Movies like Pawn Sacrifice

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Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
 7.0
 33K
Pawn Sacrifice (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 115 min.
Story: American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.
Style: captivating, factual, entertaining, inspirational, realistic, serious, intense, dramatic, interesting, suspense ...
Plot: prodigy, chess, cold war, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, paranoia, genius, obsession, eccentricity, politics, mental illness, underdog, mother son relationship, victory, mentally unstable, uninhibited rivalry, couple relations, couples, russian, russian abroad, woman smoker, paparazzi, chair, woman in a bikini ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s
Place: russia, iceland

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Most similar movies to Pawn Sacrifice

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and dramatic films with plots about ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, mentor, destiny, sport and storytelling mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres. Some movies like Pawn Sacrifice: The Imitation Game (2014), Jobs (2013), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Luzhin Defence (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Imitation Game (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley ...
Style: inspirational, serious, factual, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, prodigy, code breaking, social misfits, mathematician, computers and web, genius, espionage, homosexuality, ambition, code, homosexual ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 1950s, year 1939 ...
Place: england, europe, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 5.9
 86K
Jobs (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Switzerland
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, factual, inspirational ...
Plot: rise to the top, prodigy, computers and web, inventions and discoveries, workplace situations, entrepreneur, blind ambition, business, apple computer, programmer, ambition, perfectionist ...
Time: 70s, 90s, 21st century, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: usa, india, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prepubescent chess prodigy refuses to harden himself in order to become a champion like the famous but unlikable Bobby Fischer.
Style: uplifting, touching, inspirational, intellectual, clever ...
Audience: kids
Plot: prodigy, chess, child prodigy, contests and competitions, genius, parents and children, mentor, supportive parent, human spirit, competition, tournament, obsession ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: At Princeton University, John Nash struggles to make a worthwhile contribution to serve as his legacy to the world of mathematics. He finally makes a revolutionary breakthrough that will eventually earn him the Nobel Prize. After graduate school he ...
Style: psychological, captivating, touching, cerebral, realistic ...
Plot: mental illness, prodigy, paranoia, mathematics, obsession, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally unstable, imagination, insanity, hallucinations, schizophrenia ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 70s, 1940s ...
Place: usa, boston, massachusetts, campus, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Luzhin Defence (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based upon the novel by Vladimir Nabokov, a chess grandmaster travels to Italy in the 1920s to play in a tournament and falls in love.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, melancholic, intellectual ...
Plot: chess, prodigy, obsession, mentally unstable, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, ambition, genius, love story, eccentricity, loneliness, relationships ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, uplifting, inspirational, factual, serious ...
Plot: sport, prodigy, rise to the top, soccer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, father son relationship, football player, playing football, dream come true, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 107K
The Walk (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, intense, tense ...
Plot: skyscraper, tightrope, world trade center, planning, adventurer, artists and showbiz, obsession, ambition, danger, escapades, mentor, talking to the camera ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1973, year 1974, future
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Dangerous Moves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: France, Liechtenstein, Switzerland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: World Chess Champion Akiva Liebskind (Michel Piccoli) faces his former pupil Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who defected to the West from the Soviet Union five years earlier, for the World Chess Championship in Geneva, Switzerland. The tension and ...
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: prodigy, politics, chess, contests and competitions, introspection, moral dilemma, ambition, rivalry, state affairs, kgb, bolshevik, iron curtain ...
Time: 80s
Place: geneva switzerland, soviet union, israel, moscow russia, lithuania
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 7.2
 135K
Steve Jobs (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Style: serious, factual, clever, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: prodigy, apple computer, computers and web, rise to the top, ambition, dialogue driven, inventions and discoveries, technology, friendship, father daughter relationship, fired from the job, loneliness ...
Time: 20th century, contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 1990s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.8
 86K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, touching ...
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, boxer, vietnam war, friendship, racism, politics, comeback, civil rights, muslim, african american, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: sentimental, serious, 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%
 7.5
 42K
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: realistic, uplifting, touching, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: sport, underdog, athlete and trainer, human spirit, ice hockey, cold war, hockey, grudge, russian, coach, family, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: milwaukee wisconsin, new york, usa, colorado, minnesota ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: racism, contests and competitions, sport, high school, underdog, human spirit, against the odds, football, american football, prejudice, interracial relations, friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: virginia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 122K
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: bleak, psychological, realistic, tense, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, sport, mental illness, murder, obsession, ambition, drugs/alcohol, athlete and trainer, estate, destructive relationship, misfit, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 21st century, contemporary, year 1987
Place: pennsylvania, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 1971, year 1972, year 1970 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, munich germany, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.8
 352
The Tournament (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Budapest International Chess Tournament. The most likely winner: Cal Fournier (22), French champion, immature genius, socially awkward, compulsive player. But this time, an unusual 9-years-old Hungarian opponent disrupts this smooth-running routine.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: youth, prodigy, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, misfit, swimming pool, hotel room, male nudity, female nudity, little boy, bare breasts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, budapest
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 2K
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: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, athlete's life, sport, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 625
Entrusted (2003)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Hoping to entrap Maria von Gall, who runs a courageous underground railroad for Jews in France, the Nazis kidnap her son Thomas, a brilliant 11-year-old chess master. An exchange arrangement goes awry and he sees her die in a hail of bullets; but he ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating
Plot: chess, holocaust, prodigy, young heroes, heroic mission, against humanity, war, youth, on the run, survival, danger, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, france, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 6.8
 158K
Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, feel good, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: sport, underdog, revenge, cold war, human monster, boxing, victory, training, boxer, kgb, boxing match, vengeance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: russia, soviet union, usa, moscow russia, ussr ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.5
 48K
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 ⇓
29%
 7.5
 75K
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, discrimination, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, sport team, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1946 ...
Place: new york, usa, pasadena california, cincinnati ohio, chicago illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.8
 115
Crazy Canucks (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the book White Circus by Ken Read, this is the story of the Canadian skiing legends that became the first North Americans to crack the Euro dominated World Cup Circuit in 1975
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: sport, skiing, underdog, contests and competitions, ski, ambition, rivalry, olympics
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: canada, europe, alps
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 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, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, hotshot hero, sport, prodigy, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry, society, contests and competitions, rise to the top, interracial relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.1
 59K
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%
 6.5
 4K
8 Seconds (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This film chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert.
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: bull riding, cowboy, romance, rising to stardom, ambition, sport, underdog, hopes, love and romance, rivalry, couples, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: arizona, oklahoma, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: underdog, sport, ambition, prejudice, missionary, running, friendship, athlete's life, contests and competitions, mayor, patriotism, follow your dream ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, england, europe, france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.6
 12K
Hands of Stone (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Panama, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, ambition, power relations, contests and competitions, boxing, bare breasts, hunger, boxer, boxing match ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, year 1980
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Gabby Douglas Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: The true story of Gabby Douglas who becomes the first African American to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: gymnastics, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, follow your dream, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, ambition, hopes, youth, family relations, prodigy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2002, year 2010, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
 315K
Moneyball (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.
Style: talky, witty, realistic, clever, serious ...
Plot: rise to the top, sport, baseball, success, underdog, team, statistics, mathematics, manager, sport team, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: california, usa, oakland california, boston, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%