Movies like The Circuit 2002

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The Circuit (2002)
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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 life.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, underground fighting, ambition, haunted by the past, one man army, rivalry, tough heroes, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, athlete's life, contests and competitions, daring rescue, manhunt, sport, gambling, martial arts tournament, college, heroes, journalism, university, athlete and trainer, chases and races, strong violent content, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary

Most similar movies to The Circuit

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and exciting films with plots about rivalry, contests and competitions, martial arts, ambition, heroes, tough heroes and martial arts tournament mostly in Action, Drama and Sport genres. Some movies like The Circuit: Never Surrender (2009), Tapped Out (2014), Unrivaled (2010), Harder They Fall (2005), Cage (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Circuit 2: The Final Punch (2002)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Prisoners are dying at the Ogden Correctional Institution, a prison where a corrupt Warden has taken justice and business into his own hands. In the bowels of this prison, an underground fighting society has been formed. The Circuit is flourishing ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, one man army, martial arts, danger, heroes, criminal's revenge, investigation, chases and races, tough heroes, crimes, life is a bitch, journalism ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Never Surrender (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: From the cage to the big screen, the world's greatest Mixed Martial Arts Champions come together for the first time in a major motion picture. When an MMA world champion is lured into the illegal world of underground cage fighting by an elusive ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, suspenseful
Plot: underground fighting, martial arts, cage fighting, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, tough heroes, heroes, danger, mixed martial arts, mentor ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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, young heroes, sport, graphic violence, profanity, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 4.0
 820
Unrivaled (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On these streets everyone is fighting for a way out, but after a lifetime of hard knocks, a down-on-his-luck cage fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is chosen to compete against the MMA world champion during a massive competition. ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, uplifting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cage fighting, mixed martial arts, ambition, lifestyle, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete's life, heroes, underdog, sport, tough heroes, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Harder They Fall (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 20 year old kickboxers from opposite ends of Miami, one rich one poor, battle for triumph in sport and their own identities in this coming-of-age action/drama.
Style: rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: fight, tough heroes, ambition, athlete's life, rivalry, self discovery, social differences, nothing to lose, sport, martial arts tournament, kickboxing, martial arts ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.1
 561
Cage (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A GI in Vietnam saves his buddy's life, but in the process is shot in the head. The injury results in brain damage to the point where he basically has a child's brain in a (very large) man's body. When they get out of the army the two ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vietnam war, rivalry, confined, crime, misfit, buddies, gangsters, heroes, contests and competitions, kidnapping, vengeance, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.8
 991
Bloodfist (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: To avenge the brutal murder of his brother, Jake Ray journeys to the Philippines, where his search for truth finds him battling both in and out of the ring. But the weapons are always the same: bare fists, bare feet. And the rules never change: last ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, siblings relations, karate, foot chase, righting the wronged, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Muay Thai Fighter (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After learning the art of muay thai fighting from skilled masters, small town friends Piak (Akara Amarttayakul) and Phao (Thawatchai Phanpakdee) move their passion to Bangkok, where they become active in underground activities that put what ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, friendship, gang, martial artist, master warrior, crimes, gangsters, one man army, muay thai, urban, graphic violence, betrayal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
 4.9
 674
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: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, gang war, kickboxing, street gang, illegal fistfight, profanity, gang, rivalry, opposites attract, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, fight, prisoner, prison, manslaughter, murder, martial arts, mixed martial arts, sport, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ 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: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kickboxing, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, uninhibited rivalry, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, graphic violence, profanity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 3.9
 307
Brawler (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Sidelined by an injury incurred while protecting his young brother, underground fighter Charlie Fontaine feels blindsided when he discovers his brother having sex on his couch with his new wife, Kat. Fueled by rage, a determined Charlie makes plans ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, siblings relations, rivalry, contests and competitions, strong violent content, athlete's life, family relations, mixed martial arts, underground tournament, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, brother brother relationship, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new orleans, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.0
 120
Among Dead Men (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror, Mystery, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Bobby Delgado, undefeated MMA World Champion is incarcerated for eight years after accidentally killing his opponent. During this period of purgatory, Bobby experiences a paranormal 'life changing' event that will dictate his future path ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, scary ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, redemption, vengeance, rivalry, heroes, ambition, crimes, contests and competitions, tough heroes, survival, deadly, prisoner ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Muay Thai Giant (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Thailand
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Gentle giant Barney Emerald is drugged and robbed while on holiday in Pattaya. He befriends two Thai siblings, one of which is a muay-thai kick-boxing champion, and stays with them until he can recover his passport. Unfortunately the hunt for his ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, humorous, exciting ...
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, danger, gangsters, siblings relations, one man army, athlete's life, crimes, misfit, dishonesty, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 3.5
 150
Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, master warrior, fight, redemption, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, ambition, crimes, rivalry, tough guy, martial arts, martial arts training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, one man army, heroes, crimes, hopes, deadly, best friends, ambition, contests and competitions, righting the wronged, battles ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.2
 550
Underground (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds barred competition that will push each fighter to their ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, rivalry, heroes, fighting crime, crimes, master warrior, danger, escapades, sport, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.4
 697
Scorpion (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Featuring a mix of Thai Boxing and Ultimate Fighting, SCORPION has been dubbed The French Fight Club. It stars Jerome Le Banner, who is also known as Hyper Battle Cyborg and The Bulldog of Paris, a true kickboxer, famous for his aggressive style - ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, redemption, prison, crimes, kickboxing, underground fighting, imprisonment, contests and competitions, danger, performer's life, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Lucha Underground (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Lucha Underground introduces U.S. audiences to the high-flying, explosive moves of lucha libre. An ancient combat tradition, watch as good and evil wage war in a gritty battleground called “The Temple.”
Style: exciting, rough, semi serious, realistic, serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, wrestling, tough heroes, ambition, contests and competitions, martial arts, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sport, violence, graphic violence, wrestler ...
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Best of the Best (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, taekwondo, martial arts tournament, sport, underdog, culture clash, rivalry, power relations, self discovery, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, seoul, asia, hong kong, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sasha Mitchell ("Kickboxer 2&3") triumphanty returns to the ring as David Sloan, fighting not just for his survival, but for his beautiful wife, who has become the sexual captive of the despicable world champion, Tong Po. Framed, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, semi serious, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, kidnapping, heroes, master warrior, one man army, martial arts, tough heroes, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, frame up, captivity, vigilantism ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.1
 924
Fireball (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Tai gets out of jail and discovers that his twin brother, Tan has been in coma for the past year. Tan has entered the world of Fireball, a violent game based on basketball hosted by underground criminal gangs, to raise money for Tai's early ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vengeance, ambition, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, tough heroes, sport team, rivalry, basketball, track down, uncover truth, twins, kickboxing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 2.8
 642
Death Warrior (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A gritty MMA fighter is forced into a twisted, underground gambling ring in which he must fight to the death with other MMA fighters in order to save his wife from certain death at the hands of a maniacal crime boss. In a desperate race against ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating ...
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, survival, contests and competitions, danger, profanity, ambition, violence, mortal combat, murder, sexual content, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Movie in collections
 5.1
 291
Deadly Bet (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crimes, gang, contests and competitions, crime, sport, gangsters, redemption, gambling, alcohol abuse, obsession, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Carman: The Champion (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Former champion boxer Orlando Leone (Carmen) is "The Preacher" at an inner-city youth center. Wanting to give something back to the community, he bought a large building for a church youth center. But the cash ran out before he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, contests and competitions, follow your dream, relationship vs career, lifestyle, underdog, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Forced to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he's fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss ...
Style: rough, exciting, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, contests and competitions, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, heroes, ambition, mixed martial arts, martial arts tournament, karate, underground fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The True Story of WrestleMania (2011)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: It is the most anticipated yearly event in Sports Entertainment, an annual pop culture touch point. For more than 25 years, WrestleMania has hosted the biggest matches, the biggest stars, and the biggest celebrities. Now for the first time ever, the ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: wrestling, tough heroes, rivalry, ambition, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, fight for supremacy, fame, mob, billionaire, generation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Shadow Boxing 3. The Final Round (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Champion boxer Artyom Kolchin climbed all conceivable heights and became a national hero. He does not enter the boxing ring any more, rather choosing a coaching job and wild high life, including continuous TV appearances, hanging out and love ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, uncover truth, contests and competitions, car chase, chases and races, drugs/alcohol, power relations, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, boxing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, sport, martial arts tournament, athlete and trainer, martial arts, kiss, fistfight, kickboxer, cage fighting, beefcake, cell, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.7
 7K
Damage (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ex-con battles it out in the cage to pay for the operation that would save the daughter of his victim. Along the way he finds fatherly love, and friendship, in the most unlikely of places.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, fall in love, danger, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, underground tournament, cage fighting, heroes, violence, gambling, fistfight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%