Movies like Joe and Max

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Joe and Max (2002)
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Joe and Max (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.
Style: sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: sport, world war two, boxing, friendship, racism, interracial relations, boxer, contests and competitions, war, human spirit, follow your dream, discrimination, ambition, against the odds, against humanity, husband wife relationship, nazi, nazism, holocaust, friends, athlete and trainer, rivalry, society, anti semitism, confined ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 40s
Place: new york, paris france, germany, chicago illinois, berlin germany, harlem, manhattan new york city ...

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Most similar movies to Joe and Max

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sincere and touching films with plots about sport, ambition, hopes, rivalry, contests and competitions, human spirit and athlete's life mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Joe and Max: The Greatest (1977), Max Schmeling (2010), 42 (2013), The Express (2008), Phantom Punch (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Greatest (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The song "Greatest Love of All", later remade by Whitney Houston, was written for this film and ...
Style: realistic, touching, serious, sincere
Plot: racism, ambition, fighting the system, contests and competitions, rising to stardom, athlete's life, follow your dream, human spirit, religions or cults, hopes, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 70s
Place: vietnam, asia
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95%
Max Schmeling (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: Germany, Croatia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Max Schmeling. A national hero in the 1930's when he became World heavyweight champion. He lost favour with the Nazi regime when he lost to a black man, Joe Louis, and is sent to the front in the hope he will be ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: nazi germany, world war two, world champion, anti semitism, fighting the system, athlete's life, sport, hopes, love and romance, against humanity, society, lifestyle ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, new york, hamburg germany, berlin germany ...
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86%
 7.5
 95K
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, inspirational, emotional, factual, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: baseball, racism, sport, against the odds, racial segregation, rivalry, african american, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, americana, human spirit, rise to the top ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1948 ...
Place: boston, new jersey, california, new york, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: ice hockey, sport, hockey player, rivalry, discrimination, factory, athlete's life, protest, working class, human spirit, contests and competitions, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1955, year 1952 ...
Place: quebec, boston, new york, montreal, toronto ontario canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 7.2
 22K
The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
Style: inspirational, emotional, factual, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: american football, sport, african american, athlete and trainer, racism, college, human spirit, football, courage, friendship, mentor, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 60s, 50s
Place: usa, new york, texas, new jersey, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 5.5
 802
Phantom Punch (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: From his discovery by a priest while serving time at the Missouri State Penitentiary to the infamous 'Phantom Punch' by Cassius Clay which effectively ended his career, the movie spans the years from 1950 to Liston's mysterious and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, black american, prison, infidelity, sport, rise and fall, follow your dream, rivalry, contests and competitions, rise to the top, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 70s
Place: usa, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 5.3
 782
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, suspense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, lifestyle, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, follow your dream, sport, rise to the top ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Against the Ropes (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A fictional story inspired by North America's most famous female boxing promoter, Jackie Kallen. Her struggle to survive and succeed in a male dominated sport.
Style: inspirational, intense, sincere, serious, sexy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: boxing, sport, fight scenes, rags to riches, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, human spirit, underdog ...
Time: year 1972, 70s
Place: new jersey, michigan, los angeles, detroit, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: inspirational, emotional, touching, sentimental, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, chick flick, family outing, girls' night ...
Plot: racism, american football, african american, sport, racial tension, high school, football, racial prejudice, prejudice, school, friendship, coach ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, usa, california, new jersey, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.7
 100K
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: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, inspirational ...
Plot: boxing, muslim, friendship, civil rights, racism, sport, african american, politics, vietnam war, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete's life ...
Time: 70s, 60s, year 1964, year 1974, 20th century
Place: africa, nigeria, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Triumph of the Spirit (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Fact based story about a former Greek Olympic boxer who was taken as a prisoner during World war II and placed in the Auschwitz prison camp. There he was permitted to survive as long as he fought for the amusement of his captors. His father and ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, boxing, concentration camp, prison, sport, prison escape, fight, jewish, nazi occupation, boxer, slavery ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: poland, europe, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 8K
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: uplifting, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: american football, terminal illness, sport, cancer, friendship between men, football, friendship, racism, nfl, professional sports, grief, bear ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1965
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 7K
Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: inspirational, uplifting, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, african american ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: new orleans, new jersey, philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.1
 870
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: realistic, sincere, serious, tense
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, lifestyle, ego clash, tough heroes, relationship vs career, obsession, athlete and trainer, sport ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.0
 187K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: inspirational, touching, motivational, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, sport, human spirit, underdog, great depression, boxer, athlete's life, comeback, poverty, follow your dream, depression, financial problem ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, netherlands, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Shot at Glory (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Scottish second division football team Kilnockie is taken over by American Pete Cameron. The new owner puts pressure on manager Gordon McLeod to improve the fortunes of the team, and hires first division player Jackie McQuillan.
Style: realistic, sentimental, inspirational, captivating, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: soccer, sport, follow your dream, athlete's life, human spirit, underdog, ambition, lifestyle, against the odds, friendship, sport team, contests and competitions ...
Place: scotland, glasgow scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.2
 242
The Opponent (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Patty Sullivan (Erica Eleniak) is a battered woman who decides to take charge of her life by taking boxing lessons to better protect herself when her boyfriend becomes violent. Patty soon learns she has some talent for boxing and sets her sights on ...
Style: serious, sincere, rough, uplifting, feminist film ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: female boxer, boxing, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.2
 46K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: inspirational, feel good, emotional, sincere, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, racism, underdog, coach, college, sport, teamwork, racial slur, justice, unlikely friendships, sport team ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas, indiana, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere, touching
Plot: golf, family relations, racism, interracial relations, athlete's life, rise to the top, rivalry, contests and competitions, sport, lifestyle, hotshot hero, society ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Soul of the Game (1996)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration. But, unexpectedly, it's the rookie with the ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: baseball, racism, friendship, interracial relations, historical figure, terminal illness, americana, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, sport team, power relations ...
Place: usa, new york, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.8
 7K
Prefontaine (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a ...
Style: talky, factual, intense, serious, rough ...
Plot: olympics, runner, sport, underdog, justice, human spirit, athlete's life, contests and competitions, lifestyle, hopes, track and field, running ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1960, year 1969, 60s ...
Place: oregon, usa, seattle, boston, montreal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 1K
Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1971, air-conditioner repairman and boat enthusiast Jim McCormick entertains his desire to 'go down' as a legend in the record books when the Gold Cup hydroplane boat race improbably comes to his small town of Madison, Indiana. ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, melancholic
Audience: kids
Plot: ship, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, unemployment, friendship, rising to stardom, hopes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Carnera: The Walking Mountain (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Italy, Romania
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The life of Primo Carnera a.k.a. "Ambling Alp", Italian professional boxer and the World Heavyweight Champion from June 1933 to June 1934, but also accused by some of having ties to the mob.
Style: uplifting, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: boxer, athlete's life, ambition, against the odds, follow your dream, boxing, prodigy, rise to the top, sport, hopes, contests and competitions, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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The Flying Scotsman (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of amateur cyclist Graeme Obree, who breaks the world one-hour record on a bike he made out of washing machine parts.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, inspirational
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, human spirit, cyclist, bicycle, scot, race, underdog, lifestyle, ambition, hopes, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: sincere, factual, inspirational, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sport, olympics, running, runner, competition, track and field, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971, year 1969, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, finland, helsinki finland, munich germany, oregon
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.5
 9K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, harsh, feel good ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, friendship, ambition, underdog, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, human spirit, urban ghetto life, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, british columbia, california, cuba, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 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: uplifting, captivating, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: deaf, mute or deaf, sport, underdog, wrestler, athlete's life, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, christian, rivalry, ambition, athlete's life, tough heroes, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, lifestyle, contests and competitions, relationship vs career ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
3: The Dale Earnhardt Story (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Biographical story of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. The movie starts with his young life and growing up with his father, Ralph, who raced for a living, but initially wanted more for his son. When Dale quits high school to start driving full time, his ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, sentimental
Plot: human spirit, rising to stardom, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, parents and children, family life, family relations, sport, hopes, contests and competitions, nascar ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story about the great basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich when he was in the eighth grade. He plays on the varsity basketball team at Daniel High School but has some very difficult obstacles standing in his way of playing. The only ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: basketball, youth, power relations, sport team, dedicated educator, life is a bitch, sport, prodigy, contests and competitions, tragic hero, rising to stardom, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%