Movies like Pele: Birth of a Legend

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Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)
 7.2
 14K
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, serious, exciting, 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, soccer match, football, soccer coach, following a dream, playing football, youth, rivalry, multiple time frames, ends with biographical notes, ends with historical notes, scandinavian girl
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 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 sincere films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life and power relations mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Pele: Birth of a Legend: Maradona, the Hand of God (2007), McFarland, USA (2015), Heleno (2011), 42 (2013), Chasing Mavericks (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic, uplifting
Plot: sport, athlete's life, prodigy, rise to the top, drug abuse, ambition, hopes, rivalry, society, power relations, folk hero, rehabilitation ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s
Place: argentina, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 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 ...
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 ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
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: gloomy, serious, stylized, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: athlete's life, soccer, drugs/alcohol, sport, contests and competitions, brazilian, rise and fall, ambition, life is a bitch, womanizer, sport team, rivalry ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 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%
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: exciting, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: sport, surfing, ambition, friends, lifestyle, mentor protege relationship, wave, progress, teenage life, surfer, coach, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1987
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ 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, captivating, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: running, sikh, rise to the top, army, athlete's life, sport, family, fight, love, past, knife, jail ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s
Place: india, asia, pakistan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, sentimental, realistic, exciting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, success, friendship, underdog, skateboarding, surfing, rise and fall, first love, fame, challenge, jealousy, party ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, oregon, venice beach california, los angeles ...
⇓ 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 ⇓
52%
 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 ⇓
49%
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: serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: sport, hockey player, ice hockey, factory, rivalry, athlete's life, discrimination, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: quebec, montreal, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 ⇓
44%
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching, uplifting
Plot: racism, athlete's life, sport, hotshot hero, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry, society, contests and competitions, rise to the top, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, serious, realistic, exciting, sentimental
Plot: soccer, sport, athlete's life, soccer coach, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, against the odds, underdog, athlete and trainer, parents and children, working class ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: germany, hungary, switzerland, europe, budapest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, sentimental, sincere, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: soccer, sport, ambition, sport team, rivalry, training, football, athlete and trainer, friendship, contests and competitions, stadium, football player ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: england, yorkshire, brighton, europe, northern england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 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 ⇓
41%
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: serious, captivating, uplifting, realistic
Plot: sport, bollywood, athlete's life, leadership, rise to the top, ambition, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, sport team, rivalry, rags to riches, captain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2011
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 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 ⇓
35%
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 ⇓
34%
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 ⇓
34%
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, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, car race, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rise to the top, ambition, hotshot hero, parents and children, americana, heroes, hopes, rebellion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, inspirational ...
Plot: sport, golf, rivalry, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rise to the top, relationship vs career, ambition, couples, rising to stardom, human spirit ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: scotland, europe, georgia, atlanta georgia, harvard university ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, touching, uplifting, realistic
Plot: sport, feminism, car race, blind ambition, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, hopes, rivalry, athlete's life ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: serious, sentimental, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, salesman, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, rivalry, society, athlete's life, prodigy, human spirit ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1930s, 1960s
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Plot: sport, baseball, athlete's life, underdog, historical figure, rising to stardom, human spirit, couple relations, relationship vs career, ambition, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, exciting, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, urban ghetto, gangsters, sport, tragic hero, underdog, contests and competitions, rise and fall, human spirit, ambition, hopes, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, human spirit, ambition, hopes, rivalry, parents and children, family life, family relations, lifestyle
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 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: serious, uplifting, exciting, realistic
Plot: sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, competition, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, hopes, partners, rivalry, lifestyle, rationing ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 5.6
 696
Phantom Punch (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From his discovery by a priest while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary to the infamous 'Phantom Punch' by Cassius Clay which effectively ended his career, the movie spans the years from 1950 to Liston's mysterious and ...
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, boxer, rape, prison, infidelity, athlete's life, contests and competitions, african american, downfall, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1960s, 1950s
Place: missouri, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 ⇓
29%
 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: sincere, serious, captivating, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, father figure, champion, world champion, funeral, african american, death of mother, rags to riches, boxer, prison, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%