Movies like Rudy

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Rudy (1993)
 7.5
 58K
Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, exciting, sincere, uplifting, serious, captivating, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, ambition, working class, sport team, college life, family relations, aspiration, sport, college, american football, youth, athlete's life, coach, graphic violence, university, irish, athlete and trainer, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, obsessive quest, hopes, respect, priest ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas

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Most similar movies to Rudy

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, ambition, underdog, sport, human spirit, rivalry and coach mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Rudy: Miracle (2004), Invincible (2006), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), McFarland, USA (2015), Moneyball (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
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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, captivating, sincere, factual ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, hockey, underdog, olympics, sport team, coach, human spirit, grudge, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, championship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, new york, milwaukee wisconsin, manhattan new york city, massachusetts ...
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100%
 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 ⇓
67%
The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, life, against the odds, single parent, life is a bitch, single father, hopes, down on your luck, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.4
 36K
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, uplifting, exciting, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, dedicated educator, small town, sport, track and field, sport team, mentor, contests and competitions, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
 379K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: captivating, inspirational, feel good, realistic, clever ...
Plot: sport, success, strategy, rise to the top, mathematics, baseball, underdog, team, manager, statistics, ambition, teamwork ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 2000s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, oakland california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, sport team, coach, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, racial slur ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.9
 58K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, rough, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids, girls' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, athlete and trainer, american football, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, ambition, youth, teenage life, human spirit, football, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, radio, underdog, mentally challenged, graduation, sport, friendship, couples, civil rights, against the odds, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: captivating, serious, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport team, coach, high school, career, football, party, championship, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, united states, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, serious ...
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: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, usa, california, new jersey, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.3
 20K
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, realistic, serious, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, cleveland ohio, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, baseball movie, against the odds, ambition, contests and competitions, youth, hopes, lifestyle, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, air disaster, survivor, university, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, west virginia, united states ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 44K
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, against the odds, career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, indiana, maryland, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 88K
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, against the odds, rivalry, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, racial segregation, americana, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1947 ...
Place: new york, usa, pasadena california, empire state building manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: underdog, football, christian, athlete and trainer, religious, faith, sport, high school football, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.7
 883
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: uplifting, captivating, touching, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: golf, against the odds, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, ambition, social misfits, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, 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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: american football, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, sport, sport team, ambition, small town, contests and competitions, rivalry, youth, coach, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california, oakland california
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Without Limits (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash.
Style: sincere, exciting, captivating, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: olympics, running, sport, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, human spirit, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, lifestyle, competition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972, year 1970, year 1971 ...
Place: oregon, usa, helsinki finland, munich germany, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.1
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 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: emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story about the great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich when he was in the eighth grade. He plays on the varsity basketball team at Daniel High School but has some very difficult obstacles standing in his way of playing. The only ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: basketball movie, power relations, underdog, contests and competitions, rivalry, dedicated educator, youth, sport team, high school, teaching the ways of the world, teenage love, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rags to riches, sport, underdog, athlete's life, human spirit, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, social differences, society, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
The Mighty Macs (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: mother superior, college, catholic school, sport, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer, feminism, basketball ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.2
 4K
Gracie (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, rivalry, follow your dream, death in the family, female athlete, feminism, sport, family in crisis, ambition, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.5
 2K
One on One (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, melancholic, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: college, small town, basketball, coach, sport, youth, ambition, follow your dream, young lovers, college life, athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 299K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, inspirational, emotional, motivational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, american football, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, misfit, family drama, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Chuck Murdock, a 12-year-old boy from Montana and son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip. He protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, serious, touching, realistic ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, sport team, athlete's life, politics, anti war, hopes, ambition, family relations, fighting the system, nuclear, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
A Season on the Brink (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers" is based on the best-selling book by John Feinstein. The movie chronicles Indiana's 1985-86 season, when Knight granted Feinstein unprecedented access to the ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, sport team, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, sport, lifestyle, underdog, hopes, basketball, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%