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
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword, vengeance, contests and competitions, redemption, rivalry, sport, school, male female relationship, secret, villain, fencing, kiss, swordsman, duel, murder, nightmare, haunted by the past, swashbuckler, ex convict, guilt, murder of father, revenge plot, challenge, flashback, revenge ...
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, sincere and rough films with plots about rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, hopes, athlete's life and underdog mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like By the Sword: A Fighting Man (2014), Body and Soul (1981), Best of the Best (1989), The Opponent (2000), Across the Tracks (1990). 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: realistic, sincere, exciting, serious, touching
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, human spirit, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, redemption, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 4.3
 249
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: sincere, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: power relations, love and romance, rich and poor, sport, rise to the top, athlete's life, life is a bitch, love affair, hopes, ambition, downfall, redemption ...
Time: 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, sport, underdog, taekwondo, culture clash, power relations, rivalry, self discovery, vengeance, redemption, obsessive quest ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, asia, seoul, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.5
 200
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: serious, rough, realistic, sincere, uplifting
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: female boxer, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, underdog, on the road, sport, rise to the top, athlete's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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: exciting, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: high school, school, youth, rivalry, lifestyle, coming of age, ambition, teenage life, family relations, sport, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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, semi serious, humorous, realistic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, boxing match, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, ex athlete, aging, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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: realistic, sincere, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, female boxer, sport, sexism, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, self fulfillment, follow your dream, feminism, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, serious, rough, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, american football, success, ambition, coach, underdog, football, sport team, power relations, blind ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, florida, miami, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 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: friendship, sport, boxing, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, urban ghetto life, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, hotshot hero, athlete's life, rivalry, rise to the top, parents and children, contests and competitions, race car, american dream, fast car, auto mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.3
 769
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: serious, tense, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, power relations, rivalry, underdog, athlete and trainer, hopes, relationship vs career, contests and competitions, blind ambition, follow your dream, parents and children, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, rough, bleak, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, criminal's revenge, crimes, chases and races, athlete's life, contests and competitions, prison life, vengeance, injustice, rivalry, underdog, ambition ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.4
 203K
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, sentimental, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, family relations, contests and competitions, sport, tragedy, rise and fall, down on your luck, father daughter relationship, death, rivalry, boxer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: realistic, psychological, serious, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: murder, racism, courtroom drama, dedicated lawyer, crime, hotshot lawyer, dishonesty, law enforcement, society, vigilantism, politics, deadly ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.
Style: uplifting, captivating, exciting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, sport, athlete and trainer, sport team, ambition, rise to the top, small town, contests and competitions, social relations, youth, rivalry, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, rivalry, follow your dream, adventure, contests and competitions, once in a lifetime opportunity, escapades, ship, adventurer, human spirit, around the world, ocean or sea ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: exciting, sincere, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, boxer, boxing, gangsters, hopes, contests and competitions, crimes, parents and children, family relations, power relations, lifestyle, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, young heroes, ambition, vengeance, loss of partner, youth, rivalry, power relations, martial arts, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: sport, rivalry, urban, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, society, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
 11K
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, tense, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, lifestyle, self discovery, against the odds, prodigy, athlete's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, sincere, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, high school, underdog, college life, youth, teachers and students, dedicated educator, athlete's life, urban ghetto life, hardcase students, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, wrestling, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, fight, sport, kickboxing, sledgehammer, bus, referee ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 704
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: rough, captivating, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, infidelity, prison, boxer, rise and fall, follow your dream, downfall, prison life, rivalry, rise to the top, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, suspenseful, realistic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, rivalry, crime, contests and competitions, master warrior, friends, vengeance, righting the wronged, danger, haunted by the past, partners ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
4 Minute Mile (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, training, high school, family problems, contests and competitions, death in the family, rivalry, athlete's life, teenage life, athlete and trainer, direction and purpose, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.2
 10K
Forever Strong (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, disturbing, rough
Plot: coach, dedicated educator, rugby, sport, juvenile delinquency, human spirit, ambition, starting over, redemption, teenage life, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.7
 720
Red Line 7000 (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The story of three racing drivers and three women, who constantly have to worry for the lives of their boyfriends. Jim Loomis and Mike Marsh drive for Pat Cassarian. Jim expects his fiancée Holly, but before she arrives, he dies in a race. Since ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, ambition, adventure, sport, fall in love, chases and races, hotshot hero, car chase, restaurant, contests and competitions, amputee, blond ...
Time: 60s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: sport, parents and children, hopes, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, rivalry, lifestyle, ambition, family relations, family life, human spirit
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 5K
Legendary (2010)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A book-smart teenager joins his school's wrestling team as a way to reunite his surviving family members, who split apart after the death of his father, a college wrestling legend, 10 years ago.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, sincere, exciting
Plot: wrestling, sport, high school, coming of age, rivalry, high school life, contests and competitions, teenage life, youth, social relations, family relations, death of father ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.1
 193K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: athlete's life, comeback, training, boxer, boxing, underdog, fight, sport, human spirit, against the odds, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%