Movies like Matilda 1978

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Matilda (1978)
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Matilda (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A small-time talent agent discovers an amazing boxing kangaroo and figures to use it as his stepping-stone into the big time.
Style: humorous, semi serious
Plot: adventure, gangsters, athlete's life, family, heroes, friends, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, ambition, human spirit, hopes, animal life, lifestyle, rivalry, underdog, cons and scams, power relations, boxing, boxer, mafia, mafioso, crime boss, kangaroo, rags to riches, mcdonald's restaurant ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, los angeles, manhattan new york city

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Most similar movies to Matilda

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, realistic and feel good films with plots about ambition, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, hopes, sport and athlete's life mostly in Comedy, Sport and Family genres. Some movies like Matilda: The Minis (2007), Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006), Gus (1976), Home Team (1998), Slam Dunk Ernest (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Minis (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Dwarfs playing basketball... with Dennis Rodman.
Style: humorous, semi serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: rivalry, athlete's life, hotshot hero, lifestyle, hopes, sport, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, friends, sport team ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: venice beach california, california
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95%
Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Another young boy with 'hoop dreams' finds an old pair of Michael Jordan's sneakers and can suddenly play ball like the greatest player in the world.
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, teens
Plot: friendship, follow your dream, underdog, sport, buddies, athlete's life, contests and competitions, hopes, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, gambling ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 2K
Gus (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up. But by switching the mule from team mascot to team member, (He can kick 100 yard field goals!) they start winning, and move up in the rankings, Hurrah! The competition isn't so ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, funny, buddy movie ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: sport team, mule, sport, family, farce, soccer, friends, athlete and trainer, against the odds, animal life, power relations, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, yugoslavia, former yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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Home Team (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Henry Butler (Steve Guttenberg) is a professional athlete with a little Pete Rose in him. His athletic interests go beyond the playing field and into the gambling dens. Convicted for his addiction, the soccer player is assigned to community service ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, touching
Plot: gambling, addiction, animal life, power relations, friends, sport team, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete's life, lifestyle, underdog ...
Time: 90s
Place: montreal, montreal quebec canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Slam Dunk Ernest (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers.
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, teens, date night
Plot: basketball, sport, nothing goes right, lifestyle, misfit, hopes, follow your dream, partners, goofy hero, athlete's life, rise to the top, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Soccer Dog: European Cup (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Soccer Dog: European Cup opens with the titular hero, Kimble, escaping the clutches of an evil scientist, bent on performing animal experiments. Our plucky canine hero then falls into the hands of Zack (Jake Thomas), an American boy who's been ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, captivating
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, human spirit, contests and competitions, rivalry, family relations, family, hopes, disorder, parents and children, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Sandlot: Heading Home (2007)
Genre: Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A successful professional baseball player gets his ego in check via an unreality check when he travels back in time to his boyhood sandlot ball-playing days.
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: sport team, friendship, baseball, youth, sport, athlete's life, partners, adventure, against the odds, athlete and trainer, friends, major league ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this third film version of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promotor/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: baseball, sport team, sport, culture clash, friends, power relations, athlete and trainer, fish out of water, cons and scams, friendship, adventure, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Big Green (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a depressed Texas town, British foreign exchange teacher Anna attempts to inject some life into her hopeless kids by introducing them to soccer. They're terrible at first, but Anna and her football-hero assistant whip them into shape. As ...
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: soccer, school, athlete and trainer, sport, underdog, family, teachers and students, high school life, small town life, against the odds, family life, friendship ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 7K
Jump In! (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Story revolves around a young boxer, Izzy Daniels, who trains to follow in his father's footsteps by winning the Golden Glove. When his friend, Mary, however, asks him to substitute for a team member in a Double Dutch tournament, the young man ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: friendship, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, teenage life, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry, youth ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 5.5
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Safe at Home! (1962)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A Florida boy (Bryan Russell) tells his Little League buddies that his father knows two New York Yankees (Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris).
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, uplifting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport team, baseball, americana, against the odds, hopes, family, youth, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, uninhibited rivalry, teenage life, parents and children ...
Time: 60s
Place: new york, florida, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Soccer Dog: The Movie (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A heart-warming comedy about the friendship between the new kid in town and a soccer-playing dog on the lam from the dog-catcher. It's up to these two underdogs to win the PeeWee Soccer League championship game.
Style: feel good, humorous, touching, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids
Plot: dog, soccer, friends, disorder, family relations, family life, adoption, working class, reincarnation, parents and children, athlete and trainer, against the odds ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 3.7
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Boys Club (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sent to San Francisco to spend the summer with his aunt, teenager Mario Vandetti makes fast friends with a group of neighborhood kids and encouraged by a caring priest they soon form a basketball team, becoming contenders in a city tournament.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, against the odds, human spirit, friendship, ambition, teenage life, follow your dream, family life, parents and children, dedicated educator, athlete and trainer, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Great White Hype (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When the champ's promoter, Rev. Sultan, decides something new is needed to boost the marketability of the boxing matches, he searches and finds the only man to ever beat the champ. The problem is that he isn't a boxer anymore and he's ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, stylized, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, boxer, investigation, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete's life, cons and scams, satire, underdog, power relations, interracial relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, cleveland ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.
Style: humorous, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
Plot: baseball, athlete's life, rivalry, contests and competitions, follow your dream, interracial relations, sport, underdog, hopes, lifestyle, society, ambition ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Paper Lion (1968)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a "Sports Illustrated" article.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Plot: sport team, american football, writers, rivalry, journalism, ego clash, sport, hopes, ambition, lifestyle, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: 60s
Place: usa, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Rookie of the Year (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, inspirational, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: baseball, sport team, sport, contests and competitions, underdog, ambition, athlete's life, rivalry, athlete and trainer, hopes, follow your dream, major league ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 2.7
 8K
Ed (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jack Cooper (Matt LeBlanc) could be a world-class baseball pitcher if he didn't keep buckling under the pressure. He tries to keep his spirits up after he's traded to a minor league team but loses all hope when he discovers that Ed, one of ...
Style: humorous, feel good, not serious, offbeat, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, pre-teens
Plot: baseball, chimpanzee, sport, against the odds, friendship, partners, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle, kidnapping, rivalry, animal life ...
Time: 90s
Place: california, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Air Up There (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie. But Saleh is the ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: sport team, sport, basketball, family, adventure, culture clash, hopes, athlete and trainer, fish out of water, scout, disorder, power relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Sentimental sequel film finds the Bears, somehow, the little league champions of California. As a result, the team is invited to play a between-games exhibition at the Houston Astrodome with the local champs, the Toros. Kelly Leak, the Bears' ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good, nostalgic ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: baseball, sport team, little league, sport, underdog, family, high school, redemption, friends, estrangement, relationship vs career, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: texas, houston texas, california, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.1
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Grand Champion (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 'Grand Champion' weaves the tale of a spunky young boy named Buddy and his prize-winning calf, Hokey, as they climb from the underdog position and up through the ranks of several Texas stock shows to ultimately win the coveted title of ...
Style: touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, rivalry, ambition, underdog, friendship, family life, buddies, hopes, redemption, small town, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Longshots (2008)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.
Style: realistic, feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, athlete's life, battle of the sexes, athlete and trainer, sport, youth, rivalry, underdog, gender, american football, strong female presence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After Gordon Bombay's hockey comeback is cut short he is named coach of Team USA Hockey for the Junior Goodwill Games. Bombay reunites the Mighty Ducks and introduces a few new players, however, he finds himself distracted by his newfound fame ...
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious, inspirational ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, sport team, athlete and trainer, sport, underdog, family, competition, friendship, partners, ambition, rivalry, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: los angeles, iceland, usa, europe, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Full-Court Miracle (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Full-Court Miracle is a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie. It premiered on November 23, 2003. Inspired by the true story of University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr, the film centers on a group of young Jewish basketball players who ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: family outing
Plot: miraculous event, college, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, against the odds, sport team, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, follow your dream, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: philadelphia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 3.1
 1K
Just 4 Kicks (2003)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Best known as the production designer on most of the Farrelly Brothers films, Sidney J. Bartholomew Jr. makes his directorial debut with this family-friendly soccer comedy. Real-life twin brothers Dylan and Cole Sprouse play a pair of soccer-playing ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, captivating
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: twins, family life, family relations, ambition, adventure, rivalry, underdog, sport, friends, family, hopes, soccer
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 3K
Ping-Pong (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: athlete's life, youth, human spirit, lifestyle, follow your dream, ambition, sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, friendship, ping pong, opponent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.0
 1K
Soccer Mom (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A warm-hearted comedy about a compulsive soccer mom who masquerades as a famous Italian soccer star hired to coach her daughter's floundering soccer team, then struggles frantically to keep her wacky charade going long enough to see the girls ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, touching, realistic
Plot: sport, rivalry, family life, hidden identity, sport team, contests and competitions, soccer, ambition, lifestyle, underdog, family relations, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 3.9
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Shred (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: SHRED is a motion picture that tells the story of two washed up pro snowboarders from the 90s named Max (played by Dave England) and Eddie (played by Renee Renee) who attempt to cash in on the fantastic growth of the sport by starting their own ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: buddies, rivalry, friends, against the odds, lifestyle, ambition, athlete's life, hopes, partners, underdog, skiing, human spirit ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A decade has passed in the small town where the original Sandlot gang banded together during the summer of ’62 to play baseball and battle the Beast. Now comes the sequel, a campy romp back to the dugout where nine new kids descend on the diamond ...
Style: feel good, touching, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: sport team, friendship, vengeance, sport, underdog, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, partners, teenage life, athlete and trainer, friends ...
Time: contemporary, year 1972
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 5.2
 13K
Rebound (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An acclaimed college hoops coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, entertaining, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: college, follow your dream, basketball, sport team, sport, human spirit, against the odds, lifestyle, family, prodigy, youth, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%