Movies like Play It to the Bone

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Play It to the Bone (1999)
 5.5
 12K
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: humorous, inspirational, suspense, entertaining, melancholic, intense, semi serious, exciting, talky, road movie ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, friendship, unlikely friendships, contests and competitions, underdog, hopes, athlete's life, ambition, fight, road trip, golf, love triangle, on the road, martial arts, greed, nudity (full frontal - brief), catastrophe, superhero, gangsters, football, basketball, psychology, violence, family ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, los angeles, usa, new jersey

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Most similar movies to Play It to the Bone

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, feel good and entertaining films with plots about mentor, brutality, redemption, storytelling, dialogue, runaway and catastrophe mostly in Sport, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like Play It to the Bone: White Men Can't Jump (1992), The Great White Hype (1996), The Hammer (2007), Stick It (2006), Blue Chips (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Genre: Comedy, 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: feel good, light, intense, funny, talky ...
Plot: basketball, friendship, sport, racism, gangsters, contests and competitions, ambition, blacks and whites, rivalry, buddy, hip hop, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey, venice beach california
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, stylized, entertaining, light, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boxing, sport, satire, justice, boxer, adaptation, athlete's life, rivalry, investigation, contests and competitions, cons and scams, underdog ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, usa, cleveland ohio, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 7.1
 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: feel good, humorous, sweet, light, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, olympics, mentor, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ambition, ex athlete, hopes, love affair, couple relations, comeback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, california, new jersey, usa, phoenix arizona ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.3
 29K
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: feel good, humorous, inspirational, funny, exciting ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: teenager, gymnastics, sport, athlete and trainer, rebelliousness, rivalry, friends, athlete's life, gymnast, high school, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: austin texas, texas, usa, houston texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.2
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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: suspense, intense, serious, tense, realistic ...
Plot: basketball, sport, underdog, college, contests and competitions, sport team, follow your dream, lifestyle, prodigy, athlete's life, blind ambition, workplace situations ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: california, boston, texas, chicago illinois, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
 40K
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: sexy, witty, inspirational, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soccer, prison, underdog, soccer match, justice, redemption, prison life, gangsters, fight, corruption, brutality, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 51K
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, humorous, feel good, sentimental, entertaining ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: golf, sport, love, underdog, romance, psychologist, opposites attract, competition, multiple storylines, redemption, love and romance, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: texas, usa, north carolina, california, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.4
 8K
Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: factual, inspirational, intense, serious, rough ...
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, dark hero, adaptation, mentor, brutality, lone hero, historical figure, life is a bitch, athlete's life, ghost writer ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s
Place: detroit, california, new jersey, georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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: funny, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, absurd ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: basketball, sport, championship, cheerleading, sport team, coach, mentor, competition, basketball team, adaptation, justice, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.4
 7K
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: feel good, humorous, light, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, father son relationship, family, mentor, adaptation, friendship, self discovery, power relations, lifestyle, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, new york yankees, san francisco, usa, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.4
 61K
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, emotional, intense, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: sport, boxing, rivalry, aging, elderly, contests and competitions, mentor, honest, fight scenes, fight, justice, comeback ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: feel good, humorous, clever, unusual plot structure, buddy movie ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: sport, baseball, voodoo, underdog, adventure, multiple storylines, mentor, destiny, lone hero, life philosophy, camp, kids and family ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
North Dallas Forty (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Style: realistic, clever, suspense, sexy, humorous ...
Plot: american football, sport, football, drug abuse, addiction, corruption, drugs, business, nudity (full frontal - brief), beer, dark hero, life philosophy ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Air Up There (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sexy, intense, melancholic ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, teens, family outing, pre-teens
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 15K
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, feel good, inspirational, stylized, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: baseball, sport, redemption, underdog, friendship, rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, major league, journalism, contests and competitions, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: wisconsin, new jersey, milwaukee wisconsin, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.9
 85K
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, funny, feel good, melancholic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: bowling, sport, road trip, on the road, older woman younger man, mentor, culture clash, fish out of water, against the odds, championship, contests and competitions, prodigy ...
Time: 90s, 70s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1979 ...
Place: pennsylvania, pittsburgh, nevada, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.8
 88K
Goon (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Doug Glatt, a slacker who discovers he has a talent for brawling is approached by a minor league hockey coach and invited to join the team as the "muscle." Despite the fact that Glatt can't skate his best friend, Pat, convinces him to ...
Style: funny, entertaining, humorous, feel good, witty ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ice hockey, sport, dimwit, underdog, success, fame, bouncer, misfit, ambition, relationships, love story, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, boston, canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.1
 11K
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, light, inspirational, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, female protagonist, life philosophy, hopes, follow your dream, ambition, rivalry, friendship, against the odds, lifestyle, basketball coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Diggstown (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ...
Style: humorous, witty, sexy, affectionate, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: california, georgia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: feel good, humorous, melancholic, sweet, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens ...
Plot: ice hockey, disney, sport, childhood, competition, youth, family, underdog, friendship, teenager, athlete and trainer, first contact ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: texas, canada, new jersey, minnesota, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.3
 38K
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, inspirational, funny, cynical ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ice hockey, sport, small town, underdog, sport team, violence, competition, mentor, contests and competitions, ambition, partners, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 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: humorous, semi serious, sexy, entertaining, inspirational ...
Plot: sport, underdog, volleyball, contests and competitions, ambition, youth, romance, rivalry, friends, self discovery, summer, teenager ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: At the behest of Roger Dorn -- the Minnesota Twins' silver-tongued new owner -- washed-up minor league hurler Gus Cantrell steps up to the plate to take over as skipper of the club's hapless farm team. But little does he know that Dorn has ...
Style: humorous, feel good, unusual plot structure, entertaining, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, major league, nudity (full frontal - brief), geek, catastrophe, alter ego, justice, gangsters, transformation, brutality ...
Time: 90s
Place: minnesota, new jersey, usa, south carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, light ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: american football, underdog, sport team, sport, football team, college, happy ending, transformation, football, against the odds, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey, austin texas, ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 5.9
 2K
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, clever, funny, bad ending, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, hip hop, gangsters, sport, underdog, high school, african american, farce, transformation, computer game, mad scientist, childhood ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, california, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An overenthusiastic high-school maintenance man attempts to lead an unlikely group of misfits to the Nebraska state tennis championship in Balls Out: The Gary Houseman Story? director Danny Leiner's underdog sports comedy. American Pie star ...
Style: funny, humorous, sexy, satirical, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tennis, male nudity, cheerleading, teacher, sport, mentor, stereotypes, athlete and trainer, ambition, rivalry, misfit, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nebraska, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.5
 10K
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, realistic, rough, harsh, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, friendship, ambition, underdog, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, against the odds, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, british columbia, cuba, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: humorous, intense, inspirational, suspense, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american football, prison, sport, football, underdog, prison escape, cheerleading, farce, crime gone awry, greed, unlikely friendships, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, new jersey, georgia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 22K
Bad News Bears (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Morris Buttermaker is a burned-out minor league baseball player who loves to drink and can't keep his hands to himself. His long-suffering lawyer arranges for him to manage a local Little League team, and Buttermaker soon finds himself the head ...
Style: humorous, feel good, stylized, semi serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport, mentor, coming of age, rivalry, human spirit, ambition, contests and competitions, against the odds, athlete and trainer, hopes, parents and children ...
Time: 70s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Johnny Be Good (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college ...
Style: humorous, sexy, suspense, melancholic, visually appealing ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night
Plot: cheerleading, american football, teenager, high school, college, underdog, coming of age, football, revenge, gay, student athlete, love ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: texas, california, alabama, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%