Movies like Heart Like a Wheel

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Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
 6.7
 1K
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, car race, feminism, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes, battle of the sexes, blind ambition, society, lifestyle, gender, rise to the top, strong female presence, rivalry, underdog, relationship vs career, power relations, race, fight ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: usa

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Most similar movies to Heart Like a Wheel

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about sport, hopes, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, rivalry and contests and competitions mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Heart Like a Wheel: The Express (2008), The Other Side of the Mountain (1975), Price of Glory (2000), Champions (1984), Undefeated (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 21K
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, uplifting, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, cleveland ohio, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A female skiing champion is paralyzed in a tragic skiing accident. Her girlfriend is taken out of competition when she contracts polio.
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: skiing, paralysis, quadriplegic, hopes, lifestyle, prodigy, ambition, sport, daring rescue, contests and competitions, follow your dream, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 1950s, 50s
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 6.3
 851
Price of Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, lifestyle, follow your dream, ambition, tough heroes, ego clash, sport, contests and competitions, relationship vs career, athlete and trainer, obsession ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 601
Champions (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The true story of jockey Bob Champion who overcame cancer to win the 1981 Grand National
Style: captivating, uplifting, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: horse, horse race, doctors and patients, racehorse, human spirit, against the odds, child illness, athlete and trainer, friendship, relationship vs career, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.4
 760
Undefeated (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: human spirit, athlete's life, lifestyle, tough heroes, social differences, against the odds, athlete and trainer, sport, rise to the top, ambition, follow your dream, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 917
From the Rough (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, feel good, touching ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, against the odds, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, ambition, social misfits, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 1K
Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1971, air-conditioner repairman and boat enthusiast Jim McCormick entertains his desire to 'go down' as a legend in the record books when the Gold Cup hydroplane boat race improbably comes to his small town of Madison, Indiana. ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, melancholic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, lifestyle, ship, unemployment, friendship, rivalry, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Against the Ropes (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 111 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: sincere, serious, inspirational, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: sport, athlete and trainer, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, lifestyle, human spirit, boxing, underdog, male female relationship, rags to riches ...
Time: 70s, year 1972
Place: detroit, los angeles, michigan, usa, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Greased Lightning (1977)
Genre: Action, Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: This film is based on the true life story of Wendell Scott, the first black stock car racing champion in America.
Style: exciting, semi serious, realistic
Plot: car, society, supportive spouse, sport, contests and competitions, profanity, interracial relations, racism, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 70s, 50s ...
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.2
 221
The Opponent (2000)
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: sincere, rough, serious, uplifting, realistic
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, ambition, follow your dream, athlete's life, against the odds, human spirit, rise to the top, lifestyle, contests and competitions, rivalry, athlete and trainer, sport ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.2
 4K
Gracie (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, rivalry, follow your dream, death in the family, female athlete, feminism, sport, family in crisis, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.6
 751
The Cup (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver, a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident, hauntingly reflecting of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: horse race, jockey, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, rise to the top, human spirit, lifestyle, hopes, contests and competitions, sport, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Longshots (2008)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.
Style: feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, battle of the sexes, athlete and trainer, sport, youth, rivalry, underdog, gender, american football, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Scottish second division football team Kilnockie is taken over by American Pete Cameron. The new owner puts pressure on manager Gordon McLeod to improve the fortunes of the team, and hires first division player Jackie McQuillan.
Style: realistic, sentimental, inspirational, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, human spirit, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, against the odds, friendship, sport team, society, sport, contests and competitions ...
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The movie starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rivalry, human spirit, family life, parents and children, family relations, contests and competitions, hopes, sport, nascar
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 972
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
Plot: high school sports, basketball, small town, sport, against the odds, underdog, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, prodigy ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 682
Running Brave (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of Billy Mills the American Indian that came from obscurity, to win the 10,000 meter long distance foot race in the Tokyo Olympics.
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: olympics, track and field, lifestyle, sport, against the odds, americana, racism, university, human spirit, athlete and trainer, social differences, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: kansas, south dakota, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 68K
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, captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: underdog, american football, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, lifestyle, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: rivalry, ice hockey, discrimination, factory, sport, athlete's life, protest, human spirit, working class, rise to the top, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 40s ...
Place: quebec, montreal, boston, new york, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Tiger Woods Story (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: With his father coaching him and his mother providing a strong spiritual influence, Tiger Woods rose to fame and fortune. But his success came at a price, as he endured personal struggles with racism, self-doubt and cultural identity.
Style: sincere, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, racism, interracial relations, hopes, athlete's life, lifestyle, hotshot hero, sport, contests and competitions, rise to the top, youth, society ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.7
 11K
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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, sport, human spirit, against the odds, athlete's life, ambition, hopes, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story about the great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich when he was in the eighth grade. He plays on the varsity basketball team at Daniel High School but has some very difficult obstacles standing in his way of playing. The only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: basketball movie, ambition, sport, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, aging, hopes, lifestyle, athlete's life, follow your dream, youth, dedicated educator ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Don King: Only in America (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: crimes, athlete's life, rise to the top, ambition, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, society, hopes, underdog, rise and fall, urban ghetto ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Last American Hero (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A backwoods bootlegger decides to put the driving skills he developed evading the law to good use. He becomes a race car driver, and eventually, one of the fastest drivers in history.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car race, athlete's life, hotshot hero, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry, rise to the top, parents and children, family relations, race car, father son relationship, auto mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Mighty Macs (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, sincere, emotional, serious
Plot: mother superior, college, catholic school, sport, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer, basketball, feminism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 59K
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, working class, college life, sport team, ambition, family relations, aspiration, sport, college, american football, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Double Teamed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Heather and Heidi play volleyball for their school team, when their family decides that they need to go to a bigger school so that they will have a better chance for scholarships. But at the new school, the twins are discovered by the basketball ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: twins, high school, contests and competitions, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, sport, underdog, lifestyle, rivalry, family relations, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 5.9
 1K
The Greatest (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: racism, human spirit, athlete's life, rising to stardom, follow your dream, contests and competitions, fighting the system, ambition, politics, lifestyle, society, hopes ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 4.8
 684
Counterpunch (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story. A young boxer, Emilio, from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, finds himself at a cross roads after being locked up. As he fights his way back into the winning circle ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: athlete's life, one more chance, rivalry, ambition, starting over, lifestyle, hopes, sport, contests and competitions, follow your dream, power relations, boxing
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%