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, feel good, realistic, entertaining, exciting and serious films and TV shows about / with underdog, sport, ambition, dialogue, mentor, redemption, contests and competitions, storytelling, rivalry and transformation plots mostly in Sport, Drama and Biography genres shot in USA, Germany, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as underdog: Million Dollar Baby (2004), 8 Mile (2002), Real Steel (2011), Bleed for This (2016), Creed (2015), The Hammer (2010), Rocky (1976), Chariots of Fire (1981), Turbo (2013), Invincible (2006).

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, sad, bleak, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: athlete and trainer, boxing, underdog, female boxer, athlete's life, determination, human spirit, ambition, boxer, mentor protege relationship, follow your dream, sport ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, england, las vegas, europe ...
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 7.1
 241K
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, tense, sincere ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: hip hop, underdog, follow your dream, street gang, music, musician's life, white rapper, urban ghetto life, human spirit, contests and competitions, racial slur, success ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s, 80s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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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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 6.8
 24K
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: intense, realistic, rough, inspirational, exciting ...
Plot: underdog, boxer, comeback, male objectification, sport, boxing, training, hopes, car rollover, adaptation, rivalry, gym ...
Place: rhode island, las vegas
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 7.6
 239K
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: captivating, exciting, sincere, inspirational, intense ...
Audience: teens, family outing, boys' night
Plot: boxing, underdog, sport, mentor, athlete and trainer, legacy, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, power relations, athlete's life, human spirit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 1990s, 2010s, year 1998 ...
Place: usa, tijuana mexico, philadelphia, liverpool, mexico ...
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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: uplifting, sincere, captivating, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, sport, wrestling, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, against the odds, overcoming, rivalry, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 8.1
 500K
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, teens, family outing
Plot: boxing, underdog, tough guy, training, self esteem, fight, contests and competitions, ambition, life is a bitch, lifestyle, rivalry, determination ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
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, sport, competition, against the odds, rivalry, coach, contests and competitions, financial problem, uninhibited rivalry, friends, health situation, lawyer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: las vegas, usa, nevada, los angeles, california
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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, thought provoking, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: underdog, sport, ambition, friendship, olympics, missionary, running, prejudice, opponent, follow your dream, obsessive quest, hopes ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20s, 20th century, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, paris france, england, france, europe ...
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 6.4
 80K
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: exciting, humorous, inspirational, light, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: car race, underdog, disney, adventure, follow your dream, friends, contests and competitions, dream come true, accident, chases and races, snail, talking animals ...
Place: usa, indiana, midwest
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 7.1
 64K
Invincible (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public ...
Style: sentimental, serious, sincere, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: american football, underdog, sport, against the odds, determination, teacher, team, teamwork, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rivalry, success ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: philadelphia, usa, united states, new jersey
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 5.2
 16K
Racing Stripes (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Shattered illusions are hard to repair -- especially for a good-hearted zebra named Stripes who's spent his life on a Kentucky farm amidst the sorely mistaken notion that he's a debonair thoroughbred. Once he faces the fact that his stark ...
Style: humorous, feel good, touching, inspirational, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, girls' night
Plot: underdog, farm, zebra, horse race, adventure, ambition, friendship, rivalry, animal life, contests and competitions, rescue, sport ...
Place: kentucky, usa, new jersey, san francisco
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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, exciting, semi serious, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: underdog, sport, american football, sport team, college, human spirit, hopes, against the odds, rivalry, ambition, lifestyle, friendship ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: texas, usa, ireland, new jersey, california
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 7.3
 72K
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Family, 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, light, funny, feel good, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, underdog, sport, kung fu, soccer, sport team, shaolin, against the odds, contests and competitions, follow your dream, football, coach ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo
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 8.0
 172K
Cinderella Man (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance, 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: inspirational, motivational, touching, sincere, uplifting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: human spirit, sport, boxing, underdog, athlete's life, comeback, financial problem, poverty, training, follow your dream, boxer, marriage ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 30s
Place: new jersey, usa, netherlands, madison square garden manhattan new york city, new york ...
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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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The Bad News Bears (1976)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, touching, inspirational ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids
Plot: underdog, baseball, sport, sport team, coach, baseball movie, family, human spirit, youth, friendship, contests and competitions, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976, 80s, 1930s
Place: california, usa, san francisco, los angeles, new jersey
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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, girls' night
Plot: underdog, contests and competitions, mixed martial arts, high school teacher, martial arts, prize money, teacher, against the odds, lifestyle change, sport, dedicated educator, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 80s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts
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 7.2
 60K
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, underdog, sport, rivalry, ambition, professional sports, against the odds, follow your dream, rise to the top, contests and competitions, friendship, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: miami, florida, usa, new york, cleveland ohio ...
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Assassination Classroom (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: The students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled ...
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, absurd, humorous
Audience: teens
Plot: teacher, education, friendship, murder, school, monster, underdog, death wish, superhuman, assassination, classroom, government agent
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 7.4
 34K
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, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night, kids
Plot: coach, athlete and trainer, human spirit, underdog, small town, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, athlete's life, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, united states, new jersey, texas
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 7.5
 46K
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, girls' night
Plot: ice hockey, hockey, sport, underdog, olympics, coach, sport team, human spirit, grudge, contests and competitions, athlete's life, opponent ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: usa, new york, milwaukee wisconsin, massachusetts, colorado ...
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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.
Style: motivational, captivating, sincere, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, athlete's life, prodigy, human spirit, ambition, lifestyle, social differences, society, contests and competitions, championship ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 90s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: massachusetts, usa, new jersey, boston, scotland ...
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 7.0
 190K
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, fish out of water, friends, championship, misfit, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa, new jersey
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 7.8
 330K
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, captivating, uplifting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxer, athlete's life, boxing, sport, underdog, self destructing, addiction, title bout, irish american, ex boxer, loyalty, arrest ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: boston, usa, massachusetts, new hampshire, london ...
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The Longest Yard (1974)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: In this rough-and-tumble yarn, actually filmed on-location at the Georgia State Prision, the cons are the heroes and the guards are the heavies. Eddie Albert is the sadistic warden who'll gladly make any sacrifice to push his guards' ...
Style: humorous, rough, captivating, semi serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, sport, underdog, american football, football, contests and competitions, prison life, partners, against the odds, moral dilemma, human spirit, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1930s
Place: florida, usa, georgia, new jersey
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 7.3
 121K
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: motivational, touching, captivating, sincere, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids, girls' night
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, teachers and students, sport, coach, athlete's life, teacher, high school, underdog, human spirit, dedicated educator, ambition ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, san francisco, texas
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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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Facing the Giants (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
Style: feel good, touching, inspirational, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens, chick flick, kids
Plot: sport, football, underdog, athlete's life, against the odds, human spirit, ambition, athlete and trainer, rivalry, contests and competitions, youth, religious ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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 6.8
 74K
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, mixed martial arts, rivalry, sport, master warrior, underdog, heroes, revenge, ambition, contests and competitions, opponent, escapades ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china
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