Movies and TV shows like Playmakers

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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: rough, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, running, coach, athlete and trainer, ambition, against the odds, sport team, lifestyle, deal, rivalry, ego clash, power relations, tough heroes, football, slick, american football, closeted homosexual, gay athlete, locker room, football practice
Time: 21st century, contemporary

Most similar movies to Playmakers

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, exciting and captivating films and TV series with plots about ambition, rivalry, sport, contests and competitions, athlete's life, athlete and trainer and power relations mostly in Sport, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Playmakers: A Season on the Brink (2002), Fast Girls (2012), The Junction Boys (2002), Friday Night Lights (2006), NBC Sunday Night Football (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: realistic, uplifting, serious, basketball movie
Plot: hopes, sport, contests and competitions, power relations, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, sport team, underdog, college, university, rivalry, lifestyle ...
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, exciting, touching, feel good, realistic ...
Plot: sport, society, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, social differences, ego clash, sport team, follow your dream, friends, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: sincere, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Plot: sport, contests and competitions, out of the way, underdog, rivalry, university, athlete's life, power relations, village life, teachers and students, hopes, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, texas, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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: rough, sentimental, realistic, exciting, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, sport, friendship, small town, football, coach, american football, sport team, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, rape, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: exciting, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: championship, rivalry, coach, stadium, football, reporter, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, fan, star, expert ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: realistic, serious, rough, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, desire for fame, american football, coach, success, ambition, underdog, football, sport team, athlete's life, blind ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 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: realistic, serious
Plot: sport, coach, juvenile delinquency, dedicated educator, society, against the odds, starting over, high school life, lifestyle, baseball, youth, football ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: soccer, sport, contests and competitions, athlete's life, rising to stardom, athlete and trainer, rise to the top, power relations, sport team, ambition, rise and fall, society ...
Time: 20th century
Place: chile
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Movie in collections
 5.5
 706
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: realistic, serious, sincere
Plot: tough heroes, against the odds, feminism, lifestyle, social differences, society, family business, human spirit, ambition, rivalry, underdog, urban ghetto ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.9
 42K
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, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, human spirit, teenage life, youth, athlete and trainer, sport, football, violence, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: realistic, captivating, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Plot: baseball, sport, small town, coach, contests and competitions, social relations, athlete and trainer, power relations, one last chance, ambition, hopes, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s
Place: iowa, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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, semi serious, rough, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: wrestling, martial arts, rivalry, tough heroes, ambition, uninhibited rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete's life, sport, wrestler, underground, violence
Time: 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
ESPN American Muscle Magazine (1987)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Weekly bodybuilding magazine program.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: health and fitness, magazine, ambition, rivalry, physical appearance, athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, fitness, athlete, competition, female bodybuilder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.5
 768
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, feminism, follow your dream, athlete's life, blind ambition, parents and children, relationship vs career, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete and trainer, power relations, family relations ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, realistic, feel good, football movie ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: christian, sport, football, underdog, religions or cults, human spirit, youth, ambition, rivalry, religious, high school life, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, athlete, american football player, party, friendship, betrayal, family relations, business ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: exciting, realistic, clever, stylized, humorous ...
Plot: baseball, sport, serial killer, rivalry, owner, major league, mad, manager, americana, campaign, hopes, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: exciting, uplifting, feel good, realistic, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, high school, contests and competitions, hopes, social relations, family, power relations, athlete and trainer, sport team, underdog, rivalry, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: massachusetts, boston, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, 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 ⇓
52%
 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: uplifting, captivating, semi serious, realistic
Plot: underdog, society, lifestyle, misfit, struggle, prodigy, ambition, obsession, contests and competitions, against the odds, deal, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 4.6
 370
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 and trainer, contests and competitions, curses spells and rituals, power relations, ego clash, high school life, sport team, youth, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, new york, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, youth, rivalry, friends, follow your dream, social relations, teenage life, ambition, family relations, hopes, gymnastics ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 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: emotional, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: rivalry, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, power relations, athlete's life, sport, hopes, one more chance, starting over, lifestyle
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, florida, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.1
 866
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: serious, realistic, touching, basketball movie
Plot: sport, small town, high school sports, hopes, power relations, dedicated educator, social relations, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, small town life, human spirit ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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: realistic, serious
Plot: underdog, college, school, youth, urban ghetto life, dedicated educator, power relations, athlete and trainer, hopes, contests and competitions, follow your dream, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.7
 339
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: serious, sincere, emotional, touching, realistic ...
Plot: sport, sport team, urban ghetto, youth, family problems, ambition, hopes, student life, life is a bitch, athlete's life, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Whole Truth (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: As District Attorney Kathryn Peale and defense attorney Jimmy Nolan rally their teams around their arguments and prepare to go head-to-head in the the courtroom, they make frantic moves and countermoves of complex legal wrangling to tilt justice in ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: courtroom, district attorney, lawyer, power relations, hotshot lawyer, courtroom drama, ego clash, rivalry, ambition, dedicated lawyer, legal action, legal investigation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Beyond the Break (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Beyond the Break is an American drama series set in Hawaii, that debuted on The N in June 2006.
Style: realistic, exciting, sexy, touching, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, sport, ambition, overcoming, power relations, getting along, love and romance, friends, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Carman: The Champion (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Former champion boxer Orlando Leone (Carmen) is "The Preacher" at an inner-city youth center. Wanting to give something back to the community, he bought a large building for a church youth center. But the cash ran out before he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: christian, ambition, hotel, religions or cults, tough heroes, against the odds, lifestyle, human spirit, heroes, rivalry, underdog, church ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.0
 809
Unrivaled (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: On these streets everyone is fighting for a way out, but after a lifetime of hard knocks, a down-on-his-luck cage fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he is chosen to compete against the MMA world champion during a massive competition. ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, uplifting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, cage fighting, athlete's life, contests and competitions, sport, tough heroes, ambition, lifestyle, martial arts, heroes, rivalry, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%