It sounds ridiculous, but there is a huge difference between good runners and bad runners. If you want a great chase scene or an explosive action sequence, it's important to cast the right man or woman for the job. Those arms need to be pumping something fierce for it to be believable. Here's a list (along with some images) of the chosen few whose form I admire most:
1. David Belle ("District B13" and "District B13-U")
The French native is given credit for inventing parkour, or "free-running." It focuses on the ability to use the raw environment in order to get from one place to another. David Belle is a true athlete!
2. Sebastien Foucan ("Casino Royale" chase scene)
Along with the amazing David Belle, he is considered one of the founding members of parkour, the French art of free-running.
3. Matt Damon ("The Bourne Ultimatum")
Did you ever think that the young man in "Good Will Hunting" was going to end up being Jason Bourne? Me either. Matt Damon's foot chase scenes are well-choreographed and very fluid.
4. Liam Neeson ("Taken")
Qui-Gon Jinn isn't a small dude. For a taller and bigger man , Liam Neeson will chase you the *bleep* down. And then pistol-whip you until you beg for a swift death.
5. Tom Cruise (Pretty much every single movie he's done)
Let's not kid ourselves - it seems like Tom Cruise is ALWAYS running. Despite being on 5'10", he somehow manages to look bigger when he's on the run. Even though he's a crazy asshole, Tom Cruise is one heck of a runner.