5 great American movies about athletics inspired by real stories

There are runners, there are amateurs and there are also runners to forget the sadness in life. Whoever they are, during training and competition, they push their bodies, hearts and spirits through countless external and internal obstacles.


Without Limits

The movie “Without Limits” was filmed under the direction of director Robert Towne. The film premiered in 1998. The film is a true story built from the tragic life of Steve Prefontaine (played by Billy Crudup), an American athlete. participated in the Munich Olympics in 1972. The life of this stubborn but passionate athlete ended when he was only 24 years old and was about to reach the peak of his career by a tragic car accident. dire. Although life and career path is very short, the story of Steve Prefontaine has become a phenomenon that attracts and inspires generations of athletes as well as fans for decades.

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Spirit of the Marathon

Film tells about marathon runners. The motivation to run is different for each person (the person running for the prize, the person running for shirt, the person running to forget the unfortunate marriage, …). Their training process is completely different, even the running time is different, some people cross the ice to the finish line, some people slowly run,… The film is an inspiring journey of steadfastness and personal endeavor beyond those of the same passion for running.

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Chariots Of Fire

The film tells the story of two athletes, one of whom is Jewish, who strives to achieve high performance amid the anti-Semitic atmosphere rising in Europe. Although only using the anonymous cast, Chariots Of Fire still won the Academy Award for Best Film in the surprise of many people. The film is inspired by one of the outstanding stories in the old Bible.

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Saint Ralph

The film focuses on Ralph Walker, a teenager who attends a Catholic school. His father was killed during World War II and his mother was hospitalized with unspecified illness. Ralph naturally tends to be naughty and often finds himself abandoned among classmates. He tried to imitate adults and was arrested for smoking and masturbating by Headmaster Fitzpatrick. Ralph has been labelled a troublemaker, forced to join the school’s Cross team to control him.

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When Ralph’s mother fell into a coma, he said that there would be a miracle for her to survive. While racing against coach Hibbert, a former world-class marathoner who was forced to give up with a knee injury, vowed to be a miracle if one of his team members won the Boston Marathon. Ralph decided to do it because he hoped that strange magic would save his mother’s life.