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Personal Best (1982)
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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 ambition, sport, hopes, rivalry, underdog, athlete's life and power relations mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like Personal Best: Girlfight (2000), The Champ (1979), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Without Limits (1998), 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: 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 ⇓
95%
 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, touching, sincere, uplifting, emotional ...
Plot: sport, gambling, boxer, underdog, redemption, parents and children, contests and competitions, follow your dream, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle, custody ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, sport team, rivalry, underdog, hopes, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, stylized, exciting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: sport, running, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, hopes, power relations, rivalry, olympics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1971, year 1969, year 1972 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, munich germany, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Movie in collections
 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: realistic, touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, athlete's life, life is a bitch, ambition, power relations, youth, society, against the odds, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: single parent, training, high school, family problems, contests and competitions, death in the family, rivalry, athlete's life, teenage life, athlete and trainer, direction and purpose, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 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, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: figure skating, sport, skating, rivalry, romance, disability, follow your dream, hopes, athlete's life, love and romance, love affair, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, football, sport, survivor, coach, university, tragic event, hopes, struggle, human spirit, against the odds, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, virginia, campus, california, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 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 ⇓
53%
 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: feel good, touching, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: obsession, hopes, sport, interracial relations, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, human spirit, power relations, discrimination, society, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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, championship, human spirit, ambition, redemption, contests and competitions, sport team, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious
Plot: sport, coming of age, golf, relationship vs career, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, athlete's life, hopes, parents and children, teachers and students, power relations, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: realistic, serious, emotional, sincere, uplifting
Plot: sport, mother superior, college, catholic, catholic school, convent school, sport team, friends, power relations, against the odds, human spirit, underdog ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, lifestyle, youth, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington state, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: sport, golf, wise man, once in a lifetime opportunity, wisdom of life, power relations, one more chance, lifestyle, farm, ambition, small town, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, success, ambition, coach, underdog, football, sport team, power relations, blind ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, florida, miami, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cycling, sport, bicycle race, bicycle, underdog, siblings relations, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, family life, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, usa, st. louis missouri, mcdonald's restaurant
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, athlete and trainer, sport team, ambition, rise to the top, small town, contests and competitions, social relations, youth, rivalry, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
 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, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: sport, boxing, friendship, comeback, boxing match, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, introspection, unfulfillment, boxer, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, contests and competitions, athlete's life, rising to stardom, love and romance, chases and races, love affair, sport ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, florida, texas, alabama ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: serious, tense, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, power relations, rivalry, underdog, athlete and trainer, hopes, relationship vs career, contests and competitions, blind ambition, follow your dream, parents and children, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: lesbian, coming out, divorce, romance, couples, fall in love, love affair, love and romance, gender, lgbt, farm, stereotypes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: nevada, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 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: serious, rough, realistic, sincere, uplifting
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: female boxer, life is a bitch, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, underdog, on the road, sport, rise to the top, athlete's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 7.3
 19K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, sincere, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, american football, human spirit, football, racism, college, hopes, rivalry, society, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
 11K
Blue Chips (1994)
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, realistic, suspense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, lifestyle, self discovery, against the odds, prodigy, athlete's life, follow your dream ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, serious, uplifting, touching, emotional ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, athlete's life, sport team, politics, anti war, fighting the system, ambition, hopes, family relations, sport, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 4.3
 249
Body and Soul (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Style: sincere, rough, serious, realistic
Plot: power relations, love and romance, rich and poor, sport, rise to the top, athlete's life, life is a bitch, love affair, hopes, ambition, downfall, redemption ...
Time: 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Road to Victory (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A star athlete on the verge of turning pro must decide which dream to pursue while he battles his own body.
Style: realistic, touching, psychological, serious
Plot: infidelity, athlete and trainer, love and romance, relationship vs career, hopes, curses spells and rituals, rise to the top, alcohol abuse, rivalry, fall in love, life is a bitch, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 51K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, working class, college life, ambition, american football, football, college, priest, financial problem, respect, loss of friend ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 1K
One on One (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, sport, small town, basketball, coach, young lovers, youth, follow your dream, ambition, human spirit, high school, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%