Movies like Over the Top

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Over the Top (1987)
 5.8
 50K
Over the Top (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life by capturing the first-place prize money, and the love of the son he abandoned years earlier into the keeping of his rich, ruthless father-in-law.
Style: serious, intense, exciting, sentimental, realistic, cult film, surprise ending, psychotronic, inspirational, nostalgic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: arm wrestling, truck driver, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, custody, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, family relations, parents and children, rivalry, father son relationship, on the road, hopes, strength, weightlifting, graphic violence, against the odds, boy, chase, fight, camp, prison, road trip ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles

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Most similar movies to Over the Top

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, feel good and intense films with plots about rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, underdog, redemption and mentor mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Over the Top: The Karate Kid (2010), Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky III (1982), Rocky V (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 161K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, 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: inspirational, sincere, sentimental, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: contests and competitions, human spirit, underdog, friendship, sport, coach, martial arts, teaching the ways of the world, teachers and students, family, power relations, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, beijing china, detroit, michigan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 204K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, boxer, comeback, training, fight, underdog, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.9
 186K
Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: suspenseful, tense, inspirational, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, training, victory, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: soviet union, russia, las vegas, nevada, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 174K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
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: captivating, suspenseful, inspirational, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, comeback, underdog, boxer, coach, fame, training, sport, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, madison square garden manhattan new york city, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 5.3
 127K
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: serious, realistic, inspirational, suspense, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, betrayal, underdog, boxer, coach, champion, training, heroes, sport, challenge, athlete and trainer, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 191K
Rocky II (1979)
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: feel good, captivating, sincere, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, heroes, underdog, tough heroes, comeback, championship, boxer, training, sport, human spirit, athlete and trainer, opponent ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.5
 8K
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, girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, sport, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, urban ghetto life, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.6
 246K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, feel good, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, athlete and trainer, coach, legacy, mentor, sport, boxer, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, year 1998, 2010s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, liverpool, mexico, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Days of Thunder (1990)
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, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: racing, car race, rivalry, hotshot hero, sport, race, athlete's life, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, friends, love affair, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, california, alabama, texas, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.9
 8K
The Champ (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, power relations, athlete and trainer, parents and children, custody, on the road, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.1
 516K
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, tough guy, self esteem, training, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, determination, life changing experience, lifestyle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.6
 39K
Driven (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada, Australia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Talented rookie race-car driver Jimmy Bly has started losing his focus and begins to slip in the race rankings. It's no wonder, with the immense pressure being shoveled on him by his overly ambitious promoter brother as well as Bly's ...
Style: serious, stylized, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: competition, rivalry, sport, lifestyle, chases and races, contests and competitions, ambition, career, love triangle, teamwork, husband wife relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, mexico, chicago illinois, germany, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.4
 217K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, tragedy, sport, family relations, contests and competitions, down on your luck, father daughter relationship, rise and fall, boxer, death, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, las vegas, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.0
 3K
Ours (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 173 min.
Story: An ex-boxer Baldev Choudhary (Dharmendra) has had a stain in his boxing career. He wanted to wash it with his son Angad's (Sunny Deol) success, but times were hard and a financial crunch kept him from achieving this dream. Though Angad pulled ...
Style: emotional, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, athlete's life, ambition, rise to the top, follow your dream, hopes, lifestyle, sport, parents and children, athlete and trainer, once promising, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 77K
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, mixed martial arts, rivalry, master warrior, underdog, heroes, sport, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, ambition, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 8.2
 434K
Warrior (2011)
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: serious, emotional, tense, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, fist fighting, warrior, sport, boxing, teacher, training, fight scenes, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, philadelphia, iraq, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Best of the Best (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
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, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, martial artist, martial arts tournament, taekwondo, sport, underdog, culture clash, rivalry, power relations, self discovery, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, seoul, asia, hong kong, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Split Decisions (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, boxer, boxing, athlete's life, gangsters, sport, hopes, crimes, contests and competitions, power relations, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 6.9
 294K
Top Gun (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: For Lieutenant Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell and his friend and Co-Pilot Nick 'Goose' Bradshaw being accepted into an elite training school for fighter pilots is a dream come true. A tragedy, as well as personal demons, threaten ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspense, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: fighter pilot, officers and cadets, navy, u.s. navy, airplane, pilot, cold war, motorcycle, fall in love, love and romance, military, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 33K
Lionheart (1990)
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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, bet, drug dealer, rivalry, ambition, revenge, contests and competitions, opponent, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north africa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 297K
Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, 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, exciting, sentimental, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underdog, androids and robots, father son relationship, against the odds, contests and competitions, technology, robot, fight, sport, parents and children, boxing, robot vs. robot ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s, year 2016
Place: usa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: exciting, realistic, 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, father son relationship, race car, fast car ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 28K
Victory (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport, War
Country: UK, USA, Italy
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, stadium, sport, soccer, against the odds, contests and competitions, human spirit, rivalry, captivity, world war two, life is a bitch, pow ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, france, europe, paris france, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Play It to the Bone (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, talky, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, sport, contests and competitions, underdog, athlete's life, hopes, boxing, ambition, on the road, love triangle, desert, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Carman: The Champion (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Former champion boxer Orlando Leone (Carmen) is "The Preacher" at an inner-city youth center. Wanting to give something back to the community, he bought a large building for a church youth center. But the cash ran out before he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, follow your dream, lifestyle, contests and competitions, relationship vs career, athlete and trainer, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 104K
Creed II (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Follows Adonis Creed's life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, captivating, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, courage, human spirit, training, coach, bravery, haunted by the past, champion, revenge, strongman, tough guy ...
Time: 2010s
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine, los angeles, moscow russia, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Friday Night Lights (2004)
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: captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport team, coach, high school, career, football, party, championship, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, struggle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, united states, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 1K
Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1971, air-conditioner repairman and boat enthusiast Jim McCormick entertains his desire to 'go down' as a legend in the record books when the Gold Cup hydroplane boat race improbably comes to his small town of Madison, Indiana. ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, melancholic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, hopes, ship, friendship, unemployment, lifestyle, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: sentimental, feel good, realistic, serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, underdog, martial arts tournament, karate, family, friendship, rivalry, coming of age, hopes, sport, youth, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, vietnam, los angeles, tahiti, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.4
 58K
Grudge Match (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.
Style: humorous, realistic, emotional, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, elderly, contests and competitions, sport, aging, uninhibited rivalry, comeback, athlete's life, ex athlete, elderly man, parent child relationship, retirement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%