Movies like Rocky III

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Rocky III (1982)
 6.8
 178K
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 rival Apollo Creed for a rematch with Lang.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, inspirational, suspense, feel good, sincere, gloomy, serious, realistic, surprise ending ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, comeback, underdog, boxer, coach, training, fame, sport, revenge, athlete's life, ambition, tough heroes, opponent, victory, defeat, world champion, fight, death, heroes, rivalry, celebrity, showdown, gym, italian american, boxing ring ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, california, pennsylvania, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia ...

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Most similar movies to Rocky III

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, inspirational and intense films with plots about sport, ambition, underdog, rivalry, mentor, fight and redemption mostly in Drama, Sport and Action genres. Some movies like Rocky III: Rocky (1976), Rocky Balboa (2006), Rocky II (1979), Rocky IV (1985), Rocky V (1990). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.1
 531K
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: underdog, boxing, self esteem, training, tough guy, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, life changing experience, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 207K
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: sentimental, captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, boxer, comeback, training, fight, underdog, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 196K
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, sincere, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, heroes, underdog, tough heroes, comeback, championship, training, boxer, sport, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, opponent ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.9
 192K
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: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, las vegas, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 5.3
 130K
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, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: boxing, betrayal, underdog, boxer, coach, champion, training, heroes, sport, challenge, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.1
 111K
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: boxer, boxing, comeback, champion, courage, human spirit, training, strongman, revenge, tough guy, sports hero, bravery ...
Time: 2010s
Place: ukraine, kiev ukraine, los angeles, moscow russia, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 253K
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, philadelphia, tijuana mexico, los angeles, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 79K
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, tournament, sport, revenge, opponent, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
 8.2
 329K
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, intense, atmospheric, rough, bloody ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, character study, domestic violence, redemption, self destructing, boxer, career, boxing, sport, jealousy, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 40s ...
Place: bronx new york city, usa, new york, chicago illinois, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Best of the Best (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A team from the United States is going to compete against Korea in a Tae Kwon Do tournament. The team consists of fighters from all over the country--can they overcome their rivalry and work together to win?
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts tournament, martial arts, martial artist, taekwondo, sport, underdog, culture clash, power relations, rivalry, self discovery, vengeance, redemption ...
Time: 80s
Place: korea, asia, seoul, hong kong, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 8K
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 ⇓
31%
 6.2
 167K
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: inspirational, sincere, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, sport, friendship, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, martial arts, family, coach, rivalry, martial arts school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: china, asia, detroit, michigan, beijing china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.8
 51K
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, realistic, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: arm wrestling, athlete's life, truck driver, underdog, redemption, custody, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, parents and children, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.8
 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, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 59K
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, parent child relationship, elderly man, retirement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.8
 347K
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, captivating, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, athlete's life, underdog, training, sport, arrest, loyalty, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, atlantic city new jersey, new hampshire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 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, realistic, serious, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, power relations, custody, on the road, parents and children, athlete and trainer, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: boxing, determination, athlete and trainer, underdog, athlete's life, female boxer, sport, human spirit, suffering, follow your dream, ambition, mentor protege relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas, missouri, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 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, muslim, athlete's life, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s, year 1974, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, captivating, rough, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, coach, desire for fame, american football, sport team, success, ambition, underdog, football, contests and competitions, athlete's life, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, racial slur, ghetto, siblings relations, life is a bitch, ambition, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, post world war two
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, kickboxer, athlete and trainer, martial arts tournament, martial arts, fistfight, hand to hand combat, sport, ambition, boxing, undisciplined, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, university, air disaster, survivor, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, united states, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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 7.1
 67K
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 ⇓
27%
 8.0
 179K
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, touching, sincere, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, fight scenes, training, follow your dream, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, against the odds, urban ghetto life, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, usa, cuba, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 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, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: 70s, year 1972
Place: detroit, los angeles, michigan, usa, cleveland ohio ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 5.4
 738
Undefeated (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, lifestyle, sport, rise to the top, ambition, follow your dream, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 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, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, bet, con artists, sport, cons and scams, contests and competitions, rivalry, aging, crimes, dishonesty, ambition, graphic violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%