Movies like Above the Rim

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Above the Rim (1994)
 6.7
 14K
Above the Rim (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Style: tense, touching, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful, basketball movie, humorous, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, gang, sport, crimes, youth, athlete's life, friends, contests and competitions, graphic violence, athlete and trainer, ambition, buddies, coming of age, soul music, drugs/alcohol, rivalry, r&b, power relations, profanity, bittersweet, once promising, basketball, high school, gangsters, death ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s
Place: new jersey, new york

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Most similar movies to Above the Rim

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about gangsters, rivalry, vengeance, redemption, mentor, brutality and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Above the Rim: Juice (1992), Kids Return (1996), Sunset Park (1996), Home of the Giants (2007), Menace II Society (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.1
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Juice (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Four Harlem friends -- Bishop, Q, Steel and Raheem -- dabble in petty crime, but they decide to go big by knocking off a convenience store. Bishop, the magnetic leader of the group, has the gun. But Q has different aspirations. He wants to be a DJ ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: hip hop, urban ghetto life, gang, coming of age, friendship, murder, crime gone awry, violence, basketball, graphic violence, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa, harlem manhattan new york city, harlem, manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.5
 6K
Kids Return (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Shinji and Masaru spend most of their school days harassing fellow classmates and playing pranks. They drop out and Shinji becomes a small-time boxer, while Masaru joins up with a local Yakuza gang. However, the world is a tough place...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspense, tense
Audience: teens, teen comedy, teen drama
Plot: high school, boxing, friendship, prank, teenage life, athlete's life, bullying, ambition, teenager, organized crime, school, gang ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.0
 2K
Sunset Park (1996)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.
Style: humorous, captivating, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, sport, high school, underdog, school, college life, teachers and students, high school life, human spirit, teenage life, urban ghetto life, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, basketball movie
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, friendship, sport, teenage life, athlete's life, love and romance, ambition, lifestyle, fall in love, basketball, teenager, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, stylized, serious ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, hip hop, crime, coming of age, street gang, graduation, police brutality, social decay, overdose ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, california, usa, north america, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 12K
Fresh (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Michael is a 12-year-old drug pusher who lives in a crowded house with his cousins and aunt. His father has become a street bum,but still meets with Fresh on occasion to play chess. Fresh is rather quiet in a crazy world. Fresh's sister is a ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, realistic, rough, touching ...
Plot: chess, african american, drug dealing, drug lord, crime, crimes, juvenile delinquency, childhood trauma, youth, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.3
 129K
Coach Carter (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Based on a true story, in which Richmond High School head basketball coach Ken Carter made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated team due to poor academic results.
Style: motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, teachers and students, athlete and trainer, teacher, coach, sport, athlete's life, high school, underdog, dedicated educator, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, san francisco, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.2
 12K
Blue Chips (1994)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Pete Bell, a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure. His team aren't winning and he cannot attract new players. The stars of the future are secretly being paid by boosters. This practice is forbidden in the college game, but Pete ...
Style: serious, suspense, realistic, tense, intense ...
Plot: basketball, sport, sport team, contests and competitions, underdog, college, against the odds, workplace situations, athlete and trainer, self discovery, prodigy, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: indiana, chicago illinois, texas, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 7.2
 14K
Bad Boys (1983)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Mick O'Brien is a young Chicago street thug torn between a life of petty crime and the love of his girlfriend. But when the heist of a local drug dealer goes tragically wrong Mick is sentenced to a brutal juvenile prison where violence is a ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: prison, vengeance, youth, juvenile delinquency, rivalry, neo noir, crimes, crime, gang war, confined, society, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.7
 9K
Girlfight (2000)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Diana Guzman begins to train as a boxer and achieves impressive success, blazing new trails for female boxers, all while keeping it a secret from her father.
Style: uplifting, captivating, sincere, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, athlete's life, follow your dream, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.2
 5K
Gloria (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sharon Stone plays a street-wise, middle-aged moll standing up against the mobs, all of which is complicated by a 6 year old urchin with a will of his own who she reluctantly takes under her wing after his family has been gunned down.
Style: serious, suspenseful, touching, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: asthma, inhaler, murder, crimes, crime, woman in danger, down on your luck, introspection, gangsters, on the run, orphan, prison ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.2
 29K
Undisputed (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Monroe Hutchens is the heavyweight champion of Sweetwater, a maximum security prison. He was convicted to a life sentence due to a passionate crime. Iceman Chambers is the heavyweight champion, who lost his title due to a rape conviction to ten ...
Style: exciting, tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: prison, gangsters, murder, life sentence, heroes, solitary, prison life, sport, african american, hip hop, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, mojave desert, las vegas, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
New Jersey Drive (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: New Jersey Drive is a 1995 film about black youths in Newark, New Jersey, the unofficial "car theft capital of the world". Their favorite pastime is that of everybody in their neighborhood: stealing cars and joyriding. The trouble starts ...
Style: serious, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: juvenile delinquency, gang, brutality, murder, police, crimes, police investigation, teenage life, vengeance, drug dealing, deadly, youth ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 70s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Bonded by Blood (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1995, drug suppliers and career criminals Tony Tucker, Patrick Tate and Craig Rolfe were blasted to death by a shot gun whilst waiting in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex. The film charts their rise to become the most prolific dealers and feared ...
Style: tense, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, rise and fall, rivalry, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, crimes, vengeance, deadly, drug dealing, betrayal, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Best of the Best II (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In an underground fight club, blackbelt Travis Brickley is killed after losing to the evil martial arts master Brakus. Travis' death is witnessed by Walter Grady, the son of his best friend Alex Grady. Alex and his partner, Tommy Lee, vow to ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, buddy movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, heroes, murder, friends, crime, rivalry, contests and competitions, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, heroic mission, haunted by the past ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 5.7
 588
3:15 (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Violent crime is routine. Organized drug trade runs rampant in the face of powerless authority. And a vicious street gang holds dominion with a savage reign of terror. Welcome to Lincoln High! Here the cobras rule the school and everyone in it. ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang, high school, gangsters, violence, crimes, criminal's revenge, youth, college, vengeance, school, crime, starting over ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.8
 127K
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.
Style: tense, thought provoking, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, hip hop, juvenile delinquency, african american, gang, rapper, street gang, poverty, friendship, teenage life, ghetto, tragic event ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1984 ...
Place: los angeles, california, usa, south central los angeles, cuba ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 5.9
 2K
Shiner (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The past catches up with a ruthlessly ambitious boxing promoter.
Style: suspenseful, tense, realistic, rough, serious
Plot: vengeance, gang, athlete's life, ambition, gangsters, dishonesty, crimes, down on your luck, crime, rivalry, boxing, promoter ...
Time: 90s
Place: europe, england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 5.3
 1K
The Big I Am (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A cruel twist of fate catapults small time crook Mickey Skinner into the big league, as head of a brutal London gang poised on the brink of a lucrative human-trafficking deal.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal heroes, drugs/alcohol, deadly, rivalry, crimes, ambition, unfulfillment, rise and fall, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.9
 45K
He Got Game (1998)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, touching, rough, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: basketball, redemption, prison, sport, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, rejection, warden, dysfunctional family, ambition, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 6K
In Too Deep (1999)
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A fearless cop is taking on a ruthless crimelord. He knew the risks. He just didn't know how far he would have to go.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: undercover, police detective, working undercover, gang, crimes, gangsters, police investigation, criminal heroes, ghetto, drug dealing, adaptation, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 90s, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 5.7
 4K
Quicksilver (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jack Casey ('Kevin Bacon' )used to be a hot-shot stock market whiz kid. After a disastrous professional decision, his life in the fast lane is over. He loses his nerve and joins a speed delivery firm which relies on bicycles to avoid ...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: cycling, riding a bicycle, murder, wall street, friendship, down on your luck, city life, crime, investigation, workplace, downfall, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: new york, san francisco, usa, california, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.9
 15K
Gridlock'd (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a friend overdoses, Spoon and Stretch decide to kick their drug habits and attempt to enroll in a government detox program. Their efforts are hampered by seemingly endless red tape, as they are shuffled from one office to another while being ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, humorous, rough, harsh ...
Plot: drug addiction, drug abuse, addiction, hip hop, heroin, going straight, rehabilitation, friendship, overdose, treatment, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, detroit, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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City of Industry (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A retired thief swears revenge on the lunatic who murdered his brother and partner, while going on the run with the loot they stole.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, murder, betrayal, neo noir, revenge, crimes, crime, gangsters, gang, stripper, graphic violence, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, california, usa, florida, palm springs california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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
Place: indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 6K
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
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Any Given Sunday (1999)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to ...
Style: realistic, rough, captivating, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, coach, desire for fame, american football, ambition, success, sport team, underdog, football, athlete's life, contests and competitions, blind ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: miami, usa, florida, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.5
 2K
One on One (1977)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport. Expected by his coach to contribute significantly to the ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: college, small town, basketball, coach, sport, young lovers, youth, ambition, follow your dream, college life, athlete and trainer, teaching the ways of the world ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.7
 836
The Man Inside (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A thriller centered on a young boxer trying to distance himself from his father's gangster past and the relationship with his trainer.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, bleak, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, crimes, haunted by the past, parents and children, danger, gangsters, athlete and trainer, family problems, escape from reality, starting over, sport, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.1
 936
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, basketball movie
Plot: high school sports, basketball, small town, sport, against the odds, underdog, hopes, ambition, contests and competitions, prodigy, youth, rivalry ...
Time: 60s
Place: oklahoma, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%