Against the odds movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant against the odds movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, intense, feel good, inspirational and dramatic films and TV shows about / with against the odds, hopes, mentor, destiny, storytelling, catastrophe, courage, culture clash, redemption and transformation plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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against the odds movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as against the odds: Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Hunger Games (2012), Temple Grandin (2010), October Sky (1999), Secretariat (2010), Real Steel (2011), I Am Sam (2001), The World's Fastest Indian (2005).

List of against the odds movies

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Jamal Malik is an impoverished Indian teen who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ but, after he wins, he is suspected of cheating.
Style: uplifting, realistic, touching, motivational, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, childhood, poverty, destiny, life is a bitch, society, true love, street kid, journey, tv show, street life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 2000s ...
Place: india, mumbai india, taj mahal, asia
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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.
Style: uplifting, sincere, emotional, realistic, factual ...
Plot: against the odds, medical, surgery, african american, neurosurgeon, human spirit, christianity, rise to the top, ambition, follow your dream, surgeon, blacks and whites ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: usa, west germany, detroit
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The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional career.
Style: uplifting, emotional, inspirational, motivational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, ambition, rise to the top, rags to riches, single parent, against the odds, life is a bitch, life, hopes, down on your luck, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 174K
Erin Brockovich (2000)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. ...
Style: captivating, inspirational, uplifting, factual, touching ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: lawyer, against the odds, contamination, justice, relationship vs career, single mother, court, family relations, righting the wronged, ambition, society, uncover truth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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The Hunger Games (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, disturbing, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: future dystopia, survival, young heroes, heroes, youth, against the odds, society, contests and competitions, rivalry, danger, death, killings ...
Time: future
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 27K
Temple Grandin (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: autism, against the odds, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, teacher, mentally challenged, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1981, year 1966 ...
Place: new hampshire, boston, usa, arizona, harvard university
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 7.8
 82K
October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: touching, realistic, exciting, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, mathematics, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Katniss Everdeen reluctantly becomes the symbol of a mass rebellion against the autocratic Capitol.
Style: futuristic, bleak, exciting, serious, disturbing ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: female protagonist, strong female character, distopia, future dystopia, rebellion, survival, society, fighting the system, against the odds, youth, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: future
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 7.2
 26K
Secretariat (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to ...
Style: sentimental, inspirational, touching, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: horse, horse race, against the odds, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, legendary, follow your dream, contests and competitions, ambition, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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 7.1
 297K
Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA, India
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the near-future, Charlie Kenton is a washed-up fighter who retired from the ring when robots took over the sport. After Charlie's robot is trashed, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max to rebuild and train an unlikely contender.
Style: futuristic, exciting, sentimental, stylized, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: underdog, androids and robots, father son relationship, against the odds, contests and competitions, technology, robot, fight, sport, parents and children, boxing, robot vs. robot ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, 2020s, year 2016
Place: usa, brazil
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 7.7
 143K
I Am Sam (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Sam has the mental capacity of a 7-year-old. He has a daughter with a homeless woman who abandons them when they leave the hospital, leaving Sam to raise Lucy on his own. But as Lucy grows up, Sam's limitations start to become a problem and the ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, father daughter relationship, custody, parents and children, against the odds, single father, lawyer, social services, parenthood, child custody, family relations, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: New Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.
Style: realistic, feel good, touching, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, motorcycle, adventure, follow your dream, against the odds, ambition, hitchhiker, auto mechanic, gas station, obstacle, optimism ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, los angeles ...
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Style: uplifting, touching, emotional, compassionate, factual ...
Plot: genius, prodigy, against the odds, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, adaptation, love, life turned upside down ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1990s, 90s ...
Place: oxford university, england
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 7.5
 86K
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, against the odds, rivalry, racial segregation, athlete's life, americana, human spirit, athlete and trainer, hopes, rise to the top, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: new york, usa, pasadena california, new orleans, pittsburgh ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 20K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Lorenzo Odone was a normal child until the age of 7. After then, strange things began to happen to him: he would have blackouts, memory lapses, and other strange mental phemonenons. He is eventually diagnosed as suffering from ALD: an extremely rare ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, human spirit, against the odds, hopes, life is a bitch, research, family relations, cure, child illness, parents and children, treatment, parent child relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, boston, london, italy ...
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 7.1
 40K
Balto (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 78 min.
Story: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Style: sentimental, feel good, suspenseful, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: wolf, dog, rivalry, dog sled, adventure, danger, daring rescue, goose, against the odds, courage, save the day, family ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: alaska, usa
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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Australia, Spain
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville’s ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, disaster movie, realistic ...
Plot: survival, ocean, ship, dangerous animal, lost at sea, adventure, sea, against the odds, whale, shipwreck, danger, hunting ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1820s, georgian era
Place: new england, massachusetts, pacific ocean, ecuador, south america
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Lucky Trouble (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Who said you have to win to be a champion? Slava Kolotiloff, a schoolteacher from a sleepy seaside town by the name of "Fingers" comes to conquer Moscow with the manuscript to his first novel in hand. But instead, quite by accident, he ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, semi serious, humorous, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, wedding, against the odds, street kid, sport team, disorder, mistaken identity, nothing goes right, race against time, fall in love, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 8.7
 10K
Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, volleyball, rivalry, youth, follow your dream, prodigy, friends, friendship, athlete's life, sport team, contests and competitions, against the odds ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 67K
Seabiscuit (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, horse race, racehorse, underdog, follow your dream, against the odds, gambling, depression, boxing, businessman, ambition, contests and competitions ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 30s, 20s ...
Place: new york, baltimore, san francisco, chicago illinois, tijuana mexico ...
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 46K
Soul Surfer (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany ...
Style: touching, sentimental, uplifting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, beach, comeback, shark attack, lifestyle, survivor, christian, sport, disability ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, thailand, usa, california
Is relevant ?
 5.2
 4K
Snow Buddies (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Dylan Sprouse, Jim Belushi and Kris Kristofferson lend their voices to this family-friendly tale about a feisty pack of golden retriever puppies that embarks on an Alaskan adventure. When they find themselves stranded in the northern wilderness, the ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, semi serious
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: golden retriever, friendship, pets, getting home, family, against the odds, dog sled, adventure, animal life, escapades, contests and competitions, ambition ...
Time: 2000s
Place: alaska, usa
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From the Earth to the Moon (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Tom Hanks, Imagine Entertainment and HBO present From the Earth to the Moon, the dramatic story of the unforgettable Apollo missions and their heroic astronauts, from President John F. Kennedy's historic speech, through the first manned ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: nasa, against the odds, space travel, space program, astronaut, outer space, moon, moon landing, catastrophe, space and aliens, spacecraft, dreams ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
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 6.9
 171K
A Knight's Tale (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, chick flick
Plot: knight, rivalry, against the odds, follow your dream, jousting, game, duel, hopes, medieval, church, torture, swords and armor ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: england, europe, london, paris france, france
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 40K
North Country (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States -- Jenson vs. Eveleth Mines, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit.
Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, sincere, thought provoking ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: sexual harassment, courtroom drama, feminism, rape, lawsuit, against the odds, small town, fighting the system, sexism, labor union, family relations, financial problem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 70s, 90s
Place: minnesota, usa
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 7.6
 731K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Bulgaria, Australia
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Frank Miller's graphic novel, "300" is very loosely based the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where the King of Sparta led his army against the advancing Persians; the battle is said to have inspired all of Greece to band ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, scenic, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, gory, battles, army, legends and myths, courage, ancient, war, heroic mission, human spirit, soldier, military ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 6.3
 120K
The Shallows (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An injured surfer stranded on a buoy needs to get back to shore, but the great white shark stalking her might have other ideas.
Style: suspense, psychotronic, tense, exciting, absurd ...
Plot: shark, survival, trapped, strong female character, animal horror, ocean, animal attack, island, surfing, fear, killer shark, swimming ...
Place: tijuana mexico, mexico, australia, texas
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 4.8
 10K
Altitude (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, psychotronic
Plot: race against time, against the odds, airplane, supernatural power, danger, unlikely partners, cons and scams, chases and races, group of friends, supernatural, time travel, monster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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 6.6
 8K
Ballet Shoes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An unusual explorer named Gum and his kindly niece adopt three orphans -- Pauline, Petrova and Posy -- and raise them as sisters in 1930s London. But the girls must fend for themselves when Gum doesn't return from one of his adventures. ...
Style: touching, feel good, serious, realistic, uplifting
Audience: girls' night, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: ballet, orphan, against the odds, follow your dream, ambition, youth, family in crisis, siblings relations, family relations, family problems, hopes, dancing ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, europe
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 5.4
 139K
Evan Almighty (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: God contacts Congressman Evan Baxter and tells him to build an ark in preparation for a great flood.
Style: humorous, semi serious, funny, entertaining, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night
Plot: noah's ark, god, imaginary, save the day, miraculous event, workaholic, family relations, against the odds, prophecy, danger, disorder, flood ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: washington d.c., usa, virginia, u.s. capitol building
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