Movies like Soul Surfer

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Soul Surfer (2011)
 7.0
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Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic, christian film, melancholic, emotional, inspirational, tear jerker ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, beach, comeback, shark attack, lifestyle, survivor, christian, sport, disability, athlete's life, injury, teenage life, parents and children, ambition, championship, suffering, training, tragic event, supportive friend, christianity, hospital, strong female character ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, thailand, usa, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sentimental films with plots about hopes, sport, ambition, human spirit, underdog, rivalry and redemption mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Soul Surfer: Blue Crush 2 (2011), Radio (2003), The Blind Side (2009), Heaven Is for Real (2014), Chasing Mavericks (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Blue Crush 2 (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.
Style: feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, ocean, surfer, friendship, beach, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, disorder, teenage life, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, beverly hills, africa
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Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the horse (in fact is a mare)and save it of being sacrificed by the owner.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: horse, family relations, sport, animal training, horse race, redemption, against the odds, human spirit, parents and children, dream come true, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ 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, couple relations, against the odds, civil rights, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s
Place: south carolina, cuba, san francisco
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100%
 7.6
 295K
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, interracial relations, american football, strong female character, life, fish out of water, rising to stardom, athlete's life, family drama, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Heaven Is for Real (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey ...
Style: christian film, touching, sentimental, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, christianity, heaven, faith, family, parents and children, religions or cults, small town, family relations, clergy, supernatural, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nebraska, usa, lithuania
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67%
Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Surfer Jay Moriarity sets out to ride the Northern California break known as Mavericks.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: mentor protege relationship, surfing, coach, lifestyle, ambition, friends, sport, progress, escapades, youth, obsessive quest, championship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1987
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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100%
 6.1
 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: realistic, touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere ...
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
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100%
 7.1
 205K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: Action, 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, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, boxer, comeback, training, fight, underdog, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 32K
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, uplifting, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, athlete and trainer, baseball movie, underdog, sport team, family relations, following a dream, family, sport, human spirit, against the odds, rookie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, athlete and trainer, female boxer, sport, determination, athlete's life, unlikely friendships, human spirit, mentor protege relationship, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas, england, california ...
⇓ 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, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, society, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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, captivating, exciting, uplifting, 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, contests and competitions, teacher, school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.2
 27K
Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, horse ranch, follow your dream, contests and competitions, ambition, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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The Finishers (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Julien, 17, is wheelchair-bound due to cerebral palsy. Despite their love for him, his family is gradually falling apart under the strain of dealing with his disability. In a bid to bond with his father, Julien challenges him to participate with him ...
Style: serious, touching, uplifting, realistic
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: france, nice france, alps
⇓ 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, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: college, coach, football, sport, survivor, air disaster, university, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, united states, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.2
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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, contests and competitions, career, ambitious ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas, washington state, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, coach, sport team, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Never Back Down (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rebellious Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fight Scene at his new high school, after receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family Jake decides to seek the mentoring of a veteran fighter who trains him for one final ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: athlete and trainer, high school, martial arts, youth, teenage life, rivalry, rage, boxing, duel, power relations, sport, fist fighting ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: florida, usa, brazil, orlando florida, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, 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
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35%
 7.5
 57K
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, working class, college life, sport team, ambition, aspiration, family relations, sport, college, american football, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
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35%
 5.7
 30K
Blue Crush (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with ...
Style: feel good, serious, intense, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: surfing, female athlete, friendship, beach, sport, romance, teenage life, fall in love, social differences, ambition, lifestyle, young lovers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 921
Underdogs (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, UNDERDOGS is the story of a small-town high school football team destined to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.
Style: feel good, touching, realistic, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: high school football, high school, underdog, sport, sport team, teenage love, human spirit, against the odds, athlete and trainer, youth, follow your dream, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rendered a quadriplegic since a child from a near-fatal neck injury, a young girl fights against all odds to succeed in life from grade school to her acceptance into college under the assistance of her loyal and dedicated mother.
Style: sincere, uplifting, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: college, hospital, against the odds, teenage love, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, parents and children, survival, family problems, disability, single parent ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: As a coach and mentor, Walter Gretzky was instrumental in nurturing the talent of his son, hockey great Wayne Gretzky. So it came as an ironic tragedy when in 1991, just days after his 53rd birthday, Walter suffered a debilitating stroke that left ...
Style: touching, serious, captivating, sentimental, realistic
Plot: family relations, athlete's life, life turned upside down, parents and children, healing power, hockey, sport, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, elderly, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1991, year 1992, year 1994
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Hometown Legend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach.
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, touching, sincere
Plot: high school, small town, athlete's life, leadership, against the odds, teenage life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, working class, youth, sport, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental
Plot: human spirit, lifestyle, ambition, rising to stardom, rivalry, family life, parents and children, family relations, contests and competitions, hopes, sport, nascar
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 66K
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, serious, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: underdog, american football, football, against the odds, determination, teacher, sport, teamwork, team, lifestyle, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
 177K
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
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
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32%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition, baseball, rivalry, underdog, hopes, sport team, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.5
 2K
23 Blast (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.
Style: sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: family, high school, human spirit, blindness, athlete's life, ambition, disability, life turned upside down, sport, society, hopes, sport team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, united states, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%