Movies like The Fighter

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The Fighter (2010)
 7.8
 314K
The Fighter (2010)
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 KO'd by drugs and crime.
Style: sincere, realistic, uplifting, captivating, rough, intense, inspirational, tense, emotional, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, sport, underdog, self destructing, boxer, addiction, black eye, title bout, shame, irish american, ex boxer, loyalty, arrest, training, boxer shorts, documentary filmmaking, jumping rope, mentor, change of luck, working class, drug abuse, irish, success, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new hampshire, atlantic city new jersey, california

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Most similar movies to The Fighter

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and inspirational films with plots about sport, redemption, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, rivalry and athlete's life mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like The Fighter: Warrior (2011), Raging Bull (1980), Southpaw (2015), Cinderella Man (2005), He Got Game (1998). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.2
 400K
Warrior (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: tense, emotional, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, fist fighting, teacher, training, martial arts, warrior, sport, contests and competitions, coach, mixed martial arts, exercise, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, atlantic city new jersey, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 8.2
 284K
Raging Bull (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, intense, bloody, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, jealousy, domestic violence, redemption, boxer, self destructing, career, sport, character study, boxing, argument ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1943 ...
Place: bronx new york city, chicago illinois, new york, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 194K
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, contests and competitions, family relations, sport, down on your luck, rise and fall, father daughter relationship, tragedy, death, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 165K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, comeback, underdog, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, priest, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 41K
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, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 60K
Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, football, underdog, teacher, jealousy, against the odds, determination, divorce, american football, athlete and trainer, power relations, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 77K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, captivating, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: baseball, racism, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, americana, hopes, power relations, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, missouri, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 466K
Rocky (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, self esteem, training, contests and competitions, fight, ambition, life is a bitch, lifestyle, determination, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 188K
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, boxing, underdog, boxer, fight, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.8
 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, gloomy, rough, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, female boxer, sexism, ambition, underdog, human spirit, urban ghetto, gender, feminism, lifestyle, self fulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, coach, success, ambition, underdog, football, sport team, athlete's life, blind ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.6
 209K
Creed (2015)
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, feel good, captivating, exciting, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, sport, mentor, cancer, legacy, athlete and trainer, power relations, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 1990s, 2010s
Place: mexico, usa, tijuana mexico, philadelphia, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 17K
The Boxer (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: ira, sport, irish, boxing, prison, violence, politics, arson, boxer, redemption, love, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 170K
Rocky II (1979)
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: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, sport, underdog, hospital, comeback, championship, boxing match, training, boxer, coma, tough heroes, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 21K
Bleed for This (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
Style: intense, inspirational, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: underdog, comeback, boxer, broken neck, sport, boxing, male objectification, training, hopes, athlete and trainer, duel, rivalry ...
Place: rhode island, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 87K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, friendship, vietnam war, politics, african american, muslim, comeback, civil rights, racism, boxer, athlete's life, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.8
 7K
The Champ (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sport, gambling, boxer, underdog, redemption, parents and children, contests and competitions, remarry, rivalry, single parent, custody, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.3
 110K
Coach Carter (2005)
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, captivating, sincere, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, teacher, high school, teachers and students, underdog, human spirit, coach, ambition, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 125K
Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, stylized, rough ...
Plot: wrestling, sport, mental illness, murder, ambition, obsession, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, power relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1987
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 154K
Rocky III (1982)
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: suspenseful, serious, sincere, gloomy, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: comeback, boxing, sport, underdog, revenge, rivalry, training, boxer, fame, boxing match, athlete and trainer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, california, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 7K
Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: serious, rough, cynical, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: sport, baseball, athlete's life, life is a bitch, historical figure, introspection, writer's life, journalism, storytelling, mentor, brutality, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s
Place: detroit, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.5
 43K
Miracle (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, put a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing, kids
Plot: ice hockey, underdog, sport, athlete and trainer, hockey, coach, human spirit, grudge, championship, athlete's life, contests and competitions, opponent ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, milwaukee wisconsin, new york, manhattan new york city, colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 323K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: realistic, captivating, feel good, inspirational, factual ...
Plot: sport, baseball, success, rise to the top, team, manager, mathematics, ambition, teamwork, determination, recruit, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, california, oakland california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 50K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, working class, college life, ambition, american football, football, college, sport team, respect, financial problem, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.2
 114K
Rocky V (1990)
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: realistic, sincere, serious, gloomy, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: sport, betrayal, underdog, training, boxer, champion, boxing match, lifestyle, athlete's life, power relations, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.4
 7K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sport, friendship, boxing, comeback, boxing match, boxer, athlete's life, unfulfillment, friends, human nature, alcohol abuse, introspection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.6
 696
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, gloomy, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, infidelity, prison, rape, boxer, interracial relations, power relations, rise to the top, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete and trainer, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 7K
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, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, friendship, athlete and trainer, boxing, underdog, blood, ambition, against the odds, on the run, rivalry, human spirit, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 40K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: emotional, realistic, sentimental, touching, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, racism, underdog, college, teamwork, racial slur, coach, marriage, human spirit, ambitious, glory ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, campus, maryland, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 166K
Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: suspenseful, serious, sincere, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, underdog, revenge, cold war, kgb, boxing match, victory, boxer, training, mountain, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, soviet union, usa, ussr, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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