Movies like Big Wednesday

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Big Wednesday (1978)
 7.3
 5K
Big Wednesday (1978)
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, captivating, dramatic, harsh, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: friendship, surfing, coming of age, flash forward, cult, youth, buddies, sport, ocean or sea, adolescence vs adulthood, friends, follow your dream, reunion, americana, hopes, extreme sport, adolescence, philosophy, pretending to be gay, surfer, u.s. army, surfboard, wave, teenage boy, beach ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s
Place: california, vietnam, usa, malibu california, hawaii, texas

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, sentimental and touching films with plots about friends, friendship, youth, sport, teenage life, mentor and coming of age mostly in Drama, Sport and Comedy genres. Some movies like Big Wednesday: Lords of Dogtown (2005), Fat City (1972), Foxes (1980), Drift (2013), Chasing Mavericks (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
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: sentimental, serious, realistic, exciting, motivational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, success, friendship, extreme sport, underdog, skateboarding, surfing, rise and fall, first love, fame, challenge, jealousy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, venice beach california, oregon, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.4
 6K
Fat City (1972)
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, gloomy ...
Plot: sport, boxer, friendship, boxing match, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, underdog, transporter, neo-noir, ambition, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.1
 3K
Foxes (1980)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A group of friends come of age in the asphalt desert of the San Fernando Valley, as set to a blazing soundtrack and endless drinking, drugs and sex.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, hollywood, self discovery, alcohol, sex, desert, prostitution, drug abuse, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.4
 4K
Drift (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: surfing, sport, friendship, siblings relations, family relations, family business, workplace, friends, forgiveness, surfer, biker, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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Chasing Mavericks (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Surfer Jay Moriarity sets out to ride the Northern California break known as Mavericks.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, uplifting
Plot: surfing, sport, ambition, friends, sea disaster, lifestyle, teenage life, mentor protege relationship, progress, wave, dedication, beach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1987
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
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: uplifting, emotional, sentimental, realistic, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, underdog, hopes, sport, friends, athlete's life, human spirit, sport team, ambition, baseball, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 5.7
 28K
Blue Crush (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sexy, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: surfing, sport, sea, surfer, beach, friendship, romance, best friends, contests and competitions, job, american football player, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hawaii, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
An American Summer (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In this youthful drama, Tom, a 14- year-old who's parents have just divorced, is abruptly uprooted from his wealthy Chicago home and sent to the strange land of LA to live in the far-out beach bungalow of his aunt, an aging hippie still stuck ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: coming of age, beach, surfing, friendship, buddies, family life, youth, family relations, friends, custody, teenage life, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Love & Basketball (2000)
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, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, sport, high school, friendship, romance, coming of age, career change, athlete's life, young lovers, high school sports, lovers, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1993, year 1981
Place: california, usa, los angeles, italy, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 816
Local Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On Skeet’s twelfth birthday his older brother Randy buys him his first surfboard. Suddenly his summer turns to the endless search for the perfect wave, wild times and beach parties and eventually, finding his own daring adventures when Randy’s ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic
Plot: surfing, gang, best friends, single parent, romance, young lovers, friendship, parents and children, siblings relations, teenage love, adolescence vs adulthood, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.8
 1K
Brian's Song (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, sport, friendship, terminal illness, ambition, hopes, life is a bitch, friends, buddies, sport team, lifestyle ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.4
 31K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.5
 2K
North Shore (1987)
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, friendship, youth, underdog, adventure, young lovers, coming of age, contests and competitions, romance, sport, teenage life, fish out of water ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Style: realistic, semi serious, feel good, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, coach, little league, family, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, sport team, hopes, youth, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.1
 2K
The Chosen (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The Chosen follows the story of two teenage boys determined to remain friends despite the deep differences between their two families. Set in New York during the 1940s, this provocative film follows the son of an orthodox rabbi and the son of a ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, dramatic, earnest ...
Plot: friendship, chosen one, culture clash, coming of age, interracial relations, teenage life, society, friends, clergy, parents and children, youth, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.5
 3K
Blue Crush 2 (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, surfer, ocean, beach, best friends, sport, contests and competitions, follow your dream, friendship, ocean or sea, hopes, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, africa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, athlete's life, human nature, high school, sport, friendship, teenage life, sport team, ambition, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 6K
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: emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: friendship, sport, terminal illness, cancer, american football, underdog, human spirit, american football player, interracial relations, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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We Are Marshall (2006)
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, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, sport, football, american football, university, comeback, recruit, coach, survivor, grief, student, small town ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, campus, virginia, california, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.7
 19K
Breaking Away (1979)
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, humorous, semi serious, touching, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: cycling, working class, sport, friendship, coming of age, underdog, small town, coming-of-age, serenade, bicycle race, bicycle, teenage boy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.2
 4K
Little Birds (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Lily and Alison face a life-changing event after they leave their Salton Sea home and follow the boys they meet back to Los Angeles.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating
Plot: friends, friendship, runaway, best friends, drugs/alcohol, sex, lesson, adolescence vs adulthood, adventure, small town, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 ⇓
41%
Racing with the Moon (1984)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, sentimental, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, small town, bowling, abortion, buddies, young lovers, small town life, love and romance, youth, social relations, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 6.8
 772
From the Rough (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, touching, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: underdog, sport, follow your dream, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, power relations, athlete's life, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
More American Graffiti (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: College graduates deal with Vietnam and other issues of the late '60s.
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: marijuana, drag racing, hippie, student protest, police brutality, faked death, oldies, buddies, rock, rebelliousness, new year's eve, pot smoking ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: vietnam, california, usa, mine, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.8
 68K
The Sandlot (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the ...
Style: sentimental, semi serious, realistic, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: baseball, dog, sport, friendship, coming of age, childhood, fence, chased by a dog, family, small town, team, buddies ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1962, 80s
Place: utah, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Stealing Home (1988)
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, suicide, love, coming of age, self discovery, aging, parents and children, teenage life, fall in love, love and romance, youth, family relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Johnny Tsunami (1999)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A Hawaiian teenage surfer shows off his skills when he takes to the snow slopes in Vermont.
Style: feel good, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: surfing, sport, friendship, family, youth, tsunami, friends, contests and competitions, teenage life, family life, social relations, skiing ...
Time: 90s
Place: vermont, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Ride the Wild Surf (1964)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of friends go to Hawaii during the height of surfing season, to compete with other surf bums and find girlfriends along the way.
Style: semi serious, feel good, realistic, humorous
Plot: sport, surfing, contests and competitions, adventure, love and romance, youth, romance, friendship, siblings relations, teenage life, twentysomething life, coming of age ...
Time: 60s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 11K
The War (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The son of a Vietnam War Veteran must deal with neighborhood bullies as well as his dad's post-traumatic stress disorder while growing up in the deep south in the 1970's.
Style: sentimental, realistic, touching, serious, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: coming of age, bullying, friendship, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, family life, child, self discovery, parents and children, haunted by the past, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%