Movies like American Wrestler: The Wizard

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American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)
 7.2
 2K
American Wrestler: The Wizard (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1980, a teenage boy escapes the unrest in Iran only to face more hostility in America, due to the hostage crisis. Determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, disturbing
Plot: wrestling, wrestler, hostility, teenage boy, high school, uncle nephew relationship, training, sport, ostracism, motorcycle, truck, football player, ethnic slur, graffiti, basketball player, cemetery, tattoo, beer, cheerleader, kiss, swimming pool, school bully, funeral, bigotry, garage ...
Time: 80s
Place: iran, california

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Most similar movies to American Wrestler: The Wizard

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, serious and exciting films with plots about sport, ambition, rivalry, fight, contests and competitions, athlete's life and wrestler mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres. Some movies like American Wrestler: The Wizard: Rocky IV (1985), Fighting with My Family (2019), Dangal (2016), WrestleMania (2016), Home of the Giants (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Rocky IV (1985)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After iron man Drago, a highly intimidating 6-foot-5, 261-pound Soviet athlete, kills Apollo Creed in an exhibition match, Rocky comes to the heart of Russia for 15 pile-driving boxing rounds of revenge.
Style: tense, suspenseful, inspirational, feel good, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, soviet union, russia, las vegas, philadelphia ...
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100%
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Four fighters different backgrounds come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts training, kickboxer, athlete and trainer, martial arts tournament, martial arts, fistfight, hand to hand combat, sport, ambition, boxing, undisciplined, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Fighting with My Family (2019)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, USA, Mexico
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ...
Style: tense, captivating, humorous, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: wrestling, family, adaptation, ambition, adventure, lifestyle, hopes, friendship, coming of age, mentor, parents and children, transformation ...
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 165K
Dangal (2016)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: India, USA, UK, Australia, Kenya, Namibia
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Dangal is an extraordinary true story based on the life of Mahavir Singh and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat. The film traces the inspirational journey of a father who trains his daughters to become world class wrestlers.
Style: inspirational, intense, lyrical, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: female empowerment, wrestler, sport, parent child relationship, coach, bollywood, small town, autobiography, determination, training, athlete, olympics ...
Time: 1990s, 2000s, 90s
Place: india, israel
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.3
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WrestleMania (2016)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 286 min.
Story: WrestleMania 32 was thirty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place on April 3, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This was the third WrestleMania to be held in the ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: professional wrestling, retirement, legend, reenactment, wrestler, wrestling, hostility, sport, world wrestling entertainment, newscaster, event
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Home of the Giants (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A story about basketball and befriending. Gar is a High School journalist who, while covering the team to the state championship, is best friends with the teams' main "Star" Matt Dunbar. Matt's older brother persuades him to ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, sport, teenage life, athlete's life, love and romance, ambition, lifestyle, fall in love, basketball, teenager, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak and Triumph (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: wrestler, wrestling, professional wrestling, world wrestling entertainment, professional sports, fight, athlete's life, life, wrestling ring, show, sport, world wrestling federation
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.0
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: uplifting, captivating, touching, sincere, sentimental ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, sport, human spirit, against the odds, ambition, athlete's life, overcoming, contests and competitions, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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 7.9
 293K
The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, emotional, contemplative, serious ...
Plot: wrestling, loneliness, life is a bitch, wrestler, fame, ambition, aging, stripper, self destructing, athlete's life, introspection, heart attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.8
 178K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Now the world champion, Rocky Balboa is living in luxury and only fighting opponents who pose no threat to him in the ring, until Clubber Lang challenges him to a bout. After taking a pounding from Lang, the humbled champ turns to former bitter ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, inspirational, suspense, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, comeback, underdog, boxer, coach, fame, training, sport, revenge, opponent, tough heroes, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, madison square garden manhattan new york city, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.1
 1K
Run the Race (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Reeling from his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment, Zach, an All-State athlete, finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers’ ticket out of town. When a devastating injury puts Zach—and ...
Style: psychological, captivating, sentimental, realistic
Plot: american football, brother brother relationship, teenage boy, party, family bonds, sport, coming of age, friendship, rivalry, society, sport team, bible ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, florida, united states, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.6
 8K
Vision Quest (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed , trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, inspirational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: coming of age, high school, underdog, rivalry, sport, love, wrestling, romance, high school life, contests and competitions, athlete's life, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington state, washington d.c., new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.0
 136K
Foxcatcher (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: The greatest Olympic Wrestling Champion brother team joins Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire sponsor John E. du Pont as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul - a union that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Style: intense, psychological, disturbing, thought provoking, bleak ...
Plot: wrestling, mental illness, murder, ambition, obsession, sport, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, power relations, destructive relationship, athlete's life, eccentricity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, year 1988 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, phoenix arizona, seoul, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.3
 2K
The Phenom (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson has lost his focus. After choking on the mound, he’s sent down to the minors and prescribed sessions with an unorthodox sports therapist, who pushes him to uncover the origins of his anxiety.
Style: disturbing, captivating, psychological, exciting
Plot: baseball, therapy, baseball pitcher, drinking alcohol, baseball game, psychotherapy, drinking, sport, memory, therapy session, police siren, goldfish ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 5.7
 1K
Wolves (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Anthony Keller, star of his NYC high school basketball team, is riding his way to Cornell on a sports scholarship. But he can only maintain his popular jock facade for so long, as his troubled father Lee has a gambling addiction that threatens to ...
Style: suspenseful, unusual plot structure, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Plot: student athlete, coach, teenager, husband wife relationship, teenage boy, father son relationship, interracial relations, interracial friendship, gambler, intergenerational friendship, college professor, basketball ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Crooked Arrows (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A native-American lacrosse team makes its way through a prep school league tournament.
Style: feel good, sincere, exciting, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: native american, sport, high school, contests and competitions, hopes, ambition, human spirit, rivalry, social relations, against the odds, friends, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, massachusetts, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.5
 44K
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
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, small town, underdog, high school, sport, sport team, championship, human spirit, ambition, redemption, contests and competitions ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.6
 253K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, feel good, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, athlete and trainer, boxer, coach, legacy, sport, ambition, rivalry, fight, power relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, year 2015, 2010s ...
Place: usa, philadelphia, tijuana mexico, los angeles, united kingdom ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 5.9
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Bennett's War (2019)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: After surviving an IED explosion in combat overseas, a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit is medically discharged with a broken back and leg. Against all odds he trains to make an impossible comeback as a motocross racer in order to support ...
Style: captivating, sincere
Plot: underdog, time jump, motocross, motorcycle, husband wife relationship, military, racecar driver, ex military, ex soldier, sport, motorcyclist, motorcycle racing ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
All You've Got (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Two Southern California volleyball teams determined to prove their superiority on the court find out that they're not as different as they previously thought after tragedy strikes close to home in director Neema Barnette's affectionate ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, high school, teenage love, rivalry, ambition, teenage life, athlete's life, lifestyle, contests and competitions, sport, youth, underdog ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 5.3
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Rocky V (1990)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A lifetime of taking shots has ended Rocky's career, and a crooked accountant has left him broke. Inspired by the memory of his trainer, however, Rocky finds glory in training and takes on an up-and-coming boxer.
Style: serious, realistic, inspirational, suspense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing, girls' night
Plot: boxing, betrayal, underdog, boxer, coach, champion, training, heroes, sport, challenge, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: philadelphia, usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Perfect Sport (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Lee Bishop is forced to grow up quickly when his mother leaves for Iraq and his younger sister joins him on the varsity wrestling squad.
Style: semi serious, realistic, uplifting, surprise ending
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, ambition, teenage life, family relations, family life, youth, sport, wrestling, wrestler, obsession, betrayal, coming of age ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Born a Champion (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After a blood- soaked jujitsu match in Dubai, fighting legend Mickey Kelley falls to superstar Blaine. But years later, an online video proves that Blaine cheated, and the world demands a rematch. Can the aging underdog get back into shape in time ...
Style: tense, captivating
Plot: jujitsu, fight, contests and competitions, sport, title bout, fight club, professional rivalry, professional sports, underground fighting, underground tournament, combat, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 15K
Hands of Stone (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Panama, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
Style: captivating, realistic, exciting, tense, serious ...
Plot: rivalry, rags to riches, sport, boxer, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer, boxing, boxing match, ends with biographical notes, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, year 1980
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.1
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Reversal (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Story: Leo Leone has been wrestling since he was seven years old. As the only son of wrestling coach (and ex-state champion) Edward Leone, Leo's dedication to the sport was tied up in his love for his father. Now Leo is seventeen. His life has been an ...
Style: psychological, captivating, serious, suspense
Plot: ambition, father son relationship, high school athlete, desperation, wrestling, high school, domineering father, fainting, sexual desire, scholarship, marijuana, nosebleed ...
Place: pennsylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Miracle Season (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: After the tragic death of star volleyball player Caroline "Line" Found, a team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hopes of winning the state championship.
Style: serious, rough, captivating, touching, thought provoking
Plot: volleyball, friend, high school, female athlete, friendship, coach, teenage girl, unhappiness, dancing, party, mother daughter relationship, gymnasium ...
Time: year 2014, year 2011
Place: iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.0
 42K
Sultan (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 170 min.
Story: A biographical drama based on the life of fictional Haryana based wrestler & mixed martial arts specialist Sultan Ali Khan.
Style: disturbing, tense, touching, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: wrestling, sport, wrestler, male objectification, fistfight, hand to hand combat, mixed martial arts, fight, ambition, rivalry, training, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Across the Tracks (1990)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When Billy returns from reform school he has to attend a different high school at the other side of town. He tries to start with a clean slate but his old rival doesn't make it easy on him and his buddy Louie tries to make him go astray again. ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, sincere, emotional
Plot: family relations, high school, school, graphic violence, coming of age, hopes, rivalry, sport, ambition, athlete's life, contests and competitions, lifestyle ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
WWE Vengeance 2006 (2006)
Genre: Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 210 min.
Story: Vengeance (2006) was a PPV which took place on June 25, 2006 at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was the sixth annual Vengeance event. The event starred wrestlers from the Raw brand. The card featured two main events ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: wrestling, sports hero, mixed martial arts, warrior, strongman, tough guy, wrestler hero, world wrestling entertainment, mentor, masked wrestler, world wrestling federation, showdown ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Challenger (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A legendary trainer comes out of retirement to help an underdog boxer fight his way to a better life.
Style: captivating, inspirational, realistic, tense
Plot: boxer, boxing, against the odds, working class, determination, sparring, sport, rivalry, rise to the top, society, fight, high school dropout ...
Time: 2010s
Place: bronx new york city, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%