Movies like The Wrestler

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The Wrestler (2008)
 7.9
 276K
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 a long-in-the-tooth stripper, and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. But he can't resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a comeback.
Style: bleak, serious, sincere, touching, melancholic, depressing, psychological, gloomy, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: wrestling, life is a bitch, loneliness, fame, ambition, aging, sport, athlete's life, wrestler, heart attack, stripper, veteran, injury, father daughter relationship, redemption, honest, barbed wire, supermarket, midlife crisis, desperation, human nature, frustration, introspection, complex characters, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new jersey, usa, california

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Most similar movies to The Wrestler

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, intense and touching films with plots about redemption, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, sport, ambition and athlete's life mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like The Wrestler: Million Dollar Baby (2004), Raging Bull (1980), Rocky Balboa (2006), Fat City (1972), Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, touching, rough, sad, bleak ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, determination, sport, athlete's life, underdog, boxing, human spirit, follow your dream, training, feminism, contests and competitions, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, missouri, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 284K
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, atmospheric, intense, bloody, harsh ...
Plot: rise and fall, paranoia, jealousy, domestic violence, redemption, boxer, self destructing, career, sport, character study, boxing, argument ...
Time: 40s, 60s, 50s, 20th century, year 1943 ...
Place: bronx new york city, chicago illinois, new york, usa, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 188K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: 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, family outing, teens
Plot: athlete's life, comeback, training, boxing, underdog, boxer, fight, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sport, friendship, boxing, comeback, boxing match, boxer, athlete's life, unfulfillment, friends, human nature, alcohol abuse, introspection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, rough, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: bet, social worker, wrestling, drunkenness, second chance, aging, unfulfillment, opponent, rivalry, ambition, opposites attract, power relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, future
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 125K
Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, stylized, rough ...
Plot: wrestling, sport, mental illness, murder, ambition, obsession, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, power relations, destructive relationship, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary, year 1987
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ 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, sincere, serious, sentimental
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, hopes, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, terminal illness
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Slowed by age and failing eyesight, crack baseball scout Gus Lobel takes his grown daughter along as he checks out the final prospect of his career. Along the way, the two renew their bond, and she catches the eye of a young player-turned-scout.
Style: realistic, sincere, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: kids, chick flick
Plot: baseball, aging, father daughter relationship, workaholic, parents and children, traditional versus modern, family relations, one last chance, talented, sport, elderly, ex athlete ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, georgia, usa, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Movie in collections
 6.3
 13K
Powder Blue (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: On the gritty streets of LA, the destinies of four people desperate for connection and redemption are about to collide.
Style: bleak, emotional, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: strip club, anxiety attack, stripper, exotic dancer, redemption, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, self discovery, hopes, family problems, human nature, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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: realistic, gloomy, rough, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, female boxer, sexism, ambition, underdog, human spirit, urban ghetto, gender, feminism, lifestyle, self fulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, serious, rough, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, american football, coach, success, ambition, underdog, football, sport team, athlete's life, blind ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 314K
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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, sport, underdog, self destructing, boxer, addiction, black eye, title bout, shame, ex boxer, irish american ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s, 1990s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, atlantic city new jersey, new hampshire ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.7
 339
Streetballers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the ...
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: sport, sport team, urban ghetto, youth, family problems, ambition, hopes, student life, life is a bitch, athlete's life, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.7
 9K
Big Fan (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking-garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan". One night, Paul and his best friend Sal spot Giants star linebacker Quantrell Bishop at a gas ...
Style: talky, bleak, disturbing, psychological, semi serious ...
Plot: loser, sport, hospital, gun, obsessed fan, beating, obsession, football, dysfunctional family, gas station, disorder, petty job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.0
 165K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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, touching, sentimental, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, comeback, underdog, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, priest, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.9
 41K
He Got Game (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Style: captivating, thought provoking, touching, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, redemption, prison, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, warden, rejection, sport, dysfunctional family, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his ...
Style: touching, sincere, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: sport, journalism, funeral, newspaper, african american, boxing, ex athlete, lawsuit, homeless, change of luck, hallucinations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1950s, 2000s
Place: usa, colorado, denver colorado, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: uplifting, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, underdog, rivalry, sport team, ambition, sport, friends, hopes, athlete's life, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 466K
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, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, self esteem, training, contests and competitions, fight, ambition, life is a bitch, lifestyle, determination, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.4
 33K
Cake (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.
Style: touching, psychological, serious, depressing, bleak ...
Plot: suicide, depression, support group, obsession, life is a bitch, grieving, drugs/alcohol, dealing with death, suicide attempt, loneliness, friendship, group therapy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles, mexico, tijuana mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.2
 400K
Warrior (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: tense, emotional, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, fist fighting, teacher, training, martial arts, warrior, sport, contests and competitions, coach, mixed martial arts, exercise, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, pittsburgh, atlantic city new jersey, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 8K
Ironweed (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery ...
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: redemption, couple relations, alcohol abuse, mental illness, life is a bitch, parents and children, rich and poor, best friends, human nature, buddies, twists & turns, halloween ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, serious, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, exploding airplane, friendship, hopes, athlete's life, family relations, anti war, society, sport team, ambition, politics, obsessive quest ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 154K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
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 ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, sincere, gloomy, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: comeback, boxing, sport, underdog, revenge, rivalry, training, boxer, fame, boxing match, athlete and trainer, ambition ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, california, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.5
 7K
Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: serious, rough, cynical, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: sport, baseball, athlete's life, life is a bitch, historical figure, introspection, writer's life, journalism, storytelling, mentor, brutality, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s
Place: detroit, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 1K
Brian's Song (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease
Style: serious, sincere, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: sport team, athlete's life, life is a bitch, hopes, sport, friends, ambition, terminal illness, lifestyle, friendship, human spirit, buddies ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
A Fighting Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two men meet in the ring for a fight that will change their lives.
Style: exciting, touching, serious, sincere, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, human spirit, ambition, redemption, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, hopes
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Hysterical Blindness (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the 1980's, Debby Miller (Uma Thurman) goes out in New Jersey looking for a man after she is diagnosed with "hysterical blindness".
Style: psychological, realistic, touching, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, working class, singleness, getting home, friends, hopes, love and romance, family relations, couple relations, unfulfillment, single parent, parents and children ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.2
 4K
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: realistic, sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: baseball, sport, american dream, rookie, fish out of water, follow your dream, rags to riches, immigrants, small town, culture clash, major league, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: puerto rico, kansas, usa, iowa, dominican republic ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.8
 7K
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, touching, sincere, emotional, serious ...
Plot: sport, gambling, boxer, underdog, redemption, parents and children, contests and competitions, remarry, rivalry, single parent, custody, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%