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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his incarceration lead him to re-evaluate his privileged status as the Governor's prize runner.
Style: psychological, sincere, bleak, serious, realistic
Plot: prison, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, working class, rivalry, running, rebel, athlete's life, prison life, school, sport, youth, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, ambition, human spirit, realism, hopes, social differences, society, resentment, reform, solitary, kids in trouble, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london

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Most similar movies to The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, sincere and touching films with plots about hopes, ambition, sport, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions and society mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner: A Gentleman's Game (2002), When Saturday Comes (1996), Fast Girls (2012), This Sporting Life (1963), Chariots of Fire (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Gentleman's Game (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama revolving around characters whose lives are transformed one summer at an exclusive East Coast country club.
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: golf, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, contests and competitions, youth, athlete and trainer, teachers and students, social differences, rivalry ...
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95%
When Saturday Comes (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jimmy Muir comes from a typical gritty, northern town where there are only two options: working down the pit or in a factory. But Jimmy has other ideas - he dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Confronted by a bitter and unsupportive ...
Style: gloomy, sincere, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, society, hopes, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, ambition, couples, urban ghetto, underdog, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
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87%
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Fast Girls (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.
Style: uplifting, feel good, exciting, touching, serious ...
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, society, lifestyle, ambition, follow your dream, running, friendship, rivalry, sport team, social differences, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
This Sporting Life (1963)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: widow, rise to the top, sport, ambition, human nature, couples, realism, rugby, introspection, miner, love and romance, society ...
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, friendship, olympics, track and field, missionary, running, olympic athlete, sport, prejudice, friends, opponent ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
My Brother's Keeper (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Identical twin brothers Lou and Eric plan to compete together in the National Rowing Championships. But when Eric leaves their small town to attend an Ivy League University, the brother's bond is torn apart.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting
Plot: twins, university, ambition, follow your dream, athlete's life, rivalry, sport, love and romance, contests and competitions, youth, lifestyle, mistaken identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 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: emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Across the Tracks (1990)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Billy returns from reform school he has to attend a different high school at the other side of town. He tries to start with a clean slate but his old rival doesn't make it easy on him and his buddy Louie tries to make him go astray again. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, sincere, emotional
Plot: family relations, high school, school, sport, rivalry, athlete's life, hopes, ambition, coming of age, contests and competitions, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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Fair Play (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In the 1980s, Anna, a Czech sprinter, starts training for the Olympics. After she collapses during training, she learns she is being given steroids and decides to stop using them until her mother helps the coaches give them to her.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: track and field, athlete's life, female athlete, rivalry, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, sport, youth, family relations, society ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983
Place: czechoslovakia, europe, czech republic
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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White Palms (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hungary
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: gymnastics, rivalry, athlete's life, self discovery, haunted by the past, human spirit, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, ambition, hungarian, gymnast, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 2000s
Place: hungary, canada, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Believe (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A young, gifted soccer player who gets into trouble for a petty crime is brought to the attention of former Manchester United coach Matt Busby, who comes out of retirement to help the boy and his teammates.
Style: realistic, uplifting, captivating, inspirational, feel good ...
Plot: sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, follow your dream, ambition, hopes, human spirit, sport team, orphan, athlete and trainer, talent, football player ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Racing for Time (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Cleveland 'Stack' Stackhouse is a guard with the Texas Correctional Youth Authority who witnesses the cycle of destructive choices and racial tensions among female teen offenders and decides to do something about it. He gathers ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, juvenile delinquency, against the odds, human spirit, society, rebellion, hopes, youth, ambition, life is a bitch, teenage life, prison life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience, starts trying to get the young people off the street and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, rough ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boxing, idealism, juvenile delinquency, youth, lifestyle, contests and competitions, strong violent content, sexual content, deadend life, profanity, society, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: england, europe, wales, cornwall, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
A Fighting Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two men meet in the ring for a fight that will change their lives.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, disturbing, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, human spirit, contests and competitions, hopes, boxing, blood, brutality, profanity, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Straight Line (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Leila is released from prison after five years of confinement. She will meet Yannick, a young athlete who became blind after an accident. This last practice race despite his disability, but to run it must be connected by a wire to guide a person ...
Style: sincere, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, friendship, ambition, hopes, contests and competitions, sport, disability, athlete and trainer, running, love, release from prison ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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True Blue (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of the year the Oxford and Cambridge boat race changed from a gentleman's race to one where winning was everything.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: university, oxford, human spirit, athlete and trainer, college life, campus, sport team, power relations, student life, rivalry, lifestyle, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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Forever Strong (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, disturbing, rough
Plot: coach, rugby, dedicated educator, juvenile delinquency, father son relationship, human spirit, ambition, starting over, sport, redemption, teenage life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
More Than Just a Game (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: South Africa
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A drama about political prisoners playing soccer at Robben Island prison, where Nelson Mandela was held.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: prison, racism, island, ambition, rebellion, fighting the system, friendship, prison life, against the odds, human spirit, society, confined ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, quarry
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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, rivalry, contests and competitions, rise to the top, sport, parents and children, family relations, fast car, race car, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Last Orders (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Jack Dodd was a London butcher who enjoyed a pint with his mates for over 50 years. When he died, he died as he lived, with a smile on his face watching a horse race on which he had bet, with borrowed money. But before he died he had a final ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, talky, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, last wish, death, memory, family relations, war veteran, partners, parents and children, self discovery, friends, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1989
Place: england, europe, london, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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, basketball movie
Plot: high school sports, basketball, small town, sport, against the odds, underdog, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, prodigy, youth, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
My Brother... Nikhil (2005)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, sexy ...
Plot: hopes, family relations, swimming, athlete's life, society, family problems, love and romance, lifestyle, against the odds, hiv positive, social outcast, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989, year 1994, year 1987
Place: india, goa india
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Ladybird Ladybird (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Maggie has had four children, by four different fathers, removed by social services because of a previous violent relationship. When she meets Jorge, a gentle Latin American refugee, she gradually sees her chance for happiness, but her history still ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, biting, suspense, serious ...
Plot: pregnancy, social worker, family relations, children, love, working class, fighting the system, immigrants, dysfunctional family, down on your luck, family life, family problems ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, london, paraguay, liverpool, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Go Now (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player living in the big city. He meets Karen, and the two fall in love and move in together. Soon after, Nick exhibits signs of serious illness. As his body slowly succumbs to multiple sclerosis, he experiences a ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: multiple sclerosis, family relations, working class, paralysis, family problems, bittersweet, love and romance, life is a bitch, supportive spouse, misfit, unfulfillment, society ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, europe, new orleans, ireland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, rivalry, follow your dream, death in the family, female athlete, feminism, sport, family in crisis, ambition, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Games (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.
Style: rough, captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, human spirit, destiny, culture clash, love affair, ambition, sport, politics ...
Time: 60s
Place: rome italy, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Flying Scotsman (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of amateur cyclist Graeme Obree, who breaks the world one-hour record on a bike he made out of washing machine parts.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyclist, underdog, scot, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, race, rivalry, friendship, sport, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: athlete's life, human spirit, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, lifestyle, rise to the top, contests and competitions, follow your dream, sport, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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The Kid (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jimmy Albright is a young athlete with a passion for boxing. His mentor, Harry Sloan, an aging trainer and former boxer, sees Jimmy's potential, not only as a boxer but as a young man. With Harry's guidance, Jimmy trains and fights his way ...
Style: touching, feel good, psychological, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: family relations, rivalry, aging, rise to the top, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, parents and children, working class, family life, athlete and trainer, power relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Way Back (2020)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A former basketball all-star, who has lost his wife and family foundation in a struggle with addiction attempts to regain his soul and salvation by becoming the coach of a disparate ethnically mixed high school basketball team at his alma mater.
Style: realistic, touching, serious, basketball movie
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, prodigy, basketball coach, sport team, ambition, basketball, basketball team, athlete's life, underdog, beer, alcohol abuse, high school ...
Time: year 1998
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%