Movies like Swimming Upstream

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Swimming Upstream (2003)
 7.0
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Swimming Upstream (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.
Style: uplifting, sentimental, sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: swimming, human spirit, dysfunctional family, domestic violence, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, sport, parents and children, family life, self discovery, rivalry, contests and competitions, underdog, friendship, child abuse, brother brother relationship, family relations, abusive father, swimmer, olympics, dedication, hopes, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s
Place: australia, harvard university, sydney australia, melbourne australia

Most similar movies to Swimming Upstream

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, hopes, athlete's life, human spirit and contests and competitions mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Swimming Upstream: 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004), Gracie (2007), Cinderella Man (2005), The Hammer (2010), Invincible (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The movie starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental
Plot: rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, human spirit, family relations, sport, hopes, contests and competitions, parents and children, family life, nascar ...
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95%
 6.1
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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: realistic, emotional, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: soccer, human spirit, family problems, follow your dream, rivalry, death in the family, female athlete, feminism, family in crisis, sport, athlete's life, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his ...
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ice hockey, rivalry, discrimination, factory, sport, athlete's life, protest, working class, human spirit, contests and competitions, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, 1930s, year 1955 ...
Place: quebec, boston, new york, montreal, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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 ⇓
67%
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 6.9
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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, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: underdog, deaf, mute or deaf, wrestling, sport, athlete's life, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 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 ⇓
64%
 6.1
 865
Price of Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches ...
Style: realistic, sincere, serious, tense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, ego clash, tough heroes, relationship vs career, obsession, athlete and trainer, sport, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The life story of Brazilian football legend, Pele.
Style: inspirational, serious, realistic, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: following a dream, sport, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete's life, prodigy, soccer, ambition, rivalry, youth, rags to riches, father son relationship ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 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 ⇓
58%
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, captivating, exciting, inspirational, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: olympics, sport, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, athlete and trainer, human spirit, competition, track and field ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1969, year 1970 ...
Place: oregon, usa, helsinki finland, munich germany, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 99K
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, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1974
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 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 ⇓
54%
 5.6
 801
The Cup (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 99 min.
Story: At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver, a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident, hauntingly reflecting of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, ...
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: jockey, horse race, human spirit, rise to the top, athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, hopes, sport, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2002
Place: australia, melbourne australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.5
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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 ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, american football, working class, college life, ambition, sport team, family relations, aspiration, sport, college, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 7K
Prefontaine (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a ...
Style: rough, sincere, serious, talky, factual ...
Plot: olympics, runner, sport, underdog, human spirit, athlete's life, contests and competitions, lifestyle, hopes, college, olympic gold medalist, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975, year 1972, 60s ...
Place: oregon, usa, munich germany, mexico city, finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: american football, athlete and trainer, african american, sport, human spirit, racism, ambition, college, success, against the odds, rise to the top, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1940s
Place: usa, new york, cleveland ohio, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, rags to riches, sport, underdog, athlete's life, prodigy, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, social differences, talented, championship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 60s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Brian's Song (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport team, interracial relations, cancer, american football, friends, family relations, bittersweet, sport, rising to stardom, life is a bitch ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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 ⇓
47%
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The Greatest (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: racism, ambition, fighting the system, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, athlete's life, follow your dream, human spirit, religions or cults, hopes, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, thought provoking, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, friendship, olympics, missionary, cambridge university, olympic athlete, track and field, sport, prejudice, opponent, bishop ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, post world war one, year 1978 ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 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 ⇓
46%
 7.2
 46K
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, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, racism, college, teamwork, racial slur, sport team, contests and competitions, championship, career ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, mexico, maryland, washington state ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 4.8
 617
The Bronx Bull (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A combination "before the rage" and "after the rage" of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta's tumultuous life and times.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, rise and fall, athlete's life, sport, parents and children, hopes, youth, tough heroes, family relations, boxer, graphic violence ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 60s, 50s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 1K
Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1971, air-conditioner repairman and boat enthusiast Jim McCormick entertains his desire to 'go down' as a legend in the record books when the Gold Cup hydroplane boat race improbably comes to his small town of Madison, Indiana. ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, melancholic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, unemployment, ship, friendship, rising to stardom, hopes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The 5th Quarter (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the wake of a car crash that killed his brother, football player Jon Abbate leads his school's struggling team to its most successful season ever.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: american football, family relations, car accident, coach, sport, ambition, athlete's life, social relations, family in crisis, contests and competitions, lifestyle, gymnasium ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 16K
61* (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. ...
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, feel good, realistic
Plot: baseball, rivalry, friendship, fan, fame, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, success, obsessive quest, lifestyle, rising to stardom ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1961, year 1998
Place: usa, new york, north dakota, chicago illinois, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: dedicated educator, life is a bitch, sport, prodigy, youth, contests and competitions, tragic hero, rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Heart Like a Wheel (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shirley Muldowney is determined to be a top-fuel drag racer, although no woman has ever raced them before. Despite the high risks of this kind of racing and the burden it places on her family life, she perseveres in her dream.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, touching
Plot: family relations, car race, feminism, strong female presence, follow your dream, hopes, rivalry, underdog, battle of the sexes, rise to the top, lifestyle, sport ...
Time: 50s, 70s, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Scottish second division football team Kilnockie is taken over by American Pete Cameron. The new owner puts pressure on manager Gordon McLeod to improve the fortunes of the team, and hires first division player Jackie McQuillan.
Style: realistic, sentimental, inspirational, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, follow your dream, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, against the odds, friendship, sport team, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry ...
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%