Movies like Champion Joe

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Champion Joe (1980)
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Champion Joe (1980)
Original name: あしたのジョー 劇場版
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 153 min.
Story: An abridged remake of the first Ashita no Joe TV series, released in 1980 to provide back-story for the second TV series to new fans who were not familiar with the first TV series or the manga.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, orphan, athlete and trainer, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, follow your dream, hopes, urban ghetto life, downfall, rivalry, underdog, going straight, supportive spouse, urban ghetto, teenager, boxing, violence, criminal, tournament, delinquent
Time: year 1980
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to Champion Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, humorous, semi serious and serious films with plots about rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, friendship, hopes and youth mostly in Animation, Comedy and Sport genres. Some movies like Champion Joe: Fighting Spirit (2000), Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game (2017), VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004), Haikyu!! (2014), Pororo: The Racing Adventure (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fighting Spirit (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
Story: Ippo, the son of a fishing boat tour owner, takes up boxing to increase his confidence. Through intense training and willpower Ippo claims the Japanese featherweight title.
Style: captivating, realistic, humorous, semi serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, athlete's life, boxing, youth, ambition, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, lifestyle, rivalry, championship, fight back, rise to the top ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Shortly after the Inter-High of Kagami and Kuroko's second-year, a street basketball team from the USA called Team Jabberwock came to Japan to play a friendly match against a Japanese college-level street basketball team, Team Strky. Despite ...
Style: light, tense, captivating, uplifting
Plot: basketball, contests and competitions, sport, family relations, lifestyle, hopes, ambition, follow your dream, rivalry, friendship, adventure, final showdown ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004)
Genre: Musical, Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When Larry goes out of town during production to help some needy kids, he runs into trouble. Frustrated, he calls Bob to say that he's giving up and coming home. Bob and "Lutfi" (a small cucumber sock puppet performed by Khalil the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, captivating, touching
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: computer animation, rivalry, friendship, against the odds, athlete and trainer, wrestling, hopes, ambition, buddies, contests and competitions, wrestler, parody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
 8.7
 11K
Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, volleyball, rivalry, youth, follow your dream, prodigy, friends, friendship, athlete's life, sport team, contests and competitions, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Pororo: The Racing Adventure (2013)
Genre: Animation, Family, Sport
Country: South Korea, China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to Northpia to deliver ice sleds, or racing ice cars. ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: chases and races, contests and competitions, friendship, follow your dream, rivalry, family, social relations, hopes, young heroes, ambition, airplane, village life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Big Windup! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Follows Ren Mihashi, who had previously excelled as his middle school baseball team's ace pitcher, due to his grandfather's connections as its manager. As he graduates to high school, whose baseball team his grandfather does not manage, he ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, feel good
Plot: baseball team, baseball, prodigy, ambition, rivalry, youth, sport, against the odds, high school, self discovery, lifestyle, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Accused of terrorism and feeling the heat, Saki's high-tech crew is in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, the shroud of mystery covering Takizawa is lifted as he and his fellow Selecao make their final moves. Every game must come to an end. For those ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: rivalry, terrorism, danger, mystery, deadly, intrigue, dishonesty, state affairs, heroes
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.7
 561
Eyeshield 21 (2005)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Eyeshield 21 is a Japanese manga series written by Riichiro Inagaki and illustrated by Yusuke Murata. The series tells the story of Sena Kobayakawa, a introverted boy who joins an American football club as a secretary, but after being coerced by ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, exciting
Plot: ambition, athlete's life, youth, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, rivalry, high school, power relations, teachers and students, social relations, high school life ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Movie in collections
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Shirou Emiya finds himself an unwilling participant in a deadly competition where seven Mages summon heroic spirits as servants to duel each other to the death. They compete for the chance to make a wish from the Holy Grail, which has the power to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: holy grail, contests and competitions, mortal combat, young heroes, rivalry, ambition, magic, wizards and magicians, imaginary, danger, supernatural, escapades ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A boy begins a grand journey to return Babe Ruth's baseball bat before the deciding game of the 1932 World Series comes to a close.
Style: semi serious, realistic, humorous, road movie
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, obsessive quest, baseball, against the odds, young heroes, ambition, sport, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, family, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Kenichi is always getting picked on and needs motivation if he hopes to graduate, Miu’s the perfect motivation.
Style: inspirational, exciting, captivating, entertaining, sincere ...
Plot: motivation, martial arts, athlete and trainer, master warrior, friendship, adventure, training, sport, stubbornness, human spirit, showdown, follow your dream ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.5
 12K
Redline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Sport, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The most dangerous and exciting car race in the universe is held only once every five years. And that's tonight. The competitors are lined up at the starting block. In his vehicle, JP, the most daredevil driver on the circuit, is ready for the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race, car chase, ambition, fight, creature, mafia, chases and races, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry, danger, escapades ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Captain Tsubasa (1983)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Tsubasa Ozora moves to the town Nankatsu to increase his skills as a soccer player. He is challanged by the Super Goalkeeper Genzo Wakabayashi. He then agree to compete and see who was the best soccer player there.
Style: captivating, exciting, serious
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: soccer, ambition, rivalry, friends, sport team, follow your dream, contests and competitions, leadership, sport, opponent, friendship, athlete's life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Style: realistic, touching, stylized, serious, contemplative
Plot: prodigy, rise to the top, writer's life, lifestyle, ambition, manga, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.4
 734
Undefeated (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, lifestyle, rise to the top, contests and competitions, follow your dream, sport, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 1K
Air Gear (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Air Gear is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Ito "Oh Great" Ōgure. Air Gear revolves around the life of Itsuki Minami "Ikki or Crow", also known as "Baby Face", "Lil Crow", and his friends. The ...
Style: serious, exciting, humorous, ecchi, toilet humor
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, ambition, adventure, family secret, extreme sport, youth, rivalry, contests and competitions, escapades, orphan, skating, high school life ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Surf's Up 2: WaveMania (2016)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An animated comedy that features WWE Superstars, providing their own voices while matching up against talking animals.
Style: inspirational, feel good, humorous, entertaining
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: penguins, ocean or sea, surfing, island, talking animals, surfer, ambitious, friendship, contests and competitions, rivalry, family relations, ambition ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Poor Charlie Brown. He can't fly a kite, and he always loses in baseball. Having his faults projected onto a screen by Lucy doesn't help him much either. Against the sage advice and taunting of the girls in his class, he volunteers for the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: skating, school, peanuts, misfit, follow your dream, mischievous children, underdog, family, gang, athlete's life, anti hero, youth ...
Time: 1960s, 60s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Movie in collections
Karas: The Revelation (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In the city of Shinjuku, a conflict between a rouge Karas by the name of Eko and the "will of the city" rage in a conflict for dominance. A Karas brought about to fight the rouge has fallen, leaving the city and its inhabitants ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, epic, bleak ...
Plot: heroes, vengeance, battles, chaos, rivalry, escapades, danger, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, demon, destruction, gangsters ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.4
 85K
Turbo (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The tale of an ordinary garden snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500.
Style: exciting, humorous, inspirational, light, visually appealing ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: car race, underdog, follow your dream, cars, adventure, friends, contests and competitions, dream come true, chases and races, snail, talking animals, ambition ...
Place: usa, indiana, midwest
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Carman: The Champion (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Former champion boxer Orlando Leone (Carmen) is "The Preacher" at an inner-city youth center. Wanting to give something back to the community, he bought a large building for a church youth center. But the cash ran out before he could ...
Style: serious, realistic, christian film, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: against the odds, human spirit, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, tough heroes, lifestyle, contests and competitions, relationship vs career, follow your dream, underdog, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Kuroko's Basketball (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In the story, Kagami Taiga has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Kuroko Tetsuya of the school's basketball team. Kuroko happens to be the shadowy sixth member of the legendary Generation of Miracles basketball team. Together, ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, uplifting, light
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: basketball, youth, contests and competitions, friendship, sport, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, hopes, adventure, teenager, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown (1980)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown is the 19th prime-time animated TV specials based upon the popular comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. It was originally aired on the CBS network on February 25, 1980
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good
Audience: kids
Plot: family, hopes, contests and competitions, sport, ambition, friendship, athlete and trainer, animal life, power relations, friends, youth, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Garfield's Fun Fest (2008)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, South Korea
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Garfield emerges victorious at the end of every single Fun Fest, a competition for the best in comic strip characters. It's a given; he can do it with his paws tied behind his back. But this year, it looks like a dashing new contestant by the ...
Style: semi serious, exciting, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing
Plot: pets, friends, ambition, contests and competitions, family life, animal life, disorder, rivalry, family, adoption, partners, wizards and magicians ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: follow your dream, teenage love, first love, love and romance, fall in love, love, teenage life, self discovery, cat, high school life, youth, imagination ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 2K
Oldman Z (1991)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old man is being treated specially by the Department of Health under the so-called Project Z, a special nursing bed with a 6th generation computer on board. When the pain and loneliness of the old man reaches his ex-private nurse, she decides to ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: satire, escapades, society, rivalry, disorder, chaos, nursing, space wars, danger, man versus machine, a.i., golden years ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki meet Senna, a mysterious shinigami who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, serious, scary ...
Plot: escapades, vengeance, danger, adventure, supernatural ability, mystery, kidnapping, supernatural, rivalry, samurai, ghost, heroes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: The movie features Satoshi and his two friends Iris and Dent, as they help a Keldeo battle against a powerful Dragon-type Pokémon named Kyurem as his test to become a Sacred Swordsman.
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, exciting
Plot: pokemon, villain, danger, adventurer, supernatural power, escapades, travel, friendship, battles, adventure, fantasy world, heroes ...
Time: 2010s
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.7
 69K
Surf's Up (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Cody is a surfing penguin from Shiverpool who dreams of making it big and being like his idol Big Z. On his journey he discovers his talents are not all he thinks they are and he must learn to accept that their is more to surfing than fame and ...
Style: humorous, inspirational, entertaining, stylized, witty ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: surfing, talking animals, friendship, jungle, surfboard, island, penguins, wave, athlete's life, hopes, follow your dream, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: antarctica, hawaii, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 50 min.
Story: Mr. Money is holding another Tenka'ichi Budokai and Mr. Satan invites everyone in the world to join in. Little does he know that Bojack, an ancient villain who has escaped his prison, is competing. Since Goku is currently dead, it is up to ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, humorous, offbeat, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: master warrior, superhero, martial arts, martial arts tournament, escapades, crimes, adventure, heroes, supernatural, supernatural ability, superhuman powers, master villain ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%