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Backwards (2012)
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Backwards (2012)
Genre: Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a fiercely competitive 30 year old rower fails to make the Olympic boat for the second time, she takes a coaching job at a school but struggles to adjust to life off the race course.
Style: realistic, touching, romantic, captivating, inspirational, sentimental, feel good, serious
Plot: sport, romance, contests and competitions, starting over, youth, athlete and trainer, fall in love, high school, rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, lifestyle, coach, ex athlete, male female relationship, romantic relationship, female athlete, relationships, new job, love and romance, hopes, strong female presence, thirtysomething life, power relations, rowing
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and feel good films with plots about sport, ambition, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, contests and competitions and athlete's life mostly in Sport, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Backwards: Ice Castles (2010), Coach (2010), Just Wright (2010), The Final Season (2007), A Season on the Brink (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Ice Castles (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Alexis Winston is a young girl who dreams of becoming a champion figure skater. While practicing, Alexis suffers a terrible accident that takes her sight and threatens to destroy her dreams. In the midst of feeling sorry for herself she falls in ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic, serious
Audience: girls' night
Plot: figure skating, skating, athlete's life, follow your dream, against the odds, human spirit, love and romance, lifestyle, contests and competitions, romance, hopes, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, boston, iowa
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95%
 5.4
 1K
Coach (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A slacker trust-fund type finds the motivation to pick up a job as the coach of middle school soccer team
Style: semi serious, humorous, light, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: ambition, romance, sport, direction and purpose, hopes, lifestyle, coach, slacker, misfit, youth, redemption, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 5.9
 14K
Just Wright (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.
Style: realistic, sincere, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Audience: date night
Plot: fall in love, love triangle, looking for love, couples, lifestyle, athlete's life, romance, hopes, ambition, sport, comeback, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: sentimental, sincere, touching, realistic, serious ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, ambition, against the odds, baseball movie, sport, hopes, youth, rivalry, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 1990s, 90s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two ice skaters develop a love-hate relationship while dreaming of Olympic glory.
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: figure skating, skating, ambition, opposites attract, contests and competitions, friends, parents and children, power relations, sport, fall in love, youth, athlete's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: athlete's life, ambition, rivalry, sport team, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, sport, lifestyle, underdog, hopes, basketball, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 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 ⇓
66%
Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: underdog, football, christian, athlete and trainer, religious, faith, sport, high school football, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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Hometown Legend (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach.
Style: feel good, touching, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: high school, small town, leadership, athlete's life, human spirit, teenage life, against the odds, rivalry, ambition, hopes, society, sport ...
Time: contemporary
Place: alabama, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
A Fighter's Blues (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Before he went exclusively style-over-substance, Daniel Lee directed fighting drama A FIGHTER’S BLUES, about an aging boxer (Andy Lau, in a mature and underrated performance) seeking a shot at redemption. Co-starring Japanese drama queen Takako ...
Style: rough, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic
Plot: tough heroes, starting over, redemption, fall in love, rivalry, martial arts, unlikely couple, romance, ambition, underdog, hopes, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.1
 994
Believe in Me (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.
Style: touching, serious, realistic
Plot: high school sports, basketball, small town, sport, against the odds, underdog, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, prodigy, youth ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.2
 6K
The Hammer (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Approaching forty, Ferro is unsatisfied with his life as a construction worker and part-time boxing instructor in Los Angeles, CA. After a successful bout with a young pro boxer, Ferro decides to don the gloves one last time. The movie recounts his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: underdog, sport, ex athlete, contests and competitions, athlete's life, ambition, hopes, couple relations, love affair, comeback, friends, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, pasadena california, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.2
 4K
Fast Girls (2012)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.
Style: uplifting, feel good, exciting, touching, serious ...
Plot: athlete's life, contests and competitions, society, sport team, sport, lifestyle, follow your dream, ambition, friendship, running, ego clash, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Cutting Edge (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two former Olympians, one a figure skater and the other a hockey player, pin their hopes of one last shot at Olympic glory on one another. That is, of course, if they can keep from killing each other in the process...
Style: feel good, humorous, light, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: figure skating, romance, skating, olympics, sport, underdog, ambition, love and romance, reluctant partners, opposites attract, lifestyle, starting over ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: france, chicago illinois, minnesota, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Sarah Prefers to Run (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Sarah has a chance to go to a first class university and to join its premiere athletic club, her suburban mother is fearful of the change and refuses to help financially. But Sarah's roommate knows that they will get a grant if they marry. ...
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: female athlete, athlete's life, relationship vs career, sport, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, runner, working the system, college, race, strong female presence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: montreal
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.6
 3K
Ice Castles (1978)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A young girl is on top of the world until a tragic accident dashes her hopes and dreams of becoming a world-class figure skater. Only with the help of those who love her can she prove to the world -- and herself -- that she still has the potential ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: figure skating, skating, rivalry, romance, sport, disability, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete's life, life is a bitch, youth, rise to the top ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.4
 4K
Blue Crush 2 (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.
Style: sentimental, feel good, realistic, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: surfing, ocean, surfer, friendship, beach, lifestyle, ambition, rivalry, disorder, teenage life, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south africa, beverly hills, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Talent can only get you so far. For golfer Luke Chisholm, that turns out to be Utopia, Texas -- where he's left stranded after blowing his pro debut.
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: wise man, golf, human spirit, teaching the ways of the world, sport, ambition, athlete and trainer, introspection, small town, athlete's life, hopes, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 4.8
 753
Counterpunch (2019)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on a true story. A young boxer, Emilio, from the wrong side of the tracks with big dreams of winning the Golden Gloves boxing championship, finds himself at a cross roads after being locked up. As he fights his way back into the winning circle ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, rough
Plot: athlete's life, one more chance, rivalry, ambition, starting over, lifestyle, hopes, sport, contests and competitions, follow your dream, power relations, boxing
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: miami, florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.6
 373
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 ...
Plot: ambition, lifestyle, contests and competitions, urban ghetto life, dysfunctional family, racism, family problems, society, youth, rivalry, hopes, athlete's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 4.0
 254
Slammed (2004)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Hilarity ensues when friends Jeff and Derek try to enter the world of back bar wrestling; where the most beautiful girls could beat the tar out of both of them without a second thought. Even with a little help from the notorious Buckle Girls, can ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating
Plot: friendship, ambition, sport, hotshot hero, contests and competitions, love and romance, rivalry, romance, lifestyle, on the road, survival, wrestling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Mad About Mambo (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: High school student tries to improve soccer skills by practicing dance and falls for his dance partner.
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night
Plot: fall in love, lifestyle, dancer's life, hopes, society, couples, working class, sport, romance, ambition, opposites attract, love triangle ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 5.7
 31K
Blue Crush (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with ...
Style: feel good, serious, intense, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: surfing, friendship, beach, female athlete, sport, romance, fall in love, social differences, teenage life, ambition, lifestyle, young lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: hawaii, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Australian Rules (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Friends Gary Black (Nathan Phillips) and Dumby Red (Luke Carroll) are on the same soccer team in their coastal Australian town. But to local racists, they're a world apart: Gary is white and Dumby is an Aborigine. This becomes an issue when one ...
Style: sincere, touching, sentimental, uplifting, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, interracial relations, racism, family relations, small town, teenage life, society, romance, youth, love and romance, love affair, discrimination ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Dans les cordes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, suspense
Plot: female boxer, rivalry, family relations, ambition, friendship, athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, hopes, lifestyle, youth, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.1
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Summer Catch (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A coming-of-age romantic comedy set against the backdrop of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Local boy Ryan Dunne (Freddie Prinze Jr.), now a pitcher for Boston College, meets Tenley Parrish (Jessica Biel), the daughter of a wealthy couple who summer ...
Style: humorous, feel good, sexy, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, athlete's life, bikini, rivalry, small town, social differences, sport, baseball, lifestyle, follow your dream, young lovers, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, new england, san francisco, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Junction Boys (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Tom Berenger leads an outstanding cast in this bone-crunching dramatization of legendary college football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's debut at Texas A&M in the summer of 1954. The often unnerving story finds Bryant ducking the ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, sincere, realistic
Plot: sport, against the odds, teachers and students, contests and competitions, discrimination, hopes, human spirit, university, underdog, athlete's life, college, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.3
 5K
Supercross (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Faced with the suspicious death of their father, two brothers must motivate one another to get back on their bikes and take the Las Vegas Motocross Championships by storm.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, tense, saga
Audience: teens
Plot: rivalry, against the odds, athlete's life, ambition, sport, rising to stardom, contests and competitions, ego clash, lifestyle, human spirit, relationship vs career, friendship ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: indiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Second Chance (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Mystery, Sport
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young girl and her coach overcome adversity to make their way into the National Australian Gymnastics Squad.
Style: realistic, feel good, captivating, inspirational, touching ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: gymnastics, contests and competitions, sport, rivalry, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, hopes, youth, ambition, one more chance, rise to the top, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%