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, serious, touching and exciting films and TV shows about / with underdog, ambition, rivalry, mentor, dialogue, storytelling, contests and competitions, destiny, redemption and sport plots mostly in Sport, Drama and Comedy genres shot in USA, Germany, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as underdog: Million Dollar Baby (2004), 8 Mile (2002), Turbo (2013), Real Steel (2011), Rocky (1976), Creed (2015), Shaolin Soccer (2001), Happy Gilmore (1996), McFarland, USA (2015), The Karate Kid (2010).
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8 Mile (2002)
Drama, Music
USA, Germany
110 min.
 7.1
Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport
USA
120 min.
 8.1
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Easter (2019)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, War
USA
200 min.
LA to Vegas (2018)
Comedy
USA
22 min.
 7.1

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, rough, touching, bleak ...
Plot: athlete and trainer, athlete's life, determination, sport, underdog, follow your dream, human spirit, boxing, feminism, contests and competitions, training, ambition ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, california, england, 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, not serious, realistic, funny, idiotic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: underdog, sport, against the odds, pirate, ball, bar, cheerleader, cheerleading, farce, coach, contests and competitions, love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: las vegas, usa, california, nevada, los angeles
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 7.1
 218K
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, music, musician's life, follow your dream, underdog, contests and competitions, human spirit, street gang, life is a bitch, racial slur, drugs/alcohol, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995, 1990s
Place: detroit, usa, michigan
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 6.4
 71K
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: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, follow your dream, friends, contests and competitions, dream come true, underdog, car race, family, accident, chases and races, genetically altered, supportive friend ...
Place: indiana, usa, cross country, midwest
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 7.1
 278K
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, entertaining, emotional ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: androids and robots, contests and competitions, underdog, sport, boxing, against the odds, father son relationship, technology, family relations, rise to the top, bonding, ambition ...
Time: future, near future, 21st century, 2020s
Place: usa, brazil
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 8.1
 450K
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, realistic, sentimental, feel good, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, athlete's life, training, contests and competitions, boxing, boxing match, boxer, world champion, fight, shyness, self esteem, racial slur ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1975
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania
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 7.6
 209K
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, serious, exciting, sincere, feel good ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: underdog, sport, boxing, athlete's life, motivational speaker, underground fighting, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer, ambition, rivalry, power relations, human spirit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1990s, 2010s, year 1998
Place: usa, philadelphia, england, mexico, liverpool ...
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 7.3
 66K
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, not serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, sport, underdog, shaolin, soccer, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, kung fu, football, follow your dream, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china, tokyo
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 7.0
 175K
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: boys' night, teens
Plot: golf, sport, underdog, rivalry, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, fish out of water, misfit, disorder, friends, championship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, new jersey
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 7.4
 31K
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, serious, uplifting, sentimental, exciting ...
Audience: teens, kids, boys' night
Plot: small town, human spirit, underdog, coach, athlete and trainer, dedicated educator, sport, contests and competitions, teacher, track and field, high school, school ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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 6.2
 140K
The Karate Kid (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, China
Duration: 140 min.
Story: 12-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship ...
Style: sincere, sentimental, uplifting, serious, touching ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: martial arts, contests and competitions, sport, human spirit, underdog, friendship, teachers and students, teaching the ways of the world, family, mentor, intergenerational friendship, perseverance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, asia, michigan, detroit, beijing china ...
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 7.2
 182K
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, boxer, fight, sport, human spirit, against the odds, aging, strongman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: philadelphia, usa
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World of Cars: Planes (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.
Style: humorous, inspirational, entertaining, emotional, clever ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, preschoolers
Plot: airplane, underdog, adventure, chases and races, family, friendship, ambition, escapades, sport, countryside, self discovery, rivalry ...
Place: usa
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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, captivating, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: underdog, sport, ambition, prejudice, missionary, running, friendship, athlete's life, contests and competitions, mayor, patriotism, follow your dream ...
Time: 1910s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s, post world war one ...
Place: scotland, england, europe, france, paris france
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 7.3
 106K
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: sincere, touching, captivating, inspirational, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: basketball, athlete and trainer, sport, athlete's life, high school, human spirit, teacher, teachers and students, underdog, drugs/alcohol, ambition, coach ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: california, new jersey, usa, texas
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 7.1
 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: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, uplifting ...
Plot: underdog, mute or deaf, deaf, wrestling, athlete's life, sport, human spirit, hopes, contests and competitions, against the odds, ambition, misfit ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 6.7
 109K
Hairspray (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Musical, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Pleasantly plump teenager, Tracy Turnblad and her best friend, Penny Pingleton audition to be on The Corny Collins Show – and Tracy wins. But when scheming Amber Von Tussle and her mother plot to destroy Tracy, it turns to chaos.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, exciting, romantic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, family outing, teen drama
Plot: dream come true, follow your dream, teenage love, artists and showbiz, underdog, dream, romance, dancer, dancing, friendship, dance, teenage girl ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: baltimore, usa
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 8.4
 858K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: rough, epic, exciting, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: freedom, tragic hero, courage, battles, heroes, war, leadership, vengeance, master warrior, warrior, idealism, legend ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, europe, edinburgh scotland
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Rookie of the Year (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, whose late father was a minor league baseball player, grew up dreaming of playing baseball, despite his physical shortcomings. After Henry's arm is broken while trying to catch a baseball at school, the tendon in ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, inspirational, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: baseball, sport, family, contests and competitions, underdog, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, ambition, rivalry, athlete's life, sport team, hopes ...
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 5.2
 14K
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, semi serious, touching, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: underdog, farm, zebra, horse, family, adventure, contests and competitions, identity crisis, horse race, anthropomorphism, friendship, countryside ...
Place: kentucky, usa, new jersey
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 6.4
 134K
Space Jam (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.
Style: humorous, feel good, entertaining, satirical, light ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids, teens
Plot: basketball, outer space, goofy hero, unlikely partners, imaginary, adventure, underdog, contests and competitions, good versus evil, disorder, save the day, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1995, 1990s, year 1993 ...
Place: north carolina, mcdonald's restaurant
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 8.2
 389K
Warrior (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine ...
Style: emotional, serious, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, fist fighting, contests and competitions, sport, teacher, martial arts, training, ambition, mixed martial arts, warrior, exercise, coach ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pittsburgh, usa, atlantic city new jersey, iraq
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 5.9
 31K
The New Guy (2002)
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?
Style: not serious, feel good, humorous, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, high school, buddies, misfit, goofy hero, starting over, high school life, cheerleading, teenage love, prison, romance, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: los angeles
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 6.9
 38K
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, sincere, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: juvenile delinquency, redemption, violence, human spirit, underdog, athlete's life, athlete and trainer, sport, teenage life, youth, hopes, american football ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, new jersey
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 6.6
 2K
50 to 1 (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when they learn their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies to run in the Kentucky Derby. Based on the true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys must overcome impossible ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, exciting, uplifting ...
Plot: horse, underdog, sport, contests and competitions, horse race, against the odds, ambition, hopes, fish out of water, rivalry, chases and races, once in a lifetime opportunity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new mexico, usa
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Disney's Air Bud (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young boy and a talented stray dog with an amazing basketball playing ability become instant friends. Rebounding from his father's accidental death, 12-year-old Josh Framm moves with his family to the small town of Fernfield, Washington. The ...
Style: feel good, touching, humorous, inspirational, light ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, teens
Plot: golden retriever, dog actor, family, clown, friendship, sport, dog, small town, athlete's life, young heroes, contests and competitions, mischievous children ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, washington state, new jersey
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TURN: Washington's Spies (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: The story of New York farmer, Abe Woodhull, who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence.
Style: serious, captivating, suspenseful, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: spy, american revolution, army, political unrest, historical character, undercover, rebelliousness, ambition, rebellion, rivalry, underdog, treason ...
Time: 18th century, 1770s
Place: usa, new york, connecticut, new jersey
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 6.5
 7K
Gladiator (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A story of two teenagers trapped in the world of illegal underground boxing. One is fighting to save his fathers life and using the money pay off gambling debts accumulated by his father. The second is fighting for the money to get out of the ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, intense, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: sport, friendship, athlete and trainer, underdog, athlete's life, boxing, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, urban ghetto life, against the odds, ambition ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, cuba, california
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 98
Crazy to Win (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: "Fun soccer action-comedy that's as messy and enjoyable as early eighties-Hong Kong Cinema gets. The Champions isn't a showstopper, but for fans of Yuen Biao, it's an absolute must." -lovehkfilm.com, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, realistic, feel good, exciting
Plot: underdog, kung fu, athlete's life, martial arts, one man army, sport, soccer, contests and competitions, follow your dream, save the day, athlete and trainer, against the odds ...
Time: 60s
Place: hong kong
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Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Set in 50 B.C., Asterix and Obelix are living in a small but well-protected village in Gaul, where a magic potion concocted by Druids turns the townsfolk into mighty soldiers. When Roman troops carve a path through Gaul to reach the English Channel, ...
Style: exciting, comic, entertaining, funny, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: superhuman powers, roman empire, julius caesar, adventure, goofy hero, village, odd couple, resistance, partners, family, daring rescue, fighting the system ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, france
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