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, intense, dramatic, inspirational and interesting films and TV shows about / with against the odds, destiny, storytelling, mentor, culture clash, catastrophe, redemption, dialogue, transformation and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Biography and Adventure 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: The Hunger Games (2012), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Erin Brockovich (2000), Temple Grandin (2010), October Sky (1999), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The World's Fastest Indian (2005), 300 (2006), Balto (1995), Snow Dogs (2002).

List of against the odds movies

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
Plot: survival, contests and competitions, young heroes, future dystopia, against the odds, killings, death, danger, rivalry, heroes, youth, moral dilemma ...
Time: future
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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: sentimental, uplifting, emotional, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: human spirit, life is a bitch, single parent, down on your luck, rise to the top, against the odds, hopes, life, success, ambition, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: san francisco, usa, kindergarten
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 7.3
 157K
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, touching, uplifting, factual, inspirational ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: against the odds, justice, lawyer, righting the wronged, single mother, relationship vs career, contamination, fighting the system, uncover truth, environmental, court, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1993
Place: los angeles, usa, california, new jersey
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 8.3
 24K
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, inspirational, compassionate, emotional ...
Plot: against the odds, autism, human spirit, female protagonist, scientist, mother daughter relationship, disability, ambition, panic attack, genius, inventions and discoveries, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, year 1966, 1960s, 1950s, year 1970 ...
Place: new hampshire, usa, boston, harvard university, arizona
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 7.8
 74K
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: exciting, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, small town, against the odds, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, nasa, satellite, ambition, cold war, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
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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: touching, serious, uplifting, realistic, rough ...
Audience: date night
Plot: orphan, destiny, true love, society, against the odds, street kid, life is a bitch, poverty, childhood, human spirit, cheating, rags to riches ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, year 2005 ...
Place: india, mumbai india, asia, taj mahal
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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: touching, feel good, captivating, realistic, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: human spirit, motorcycle race, against the odds, adventure, follow your dream, hitchhiker, motorcycle, optimism, obsessive quest, obstacle, supportive friend, journey ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1967, 1960s
Place: new zealand, utah, california, usa, salt lake city utah ...
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 7.7
 685K
300 (2006)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
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, harsh, scenic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, battles, courage, ancient, master warrior, war, military, human spirit, heroic mission, against the odds, soldier, gory ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
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 7.1
 36K
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, exciting, suspenseful, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: daring rescue, adventure, rivalry, danger, against the odds, dog, family, wolf, dog sled, goose, lone wolves, courage ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: alaska, usa
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 5.1
 23K
Snow Dogs (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: adventure, pets, against the odds, friendship, adoption, fish out of water, small town, family, contests and competitions, dentist, disorder, dog ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: alaska, usa, cuba
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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: touching, uplifting, factual, compassionate, serious ...
Plot: prodigy, disability, supportive spouse, against the odds, human spirit, life is a bitch, life turned upside down, adaptation, love, cambridge university, husband wife relationship, genius ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1990s, 1960s
Place: oxford university, england
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In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
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: exciting, captivating, suspense, scenic, inspirational ...
Plot: survival, ship, dangerous animal, ocean, adventure, isolation, whale, danger, against the odds, lost at sea, death, starvation ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 1820s
Place: new england, massachusetts, pacific ocean, ecuador, south america
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible.
Style: sentimental, sincere, inspirational, entertaining, touching ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: desert, against the odds, fish, romance, salmon, scientist, hopes, self discovery, muslim, doubts and hesitations, wife husband relationship, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, scotland, afghanistan, england, africa ...
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 7.3
 19K
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: emotional, touching, serious, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: child illness, against the odds, human spirit, medicine, terminal illness, life is a bitch, research, cure, treatment, parents and children, parent child relationship, family in crisis ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: medical school, edinburgh scotland, italy, rome italy, washington d.c. ...
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 5.4
 129K
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
Plot: workaholic, against the odds, noah's ark, miraculous event, danger, disorder, prophecy, save the day, faith, family relations, rescue, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, u.s. capitol building, virginia, washington d.c.
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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: After the Evil Queen marries the King, she performs a violent coup in which the King is murdered and his daughter, Snow White, is taken captive. Almost a decade later, a grown Snow White is still in the clutches of the Queen. In order to obtain ...
Style: exciting, fairy tale, serious, scenic, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: queen, immortality, good versus evil, deception, adventure, danger, imaginary kingdom, curses spells and rituals, witch, magic, snow white, fantasy world ...
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 7.6
 243K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
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: suspenseful, realistic, suspense, factual, clever ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, survival, race against time, rescue, nasa, space program, astronaut, moon, courage, against the odds, mission gone awry ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, 70s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, wisconsin
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 7.1
 176K
Everest (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Iceland
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by the incredible events surrounding a treacherous attempt to reach the summit of the world's highest mountain, "Everest" documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one ...
Style: realistic, dramatic, suspenseful, tense, based on true events ...
Plot: survival, mountain climbing, death, forces of nature, adventure, climbing, against the odds, adventurer, stranded, tragedy, death of protagonist, freeze to death ...
Time: year 1996, 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mount everest, asia, himalaya, nepal, texas
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 7.0
 162K
Chicken Run (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, USA, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the american rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky ...
Style: humorous, funny, light, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids, pre-teens
Plot: freedom, escape, chicken, farm, adventure, against the odds, verbal byplay, birds, heroic mission, friends, confined, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, northern england, yorkshire
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 6.7
 209K
Escape Plan (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi, 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, serious, exciting, brutal, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, lone hero, prison escape, against the odds, torture, survival, prison life, outsmarting, resourceful, conspiracy, betrayal, escape plan ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, future, 80s
Place: usa, morocco, colorado
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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: emotional, serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere
Plot: against the odds, surgery, human spirit, african american, blacks and whites, underdog, urban ghetto, ambition, hopes, youth, single parent, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 80s, 1960s
Place: usa, medical school, west germany
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 7.3
 37K
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, thought provoking, rough, sincere, factual ...
Plot: feminism, sexual harassment, courtroom drama, rape, lawsuit, small town, fighting the system, love, secret, against the odds, sexism, labor union ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: minnesota, mine, usa
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, talky, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, british history, destiny, state affairs, speech, radio, disability, historical character, treatment, doctors and patients ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, buckingham palace, europe, scotland ...
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A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 1919, Mathilde was 19 years old. Two years earlier, her fiancé Manech left for the front at the Somme. Like millions of others he was "killed on the field of battle." It's written in black and white on the official notice. But ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, romantic ...
Plot: missing person, private detective, against the odds, war, uncover truth, young lovers, investigation, love and romance, obsession, love story, destiny, love ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, year 1917, year 1919 ...
Place: france, europe, marseille provence, paris france, dungeon
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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: humorous, semi serious, sentimental, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing
Plot: athlete and trainer, against the odds, contests and competitions, sport team, street kid, urban, nothing goes right, disorder, race against time, mistaken identity, power relations, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 7.3
 68K
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sport
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.
Style: humorous, funny, entertaining, light, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, soccer, sport, underdog, kung fu, shaolin, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, football, follow your dream, fight scenes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo
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 7.6
 135K
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: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: mentally challenged, parents and children, against the odds, single parent, father daughter relationship, child custody, lawyer, social services, children's book, locked door, parenthood, custody ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa
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 7.2
 188K
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Genre: 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, sincere, uplifting, touching ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, comeback, training, boxing, underdog, fight, boxer, sport, human spirit, against the odds, aging, strongman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 5.6
 22K
The Quest (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, exciting, ridiculous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, adventure, island, against the odds, ambition, escapades, rivalry, one man army, mixed martial arts, fight scenes, mentor ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: himalaya, thailand, tibet, new york, asia
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 6.9
 71K
Kingpin (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: After bowler Roy Munson swindles the wrong crowd and is left with a hook for a hand, he settles into impoverished obscurity. That is, until he uncovers the next big thing: an Amish kid named Ishmael. So, the corrupt and the hopelessly naïve hit the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good, funny, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, bowling, on the road, fish out of water, against the odds, buddies, contests and competitions, prodigy, championship, road trip, rivalry, mentor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1969, year 1996 ...
Place: pennsylvania, nevada, pittsburgh, usa
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