Movies like The Karate Kid

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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
Ip Man
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Hong Kong, China
106 min.
 8.0
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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, serious and melancholic films with plots about catastrophe, mentor, culture clash, dialogue, runaway, rivalry and storytelling mostly in Sport, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Karate Kid: Never Back Down (2008), The Program (1993), North Shore (1987), The Mighty Ducks (1992), Pride (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.2
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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, culture clash, revenge, teacher ...
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:   80%
    User:   56%
 
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, realistic, rough, 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:   75%
    User:   86%
 
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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, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: martial arts, high school, family, 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:   71%
    User:   60%
 
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: feel good, serious, realistic, sentimental, 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, vietnam ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   25%
 
 6.4
 8K
The Program
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: semi serious, captivating, realistic, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: college, underdog, football, sport, dedicated educator, motorcycle, university, mentor, urban ghetto, contests and competitions, life philosophy, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
 6.5
 2K
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: feel good, semi serious, humorous, romantic, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, coming of age, mentor, underdog, young lovers, adventure, contests and competitions, romance, friendship, sport, drinking, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   49%
 
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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:   38%
 
 5.9
 6K
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, serious, sincere, 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:   40%
    User:   33%
 
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, realistic, humorous, 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:   40%
    User:   36%
 
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, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: spelling bee, underdog, mentor, courage, coming of age, friendship, dedicated educator, urban, contests and competitions, happy ending, kids and family, children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   75%
 
 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:   39%
    User:   34%
 
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting, 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:   39%
    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, feel good, serious ...
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:   39%
    User:   39%
 
 5.7
 28K
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: feel good, serious, 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:   38%
    User:   35%
 
 6.5
 7K
Gladiator
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: realistic, rough, serious, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, friendship, underdog, gambling, gangsters, sport, athlete's life, fight scenes, mentor, vengeance, revenge, violent ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, cuba, california, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   44%
 
 6.4
 25K
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, athlete and trainer, drugs/alcohol, teacher, mentor, sport, sport team, ambition, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   31%
 
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:   37%
    User:   37%
 
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The Power of One
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, bullying, racism, human spirit, book, segregation, mentor, race, childhood, justice, courage, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
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: feel good, touching, inspirational, light, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dog, friendship, family, golden retriever, basketball, kids and family, sport, animals, small town, young heroes, contests and competitions, happy ending ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   37%
 
Love & Basketball
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, romance, high school, friendship, sport, college, athlete's life, love story, multiple storylines, love, marriage, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1993, year 1981
Place: california, usa, los angeles, barcelona spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   36%
 
 7.1
 278K
Real Steel
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.
Style: futuristic, sentimental, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: robot, underdog, boxing, father son relationship, technology, sport, androids and robots, giant robots, fight scenes, redemption, contests and competitions, father-son relationship ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s
Place: usa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   29%
 
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, prison, boxing, russian, brutality, contests and competitions, sport, fight scenes, mentor, prison life, chase, finnish ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, usa, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   100%
 
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 7.6
 83K
Ip Man 2
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the ...
Style: stylized, serious, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mentor, british, idealism, kung fu, prejudice, revenge, brutality, storytelling, violence, culture clash, redemption ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1950s, year 1949
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
Friday Night Lights
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 ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: high school, small town, football, sport, underdog, contests and competitions, coach, friendship, race issues, party, athlete and trainer, comeback ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, california, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   30%
 
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, feel good, semi serious, 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:   35%
    User:   36%
 
 6.6
 7K
Vision Quest
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed , trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, melancholic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, underdog, love, sport, teenager, male nudity, athlete's life, teacher, dreams, mentor, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
 5.2
 14K
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 ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, underdog, adventure, gangsters, father daughter relationship, talking animals, racing, animals, kids and family, dog, race, contests and competitions ...
Place: kentucky, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   40%
 

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Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport
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System:   34%
    User:   37%
 
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Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
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Story: A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
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