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, entertaining and semi serious films with plots about ambition, sport, underdog, redemption, contests and competitions, catastrophe and storytelling 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, blacks and whites, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, african american, racial stereotype, friends ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, 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, sport, gymnastics, athlete's life, rebelliousness, rivalry, teenager, friends, ambition, fighting the system, youth, individualism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 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, exciting, semi serious, entertaining, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, boxer, investigation, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions, cons and scams, athlete and trainer, interracial relations, power relations, underdog, boxing ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, cleveland ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 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: semi serious, realistic, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, soccer, prison life, sport, underdog, hopes, contests and competitions, redemption, warden, rivalry, ambition, soccer match ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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, humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, psychologist, romance, contests and competitions, fall in love, love and romance, love triangle, man-woman relation, opposites attract, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, football movie
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, small town, small town life, against the odds, buddies, partners, rivalry, underdog, friendship, friends, power relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, semi serious, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, friendship, youth, sport team ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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: friendship, sport, boxing, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, urban ghetto life, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 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 ⇓
40%
 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: humorous, talky, semi serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: friends, sport, gambling, baseball, against the odds, partners, ambition, sport team, power relations, couples, buddies, stadium ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, cynical, exciting, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ice hockey, sport, small town, sport team, violence, hockey, contests and competitions, partners, ambition, underdog, opponent, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, sport, fish out of water, on the road, against the odds, older woman younger man, buddies, contests and competitions, prodigy, championship, success, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1996, 1990s ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, pittsburgh, nevada
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, cheerleader ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: semi serious, humorous, feel good, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: ice hockey, sport, youth, athlete and trainer, underdog, family, competition, friendship, friends, ambition, hopes, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: iceland, usa, los angeles, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, baseball, friendship, redemption, underdog, ambition, friends, retiring, rivalry, journalism, contests and competitions, hopes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, elderly, sport, contests and competitions, aging, uninhibited rivalry, athlete's life, comeback, ex athlete, parent child relationship, elderly man, retirement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good, basketball movie ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, basketball, underdog, feminism, sport team, friends, power relations, rivalry, friendship, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, realistic, feel good, cynical, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: baseball, sport, athlete's life, hopes, major league, nothing goes right, ambition, lifestyle, scout, couples, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, mexico, nebraska, latin america, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: sport, rivalry, baseball, underdog, americana, ambition, buddies, partners, friendship, lifestyle, power relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 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: not serious, semi serious, humorous, realistic, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, bar, gambling, ice hockey, gangsters, athlete and trainer, sport team, friends, power relations, social relations, working class, hockey ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, quebec, new jersey, tokyo, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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, feel good, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ambition, ex athlete, comeback, couples, friends, hopes, couple relations, love affair ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, pasadena california, phoenix arizona, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 ⇓
30%
 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, major league, athlete's life, fall in love, hopes, couple relations, love and romance, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: north carolina, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: sport, small town, underdog, contests and competitions, ambition, ice hockey, championship, gay slur, mayor, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, semi serious, feel good, realistic, road movie ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: sport, baseball, rivalry, baseball bat, major league, underdog, partners, buddies, against the odds, human spirit, power relations, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa, south carolina, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.3
 9K
Celtic Pride (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The National Basketball Association play-offs are taking place, and the Boston Celtics are facing the Utah Jazz in a crucial series. This is also the last year that any games will be played in the Boston Garden, which is going to be torn down after ...
Style: humorous, not serious, satirical, light, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, basketball, sport, unlikely criminals, partners, missing person, ambition, contests and competitions, confined, friends, buddies, basketball team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: boston, usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.0
 183K
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, realistic, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, rivalry, against the odds, contests and competitions, ambition, fish out of water, misfit, championship, disorder, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Disney's Air Bud (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, inspirational, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: dog, golden retriever, dog actor, friendship, clown, pets, human spirit, young heroes, sport, contests and competitions, small town, underdog ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, washington state, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 3.9
 412
Shred (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: SHRED is a motion picture that tells the story of two washed up pro snowboarders from the 90s named Max (played by Dave England) and Eddie (played by Renee Renee) who attempt to cash in on the fantastic growth of the sport by starting their own ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: athlete's life, hopes, ambition, friends, partners, against the odds, buddies, human spirit, rivalry, underdog, uninhibited rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: clever, realistic, cynical, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, sport, underdog, snitch, warden, arson, swamp, american football, friends, power relations, punishment, native americans ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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