Athlete's life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant athlete's life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, feel good, serious, captivating, touching and inspirational films and TV shows about / with athlete's life, ambition, sport, rivalry, hopes, contests and competitions, friendship, underdog, storytelling and mentor plots mostly in Drama, Sport and Biography genres shot in USA, Japan, Germany and other countries.
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athlete's life movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as athlete's life: Rocky Balboa (2006), Southpaw (2015), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Make It or Break It (2009), Haikyu!! (2014), Stick It (2006), Kingdom (2014), Pain & Gain (2013), Coach Carter (2005), The Fighter (2010).

List of athlete's life movies

 7.1
 201K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder, Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging Rocky to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, boxer, boxing, comeback, training, fight, underdog, sport, against the odds, human spirit, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa, las vegas
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 7.4
 213K
Southpaw (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Billy "The Great" Hope, the reigning junior middleweight boxing champion, has an impressive career, a loving wife and daughter, and a lavish lifestyle. However, when tragedy strikes, Billy hits rock bottom, losing his family, his house and ...
Style: touching, rough, sentimental, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: athlete's life, boxing, tragedy, sport, family relations, contests and competitions, down on your luck, father daughter relationship, rise and fall, death, boxer, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2014
Place: usa, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, new york, las vegas
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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, sad, bleak, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, athlete and trainer, female boxer, underdog, determination, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, mentor protege relationship, sport, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, missouri, england, california ...
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Make It or Break It (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the world of competitive gymnastics, the series follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train for their day in the spotlight.
Style: serious, sentimental, feel good, captivating, realistic
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: gymnastics, sport, athlete's life, follow your dream, youth, friends, rivalry, social relations, ambition, hopes, family relations, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, colorado
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 8.7
 7K
Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, sport, rivalry, athlete's life, follow your dream, youth, friends, friendship, sport team, contests and competitions, against the odds, stubbornness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
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 6.4
 26K
Stick It (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Haley is a naturally gifted athlete but, with her social behavior, the teen seems intent on squandering her abilities. After a final brush with the law, a judge sentences her to an elite gymnastics academy run by a legendary, hard-nosed coach. Once ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, inspirational, funny ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: gymnastics, athlete and trainer, sport, teenager, athlete's life, coach, rivalry, rebelliousness, friends, lifestyle, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: texas, usa, houston texas
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 8.5
 12K
Kingdom (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: A raw family drama set against the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in Venice, California. Alvey Kulina owns Navy St. MMA with the help of his girlfriend Lisa Prince. He is willing to go through extraordinary means to make sure his fighters are ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mixed martial arts, athlete's life, family problems, gym, competition, sibling relationship, drugs/alcohol, parents and children, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, drug abuse ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, los angeles
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 6.4
 198K
Pain & Gain (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Daniel Lugo, manager of the Sun Gym in 1990s Miami, decides that there is only one way to achieve his version of the American dream: extortion. To achieve his goal, he recruits musclemen Paul and Adrian as accomplices. After several failed attempts, ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: american dream, athlete's life, friends, crime, crimes, weightlifting, ambition, group of criminals, partners, kidnapping, greed, stupidity ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1994, 1990s, year 1995 ...
Place: miami, florida, usa, mexico, bahamas ...
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 7.3
 124K
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, sport, coach, athlete's life, teacher, high school, underdog, human spirit, dedicated educator, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, san francisco, texas
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 7.8
 334K
The Fighter (2010)
Genre: 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, realistic, uplifting, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, boxing, athlete's life, underdog, self destructing, sport, addiction, ambition, title bout, irish american, ex boxer, arrest ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, massachusetts, usa, new hampshire, atlantic city new jersey ...
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 7.5
 84K
42 (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The film follows the innovative Dodgers’ general manager Branch Rickey, the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, emotional, factual, touching ...
Plot: racism, baseball, rivalry, against the odds, athlete's life, americana, athlete and trainer, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, african american, racial segregation ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1948, year 1946 ...
Place: usa, new york, pasadena california, cincinnati ohio, pittsburgh ...
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 8.0
 174K
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, motivational, sincere, touching, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, boxing, sport, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, follow your dream, lifestyle, boxer ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 20th century ...
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, manhattan new york city, madison square garden manhattan new york city ...
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 7.6
 286K
The Blind Side (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.
Style: touching, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: adoption, human spirit, american football, parents and children, strong female character, interracial relations, rising to stardom, life, family drama, interracial adoption, athlete's life, football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tennessee, memphis, california
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 6.6
 4K
Cloud 9 (2014)
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Set high atop snow-capped mountains in the adrenaline-fueled world of competitive snowboarding, the Disney Channel Original Movie “Cloud 9″ tells the inspiring story of two snowboarders who must overcome self-doubt to learn that achieving their ...
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, realistic
Audience: pre-teens, family outing
Plot: follow your dream, couples, snowboarding, opposites attract, athlete's life, parents and children, rivalry, extreme sport, disorder, contests and competitions, ambition, nothing goes right ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: seattle, usa, utah
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Fighting Spirit (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
Story: Ippo, the son of a fishing boat tour owner, takes up boxing to increase his confidence. Through intense training and willpower Ippo claims the Japanese featherweight title.
Style: captivating, realistic, semi serious, humorous, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, boxing, athlete's life, ambition, athlete and trainer, lifestyle, rivalry, follow your dream, championship, youth, fight back, rise to the top ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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 6.2
 3K
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, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, running, friendship, ego clash, rivalry, sport, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england
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 6.9
 1K
Heleno (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Brazil
Duration: 116 min.
Story: José Henrique Fonseca crafts an ambitious and long overdue homage to a central icon in Brazil’s 20th century history. Reminiscent of film noir classics, the biopic tells the glorious and tragic story of the legendary football striker Heleno de ...
Style: psychological, stylized, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: athlete's life, lifestyle, ambition, rise and fall, drug abuse, couples, bad attitude, sport, womanizer, life is a bitch, rivalry, troublemaker ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s
Place: brazil, latin america
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 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, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, date night, chick flick
Plot: female boxer, boxing, follow your dream, athlete's life, ambition, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, graphic violence, self fulfillment, sport, lifestyle, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, new jersey
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 6.8
 92K
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, serious ...
Plot: boxing, civil rights, athlete's life, friendship, racism, muslim, african american, comeback, politics, rise to the top, human spirit, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 60s, year 1974, year 1964 ...
Place: africa, usa, nigeria
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The Prince of Tennis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Prince of Tennis follows the story of a 12 year old boy Ryoma Echizen who won four consecutive titles in the American Junior Tennis tournaments. He's an amazing tennis player and is considered a prodigy. He moved from America to Japan and ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, humorous, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: tennis, teenage life, friendship, ambition, prodigy, athlete's life, youth, contests and competitions, lifestyle, sport, high school, superhuman powers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan
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 5.1
 15K
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, baseball, athlete's life, rivalry, small town, social differences, sport, fall in love, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, young lovers ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: usa, massachusetts, new england, san francisco, new jersey
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 7.1
 3K
Ping-Pong (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching
Audience: teens
Plot: athlete's life, youth, ping pong, follow your dream, lifestyle, ambition, human spirit, sport, friendship, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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The Miracle of Bern (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Germany
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The movie deals with the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954. Its story is linked with two others: The family of a young boy is split due to the events in World War II, and the father returns from Russia after eleven years. The second ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, feel good, exciting
Plot: soccer, human spirit, against the odds, follow your dream, athlete's life, contests and competitions, pow, hopes, society, ambition, rivalry, working class ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: germany, switzerland, hungary, europe, budapest ...
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 7.7
 70K
One Tree Hill (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: teenage life, family relations, couple relations, friendship, high school, basketball, teenage love, high school life, step siblings, rivalry, favoritism among siblings, athlete's life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa
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 5.8
 49K
Over the Top (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life ...
Style: serious, intense, sentimental, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: arm wrestling, truck driver, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, custody, sport, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, family relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa, los angeles
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 6.3
 1K
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: serious, feel good, realistic, melancholic
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, follow your dream, against the odds, rivalry, ship, friendship, unemployment, contests and competitions, hopes, ambition, rising to stardom ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, indiana
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 8.2
 60K
Run Milkha Run (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 186 min.
Story: The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.
Style: uplifting, captivating, inspirational, meditative, realistic ...
Plot: rise to the top, running, talented, athlete's life, army, sport, lifestyle, rising to stardom, follow your dream, ambition, rivalry, determination ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: india, pakistan, asia, rome italy
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 7.9
 286K
The Wrestler (2008)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Aging wrestler Randy "The Ram" Robinson is long past his prime but still ready and rarin' to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating, however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with ...
Style: bleak, emotional, contemplative, serious, sincere ...
Plot: wrestling, life is a bitch, wrestler, loneliness, fame, ambition, aging, sport, stripper, athlete's life, introspection, heart attack ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: new jersey, usa, california
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Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: philosophical, inspirational, sincere, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: self discovery, teaching the ways of the world, athlete and trainer, human spirit, mentor, enlightenment, coach, wise man, gymnastics, wisdom of life, philosophy, rehabilitation ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, new jersey
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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, captivating, sincere, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, athlete's life, rags to riches, prodigy, human spirit, social differences, lifestyle, ambition, talented, championship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
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