Movies like Over the Top

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Over the Top (1987)
 5.8
 52K
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, athlete's life, truck driver, underdog, redemption, custody, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, family relations, parents and children, rivalry, father son relationship, on the road, hopes, road trip, strength, weightlifting, graphic violence, against the odds, boy, chase, fight, camp, prison ...
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 exciting films with plots about rivalry, contests and competitions, sport, ambition, underdog, mentor and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Over the Top: The Karate Kid (2010), Real Steel (2011), Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky III (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 169K
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, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: underdog, martial arts, human spirit, contests and competitions, sport, teachers and students, family, rivalry, coach, friendship, teaching the ways of the world, kung fu master ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: china, asia, detroit, michigan, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 308K
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, father son relationship, androids and robots, contests and competitions, against the odds, robot, technology, robot vs. robot, sport, parents and children, boxing, family relations ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2016, 2020s
Place: usa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 209K
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 ⇓
75%
 6.9
 194K
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: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, las vegas, nevada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 180K
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: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, comeback, fame, training, coach, sport, revenge, opponent, tough heroes, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.3
 131K
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: boys' night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: boxing, betrayal, underdog, boxer, coach, champion, training, heroes, sport, challenge, athlete and trainer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 198K
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, underdog, heroes, tough heroes, comeback, championship, training, boxer, sport, opponent, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.5
 9K
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 ⇓
61%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 257K
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, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, boxer, athlete and trainer, mentor, legacy, coach, sport, ambition, rivalry, fight ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, 2010s, 90s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, united kingdom, england, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, race, hotshot hero, sport, friends, athlete's life, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, love and romance, chases and races ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, california, phoenix arizona, texas, florida ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 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, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, power relations, custody, on the road, parents and children, athlete and trainer, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.1
 448K
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, tense, emotional, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, martial arts, warrior, fist fighting, sport, fight scenes, boxing, courage, athlete and trainer, teacher, underdog, training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, atlantic city new jersey, iraq, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 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, realistic, serious
Plot: family relations, follow your dream, rise to the top, athlete's life, ambition, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, parents and children, athlete and trainer, once promising, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: punjab, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 4.6
 40K
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, car, love triangle, teamwork, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, germany, australia, detroit, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.1
 537K
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, inspirational, touching, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: underdog, boxing, self esteem, training, tough guy, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, life changing experience, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 80K
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, tournament, master warrior, underdog, heroes, sport, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, boxer, boxing, lifestyle, contests and competitions, rivalry, crime, gangsters, athlete's life, power relations, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts tournament, martial artist, martial arts, taekwondo, sport, underdog, culture clash, rivalry, power relations, self discovery, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, asia, seoul, hong kong, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 7.4
 225K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, inspirational, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, tragedy, contests and competitions, sport, rise and fall, family relations, father daughter relationship, down on your luck, boxer, death, death of wife ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2014
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry, rise to the top, parents and children, family relations, race car, father son relationship, auto mechanic ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
 34K
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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, on the run, heroes, bet, drug dealer, ambition, rivalry, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, family relations, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north africa, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 29K
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, soccer, sport, stadium, contests and competitions, against the odds, human spirit, rivalry, captivity, world war two, life is a bitch, pow ...
Time: 20th century
Place: germany, france, europe, paris france, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.1
 113K
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, captivating, uplifting, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, comeback, champion, courage, human spirit, training, strongman, revenge, tough guy, sports hero, bravery ...
Time: 2010s
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine, los angeles, moscow russia, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, hopes, athlete's life, boxing, ambition, love triangle, desert, on the road, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, against the odds, human spirit, tough heroes, follow your dream, contests and competitions, lifestyle, relationship vs career, athlete and trainer, underdog ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: inspirational, sincere, serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport team, football, coach, high school, career, athlete's life, party, championship, sport, human spirit, ambition, talented ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, united states, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 1K
Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 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, lifestyle, ship, unemployment, friendship, rivalry, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 59K
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, parent child relationship, elderly man, retirement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 68K
Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: underdog, american football, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, lifestyle, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.0
 849
Unrivaled (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On these streets everyone is fighting for a way out, but after a lifetime of hard knocks, a down-on-his-luck cage fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is chosen to compete against the MMA world champion during a massive competition. ...
Style: rough, uplifting, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cage fighting, mixed martial arts, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, heroes, sport, tough heroes, vagina spreading ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%