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Playoff (2011)
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Playoff (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, France, Israel
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Playoff tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein. He became a national hero, when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late Seventies, one of Israel's first great international sporting successes. But Max became a national traitor equally fast, when he then accepted the against-all-odds job of turning the totally hopeless West-German basketball team - of all people! - into European winners. Max always maintains that Germany - where he was born before the war - means nothing to him, and that training their national team is just another job on his path to NBA glory. But things aren't as simple as he refuses to speak German to the young players. The only person he seems to be able to relate to is a Turkish immigrant woman Deniz, and her cheeky teenage daughter Sema. Max just about falls in love with Deniz - and does succeed in reinventing the Germans as European champions. When he discovers what happened to his own family in the 1940s - it is ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic, talky
Plot: immigrants, ambition, athlete and trainer, haunted by the past, society, sport team, father son relationship, basketball game, power relations, basketball, holocaust, jewish, female nudity, graffiti, basketball player, single mother, cleaning lady, mother daughter relationship, working mom, loss of father, holocaust survivor, walkman, basketball coach, singing in a car, wristwatch ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1983, year 1982, year 1984
Place: germany, europe, israel

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Hurricane Season (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on true events amid the wreckage and chaos dealt by Hurricane Katrina; one basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana just will not give up. Coach Al Collins(Forest Whitaker), gathers other players from hard-hit schools and builds a team actually ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: louisiana, usa, new orleans
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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, touching, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
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Place: usa, boston, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, emotional, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.6
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Streetballers (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving goals. A story capturing the poetic nature of street basketball, highlighting the struggles endured on and off the court by the ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, serious, realistic ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: uplifting, captivating, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, against the odds, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, ambition, social misfits, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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White Palms (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Hungary
Duration: 97 min.
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Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany, Israel
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man endeavors to collect memories of his grandparents who died in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: haunted by the past, family relations, family life, parents and children, holocaust, death in the family, love and romance, against humanity, society, war crime, old photograph, world war two ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Final Season (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: True story of Kent Stock, who in the early 90's, gives up a job and ditches his wedding plans to take over as head coach as the Norway High School baseball team. Kent must win over his players and convince them and himself that he can fill ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, baseball movie, against the odds, ambition, youth, hopes, lifestyle, rivalry, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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True Blue (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The story of the year the Oxford and Cambridge boat race changed from a gentleman's race to one where winning was everything.
Style: serious, realistic, uplifting, captivating, feel good ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 98 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: uplifting, realistic, serious, captivating, basketball movie
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.7
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Country: South Africa
Duration: 112 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.2
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.9
 34
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Country: Israel
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Style: serious, touching, emotional, realistic, tense
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42%
 6.5
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 43K
Glory Road (2006)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Duration: 90 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
 746
Believe (2013)
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Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.1
 936
Believe in Me (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.7
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Genre: Drama, Sport
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Duration: 90 min.
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Time: 90s
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