Movies like Paradise Alley

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Paradise Alley (1978)
 5.8
 4K
Paradise Alley (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone is fighting the odds again, this time in the wrestling ring. As Cosmo Carboni, he and his two brothers dream of getting out of Hell's Kitchen (circa 1946) and into the big time. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a sleazy private club where the floorshow consists of raucous wrestling matches with big purses. Stallone not only starred in and wrote this action-packed film, he also made his directorial debut in this tale of three guys who could take anything Hell's Kitchen could dish out.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, touching
Plot: sport, arm wrestling, street life, ghetto, racial slur, family feud, wrestling, life is a bitch, ambition, siblings relations, crimes, gang, athlete's life, family relations, contests and competitions, family life, human spirit, follow your dream, urban ghetto life, lifestyle, buddies, rivalry, cons and scams, italian american, monkey ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Paradise Alley

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about hopes, ambition, society, lifestyle, rivalry, family relations and athlete's life mostly in Drama and Sport genres. Some movies like Paradise Alley: Rocky (1976), Madison (2001), Rocky III (1982), Rocky II (1979), Anne B. Real (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 479K
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, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, training, self esteem, contests and competitions, fight, ambition, life is a bitch, determination, rivalry, lifestyle, life changing experience ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 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, sport, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, rivalry, friendship, ambition, lifestyle, ship, unemployment, hopes ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 160K
Rocky III (1982)
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: gloomy, realistic, captivating, sincere, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: comeback, boxing, sport, underdog, rivalry, boxing match, boxer, training, fame, revenge, opponent, human spirit ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, pennsylvania, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 176K
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: serious, rough, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, sport, underdog, hospital, championship, comeback, boxing match, training, boxer, coma, tough heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 2.2
 4K
Anne B. Real (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: ANNE B. REAL is the coming of age story of a young female rapper, who finds her inspiration by reading the Diary of Anne Frank.
Style: serious, touching, sincere, realistic
Plot: ghetto, hip hop, urban ghetto life, life is a bitch, hopes, coming of age, teenage life, family life, family relations, urban ghetto, single parent, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.3
 282
A Fine Step (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A Fine Step is an uplifting family drama centering on Cal Masterson (Luke Perry, Beverly Hills 90210) an award winning horseman whose relationship with his beloved horse Fandango allows him to achieve multiple championship wins. However tragedy ...
Style: serious, touching, sentimental, realistic
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: athlete and trainer, hopes, teenage life, athlete's life, contests and competitions, parents and children, family, rivalry, friendship, ambition, friends, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.1
 193K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: 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, family outing, teens
Plot: athlete's life, comeback, training, boxer, boxing, underdog, fight, sport, human spirit, against the odds, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.9
 16
Matchups (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ian Willams -- who was born blind in one eye -- grew up undaunted to become an elite college basketball player. But his dream of winning a national championship and turning pro was sidetracked when a tragic accident left him completely blind. ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport, dedicated educator, follow your dream, life is a bitch, hopes, lifestyle, society, misfit, youth, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Movie in collections
 3.5
 5K
How She Move (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA, France
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After the death of Raya Green's(Rutina Wesley) sister, she gets out from her classes at school, and sees a stomp crew practicing. She meets Bishop(Dwain Murphy) which is the dance crew leader. She then meets Michelle and does a stomp battle ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, dance, contests and competitions, follow your dream, youth, teenage life, friendship, dancer's life, hopes, life is a bitch, ambition, urban ghetto ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, medical school
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.3
 118K
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: sincere, serious, feel good, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, betrayal, underdog, training, boxer, boxing match, champion, human spirit, urban ghetto, tough heroes, power relations, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.3
 472
The Basket (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brokovich) and Karen Allen (The Perfect Storm) star in this touching family drama about the unifying power of basketball in a community torn apart by war. Both a riveting sports film and a tale of triumph over adversity, The ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: athlete and trainer, immigrants, sport, dedicated educator, follow your dream, ambition, small town, youth, americana, lifestyle, society, underdog ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.9
 172K
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: realistic, serious, feel good, suspenseful, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, underdog, boxing, cold war, victory, boxing match, boxer, training, kgb, revenge, mountain, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, soviet union, usa, moscow russia, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The River Niger (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An intimate look at life in the ghetto: Johnny Williams is a house painter who moonlights as a poet, struggling to financially and emotionally support his cancer-ridden wife Mattie. But times are tough and the poverty-troubled streets are even ...
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, serious, emotional
Plot: urban ghetto life, parents and children, love affair, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, against the odds, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Moyher's good boy Benny Silman from Brooklyn becomes an economics student at Arizona State University for the sun and sexy girls- and the proximity of gambling paradise Las Vegas. Benny aces his studies, being a mathematical genius, but the one ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic
Plot: crime, contests and competitions, bookies, urban ghetto life, fall in love, gangsters, athlete's life, gambling, unlikely criminals, follow your dream, lifestyle, culture clash ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york, arizona, las vegas, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A coming of age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn, in which two teenage brothers living with their abusive father and their well-meaning but ineffective mother are caught up in a life of petty crime. Older brother Danny concocts a daring ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: domestic disturbance, innocence lost, family problems, family life, youth, coming of age, parents and children, crime, down on your luck, family in crisis, crimes, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.6
 248
America Brown (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A coming-of-age drama that centers on a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and the two women in their lives.
Style: sincere, uplifting, realistic, touching, serious
Plot: coming of age, high school, rivalry, sport team, power relations, renegades, friends, social relations, family relations, clergy, prodigy, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.7
 1K
Strays (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Rick (Diesel) is frustrated by the repetitious grind of one-night stands and aimless hustling. Whilst looking for more to his life he meets Heather (Lanza), a neighbour. Rick takes the opportunity to escape his boring life style with her, but soon ...
Style: realistic, tense, serious
Plot: gang, redemption, drug dealer, family relations, buddies, teenage life, going straight, couples, urban, lifestyle, friends, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.0
 1K
Sunset Park (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
Style: humorous, sincere, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, high school, underdog, college life, youth, teachers and students, dedicated educator, athlete's life, urban ghetto life, hardcase students, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.4
 4K
Deal (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: As an ex-gambler teaches a hot-shot college kid some things about playing cards, he finds himself pulled into the world series of poker, where his protégé is his toughest competition.
Style: realistic, tense, semi serious, humorous, psychological
Audience: teens
Plot: gambling, mentor, poker, contests and competitions, human spirit, competition, downfall, follow your dream, lifestyle, friendship, underdog, illegal prostitution ...
Time: contemporary
Place: las vegas, usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 464
Black Cloud (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.
Style: uplifting, sincere, realistic, touching, emotional ...
Plot: boxer, native american, sport, athlete's life, hopes, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, against the odds, rivalry, underdog, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Just Another Girl on the I.R.T. (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Chantel Mitchell (Ariyan Johnson), a hip, articulate, black high-school girl in Brooklyn, is determined not to become "just another girl on the IRT" (the IRT is one of NYC's subway lines). She dreams of medical school, a family, and ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, surprise ending
Plot: hip hop, pregnancy, coming of age, dedicated educator, hopes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, teenage life, against the odds, youth, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, medical school, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Original Intent (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Matthew Cameron (Jay Richardson) is a lawyer undergoing a midlife crisis despite having a seemingly perfect life with his wife, advertising executive Jessica (Candy Clark), and his young son. When he champions a homeless shelter facing eviction, his ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: power relations, midlife crisis, ambition, rivalry, obsessive quest, heroic mission, life is a bitch, family relations, couples, family life, dishonesty, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Stick Up Kids (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: People always told Santos he was something special. His Uncle told him to get a skill, so he became a hustler and with his three,they became "The Stick Up Kids" Harlem would never be the same. They thought they had it all... Money, cars, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: dishonesty, buddies, society, urban ghetto life, cons and scams, crime, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crimes, urban ghetto, friends, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: harlem, new york, usa, manhattan new york city, harlem manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 6.4
 821
Mac (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Niccolo (Mac) Vitelli is the eldest of three brothers and leads their family after their beloved father dies. Their father was a builder and his sons continue in this family trade. At first, they work for Polowski, who does shoddy work and cheats on ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, sincere ...
Plot: family business, working class, ambition, family life, boss and employee, family in crisis, workplace, society, construction, brother brother relationship, human nature, couples ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.6
 340
Streetballers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, realistic, touching ...
Plot: sport, rivalry, urban, lifestyle, alcohol abuse, society, youth, hopes, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.7
 9K
Girlfight (2000)
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, sincere, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, female boxer, sport, sexism, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, self fulfillment, follow your dream, feminism, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Jumpin' at the Boneyard (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Manny tries to get his crack addict brother, Danny, to clean up.
Style: gloomy, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: heroin, drug addiction, unemployment, drug abuse, self discovery, youth, hopes, siblings relations, life is a bitch, society, family life, addiction ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Dominick and Eugene (1988)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Dominick and Eugene are twins, but Dominick is a little bit slow due do an accident in his youth. They live together, with Dominick working as garbage man to put Eugene through medical school. Their relationship becomes strained when Eugene must ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, uplifting, sentimental ...
Plot: misfit, family problems, life is a bitch, intern, family relations, family life, brother brother relationship, garbage collector, mental retardation, twins, hopes, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: medical school, usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Killer of Sheep (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Stan works in drudgery at a slaughterhouse. His personal life is drab. Dissatisfaction and ennui keep him unresponsive to the needs of his adoring wife, and he must struggle against influences which would dishonor and endanger him and his family.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: ghetto, friendship, money, dysfunctional family, human nature, lifestyle, family problems, couple relations, parents and children, family life, slaughterhouse, city life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
A Brother's Kiss (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two brothers, Lex and younger Mick, are living in Harlem. Mick is a policeman, and Lex, who spent youth years in reformatory because of injustice after he confronted the cop who tried to sodomize Mick on the street, is living with his wife Debbie ...
Style: emotional, serious, touching, rough, bleak ...
Plot: sexual abuse, downfall, haunted by the past, dysfunctional family, addiction, life is a bitch, down on your luck, crimes, society, going straight, family problems, drug abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harlem, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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