Movies like Bang the Drum Slowly

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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
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Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher and Bruce Pearson is the normal, everyday catcher who is far from the star player on the team and friend to all of his teammates. During the off-season, Bruce learns that he is terminally ill, and Henry, his only true friend, is determined to be the one person there for him during his last season with the club. Throughout the course of the season, Henry and his teammates attempt to deal with Bruce's impending illness, all the while attempting to make his last year a memorable one.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, uplifting, sincere, serious, inspirational, talky, intense, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, sport, athlete's life, ambition, human spirit, baseball, hopes, sport team, rivalry, underdog, professional sports, teammate, character study, mentor, adaptation, friends, life is a bitch, baseball movie, baseball player, hospital, airplane, prostitute, gun, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: new york, usa, minnesota

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Most similar movies to Bang the Drum Slowly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, touching and sincere films with plots about hopes, ambition, sport, underdog, athlete's life, friendship and human spirit mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres. Some movies like Bang the Drum Slowly: Brian's Song (2001), The Natural (1984), Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987), The Final Season (2007), Brian's Song (1971). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Brian's Song (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease
Style: uplifting, sincere, sentimental, touching, emotional ...
Plot: sport team, terminal illness, ambition, athlete's life, friendship, human spirit, buddies, life is a bitch, lifestyle, sport, friendship between men, american football ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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95%
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The Natural (1984)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: An unknown middle-aged batter named Roy Hobbs with a mysterious past appears out of nowhere to take a losing 1930s baseball team to the top of the league in this magical sports fantasy. With the aid of a bat cut from a lightning struck tree, Hobbs ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Audience: date night
Plot: baseball, femme fatale, baseball movie, sport team, underdog, corruption, haunted by the past, rookie, childhood sweetheart, comeback, americana, sport ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1920s, year 1939
Place: new york, usa, baltimore, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Chuck Murdock, a 12-year-old boy from Montana and son of a military jet pilot, becomes anxious after seeing a Minuteman missile on a school field trip. He protests the existence of nuclear weapons by refusing to play baseball, which results in the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, uplifting, touching, captivating ...
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: little league, friendship, athlete's life, politics, sport team, anti war, fighting the system, hopes, ambition, family relations, nuclear, father son relationship ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, boston, new jersey, san francisco, california
⇓ 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: realistic, sentimental, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Plot: baseball, sport team, coach, small town, baseball movie, against the odds, ambition, youth, hopes, lifestyle, rivalry, athlete's life ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, iowa
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Brian's Song (1971)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
Style: realistic, serious, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Plot: terminal illness, friendship, interracial relations, sport team, cancer, bittersweet, ambition, life is a bitch, society, against the odds, human spirit, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1965
Place: chicago illinois, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 6.1
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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
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 8.0
 177K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, touching, motivational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, financial problem, poverty, comeback, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
We Are Marshall (2006)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: college, coach, football, sport, survivor, air disaster, university, sport team, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, tragic event ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, virginia, california, united states, west virginia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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 7.5
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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, small town, underdog, high school, athlete and trainer, sport, championship, sport team, human spirit, ambition, redemption, contests and competitions ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 80s
Place: indiana, usa, texas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Soul of the Game (1996)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson are the greatest players in the Colored leagues, and everyone expects that one of them will make the leap to the Major Leagues, now that there is talk of integration. But, unexpectedly, it's the rookie with the ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, emotional, touching ...
Plot: friendship, racism, interracial relations, baseball, rivalry, follow your dream, lifestyle, sport, contests and competitions, against the odds, terminal illness, athlete and trainer ...
Place: usa, new york, birmingham alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.3
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The Express (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.
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 ...
Place: usa, new york, united states, texas, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
All Things Fall Apart (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: 50 Cent stars as gifted college running back Deon in this touching drama. Deon's world turns upside down when an unexpected crisis jeopardizes his professional ambitions -- and causes him to look at himself and his life in a new way.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: sport, athlete's life, human spirit, terminal illness, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, bittersweet, american football, profanity, sexual content, drugs/alcohol
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.7
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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 ⇓
62%
A League of Their Own (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: As America's stock of athletic young men is depleted during World War II, a professional all-female baseball league springs up in the Midwest, funded by publicity-hungry candy maker Walter Harvey (Garry Marshall). Competitive sisters Dottie ...
Style: sentimental, touching, feel good, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, chick flick, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, world war two, friendship, rivalry, sport, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, underdog, female athlete, coach, sport team ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: chicago illinois, usa, oregon, colorado, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Mighty Macs (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their ...
Style: uplifting, realistic, emotional, sincere, serious
Plot: mother superior, college, catholic school, sport, against the odds, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer, feminism, basketball ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, philadelphia, pennsylvania, united states
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
For Love of the Game (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A baseball legend almost finished with his distinguished career at the age of forty has one last chance to prove who he is, what he is capable of, and win the heart of the woman he has loved for the past four years.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, romance, looking for love, athlete's life, love and romance, major league, hopes, training, career, loneliness, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, new york, new york yankees, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Remember the Titans (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: After leading his football team to 15 winning seasons, coach Bill Yoast is demoted and replaced by Herman Boone – tough, opinionated and as different from the beloved Yoast as he could be. The two men learn to overcome their differences and turn a ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, emotional, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, kids, chick flick
Plot: racism, football, coach, sport team, friendship, african american, prejudice, contests and competitions, human spirit, high school, against the odds, american football ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: virginia, united states, southern usa, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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From the Rough (2013)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.
Style: uplifting, captivating, feel good, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, against the odds, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, once in a lifetime opportunity, lifestyle, ambition, social misfits, hopes ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: tennessee, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
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The Rookie (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Jim Morris never made it out of the minor leagues before a shoulder injury ended his pitching career twelve years ago. Now a married-with-children high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach in Texas, Jim's team makes a deal with him: if ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, feel good, touching, realistic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: baseball, athlete and trainer, baseball movie, underdog, sport team, family relations, following a dream, family, sport, human spirit, against the odds, rookie ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s
Place: texas, usa, latin america, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Power of One (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Australia, France, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, discrimination, friendship, society, injustice, hopes, youth, life is a bitch, orphan, rivalry, bullying, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: africa, south africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.3
 8K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team.
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: small town, teenage life, athlete's life, ambition, love and romance, hopes, youth, human nature, friendship, sport team, sport, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.4
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Madison (2001)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1971, air-conditioner repairman and boat enthusiast Jim McCormick entertains his desire to 'go down' as a legend in the record books when the Gold Cup hydroplane boat race improbably comes to his small town of Madison, Indiana. ...
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, melancholic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, hopes, ship, friendship, unemployment, lifestyle, rising to stardom, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Rudy (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size ...
Style: feel good, touching, sentimental, realistic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: football, underdog, working class, college life, sport team, ambition, aspiration, family relations, sport, college, american football, priest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: indiana, usa, new jersey, boston, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 43K
Glory Road (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Style: feel good, emotional, serious, sentimental, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, basketball, coach, racism, underdog, college, teamwork, sport team, racial slur, contests and competitions, career, ambitious ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1966
Place: texas, usa, el paso texas, washington state, mexico ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.9
 8K
The Champ (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, family problems, athlete and trainer, parents and children, custody, on the road, family life ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.2
 19K
Eight Men Out (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: baseball, sport, friendship, americana, major league, sport team, ambition, contests and competitions, society, historical figure, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, boston, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.6
 249K
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, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, fighting movie, athlete and trainer, legacy, coach, mentor, sport, boxer, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1998, 2010s, 1990s ...
Place: usa, liverpool, mexico, england, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.4
 36K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, captivating, exciting, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, dedicated educator, small town, sport, track and field, sport team, contests and competitions, teacher, school ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 5.9
 9K
The Babe (1992)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A chronicle of Babe Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game. His amazing career included seven American League ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: baseball, major league, couples, athlete's life, hopes, ambition, rivalry, rising to stardom, underdog, americana, couple relations, relationship vs career ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s, 30s ...
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, new york, baltimore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%