Movies like Big Wednesday

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Big Wednesday
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Three 1960s California surfers fool around, drift apart and reunite years later to ride epic waves.
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic, exciting, dramatic, harsh, melancholic, captivating, reflective ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, surfing, coming of age, cult, adolescence, buddies, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, mentor, pornography, drinking, life philosophy, ocean or sea, adolescence vs adulthood, life & death, friends, sexualized violence, culture clash, follow your dream, vengeance, classic car, reunion, nudity (full frontal - brief), flash forward, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: california, hawaii, usa, vietnam, texas, malibu california

Most similar movies to Big Wednesday

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, inspirational, serious and touching films with plots about mentor, dialogue, unlikely friendships, redemption, runaway, storytelling and culture clash mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like Big Wednesday: Lords of Dogtown (2005), Girlfight (2000), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), We Are Marshall (2006), The Cure (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Lords of Dogtown
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The film follows the surf and skateboarding trends that originated in Venice, California during the 1970s.
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, exciting, factual ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, surfing, mentor, drinking, coming of age, gang, teenager, competition, underdog, success, sport, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey, venice beach california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 6.8
 9K
Girlfight
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Diana Guzman begins to train as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers, all while keeping it a secret from her father.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, single father, high school, coming-of-age, father daughter relationship, relationships, underdog, coming of age, urban ghetto, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   94%
    User:   95%
 
Bang the Drum Slowly
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, baseball, underdog, hospital, unlikely friendships, mentor, sport, hopes, cancer, friends, drinking ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   82%
    User:   96%
 
We Are Marshall
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, football, small town, underdog, sport, sport team, courage, ambition, mentor, hopes, tragedy, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, new jersey, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   70%
    User:   76%
 
 7.7
 8K
The Cure
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dexter, age 11, who has AIDS, and his next door neighbor Eric, a little older and much bigger, become best friends. Eric also becomes closer to Dexter's mother than to his own, who is neglectful and bigoted and violently forbids their ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, terminal illness, aids, childhood, children, hospital, best friends, unlikely friendships, adolescence, mentor, young heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: mississippi, usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   65%
 
Amazing Grace and Chuck
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, emotional, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, athlete's life, weapons, basketball, society, childhood, journalism, destiny, obsessive quest, president, unlikely friendships, high school ...
Time: 80s
Place: boston, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   67%
 
 5.9
 1K
Sunset Park
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, high school, underdog, sport, athlete's life, college, dedicated educator, hardcase students, school, contests and competitions, happy ending, restaurant ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   69%
    User:   80%
 
 7.4
 6K
Fat City
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, bleak, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, boxing, sport, loneliness, athlete's life, working class, character study, relationships, dialogue, underdog, greed, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   66%
    User:   58%
 
 7.7
 19K
Breaking Away
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Dave, nineteen, has just graduated high school, with his 3 friends, The comical Cyril, the warm hearted but short-tempered Moocher, and the athletic, spiteful but good-hearted Mike. Now, Dave enjoys racing bikes and hopes to race the Italians one ...
Style: realistic, touching, humorous, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, friendship, small town, underdog, working class, father son relationship, sport, teenager, cycling, coming-of-age, college, racing ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   61%
    User:   71%
 
 6.5
 2K
North Shore
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On a small stretch of coastline as powerful as a man's will, Rick Kane came to surf the big waves. He found a woman who would show him how to survive, and a challenge unlike any other.
Style: semi serious, feel good, humorous, romantic, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, coming of age, mentor, underdog, adventure, young lovers, contests and competitions, romance, friendship, sport, drinking, teenage life ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, california, usa, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   59%
 
 6.6
 7K
Vision Quest
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed , trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, inspirational, melancholic
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, coming of age, underdog, love, sport, teenager, male nudity, athlete's life, teacher, dreams, mentor, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey, california, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   60%
    User:   67%
 
Love & Basketball
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A young African-American couple navigates the tricky paths of romance and athletics in this drama. Quincy McCall (Omar Epps) and Monica Wright (Sanaa Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As they grow ...
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, romantic, realistic ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, romance, high school, friendship, sport, college, athlete's life, love story, multiple storylines, love, marriage, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1993
Place: california, usa, los angeles, italy, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   59%
    User:   66%
 
The Power of One
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, bullying, racism, human spirit, book, segregation, mentor, race, childhood, justice, courage, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: south africa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   50%
 
Personal Best
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This film chronicles the relationship of two female world-class athletes. Mariel Hemingway and real-life Olympian pentathlete Patrice Donnelly play runners who train together, compete against each other and eventually become lovers. Scott Glenn ...
Style: sexual, sentimental, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: romance, lesbian, sport, olympics, male nudity, athlete's life, relationships, women, gays and lesbians, contests and competitions, pornography, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   56%
    User:   65%
 
 6.4
 2K
Carny
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tired of being a small-town waitress, Donna departs with the latest carnival show, living with entertainers Frankie and Patch in a tense, emotional triangle.
Style: semi serious, gloomy, realistic, disturbing, road movie ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, parents and children, romance, siblings relations, coming-of-age, unlikely friendships, small town life, mentor, runaway, teenage life, family relations, crime gone awry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   52%
 
 6.7
 7K
Fandango
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Five college buddies from the University of Texas circa 1971 embark on a final road trip odyssey across the Mexican border before facing up to uncertain futures, in Vietnam and otherwise.
Style: sentimental, road movie, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, college, buddies, on the road, desert, unlikely friendships, road trip, young lovers, coming-of-age, drinking, obsessive quest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: texas, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   55%
    User:   53%
 
 7.6
 38K
Hoosiers
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.
Style: realistic, serious, inspirational, sincere, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, small town, basketball, high school, underdog, sport, friendship, contests and competitions, mentor, lone hero, foul language, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   53%
    User:   43%
 
 7.6
 201K
Creed
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, intense, dramatic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, mentor, sport, cancer, courage, athlete's life, redemption, hip hop, fight scenes, storytelling, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, year 1998
Place: usa, philadelphia, england, mexico, tijuana mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   61%
 
 7.3
 106K
Coach Carter
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: high school, basketball, underdog, teacher, sport, athlete's life, drugs/alcohol, teachers and students, friendship, mentor, dedicated educator, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   61%
 
 7.5
 48K
Rudy
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, college, football, sport, athlete's life, mentor, dreams, courage, university, college life, follow your dream, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   50%
 
 7.2
 182K
Rocky Balboa
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: inspirational, captivating, sentimental, uplifting, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: sport, boxing, athlete's life, strongman, human spirit, against the odds, comeback, boxer, fight, courage, determination, underdog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   55%
 
Requiem for a Heavyweight
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, serious, gloomy, dramatic ...
Plot: aging, boxing, down on your luck, mentor, corruption, childhood, life is a bitch, character study, crime gone awry, depression, drinking, greed ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
 8.1
 450K
Rocky
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, friendship, training, athlete's life, violence, rags to riches, mentor, sport, courage, honest, fight scenes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   40%
 
 6.6
 4K
Spetters
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Dutch film, post-Saturday Night Fever, which follows the lives of three young men who are amateur dirt-bike motorcycle racers. They each fall in love with a young woman who, with her brother, sells French fries and hot dogs at the races. Everyone ...
Style: disturbing, serious, tense, sexual, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, friendship, male nudity, sexual abuse, rape, sex, suicide, motorcycle, splatter, brutality, gay, adolescence ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: europe, holland, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   46%
 
Stealing Home
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Billy Wyatt (Harmon), a former high school and minor-league baseball baseball player receives a telephone call from his mother revealing that his former child-sitter, and later in his teens, his first love, Katie Chandler (Foster), has died. Wyatt ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, love, aging, baseball, self discovery, mentor, childhood, love story, adolescence, parents and children, coming-of-age ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   51%
 
 6.8
 7K
The Champ
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
Plot: underdog, redemption, sport, death, on the road, athlete's life, boxing, single parent, contests and competitions, mentor, love, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   46%
    User:   53%
 
 6.9
 60K
Whip It
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In Bodeen, Texas, Land Of The Dragon, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.
Style: witty, feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: coming of age, small town, mentor, adolescence, rebellion, beauty pageant, sport, geek, mother daughter relationship, school, best friends, rock ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa, california, austin texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   40%
 
 6.8
 146K
Rocky III
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, feel good, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, boxing, revenge, sport, brutality, death, redemption, athlete's life, comeback, mentor, fight scenes, violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, russia, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
 7.2
 4K
Sugar
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Dominican Republic
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Sugar is a 2008 sports drama film directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. It follows the story of Miguel Santos, a. k. a. Sugar (Algenis Perez Soto), a Dominican pitcher from San Pedro de Macorís, struggling to make it to the big leagues and pull ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: baseball, immigrants, small town, culture clash, sport, follow your dream, mentor, ambition, character study, brutality, tragedy, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iowa, latin america, kansas, usa, canada ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   44%
    User:   47%
 
The Wanderers
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The streets of the Bronx are owned by 60’s youth gangs where the joy and pain of adolescence is lived. Philip Kaufman tells his take on the novel by Richard Price about the history of the Italian-American gang ‘The Wanderers.’
Style: serious, realistic, rough, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, high school, adolescence, gangsters, buddies, rock, male nudity, gangs, teacher, teenager, coming-of-age, gang ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   40%
 
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