Movies like The Boxer

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The Boxer (1997)
 7.0
 21K
The Boxer (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old working class neighborhood to resume his life as a boxer.
Style: bleak, realistic, thought provoking, sincere, serious, captivating, sexy, dramatic, intense, gloomy ...
Plot: irish, boxing, prison, politics, arson, ira, boxer, redemption, sport, love, love triangle, rivalry, haunted by the past, going straight, opponent, hopes, british, violence, brutality, dancing, firefighter, police officer, train, military, wedding ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, london, northern ireland, poland

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Most similar movies to The Boxer

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, interesting and sincere films with plots about storytelling, mentor, culture clash, runaway, brutality, dialogue and redemption mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres. Some movies like The Boxer: The Fighter (2010), In the Name of the Father (1993), Some Mother's Son (1996), The Run of the Country (1995), 24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Fighter (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The Fighter, is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being ...
Style: sincere, inspirational, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, boxer, underdog, athlete's life, training, sport, loyalty, arrest, addiction, drug abuse, self destructing, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1993
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new hampshire, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: prison, bomb, court, irish, torture, false accusation, rebellion, lawyer, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism, interrogation ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, scotland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: politics, prison, betrayal, terrorism, legal, family relations, strike, terrorist, human spirit, british, dedicated lawyer, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, vatican, northern ireland, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
The Run of the Country (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An Irish lad (Matt Keeslar) who fled from his oppressive, widowed father (Albert Finney) falls for a girl (Victoria Smurfit) from an affluent family.
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: village, coming of age, ira, family relations, politics, police officer, strained relationship, father son relationship, countryside, romance, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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24 7: Twenty Four Seven (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a typical English working-class town, the juveniles have nothing more to do than hang around in gangs. One day, Alan Darcy, a highly motivated man with the same kind of youth experience, starts trying to get the young people off the street and ...
Style: bleak, realistic, gloomy, serious, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: boxing, idealism, lifestyle, contests and competitions, rivalry, life is a bitch, sport, society, juvenile delinquency, youth, hopes, sexual content ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, future
Place: england, europe, wales, cornwall, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Successful surgeon Tomas leaves Prague for an operation, meets a young photographer named Tereza, and brings her back with him. Tereza is surprised to learn that Tomas is already having an affair with the bohemian Sabina, but when the Soviet ...
Style: sexy, erotic, sexual, realistic, serious ...
Plot: infidelity, photographer, waitress, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship, love triangle, womanizer, invasion, artist, mistress, soviet army, communism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, year 1968
Place: prague, central europe, switzerland, usa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Everybody's All-American (1988)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Louisiana football star Gavin Grey had it all. He was an All-American champion who married his high-school sweetheart, homecoming queen Babs Rogers, and who was a hero to his hometown. Yet after a failed professional career, Gavin realizes that fame ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, psychological, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: american football, friendship, college, sport, ambition, midlife crisis, family problems, romance, athlete's life, love triangle, marriage, self discovery ...
Time: 80s, 50s
Place: louisiana, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.2
 9K
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, serious, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, friendship, boxing, comeback, athlete's life, sport, ambition, rivalry, introspection, unfulfillment, boxing match, boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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 7.9
 73K
My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, disability, cerebral palsy, paralysis, irish, poet, working class, artist, human spirit, painting, family relations, writer's life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.8
 187K
Rocky III (1982)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
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, boys' night, family outing
Plot: boxing, boxer, comeback, underdog, coach, fame, training, sport, revenge, athlete's life, ambition, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: philadelphia, usa, los angeles, madison square garden manhattan new york city, pennsylvania ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 8.0
 185K
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, teens
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, boxer, financial problem, poverty, great depression, prizefighter, comeback, training ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Great White Hope (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.
Style: realistic, suspense, biting, serious, sincere ...
Plot: racism, boxing, rise and fall, interracial relations, fighting the system, bittersweet, state affairs, dishonesty, society, athlete's life, life is a bitch, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s
Place: london, germany, paris france, wisconsin, illinois ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, love and romance, athlete's life, hopes, major league, career, training, loneliness, coach ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, detroit, london, new york yankees, new york ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.7
 99K
Ali (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In 1964, a brash, new pro boxer, fresh from his Olympic gold medal victory, explodes onto the scene: Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self-confidence and his ...
Style: uplifting, touching, sincere, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, muslim, friendship, racism, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, athlete's life, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1964, year 1974
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.3
 205K
Rocky II (1979)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: After Rocky goes the distance with champ Apollo Creed, both try to put the fight behind them and move on. Rocky settles down with Adrian but can't put his life together outside the ring, while Creed seeks a rematch to restore his reputation. ...
Style: feel good, sincere, rough, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, teens, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, heroes, championship, comeback, training, sport, graphic violence, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: philadelphia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: captivating, serious, epic, brutal, harsh ...
Plot: fighting the system, politics, civil war, fight, irish, treason, secret service, irish republican army, war, ira, political unrest, state affairs ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, post world war one, 70s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, dublin ireland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.6
 9K
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, athlete's life, contests and competitions, youth ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington d.c., washington state, new jersey, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 5.8
 21K
Annapolis (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jake Huard, from a shipbuilders family, promised his dying mother he'ld make it to Anapolis Naval Academy. Thanks to tenaciously bugging a Congressman, he's selected despite dubious grades. Once inside, Jake soon proves sub-standard ...
Style: serious, inspirational, exciting, intense, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: military training, military academy, u.s. navy, navy, bully, boxing, friendship, rivalry, ambition, sport, military life, superior ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: maryland, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 7.2
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Go Now (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player living in the big city. He meets Karen, and the two fall in love and move in together. Soon after, Nick exhibits signs of serious illness. As his body slowly succumbs to multiple sclerosis, he experiences a ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: multiple sclerosis, family relations, working class, misfit, unfulfillment, supportive spouse, romance, love and romance, life is a bitch, society, couples, disability ...
Time: 90s, 70s
Place: europe, england, new orleans, ireland, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Best of Youth (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Italy
Duration: 366 min.
Story: Spanning four decades, from the chaotic 1960s to the present, director Marco Tullio Giordana's passionate epic 'La Meglio Gioventu' follows two Italian brothers through some of the most tumultuous events of recent Italian history.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: society, dishonesty, politics, musician, protest, police brutality, photographer, psychiatrist, political corruption, idealism, state affairs, couples ...
Time: 80s, 60s, 20th century, 70s, 90s ...
Place: italy, lebanon, europe, oxford university, rome italy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.8
 9K
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, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: boxing, gambling, boxer, underdog, bittersweet, redemption, sport, ambition, hopes, rivalry, lifestyle, follow your dream ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: florida, usa, ireland, miami
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 201K
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: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, boxer, victory, training, sport, vengeance, revenge, tough heroes, opponent, athlete and trainer, fight ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ussr, russia, siberia, las vegas, philadelphia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 48K
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: captivating, thought provoking, rough, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: redemption, basketball, prison, sport, forgiveness, domestic violence, college, rejection, warden, dysfunctional family, family problems, life is a bitch ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, brooklyn new york city, coney island brooklyn new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 7K
Diggstown (1992)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Gabriel Caine has just been released from prison when he sets up a bet with a business man. The business man owns most of a boxing-mad town called Diggstown. The bet is that Gabe can find a boxer that will knock out 10 Diggstown men, in a boxing ...
Style: humorous, twists and turns, witty, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, bet, con artists, sport, ex athlete, rivalry, crimes, contests and competitions, dishonesty, ambition, aging, cons and scams ...
Time: 90s
Place: southern usa, georgia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.7
 63K
Goal! (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer...However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him ...
Style: captivating, serious, sentimental, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: soccer, coach, sport team, sport, athlete's life, dream come true, lifestyle, follow your dream, ambition, against the odds, human spirit, career ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: los angeles, england, europe, london, latin america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Mountain Rivera is at the end of his boxing career after a knockout by Cassius Clay in the seventh round. His left eye is one punch from permanent trauma, his ears turned to cauliflower, his speech slurred from "being hit a million times," ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, atmospheric, sincere, rough ...
Plot: bet, boxing, wrestling, social worker, drunkenness, second chance, aging, down on your luck, love and romance, unfulfillment, rivalry, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, future
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.2
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, terminal illness, city life, human nature, introspection, fall in love, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, bittersweet ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china, beijing china, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 15K
Youngblood (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship ...
Style: sexy, exciting, realistic, serious, sexual ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, skating, rivalry, mockery, coach, sport, underdog, romance, redemption, graphic violence, human spirit, countryside ...
Time: 80s
Place: canada, alaska, new jersey, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.8
 7K
Prefontaine (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a ...
Style: rough, sincere, serious, talky, factual ...
Plot: olympics, runner, sport, underdog, human spirit, athlete's life, contests and competitions, lifestyle, hopes, college, olympic gold medalist, justice ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975, year 1972, 60s ...
Place: oregon, usa, munich germany, mexico city, finland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: underdog, determination, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, female boxer, human spirit, sport, boxing, follow your dream, suffering, ambition, mentor protege relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, las vegas, missouri, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%