Movies like By the Sword

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By the Sword (1991)
 6.5
 1K
By the Sword (1991)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mysterious man, Suba, gets himself a job at a fencing academy, and as he learns the way of the students, the school, and its maestro, they learn that there's more to him than meets the eye. He gains (or regains?) his fencing skills and his philosophy of teaching clashes with the maestro's. As they are thrown into conflict, Suba and the maestro's past appear to be linked. And the resolution of their mysterious relationship may be a duel to the death.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword, vengeance, contests and competitions, redemption, rivalry, profanity, sport, school, fight, male female relationship, secret, sword fight, villain, fencing, kiss, swordsman, duel, murder, teacher student relationship, nightmare, haunted by the past, swashbuckler, ex convict, guilt, murder of father ...
Time: 90s
Place: manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to By the Sword

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and exciting films with plots about rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, athlete's life, vengeance and hopes mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like By the Sword: A Fighting Man (2014), The Philly Kid (2012), Tapped Out (2014), The Opponent (2000), Best of the Best (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Fighting Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two men meet in the ring for a fight that will change their lives.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, human spirit, contests and competitions, hopes, boxing, blood, brutality, profanity, redemption
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Philly Kid (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, fight, sport, prisoner, murder, prison, manslaughter, martial arts, mixed martial arts, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 5.3
 2K
Tapped Out (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, ambition, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, rivalry, vengeance, youth, sport, young heroes, sexual content, profanity, loss of partner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.4
 205
The Opponent (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, ambition, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete's life, against the odds, rise to the top, lifestyle, athlete and trainer, rivalry, sport, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Best of the Best (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, martial arts tournament, sport, taekwondo, underdog, culture clash, rivalry, self discovery, power relations, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, seoul, asia, hong kong, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Across the Tracks (1990)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Billy returns from reform school he has to attend a different high school at the other side of town. He tries to start with a clean slate but his old rival doesn't make it easy on him and his buddy Louie tries to make him go astray again. ...
Style: serious, exciting, sincere, emotional, realistic
Plot: high school, school, youth, rivalry, family relations, siblings relations, contests and competitions, lifestyle, coming of age, ambition, sport, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, american football, success, ambition, coach, underdog, football, power relations, sport team, blind ambition, fame ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.4
 259
Body and Soul (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, sincere
Plot: underdog, downfall, ambition, love affair, life is a bitch, sport, love and romance, hopes, athlete's life, rivalry, power relations, rich and poor ...
Time: 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Last American Hero (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A backwoods bootlegger decides to put the driving skills he developed evading the law to good use. He becomes a race car driver, and eventually, one of the fastest drivers in history.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, car race, athlete's life, hotshot hero, contests and competitions, parents and children, rise to the top, rivalry, father son relationship, race car, american dream, auto mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.0
 7K
Diggstown (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ...
Style: witty, realistic, semi serious, humorous, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, boxing match, dishonesty, ex athlete, cons and scams, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, aging, bet, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Best of the Best II (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In an underground fight club, blackbelt Travis Brickley is killed after losing to the evil martial arts master Brakus. Travis' death is witnessed by Walter Grady, the son of his best friend Alex Grady. Alex and his partner, Tommy Lee, vow to ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, buddy movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, master warrior, crime, rivalry, contests and competitions, friends, vengeance, law enforcement, partners, haunted by the past, righting the wronged ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Penitentiary II (1982)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ex-con, on parole and trying to straighten his life out, decides to resume his boxing career when one of his prison enemies escapes and kills his girlfriend.
Style: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crime, crimes, chases and races, prison life, vengeance, tough heroes, uninhibited rivalry, wrongfully committed, contests and competitions, injustice, ambition ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.5
 8K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, boxing, friendship, ambition, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, human spirit, hopes, rivalry, against the odds, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.3
 776
Price of Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, follow your dream, human spirit, ego clash, tough heroes, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, obsession, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Color of Justice (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four young black men kill a white woman, the D.A. is very cautious in how to proceed...
Style: serious, rough, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, racism, crime, dedicated lawyer, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, deadly, vigilantism, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.8
 661
Ring of Fire (1991)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The main character, Johnny Woo, is a Chinese doctor who has given up fighting in the ring. His brother is a teacher in a kick-boxing club. Johnny Woo fall in love with Julie, whose brother is a teacher in a rival kick-boxing club. Tension builds ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, illegal fistfight, gang war, street gang, kickboxing, ambition, rivalry, tragic love, tough heroes, unfulfilled love, contests and competitions, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
A Season on the Brink (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers" is based on the best-selling book by John Feinstein. The movie chronicles Indiana's 1985-86 season, when Knight granted Feinstein unprecedented access to the ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, captivating, basketball movie
Plot: athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, lifestyle, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, underdog, hopes, basketball, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
 9K
Girlfight (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Diana Guzman begins to train as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers, all while keeping it a secret from her father.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, self fulfillment, lifestyle, human spirit, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 209K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, tragedy, sport, family relations, contests and competitions, down on your luck, rise and fall, boxer, death, father daughter relationship, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
American Kickboxer (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. Will B.J. accept and get even with Denard?
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, contests and competitions, kickboxing, ambition, master warrior, heroes, uninhibited rivalry, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, profanity, dojo ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.5
 713
Phantom Punch (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From his discovery by a priest while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary to the infamous 'Phantom Punch' by Cassius Clay which effectively ended his career, the movie spans the years from 1950 to Liston's mysterious and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, sport, black american, infidelity, prison, rise and fall, follow your dream, contests and competitions, rise to the top, ambition, racism, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Split Decisions (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.
Style: realistic, sincere, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, boxer, boxing, sport, gangsters, crimes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, power relations, parents and children, family relations, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 12K
Blue Chips (1994)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team aren't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, self discovery, prodigy, athlete's life, against the odds, blind ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, indiana, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 2K
Turning Tide (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sport
Country: France, Belgium, Spain
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Yann Madec, long-time best mate of Frank Drevil, the star skipper of Global System Insurance, sees his dream come true when he replaces the injured Frank at the last minute for the start of the Vendée Globe. Nine days into the race and leading, ...
Style: realistic, captivating, suspenseful, sincere, serious
Plot: sea, contests and competitions, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, rivalry, adventure, escapades, human spirit, adventurer, ship, around the world, isolation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.0
 1K
Sunset Park (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
Style: humorous, realistic, feel good, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, high school, underdog, hopes, teenage life, human spirit, hardcase students, dedicated educator, athlete's life, urban ghetto, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.6
 342
Streetballers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: sport, alcohol abuse, society, lifestyle, youth, racism, urban ghetto life, rivalry, dysfunctional family, urban, ambition, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Ring of Fire II: Blood and Steel (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Johnny Woo and Julie play an enduring couple who survive all sorts of interference from rival kick-box gangs in their effort to put a little romance in their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heist, missing person, urban, life turned upside down, city life, daring rescue, danger, gang, gangsters, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The movie starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, sentimental
Plot: sport, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, rivalry, rising to stardom, family relations, contests and competitions, parents and children, family life, hopes
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 3.9
 296
The Circuit (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Years ago, Dirk Longstreet walked away from The Circuit, the merciless underground fight club with no rules, where money changes hands as men are killed. But now gangsters have got his brother, and only one more journey inside the ring will save his ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, martial arts, underground fighting, ambition, one man army, haunted by the past, tough heroes, rivalry, daring rescue, contests and competitions, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 42K
He Got Game (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, touching, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, redemption, prison, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, warden, rejection, sport, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%