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Personal Best (1982)
 6.3
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Personal Best (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This film chronicles the relationship of two female world-class athletes. Mariel Hemingway and real-life Olympian pentathlete Patrice Donnelly play runners who train together, compete against each other and eventually become lovers. Scott Glenn plays their coach in this film that culminates with the trials for the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Style: sexual, tense, sincere, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, realistic, sexy, erotic ...
Plot: sport, lesbian, running, romance, athlete's life, sexual relations, contests and competitions, love and romance, athlete and trainer, ambition, fall in love, human spirit, love affair, human nature, couples, gender, gays and lesbians, rivalry, power relations, female homosexuality, olympics, male nudity, female nudity, track and field, swimming ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976
Place: california, los angeles

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about sport, ambition, hopes, athlete's life, rivalry, power relations and contests and competitions mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like Personal Best: Girlfight (2000), The Long Run (2001), The Champ (1979), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Pride (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, self fulfillment, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, human spirit, lifestyle, sexism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 5.7
 318
The Long Run (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: South Africa
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A failed track coach finally finds someone who he believes has what it takes to win. The Comrades Marathon is a 90-k race in South Africa. An aging running coach, Barry, wants to field a winner; he's working with four men from a factory, but ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: obsession, human spirit, ambition, rivalry, society, contests and competitions, interracial relations, sport, athlete and trainer, female athlete, runner, marathon ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.9
 7K
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, realistic, serious, touching, emotional ...
Plot: sport, gambling, boxer, underdog, redemption, contests and competitions, hopes, human spirit, follow your dream, athlete's life, parents and children, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, ambition, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, baseball, sport team, hopes, rivalry, underdog, teammate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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 6.1
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 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: serious, uplifting, emotional, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, ambition, against the odds, life is a bitch, athlete's life, human spirit, rivalry, youth, ghetto, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Without Limits (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sincere, stylized ...
Plot: sport, running, power relations, human spirit, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, olympics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, helsinki finland, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Mighty Macs (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their ...
Style: uplifting, emotional, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: sport, catholic school, mother superior, college, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, feminism, hopes, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, catholic ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
4 Minute Mile (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, athlete and trainer, training, high school, contests and competitions, family problems, teenage life, death in the family, ambition, direction and purpose, redemption, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Talent can only get you so far. For golfer Luke Chisholm, that turns out to be Utopia, Texas -- where he's left stranded after blowing his pro debut.
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: wise man, sport, golf, teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, introspection, ambition, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, athlete's life, hopes, small town ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 3K
Ice Castles (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to the world -- and herself -- that she still has the potential ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: figure skating, sport, rivalry, skating, romance, disability, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, love and romance, follow your dream, against the odds, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.5
 200
The Opponent (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on ...
Style: uplifting, sincere, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, rise to the top, lifestyle, life is a bitch, sport, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.3
 769
Price of Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, follow your dream, tough heroes, ego clash, athlete and trainer, relationship vs career, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, golf, prodigy, ambition, human spirit, athlete's life, lifestyle, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, teachers and students, youth, social differences ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
We Are Marshall (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, football, sport, university, survivor, coach, tragic event, struggle, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, virginia, west virginia, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.5
 712
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: human spirit, athlete's life, tough heroes, against the odds, lifestyle, social differences, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, sport, rise to the top, ambition ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 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, feel good, realistic, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, high school, underdog, against the odds, society, high school life, lifestyle, human nature, college life, youth, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Love & Basketball (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, intense, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, sport, friendship, high school, career change, against the odds, true love, lifestyle, human spirit, romance, teenage love, follow your dream ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1993, year 1981
Place: california, los angeles, usa, italy, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.5
 40K
Hoosiers (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.
Style: realistic, emotional, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, small town, underdog, high school, athlete and trainer, championship, ambition, human spirit, redemption, contests and competitions, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, human spirit, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, hopes, boxing, blood, brutality, redemption
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 1K
Brian's Song (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease
Style: uplifting, emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: human spirit, athlete's life, friendship, ambition, buddies, sport, life is a bitch, lifestyle, sport team, terminal illness, friendship between men, american football ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Desert Hearts (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story of straight-edge literature professor Vivian who travels to Reno to get away from a relationship breakup when she falls in love with an attractive and unconventional girl named Cay.
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, sentimental, captivating ...
Plot: lesbian, divorce, lgbt, romance, couples, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, gender, farm, coming out, stereotypes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 7K
Vision Quest (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed , trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, inspirational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, sport, underdog, rivalry, love, wrestling, romance, high school life, youth, lifestyle, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington state, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
American Flyers (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: When Dr. Marcus Sommers realizes that he and his troubled, estranged brother David may be prone a fatal brain disease that runs in their family, he decides to make peace with his sibling, and invites him on a trip to the Rockies. There, the brothers ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cycling, sport, bicycle, bicycle race, underdog, human spirit, hopes, siblings relations, parents and children, family life, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Any Given Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, american football, ambition, success, coach, underdog, football, blind ambition, athlete's life, power relations, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.3
 7K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: sport, friendship, comeback, boxing match, rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, unfulfillment, introspection, boxing, boxer, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 3K
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, touching, exciting, serious ...
Plot: sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, society, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, friendship, rivalry, sport team, foe turned friend, ego clash ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 816
From the Rough (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
Style: uplifting, captivating, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, against the odds, human spirit, athlete's life, once in a lifetime opportunity, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, social misfits, hopes, golf ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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
Plot: racing, car race, rivalry, hotshot hero, friends, rising to stardom, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, chases and races, love and romance, love affair ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, florida, phoenix arizona, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.
Style: uplifting, captivating, exciting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, sport, sport team, athlete and trainer, ambition, rise to the top, contests and competitions, small town, rivalry, youth, coach, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Chuck Murdock, a 12-year-old boy from Montana and son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip. He protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, athlete's life, sport team, anti war, politics, ambition, hopes, family relations, fighting the system, sport, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%