Movies like Personal Best

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 6.3
 2K
Personal Best
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, sexy, erotic, touching, tense, romantic ...
Plot: romance, lesbian, sport, olympics, male nudity, athlete's life, relationships, women, gays and lesbians, contests and competitions, pornography, love affair, mentor, friendship, sexual relations, gay, sex, unlikely friendships, ambition, competition, catastrophe, love story, sexuality, running, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: california, los angeles

Most similar movies to Personal Best

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and touching films with plots about mentor, dialogue, catastrophe, runaway, storytelling, culture clash and life philosophy mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like Personal Best: Girlfight (2000), Love & Basketball (2000), Ice Castles (1978), The Champ (1979), American Flyers (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 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:   95%
    User:   89%
 
Love & Basketball
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: touching, serious, uplifting, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, romance, high school, friendship, sport, college, athlete's life, love story, multiple storylines, love, marriage, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1993
Place: california, usa, los angeles, italy, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   85%
    User:   100%
 
 6.5
 3K
Ice Castles
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: figure skating, romance, disability, blindness, sport, happy ending, athlete's life, small town, love story, mentor, underdog, love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   72%
    User:   78%
 
 6.8
 7K
The Champ
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, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: underdog, redemption, sport, death, on the road, athlete's life, boxing, single parent, contests and competitions, mentor, love, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   56%
 
American Flyers
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, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: sport, underdog, cycling, racing, contests and competitions, race, human spirit, parents and children, beautiful scenery, chase, siblings relations, catastrophe ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, usa, mcdonald's restaurant, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   75%
 
Without Limits
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, sincere, serious, emotional, dramatic ...
Plot: olympics, sport, death, competition, athlete's life, racing, college, drinking, mentor, race, contests and competitions, life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1970, year 1972, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, munich germany, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   71%
 
 5.9
 1K
Sunset Park
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, semi serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, high school, underdog, sport, athlete's life, college, dedicated educator, hardcase students, school, contests and competitions, happy ending, restaurant ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   75%
 
 6.1
 11K
Youngblood
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship ...
Style: exciting, serious, sincere, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, romance, sport, redemption, countryside, athlete's life, mentor, violence, drugs/alcohol, small town, friendship, football ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, alaska, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   63%
    User:   55%
 
 7.6
 38K
Hoosiers
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, serious, inspirational, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, small town, basketball, high school, underdog, sport, friendship, contests and competitions, mentor, lone hero, foul language, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   52%
 
 6.4
 25K
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, athlete and trainer, drugs/alcohol, teacher, mentor, sport team, sport, ambition, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: illinois, usa, new jersey, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   47%
 
 6.1
 11K
Blue Chips
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team aren't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete ...
Style: serious, tense, biting, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: college, basketball, sport, underdog, corruption, against the rules, golf, blind ambition, contests and competitions, mentor, hip hop, multiple storylines ...
Time: 90s
Place: texas, boston, california, indiana, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   66%
 
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
Plot: romance, racing, car chase, motorcycle, athlete's life, sport, cars, race, mentor, hotshot hero, redemption, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, texas, alabama, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   57%
 
We Are Marshall
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, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, football, small town, underdog, sport, sport team, courage, ambition, mentor, hopes, tragedy, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, new jersey, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   60%
 
Amazing Grace and Chuck
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, serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, athlete's life, weapons, basketball, society, childhood, journalism, destiny, obsessive quest, president, unlikely friendships, high school ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   57%
 
Rambling Rose
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rose, is taken in by the Hillyer family to serve as a 1930s housemaid so that she can avoid falling into a life of prostitution. Rose's appearence and personality is such that all men fall for her, and Rose knows it. She can't help herself ...
Style: sexual, sexy, erotic, touching, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, love, dysfunctional family, sexuality, master and servant, self discovery, romance, teenager, hospital, secrets, small town, family ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: georgia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   60%
 
Bang the Drum Slowly
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, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, baseball, underdog, hospital, unlikely friendships, mentor, sport, hopes, cancer, friends, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   42%
 
 6.6
 7K
Vision Quest
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: serious, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, melancholic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, underdog, love, sport, teenager, male nudity, athlete's life, teacher, dreams, mentor, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   43%
 
 5.2
 109K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, gloomy, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, betrayal, boxing, sport, father son relationship, mentor, athlete's life, redemption, rock, revenge, urban ghetto, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: philadelphia, usa, russia, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   51%
 
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The Cutting Edge
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two former Olympians, one a figure skater and the other a hockey player, pin their hopes of one last shot at Olympic glory on one another. That is, of course, if they can keep from killing each other in the process...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, feel good, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: romance, figure skating, underdog, sport, olympics, athlete's life, love story, competition, skating, happy ending, destiny, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, minnesota, france, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   39%
 
 6.6
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Spetters
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone ...
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, sexual, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, male nudity, sexual abuse, rape, sex, suicide, motorcycle, splatter, brutality, gay, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, holland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
The Killing of Sister George
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: When June Buckridge (Beryl Reid) arrives at her London flat and announces 'They are going to murder me', her long-time lover and doll-cuddling flat mate Alice 'Childie' McNaught (Susannah York) realises that things are going to ...
Style: sexual, serious, witty, realistic, biting ...
Plot: lesbian, obsession, actor's life, relationships, gay, gays and lesbians, pornography, artists and showbiz, homosexuality, women, sex, drinking ...
Time: 60s
Place: england, europe, new york, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
Desert Hearts
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: touching, sexy, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: lesbian, romance, divorce, gay, farm, country, love affair, women, love story, gender, love, love and romance ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
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Go Fish
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Max is a trendy, pretty, young lesbian, who is having trouble finding love. A friend sets her up with Ely, whom Max likes, but Ely is frumpy, homely, and older. Nor do they have much in common. Can Max learn to look past the packaging?
Style: clever, witty, sexual, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: homosexuality, lesbian, fall in love, women, relationships, gay, romance, gays and lesbians, unlikely couple, pornography, love story, stereotypes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   42%
    User:   34%
 
 6.2
 8K
Foxfire
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The story of five teenage girls who form an unlikely bond after beating up a teacher who has sexually harassed them. They build a solid friendship but their wild ways begin to get out of control.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: high school, friendship, coming of age, teacher, school, lesbian, vengeance, kidnapping, teenager, college, drugs, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, portland oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   42%
 
 8.1
 450K
Rocky
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, friendship, training, athlete's life, violence, rags to riches, mentor, sport, courage, honest, fight scenes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   41%
 
 6.3
 12K
Urban Cowboy
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Hard Hat Days Honky-Tonk Nights. John Travolta stars as a young man from the country who learns about life and love in a Houston bar.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, uplifting, sexy ...
Plot: romance, coming of age, social differences, adultery, suburban life, love story, dancing, working class, suburbs, fall in love, urban, city life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, california, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   31%
 
Let's Talk About Sex
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Woman interviews her friends, talking about sex.
Style: sexual, humorous, talky, semi serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: sex, women, sexual relations, pornography, lesbian, tv show, stereotypes, sexuality, gender, romance, nudity (topless - notable), media ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   45%
 
Resurrecting the Champ
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: journalism, homeless, sport, redemption, drinking, storytelling, introspection, unlikely friendships, down on your luck, transformation, life philosophy, catastrophe ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 2000s
Place: colorado, usa, los angeles, denver colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   37%
 
When Night Is Falling
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A prudish woman, working on tenure as a literacy professor at a large urban university, finds herself strangely attracted to a free-spirited, liberal woman whom works at a local carnival which comes to town.
Style: erotic, sexual, serious, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, lesbian, gays and lesbians, college, love story, love, women, nudity (topless - notable), relationships, sex, couple relations, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   43%
 
 5.9
 8K
The Babe
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chronicle of Babe Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game. His amazing career included seven American League ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: sport, athlete's life, underdog, rising to stardom, human spirit, mentor, family, couple relations, relationship vs career, dialogue, baseball, ambition ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: usa, boston, new york yankees, california, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   40%
 
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