Athlete movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant athlete movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, touching, entertaining, sentimental and captivating films and TV shows about / with athlete, sport, athlete's life, ambition, coach, rivalry, redemption, mentor, friendship and catastrophe plots mostly in Drama, Sport and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as athlete: The Jesse Owens Story (1984), Unbroken (2014), How Do You Know (2010), Eddie the Eagle (2015), Peaceful Warrior (2006), Race (2016), You'll Get Over It (2002), The Coach (2018), xXx (2002), Playing for Keeps (2012).

List of athlete movies

The Jesse Owens Story (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 174 min.
Story: The Jesse Owens Story is a biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian Harewood plays the Olympic gold-winning athlete. The drama won a 1985 Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated for two more.
Plot: athlete, african american, racism, track and field, running, racial segregation, nazis, racial prejudice, nazi, racial tension, olympics, nazi germany ...
Time: 1930s
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 129K
Unbroken (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: epic, rough, captivating, bleak, tense ...
Plot: captivity, u.s. air force, war, survival, soldier, island, shark, life is a bitch, military, human spirit, sport, athlete ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: pacific ocean, japan, germany, asia, tokyo
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How Do You Know (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After being cut from the USA softball team and feeling a bit past her prime, Lisa finds herself evaluating her life and in the middle of a love triangle, as a corporate guy in crisis competes with her current, baseball-playing beau.
Style: humorous, witty, realistic, romantic, light ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: love triangle, romance, wooing, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, athlete, ambition, athlete's life, revelation, love story, embarrassment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new jersey
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Eddie the Eagle (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself - even as an entire nation was counting him ...
Style: feel good, inspirational, motivational, light, intense ...
Plot: skiing, determination, life, olympics, coach, athlete, dream, obsession, follow your dream, destiny, unlikely friendships, following a dream ...
Place: britain, england, london
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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli M?ki (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Finland, Sweden, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Summer 1962 and Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight ...
Style: factual, captivating, exciting, tense, touching ...
Plot: boxing, love, boxer, athlete, training, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, boxing match, pressure, kiss, wedding, girlfriend, boxer shorts ...
Time: year 1962, 1960s
Place: finland, helsinki finland
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Peaceful Warrior (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.
Style: inspirational, uplifting, philosophical, compassionate, sincere ...
Plot: teaching the ways of the world, human spirit, self discovery, athlete and trainer, wise man, coach, rehabilitation, mentor, mysterious character, friendship, hopes, ambition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, usa, campus, new jersey
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 7.1
 30K
Race (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf ...
Style: factual, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: african american, racism, track and field, sport, historical figure, nazi germany, olympics, nazi, running, racial prejudice, athlete, politics ...
Time: 1930s
Place: berlin germany, germany
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The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his ...
Style: serious, uplifting, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: sport, hockey player, ice hockey, factory, rivalry, athlete's life, discrimination, underdog, contests and competitions, follow your dream, human spirit, protest ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 50s, year 1955 ...
Place: quebec, montreal, toronto ontario canada
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You'll Get Over It (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When Vincent finds himself a victim of outing in his high school, he must accept to live with the drastic changes it provokes, and redefine his relationships with his friends and family.
Style: touching, sincere, semi serious, sexual, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming out, high school, teenage love, friendship, love and romance, teenage life, youth, high school life, lifestyle, sexual relations, gays and lesbians, gay ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france
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 6.4
 877
The Coach (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Contemporary Russia. After he flubs a penalty kick, a humiliated national soccer player quits the game. He flees to a small town, where he decides to coach their local team.
Style: uplifting, motivational, exciting, captivating, entertaining
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: athlete and trainer, football player, athlete's life, coach, soccer coach, football team, football, playing football, sporting event, sport, sport team, professional sports ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia, moscow russia
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 5.9
 165K
xXx (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Xander Cage is your standard adrenaline junkie with no fear and a lousy attitude. When the US Government "recruits" him to go on a mission, he's not exactly thrilled. His mission: to gather information on an organization that may just ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspense, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: espionage, mission, double agent, undercover, master villain, adventure, heroic mission, tough heroes, danger, extreme sport, rivalry, car chase ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: prague, prague czech republic, europe, washington d.c., california ...
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Playing for Keeps (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A former sports star who's fallen on hard times starts coaching his son's soccer team in an attempt to get his life together.
Style: humorous, semi serious, sexy, realistic, touching ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: soccer, sport, athlete, parent, child driving car, romance, womanizer, sport team, field, mother, parent child relationship, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, virginia
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 6.1
 2K
Left Bank (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Belgium
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A chilling thriller about a woman, who upon moving in with her new boyfriend, becomes obsessed with the fate of the previous tenant and descends into madness.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: sex, cellar, apartment, athlete, basement, running, archery, illness, occult, rebirth, coven, book ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, middle ages
Place: belgium, europe, antwerp
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 31K
Ballers (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 30 min.
Story: Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, entertaining, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sport, athlete's life, american football, ambition, nfl, american football player, friendship, betrayal, family relations, party, business, athlete ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, florida, miami
Is relevant ?
 7.1
 3K
I Am Bolt (2016)
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Fully authorized, access-all-areas feature doc on the hugely charismatic and globally adored Usain Bolt – officially the fastest man alive. With never-before-seen archive footage of his youth in Jamaica, through to original footage that will be ...
Plot: athlete, jamaican, track and field, game, runner, race, champion
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Candy Stripers (2006)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Thanks to an auto accident, a parasitic alien manages to get into a hospital. It quickly moves from the crash victim into a candy striper. Among the patients at the hospital are some rather short high school basketball players. It is through them ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, macabre
Audience: teens
Plot: hospital, sex, blind girl, basketball team, basketball player, diabetic, athlete, alien encounter, gory, teenage life, athlete's life, doctors and patients ...
Time: contemporary
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The World's Greatest Athlete (1973)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Stuck with a feeble sports department, college coach Sam Archer (John Amos) faces the ax unless he can reverse the school's athletic fortunes. An African vacation with his assistant (Tim Conway) answers Archer's prayers when he spots the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, feel good
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: sport, athlete, jungle, farce, athlete's life, contests and competitions, family, fish out of water, disorder, superhuman powers, athlete and trainer, fall in love ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: africa, usa
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The Winning Season (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team
Style: semi serious, humorous, sincere, realistic, touching
Plot: sport, basketball, athlete and trainer, gift, restaurant, beer, birthday party, loneliness, defeat, athlete, coach, bicycle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: indiana, usa
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Without Limits (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The film follows the life of famous 1970s runner Steve Prefontaine from his youth days in Oregon to the University of Oregon where he worked with the legendary coach Bill Bowerman, later to Olympics in Munich and his early death at 24 in a car crash.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: sport, athlete, running, athlete's life, contests and competitions, human spirit, athlete and trainer, ambition, hopes, rivalry, power relations, olympics ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1969, year 1971, year 1970 ...
Place: oregon, usa, finland, helsinki finland, munich germany
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 6.6
 7K
Vision Quest (1985)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: High school wrestler Louden Swain is a man obsessed , trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on Shute, the undefeated, tough-as-nails 168-pound champion who's the best wrestler in the state. Matthew Modine stars as the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, inspirational, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, sport, high school, underdog, pizza, coach, athlete, rivalry, love, wrestling, athlete's life, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: washington state, new jersey, california
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 741
Touch and Go (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An ice hockey star is accosted by a youth gang who attempt to rob him; after he chases them off he catches the youngest member and gives him a ride home, where he meets the boy's mother. A romantic plot ensues, as well as a confrontation with ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, emotional, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: gang, threat, bar, love, athlete, celebrity, friendship, family relations, romance, athlete's life, hockey player, party ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 5.0
 18K
Swimfan (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Ben Cronin has it all: the admiration of his many friends, a terrific girlfriend, and he's on the fast-track to an athletic scholarship. Ben's rock-solid, promising future and romance are turned upside-down with the arrival of Madison ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, sexy, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, stalking, high school, dangerous attraction, hospital, swimming, teenage life, frame up, mental illness, murder, insanity, manipulation ...
Time: contemporary, 80s
Place: new jersey
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Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer...However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, captivating, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: coach, sport, soccer, athlete, restaurant, underdog, sport team, roommate, stadium, nurse, rags to riches, athlete's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: england, los angeles, europe, mexico, latin america ...
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Sarah Prefers to Run (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Sarah has a chance to go to a first class university and to join its premiere athletic club, her suburban mother is fearful of the change and refuses to help financially. But Sarah's roommate knows that they will get a grant if they marry. ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: sport, athlete, athlete's life, contests and competitions, young adult, college, lesbian, runner, female athlete, relationship vs career, ambition, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montreal
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 2K
Kicking Off (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: This movie is about soccer hooligans, the most aggressive and violent soccer aficionados. They are an exclusive group, the elite of all soccer fans. Whoever they may be in their everyday lives—college students, bankers, musicians, or car ...
Style: suspense, thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: soccer fan, psychopath, friends, hoodlum, conflict, love and romance, doubts and hesitations, police, court, leadership, death of friend, street fight ...
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 100K
Molly's Game (2017)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: China, Canada, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Molly Bloom, a young skier and former Olympic hopeful becomes a successful entrepreneur (and a target of an FBI investigation) when she establishes a high-stakes, international poker game.
Plot: poker, gambling, court, female protagonist, father daughter relationship, trial, lawyer, card playing, poker game, skiing, club, gambling house ...
Place: los angeles, new york
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 10K
Boys (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 78 min.
Story: BOYS tells the story of Sieger, a sporty, rather quiet 15-year-old boy who discovers love during the summer holidays. Sieger is training in the new athletics team for the national relay championships and meets the intriguing and unpredictable Marc. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: teenage love, friendship, coming of age, gay crush, fall in love, gays and lesbians, gay love, youth, friends, teenage life, male friendship, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 70
Bokser (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland, USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The films was inspired by true events. Przemyslaw Saleta, World's Kickboxing Champion and European Champion in professional boxing gave a kidney to his seriously ill daughter. There were unexpected complications during the surgery and Saleta ...
Plot: kidney, operation, athlete, boxer, transplant, dysfunctional marriage, pregnancy, fight, hospital room, illness, wife husband relationship, world champion ...
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 6.1
 10K
Cut Bank (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: 25 year-old Dwayne McLaren, a former athlete turned auto mechanic, dreams of getting out of tiny Cut Bank, Montana the coldest town in America. But his effort to do so sets in moton a deadly series of events that change his life and the life of the ...
Style: dark humor, clever, serious, twists and turns, offbeat ...
Plot: murder, witnessing a crime, neo noir, cons and scams, mechanic, reward, athlete, secret, violence, witness, small town, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: montana, usa
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 6.6
 1K
1:54 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Tim is a bit of a loner. At school he gravitates towards another shy boy and they become friends. But the verbal and physical bullying by a gang of kids, as well as an aggressive use of social media, unsettle Tim’s new mate and he backs away from ...
Plot: bullying, running, gay, high school, teenager, sport, athlete, runner, 16 year old, 17 year old, teenage boy, suicide ...
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