Silver Linings Playbook
There are no shortcuts in running, except maybe when trying to catch up to someone in training.