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, boxing, violence, tournament, teenager, 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 serious, exciting, stylized and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, heroes, danger, escapades, adventure, imaginary and battles mostly in Animation, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like Champion Joe: Big Windup! (2007), Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (2009), Fighting Spirit (2000), Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012), Karas: The Revelation (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, serious, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: holy grail, mortal combat, danger, ambition, good versus evil, power relations, rivalry, supernatural ability, heroes, youth, supernatural, wizards and magicians ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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Big Windup! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
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: feel good, realistic, semi serious, humorous
Plot: human spirit, against the odds, high school life, lifestyle, high school, underdog, rivalry, self discovery, youth, prodigy, partners, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: realistic, rough, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: dishonesty, heroes, deadly, danger, intrigue, state affairs, mystery, terrorism, rivalry
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mecha, chaos, society, monster, transformation, apocalypse, giant, man versus machine, heroes, evil alien, rivalry, angel ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Fighting Spirit (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
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: semi serious, humorous, realistic, captivating, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: boxing, sport, stadium, youth, rise to the top, fight back, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, social misfits, athlete's life, ambition, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 14 years after third impact, Ikari Shinji awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, Nerv has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic ...
Style: psychological, bleak, surreal, futuristic, stylized ...
Plot: space travel, apocalypse, battles, danger, heroic mission, young heroes, space and aliens, life is a bitch, future dystopia, escapades, giant, aerial combats ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time ...
Style: exciting, serious, surprise ending, suspense, interesting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alchemy, tornado, master villain, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, body swapping, rivalry, danger, heroes, escapades, heroic mission, siblings relations ...
Time: future
Place: munich germany, germany, japan, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, stylized, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: danger, escapades, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, rivalry, battles, custody, vengeance, heroes, gangsters, chaos, demon ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Movie in collections
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Rune Ballot is a down-and-out teen prostitute in Mardock City. One day, she's picked up by an ambitious casino manager named Shell who gives her everything she could want. Renewed by a false innocence, a false past, and now the false life Shell ...
Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, crimes, androids and robots, woman in danger, starting over, rivalry, heroes, dishonesty, deadly, vengeance, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Death Frenzy (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Story: Shigurui is a manga series written by Norio Nanjo and illustrated by Takayuki Yamaguchi, based on the first chapter of the novel Suruga-jō Gozen Jiai by Norio Nanjō. An animated television adaptation, based on the first 32 chapters of the manga, ...
Style: stylized, bleak, suspenseful, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: martial arts, samurai, uninhibited rivalry, bodies, master warrior, contests and competitions, ambition, championship, matchmaking, rivalry, disability, vicious ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, chaos, pilot, angel, space travel, parents and children, imaginary, future dystopia, escapades, space and aliens, teenage life, man versus machine ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, youth, hopes, family in crisis, coming of age, family problems, human spirit, dealing with death, life is a bitch, child illness, superhero, first love ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space (1982)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Amuro Ray and the rest of the White Base crew, now denominated the 13th Autonomous Corps, return to outer space to support the rest of the Earth Federation forces for the decisive battle against the Duchy of Zeon's forces.
Style: futuristic, exciting, bleak, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: chaos, danger, battles, space wars, adventure, imaginary, space and aliens, escapades, heroes, rivalry, father son relationship, robot ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desparate ...
Style: stylized, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, vigilantism, rivalry, danger, political unrest, fighting crime, heroes, righting the wronged, battles, redemption, martial arts, haunted by the past ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam A New Translation III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Universal Century 0087, Char Aznable has now become the leader of the AEUG. Scirocco, the man from Jupiter, schemes to seize control of the Titans. Haman, the Axis leader, is attempting to restore the Zabi family. Through politics and strategy, ...
Style: stylized, bleak, serious, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, asteroids and comets, battle zone, collision, chaos, space station, escapades, space and aliens, special agents, space wars, imaginary, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Legend (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action
Country: India
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The Story of a powerful king Kochadaiiyaan, and so does his Kingdom. But on a fateful day, one of his close friends plots against him and acquires his kingdom, while he was driven away. Kochadaiiyaan gets a baby boy Rana, who grows up to become a ...
Style: realistic, exciting, stylized, serious, epic
Plot: princess, battles, good versus evil, ambition, heroes, head of state, royal family, glory, heir heiress, parents and children, adventure, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Third film of the Mardock Scramble series. Rune Balot goes to a casino connected to the October corporation to try to wrap up her case once and for all.
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, bleak, humorous ...
Plot: casino, crimes, gambling, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, girls with guns, testimony, card game, memory, female nudity, gangster, crime
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Immediately after winning the National Championships, Tyson is challenged by a mysterious boy named Daichi, who is determined to become the next Beyblading champion. But when they battle, their Beyblades awaken ancient dark forces that take human ...
Style: exciting, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, daring rescue, heroic mission, imaginary, athlete and trainer, escapades, contests and competitions, parents and children, dangerous animal, prison, battles, heroes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Movie in collections
Captain Tsubasa (1983)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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: serious, captivating, exciting
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, pre-teens
Plot: soccer, leadership, opponent, sport team, lifestyle, rivalry, ambition, friends, contests and competitions, follow your dream, athlete's life, sport ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Mobile Suit Gundam I (1981)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the year Universal Century 0079, humans have colonized the area of space lying in between the Earth and the moon. However the ambitious Zabi family, rulers of the Duchy of Zeon (the grouping of colonies furthest from the earth) has sparked a war.
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space wars, future dystopia, lone wolves, heroic mission, escapades, adventure, imaginary, danger, society, good versus evil, superhero, survival ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 4K
The Prophet (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Qatar, France, Lebanon, Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: cause and meaning, hopes, wisdom of life, wise man, introspection
Time: 20s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow (1981)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: After managing to survive attacks by Zeon's Char Aznable and Garma Zabi, the crew of Federation warship White Base and its mobile suits must battle Zeon forces through Asia, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean if they are to reach Earth ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, stylized, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: spacecraft, imaginary, heroic mission, space wars, battle zone, adventure, escapades, chaos and mayhem, space and aliens, androids and robots, future dystopia, outer space ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 823
Macross Zero  (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Taking place one year before the events of the original Macross series, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the anti-U.N.'s newest fighter plane, ace pilot ...
Style: serious, stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: military, space wars, island, airplane, alien technology, battle zone, spacecraft, heroes, chaos, danger, escapades, war ...
Time: year 2008
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
 6.8
 3K
Princess (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The story of August who loses his beloved sister Christina, a former porn star known as The Princess. He adopts Christina's five-year-old daughter Mia. Weighed down by grief and guilt, August breaks down and with Mia in tow, he embarks on a ...
Style: disturbing, rough, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Plot: drug abuse, child abuse, addiction, clergy, vigilantism, vengeance, crimes, life is a bitch, family problems, death in the family, rivalry, social issues ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.5
 9K
Redline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Romance, 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: car chase, race, ambition, mafia, fight, creature, chases and races, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, danger, rivalry, escapades ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When vile aliens known as the Gamilons wreak nuclear havoc on Earth, a group of survivors refit the Japanese battleship Yamato for intergalactic travel and set off on a mission to retrieve a neutralizer that will eradicate the radiation from ...
Style: suspenseful, emotional, stylized, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: spacecraft, outer space, save the world, spirit, galaxy, human spirit, danger, battles, space travel, society, heroes, evil alien ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: battleship, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Captain Tsubasa (2018)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: The passionate story of an elementary school student whose thoughts and dreams revolve almost entirely around the love of soccer. 11-year-old Tsubasa Oozora started playing football at a very young age, and while it was mostly just a recreational ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, inspirational
Plot: sport, teenager, competition, tournament, soccer, coming of age, school, follow your dream
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
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, youth, mischievous children, young heroes, curses spells and rituals, follow your dream, family, athlete and trainer, anti heroes, contests and competitions ...
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Bleach: Fade to Black (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A mysterious reiatsu (spiritual particle) explosion occurs in the center of Seireitei in Soul Society, causing it to be destroyed. At the exact same time, a major change overwhelms Kuchiki Rukia, which leaves her losing something important inside. ...
Style: serious, exciting
Plot: curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, chases and races, adventure, investigation, heroes, escapades, imaginary, daring rescue, on the run, memory loss, supernatural ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Prince of Tennis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Prince of Tennis follows the story of a 12 year old boy Ryoma Echizen who won four consecutive titles in the American Junior Tennis tournaments. He's an amazing tennis player and is considered a prodigy. He moved from America to Japan and ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens
Plot: tennis, athlete's life, teachers and students, contests and competitions, high school, youth, power relations, prodigy, superhuman powers, friends, school, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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