Movies like By the Sword

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By the Sword (1991)
 6.4
 1K
By the Sword
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: rough, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: school, vengeance, rivalry, contests and competitions, redemption, sword, sport, rapier, challenge, past, revenge plot, fencing, dark hero, swordsman, competition, rival, villain, swashbuckler, sword duel, disarming someone, haunted by the past, love interest, duel, fight, sword fight ...
Time: 90s
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Friday Night Lights
Drama, Sport
USA
44 min.
 8.7
The Fighter
Biography, Drama, Sport
USA
116 min.
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and intense films with plots about rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, vengeance, sport, redemption and brutality mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like By the Sword: Girlfight (2000), Any Given Sunday (1999), Gladiator (1992), Coach Carter (2005), The Opponent (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 6.8
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Girlfight
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, serious, rough, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, single father, high school, coming-of-age, father daughter relationship, relationships, underdog, coming of age, urban ghetto, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
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System:   95%
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Any Given Sunday
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: serious, captivating, realistic, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey
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System:   74%
    User:   61%
 
 6.5
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Gladiator
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 ...
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Place: usa, cuba, california, chicago illinois
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    User:   73%
 
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Coach Carter
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: high school, basketball, underdog, teacher, sport, athlete's life, drugs/alcohol, teachers and students, friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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    User:   58%
 
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The Opponent
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, uplifting, sincere
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: on the road, athlete's life, sport, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, feminism, human spirit, athlete and trainer, addiction, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: 90s
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    User:   57%
 
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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. ...
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    User:   49%
 
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Ring of Fire
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 ...
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    User:   50%
 
We Are Marshall
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
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    User:   59%
 
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Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rebellious Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fight Scene at his new high school, after receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family Jake decides to seek the mentoring of a veteran fighter who trains him for one final ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   46%
 
Best of the Best
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, realistic, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Place: asia, korea, hong kong, seoul
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System:   52%
    User:   44%
 
 5.2
 109K
Rocky V
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career, and a crooked accountant has left him broke. Inspired by the memory of his trainer, however, Rocky finds glory in training and takes on an up-and-coming boxer.
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, betrayal, boxing, sport, father son relationship, mentor, athlete's life, redemption, rock, revenge, urban ghetto, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
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System:   49%
    User:   49%
 
 7.4
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Southpaw
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: realistic, touching, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: father daughter relationship, boxing, death, tragedy, sport, violence, athlete's life, redemption, mentor, blood, fight scenes, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
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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: serious, sincere, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
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System:   48%
    User:   39%
 
Friday Night Lights
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, inspirational ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   43%
 
 7.2
 162K
Rocky II
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, hospital, sport, brutality, revenge, athlete's life, working class, mentor, rags to riches, destiny, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   50%
 
American Kickboxer
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, ambition, heroes, kickboxing, rivalry, journalism, training, relationship problems ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   47%
 
Best of the Best II
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, violence, contests and competitions, fight scenes, kung fu, uninhibited rivalry, crime, brutality, camp, righting the wronged, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   54%
 
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The Redemption: Kickboxer 5
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion Matt Reeves witnesses the murder of his friend Johnny. While investigating the crime, he learns that a Mr. Negaal in South Africa has founded a new kickboxing association and does not leave international champions much of a ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, vengeance, murder, crimes, heroes, rivalry, contests and competitions, leadership, redemption, tough heroes, blood splatter ...
Time: 90s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   40%
 
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Creed
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, mentor, sport, cancer, courage, athlete's life, redemption, hip hop, fight scenes, storytelling, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, year 1998
Place: usa, philadelphia, england, mexico, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   48%
 
 7.0
 6K
Diggstown
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, twists and turns, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, vengeance, sport, cons and scams, con men, ambition, cyborgs, mentor, dialogue, gunfight, dishonesty, small town ...
Time: 90s
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   34%
 
 5.9
 1K
Sunset Park
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, semi serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, high school, underdog, sport, athlete's life, college, dedicated educator, hardcase students, school, contests and competitions, happy ending, restaurant ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
 3.8
 275
The Circuit
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: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, martial arts, gangsters, college, university, one man army, contests and competitions, daring rescue, manhunt, vengeance, underground fighting, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   40%
 
Movie in collections
 7.8
 307K
The Fighter
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, dramatic, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, dysfunctional family, boxing, addiction, drug abuse, working class, irish, drug addiction, sport, redemption, athlete's life, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, atlantic city new jersey, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   42%
 
 4.4
 232
Body and Soul
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: rough, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: downfall, rise to the top, sport, love affair, rich and poor, ambition, hopes, power relations, athlete's life, underdog, redemption, love and romance ...
Time: 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   36%
 
Against the Ropes
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: underdog, sport, boxing, athlete's life, rags to riches, contests and competitions, mentor, follow your dream, brutality, human spirit, fight scenes, redemption ...
Time: year 1972
Place: detroit, michigan, usa, los angeles, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   43%
 
 7.6
 83K
Ip Man 2
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the ...
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mentor, british, idealism, kung fu, prejudice, revenge, brutality, storytelling, violence, culture clash, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, year 1949
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   40%
 
God Is My Witness
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: India
Duration: 193 min.
Story: Baadshah Khan falls in love with Benazir, a member of a rival clan who has defeated him in a game of buzkashi. Benazir will not marry him unless he brings back the head of her father's killer, Habibullah, from India. He is successful, but he ...
Style: serious, epic, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bollywood, martial arts, buddies, adventure, criminal's revenge, gang, romance, lone wolves, vengeance, redemption, criminal heroes, fall in love ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, india, afghanistan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   38%
 

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 4.7
 376
Bloodfight
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Master martial artist Masahiro Kai is a shadow of the champion fighter and trainer he once was. After his protégé was slain in a no-holds-barred, underground fight by the incomparable Chang Lee, Kai slips into a numbing alcohol-induced stupor to ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battle zone, master warrior, adventure, contests and competitions, ambition, heroes, rivalry, dangerous animal, gang, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   39%
 
 6.8
 146K
Rocky III
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, feel good, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, revenge, sport, brutality, death, redemption, athlete's life, comeback, mentor, fight scenes, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, russia, pennsylvania ...
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System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
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