Movies like Prefontaine

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Prefontaine (1997)
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Prefontaine (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a running rebel who defied rules, pushed limits ... and smashed records ...
Style: sincere, rough, serious, talky, factual, intense, exciting, captivating, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: olympics, runner, sport, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, hopes, lifestyle, college, olympic gold medalist, justice, competition, lone hero, small town, fighting the system, athlete and trainer, ambition, rivalry, power relations, bittersweet, track and field, death, friendship, fight ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1975, year 1972, year 1960, year 1969 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, munich germany, mexico city, montreal, montreal quebec ...

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Most similar movies to Prefontaine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and inspirational films with plots about sport, underdog, ambition, athlete's life, hopes, rivalry and dialogue mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Prefontaine: Without Limits (1998), Invincible (2006), Against the Ropes (2004), The Hammer (2010), Coach Carter (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: sincere, exciting, captivating, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: olympics, running, sport, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, human spirit, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, lifestyle, competition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972, year 1970, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, helsinki finland, munich germany, finland
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Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: underdog, american football, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, lifestyle, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Against the Ropes (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.
Style: sincere, serious, inspirational, intense, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: sport, athlete and trainer, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, lifestyle, human spirit, boxing, underdog, male female relationship, rags to riches ...
Time: year 1972, 70s
Place: detroit, los angeles, michigan, usa, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.0
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, teacher, sport, coach, athlete's life, high school, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, sacramento california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of golf icon and legend, Bobby Jones, who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rivalry, sport, rise to the top, couples, temperamental, human spirit, lifestyle, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, ambition, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 1910s, 1920s, 30s ...
Place: scotland, europe, harvard university, georgia, atlanta georgia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, uplifting, exciting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, dedicated educator, small town, sport, track and field, sport team, mentor, contests and competitions, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 44K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: feel good, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, coach, racism, underdog, college, teamwork, sport team, racial slur, human spirit, against the odds, career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, indiana, maryland, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.3
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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, uplifting, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, cleveland ohio, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 49K
Miracle (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, put a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, sincere, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, hockey, underdog, olympics, sport team, coach, human spirit, grudge, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, championship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, massachusetts ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 88K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, against the odds, rivalry, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, racial segregation, americana, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1947 ...
Place: new york, usa, pasadena california, empire state building manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.5
 44K
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, athlete and trainer, small town, underdog, high school, sport, sport team, championship, human spirit, ambition, redemption, contests and competitions ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, contemplative, serious, realistic ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, friendship, olympics, track and field, olympic athlete, missionary, sport, prejudice, human spirit, society, follow your dream ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, girls' night
Plot: college, coach, football, sport, air disaster, survivor, university, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, west virginia, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 58K
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: feel good, touching, sentimental, uplifting, exciting ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, sport team, working class, college life, ambition, aspiration, family relations, sport, college, american football, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Swimming Upstream (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: swimming, human spirit, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, athlete's life, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, parents and children, self discovery, family life, sport ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, harvard university, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.9
 58K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, rough, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, girls' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, athlete and trainer, american football, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, ambition, youth, teenage life, human spirit, football, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.2
 4K
Gracie (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, rivalry, follow your dream, death in the family, female athlete, feminism, sport, family in crisis, ambition, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, sport team, coach, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, racial slur ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 95K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, athlete's life, friendship, racism, muslim, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1974 ...
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rags to riches, sport, underdog, athlete's life, human spirit, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, social differences, society, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.6
 379K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: captivating, inspirational, feel good, realistic, clever ...
Plot: sport, success, strategy, rise to the top, mathematics, baseball, underdog, team, manager, statistics, ambition, teamwork ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, oakland california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 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: emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, cynical, sincere ...
Plot: baseball, sport, athlete's life, life is a bitch, historical figure, journalism, writer's life, introspection, baseball player, storytelling, mentor, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1940s
Place: detroit, usa, georgia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970s.
Style: exciting, sentimental, intense, stylized, motivational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: extreme sport, skateboarding, gang, fame, friendship, surfing, skateboard, rise and fall, first love, underdog, success, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: venice beach california, california, usa, los angeles, oregon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition, baseball, hopes, rivalry, underdog, sport team, teammate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, romance, looking for love, athlete's life, love and romance, major league, hopes, training, career, loneliness, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, new york, london, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 252K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, feel good, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, athlete and trainer, boxer, coach, legacy, sport, ambition, rivalry, fight, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2015, 2010s ...
Place: usa, united kingdom, england, liverpool, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: family relations, car race, feminism, gender, rivalry, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition, sport, athlete's life, blind ambition, power relations ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 50s, 60s, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 5.5
 731
Phantom Punch (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From his discovery by a priest while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary to the infamous 'Phantom Punch' by Cassius Clay which effectively ended his career, the movie spans the years from 1950 to Liston's mysterious and ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, black american, infidelity, prison, rise and fall, sport, rivalry, racism, prison life, discrimination, follow your dream, downfall ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%