Movies like Rocky

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Rocky (1976)
 8.1
 559K
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 trainer Mickey Goldmill to make the most of this once in a lifetime break.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, touching, captivating, feel good, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, self esteem, training, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, tough guy, follow your dream, rivalry, determination, lifestyle, life changing experience, love of one's life, pride and honor, urban ghetto, boxer, world champion, athlete's life, shyness, racial slur, publicity, believe in yourself, unstoppable ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania

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Most similar movies to Rocky

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, feel good, serious and inspirational films with plots about sport, underdog, ambition, fight, redemption, athlete's life and mentor mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Rocky: Creed (2015), Creed II (2018), Warrior (2011), Paradise Alley (1978), Invincible (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 205K
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: feel good, sincere, rough, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, heroes, championship, comeback, training, sport, graphic violence, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 214K
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: captivating, uplifting, sincere, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, boxer, comeback, training, fight, sport, against the odds, determination, aging, strongman, life philosophy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 267K
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: captivating, realistic, sincere, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, athlete and trainer, coach, mentor, legacy, sport, ambition, rivalry, fight, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2015, year 1998 ...
Place: usa, mexico, tijuana mexico, philadelphia, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 135K
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, inspirational, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, betrayal, underdog, coach, training, champion, heroes, sport, challenge, athlete and trainer, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.8
 187K
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: captivating, suspenseful, inspirational, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, family outing
Plot: boxing, boxer, comeback, underdog, coach, fame, training, sport, revenge, athlete's life, ambition, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, madison square garden manhattan new york city, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 121K
Creed II (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Follows Adonis Creed's life inside and outside of the ring as he deals with new found fame, issues with his family, and his continuing quest to become a champion.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, captivating, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, comeback, champion, courage, human spirit, training, coach, sports hero, bravery, boxing trainer, haunted by the past ...
Time: 2010s
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine, los angeles, new york, las vegas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 201K
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: tense, suspenseful, inspirational, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, russia, siberia, las vegas, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 463K
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: serious, tense, emotional, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mixed martial arts, warrior, courage, athlete and trainer, boxing, sport, fight scenes, teacher, muscleman, underdog, training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pittsburgh, usa, atlantic city new jersey, iraq, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Paradise Alley (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone is fighting the odds again, this time in the wrestling ring. As Cosmo Carboni, he and his two brothers dream of getting out of Hell's Kitchen (circa 1946) and into the big time. The exit signs point to Paradise Alley, a ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, touching
Plot: arm wrestling, sport, wrestling, street life, family relations, family feud, ghetto, racial slur, life is a bitch, ambition, siblings relations, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, post world war two
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 70K
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, follow your dream, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, rookie, training ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 219K
The Karate Kid (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Hassled by the school bullies, Daniel LaRusso has his share of adolescent woes. Luckily, his apartment building houses a resident martial arts master: Kesuke Miyagi, who agrees to train Daniel ... and ends up teaching him much more than ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: karate, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, teenager, human spirit, underdog, teenage life, cheerleader, martial arts tournament, sport, coming of age, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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: sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, sport, ambition, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, ireland, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 47K
Hoosiers (1986)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, UK
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, championship, sport team, ambition, human spirit, redemption, contests and competitions ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: underdog, determination, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, female boxer, human spirit, sport, boxing, follow your dream, suffering, ambition, mentor protege relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas, missouri, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.0
 185K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, boxer, financial problem, poverty, great depression, prizefighter, comeback, training ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 360K
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: sincere, inspirational, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, underdog, athlete's life, training, sport, loyalty, arrest, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1993
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new hampshire, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, athlete's life, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 2.8
 356
She Ball (2020)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: On a mission to save his Inglewood community center, Avery Watts enlists a talented basketball player, Shelby, to help him win the grand prize in a street ball tournament. Together, Avery and Shelby challenge local politicians, gangs and their own ...
Style: inspirational, captivating, feel good, touching, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: hopes, name calling, athlete and trainer, life philosophy, believe in yourself, love story, strongman, contests and competitions, independence, heroes, love of one's life, unstoppable ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 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, rough, realistic, harsh, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: boxing, friendship, sport, ambition, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, human spirit, urban ghetto life, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.0
 321K
Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.
Style: futuristic, exciting, sentimental, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underdog, father son relationship, androids and robots, robot, sport, boxing, against the odds, contests and competitions, technology, parents and children, robot vs. robot, arena ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s, year 2016
Place: usa, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.6
 976
From the Rough (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
Style: captivating, uplifting, touching, serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, sport, against the odds, human spirit, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, hopes, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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: serious, uplifting, emotional, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.2
 9K
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, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, sport, ambition, rivalry, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: football, college, coach, american football, sport, survivor, air disaster, university, sport team, tragic event, struggle, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, west virginia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 5.3
 241
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, realistic
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, lifestyle, rise to the top, contests and competitions, rivalry, life is a bitch, sport ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 144K
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, inspirational, touching, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, teacher, athlete and trainer, sport, underdog, high school, dedicated educator, human spirit, athlete's life, coach, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, sacramento california, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, hopes, underdog, rivalry, sport team, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.4
 60K
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, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: rivalry, elderly, contests and competitions, sport, aging, comeback, athlete's life, uninhibited rivalry, ex athlete, elderly man, parent child relationship, retirement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 38K
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, captivating, uplifting, exciting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, teenager, sport, track and field, mentor, dedicated educator, small town, sport team, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.4
 54K
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, sincere, captivating, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, underdog, olympics, sport team, coach, human spirit, grudge, sport, contests and competitions, athlete's life, championship, opponent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1980
Place: usa, new york, milwaukee wisconsin, colorado, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%