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McFarland, USA (2015)
 7.4
 31K
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, serious, exciting, sentimental, emotional, sweet, factual, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, ambition, athlete's life, teachers and students, teenage life, ends with biographical notes, transformation, dedicated educator, sport, teacher, school, championship, sport team, hopes, power relations, small town life, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, touching and sentimental films with plots about ambition, sport, coach, hopes, underdog, human spirit and rivalry mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like McFarland, USA: Coach Carter (2005), Remember the Titans (2000), The Blind Side (2009), Miracle (2004), Facing the Giants (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 110K
Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: touching, sincere, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, teacher, teachers and students, human spirit, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, hardcase students ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: realistic, sentimental, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: sport, racism, contests and competitions, high school, underdog, football, american football, prejudice, human spirit, against the odds, friendship, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.7
 264K
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: uplifting, touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adoption, human spirit, parents and children, rising to stardom, life, misfit, american football, family drama, athlete's life, prejudice, homeless, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 43K
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, sincere, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: ice hockey, sport, underdog, athlete and trainer, human spirit, hockey, coach, contests and competitions, grudge, olympics, athlete's life, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, milwaukee wisconsin, new york, madison square garden manhattan new york city, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, football movie ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: christian, sport, underdog, football, athlete's life, high school, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, high school life, religions or cults, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: uplifting, serious, feel good, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, high school, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, family, sport team, ambition, hopes, rivalry, youth, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 74K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, small town, against the odds, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, nasa, satellite, ambition, cold war, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
When the Game Stands Tall (2014)
Genre: 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, exciting, serious, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, american football, athlete and trainer, sport team, contests and competitions, ambition, small town, rise to the top, rivalry, youth, social relations, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century, 21st century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.2
 40K
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: serious, captivating, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, racism, underdog, college, coach, racial slur, teamwork, marriage, sport, contests and competitions, racial segregation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, campus, maryland, seattle washington ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.9
 42K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: 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, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, violence, human spirit, underdog, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, teenage life, competition, youth, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.5
 77K
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, uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: baseball, racism, athlete's life, rivalry, sport, human spirit, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, discrimination, against the odds, americana, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, 1940s, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, missouri, cincinnati ohio, pasadena california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
 50K
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: sentimental, uplifting, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college life, ambition, college, working class, athlete's life, football, university, follow your dream, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 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: serious, sentimental, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: athlete's life, underdog, high school, follow your dream, parents and children, family problems, feminism, human spirit, athlete and trainer, siblings relations, death in the family, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: sentimental, touching, serious, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, fish out of water, culture clash, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, misfit, disorder, athlete's life, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, usa, california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 6K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family, 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: realistic, sincere, serious, emotional, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, sport, racism, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, underdog, follow your dream, comeback, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, courage, fight scenes ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.3
 19K
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, american football, human spirit, college, african american, rise to the top, football, racism, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 39K
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, serious, sincere, emotional, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, redemption, high school, small town, underdog, athlete and trainer, championship, contests and competitions, son, parent child relationship, high school sports ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 6.9
 36K
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: emotional, touching, sentimental, serious, feel good ...
Plot: disability, sport, small town, underdog, football, radio, friendship, graduation, mentally challenged, human spirit, ambition, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: sentimental, factual, inspirational, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: sport, prodigy, rise to the top, soccer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, father son relationship, football player, football, rags to riches, soccer match ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, philosophical, compassionate, sincere ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, self discovery, athlete and trainer, wise man, coach, rehabilitation, mentor, mysterious character, friendship, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.1
 60K
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, feel good, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, football, american football, against the odds, teacher, divorce, jealousy, determination, athlete's life, bad luck, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: touching, serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: baseball, sport, coach, small town, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, americana, high school, small town life, sport team, ambition, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.2
 144K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, underdog, friendship, mentor, teachers and students, intergenerational friendship, teaching the ways of the world, perseverance, family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, michigan, beijing china, detroit ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sentimental, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, sport, football, american football, university, comeback, recruit, coach, survivor, grief, student, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, west virginia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: sport, athlete, running, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, ambition, hopes, rivalry, power relations, olympics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, helsinki finland, munich germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.0
 30K
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 ...
Style: sentimental, serious, feel good, touching, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, family, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, parent child relationship, follow your dream, against the odds, ambition, hopes, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: sport, college, athlete's life, dedicated educator, high school, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rising to stardom, human spirit, athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.8
 6K
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: sincere, serious, rough, talky, factual ...
Plot: sport, runner, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, olympics, hopes, lifestyle, olympic gold medalist, justice, competition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1960, year 1969, year 1972 ...
Place: oregon, usa, montreal quebec, finland, mexico city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 866
Believe in Me (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, basketball movie
Plot: sport, high school sports, small town, athlete's life, dedicated educator, underdog, coming of age, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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