Movies like Redbelt

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Redbelt (2008)
 6.7
 20K
Redbelt (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Is there room for principle in Los Angeles? Mike Terry teaches jujitsu and barely makes ends meet. His Brazilian wife, whose family promotes fights, wants to see Mike in the ring making money, but to him competition is degrading. A woman sideswipes Mike's car and then, after an odd sequence of events, shoots out the studio's window. Later that evening, Mike rescues an action movie star in a fistfight at a bar. In return, the actor befriends Mike, gives him a gift, offers him work on his newest film, and introduces Mike's wife to his own - the women initiate business dealings. Then, things go sour all at once, Mike's debts mount, and going into the ring may be his only option.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, suspenseful, talky, clever, contemplative, thought provoking, cerebral, complex ...
Plot: instructor, betrayal, movie star, interracial marriage, martial arts, filmmaking, sport, artists and showbiz, contests and competitions, hollywood, rivalry, financial problem, husband wife relationship, neo noir, debt, respect, bar fight, lawsuit, jujitsu, car accident, video surveillance, set up, nightstick, fist fighting, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, california

Most similar movies to Redbelt

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and exciting films with plots about dialogue, rivalry, mentor, redemption, storytelling, ambition and catastrophe mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Redbelt: Never Back Down (2008), Warrior (2011), Blood and Bone (2009), Diggstown (1992), The Hustler (1961). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Never Back Down (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rebellious Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fight Scene at his new high school, after receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family Jake decides to seek the mentoring of a veteran fighter who trains him for one final ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: athlete and trainer, high school, martial arts, youth, teenage life, rivalry, rage, power relations, duel, boxing, fight, fist fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, florida, orlando florida, brazil, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 430K
Warrior (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: tense, rough, emotional, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, sport, boxing, fist fighting, teacher, warrior, training, fight scenes, contests and competitions, courage, muscleman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pittsburgh, usa, atlantic city new jersey, iraq, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 31K
Blood and Bone (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, an ex-con (White) takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tournament, prison fight, fist fighting, martial arts, gangsters, streetfighting, fight, profanity, ambition, prison, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: los angeles, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 7K
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, twists and turns, witty, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, bet, con artists, sport, cons and scams, rivalry, dishonesty, aging, contests and competitions, crimes, ambition, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 8.0
 74K
The Hustler (1961)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, thought provoking, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, gambling, suicide, money, alcohol, hustler, sport, championship, success, cons and scams, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, california, san francisco, minnesota, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Color of Money (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Former pool hustler "Fast Eddie" Felson decides he wants to return to the game by taking a pupil. He meets talented but green Vincent Lauria and proposes a partnership. As they tour pool halls, Eddie teaches Vincent the tricks of scamming, ...
Style: talky, clever, stylized, realistic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, on the road, comeback, hustler, bar, sport, redemption, casino, youth, profanity, apprentice, respect ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, atlantic city new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
A Fighting Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two men meet in the ring for a fight that will change their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, suspense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, human spirit, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, hopes, boxing, brutality, blood, profanity, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.6
 243K
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: captivating, exciting, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, athlete and trainer, legacy, mentor, sport, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, power relations, athlete's life, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1998, year 2015 ...
Place: usa, tijuana mexico, philadelphia, los angeles, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2002 film. This time, Heavyweight Champ George "Iceman" Chambers (White) is sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. In order to win his freedom he must fight against the jailhouse fighting champ Uri Boyka (Adkins) ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: prison life, contests and competitions, fist fighting, boxing, martial arts, heroes, convict, jail, challenge, prison, russian, taekwondo ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, russia, new jersey, california, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 7K
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, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, racism, sport, gambling, african american, contests and competitions, ambition, blacks and whites, rivalry, profanity, racial stereotype ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 76K
Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, rivalry, master warrior, underdog, heroes, sport, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, escapades, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.8
 171K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: feel good, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, comeback, underdog, death, rivalry, heroes, fame, boxer, coach, training, sport, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, california, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 184K
Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, cold war, death, heroes, kgb, boxer, training, victory, revenge, sport, mountain ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: russia, soviet union, usa, las vegas, moscow russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Philly Kid (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend's life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible - lose.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, fight, prisoner, prison, manslaughter, murder, martial arts, sport, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: ex athlete, journalism, boxing, african american, newspaper, lifestyle, athlete's life, human spirit, sport, introspection, society, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 1950s, 50s
Place: usa, colorado, denver colorado, detroit, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.7
 35K
The Verdict (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Frank Galvin is a down-on-his luck lawyer, reduced to drinking and ambulance chasing. Former associate Mickey Morrissey reminds him of his obligations in a medical malpractice suit that he himself served to Galvin on a silver platter: all parties ...
Style: thought provoking, tense, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: courtroom drama, courtroom, redemption, character study, fighting the system, legal action, self esteem, injustice, coma, dishonesty, introspection, workplace situations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Chavez Cage of Glory (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Barely being able to make ends meet and doing everything he can possibly do to cover his ill son's growing medical bills, Hector Chavez turns to his fighting roots in the underbelly of LA. His amateur Mixed Martial Arts videos go viral grabbing ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: martial arts, ambition, rivalry, doctors and patients, hospital, fight, violence, power relations, live audience, mixed martial arts
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An employee of a corporation with a lucrative secret process is tempted to betray it. But there's more to it than that.
Style: tense, twists and turns, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: mystery, neo noir, betrayal, invention, investigation, workplace intrigue, stranger, intrigue, crimes, theft, mastermind, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: venezuela, caribbean, usa, manhattan new york city, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Two for the Money (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A former college athlete joins forces with a sports consultant to handicap football games for high-rolling gamblers.
Style: tense, serious, stylized, suspenseful, intense ...
Plot: gambling, bet, football, cons and scams, greed, sport, bookies, manipulation, dishonesty, manipulations, workplace, workplace intrigue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, puerto rico, las vegas, new jersey, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: realistic, rough, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, coach, desire for fame, american football, sport team, success, ambition, underdog, football, athlete's life, contests and competitions, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 5.3
 125K
Rocky V (1990)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career, and a crooked accountant has left him broke. Inspired by the memory of his trainer, however, Rocky finds glory in training and takes on an up-and-coming boxer.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, gloomy, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: betrayal, underdog, boxing, heroes, champion, coach, training, boxer, sport, urban, human spirit, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.2
 12K
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, suspense, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, workplace situations, against the odds, athlete and trainer, self discovery, blind ambition, prodigy ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: chicago illinois, indiana, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Movie in collections
 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, girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, sport, ambition, human spirit, urban ghetto life, against the odds, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
American Buffalo (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Three inner-city losers plan a robbery of a valuable coin in a seedy second-hand junk shop.
Style: talky, bleak, stylized, realistic, semi serious ...
Plot: betrayal, antique dealer, broken glass, coin, gun, rainstorm, trust, robbery, revenge, loyalty, poker game, diner ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.7
 9K
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: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Poolhall Junkies (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A retired pool hustler is forced to pick up the stick again when his brother starts a game he can't finish.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids
Plot: gambling, billiards, hustler, ambition, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, orphan, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, buddies ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new jersey, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 3.7
 4K
Cymbeline (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: War erupts between dirty cops and outlaw bikers as a drug kingpin (Ed Harris) tries to protect his empire.
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, realistic, clever ...
Plot: gang, infidelity, law enforcement, family relations, uninhibited rivalry, master criminal, intrigue, police corruption, parents and children, rivalry, crimes, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.4
 215K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, tragedy, sport, family relations, contests and competitions, down on your luck, father daughter relationship, rise and fall, death, boxer, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york, las vegas, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 33K
Heist (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore ...
Style: twists and turns, suspenseful, serious, suspense, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gold, cons and scams, gang, jewelry, crime, crimes, blackmail, one last job, gunfight, neo noir, group of criminals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%