There are more than enough Parkour and freerunning highlight packages and showreels out there. It can be hard to know which videos are worth your time, and what you should pass on.
To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the most entertaining and informative Parkour videos out there.
David BelleIf anyone deserves the title “Godfather of Parkour,” it’s David Belle. The 41-year-old from Fécamp, France is the man credited with inventing the sport. Belle became famous for his work in the films District 13, and District 13: Ultimatum, where he showed his impressive Parkour skills. Below is a clip from the first film, along with some other displays of Belle’s work.
Parkour Highlight Reels and Runs
Parkour, Literally.A video featuring unknown traceur, Quentin “Le Vietnamien Volant,” called Parkour, Literally, appeared on YouTube in 2010. Quentin vaulted through the streets of Marseille, France like a pro, and people took notice.
Urban Freeflow eventually showed Parkour, Literally on its YouTube Channel. Quentin become famous overnight.
The film catapulted Quentin into the spotlight, and spawned three sequels. Watch them all below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMppD-bUNWo [Ed. 1]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spGDbyxDu4k [Ed. 2]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpLCoZKnIq4 [Ed. 3]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLOedRHrUrE [Ed. 4]
Professor Longhair, Big Chief.Don’t let the funky look of this British-made highlight reel fool you, some serious Parkour skills are on display here. Traceurs Phil Doyle and Kie Willis show off some impressive tandem vaults through the streets of Cambridge. As the title implies, the tone of the film is set by Professor Longhair’s track “Big Chief.”
Le Parkour, Tracer – Anthow.This is a highlight reel of French traceur Anthony Dennis, better known as Anthow. Dennis has built a large following since he started creating Parkour videos in 2009 – over 14,000 subscribers and 2.7 million views. Most of his videos show him vaulting through the streets of Miramas, France. Check out his YouTube channel for more.
Paris Action - Daniel Ilabaca Parkour Tour.The folks over at Parkour Tour have a nice collection of videos on their YouTube page. Parkour Tour hasn’t posted any clips in over two years, but a glimpse through the archives will reveal more than a few gems. This video features freerunner Daniel Ilabaca, who founded the World Freerunning and Parkour Federation with Ryan Doyle. You should check it out.
Parkour, naturally.From the creator of the Parkour, literally comes Parkour, naturally. A similarly shot and themed set of runs – this time throughout the natural forests of Fontainebleau, France. The film features 10 runs by Naïm L'1consolable & Florian Tissier. The video is pure Parkour. No freerunning to speak of. Watch Tissier vault effortlessly over boulders and duck under low-hanging trees. It's an impressive display of efficient movement.
DocumentariesSeveral excellent documentaries and mini-docs have blessed the world of Parkour and freerunning. Below is a short collection of some of the best on offer.
SarcellesThis mini-doc follows a day of training in the lives of Parkour Generations. PG is a 34-member Parkour and freerunning training team based in London.
People in MotionThis hour long documentary, directed by Cedric Dahl, was a hit among Parkour fans and was well-received. The film follows several Parkour athletes from around the United States. It looks at the reasons they turned to the sport, and why they keep coming back.
Parkour – The Nature of ChallengeThis 30-minute documentary is created by Paul Maunder and written by Dave Sedgley. It's a low-budget film that tries to move away from the mainstream image of Parkour in the media. But yet, it remains informative and true to the sport’s essence.
Also watch part 2, part 3, and part 4.
Parkour PilgrimageThis film is a passion project from American-born traceur Duncan Germain, Also known as TK17. The full-length documentary contains footage of 150 separate traceurs from around the world. It focuses on Lisses, France – the birthplace of Parkour – but is more broadly about the sport itself. Germain claims to have shown it to David Belle for approval before he released it.
Point-BDirector Michael Alosi explores Parkour through the eyes and thoughts of those who practice it. How does one get from point A to point B, and why? The film aims to go a step deeper than that, and explores the mentality of people involved in alternative sports. The film was well-received by Parkour fans, and is worth a watch.
Watch part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 here.
Generation YamakasiGeneration Yamakasi explores the impact of the legendary Parkour group on youth in France. The documentary starts with a simple question: will the social message of this urban movement remain intact? Or will popularity ruin it? Judge for yourself.