Movies like The Karate Kid

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The Karate Kid (1984)
 7.2
 156K
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: touching, sentimental, uplifting, feel good, serious, captivating, realistic, inspirational, intense
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, coming of age, underdog, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, karate, teenage life, halloween, rivalry, motorcycle, cheerleader, family, kids and family, sport, youth, friends, teachers and students, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, wise man, apprentice, self esteem, power relations ...
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, inspirational, serious and exciting films with plots about rivalry, underdog, friendship, ambition, power relations, dialogue and mentor mostly in Drama, Sport and Family genres. Some movies like The Karate Kid: Rocky (1976), Cobra Kai (2018), Born to Fight (2011), D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996), Gladiator (1992). 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: realistic, serious, sentimental, feel good, ridiculous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, karate, family, friendship, coming of age, wise man, against the odds, youth, ambition, disgraced, hopes, sport ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, tahiti, japan, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, feel good, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, village, karate, family, romance, youth, rivalry, wise man, picked on, village life, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 144K
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, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, human spirit, underdog, friendship, sport, teaching the ways of the world, teachers and students, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance, audition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: china, asia, beijing china, detroit, michigan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: serious, uplifting, captivating, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: martial arts, high school, orphan, monastery, coming of age, friendship, underdog, karate, family, redemption, rebellion, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 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, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, self esteem, training, contests and competitions, fight, ambition, life is a bitch, lifestyle, determination, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.8
 34K
Cobra Kai (2018)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Sport
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 ...
Style: motivational, exciting, light, semi serious
Plot: karate, martial arts, rivalry, master apprentice relationship, martial artist, starting over, dojo, punch, based on movie, father figure
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, uplifting, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: teachers and students, human spirit, underdog, school, friendship, rivalry, coming of age, teaching the ways of the world, boxing, high school, janitor, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, humorous, sincere, realistic, feel good ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: sport, ice hockey, rivalry, underdog, family, school, coming of age, friends, social relations, power relations, sport team, boarding school ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, minnesota, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 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, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, sport, boxing, rivalry, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, against the odds, ambition, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 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, mixed martial arts, contests and competitions, master warrior, prison life, rivalry, adventure, vengeance, ambition, hopes, crimes, gang ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: athlete and trainer, high school, martial arts, boxing, power relations, teenage life, youth, rivalry, duel, championship, rage, fist fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: florida, usa, brazil, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Genre: Drama, Family
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: touching, emotional, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, rivalry, self esteem, african american, human nature, human spirit, hopes, teachers and students, single parent, self discovery, elementary school, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, washington d.c., california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.4
 32K
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, exciting, uplifting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, sport, mixed martial arts, underdog, master warrior, contests and competitions, escapades, opponent, heroes, ambition, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.7
 29K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fist fighting, martial arts, tournament, prison fight, fight, newcomer, drifter, gangsters, prison, opponent, championship, boxing ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: feel good, serious, sincere, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: comeback, boxing, sport, underdog, revenge, rivalry, fame, boxing match, boxer, training, human spirit, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, california, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, clever, exciting, feel good, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, little league, coach, child swearing, alcoholic, family, sport team, power relations, hopes, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.0
 30K
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, touching, uplifting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, athlete and trainer, family, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, ambition, dream come true, parents and children, one more chance ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
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: realistic, sincere, semi serious, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, coming of age, horse, family, hopes, adventure, power relations, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, human spirit ...
Time: 70s
Place: cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.0
 7K
Sidekicks (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Barry is an asthmatic kid having trouble in life. He lives with his father, a computer programmer, in Texas. Barry is struggling to get by in life, dealing with his rough school life, bullies, as well as his health. Barry's only source of ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, realistic, satirical ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, computer, bully, karate, school, heroes, ambition, friends, power relations, rivalry, friendship, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.8
 878
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: realistic, serious, feel good, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, high school, high school life, against the odds, family, one last chance, follow your dream, athlete's life, parents and children, hopes, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 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, serious, emotional, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: high school, soccer, feminism, follow your dream, athlete's life, siblings relations, athlete and trainer, gender, teenage life, human spirit, death in the family, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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, teens, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: dog, golden retriever, dog actor, friendship, clown, human spirit, pets, small town, young heroes, sport, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, washington state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Movie in collections
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: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: lacrosse, athlete's life, teenage love, athlete and trainer, one more chance, power relations, ambition, human spirit, youth, family, love and romance, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 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, feel good, gloomy, serious, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, betrayal, underdog, training, boxer, boxing match, champion, ambition, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, athlete's life, relationship vs career ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.5
 2K
North Shore (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will, Rick Kane came to surf the big waves. He found a woman who would show him how to survive, and a challenge unlike any other.
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, romantic, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, friendship, youth, coming of age, contests and competitions, hopes, romance, love and romance, adventure, sport, friends, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, usa, california, australia
⇓ 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, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, dedicated educator, interracial relations, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, hopes, power relations, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A League of Their Own (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: baseball, friendship, sport, rivalry, female athlete, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, underdog, coach, sister sister relationship, female protagonist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: usa, chicago illinois, colorado, oregon, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.8
 322
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, vengeance, teenage life, family relations, friends, sport team, against the odds, youth, uninhibited rivalry, family, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.3
 19K
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, semi serious, light, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: young heroes, rescue, family, rivalry, danger, youth, heroic mission, martial arts, ninja, crimes, escapades, power relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%