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This Sporting Life (1963)
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This Sporting Life (1963)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, sentimental, thought provoking, captivating, sincere, gloomy, biting, suspense
Plot: widow, sport, ambition, realism, human nature, couples, rise to the top, rugby, introspection, miner, wedding, athlete's life, love and romance, destructive relationship, fall in love, love affair, society, working class, lifestyle, isolation, underdog, bitterness, landlady tenant relationship, christmas, sex ...
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england

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Most similar movies to This Sporting Life

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and captivating films with plots about ambition, sport, athlete's life, hopes, rivalry, contests and competitions and lifestyle mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like This Sporting Life: When Saturday Comes (1996), Road to Victory (2007), True Blue (1996), Monday Night Mayhem (2002), A Gentleman's Game (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
When Saturday Comes (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jimmy Muir comes from a typical gritty, northern town where there are only two options: working down the pit or in a factory. But Jimmy has other ideas - he dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Confronted by a bitter and unsupportive ...
Style: gloomy, sincere, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: friendship, contests and competitions, lifestyle, ambition, sport, athlete's life, society, follow your dream, life is a bitch, hopes, couples, urban ghetto ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Road to Victory (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A star athlete on the verge of turning pro must decide which dream to pursue while he battles his own body.
Style: psychological, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: infidelity, love affair, relationship vs career, ambition, rise to the top, athlete's life, breakup, couples, doctors and patients, fall in love, sport, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.2
 361
True Blue (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of the year the Oxford and Cambridge boat race changed from a gentleman's race to one where winning was everything.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, uplifting, feel good ...
Plot: university, oxford, student life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, campus, sport team, power relations, college life, rivalry, youth, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Monday Night Mayhem (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The early years of a television sports powerhouse are chronicled as ABC becomes a player in the NFL coverage by putting their full resources into a major showcase. Executive Roone Arledge (John Heard) recruits former Dallas Cowboys quarterback ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: american football, rise to the top, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete's life, sport, showbiz, introspection, hopes, rivalry, celebrity culture, gambling ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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A Gentleman's Game (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A drama revolving around characters whose lives are transformed one summer at an exclusive East Coast country club.
Style: serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: golf, lifestyle, prodigy, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, contests and competitions, youth, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, social differences, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.4
 733
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, realistic, serious, suspense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, lifestyle, ambition, rise to the top, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rivalry, sport ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Talent can only get you so far. For golfer Luke Chisholm, that turns out to be Utopia, Texas -- where he's left stranded after blowing his pro debut.
Style: sincere, uplifting, captivating, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: wise man, golf, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, sport, ambition, athlete and trainer, introspection, small town, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 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 ⇓
57%
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 7.1
 835
Seve (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, Spain
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Despite being blocked at almost every turn in pursuit of the sport he loved, Seve Ballesteros fought against adversity to become the most spectacular and charismatic golfer to ever play the game.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, sentimental, exciting
Plot: golf, ambition, athlete's life, rise to the top, rivalry, contests and competitions, sport
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.1
 327
Cet amour-l? (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cet Amour-là is an intimate portrait of a legendary love affair. Set against the beauty of the Breton seaside, it is also a film that revels in the insights that Marguerite Duras' writing affords.
Style: psychological, emotional, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: love and romance, lifestyle, hopes, soldier, fall in love, wartime life, couple relations, destiny, family relations, couples, romance, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.0
 74K
The Hustler (1961)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Fast Eddie Felson is a small-time pool hustler with a lot of talent but a self-destructive attitude. His bravado causes him to challenge the legendary Minnesota Fats to a high-stakes match.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, thought provoking, talky, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: billiards, gambling, suicide, money, hustler, alcohol, sport, cons and scams, success, championship, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, california, san francisco, minnesota, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A rebellious youth, sentenced to a boy's reformatory for robbing a bakery, rises through the ranks of the institution through his prowess as a long distance runner. During his solitary runs, reveries of his life and times before his ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, psychological, sincere
Plot: prison, working class, rivalry, rebellion, juvenile delinquency, running, rebel, prison life, athlete's life, ambition, hopes, school ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.9
 286K
The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with ...
Style: bleak, emotional, contemplative, serious, sincere ...
Plot: wrestling, life is a bitch, wrestler, loneliness, fame, ambition, aging, sport, stripper, athlete's life, introspection, heart attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, human spirit, follow your dream, athlete's life, lifestyle, ambition, against the odds, friendship, relationship vs career, contests and competitions, society, rivalry ...
Place: scotland, europe, glasgow scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
My Brother... Nikhil (2005)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Famous swimmer Nikhil Kapoor (Suri) deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.
Style: realistic, serious, suspense, captivating, sexy ...
Plot: hopes, family relations, swimming, athlete's life, society, family problems, love and romance, lifestyle, against the odds, hiv positive, social outcast, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1989, year 1987, year 1994
Place: india, goa india
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, basketball movie
Plot: athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, sport team, contests and competitions, lifestyle, sport, athlete and trainer, underdog, hopes, basketball, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Great Victory (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Brazil
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Independent feature film based on the biography of a Brazilian judo with a great victory that went beyond the mats and medals.
Style: emotional, captivating, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: rise to the top, love affair, ambition, dysfunctional family, couples, hopes, love and romance, couple relations, athlete's life, sport, parents and children, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, contemplative, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, friendship, olympics, jewish, running, missionary, track and field, sport, prejudice, bishop, crumbling relationship ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 20s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, europe, france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Flying Scotsman (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of amateur cyclist Graeme Obree, who breaks the world one-hour record on a bike he made out of washing machine parts.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, scot, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, race, sport, rivalry, friendship, hopes, contests and competitions, cyclist ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.2
 409
The Games (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting
Plot: athlete's life, power relations, friends, bookies, culture clash, human spirit, destiny, love affair, athlete and trainer, sport, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 60s
Place: rome italy, europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 1K
Go Now (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player living in the big city. He meets Karen, and the two fall in love and move in together. Soon after, Nick exhibits signs of serious illness. As his body slowly succumbs to multiple sclerosis, he experiences a ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: family relations, working class, romance, misfit, society, love and romance, life is a bitch, supportive spouse, family problems, life turned upside down, couples, paralysis ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: england, europe, new orleans, paris france, ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
All Things Fall Apart (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 50 Cent stars as gifted college running back Deon in this touching drama. Deon's world turns upside down when an unexpected crisis jeopardizes his professional ambitions -- and causes him to look at himself and his life in a new way.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, terminal illness, athlete's life, human spirit, hopes, ambition, life is a bitch, bittersweet, american football, sexual content, profanity, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.4
 268
Body and Soul (1981)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young man struggles to become a boxing champ, but success blinds him. It is only through the love of his girlfriend that he is brought back to reality.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere
Plot: hopes, sport, love and romance, rise to the top, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, downfall, underdog, life is a bitch, power relations, rich and poor ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Everybody's All-American (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, psychological, sincere ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, college, sport, ambition, midlife crisis, american football, family problems, romance, athlete's life, love triangle, marriage, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: louisiana, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.2
 3K
Fast Girls (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.
Style: uplifting, feel good, exciting, touching, serious ...
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, society, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, running, friendship, ego clash, rivalry, sport, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 206
The Opponent (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on ...
Style: uplifting, serious, sincere, rough, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: female boxer, follow your dream, ambition, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, rise to the top, lifestyle, contests and competitions, rivalry, athlete and trainer, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.6
 170
The Kid (1997)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Jimmy Albright is a young athlete with a passion for boxing. His mentor, Harry Sloan, an aging trainer and former boxer, sees Jimmy's potential, not only as a boxer but as a young man. With Harry's guidance, Jimmy trains and fights his way ...
Style: sincere, feel good, touching, psychological, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: family relations, rivalry, aging, rise to the top, contests and competitions, sport, athlete and trainer, family life, human spirit, parents and children, working class, sport team ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, rough, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: coach, sport, desire for fame, american football, sport team, success, ambition, underdog, football, athlete's life, contests and competitions, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 2K
White Palms (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hungary
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils.
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: gymnastics, rivalry, athlete's life, self discovery, human spirit, haunted by the past, athlete and trainer, ambition, lifestyle, gymnast, hungarian, teacher ...
Time: 80s, 2000s
Place: hungary, canada, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life, sport team, friendship, hopes, youth, love and romance, human nature, sport, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%