Movies like Never Back Down

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Never Back Down (2008)
 6.6
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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 no-holds-barred elimination fight with his nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy.
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, inspirational, entertaining, intense, melancholic, reflective ...
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, bullying, rivalry, youth, ninja, contests and competitions, stereotypes, high school life, transformation, teenagers, school, training, brawl, fight ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, tokyo, brazil
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Warrior
Action, Drama, Sport
USA
140 min.
 8.2
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
USA
98 min.
 7.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and inspirational films with plots about rivalry, mentor, brutality, catastrophe, fight scenes, redemption and dialogue mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Never Back Down: Fighting (2009), Warrior (2011), The Karate Kid (2010), Kickboxer (1989), Redbelt (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fighting
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: contests and competitions, fight scenes, battles, urban ghetto, tough heroes, brutality, rivalry, ambition, mentor, martial arts, dialogue, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, alabama, manhattan new york city
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System:   95%
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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, martial arts, athlete and trainer, teenage life, rivalry, youth, power relations, contests and competitions, kickboxer, martial arts tournament, cage fighting, beefcake ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   93%
    User:   100%
 
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 8.2
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Warrior
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: emotional, realistic, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, underdog, teacher, dysfunctional family, boxing, violence, training, brothers, redemption, fight scenes, family drama, mentor ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, atlantic city new jersey, iraq
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System:   92%
    User:   90%
 
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, serious, rough, exciting, realistic
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
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 6.2
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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 ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere ...
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 ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, california, new jersey, detroit ...
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System:   61%
    User:   86%
 
 6.4
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Kickboxer
Genre: Action, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If your enemy refuses to be humbled... Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, ridiculous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   75%
 
 6.8
 19K
Redbelt
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes ...
Style: realistic, clever, talky, serious, cerebral ...
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, sport, corruption, neo noir, instructor, dishonesty, fighting the system, conspiracy, fight scenes, mentor, dialogue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   100%
 
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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
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Time: 80s, 20th century
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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
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   100%
 
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
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   45%
 
 6.7
 28K
Blood and Bone
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: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   100%
 
 6.4
 8K
The Program
Genre: Action, Drama, 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: captivating, semi serious, realistic, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: 90s
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    User:   42%
 
 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
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, los angeles, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   41%
 
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 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
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Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   45%
 
 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:   38%
    User:   39%
 
 5.2
 108K
Rocky V
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: sincere, serious, gloomy, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
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Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, russia, madison square garden manhattan new york city
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System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
Days of Thunder
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Talented but unproven stock car driver Cole Trickle gets a break and with the guidance of veteran Harry Hogge turns heads on the track. The young hotshot develops a rivalry with a fellow racer that threatens his career when the two smash their cars. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, phoenix arizona, alabama, texas ...
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System:   36%
    User:   34%
 
 5.9
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The Substitute
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After he did some jobs for CIA, ex-marine John Shale is visiting his high school love Jane. She's now a teacher in Columbus High School in Miami. Soon after his arriving Jane has her knee cap broken while jogging. After that, John decides to go ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: high school, teacher, school, gang, chase, vigilante, crime, drug dealing, drugs, violence, gangs, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, cuba
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   37%
 
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 6.5
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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, serious, rough, 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:   35%
    User:   36%
 
 6.2
 28K
Lionheart
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money ...
Style: serious, rough, sentimental, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, chase, fight scenes, master warrior, happy ending, rivalry, redemption, contests and competitions, on the run, homeless, mentor ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, africa, las vegas ...
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System:   34%
    User:   35%
 
 6.9
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Whip It
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In Bodeen, Texas, Land Of The Dragon, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
Style: witty, feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, mentor, adolescence, rebellion, beauty pageant, sport, geek, mother daughter relationship, school, rock, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, california, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   34%
 
 6.8
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Girlfight
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Diana Guzman begins to train as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers, all while keeping it a secret from her father.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, single father, high school, coming-of-age, father daughter relationship, relationships, underdog, coming of age, urban ghetto, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   34%
    User:   31%
 
 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:   33%
    User:   100%
 
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Here Comes the Boom
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school's music program.
Style: humorous, not serious, exciting, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: underdog, martial arts, teacher, high school, dedicated educator, sport, music, contests and competitions, foul language, fight scenes, against the odds, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   33%
    User:   31%
 
 6.4
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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
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System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In this rousing sequel to Kickboxer, Tong Po broods about his defeat at the hands of Kurt Sloan. Po and his managers resort to drastic measures to goad Kurt into the ring for a rematch.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, road movie, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, revenge, kung fu, master warrior, fight scenes, violence, mentor, underdog, contests and competitions, kick-butt women, nudity (topless - notable) ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: egypt
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System:   33%
    User:   31%
 
 6.2
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Tuff Turf
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The new guy (James Spader) in a Los Angeles high school does some singing and fights a hotshot (Paul Mones) over a disco dancer (Kim Richards).
Style: exciting, serious, rough, realistic, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, dance, gang, violence, teenage life, crimes, punk, love and romance, revenge, camp, youth, gangs ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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System:   33%
    User:   38%
 
 7.2
 161K
Rocky II
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. ...
Style: sincere, serious, gloomy, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, hospital, sport, brutality, revenge, athlete's life, working class, mentor, rags to riches, destiny, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   32%
    User:   38%
 

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System:   32%
    User:   27%
 
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