Movies like Big Wednesday

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Big Wednesday (1978)
 7.3
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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: exciting, sincere, sentimental, serious, captivating, realistic, dramatic, harsh, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: surfing, friendship, coming of age, youth, flash forward, cult, ocean or sea, friends, extreme sport, follow your dream, hopes, buddies, reunion, americana, adolescence vs adulthood, sport, adolescence, party, u.s. army, beach, psychiatrist, philosophy, teenage boy, kiss, friend ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 70s, 20th century
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 friendship, friends, sport, youth, mentor, ambition and runaway mostly in Drama, Sport and Comedy genres. Some movies like Big Wednesday: Lords of Dogtown (2005), Fat City (1972), North Shore (1987), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Foxes (1980). 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: serious, exciting, sentimental, realistic, motivational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, success, friendship, surfing, jealousy, first love, challenge, rise and fall, party, underdog, fame, skateboarding ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, oregon, venice beach california, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.4
 7K
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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: sport, friendship, boxing, comeback, boxing match, boxer, athlete's life, unfulfillment, friends, human nature, alcohol abuse, introspection ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 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: feel good, humorous, semi serious, romantic, harsh ...
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, youth, friendship, coming of age, romance, friends, sport, adventure, teenage life, aging, hopes, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s
Place: hawaii, arizona, usa, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, underdog, rivalry, sport team, ambition, sport, friends, hopes, athlete's life, life is a bitch, human spirit ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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 6.1
 4K
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, realistic, gloomy, rough, reflective ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, coming of age, teenager, hollywood, drug abuse, addiction, alcohol abuse, self discovery, youth, teenage life, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 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: feel good, serious, realistic, sexy, light ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: surfing, sport, friendship, beach, sea, surfer, romance, coming of age, sexism, ocean or sea, ambition, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: serious, exciting, uplifting, realistic
Plot: surfing, sport, ambition, friends, lifestyle, coach, teenage life, mentor protege relationship, obsession, surfer, progress, wave ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1987
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, realistic, exciting, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: teens, chick flick
Plot: basketball, sport, friendship, high school, coming of age, career change, romance, parents and children, family relations, teaching the ways of the world, hopes, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1981, year 1993
Place: california, usa, los angeles, barcelona spain, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
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, uplifting, captivating, touching ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, exploding airplane, friendship, hopes, athlete's life, family relations, anti war, society, sport team, ambition, politics, obsessive quest ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 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, sincere, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: sport team, athlete's life, life is a bitch, hopes, sport, friends, ambition, terminal illness, lifestyle, friendship, human spirit, buddies ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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: feel good, sentimental, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, beach, surfer, ocean, follow your dream, friends, sport, contests and competitions, parents and children, love and romance, hopes, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south africa, beverly hills, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: humorous, sincere, semi serious, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: marijuana, faked death, student protest, police brutality, drag racing, hippie, coming of age, vietnam war, college life, rock, rebellion, americana ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, california, usa, mine, san francisco ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.8
 9K
Girlfight (2000)
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, gloomy, rough, touching, captivating ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: boxing, sport, female boxer, sexism, ambition, underdog, human spirit, urban ghetto, gender, feminism, lifestyle, self fulfillment ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.7
 20K
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, touching, humorous, semi serious, captivating ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: working class, cycling, sport, coming of age, small town, friendship, underdog, bicycle race, bicycle, serenade, ambition, youth ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ⇓
47%
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: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: friendship, suicide, coming of age, aging, love, fall in love, teenage life, lifestyle, americana, parents and children, family relations, friends ...
Time: 80s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, teenage life, society, clergy, parents and children, friends, interracial relations, family relations, youth ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: new york, usa, israel, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.8
 821
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: realistic, sentimental, serious
Plot: gang, surfing, rivalry, friendship, romance, friends, siblings relations, love and romance, adolescence vs adulthood, parents and children, family relations, teenage love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: realistic, semi serious, humorous, feel good
Plot: sport, surfing, lifestyle, youth, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, siblings relations, adventure, love and romance, twentysomething life, friends ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: hawaii, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.6
 39K
Hoosiers (1986)
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, captivating, uplifting, serious, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, sport, small town, redemption, underdog, high school, championship, athlete and trainer, ambition, lifestyle, athlete's life, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, clever, humorous, exciting, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, little league, coach, family, americana, friends, power relations, family relations, parents and children, contests and competitions ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, san francisco, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 50K
Rudy (1993)
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: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, underdog, working class, college life, ambition, american football, football, college, sport team, respect, financial problem, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, emotional, sincere, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: coming of age, small town, love and romance, sport, high school, estrangement, small town life, teenage life, youth, sport team, athlete's life, social relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: montana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Drift (2013)
Genre: Biography, 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: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: surfing, sport, friendship, family business, siblings relations, family relations, friends, workplace, forgiveness, surfer, biker, male protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: friendship, coming of age, beach, surfing, buddies, family relations, friends, couples, teenage life, youth, custody, family life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, los angeles, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, exciting, uplifting, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, emotional, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: college, sport, football, recruit, survivor, student, university, grief, comeback, coach, american football, underdog ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, virginia, campus, west virginia, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
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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: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: underdog, ambition, human spirit, lifestyle, society, against the odds, misfit, golf, sport team, once in a lifetime opportunity, follow your dream, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 7K
Fandango (1985)
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: road movie, sentimental, touching, emotional, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, date night
Plot: young lovers, trip, male bonding, coming of age, friendship, obsessive quest, student life, adolescence vs adulthood, love and romance, on the road, buddies, skydiving ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, future
Place: austin texas, texas, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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, touching, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, coming of age, bullying, vietnam veteran, war, vietnam war, parents and children, society, understanding, alcohol abuse, haunted by the past, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, mississippi, asia, usa, mine
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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