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Playmakers (2003)
 8.5
 1K
Playmakers (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 491 min.
Story: Playmakers is an American television series that aired on ESPN from August 26, 2003 to November 11, 2003. It depicted the lives of the Cougars, a fictional professional football team in an unidentified city. The show starred Omar Gooding, Marcello Thedford, Christopher Wiehl, Jason Matthew Smith, Russell Hornsby, and Tony Denison. The show, which ran eleven episodes, was the first original drama series created by ESPN. Although the ratings were very high for ESPN—Playmakers was the highest-rated show on the network other than its Sunday night NFL and Saturday college football games—ESPN eventually canceled the series under pressure from the National Football League, who thought professional football was being negatively portrayed.
Style: serious, captivating, rough, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, ambition, ego clash, tough heroes, against the odds, rivalry, power relations, football, coach, running, slick, deal, lifestyle, american football, closeted homosexual, gay athlete, locker room, football practice
Time: contemporary, 21st century

Most similar movies to Playmakers

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and exciting films and TV series with plots about ambition, sport, rivalry, athlete's life, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer and power relations mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like Playmakers: A Season on the Brink (2002), Fast Girls (2012), The Junction Boys (2002), NBC Sunday Night Football (2006), Friday Night Lights (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
A Season on the Brink (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers" is based on the best-selling book by John Feinstein. The movie chronicles Indiana's 1985-86 season, when Knight granted Feinstein unprecedented access to the ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, basketball movie
Plot: athlete's life, university, underdog, sport, contests and competitions, college, athlete and trainer, sport team, ambition, rivalry, power relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.3
 3K
Fast Girls (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, feel good, touching ...
Plot: sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, society, ego clash, social differences, ambition, rivalry, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, friendship, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
The Junction Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Tom Berenger leads an outstanding cast in this bone-crunching dramatization of legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's debut at Texas A&M in the summer of 1954. The often unnerving story finds Bryant ducking the ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, hardcase students, underdog, contests and competitions, university, village, human spirit, college, athlete and trainer, college life, discrimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alabama, texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
NBC Sunday Night Football (2006)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Story: NBC Sunday Night Football is a weekly television broadcast of Sunday evening National Football League games on NBC that began airing on Sunday, August 6, 2006 with the pre-season opening Hall of Fame Game. Al Michaels serves as the play-by-play ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, contests and competitions, football, stadium, rivalry, sport team, ambition, anchor, ex athlete, championship, coach, fan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, 2010s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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Friday Night Lights (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series based around a high school football team situated in Texas. The series takes place in the fictional town of Dillon: a small, close-knit community in rural Texas. Particular focus is given to ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, sport, contests and competitions, american football, athlete and trainer, small town, sport team, mother daughter relationship, friendship, coach, football, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
30 for 30: Soccer Stories (2014)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Story: ESPN Films, creators of the critically-acclaimed 30 for 30 film series, will premiere a new series in April surrounding the 2014 FIFA World Cup on ESPN. 30 for 30: Soccer Stories will include a mix of standalone feature-length and 30-minute-long ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: sport, soccer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sports show, athlete and trainer, sport team, rivalry, rise and fall, rise to the top, rising to stardom, ambition ...
Time: 20th century
Place: chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
ESPN American Muscle Magazine (1987)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Weekly bodybuilding magazine program.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: magazine, athlete's life, sport, health and fitness, contests and competitions, physical appearance, ambition, rivalry, athlete, competition, female bodybuilder, female athlete ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.2
 10K
Forever Strong (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Rick Penning lives life just like he plays rugby; fast, hard-hitting and intense. When life on the edge lands him in jail, prison ward Marcus Tate offers him a chance to get back in the game by playing for his rival, Highland Rugby. Reluctantly Rick ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: sport, juvenile delinquency, coach, athlete's life, high school, dedicated educator, hardcase students, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, human spirit, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 704
Undefeated (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: urban ghetto, athlete's life, underdog, sport, boxer, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rise to the top, feminism, human spirit, athlete and trainer, social differences ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Lucha Underground (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Lucha Underground introduces U.S. audiences to the high-flying, explosive moves of lucha libre. An ancient combat tradition, watch as good and evil wage war in a gritty battleground called “The Temple.”
Style: serious, exciting, semi serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wrestling, sport, contests and competitions, martial arts, tough heroes, underground, wrestler, violence, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, uninhibited rivalry
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Final Season (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job and ditches his wedding plans to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: baseball, sport, coach, small town, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, high school, americana, small town life, sport team, ambition, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.9
 38K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, violence, human spirit, underdog, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, teenage life, competition, youth, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.6
 31K
Ballers (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, entertaining, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, american football, ambition, nfl, american football player, sport team, business, party, friendship, betrayal, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Bronx Is Burning (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The Bronx Is Burning is a television drama that debuted on ESPN on July 9, 2007, after the 2007 MLB Home Run Derby. It is an eight-episode mini-series adapted from Jonathan Mahler's best-selling book, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning. ...
Style: epic, clever, serious, humorous, realistic ...
Plot: baseball, sport, rivalry, serial killer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, stadium, athlete and trainer, sport team, urban, city life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.5
 364
Green Flash (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the ripe old age of 30, Cameron Day has given up his chances at pro-basketball fame and settled into an aimless life. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman lands him smack in the middle of Southern California's pro beach volleyball ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: sport, self discovery, athlete's life, prodigy, underdog, beach, contests and competitions, college, ego clash, high school, athlete and trainer, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, new york, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
 760
Price of Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An ex-boxer, living with the knowledge that his fight career was cut short by a crooked manager, channels his bitter disappointment in a single-minded quest for boxing championships for his three sons. We see them in pee-wee Silver Glove matches ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, tense
Plot: sport, athlete's life, underdog, blind ambition, contests and competitions, ego clash, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, parents and children, relationship vs career, ambition ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Make It or Break It (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, the series follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train for their day in the spotlight.
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, sentimental, captivating
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: sport, athlete's life, teenage life, youth, follow your dream, rivalry, friends, hopes, social relations, ambition, gymnastics, training ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Crooked Arrows (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A native-American lacrosse team makes its way through a prep school league tournament.
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, feel good, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, high school, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, family, sport team, ambition, hopes, rivalry, youth, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, athlete and trainer, american football, 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 ⇓
52%
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, football, american football, desire for fame, ambition, coach, success, blind ambition, contests and competitions, training, underdog, stadium ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: florida, miami, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.1
 580
Counterpunch (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story. A young boxer, Emilio, from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, finds himself at a cross roads after being locked up. As he fights his way back into the winning circle ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, rough
Plot: athlete's life, starting over, sport, ambition, hopes, contests and competitions, follow your dream, rivalry, power relations, one more chance, lifestyle
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, miami, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.7
 337
Streetballers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: sport, athlete's life, urban, contests and competitions, urban ghetto, urban ghetto life, ambition, hopes, family problems, friends, athlete and trainer, alcohol abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.0
 3K
Lights Out (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Lights Out is an American television boxing drama series from the FX network in the United States. It stars Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a New Jersey native, and former heavyweight champion boxer who is considering a comeback. ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, life is a bitch, athlete's life, aging, parents and children, midlife crisis, family life, ambition, crimes, family relations, collector, ex athlete ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: touching, serious, feel good, realistic, football movie ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: christian, sport, underdog, football, athlete's life, high school, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, high school life, religions or cults, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.1
 14K
Iqbal (2005)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 132 min.
Story: This is all about chasing your dreams, no matter what the obstacles. The story involves a young deaf and dumb boy who is crazy about cricket.
Style: semi serious, captivating, uplifting, realistic
Plot: underdog, follow your dream, sport, rise to the top, village, human spirit, sport team, disability, ambition, hopes, rivalry, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, realistic, uplifting
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 ⇓
46%
 6.8
 331
The Games (1970)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Four marathon runners (one from England, one from the U.S., a Czech and an Australian Aborigine) prepare to run in the Olympic games. The film follows each one and shows what their motivations are for running in the games.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, rough, uplifting
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, athlete and trainer, ambition, hopes, rivalry, power relations, love affair, culture clash, destiny ...
Time: 60s
Place: europe, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.9
 16
Matchups (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ian Willams -- who was born blind in one eye -- grew up undaunted to become an elite college basketball player. But his dream of winning a national championship and turning pro was sidetracked when a tragic accident left him completely blind. ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, college, school, sport, dedicated educator, urban ghetto, prodigy, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.4
 9K
Kingdom (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A raw family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. Alvey Kulina owns Navy St. MMA with the help of his girlfriend Lisa Prince. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, mixed martial arts, competition, sibling relationship, gym, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, training, drug abuse, family problems, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 846
Believe in Me (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, basketball movie
Plot: sport, high school sports, small town, athlete's life, dedicated educator, underdog, coming of age, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%