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Berlin '36 (2009)
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Berlin '36 (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Berlin 36 is a 2009 German film telling the fate of Jewish athlete Gretel Bergmann in the 1936 Summer Olympics. She was replaced by the Nazi regime by an athlete later discovered to be a man. The film is based on a true story and was released in Germany on September 10, 2009. Reporters at Der Spiegel challenged the historical basis for many of the events in the film, pointing to arrest records and medical examinations indicating German authorities did not learn Dora Ratjen was male until 1938.
Style: uplifting, disturbing, serious, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, anti semitism, olympics, friendship, against the odds, racism, politics, contests and competitions, society, dishonesty, track and field, underdog, sport, coach, gender bending, sport team, gender, power relations, nazism, olympic athlete, female nudity, nazi germany, dormitory, interview, training ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: germany

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, uplifting and touching films with plots about society, ambition, hopes, against the odds, power relations, rivalry and sport mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Berlin '36: Matchups (2003), A Season on the Brink (2002), Black Cloud (2004), Pride (2007), Fuehrer Ex (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Matchups (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ian Willams -- who was born blind in one eye -- grew up undaunted to become an elite college basketball player. But his dream of winning a national championship and turning pro was sidetracked when a tragic accident left him completely blind. ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching
Plot: against the odds, prodigy, ambition, dedicated educator, follow your dream, disability, human spirit, society, hopes, contests and competitions, rivalry, lifestyle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, realistic, serious, captivating, basketball movie
Plot: rivalry, athlete's life, ambition, contests and competitions, sport, lifestyle, sport team, athlete and trainer, underdog, hopes, basketball, college ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Black Cloud (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.
Style: uplifting, serious, touching, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: native american, boxer, against the odds, ambition, rivalry, racism, self discovery, society, hopes, human spirit, love, discrimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, arizona, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Pride (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are ...
Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: swimming, racism, sport, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, human spirit, youth, ghetto, interracial relations ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 1960s, 60s
Place: philadelphia, usa, new orleans, new jersey
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Fuehrer Ex (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ingo Hasselbach, whose parents were Communist Party members in East Germany during his childhood, has lived at both ends of the political seesaw. The question of how people reach a change of heart is a profound one; Hasselbach describes the external ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: prison, fascism, friendship, violence, racism, moral dilemma, politics, prison life, obsession, youth, survival, berlin wall ...
Time: 80s
Place: germany, german democratic republic, europe, east germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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Reunion (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, West Germany, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two young boys from very different backgrounds become friends in 1933 Stuttgart. However, they don't realize how different they are until much later as one is the son of a well-to-do Jewish doctor and the other the son of a German aristocrat. ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, thought provoking
Plot: world war two, anti semitism, friendship, golden years, coming of age, confined, society, youth, against humanity, homecoming, holocaust, religions or cults ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s
Place: europe, germany
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Elephant Heart (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Marko Stemper, 19 years old, comes from a disadvantaged background and works as a window cleaner. His father, an alcoholic, tyrannizes the whole family, so Marko's only joy in life is boxing. As he is the most promising talent in his club, Gerd ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspense, gloomy
Plot: against the odds, athlete's life, ambition, youth, life is a bitch, boxing, teenage boy, sport, power relations, clothed male naked male, boxer, tank top ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany
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68%
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The Basket (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Peter Coyote (E.T., Erin Brokovich) and Karen Allen (The Perfect Storm) star in this touching family drama about the unifying power of basketball in a community torn apart by war. Both a riveting sports film and a tale of triumph over adversity, The ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
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67%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: captivating, atmospheric, realistic, factual, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, politics, political unrest, friends, against the odds, writer's life, female bonding, female protagonist, smuggling, fascism, culture clash, childhood ...
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Fast Girls (2012)
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Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
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Duration: 185 min.
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Style: uplifting, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: baseball, against the odds, rivalry, ambition, athlete's life, hopes, youth, society, contests and competitions, sport, sport team, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: japan, taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Journey to Kafiristan (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands
Duration: 101 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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49%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
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The Mighty Macs (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
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45%
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Running Brave (1983)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
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Duration: 106 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, serious, realistic, uplifting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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43%
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Style: realistic, sentimental, inspirational, captivating, semi serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Genre: Drama
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Style: disturbing, realistic, serious, captivating, bleak
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43%
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Style: emotional, uplifting, serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, sport, african american, human spirit, american football, racism, ambition, college, against the odds, success, society, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 50s, 1960s, 1950s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 114 min.
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40%
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Heavens Fall (2006)
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Duration: 105 min.
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Style: serious, sincere, disturbing, emotional, uplifting ...
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40%
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Fratricide (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Luxembourg, Germany, France
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Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak
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