Chariots of fire is a 1981 british historical drama film. it tells the fact-based story of two athletes in the 1924 olympics: eric liddell, a devout scottish christian who runs for the glory of god, and harold abrahams, a jew who runs to overcome prejudice. the film was written by colin welland and directed by hugh hudson. it was nominated for seven academy awards and won four, including best picture. it is ranked 19th in the british film institute's list of top 100 british films.