Movies like Pele: Birth of a Legend

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Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)
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Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)
Original name: Pelé: Birth of a Legend
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The life story of Brazilian football legend, Pele.
Style: sentimental, inspirational, uplifting, factual, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: sport, prodigy, rise to the top, soccer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, father son relationship, football player, follow your dream, dream come true, rags to riches, following a dream, soccer match, football, soccer coach, playing football, youth, rivalry, multiple time frames, ends with biographical notes, ends with historical notes, scandinavian girl
Time: 50s, 40s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america

Most similar movies to Pele: Birth of a Legend

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and uplifting films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life and underdog mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Pele: Birth of a Legend: McFarland, USA (2015), Heleno (2011), Maradona, the Hand of God (2007), Chasing Mavericks (2012), 42 (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, exciting, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
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, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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100%
 6.9
 1K
Heleno (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Brazil
Duration: 116 min.
Story: José Henrique Fonseca crafts an ambitious and long overdue homage to a central icon in Brazil’s 20th century history. Reminiscent of film noir classics, the biopic tells the glorious and tragic story of the legendary football striker Heleno de ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: soccer, athlete's life, bad attitude, unfulfillment, sport, contests and competitions, life is a bitch, drugs/alcohol, sport team, rivalry, troublemaker, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
Maradona, the Hand of God (2007)
Genre: Biography, Sport
Country: Italy, Argentina
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dramatizing of the many shocking highs and lows of Argentine soccer hero Diego Maradona, an extraordinary athlete and arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental, uplifting
Plot: sport, society, folk hero, prodigy, life is a bitch, hopes, power relations, athlete's life, rising to stardom, rise to the top, lifestyle, rise and fall ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: argentina, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: serious, exciting, uplifting, realistic
Plot: surfing, sport, ambition, friends, lifestyle, coach, teenage life, mentor protege relationship, obsession, surfer, progress, wave ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1987
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 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, realistic, captivating, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: baseball, racism, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, americana, hopes, power relations, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: new york, usa, empire state building manhattan new york city, missouri, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 54K
Run Milkha Run (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, captivating, inspirational ...
Plot: running, army, sikh, rise to the top, lifestyle, punjab, rivalry, ambition, championship, determination, fame, overcoming ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s
Place: india, pakistan, asia
⇓ 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: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, working class, college life, ambition, american football, football, college, sport team, respect, financial problem, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970s.
Style: serious, exciting, sentimental, realistic, motivational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, success, friendship, surfing, jealousy, first love, challenge, rise and fall, party, underdog, fame, skateboarding ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, oregon, venice beach california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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, uplifting, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, american football, human spirit, football, racism, college, ambition, rivalry, society, against the odds ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Plot: sport, rivalry, ice hockey, factory, discrimination, athlete's life, protest, working class, ambition, underdog, hopes, rise to the top ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: montreal, quebec, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: sport, athlete's life, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, teenage love, tragic hero, dedicated educator, contests and competitions, hopes, teaching the ways of the world, power relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Tiger Woods Story (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: With his father coaching him and his mother providing a strong spiritual influence, Tiger Woods rose to fame and fortune. But his success came at a price, as he endured personal struggles with racism, self-doubt and cultural identity.
Style: touching, uplifting, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: racism, contests and competitions, parents and children, hotshot hero, hopes, interracial relations, lifestyle, rise to the top, family relations, rising to stardom, athlete's life, sport ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. The second ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: soccer, sport, soccer coach, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, athlete's life, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete and trainer, rivalry, underdog ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: switzerland, germany, hungary, europe, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 184 min.
Story: The film is based on the life of Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Style: captivating, uplifting, serious, realistic
Plot: sport, sport team, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete's life, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry, leadership, bollywood, love, biker ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, 2000s
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Damned United (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous ...
Style: tense, sincere, sentimental, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: soccer, sport, ambition, rivalry, training, stadium, sport team, football, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, friendship, football player ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: england, yorkshire, brighton, europe, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
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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, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, against the odds, underdog, rise to the top, horse race, follow your dream, sport, animal training, legendary, contests and competitions, ambition, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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, realistic, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, football, underdog, teacher, jealousy, against the odds, determination, divorce, american football, athlete and trainer, power relations, contests and competitions ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, captivating, exciting, sincere, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, american football, athlete and trainer, sport team, ambition, rise to the top, small town, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, social relations, coach ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 21st century, 20th century
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: touching, realistic, uplifting, serious
Plot: sport, feminism, car race, family relations, hopes, underdog, rivalry, against the odds, society, lifestyle, battle of the sexes, gender ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, sport, football, contests and competitions, prejudice, underdog, high school, african american, coach, training, racial slur, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Last American Hero (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A backwoods bootlegger decides to put the driving skills he developed evading the law to good use. He becomes a race car driver, and eventually, one of the fastest drivers in history.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, car race, contests and competitions, hotshot hero, athlete's life, rise to the top, chases and races, parents and children, hopes, society, heroes, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, 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, realistic, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, salesman, hopes, athlete's life, rainy, contests and competitions, talented, ambition, championship, struggle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: The story of golf icon and legend, Bobby Jones, who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, sentimental, inspirational ...
Plot: sport, golf, rivalry, underdog, contests and competitions, temperamental, weakness, opponent, human spirit, couples, ambition, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: scotland, europe, georgia, atlanta georgia, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 5.9
 9K
The Babe (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chronicle of Babe Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game. His amazing career included seven American League ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: sport, baseball, americana, underdog, rivalry, ambition, major league, human spirit, couples, hopes, athlete's life, rising to stardom ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 30s, 20s, 40s ...
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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 ⇓
43%
 6.7
 299
Bert & Dickie (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell (Doctor Who's Matt Smith) and Dickie Burnell (Sam Hoare) defied all the odds and made history in the double sculls. This is the story of how they did it ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, uplifting
Plot: sport, hopes, contests and competitions, athlete's life, lifestyle, against the odds, ambition, rivalry, partners, human spirit, competition, teamwork ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.0
 430
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, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, youth, unfulfillment, sport, follow your dream, family relations, athlete's life, parents and children, hopes, tough heroes, ambition, coming of age ...
Time: 30s, 50s, 20th century, 40s, 60s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Don King: Only in America (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A cinematic portrait of the famous fight promoter and boxing manager.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: rise to the top, sport, life is a bitch, power relations, underdog, human spirit, gangsters, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete's life, hopes, urban ghetto ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 80s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: sport, parents and children, hopes, family relations, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, human spirit, family life, rivalry, lifestyle, ambition
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.4
 2K
Tyson (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction for rape. The story of his turbulent life moves ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, father figure, rags to riches, boxer, world champion, african american, funeral, champion, death of mother, athlete's life, power relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%