Movies like Requiem for a Heavyweight

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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
 7.8
 4K
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," and he slings punches anytime he hears a bell, but his trainer and 'cutman' Army, and Miss Miller, a manipulative social worker, support his illusion that he could be a movie usher, a camp counselor, or a romantic partner for Miller.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, tense, light, inspirational, thought provoking, enigmatic, depressing, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: boxing, sport, second chance, bet, social worker, aging, boxer, boxing match, gangsters, gambling, doctors, friendship, depression, death, betrayal, murder, islam, gunfight, tragedy, corruption, poverty, runaway, courage, happy ending, childhood ...
Time: future, 60s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa

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Most similar movies to Requiem for a Heavyweight

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and sincere films with plots about ambition, sport, athlete's life, redemption, mentor, dialogue and storytelling mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Requiem for a Heavyweight: Fat City (1972), The Hustler (1961), Girlfight (2000), Rocky III (1982), Diggstown (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, alcohol abuse, friendship, sport, boxer, boxing match, comeback, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, unfulfillment, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
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95%
 8.0
 82K
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: thought provoking, atmospheric, psychological, sexy, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, gambling, sport, hustler, suicide, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, championship, success, cons and scams, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, california, minnesota, san francisco, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 6.7
 11K
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: teens, chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: boxing, female boxer, athlete's life, ambition, follow your dream, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, mentor, self fulfillment, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new jersey, new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.8
 189K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
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: inspirational, captivating, suspenseful, feel good, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: boxing, boxer, sport, fight, underdog, comeback, revenge, fame, coach, training, world champion, defeat ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981
Place: philadelphia, los angeles, pennsylvania, new york, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 6.9
 8K
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: sexy, humorous, twists and turns, witty, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, fight, snake, gambling, lone hero, love story, apocalypse, male nudity, transformation, catastrophe, sexualized violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, georgia, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
 208K
Rocky II (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, sincere, rough, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, underdog, fight, sport, heroes, brutality, violence, training, world champion, championship, comeback ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 5.3
 137K
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: inspirational, serious, realistic, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, boxer, sport, fight, betrayal, underdog, coach, training, champion, gym, fight scenes, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, russia, pennsylvania, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.8
 9K
The Champ (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. ...
Style: sad, sexy, sentimental, clever, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: boxing, coming of age, boy, death, father son relationship, boxer, redemption, underdog, bittersweet, horse, fight, horse trainer ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: florida, usa, ireland, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 8.1
 567K
Rocky (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, touching, feel good, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, fight, self esteem, tough guy, sport, boxer, training, character study, violence, contests and competitions, world champion ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.5
 9K
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, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, friendship, ambition, underdog, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, human spirit, urban ghetto life, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, british columbia, california, cuba, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.5
 347
Body and Soul (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Style: neo noir, rough, sincere, realistic, serious
Plot: boxing, redemption, rich and poor, love affair, power relations, love and romance, rivalry, rise to the top, ambition, life is a bitch, underdog, athlete's life ...
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 8.2
 350K
Raging Bull (1980)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, bloody, intense, harsh ...
Plot: boxing, rise and fall, character study, sport, bad temper, paranoia, redemption, boxer, gangsters, jealousy, domestic violence, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 60s, 20th century, year 1956 ...
Place: new york, bronx new york city, chicago illinois, miami, detroit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 271K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Action, 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: inspirational, realistic, feel good, emotional, brutal ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, fight, underdog, boxer, sport, training, athlete and trainer, mentor, coach, legacy, courage, boxing match ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, 2010s, 90s ...
Place: usa, philadelphia, mexico, pennsylvania, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, sad, touching, bleak, depressing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, determination, female boxer, euthanasia, underdog, female athlete, athlete and trainer, human spirit, athlete's life, mentor protege relationship, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, europe, las vegas, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 235K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, inspirational, sentimental, rough, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, father daughter relationship, athlete's life, tragedy, boxer, contests and competitions, death of wife, rise and fall, fight, down on your luck, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 2014
Place: madison square garden manhattan new york city, usa, las vegas, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.2
 11K
Hard Times (1975)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In the depression, Chaney, a strong silent streetfighter, joins with Speed, a promoter of no-holds-barred street boxing bouts. They go to New Orleans where Speed borrows money to set up fights for Chaney, but Speed gambles away any winnings.
Style: realistic, tense, harsh, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: streetfighting, boxing, illegal fistfight, street fighter, great depression, ambition, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, tough heroes, sport, fistfight, mafia ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 70s
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa, ireland, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 143K
Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Style: thought provoking, atmospheric, dark, disturbing, psychological ...
Plot: wrestling, sport, mental illness, murder, eccentricity, ambition, obsession, character study, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, domination, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, year 1988 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california, seoul, phoenix arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 204K
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: inspirational, tense, suspenseful, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, fight, sport, revenge, boxer, underdog, training, vengeance, christmas, machismo, victory, cold war ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, philadelphia, las vegas, russia, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Crossing the Line (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: An unemployed Scottish miner (Liam Neeson) is forced into bare-knuckle boxing to make ends meet.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: contests and competitions, life is a bitch, gambling, rivalry, athlete's life, lifestyle, unemployment, working class, down on your luck, boxing, illegal fistfight, mixed martial arts ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: scotland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 7K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 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: inspirational, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, african american ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new orleans, new jersey, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Great White Hope (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.
Style: sexy, realistic, affectionate, unusual plot structure, harsh ...
Plot: boxing, racism, gangsters, runaway, tragedy, interracial love, enormously long battle scene, caper, nudity (full frontal - brief), death sentence, hitman, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: new jersey, wisconsin, illinois, europe, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, sincere, uplifting, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: boxing, sport, journalism, ex athlete, homeless, african american, human spirit, lifestyle, athlete's life, newspaper, introspection, change of luck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 50s, 2000s
Place: colorado, los angeles, usa, las vegas, denver colorado ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.2
 242
The Opponent (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on ...
Style: serious, sincere, rough, uplifting, feminist film ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, boxing, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: stylized, intense, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, american football, underdog, football, sport team, coach, desire for fame, success, ambition, power relations, fame, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, new jersey, usa, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.1
 216K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, touching, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, sport, father son relationship, fight, boxer, life philosophy, comeback, training, aging, life, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, pennsylvania, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.8
 364K
The Fighter (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, realistic, uplifting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, sport, addiction, underdog, athlete's life, drug abuse, drug addiction, fight, change of luck, drugs, courage ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1993
Place: boston, massachusetts, new jersey, usa, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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, dark hero, underdog, adaptation, brutality, mentor, 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 ⇓
46%
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, suspense, disturbing, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, brutality, hopes, competition, fight, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.9
 48K
He Got Game (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Style: inspirational, captivating, thought provoking, rough, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, prison, sport, redemption, college, dysfunctional family, father son relationship, forgiveness, released from prison, parent child relationship, rejection, warden ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa, coney island brooklyn new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.4
 49K
The Natural (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, atmospheric, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: baseball, sport, corruption, underdog, sport team, redemption, femme fatale, unstoppable, aging, childhood, love, athlete ...
Time: 1930s, year 1984, 20th century, 1920s, year 1939
Place: new york, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%