Movies like The Rookie 2002

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The Rookie (2002)
 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 they win the district championship, Jim will try out with a major-league organization. The bet proves incentive enough for the team, and they go from worst to first, making it to state for the first time in the history of the school. Jim, forced to live up to his end of the deal, is nearly laughed off the try-out field--until he gets onto the mound, where he confounds the scouts (and himself) by clocking successive 98 mph fastballs, good enough for a minor-league contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Jim's still got a lot of pitches to throw before he makes it to The Show, but with his big-league dreams revived, there's no telling where he could go.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, feel good, touching, realistic, exciting, sincere, serious, inspirational, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, athlete and trainer, underdog, family, sport, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, athlete's life, contests and competitions, parents and children, american dream, dream come true, major league, one more chance, career change, parent child relationship, father son relationship, husband wife relationship, family relations, baseball team, sport team, baseball movie, happy ending ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, feel good, touching and serious films with plots about ambition, sport, hopes, underdog, rivalry, athlete and trainer and power relations mostly in Sport, Drama and Family genres. Some movies like The Rookie: The Express (2008), For Love of the Game (1999), The Final Season (2007), The Bad News Bears (1976), 42 (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, society, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
For Love of the Game (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, romance, looking for love, athlete's life, love and romance, major league, hopes, career, training, loneliness, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, new york, london, new york yankees ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Final Season (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job and ditches his wedding plans to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, baseball movie, against the odds, ambition, youth, rivalry, contests and competitions, sport, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: underdog, baseball, sport team, coach, sport, baseball movie, family, friendship, human spirit, contests and competitions, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, san francisco, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.5
 85K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, rivalry, against the odds, racial segregation, athlete's life, americana, athlete and trainer, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, new york, beverly hills, pittsburgh, new orleans ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Finding Buck McHenry (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When an 11 year old boy gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sentimental, non-linear ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coach, little league, ambition, follow your dream, against the odds, friendship, athlete's life, society, lifestyle, sport team, human spirit, family life ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 248
Tiger Town (1983)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Alex believed in his baseball hero Billy Young. When Billy's performance struggled, Alex's friends began to doubt Alex; and Billy began to doubt himself. Alex wants to prove to his friends, to Billy, and to himself that believing in ...
Style: feel good, touching, sincere, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: baseball, aging, athlete's life, sport, sport team, family relations, power relations, family life, athlete and trainer, rivalry, hopes, underdog ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
A League of Their Own (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, world war two, friendship, rivalry, sport, contests and competitions, hopes, ambition, underdog, female athlete, coach, sport team ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
Place: chicago illinois, usa, oregon, colorado, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Rookie of the Year (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, inspirational, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: baseball, sport team, sport, contests and competitions, underdog, athlete and trainer, rivalry, ambition, athlete's life, hopes, follow your dream, major league ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.8
 911
Underdogs (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, UNDERDOGS is the story of a small-town high school football team destined to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: high school, underdog, sport, sport team, rivalry, ambition, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 26K
Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, legendary, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 874
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, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: against the odds, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, golf, hopes, social misfits, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, tennessee
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.4
 35K
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, exciting, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, coach, human spirit, underdog, small town, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, teachers and students, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.7
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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 ⇓
47%
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After reckless young lawyer Gordon Bombay gets arrested for drunk driving, he must coach a kids hockey team for his community service. Gordon has experience on the ice, but isn't eager to return to hockey, a point hit home by his tense dealings ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, inspirational, light ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens, girls' night
Plot: sport team, athlete and trainer, hockey, self discovery, ice hockey, happy ending, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, underdog, youth, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: minnesota, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Double Teamed (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Heather and Heidi play volleyball for their school team, when their family decides that they need to go to a bigger school so that they will have a better chance for scholarships. But at the new school, the twins are discovered by the basketball ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: twins, high school, ambition, contests and competitions, human spirit, against the odds, rivalry, youth, underdog, sport, family relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hometown Legend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach.
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: high school, small town, athlete's life, leadership, against the odds, human spirit, teenage life, lifestyle, ambition, society, hopes, sport ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: baseball, fish out of water, athlete's life, sport, ambition, against the odds, culture clash, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, society, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, usa, california, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 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, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, comeback, beach, family relations, shark attack, lifestyle, survivor, christian, sport, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, thailand, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Big Green (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a depressed Texas town, British foreign exchange teacher Anna attempts to inject some life into her hopeless kids by introducing them to soccer. They're terrible at first, but Anna and her football-hero assistant whip them into shape. As ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: soccer, school, athlete and trainer, sport, underdog, family, teachers and students, against the odds, small town life, high school life, human spirit, friendship ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, baseball, sport team, underdog, rivalry, hopes, teammate ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.3
 7K
Jump In! (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Story revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels, who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary, however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young man ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good
Audience: family outing, teens, pre-teens, kids
Plot: friendship, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, athlete's life, lifestyle, ambition, teenage life, youth, contests and competitions, rivalry, sport ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Crooked Arrows (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A native-American lacrosse team makes its way through a prep school league tournament.
Style: exciting, uplifting, feel good, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, high school, ambition, contests and competitions, hopes, native american, rivalry, human spirit, against the odds, social relations, athlete and trainer, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: massachusetts, usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.2
 43K
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, human spirit, championship, ambitious ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, mexico, maryland, indiana ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Full-Court Miracle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Full-Court Miracle is a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie. It premiered on November 23, 2003. Inspired by the true story of University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr, the film centers on a group of young Jewish basketball players who ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: miraculous event, college, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, follow your dream, underdog, rivalry, fish out of water ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.
Style: uplifting, captivating, exciting, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, sport, sport team, ambition, small town, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, coach, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.5
 315
Safe at Home! (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A Florida boy (Bryan Russell) tells his Little League buddies that his father knows two New York Yankees (Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris).
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport team, baseball, underdog, family, buddies, athlete's life, sport, ambition, lifestyle, contests and competitions, partners, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, florida, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 ⇓
41%
 7.2
 5K
Sugar (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Dominican Republic
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sugar is a 2008 sports drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It follows the story of Miguel Santos, a. k. a. Sugar (Algenis Perez Soto), a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: baseball, rags to riches, follow your dream, fish out of water, american dream, rookie, sport, against the odds, dream come true, ambition, culture clash, immigrants ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: puerto rico, usa, iowa, kansas, caribbean ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 38K
Radio (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: disability, football, underdog, mentally challenged, graduation, sport, friendship, civil rights, against the odds, radio, hopes, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%