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Personal Best (1982)
 6.3
 2K
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, touching, tense, uplifting, sexy, erotic ...
Plot: sport, running, romance, athlete's life, gays and lesbians, female homosexuality, contests and competitions, love affair, sexual relations, ambition, love and romance, couples, gender, lesbian, human nature, human spirit, athlete and trainer, fall in love, rivalry, olympics, male nudity, power relations, female nudity, female athlete, wet t shirt ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: california, los angeles

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, inspirational and touching films with plots about sport, ambition, underdog, rivalry, athlete's life, hopes and redemption mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like Personal Best: Girlfight (2000), The Champ (1979), Without Limits (1998), Ice Castles (1978), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973). 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, serious, rough, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sport, boxing, female boxer, sexism, athlete's life, underdog, urban ghetto, contests and competitions, follow your dream, parents and children, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.8
 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, serious, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: sport, boxer, gambling, underdog, on the road, athlete's life, single parent, son, father, boxing match, redemption, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, sincere, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: sport, athlete, running, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, ambition, hopes, rivalry, power relations, olympics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1972, year 1969, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, munich germany, helsinki finland, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: figure skating, sport, romance, rivalry, skating, athlete's life, underdog, disability, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rise to the top, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: uplifting, emotional, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, underdog, sport, hopes, friends, athlete's life, human spirit, sport team, ambition, baseball, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: cycling, sport, bicycle, bicycle race, contests and competitions, human spirit, parents and children, underdog, siblings relations, ambition, family relations, family life ...
Time: 80s
Place: colorado, usa, mcdonald's restaurant, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.9
 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, semi serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, basketball, high school, athlete's life, underdog, dedicated educator, college, high school sports, hardcase students, school, contests and competitions, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, football, american football, desire for fame, ambition, coach, success, blind ambition, contests and competitions, training, underdog, stadium ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere
Plot: sport, coming of age, golf, athlete's life, prodigy, single parent, underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, parents and children, social differences ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, football movie ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: christian, sport, underdog, football, athlete's life, high school, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, high school life, religions or cults, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.6
 38K
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, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, redemption, high school, small town, underdog, athlete and trainer, championship, contests and competitions, parent child relationship, son, high school sports ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, sport, football, american football, university, comeback, recruit, coach, survivor, grief, student, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, california, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 18K
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, american football, human spirit, college, african american, rise to the top, football, racism, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.5
 48K
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: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college life, ambition, college, working class, athlete's life, football, university, follow your dream, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, sport, high school, friendship, romance, coming of age, career change, athlete's life, lovers, high school sports, urban, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1993, year 1981
Place: california, usa, los angeles, italy, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: sport, golf, introspection, hopes, father son conflict, parent child relationship, small town, farm, power relations, athlete's life, golden years, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.1
 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, biting, surprise ending ...
Plot: sport, college, basketball, against the rules, blind ambition, contests and competitions, underdog, athlete and trainer, workplace situations, sport team, ambition, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: sincere, serious, realistic, uplifting, emotional
Plot: sport, mother superior, catholic, catholic school, convent school, college, underdog, feminism, human spirit, against the odds, sport team, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 7.4
 6K
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, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: sport, boxer, friendship, boxing match, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, underdog, transporter, neo-noir, ambition, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.9
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, 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, serious, sincere, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, uplifting ...
Plot: single parent, death, crying, running, high school, training, athlete and trainer, drugs/alcohol, coming of age, sibling relationship, tragedy, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.4
 760
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: sincere, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, underdog, blind ambition, contests and competitions, ego clash, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, parents and children, relationship vs career, ambition ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.1
 11K
Youngblood (1986)
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: serious, sincere, realistic, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, beating, coach, frustration, locker room, ice hockey, underdog, rivalry, hockey, romance, countryside, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, alaska, new jersey, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Cutting Edge (1992)
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: semi serious, feel good, sentimental, touching, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: figure skating, romance, sport, skating, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, opposites attract, fall in love, ambition, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: france, chicago illinois, minnesota, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: serious, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sport, high school, underdog, coach, pizza, athlete, rivalry, love, wrestling, athlete's life, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington state, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, entertaining, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: hotshot hero, rivalry, romance, car race, mechanic, athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, power relations, chases and races, ego clash ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, california, texas, alabama, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.1
 450K
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, realistic, sentimental, serious, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, training, boxing, athlete's life, boxing match, boxer, world champion, fight, contests and competitions, shyness, self esteem, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
For Love of the Game (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: baseball, sport, romance, athlete's life, looking for love, career, training, legend, ambition, hopes, love and romance, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: detroit, usa, new york yankees, bronx new york city, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.9
 8K
The Babe (1992)
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, baseball, athlete's life, underdog, historical figure, rising to stardom, human spirit, couple relations, relationship vs career, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Kansas City Bomber (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Roller-derby skater K. C. Carr tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, sexy, exciting
Plot: single parent, contests and competitions, sport, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, love affair, love triangle, sport team, dishonesty, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: missouri, usa, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%