Movies like The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid (1984)
 7.2
 152K
The Karate Kid (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than self-defense. Armed with newfound confidence, skill and wisdom, Daniel ultimately faces off against his tormentors in this hugely popular classic underdog tale.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, feel good, captivating, uplifting, inspirational, intense
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, underdog, teenage life, coming of age, friendship, karate, egg, motorcycle, cheerleader, rivalry, kids and family, family, halloween, sport, mentor protege relationship, flat, teachers and students, ambition, hopes, mentor, youth, power relations, teenager ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey

Most similar movies to The Karate Kid

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, inspirational and feel good films with plots about rivalry, power relations, sport, ambition, underdog, human spirit and family mostly in Sport, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Karate Kid: Rocky (1976), McFarland, USA (2015), Gladiator (1992), D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996), The Bad News Bears (1976). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Karate Kid Part III (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Kreese, his life in tatters after his karate school was defeated by Daniel and Mr. Miyagi, visits Terry, a friend from Vietnam. Terry is a ruthless business man and a martial arts expert, and he vows to help Kreese take revenge on Daniel and Mr. ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sentimental, ridiculous ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, karate, family, teachers and students, sport, coming of age, confidence, duel, friendship, rivalry, youth, power relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, tahiti, vietnam, japan, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 140K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, underdog, friendship, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, family, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, michigan, detroit, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
The Karate Kid Part II (1986)
Genre: Action, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Mr. Miyagi and Daniel take a trip to Okinawa to visit Mr. Miyagi's dying father. After arriving Mr. Miyagi finds he still has feelings for an old love. This stirs up trouble with an old rival who he originally left Okinawa to avoid. In the mean ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, village, karate, romance, family, youth, sport, self esteem, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, village life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Next Karate Kid (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: During a commemoration for Japanese soldiers fighting in the US Army during World War II, Mr. Miyagi meets the widow of his commanding officer. He gets to know her granddaughter Julie, an angry teenager who is still feeling the pain of losing both ...
Style: semi serious, sentimental, serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, high school, karate, coming of age, orphan, underdog, monastery, friendship, family, teaching the ways of the world, teenage life, revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 450K
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, realistic, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, athlete's life, training, contests and competitions, boxing, boxing match, boxer, world champion, fight, shyness, self esteem, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
30%
 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 ⇓
28%
D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
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: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: sport, underdog, rivalry, family, athlete's life, college, school, hockey player, scholarship, teenage boy, contests and competitions, boarding school ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Bad News Bears (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, coach, little league, family, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, hopes, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.9
 25K
Cobra Kai (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: This Karate Kid sequel series picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and finds Johnny Lawrence on the hunt for redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his old rivalry with the ...
Plot: rivalry, karate, dojo, martial arts, father figure, martial artist
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: sentimental, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: athlete's life, underdog, follow your dream, parents and children, family problems, human spirit, athlete and trainer, siblings relations, death in the family, teenage life, rivalry, gender ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Disney's Air Bud (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, inspirational, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: golden retriever, dog actor, family, clown, friendship, sport, dog, small town, athlete's life, young heroes, contests and competitions, mischievous children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 67K
Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, sport, underdog, mixed martial arts, airport, contests and competitions, ambition, buddies, master warrior, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.8
 3K
Bloodsport 2 (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After thief Alex Cardo gets caught while stealing an ancient katana in East Asia, he soon finds himself imprisoned and beaten up by the crowd there. One of the guards, Demon, feels upset by Alex appearance and tortures him as often as he gets the ...
Style: serious, realistic, intense, ridiculous, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, contests and competitions, rivalry, prison life, mixed martial arts, adventure, gang, vengeance, human spirit, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.8
 871
Underdogs (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, UNDERDOGS is the story of a small-town high school football team destined to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, high school, follow your dream, small town, family, athlete and trainer, teenage life, sport team, against the odds, ambition, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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 ⇓
24%
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: uplifting, sincere, inspirational, philosophical, compassionate ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, athlete and trainer, self discovery, wise man, coach, rehabilitation, mentor, mysterious character, friendship, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After Gordon Bombay's hockey comeback is cut short he is named coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games. Bombay reunites the Mighty Ducks and introduces a few new players, however, he finds himself distracted by his newfound fame ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: sport, youth, athlete and trainer, ice hockey, underdog, family, athlete's life, hockey player, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iceland, usa, los angeles, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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International Velvet (1978)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A charming sequel to the hit National Velvet follows our young heroine and her trusty steed overseas.
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: horse, orphan, coming of age, ambition, family, hopes, human animal relationship, sport, adventure, youth, contests and competitions, human spirit ...
Time: 70s
Place: cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Born to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action, Family
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Steve Austin is Dan Barnes, a former heavyweight boxer who hangs up his gloves to escape his violent lifestyle. Dans life is quickly turned upside down when the resident boxing champion makes his presence felt by dominating all opponents who stand ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: power relations, janitor, underdog, human spirit, school, teachers and students, family, teaching the ways of the world, coming of age, ambition, youth, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.8
 146K
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: sincere, serious, realistic, feel good, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: comeback, sport, underdog, revenge, boxing, fame, boxing match, training, boxer, rivalry, athlete's life, wealth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, california, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Never Back Down (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rebellious Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fight Scene at his new high school, after receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family Jake decides to seek the mentoring of a veteran fighter who trains him for one final ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: high school, athlete and trainer, youth, teenage life, power relations, martial arts, high school life, rivalry, fist fighting, boxing, duel, championship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: florida, usa, brazil, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A Warrior's Heart (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After his father’s death, high school lacrosse star Conor Sullivan becomes self-destructive but through a new love interest and his passion for this sport, Conor discovers the warrior within himself.
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete and trainer, family, love and romance, youth, power relations, athlete's life, teenage love, ambition, hopes, one more chance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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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 ⇓
22%
 5.2
 18K
3 Ninjas (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Each year, three brothers Samuel, Jeffrey and Michael Douglas visits their Japanese grandfather, Mori Shintaro whom the boys affectionately refer to as Grandpa, for the summer. Mori is a highly skilled in the fields of Martial arts and Ninjutsu, and ...
Style: humorous, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: pre-teens, kids, teens, family outing
Plot: young heroes, rescue, family, save the day, teachers and students, martial arts, teaching the ways of the world, eccentric family, danger, youth, vigilantism, heroic mission ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, serious, exciting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, sport, boxing, athlete's life, motivational speaker, underground fighting, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, ambition, rivalry, power relations, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, year 1998
Place: usa, philadelphia, england, mexico, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 346
Slam (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Mouth, Monkey, and Jason are your average teenagers with a love for the game of basketball. On the last day of school, they get on the wrong side of Li Wei, the captain of the high school basketball team. Li Wei & his entourage swear to make ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, underdog, contests and competitions, family, teenage life, sport team, coming of age, against the odds, ambition, rivalry, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.2
 109K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: sport, underdog, training, boxing match, champion, boxer, betrayal, athlete's life, rock, father figure, world champion, bankrupt ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Eleven year-old Akeelah Anderson's life is not easy: her father is dead, her mom ignores her, her brother runs with the local gangbangers. She's smart, but her environment threatens to strangle her aspirations. Responding to a threat by ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, spelling, rivalry, african american, loss of daughter, self esteem, dedicated educator, underdog, contests and competitions, urban, black people, elementary school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%