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Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story (2005)
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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 him with no memory of his son's hockey career or his own role in Wayne's achievements.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: sport, athlete's life, friends, disability, family relations, parents and children, life is a bitch, ambition, hopes, elderly, life turned upside down, healing power, golden years, unfulfillment, celebrity culture, hockey, love, christmas, dancing, ice hockey, friendship, male female relationship, snow, restaurant, coach ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1991, year 1994, year 1992
Place: canada

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and sentimental films with plots about hopes, sport, ambition, athlete's life, family relations, human spirit and parents and children mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Waking Up Wally: The Walter Gretzky Story: Soul Surfer (2011), If I Had Wings (2013), Gracie (2007), Winter Stories (1999), The Terry Fox Story (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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 ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, sport, lifestyle, shark attack, disability, injury, athlete's life, championship, suffering, tragic event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, usa, thailand, california
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95%
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, realistic, touching ...
Plot: sport, rivalry, ice hockey, discrimination, factory, athlete's life, protest, working class, ambition, society, human spirit, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 30s, year 1955 ...
Place: toronto ontario canada, quebec, montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
If I Had Wings (2013)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Alex, blind since the age of two, dreams of running for his school's cross-country team. His father, a probation officer, finds a running partner who spends his time 'running' from the law.
Style: sincere, serious, emotional, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: disability, running, high school, hopes, human spirit, teenage life, youth, odd couple, against the odds, unlikely partners, parents and children, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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74%
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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, serious, sincere, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: soccer, high school, feminism, parents and children, siblings relations, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, gender, death in the family, family problems, teenage life, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1978
Place: new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Winter Stories (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An adult Martin Roy reminisces about his life in the 1966/67 school year. At fifteen years old and in his last year of junior high school, he breathed, ate and slept hockey. He collected hockey cards, played street hockey with his friends, tried ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, hockey, power relations, small town life, small town, youth, family relations, friends, social relations, friendship, hopes, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: canada, montreal quebec, quebec
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68%
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cory Weissman is a college basketball player who suffers a devastating stroke. He perseveres to find new meaning in his life both on, and more importantly, off the court.
Style: captivating, uplifting, emotional, serious, realistic
Plot: rehabilitation, college, paralysis, power relations, life turned upside down, college life, life is a bitch, disability, human spirit, against the odds, sport, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Terry Fox Story (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The true story about the Canadian cancer amputee hero who decided to run across Canada on only one leg to raise money for cancer research.
Style: realistic, captivating, uplifting, sincere, serious ...
Plot: unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, rivalry, ego clash, misfit, homecoming, family relations, ambition, human spirit, heroes, family problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s, year 1981
Place: cross country, canada, british columbia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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: serious, sentimental, uplifting, realistic
Audience: family outing
Plot: family, sport, misfit, society, disability, human spirit, high school life, life turned upside down, power relations, hopes, athlete's life, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Terry (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: "Terry" tells the story of 21-year old amputee Terry Fox who attempted to run across Canada with only one leg. Unfortunately, he only made it to Thunder Bay, Ontario when he died, one month before his 23rd birthday yet his memories will ...
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, touching, sentimental
Plot: terminal illness, marathon, canadian, running, cancer, unfulfillment, family relations, ambition, misfit, sport, athlete's life, on the road ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: cross country, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Great Victory (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Brazil
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Independent feature film based on the biography of a Brazilian judo with a great victory that went beyond the mats and medals.
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: sport, rise to the top, athlete's life, love and romance, athlete and trainer, hopes, parents and children, couple relations, couples, love affair, ambition, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Brian's Song (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, sport, terminal illness, american football, cancer, hopes, athlete's life, life is a bitch, underdog, rivalry, against the odds, society ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965, 1960s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
My Brother's Keeper (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Identical twin brothers Lou and Eric plan to compete together in the National Rowing Championships. But when Eric leaves their small town to attend an Ivy League University, the brother's bond is torn apart.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: sport, university, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, follow your dream, athlete's life, siblings relations, love and romance, hopes, contests and competitions, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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: realistic, feel good, touching, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, high school, friends, one last chance, small town, ambition, high school life, against the odds, athlete's life, hopes, follow your dream ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Booky & the Secret Santa (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Booky does everything she can to make an enjoyable Christmas, for her family, during the depression as her father is out of work.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: unemployment, parents and children, family, family gatherings, wish come true, best friends, youth, hopes, snobbism, friends, family relations, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: canada, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Auction (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Gaby owns a farm on which he raises lambs: Bouchard & Sons Farm. But he has no sons. Rather, he has two daughters that he raised like princesses and who live far away, in the big city. One day, the oldest asks him for some financial support ...
Style: touching, sentimental, realistic, serious
Plot: farm, elderly, family relations, selflessness, introspection, countryside, siblings relations, golden years, parents and children, hopes, parent child relationship, father daughter relationship
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The 5th Quarter (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the wake of a car crash that killed his brother, football player Jon Abbate leads his school's struggling team to its most successful season ever.
Style: touching, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: sport, car accident, funeral, coach, prayer, gymnasium, death in the family, family problems, high school, parents and children, athlete's life, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Finding Buck McHenry (2000)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When an 11 year old boy gets cut from his Little League baseball team, he sets out to form his own team.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, uplifting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, little league, coach, friends, family relations, sport team, power relations, human spirit, family life, ambition, friendship, underdog ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A young girl (Jade Pettyjohn) struggles to maintain her school grades while competing as a gymnast.
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: hopes, athlete's life, teachers and students, teenage life, school, ambition, blind ambition, best friends, youth, friends, sport, female protagonist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: gymnastics, prodigy, hopes, athlete's life, rise to the top, siblings relations, sport, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, parents and children, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2009, year 2011, year 1995 ...
Place: usa, iowa
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42%
A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The story of Mary Thomas, the mother of basketball star Isiah Thomas, and how she fought to keep her family together and her sons out of trouble despite the surroundings of poverty, drugs, crime and violence of their ghetto neighborhood.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: urban ghetto life, single parent, society, against the odds, dysfunctional family, family relations, urban ghetto, juvenile delinquency, ambition, dream come true, hopes, family problems ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Swimming Upstream (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: swimming, sport, domestic violence, swimmer, dysfunctional family, athlete's life, ambition, self discovery, lifestyle, rivalry, underdog, family life ...
Time: 1950s, 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: australia, melbourne australia, harvard university, sydney australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, serious, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: hospital, high school, college, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, social misfits, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, coming of age, youth, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his homosexuality, and him contracting the HIV virus.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: coming out, sport, diving, hopes, gays and lesbians, contests and competitions, unfulfillment, athlete's life, love and romance, life is a bitch, lifestyle, ambition ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Charlie & Me (2008)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When her beloved grandfather Charlie suddenly falls ill, twelve year-old Casey finds herself making some life or death decisions - and learning to live with the consequences.
Style: uplifting, feel good, touching, sentimental, emotional ...
Plot: self discovery, golden years, love and romance, parents and children, doctors and patients, dealing with death, hopes, friends, family relations, chess, single parent, hospital ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Go Figure (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Katelin Kingsford, an Olympic hopeful figure skater wants to train with a Russian figure skating coach. In order to go to go to the school that Natasha is at, Katelin gets a scholarship playing on the girls hockey team.
Style: humorous, semi serious, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: ice hockey, sport, rivalry, figure skating, boarding school, ambition, friends, family relations, power relations, teenage life, school, hockey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, serious, inspirational, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, chick flick
Plot: horse, sport, animal training, redemption, against the odds, dream come true, parents and children, hopes, family relations, human spirit, horse race, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: kentucky, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Chuck Murdock, a 12-year-old boy from Montana and son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip. He protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, athlete's life, anti war, sport team, politics, ambition, fighting the system, hopes, family relations, sport, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Marathon (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: 20-years-old Cho-Won (Cho Seung-Woo) is young man with autism. He lives with his highly protective mother Kyung-Sook (Kim Mi-Sook) and younger brother (Baek Sung-Hyun), who sometimes resents the attention his older brother receives from his mother. ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious
Plot: disability, autism, marathon, running, solace, redemption, parents and children, athlete's life, young heroes, social misfits, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, sincere, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, sport, friendship, missionary, running, prejudice, hopes, follow your dream, escapades, rivalry, social differences ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, england, france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his ...
Style: touching, sincere, psychological, depressing, inspirational ...
Plot: french, human spirit, paralysis, disability, life turned upside down, rehabilitation, coma, writing, nurse, patient, courage, tragic event ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: france, europe, paris france, arc de triomphe paris, beirut lebanon ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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