Movies like Play It to the Bone

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Play It to the Bone (1999)
 5.5
 11K
Play It to the Bone (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the middleweight title. They enlist Grace, Cesar's current and Vinnie's ex girlfriend, to drive them to Vegas.
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting, talky, inspirational, intense, suspense, entertaining, melancholic, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, friendship, contests and competitions, athlete's life, hopes, underdog, boxing, ambition, on the road, desert, love triangle, unlikely friendships, golf, greed, best friends, gambling, friends, partners, couples, lifestyle, buddies, gays and lesbians, rivalry, road trip, casino ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey

Most similar movies to Play It to the Bone

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, semi serious and entertaining films with plots about underdog, sport, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, redemption and mentor mostly in Sport, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like Play It to the Bone: White Men Can't Jump (1992), Stick It (2006), The Great White Hype (1996), Mean Machine (2001), Tin Cup (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast dangerous - and funny.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, buddy comedy, light ...
Plot: basketball, friendship, sport, gambling, racism, ambition, blacks and whites, contests and competitions, rivalry, african american, racial stereotype, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.4
 25K
Stick It (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Haley is a naturally gifted athlete but, with her social behavior, the teen seems intent on squandering her abilities. After a final brush with the law, a judge sentences her to an elite gymnastics academy run by a legendary, hard-nosed coach. Once ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, inspirational, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: athlete and trainer, gymnastics, sport, athlete's life, rebelliousness, rivalry, teenager, coach, friends, ambition, contests and competitions, individualism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Great White Hype (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The problem is that he isn't a boxer anymore and he's ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, boxer, investigation, rivalry, athlete's life, cons and scams, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, interracial relations, power relations, underdog, boxing ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, cleveland ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.5
 34K
Mean Machine (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Disgraced ex-England captain (Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan) is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. These prisoners ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, soccer, prison life, sport, underdog, hopes, contests and competitions, redemption, warden, rivalry, ambition, soccer match ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 43K
Tin Cup (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.
Style: sexy, semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, psychologist, romance, fall in love, love and romance, contests and competitions, love triangle, man-woman relation, opposites attract, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Best of Times (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, football movie
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, small town, contests and competitions, athlete's life, couple relations, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, redemption, high school, haunted by the past, against the odds, hopes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Necessary Roughness (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When the Texas Southern Armadillos football team is disqualified for cheating and poor grades, the University is forced to pick from a team that actually goes to school. Will they even win a single game?
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, rivalry, sport team, friendship, youth, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.4
 6K
The Scout (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When his star recruit botches a Major League Baseball debut, humiliated talent scout Al Percolo (Albert Brooks) gets banished to rural Mexico, where he finds a potential gold mine in the arm of young phenom Steve Nebraska (Brendan Fraser). Soon, the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, cynical, psychological, light ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: baseball, sport, athlete's life, power relations, self discovery, friendship, lifestyle, nothing goes right, hopes, ambition, rivalry, father son relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, mexico, usa, latin america, nebraska ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 13K
Mr 3000 (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.
Style: humorous, touching, feel good, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, baseball, friendship, redemption, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, hopes, contests and competitions, major league, journalism, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 8K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, ambition, sport, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, urban ghetto life, contests and competitions, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.2
 9K
Eddie (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations ...
Style: feel good, inspirational, light, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, follow your dream, hopes, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, friendship, feminism, lifestyle, female protagonist, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: rough, humorous, captivating, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, underdog, sport, american football, football, contests and competitions, partners, prison life, moral dilemma, confined, human spirit, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, realistic, tense, suspense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, follow your dream, blind ambition, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, workplace situations, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.3
 439
Bleacher Bums (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Adapted from a 1979 stage play written by Chicago's Organic Theater Company, BLEACHER BUMS details the exploits of a group of baseball fans as they sit in the bleachers of Lakeview Park watching a game between the hometown Bruins take on the ...
Style: realistic, offbeat, feel good, talky, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: friends, sport, gambling, baseball, ambition, sport team, power relations, partners, couples, underdog, rivalry, stadium ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 32K
Slap Shot (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, cynical, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ice hockey, sport, small town, sport team, violence, contests and competitions, hockey, partners, ambition, underdog, opponent, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 72K
Kingpin (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After bowler Roy Munson swindles the wrong crowd and is left with a hook for a hand, he settles into impoverished obscurity. That is, until he uncovers the next big thing: an Amish kid named Ishmael. So, the corrupt and the hopelessly naïve hit the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, funny, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bowling, older woman younger man, sport, fish out of water, on the road, against the odds, championship, prodigy, contests and competitions, buddies, success, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1979, 1990s, year 1996 ...
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, usa, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.8
 75K
Semi-Pro (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jackie Moon is the owner, promoter, coach, and star player of the Flint Michigan Tropics of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In 1976 before the ABA collapses, the National Basketball Association (NBA) plans to merge with the best teams of ...
Style: humorous, entertaining, inspirational, absurd, suspense ...
Plot: basketball, championship, sport, coach, merger, sport team, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, cheerleader ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After Gordon Bombay's hockey comeback is cut short he is named coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games. Bombay reunites the Mighty Ducks and introduces a few new players, however, he finds himself distracted by his newfound fame ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: ice hockey, youth, sport, athlete and trainer, underdog, family, competition, friendship, sport team, power relations, coming of age, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iceland, usa, los angeles, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 55K
Grudge Match (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.
Style: humorous, realistic, emotional, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, elderly, sport, contests and competitions, aging, comeback, uninhibited rivalry, athlete's life, ex athlete, parent child relationship, elderly man, retirement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Major League II (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Those Cleveland Indians are at it again! After losing in the ALCS the year before, the Indians are determined to make it into the World Series this time! First, though, they have to contend with Rachel Phelps again when she buys back the team. Also, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: sport, rivalry, baseball, underdog, lifestyle, power relations, sport team, friends, friendship, americana, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Scottish second division football team Kilnockie is taken over by American Pete Cameron. The new owner puts pressure on manager Gordon McLeod to improve the fortunes of the team, and hires first division player Jackie McQuillan.
Style: realistic, sentimental, inspirational, captivating, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, follow your dream, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, friendship, lifestyle, ambition, relationship vs career, sport, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions ...
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.6
 2K
The Boys (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Every Monday night The Boys put on skates and leave their troubled lives behind.
Style: humorous, semi serious, not serious, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, bar, gambling, ice hockey, gangsters, gays and lesbians, contests and competitions, small town life, buddies, partners, downfall, against the odds ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, quebec, new jersey, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 6K
The Hammer (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Approaching forty, Ferro is unsatisfied with his life as a construction worker and part-time boxing instructor in Los Angeles, CA. After a successful bout with a young pro boxer, Ferro decides to don the gloves one last time. The movie recounts his ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ex athlete, ambition, friends, couples, comeback, love affair, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, pasadena california, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 2.1
 5K
Surf School (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A rag-tag bunch of seniors, complete outsiders at their surf-crazed Laguna Beach High School, decide to crash the biggest team surf contest. In order to prevail, however, they must do one important thing...learn to surf! We're taking your ...
Style: witty, humorous, semi serious, realistic, offbeat
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, sport, high school, friendship, teenage love, lifestyle, teenage life, ambition, love affair, contests and competitions, rivalry, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, california, costa rica
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.5
 2K
Side Out (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A law student comes to California for the summer and ends up playing professional volleyball.
Style: semi serious, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, realistic ...
Plot: sport, underdog, ambition, youth, contests and competitions, romance, rivalry, friends, self discovery, volleyball, summer, beach ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, los angeles, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Bring It on Again (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When new students can't get onto their college cheerleading team, they form their own squad and prepare for a cheer off.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: cheerleader, cheerleading, sport, competition, ambition, friendship, teenage life, athlete's life, against the odds, contests and competitions, underdog, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.5
 9K
The Program (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.
Style: captivating, semi serious, realistic, talky, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: american football, sport, college life, underdog, hopes, human spirit, lifestyle, love triangle, love affair, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, teenage life ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: new jersey, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 3K
Ping-Pong (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long ...
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, athlete's life, youth, ping pong, human spirit, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, friendship, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn't eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, inspirational, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: sport, ice hockey, self discovery, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, hockey, underdog, youth, ambition, competition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 44K
Bull Durham (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Veteran catcher Crash Davis is brought to the minor league Durham Bulls to help their up and coming pitching prospect, "Nuke" Laloosh. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start and is further complicated when baseball groupie Annie ...
Style: realistic, talky, humorous, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: baseball, love triangle, sport, small town, romance, athlete's life, hopes, love and romance, major league, couple relations, fall in love, adulthood ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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