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13 memorable (and sometimes ridiculous) running scenes in movies

Some realistic, some not so realistic in this list of running scenes in movies

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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.

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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.

Rocky II

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.


Dante’s Peak

Fast-flowing lava, which can move as quickly as 60 km/h, no match for the Harry Dalton (Pierce Brosnan) and company.

Rocky III

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.

Forrest Gump

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

Casino Royale

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.