Sound & Motion Pictures: famous running scenes

This week edition of my Sound & Motion Pictures series is about running. As an amateur runner, I love to have a great soundtrack to my daily runs and the following are my all-time favorite scenes.

1. Chariots of Fire – Theme by Vangelis

The mother of all running scenes. On the unforgettable and beautiful notes of Vangelis’ theme, the crème de la crème of British athletes runs on a beach.

2. Rocky – Gonna Fly Now, Bill Conti

A great training montage with an iconic wrap-up! Inspired plenty of imitations and homages.

3. Trainspotting – Lust for Life, Iggy Pop

Renton regales us with his life manifesto on the powerful notes of Iggy Pop and now every time I listen to this song I see him running with a wild grin on his face.

4. Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) – Running One, Tom Tykwer, Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek

I love how her decision making process is shown and then how she runs against time to save her boyfriend to an anxiogenic  techno beat.


Filed under Odds and ends, Sound & Motion Pictures

7 responses to “Sound & Motion Pictures: famous running scenes

  1. I feel like Tom Cruise should have some how made it on this list. Can’t think of a good example that matched up with the music though.

    • I agree but after thinking long and hard (and searching youtube) I couldn’t find any of Tom’s running scenes paired with good music.

  2. Nicola

    “The mother of all running scenes. On the unforgettable and beautiful notes of Vangelis’ theme, the crème de la crème of America’s athletes runs on a beach”
    Errrr… I’m sure you mean British athletes 🙂

  3. theipc


    I love it when I see people run – really I do!

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