Movies like Rocky Balboa

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Rocky Balboa (2006)
 7.1
 201K
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 friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior.
Style: sentimental, captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere, inspirational, melancholic, feel good, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxer, boxing, comeback, training, fight, underdog, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging, strongman, ambition, father son relationship, heroes, veteran, restaurant owner, life philosophy, life, contests and competitions, loneliness, redemption, punching, courage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas

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Most similar movies to Rocky Balboa

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, feel good and inspirational films with plots about sport, ambition, underdog, athlete's life, rivalry, mentor and redemption mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Rocky Balboa: Rocky (1976), Southpaw (2015), Rocky II (1979), Rocky III (1982), Rocky IV (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 507K
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, touching, captivating, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, tough guy, self esteem, training, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, determination, life changing experience, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 213K
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, manhattan new york city, new york, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 187K
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, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, heroes, underdog, hospital, comeback, championship, boxer, training, coma, tough heroes, sport, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 170K
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, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, comeback, underdog, death, rivalry, heroes, coach, training, boxer, fame, sport, revenge ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, pennsylvania, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 183K
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, tense, serious, realistic, 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, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 32K
The Rookie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, underdog, athlete and trainer, family, sport, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, athlete's life, dream come true ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 242K
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, mentor, athlete and trainer, legacy, sport, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, power relations, athlete's life, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, year 1998, 90s ...
Place: usa, los angeles, tijuana mexico, philadelphia, liverpool ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.2
 42K
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, contests and competitions, championship, ambitious ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, seattle washington, mexico, maryland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 100K
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, captivating, uplifting, melancholic, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: courage, human spirit, training, sport, boxing, boxer, fight, life philosophy, comeback, punching, ford mustang, danger ...
Time: 2010s
Place: los angeles, ukraine, kiev ukraine, moscow russia, philadelphia ...
⇓ 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, sad, bleak, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, athlete and trainer, female boxer, underdog, determination, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, mentor protege relationship, sport, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, missouri, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.3
 124K
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, coach, training, boxer, champion, sport, urban, human spirit, rock ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 8.0
 174K
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, motivational, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.0
 45K
Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, beach, comeback, shark attack, lifestyle, survivor, sport, disability, athlete's life, injury ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, thailand, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ⇓
38%
 5.8
 49K
Over the Top (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life ...
Style: serious, intense, sentimental, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: arm wrestling, truck driver, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, custody, sport, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant ...
Style: serious, captivating, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport team, coach, high school, career, football, party, championship, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, united states, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.2
 158K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, inspirational, sentimental, uplifting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: contests and competitions, martial arts, human spirit, underdog, friendship, sport, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance, audition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, michigan, detroit, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Carman: The Champion (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Former champion boxer Orlando Leone (Carmen) is "The Preacher" at an inner-city youth center. Wanting to give something back to the community, he bought a large building for a church youth center. But the cash ran out before he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, contests and competitions, follow your dream, relationship vs career, lifestyle, underdog, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Movie in collections
 6.4
 57K
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, uninhibited rivalry, comeback, athlete's life, ex athlete, elderly man, parent child relationship, retirement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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 ⇓
36%
 7.1
 65K
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, serious, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: american football, underdog, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, team, teamwork, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: college, coach, football, sport, air disaster, survivor, university, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, struggle ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, united states, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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, comeback, boxing match, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 334K
The Fighter (2010)
Genre: 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, realistic, uplifting, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, athlete's life, underdog, self destructing, sport, addiction, ambition, title bout, irish american, ex boxer, arrest ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new hampshire, atlantic city new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.7
 869
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, serious, touching, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport, against the odds, athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, golf, hopes, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.9
 8K
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, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, power relations, athlete and trainer, parents and children, custody, on the road, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 3K
Jawbone (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former youth boxing champion, Jimmy McCabe is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill corner man Eddie and promoter ...
Style: rough, inspirational, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, career, title bout, boxer, manager, challenge, rivalry, sport, athlete's life, change of luck, life is a bitch, ex boxer ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Split Decisions (1988)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: When a boxer is killed because he wouldn't take a dive, his brother tries to find a way to avenge him even if only symbolically.
Style: sincere, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, boxing, boxer, athlete's life, lifestyle, gangsters, contests and competitions, hopes, crime, sport, crimes, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
From Mexico with Love (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A washed-up trainer takes a self-destructive young boxer under his wing.
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, exciting, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, rivalry, immigrants, ambition, family problems, boxing, boxer, father son relationship, racism, athlete and trainer, sport, training ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: football, athlete and trainer, underdog, sport, human spirit, against the odds, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, youth, religious ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%