Movies like The Karate Kid

If you like "The Karate Kid" you are looking for sentimental, serious and touching movies about / with martial arts, underdog, family, friendship, kung fu, coming of age and mentor themes of Action, Drama and Family genre shot in USA or China.
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The Karate Kid
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 impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make him an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is a kung fu master. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.
Style: sentimental, serious, touching, realistic, sincere, feel good, uplifting, melancholic, inspirational, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, family, friendship, kung fu, coming of age, mentor, bullying, sport, fight scenes, chase, school, revenge, teachers and students, children, youth, transformation, power relations, destiny, runaway, friends, dialogue, culture clash, ninja, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, california, new jersey, detroit, michigan, beijing china
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Never Back Down
Action, Drama, Sport
USA
110 min.
 6.6
Akeelah and the Bee
Drama
USA
112 min.
 7.4
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Most similar movies to The Karate Kid

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out inspirational, realistic, feel good and melancholic films with plots about culture clash, mentor, catastrophe, storytelling, dialogue, destiny and rivalry mostly in Sport, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Karate Kid: Never Back Down (2008), Akeelah and the Bee (2006), The Big Green (1995), Disney's Air Bud (1997), Hardball (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Karate Kid
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 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, coming of age, family, friendship, kids and family, teenager, mentor, chase, teacher, high school, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   73%
 
The Karate Kid Part II
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, serious, touching, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, romance, family, mentor, island, youth, violence, village, fight scenes, revenge, sport ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   76%
    User:   56%
 
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The Next Karate Kid
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, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, family, high school, redemption, mentor, rebellion, teenager, teacher, teaching the ways of the world, violence, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   60%
 
Never Back Down
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, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick
Plot: martial arts, high school, revenge, violence, teenager, athlete and trainer, kung fu, fight scenes, mentor, underground, teenage life, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   86%
 
The Karate Kid Part III
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, sentimental, realistic, ridiculous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, family, mentor, friendship, revenge, teachers and students, sport, violence, teacher, underdog, coming of age, fight scenes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, usa, new jersey, tokyo, tahiti ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   25%
 
Akeelah and the Bee
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, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, underdog, mentor, courage, coming of age, friendship, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, urban, happy ending, kids and family, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   75%
 
The Big Green
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a depressed Texas town, British foreign exchange teacher Anna attempts to inject some life into her hopeless kids by introducing them to soccer. They're terrible at first, but Anna and her football-hero assistant whip them into shape. As ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, touching ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: underdog, family, soccer, kids and family, small town, school, sport, immigrants, athlete's life, football, dedicated educator, children ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   38%
 
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Disney's Air Bud
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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, dog, basketball, friendship, athlete's life, kids and family, mischievous children, sport, children, disney, talking animals, animals ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   37%
 
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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, drugs/alcohol, athlete and trainer, teacher, mentor, sport team, sport, ambition, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
The Mighty Ducks
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn't eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: underdog, family, sport, lawyer, urban, competition, golf, football, contests and competitions, mentor, childhood, kids and family ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   41%
 
All the Right Moves
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, sincere, serious, touching, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: college, high school, small town, underdog, friendship, drinking, coming of age, football, sport, ambition, happy ending, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   44%
 
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Pride
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: underdog, sport, mentor, racism, dedicated educator, prejudice, basketball, teacher, human spirit, life philosophy, athlete and trainer, survival ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   38%
 
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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, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens, boys' night
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:   38%
    User:   100%
 
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Best of the Best
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, redemption, vengeance, kung fu, culture clash, sport, adventure, fight scenes, mentor, violence, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, korea, hong kong, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
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Blue Crush
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sexy, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: surfing, romance, friendship, sport, coming of age, competition, best friends, school, beach, contests and competitions, women, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
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North Shore
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: semi serious, feel good, humorous, romantic, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, coming of age, mentor, underdog, adventure, young lovers, contests and competitions, romance, friendship, sport, drinking, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   36%
 
The Bad News Bears
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: underdog, baseball, family, sport, childhood, beer, motorcycle, foul language, children, mentor, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1930s, year 1976
Place: california, usa, new jersey, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
 5.1
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Rebound
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An acclaimed college hoops coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: college, high school, family, basketball, underdog, school, sport, redemption, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, follow your dream, multiple storylines ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   35%
 
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: family, redemption, sport, contests and competitions, family drama, children, beautiful scenery, family bonds, racing, human spirit, rags to riches, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
The Forbidden Kingdom
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An American teenager who is obsessed with Hong Kong cinema and kung-fu classics makes an extraordinary discovery in a Chinatown pawnshop: the legendary stick weapon of the Chinese sage and warrior, the Monkey King. With the lost relic in hand, the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, semi serious, fairy tale, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, adventure, immortality, mentor, good versus evil, kung fu, witch, fight scenes, master warrior, sword fight, vengeance, mythology ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, middle ages
Place: china, asia, boston, hong kong, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
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3 Ninjas
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: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: martial arts, family, young heroes, rescue, ninja, children, save the day, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, eccentric family, danger, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   40%
 
 6.8
 66K
Bloodsport
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, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, sport, kung fu, mentor, revenge, chase, violence, fight scenes, contests and competitions, ninja, death ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   33%
 
 5.7
 6K
Andre
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of how a marine seal named Andre befriended a little girl and her family, circa 1962.
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, chick flick
Plot: family, friendship, adventure, best friends, animals, mischievous children, children, young heroes, school, small town, rescue, getting home ...
Time: 90s, year 1962, 1960s
Place: maine, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
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 6.9
 37K
Gridiron Gang
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: serious, rough, inspirational, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: redemption, football, violence, underdog, sport, juvenile delinquency, mentor, human spirit, athlete and trainer, happy ending, camp, gangs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   36%
 
 7.0
 29K
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:   36%
    User:   37%
 
The Air Up There
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the ...
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: family, culture clash, adventure, basketball, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, mentor, underdog, fish out of water, ambition, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   29%
 
 6.8
 145K
Rocky III
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, feel good, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, revenge, sport, brutality, death, redemption, athlete's life, comeback, mentor, fight scenes, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, russia, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   100%
 
Angels in the Outfield
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Roger is a foster child whose irresponsible father promises to get his act together when Roger's favourite baseball team, the California Angels, wins the pennant. The problem is that the Angels are in last place, so Roger prays for help to turn ...
Style: touching, semi serious, feel good, humorous, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: underdog, baseball, family, children, contests and competitions, kids and family, disney, parents and children, sport, sport team, americana, childhood ...
Time: 18th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 

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Racing Stripes
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Shattered illusions are hard to repair -- especially for a good-hearted zebra named Stripes who's spent his life on a Kentucky farm amidst the sorely mistaken notion that he's a debonair thoroughbred. Once he faces the fact that his stark ...
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Place: kentucky, usa, new jersey
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System:   36%
    User:   42%
 
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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, captivating, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, high school, underdog, sport, athlete's life, dedicated educator, college, hardcase students, contests and competitions, school, happy ending, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   31%
 
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