Movies like Friday Night Lights 2004

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Friday Night Lights (2004)
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, captivating, sincere, inspirational, intense, interesting, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, coach, party, sport, athlete and trainer, sport team, comeback, small town, career, americana, football, american football, racism, teenager, domestic violence, championship, african american, contests and competitions, drunk, injury, team, sex, small town life, ambition, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, new jersey, california

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Most similar movies to Friday Night Lights

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, inspirational and touching films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, power relations, underdog, athlete and trainer and contests and competitions mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Friday Night Lights: Rudy (1993), Glory Road (2006), Remember the Titans (2000), When the Game Stands Tall (2014), Hoosiers (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Friday Night Lights (2006)
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, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, mother daughter relationship, teenage life, american football, small town, friendship, coach, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 48K
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: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college life, ambition, college, working class, athlete's life, football, university, follow your dream, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 39K
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: serious, captivating, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, racism, underdog, college, coach, racial slur, teamwork, marriage, sport, contests and competitions, racial segregation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, campus, seattle washington, indiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Remember the Titans (2000)
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, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, contests and competitions, sport, high school, underdog, human spirit, against the odds, football, american football, prejudice, interracial relations, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, 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, exciting, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, athlete and trainer, american football, sport team, contests and competitions, ambition, small town, rise to the top, rivalry, youth, social relations, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 38K
Hoosiers (1986)
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, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, redemption, high school, athlete and trainer, small town, underdog, championship, contests and competitions, son, parent child relationship, high school sports ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
We Are Marshall (2006)
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, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, sport, football, american football, university, comeback, recruit, coach, survivor, grief, student, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, california, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Final Season (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job and ditches his wedding plans to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: baseball, sport, coach, small town, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, high school, americana, small town life, sport team, ambition, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, football, american football, ambition, coach, success, blind ambition, contests and competitions, training, underdog, stadium ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.4
 31K
McFarland, USA (2015)
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, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.5
 38K
Varsity Blues (1999)
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: twists and turns, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: small town, cheerleader, sport, high school, cheerleading, obsession, american football, party, police car, coming of age, athlete's life, football ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: rough, serious, realistic, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, friendship, athlete and trainer, underdog, athlete's life, boxing, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, urban ghetto life, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 106K
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: sincere, touching, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, human spirit, teacher, teachers and students, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, serious, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, family relations, down on your luck, rise and fall, father daughter relationship, boxing, ambition, unfulfillment, death, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 38K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, violence, human spirit, underdog, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, teenage life, youth, hopes, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Hometown Legend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: sport, high school, small town, athlete's life, dedicated educator, underdog, contests and competitions, leadership, human spirit, athlete and trainer, high school life, small town life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Crooked Arrows (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A native-American lacrosse team makes its way through a prep school league tournament.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, high school, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, family, sport team, ambition, hopes, rivalry, youth, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 8K
The Program (1993)
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, football movie, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, american football, college, college life, underdog, dedicated educator, university, contests and competitions, urban ghetto, human spirit, athlete and trainer, teachers and students ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Movie in collections
 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: serious, realistic
Plot: sport, juvenile delinquency, coach, athlete's life, high school, dedicated educator, hardcase students, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, human spirit, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
 1K
One on One (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, basketball movie
Audience: teens
Plot: college, small town, sport, basketball, coach, athlete's life, high school, underdog, young lovers, contests and competitions, urban, university ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
All the Right Moves (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: college, high school, ambition, sport, small town, drinking, friendship, coach, saxophone, teenager, sex, marching band ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 60K
Whip It (2009)
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: feel good, witty, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, sport, feminism, mother daughter relationship, contests and competitions, sport team, mentor, female friendship, friends, skating, coach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, austin texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 25K
Stick It (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Haley is a naturally gifted athlete but, with her social behavior, the teen seems intent on squandering her abilities. After a final brush with the law, a judge sentences her to an elite gymnastics academy run by a legendary, hard-nosed coach. Once ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, rebelliousness, teenager, academy, gymnastics, rivalry, grudge, vandalism, judge, coach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 7.5
 75K
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, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: baseball, racism, athlete's life, rivalry, sport, human spirit, discrimination, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, sport team, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, pasadena california, cincinnati ohio, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 18K
The Express (2008)
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, human spirit, american football, college, african american, rise to the top, football, racism, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Facing the Giants (2006)
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, feel good, serious, realistic, football movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: christian, sport, underdog, football, athlete's life, high school, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, high school life, religions or cults, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 29K
The Rookie (2002)
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, serious, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, athlete and trainer, family, athlete's life, parent child relationship, follow your dream, against the odds, ambition, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 846
Believe in Me (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, basketball movie
Plot: sport, high school sports, small town, athlete's life, dedicated educator, underdog, coming of age, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Junction Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tom Berenger leads an outstanding cast in this bone-crunching dramatization of legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's debut at Texas A&M in the summer of 1954. The often unnerving story finds Bryant ducking the ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, hardcase students, underdog, contests and competitions, university, village, human spirit, athlete and trainer, college, college life, discrimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Best of Times (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, football movie
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, small town, high school, athlete's life, buddies, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, friendship, small town life, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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