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, touching, inspirational and feel good films and TV shows about / with against the odds, hopes, destiny, mentor, courage, storytelling, catastrophe, transformation, ambition and survival 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 Hunger Games (2012), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Temple Grandin (2010), October Sky (1999), Secretariat (2010), Lucky Trouble (2011), I Am Sam (2001), Real Steel (2011).

List of against the odds movies

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
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: realistic, motivational, touching, uplifting, serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, against the odds, destiny, childhood, life is a bitch, society, poverty, true love, street kid, cheating, tv show, journey ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, contemporary, year 2006 ...
Place: india, taj mahal, mumbai india, asia
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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, futuristic, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: future dystopia, survival, young heroes, against the odds, contests and competitions, youth, heroes, killings, heroine, death, trap, society ...
Time: future
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 7.3
 168K
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, factual, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: justice, against the odds, lawyer, relationship vs career, single mother, contamination, righting the wronged, court, uncover truth, fighting the system, corruption, environmental ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 1990s
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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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, human spirit, surgery, african american, ambition, christianity, follow your dream, rise to the top, blacks and whites, neurosurgeon, underdog ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: usa, detroit, west germany
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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: emotional, uplifting, motivational, inspirational, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, rise to the top, ambition, life is a bitch, against the odds, single parent, hopes, life, down on your luck, success, rags to riches, single father ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco
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 8.3
 26K
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, inspirational, sincere, emotional, 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, year 1981, year 1951, year 1975, 60s ...
Place: new hampshire, usa, harvard university, arizona, boston
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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, future dystopia, strong female character, survival, rebellion, distopia, against the odds, society, youth, adventure, danger, fighting the system ...
Time: future
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 7.8
 79K
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: realistic, exciting, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, generation gap, against the odds, teacher, small town, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, mathematics ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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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, touching, emotional, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: horse, against the odds, horse race, sport, underdog, animal training, rise to the top, legendary, ambition, follow your dream, contests and competitions, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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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: semi serious, humorous, touching, light, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: athlete and trainer, against the odds, contests and competitions, wedding, street kid, sport team, disorder, nothing goes right, fall in love, romance, love and romance, conquering ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.7
 140K
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, sincere, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, parenthood, father daughter relationship, lawyer, social services, single parent, single father, child custody, family relations, custody ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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 7.1
 291K
Real Steel (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, 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, stylized, emotional, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: androids and robots, underdog, father son relationship, against the odds, contests and competitions, sport, technology, boxing, bonding, rise to the top, family relations, training ...
Time: future, 21st century, near future, year 2016, 2020s
Place: usa, brazil
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 7.1
 38K
Balto (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.
Style: sentimental, feel good, exciting, suspenseful, sincere ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: wolf, dog, rivalry, adventure, danger, against the odds, daring rescue, dog sled, lone wolves, goose, heroic mission, save the day ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: alaska, usa
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 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, sincere, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: against the odds, human spirit, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, research, cure, medicine, child illness, parents and children, treatment ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, edinburgh scotland, boston, london ...
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 8.7
 6K
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: sport, volleyball, rivalry, athlete's life, youth, follow your dream, against the odds, friendship, friends, sport team, contests and competitions, stubbornness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
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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: feel good, touching, captivating, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, motorcycle, adventure, follow your dream, against the odds, hitchhiker, gas station, optimism, obstacle, supportive friend, obsessive quest ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, los angeles ...
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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, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, ocean, ship, dangerous animal, lost at sea, adventure, against the odds, sea, shipwreck, isolation, danger, whale ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, georgian era, 1820s
Place: new england, massachusetts, south america, pacific ocean, ecuador
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 7.5
 81K
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: baseball, racism, rivalry, athlete's life, against the odds, americana, human spirit, hopes, rise to the top, athlete and trainer, sport, african american ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: usa, new york, missouri, pittsburgh, empire state building manhattan new york city ...
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 7.6
 717K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, Bulgaria
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, courage, army, legends and myths, ancient, heroic mission, human spirit, master warrior, against the odds, war ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 7.3
 65K
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, racehorse, horse race, underdog, follow your dream, against the odds, gambling, depression, businessman, boxing, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 30s ...
Place: san francisco, pasadena california, california, chicago illinois, baltimore ...
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 7.0
 44K
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, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: surfing, human spirit, against the odds, sport, shark attack, lifestyle, disability, athlete's life, injury, supportive friend, training, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: hawaii, usa, thailand, california
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 5.2
 3K
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, semi serious, humorous
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, pets, against the odds, family, getting home, golden retriever, dog sled, adventure, animal life, save the day, contests and competitions, escapades ...
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.
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, spacecraft, dreams, follow your dream ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 70s, 20th century, 1950s ...
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 7.3
 39K
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: disturbing, rough, 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, 70s, 90s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, usa
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 6.7
 137K
The Running Man (1987)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, chases and races, danger, dystopic future, deadly, dishonesty, rivalry, resistance, gadget, against the odds, tough heroes, future dystopia ...
Time: future, 80s, twentieth century, year 2017, 2010s ...
Place: los angeles, california
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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, danger, against the odds, airplane, unlikely partners, cons and scams, chases and races, group of friends, supernatural power, monster, time travel, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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, serious, realistic, feel good, uplifting
Audience: family outing, girls' night, pre-teens
Plot: ballet, follow your dream, against the odds, ambition, youth, family relations, family in crisis, family problems, orphan, hopes, dancing, talent ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: london, europe
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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, disability, supportive spouse, human spirit, life is a bitch, fall in love, religion versus science, against the odds, adaptation, life turned upside down, love ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: oxford university, england
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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 480 min.
Story: A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, suspense
Plot: adventure, life is a bitch, female whipping, against the odds, human spirit, survival, on the run, danger, escapades, society, girl heroine, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: australia, england, europe
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Everyone's Hero (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A boy begins a grand journey to return Babe Ruth's baseball bat before the deciding game of the 1932 World Series comes to a close.
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, road movie
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: baseball, sport, against the odds, ambition, friendship, young heroes, obsessive quest, hopes, parents and children, human spirit, family, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york yankees, usa, bronx new york city, new york
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