At The Movies: Memorable Running Scenes

The Rocky steps are now a tourist attraction in Philadelphia.

Here are 10 mainstream movies with memorable running scenes.

As part of our list of the 25 Greatest Running Movies Ever, we decided to take a look at memorable running scenes in movies that weren’t exactly running movies. Here are a few of our favorites:

“Rocky II” (1976) — What’s not to like about Rocky Balboa’s epic training run through Philadelphia? It’s an iconic scene that probably helped solidify the Rocky franchise in American movie lore. Well, OK, it might have been as long as 30 miles if he’d actually run the exact course depicted in the movie. But that just means the Italian Stallion is a prize fighter and an ultrarunner.

“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) — There might not have been any sequels to this series of adventure-based films had Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) not outrun that big rolling bolder in the forbidden cave. Indy survives, of course, and so does his quest for the ark of the covenant.

“Rocky III” (1982) — In what might the one of the worst running scenes in movie history, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) runs what appears to be a 50-yard sprint on the beach alongside Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). The point is apparently to show that Balboa has improved his speed while preparing for his rematch with James “Clubber” Lang (Mr. T), but the slow-motion frames show that Balboa is going all-out and is still having trouble keeping up with Creed, who appears to be running barely above jogging pace.

“The Last of the Mohicans” (1992) — Daniel Day Lewis is one of the premier actors of his era, but he also appears to be pretty fit while trail running through many scenes of this film, especially in the opening segment filmed with moving cameras.

“Forrest Gump” (1994) — “Run, Forrest, Run!” is about all you need to say about this. What didn’t Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) do in his rich life? As a shaggy-faced hippie, Gump started the running boom in the early 1970s. And then one day, just like that, he decided to stop running.

Run Lola Run” (1998) — This German crime thriller depicts the main character’s attempt to find 100,000 Deutschmarks and run across town in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

“Old School” (2003) — “We’re going streaking!” After a drunk and naked Frank the Tank (Will Ferrell) interrupts Snoop Dogg’s backyard concert, he decides to lead “everyone” on a drunken dash across the quad and down main street, only to run alongside his wife in her minivan.

“Collateral” (2004) — Tom Cruise has made a career out of running in movies and this scene—which takes him up and down several flights of stairs, through two buildings and across a parking garage—is one of his best. In all Cruise can be found running in 19 movies. (Plus, he was the producer of “Without Limits,” the 1998 film about Steve Prefontaine.)

“Casino Royale” (2006) — As far as chase scenes go, few can match the parkour-inspired getaway attempt by a villain with James Bond (Daniel Craig) in hot pursuit at the start of this “007” thriller. The chase runs through a construction site, up ladders, across steel girders, along a large crane platform several stories off the ground, down an elevator shaft, through traffic and eventually into the Nambutu Embassy.

“Silver Linings Playbook” (2012) — Lead characters Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) play out a funny running scene in this romantic comedy. Pat, wearing a garbage bag (with arm holes cut out) over his gray hoody, tries to outrun Tiffany, but she’s persistent and takes a short cut, allowing for a key interaction between the two characters.

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