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 realistic, serious, inspirational, touching, intense and dramatic films and TV shows about / with against the odds, hopes, destiny, mentor, culture clash, ambition, storytelling, redemption, courage and survival plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Sport genres shot in USA, UK, Japan and other countries.
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against the odds movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as against the odds: Erin Brockovich (2000), Temple Grandin (2010), 42 (2013), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), The Theory of Everything (2014), Apollo 13 (1995), Real Steel (2011), The Hunger Games (2012), October Sky (1999), In the Heart of the Sea (2015).

List of against the odds movies

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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: sincere, emotional, uplifting, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: medical, african american, against the odds, human spirit, doctors, neurosurgeon, ambition, medical school, doctor, follow your dream, rise to the top, christian ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, west germany, detroit
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 7.4
 199K
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: inspirational, factual, uplifting, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: environmental, lawyer, court, contamination, justice, small town, investigation, corporate crime, single mother, against the odds, contaminated water, female protagonist ...
Time: year 1993, 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, los angeles, usa
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 8.2
 30K
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, compassionate, feel good ...
Plot: autism, human spirit, disability, scientist, against the odds, mother daughter relationship, teacher, female protagonist, inventor, ambition, genius, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, year 1951, 70s, 60s ...
Place: boston, new hampshire, usa, harvard university, arizona
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 7.5
 96K
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, inspirational, emotional, factual, touching ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: racism, baseball, sport, against the odds, rivalry, athlete and trainer, americana, human spirit, rise to the top, hopes, athlete's life, racial segregation ...
Time: 1940s, 70s, 1930s, 20th century, post world war two ...
Place: boston, new jersey, california, new york, usa ...
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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: inspirational, realistic, feel good, touching, factual ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle, adventure, against the odds, follow your dream, motorcycle race, car race, race, auto mechanic, goodhearted, ambition, philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, year 1914
Place: new zealand, california, los angeles, usa, nevada ...
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The Theory of Everything (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Japan
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: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, compassionate, emotional ...
Audience: kids
Plot: disability, genius, love, cambridge university, handicapped, prodigy, fall in love, against the odds, supportive spouse, husband wife relationship, physicist, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s
Place: oxford university, england, united kingdom
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 7.7
 296K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, realistic, suspenseful, breathtaking, epic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: astronaut, survival, nasa, disaster, space exploration, space travel, space program, rescue, race against time, trapped in space, moon, against the odds ...
Time: 70s, 60s, future, 20th century, year 1970 ...
Place: houston texas, usa, pacific ocean, texas, florida ...
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 7.0
 331K
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, feel good, inspirational, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing, girls' night
Plot: sport, boxing, robot, father son relationship, underdog, androids and robots, against the odds, technology, contests and competitions, arena, parents and children, adventure ...
Time: future, near future, 2020s, 21st century, year 2016
Place: usa, austin texas, brazil
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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, futuristic, suspenseful, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, chick flick, family outing
Plot: survival, female protagonist, death, distopia, game of death, contests and competitions, youth, rivalry, future dystopia, killings, young heroes, game ...
Time: future
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 7.8
 92K
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: inspirational, realistic, touching, emotional, feel good ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, date night
Plot: generation gap, small town, friendship, follow your dream, teacher, against the odds, teenage life, mathematics, space program, dedicated educator, ambition, life philosophy ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, year 1957
Place: west virginia, usa, appalachia, new jersey
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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, scenic, exciting, inspirational, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: survival, ocean, ship, whale, sea, shipwreck, disaster, starvation, natural disaster, death, man versus nature, boat ...
Time: 19th century, future, middle ages, victorian era, 1820s ...
Place: new england, ecuador, pacific ocean, south america, massachusetts
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 6.9
 189K
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: feel good, humorous, light, inspirational, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, family outing, teens, girls' night
Plot: medieval, knight, jousting, sword fight, against the odds, sword duel, rivalry, love, love and romance, adventure, follow your dream, fight ...
Time: middle ages, 50s, 14th century
Place: england, london, europe, france, paris france
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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: inspirational, emotional, motivational, dramatic, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: life, rags to riches, human spirit, life philosophy, rise to the top, against the odds, life is a bitch, ambition, down on your luck, homeless, single father, success ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco, california
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 50K
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: christian film, touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids, family outing, chick flick ...
Plot: surfing, christian, human spirit, shark, disability, sport, against the odds, teenager, shark attack, handicapped, surfer, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, future
Place: hawaii, california, usa, thailand
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 43K
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, sincere, emotional, factual, disturbing ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: courtroom drama, sexual harassment, lawsuit, small town, rape, feminism, sexism, against the odds, labor union, lawyer, women, workplace ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 90s, 80s
Place: minnesota, usa
Is relevant ?
 5.1
 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, humorous, touching, semi serious
Audience: kids, girls' night, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: pets, dog, golden retriever, against the odds, getting home, adventure, escapades, contests and competitions, animal life, best friends, dog sled, family ...
Time: 2000s
Place: alaska, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 74K
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: inspirational, feel good, emotional, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: horse, horse race, racehorse, follow your dream, underdog, sport, against the odds, jockey, depression, life philosophy, marriage, animal training ...
Time: 1940s, 1920s, year 1938, 20th century, 1910s ...
Place: california, pasadena california, chicago illinois, new york, baltimore ...
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 23K
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Genre: Biography, 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: emotional, sincere, touching, melancholic, serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: terminal illness, human spirit, against the odds, family relations, life is a bitch, disability, courage, cure, boy, hopes, research, parent child relationship ...
Time: 20th century, year 1983, year 1986, year 1984, 80s
Place: washington d.c., rome italy, italy, england, london ...
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The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Australia, UK
Duration: 480 min.
TV show
Story: A young woman is transported to the New South Wales penal colony in 1788.
Style: serious, realistic, suspense, captivating, road movie
Plot: adventure, life is a bitch, survival, human spirit, against the odds, escapades, on the run, girl heroine, society, prisoner, sailboat, injustice ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era
Place: australia, england, europe
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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: realistic, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, cerebral ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: space travel, against the odds, nasa, space program, science, catastrophe, cold war, dreams, moon landing, space exploration, astronaut, loneliness ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 50s
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 820K
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, scenic, intense, exciting, heroic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword fight, warrior, ancient, war, courage, human spirit, military, legends and myths, battles, head of state, soldier, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient times
Place: ancient greece, greece, rome italy, europe
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 29K
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: inspirational, sentimental, emotional, touching, romantic ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: horse, sport, horse race, racehorse, animals, underdog, against the odds, equestrian, beautiful scenery, jockey, animal training, stallion ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 26K
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, realistic, disturbing, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, friends, friendship, stubbornness, sport, prodigy, youth, rivalry, high school, against the odds, follow your dream, sport team ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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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: realistic, sentimental, semi serious, humorous, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, wedding, against the odds, race against time, nothing goes right, mistaken identity, disorder, sport team, coach, street urchin, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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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: sentimental, feel good, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: soccer, sport, working class, pow, follow your dream, athlete's life, human spirit, against the odds, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: budapest, europe, west germany, hungary, switzerland ...
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 244K
Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Ray Breslin is the world's foremost authority on structural security. After analyzing every high security prison and learning a vast array of survival skills so he can design escape-proof prisons, his skills are put to the test. He's ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, exciting, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, prison escape, escape, revenge, escape plan, lone hero, survival, outsmarting, prisoner, torture, ship, conspiracy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2013, 2010s, 80s ...
Place: morocco, usa, colorado, florida, miami ...
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Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story (2003)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Based on a true story. Liz Murray is a young girl who is taken care of by her loving, but drug-addicted parents. Liz becomes homeless at 15 and after a tragedy comes upon her, she begins her work to finish high school.
Style: emotional, touching, sincere, captivating, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: homeless teenager, homeless, life is a bitch, aids, human spirit, against the odds, starting over, university, street kid, kids in trouble, teenage life, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Oranges and Sunshine (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovers one of the most significant social scandals in recent times – the forced migration of children from the United Kingdom. Almost singlehandedly, Margaret reunited ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, captivating, motivational ...
Plot: social worker, deportation, against the odds, fighting the system, uncover truth, state affairs, society, life is a bitch, injustice, child abuse, rebellion, family reunited ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 21st century
Place: england, australia, united kingdom, europe, adelaide south australia ...
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 44K
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: feel good, sentimental, suspenseful, exciting, sincere ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens, preschoolers
Plot: dog, adventure, wolf, courage, rivalry, goose, animals, family, daring rescue, dog sled, against the odds, alienation ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 90s, year 1995
Place: alaska, usa
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Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, 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: touching, motivational, realistic, uplifting, heartbreaking ...
Audience: teens, date night, teen drama
Plot: poverty, childhood, love, orphan, rags to riches, against the odds, destiny, life is a bitch, street life, cheating, society, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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