Movies like Friday Night Lights 2004

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Friday Night Lights (2004)
 7.3
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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 social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines to instill in the other team members -- and, by proxy, the town itself -- a sense of self-respect and honor.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense, captivating, interesting, dramatic, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, small town, football, sport, underdog, contests and competitions, coach, friendship, race issues, party, athlete and trainer, comeback, mentor, career, obsession, small town life, sport team, soccer, drinking, life philosophy, adaptation, americana, stereotypes, honest, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, california, houston texas
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Friday Night Lights
Drama, Sport
USA
44 min.
 8.7
Remember the Titans
Biography, Drama, Sport
USA
113 min.
 7.8
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Most similar movies to Friday Night Lights

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, inspirational, serious and dramatic films with plots about ambition, sport, dialogue, mentor, catastrophe, redemption and rivalry mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Friday Night Lights: Glory Road (2006), Coach Carter (2005), The Program (1993), We Are Marshall (2006), Hoosiers (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Glory Road
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, captivating, serious, inspirational, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, basketball, college, racism, segregation, mentor, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, prejudice, life philosophy, ambition ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, campus, indiana, seattle washington ...
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 7.3
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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, sincere, serious, 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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System:   91%
    User:   100%
 
 6.4
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The Program
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: college, underdog, football, sport, dedicated educator, motorcycle, university, mentor, urban ghetto, contests and competitions, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   89%
    User:   100%
 
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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
Plot: college, football, small town, underdog, sport, sport team, courage, ambition, mentor, hopes, tragedy, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, new jersey, west virginia ...
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    User:   91%
 
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Hoosiers
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.
Style: realistic, serious, inspirational, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, small town, basketball, high school, underdog, sport, friendship, contests and competitions, mentor, lone hero, foul language, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   86%
    User:   79%
 
Remember the Titans
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: underdog, high school, racism, friendship, football, culture clash, prejudice, sport, school, race issues, segregation, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new jersey, california, virginia
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System:   85%
    User:   78%
 
 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 ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, friendship, underdog, gambling, gangsters, sport, athlete's life, fight scenes, mentor, vengeance, revenge, violent ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, cuba, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   89%
 
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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
Plot: football, underdog, sport, male nudity, corruption, blind ambition, violence, drug abuse, contests and competitions, desire for fame, brutality, stadium ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   78%
    User:   90%
 
 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
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   61%
 
 7.3
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The Express
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, serious, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: college, football, racism, sport, rise to the top, segregation, mentor, human spirit, athlete and trainer, childhood, sacrifice, soccer ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   84%
 
 7.4
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McFarland, USA
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, serious, inspirational, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: kids, boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, underdog, teacher, dedicated educator, high school, school, competition, football, mentor, father daughter relationship, sport, family ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   82%
 
Days of Thunder
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: romance, racing, car chase, motorcycle, athlete's life, sport, cars, race, mentor, hotshot hero, redemption, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, texas, alabama, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   77%
 
 7.5
 48K
Rudy
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: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, college, football, sport, athlete's life, mentor, dreams, courage, university, college life, follow your dream, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   74%
 
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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:   71%
    User:   71%
 
 7.1
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Invincible
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, feel good, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, football, sport, rags to riches, teacher, athlete's life, friendship, mentor, courage, follow your dream, against the odds, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   74%
 
Bang the Drum Slowly
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, baseball, underdog, hospital, unlikely friendships, mentor, sport, hopes, cancer, friends, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   54%
 
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The Ducks are offered scholarships at Eden Hall Academy but struggle with their new coach's methods and come under pressure from the board to retain their scholarships before their big game against the Varsity team.
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: underdog, family, school, sport, college, coming of age, athlete's life, olympics, mentor, basketball, contests and competitions, football ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   73%
 
Friday Night Lights
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series based around a high school football team situated in Texas. The series takes place in the fictional town of Dillon: a small, close-knit community in rural Texas. Particular focus is given to ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, small town, high school life, small town life, teenage life, sport team, americana, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   100%
 
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 7.0
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The Rookie
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, family, underdog, sport, father son relationship, high school, small town, athlete's life, happy ending, rags to riches, mentor, dreams ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   65%
    User:   71%
 
Facing the Giants
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: christian, underdog, football, sport, god, athlete's life, jesus, christianity, life philosophy, religion, high school, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   53%
 
Without Limits
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: olympics, sport, death, competition, athlete's life, racing, college, drinking, mentor, race, contests and competitions, life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970, year 1972, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, munich germany, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   61%
 
 6.9
 60K
Whip It
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In Bodeen, Texas, Land Of The Dragon, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
Style: witty, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, mentor, adolescence, rebellion, beauty pageant, sport, geek, mother daughter relationship, school, best friends, rock ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, california, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   70%
 
 6.4
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Hardball
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
Style: touching, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underdog, redemption, baseball, gambling, athlete and trainer, drugs/alcohol, teacher, mentor, sport team, sport, ambition, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   66%
 
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 6.1
 11K
Blue Chips
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, biting, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: college, basketball, sport, underdog, corruption, against the rules, golf, blind ambition, contests and competitions, mentor, hip hop, multiple storylines ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, boston, california, indiana, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   66%
 
North Dallas Forty
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Style: clever, realistic, serious, tense, biting ...
Plot: drug abuse, addiction, football, sport, corruption, sport team, drugs, business, ambition, mentor, greed, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   70%
 
 4.6
 12K
Biker Boyz
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A mythic motorcycle tale of father and son", this is the story of Manuel Galloway, also known as "the King of Cali", the president of a motorcycle club whose members are all African-American men, mostly white-collar workers who ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, road movie, idiotic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: hip hop, motorcycle, gang, racing, contests and competitions, rise to the top, race, coming of age, ambition, dialogue, youth, natural disaster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   73%
 
 6.8
 47K
Draft Day
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
Style: talky, exciting, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: football, sport, sport team, rags to riches, ambition, soccer, mentor, boss and employee, underdog, fight scenes, workplace situations, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, ohio, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   61%
 
 6.5
 38K
Varsity Blues
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion, 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. When star quarterback Lance Harbor suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, twists and turns, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: small town, high school, football, obsession, coming of age, sport, drinking, cheerleader, teacher, beer, cheerleading, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   60%
 

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Rush
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A biographical drama centered on the rivalry between Formula 1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during the 1976 Formula One motor-racing season.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, drugs/alcohol, racing, athlete's life, rivalry, race, storytelling, mentor, contests and competitions, life philosophy, cars, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1986, year 1976, year 1970 ...
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System:   60%
    User:   49%
 
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Fighting
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, alabama, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city
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System:   60%
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