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List of the best movies like Chariots of Fire (1981): The Greatest Game Ever Played, Joe and Max, Kano, The Hammer, Fast Girls, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Rudy, Invincible, Fighting with My Family, A Shot at Glory.

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Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:00
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Competitions, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

A biopic of 20-year-old Francis Ouimet who defeated his golfing idol and 1900 US Open Champion, Harry Vardon.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, military, biography, sport
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:49
CharactersFriends
PlotWar, On real events, Friendship
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Serious

True story of boxers Joe Louis and Max Schmeling and their enduring friendship.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryTaiwan
CharactersFriends
PlotOn real events, Baseball, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

A Taiwanese high school baseball team travels to Japan in 1931 to compete in a national tournament.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersLosers
PlotOn real events, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, USA
TimeGraduation
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersFriends, Trainers
PlotFriendship, Rivalry
PlaceEngland
StyleExciting, Touching, Serious

A street smart runner develops an intense rivalry with an equally ambitious wealthy young athlete.

Markimdb: 8.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryIndia
Duration03:06
PlotOn real events, Fight, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceIndia, Asia
StyleInspirational, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:54
CharactersTrainers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football
PlaceCollege, Rugby
StyleExciting, To cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching

Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersTeachers, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football, Success, Rivalry
PlaceRugby, USA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious, For men

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 consensus was that it was a waste of time – no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Mexico
Duration02:28
CharactersFamily
PlotOn real events, Adventure, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceEngland
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Born into a tight-knit wrestling family, Paige and her brother Zak are ecstatic when they get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out for the WWE. But when only Paige earns a spot in the competitive training program, she must leave her loved ones behind and face this new cutthroat world alone. Paige's journey pushes her to dig deep and ultimately prove to the world that what makes her different is the very thing that can make her a star.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:56
CharactersFriends, Businessmen
PlotSoccer, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceScotland
StyleTo cry

Scottish second division football team Kilnockie is taken over by American Pete Cameron. The new owner puts pressure on manager Gordon McLeod to improve the fortunes of the team, and hires first division player Jackie McQuillan.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends
PlotFriendship, Baseball, Success, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. Which man would reach it?

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:10
PlotOn real events, American Football, Success, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Rugby, USA, New York
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Serious

Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:28
CharactersFriends, Priests
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Political, Intrigue
PlaceEngland
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Smart, Epic

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryCanada
Duration02:04
PlotHockey, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

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 team and the fans. In the face of these doubts, Richard eventually shows the kind of aggressive and skillful play that would make him one of the greatest players of all time as "The Rocket." However for all his success, Richard and his fellow French Canadians face constant discrimination in a league dominated by the English speaking. Although a man of few words, Richard begins to speak his own mind about the injustice which creates a organizational conflict that would culminate in his infamous 1955 season suspension that sparks an ethnic riot in protest. In the face of these challenges, Richard must decide who exactly is he playing for.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration02:14
CharactersWidows
PlotLove, Wedding
PlaceEngland, Rugby
StylePsychological problems, To cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Gloomy

In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:38
CharactersTrainers, Managers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Friendship, Justice, Rivalry
PlaceEngland
StyleAction, To cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Smart

Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:50
CharactersTeens, Teachers, Family, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Friendship
PlaceSchool, USA, Small cities
StyleExciting, To cry, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:06
CharactersTrainers, Managers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Money, Friendship, Baseball
PlaceUSA
StyleInspirational, By books, Fascinating, Smart, Makes me think

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersLosers
PlotOn real events, Boxing, Competitions, Funeral
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotOn real events
PlaceUSA
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious, For men

The coach of a women's swim team parlays her success into an opportunity to build her school's men's golf team.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, Germany, USA
Duration02:30
CharactersArtists
PlotOn real events, Art
PlaceEngland, London
Time19th century
StyleSoulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Smart, Gloomy

Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersSoldier
PlotWar, On real events, Survival, Political
StyleAction, To cry, Fascinating, Makes me think, Serious

Zamperini returns to California where he wound up marrying Cynthia Applewhite while wrestling with untreated PTSD, suffering constant nightmares, angry, bitter and deeply depressed, his wife convinces Zamperini to attend the 1949 Billy Graham Crusade.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:54
CharactersFathers, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Life, Swimming, Competitions
PlaceAustralia, USA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, sport
CountryDenmark, United Kingdom, Sweden
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Love triangle, Rivalry
PlaceParty, Hospitals, Sweden
StyleAction, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

The 1992 Danish football team competes for the European Championship.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryFrance
Duration01:38
CharactersDisabled people, Friends, Losers
PlotLove, Friendship
PlaceFrance, Beach
StyleSoulful, Serious

Leila is released from prison after five years of confinement. She will meet Yannick, a young athlete who became blind after an accident. This last practice race despite his disability, but to run it must be connected by a wire to guide a person called. It offers Leila to be his guide. Through this project, they will learn to rebuild.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersTeens, Friends, Mothers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Soccer, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceHotels, Sweden
StyleExciting, To cry, Inspirational, Serious

The life story of Brazilian football legend, Pele.

Markimdb: 4.8
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
PlotOn real events
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Touching, Serious, For men

A combination "before the rage" and "after the rage" of world middleweight boxing champion Jake LaMotta's tumultuous life and times.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
PlotOn real events, Justice, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Small cities
StyleExciting, Soulful, Fascinating, Heavy, Serious

It's the true-life story of legendary track star Steve Prefontaine, the exciting and sometimes controversial "James Dean of Track," whose spirit captured the heart of the nation! Cocky, charismatic, and tough, "Pre" was a running rebel who defied rules, pushed limits ... and smashed records ...

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersDisabled people, Losers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Soccer, American Football, Friendship
PlaceRugby, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

High school football coach, Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:35
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Life, Family life, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

This is the story of a teenager named Gracie Bowen, who lives in South Orange, New Jersey, is crazy about soccer, as are her three brothers and former soccer star father. Although Gracie wants to join her brothers and father in the nightly practices, she is discouraged by everyone except her elder brother, Johnny. Her father does not believe that girls should play soccer and tells her that she is neither tough enough nor talented enough to play with the boys team. Undeterred, Gracie finds reserves of strength she never knew existed, and persists in changing everyone's beliefs in what she is capable of, including her own. She faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer. But as the beautiful and strong person that she has always been but she also brings her family together in the face of their own tragedy.





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