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North Dallas Forty (1979)
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North Dallas Forty (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
Style: realistic, clever, suspense, tense, serious, biting, surprise ending, humorous, inspirational, melancholic ...
Plot: sport team, american football, sport, drug abuse, addiction, athlete's life, fighting the system, life is a bitch, ambition, society, rivalry, workplace situations, football, corruption, drugs, business, hunting, burglar, male nudity, satire, disco, gay slur, athlete, flashback, nfl ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: texas, new jersey, california

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, humorous, feel good and inspirational films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, sport team, underdog, redemption and contests and competitions mostly in Sport, Drama and Comedy genres. Some movies like North Dallas Forty: Blue Chips (1994), Any Given Sunday (1999), Slap Shot (1977), The Longest Yard (1974), Bang the Drum Slowly (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Blue Chips (1994)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team aren't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete ...
Style: serious, suspense, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, contests and competitions, sport team, underdog, college, follow your dream, lifestyle, prodigy, athlete's life, blind ambition, self discovery ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
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95%
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, rough, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, coach, underdog, sport team, desire for fame, american football, success, ambition, football, power relations, fame, contests and competitions ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.3
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Slap Shot (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: To build up attendance at their games, the management of a struggling minor-league hockey team signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition.
Style: humorous, feel good, cynical, exciting, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ice hockey, sport team, small town, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, partners, underdog, athlete and trainer, rivalry, opponent, against the odds ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: usa, canada, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: humorous, rough, semi serious, captivating, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, american football, underdog, sport, swamp, football, prison life, contests and competitions, partners, human spirit, against the odds, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, hopes, underdog, rivalry, sport team, professional sports ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 58K
Draft Day (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: At the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.
Style: exciting, semi serious, inspirational, intense, suspense ...
Plot: negotiation, football, american football, sport, boss and employee, sport team, overcoming, power relations, disorder, one last chance, ambition, nfl ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, ohio, cleveland ohio, seattle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.4
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Hardball (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.
Style: serious, melancholic, suspense, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: underdog, gang, gambling, athlete and trainer, life is a bitch, addiction, urban ghetto life, redemption, bet, sport team, down on your luck, children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: chicago illinois, illinois, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Play It to the Bone (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Two aging fighters in LA, friends, get a call from a Vegas promoter because his undercard fighters for a Mike Tyson bout that night are suddenly unavailable. He wants them to box each other. They agree as long as the winner gets a shot at the ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, talky, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: friendship, sport, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life, underdog, boxing, ambition, love triangle, on the road, desert, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Billy Hoyle and Sidney Deane are an unlikely pair of basketball hustlers. They team up to con their way across the courts of Los Angeles, playing a game that's fast dangerous - and funny.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, buddy comedy, light ...
Plot: basketball, friendship, racism, sport, gambling, african american, contests and competitions, ambition, blacks and whites, rivalry, racial stereotype, buddy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Replacements (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty ...
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: underdog, sport, american football, contests and competitions, rivalry, hopes, against the odds, ambition, athlete and trainer, bar fight, sport team, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 8K
Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: rough, serious, sincere, cynical, realistic ...
Plot: baseball, sport, life is a bitch, athlete's life, historical figure, journalism, writer's life, introspection, baseball player, mentor, brutality, adaptation ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s
Place: detroit, usa, georgia, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
A Season on the Brink (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: "A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers" is based on the best-selling book by John Feinstein. The movie chronicles Indiana's 1985-86 season, when Knight granted Feinstein unprecedented access to the ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, sport team, sport, contests and competitions, lifestyle, athlete and trainer, hopes, underdog, basketball, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.1
 13K
Wildcats (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When a football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite snickers from fellow staff members and her former husband.
Style: feel good, humorous, realistic, entertaining, light ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: american football, high school, sport team, coach, sport, rivalry, ambition, americana, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, youth, college life ...
Time: 80s
Place: chicago illinois, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Drive, He Said (1971)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, Gabriel, who may have dropped out from school and become a ...
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, sincere
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), college, pregnancy, college life, society, athlete's life, ambition, rebellion, sport, couples, friends, sport team ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Best of Times (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: small town, sport team, american football, haunted by the past, small town life, against the odds, friendship, couple relations, high school, athlete and trainer, redemption, social relations ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.4
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Green Flash (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: At the ripe old age of 30, Cameron Day has given up his chances at pro-basketball fame and settled into an aimless life. A chance encounter with a beautiful woman lands him smack in the middle of Southern California's pro beach volleyball ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: self discovery, ambition, rivalry, teenage love, contests and competitions, athlete's life, prodigy, youth, sport, ego clash, sport team, underdog ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, california, usa, southern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 11K
Fever Pitch (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A romantic comedy about a man, a woman and a football team. Based on Nick Hornby's best selling autobiographical novel, Fever Pitch. English teacher Paul Ashworth believes his long standing obsession with Arsenal serves him well. But then he ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: soccer, sport team, teacher, sport, contests and competitions, couple relations, romance, ambition, opposites attract, fall in love, couples, relationship problems ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: england, london, europe, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, athlete's life, rivalry, investigation, contests and competitions, cons and scams, satire, power relations, underdog, interracial relations, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: las vegas, usa, cleveland ohio, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5.9
 3K
Semi-Tough (1977)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, feel good, witty ...
Plot: satire, sport team, wedding, friendship, love triangle, american football, sport, couples, friends, buddies, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, underdog, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, ice hockey, championship, gay slur, mayor, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 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: uplifting, emotional, sincere, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: terminal illness, sport team, human spirit, friendship, ambition, athlete's life, life is a bitch, sport, buddies, lifestyle, friendship between men, american football ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant ...
Style: inspirational, serious, captivating, sincere, intense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: sport team, football, coach, high school, career, athlete's life, championship, sport, ambition, human spirit, lifestyle, contests and competitions ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa, houston texas, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Mother (Bill Cosby), Jugs (Raquel Welch) & Speed (Harvey Keitel) work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.
Style: humorous, suspense, witty, biting, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: satire, partners, rivalry, nothing goes right, contests and competitions, buddies, fighting the system, underdog, dark humor, friends, disorder, workplace situations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 5.8
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Semi-Pro (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Jackie Moon is the owner, promoter, coach, and star player of the Flint Michigan Tropics of the American Basketball Association (ABA). In 1976 before the ABA collapses, the National Basketball Association (NBA) plans to merge with the best teams of ...
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, inspirational, absurd ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, championship, sport team, coach, sport, athlete's life, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, rivalry, ambition, cheerleader, hopes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: michigan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Necessary Roughness (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When the Texas Southern Armadillos football team is disqualified for cheating and poor grades, the University is forced to pick from a team that actually goes to school. Will they even win a single game?
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: underdog, sport team, american football, sport, college, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, rivalry, athlete and trainer, friendship, youth ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 41K
Ballers (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
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Story: Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, exciting, captivating, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, american football, ambition, nfl, american football player, betrayal, business, family relations, party, friendship, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.5
 45K
Varsity Blues (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion, 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night. When star quarterback Lance Harbor suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup ...
Style: semi serious, sincere, entertaining, inspirational, humorous ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, teen drama
Plot: cheerleader, cheerleading, football, small town, sport, rivalry, leadership, ambition, high school, coming of age, obsession, fame ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.3
 2K
Hothead (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Delightful French comedy about a talented soccer player whose foul temper causes him to be cut from the team, lose his job and even be banned from his favorite bar.
Style: semi serious, realistic, biting, suspense, humorous
Plot: false accusation, small town, life is a bitch, underdog, fighting the system, rivalry, sport, ambition, contests and competitions, against the odds, unemployment, vengeance ...
Time: 70s
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Maradona, the Hand of God (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Italy, Argentina
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dramatizing of the many shocking highs and lows of Argentine soccer hero Diego Maradona, an extraordinary athlete and arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport.
Style: realistic, uplifting, serious, sentimental, sincere
Plot: lifestyle, rise and fall, athlete's life, rise to the top, ambition, prodigy, rehabilitation, life is a bitch, rising to stardom, society, hopes, sport ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, 60s
Place: argentina, napoli italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.2
 6K
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: serious, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, life is a bitch, ambition, against the odds, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%