Underdog movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant underdog movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out inspirational, realistic, entertaining, intense, exciting and light films and TV shows about / with underdog, ambition, redemption, dialogue, mentor, sport, contests and competitions, storytelling, rivalry and destiny plots mostly in Sport, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as underdog: Million Dollar Baby (2004), McFarland, USA (2015), Rocky (1976), 8 Mile (2002), Creed (2015), Miracle (2004), Chariots of Fire (1981), Turbo (2013), Necessary Roughness (1991), The Hammer (2010).

List of underdog movies

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, touching, rough, sad, bleak ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, determination, sport, athlete's life, underdog, boxing, human spirit, follow your dream, training, feminism, contests and competitions, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, los angeles, england, california, europe ...
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When megalomaniacal White Goodman, the owner of a trendy, high-end fitness center, makes a move to take over the struggling local gym run by happy-go-lucky Pete La Fleur, there's only one way for La Fleur to fight back: dodgeball. Aided by a ...
Style: humorous, realistic, not serious, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, competition, sport, against the odds, coach, rivalry, contests and competitions, friends, financial problem, health situation, uninhibited rivalry, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, california, los angeles
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 7.4
 32K
McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, exciting, uplifting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: human spirit, small town, athlete and trainer, underdog, coach, contests and competitions, track and field, high school, social differences, teenage life, ambition, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 8.1
 466K
Rocky (1976)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: When world heavyweight boxing champion, Apollo Creed wants to give an unknown fighter a shot at the title as a publicity stunt, his handlers choose palooka Rocky Balboa, an uneducated collector for a Philadelphia loan shark. Rocky teams up with ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, feel good, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, self esteem, training, contests and competitions, fight, ambition, life is a bitch, lifestyle, determination, rivalry, follow your dream ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.1
 226K
8 Mile (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The setting is Detroit in 1995. The city is divided by 8 Mile, a road that splits the town in half along racial lines. A young white rapper, Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. summons strength within himself to cross over these arbitrary ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, lyrical, sincere, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hip hop, street gang, music, follow your dream, musician's life, underdog, white rapper, african american, contests and competitions, racial slur, ambition, human spirit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 7.6
 226K
Creed (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, sport, mentor, cancer, legacy, ambition, rivalry, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, human spirit, power relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1998, 2010s, 1990s
Place: usa, tijuana mexico, england, mexico, liverpool ...
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 7.5
 43K
Miracle (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, put a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation ...
Style: uplifting, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens, kids
Plot: ice hockey, underdog, sport, athlete and trainer, coach, hockey, human spirit, grudge, championship, athlete's life, contests and competitions, opponent ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: usa, milwaukee wisconsin, new york, manhattan new york city, colorado ...
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Chariots of Fire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 125 min.
Story: The true story of British athletes preparing for and competing in the 1924 Summer Olympics.
Style: sentimental, sincere, atmospheric, serious, captivating ...
Plot: underdog, ambition, sport, friendship, running, missionary, prejudice, lifestyle, social differences, society, contests and competitions, athlete's life ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, england, europe, france, paris france
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 6.4
 73K
Turbo (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The tale of an ordinary garden snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500.
Style: humorous, exciting, inspirational, light, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: car race, follow your dream, adventure, friends, contests and competitions, dream come true, accident, underdog, snail, genetically altered, ambitious, supportive friend ...
Place: usa, indiana, cross country, midwest
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Necessary Roughness (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When the Texas Southern Armadillos football team is disqualified for cheating and poor grades, the University is forced to pick from a team that actually goes to school. Will they even win a single game?
Style: feel good, humorous, semi serious, exciting, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, college, human spirit, hopes, against the odds, rivalry, lifestyle, youth, sport team, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
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 7.0
 2K
The Hammer (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.
Style: serious, emotional, sincere, uplifting, captivating ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, wrestling, deaf, human spirit, ambition, contests and competitions, hopes, athlete's life, overcoming, sport, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, soccer, kung fu, sport, underdog, shaolin, against the odds, contests and competitions, sport team, follow your dream, football, humiliation ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo
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 8.0
 165K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, 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: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, athlete's life, comeback, underdog, follow your dream, boxing, financial problem, poverty, training, humiliation, marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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 7.0
 179K
Happy Gilmore (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Failed hockey player-turned-golf whiz Happy Gilmore -- whose unconventional approach and antics on the grass courts the ire of rival Shooter McGavin -- is determined to win a PGA tournament so he can save his granny's house with the prize ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, not serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, against the odds, misfit, disorder, friends, fish out of water, championship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new jersey
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 7.8
 314K
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: athlete's life, boxing, sport, underdog, self destructing, boxer, addiction, title bout, black eye, shame, irish american, ex boxer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 90s, 1990s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, atlantic city new jersey, new hampshire ...
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 7.3
 63K
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, serious, inspirational, exciting ...
Plot: horse, follow your dream, racehorse, underdog, against the odds, gambling, depression, businessman, boxing, horse race, rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 20th century, future ...
Place: albuquerque new mexico, tijuana mexico, pasadena california, chicago illinois, california
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 7.3
 110K
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: touching, sincere, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, teacher, high school, teachers and students, underdog, human spirit, coach, ambition, hardcase students ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas, san francisco
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Here Comes the Boom (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A high school biology teacher moonlights as a mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to save the school's music program.
Style: humorous, exciting, inspirational, entertaining, funny ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: contests and competitions, underdog, high school teacher, prize money, lifestyle change, against the odds, martial arts, ambition, wrestling, championship, character change, dedicated educator ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.2
 24K
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, underdog, rise to the top, horse race, animal training, legendary, follow your dream, contests and competitions, sport, ambition, family relations ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, california
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 6.8
 22K
Bleed for This (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.
Style: inspirational, rough, realistic, intense, exciting ...
Plot: underdog, comeback, boxer, broken neck, sport, boxing, male objectification, hopes, training, duel, rivalry, adaptation ...
Place: rhode island, las vegas
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 7.1
 282K
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, contests and competitions, father son relationship, boxing, sport, underdog, technology, against the odds, family relations, rise to the top, bonding, training ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: usa, brazil
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 6.8
 67K
Bloodsport (1988)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Frank Dux has entered the "kumite", an illegal underground martial-arts competition where serious injury and even death are not unknown. Chong Li, a particularly ruthless and vicious fighter is the favorite, but then again Dux has not ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, sport, mixed martial arts, underdog, master warrior, contests and competitions, escapades, opponent, heroes, ambition, buddies ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
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 7.2
 56K
Major League (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: When Rachel Phelps inherits the Cleveland Indians from her deceased husband, she's determined to move the team to a warmer climate -- but only a losing season will make that possible, which should be easy given the misfits she's hired. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, talky, feel good ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: baseball, sport, underdog, rivalry, ambition, professional sports, against the odds, follow your dream, contests and competitions, rise to the top, misfit, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa, new york, cleveland ohio ...
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Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In Mystery, Alaska, life revolves around the legendary Saturday hockey game at the local pond. But everything changes when the hometown team unexpectedly gets booked in an exhibition match against the New York Rangers. When quirky small-towners, ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, realistic, entertaining ...
Plot: sport, small town, underdog, contests and competitions, ambition, ice hockey, championship, gay slur, mayor, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, usa, new york, california, new jersey
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 5.7
 45K
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, exciting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, athlete's life, redemption, custody, ambition, contests and competitions, parents and children, family relations, rivalry, father son relationship, arm wrestling ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
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The Replacements (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty ...
Style: realistic, humorous, sincere, exciting, feel good ...
Plot: sport, underdog, american football, contests and competitions, hopes, against the odds, rivalry, ambition, athlete and trainer, happy ending, cheerleader, bar fight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c., new jersey
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 7.3
 6K
The Hammer (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Approaching forty, Ferro is unsatisfied with his life as a construction worker and part-time boxing instructor in Los Angeles, CA. After a successful bout with a young pro boxer, Ferro decides to don the gloves one last time. The movie recounts his ...
Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, witty, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, underdog, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, ex athlete, comeback, love affair, couples, friends, couple relations, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, phoenix arizona, pasadena california, california ...
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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, uplifting, touching, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: athlete's life, comeback, training, boxing, underdog, boxer, fight, sport, human spirit, against the odds, determination, aging ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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 6.3
 43K
Tin Cup (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A washed up golf pro working at a driving range tries to qualify for the US Open in order to win the heart of his succesful rival's girlfriend.
Style: sexy, humorous, semi serious, feel good, sentimental ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, psychologist, romance, fall in love, contests and competitions, love and romance, love triangle, man-woman relation, opposites attract, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: texas, usa, california
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 6.3
 12K
Summer Rental (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Jack Chester, an overworked air traffic controller, takes his family on vacation to the beach. Things immediately start to go wrong for the Chesters, and steadily get worse. Jack ends up in a feud with a local yachtsman, and has to race him to ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, light, road movie ...
Audience: date night
Plot: underdog, on the road, screwball, family vacation, rivalry, disorder, couples, nothing goes right, love and romance, romance, couple relations, summer vacation ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, california
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