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20 best movies like Joe and Max (2002)

List of the best movies like Joe and Max (2002): Chariots of Fire, Korczak, The Express, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, Hamsun, Max Schmeling, From the Rough, 61*, Pelé: Birth of a Legend, The Greatest Game Ever Played.

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Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:59
CharactersFriends
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceEngland, France, Scotland
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Makes me think

In the class-obsessed and religiously divided UK of the early 1920s, two determined young runners train for the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a devout Christian born to Scottish missionaries in China, sees running as part of his worship of God's glory and refuses to train or compete on the Sabbath. Harold Abrahams overcomes anti-Semitism and class bias, but neglects his beloved sweetheart in his single-minded quest.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryPoland, Germany, United Kingdom
CharactersHeroes, Losers, Orphans
PlotWar, On real events, Survival
PlaceGhetto, Poland
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

The story of Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war.

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: 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, military, biography
CountryGermany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark
Duration02:39
CharactersMilitary, Writers
PlotWar, Life, Political, Family life, Uprising
PlaceGermany
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, By books, Serious

Knut Hamsun is Norway's most famous and admired author. Ever since he was young he has hated the English for the starvation they caused Norway during WWI. When the Germans occupy Norway 9 April 1940 he welcomes them and the protection they can give from Great Britain. He supports the national socialist ideals, but opposes the way these ideals are turned into action - that Norwegians are jailed and executed. His wife Marie travels in Germany during the war as a sign of support from Knut and herself.

Markimdb: 4.7
Genredrama, military, biography, sport
CountryGermany, Croatia
Duration01:43
PlotOn real events, Uprising, Love at first sight
PlaceGermany, Berlin
StyleHeavy, Depressive, Serious

Based on the true story of Max Schmeling. A national hero in the 1930's when he became World heavyweight champion. He lost favour with the Nazi regime when he lost to a black man, Joe Louis, and is sent to the front in the hope he will be killed in battle.

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: 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: 7.2
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: 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: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration02:00
CharactersFriends, Trainers
PlotFriendship, Gymnastics, Mystery, Rehabilitation
StyleMind-altering, Inspirational, Soulful, Philosophical, Deep Meaning

A chance encounter with a stranger changes the life of a college gymnast.

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: 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: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history, sport
CountryMacedonia, Czech Republic, USA
Duration01:53
CharactersJews
PlotOn real events, Soccer, True love, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceYugoslavia
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Serious

Spitz is the German-Jewish coach of the football team Macedonia during World War II. Under his leadership, the team fights to become the champion of Bulgaria's National Football League

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
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: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryGermany
Duration02:21
CharactersLosers
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceAfrica
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Gloomy, Makes me think, Touching

A Jewish woman named Jettel Redlich flees Nazi Germany with her daughter Regina, to join her husband, Walter, on a farm in Kenya. At first, Jettel refuses to adjust to her new circumstances, bringing with her a set of china dishes and an evening gown. While Regina adapts readily to this new world, forming a strong bond with her father's cook, an African named Owuor.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, military, music, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersFriends, Managers
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Radio, Funeral
PlacePrison, New York
StyleSoulful, Serious

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph "Petey" Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, Germany
CharactersStrong women
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Cemetery
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating

The story of a man whose love for football, for England and for the love of his life, Margaret, saw him rise from Nazi 'villain' to British hero. Bert Trautmann, the German goalkeeper won over even his harshest opponents by winning the FA Cup Final for Manchester City in 1956 - playing on with a broken neck to secure victory.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryPanama, USA
Duration02:20
CharactersBlonde girls
PlotOn real events, Sports, Boxing, Fight, Hunger
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Serious

The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.

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: 6.1
Genredrama, sport
CountryGermany, USA
Duration01:44
CharactersTeens
PlotOn real events, Swimming, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In this uplifting film based on a true story, coach Jim Ellis (Terrence Howard) shocks the community and changes lives when, aided by a local janitor (Bernie Mac), he sets out to form Philadelphia's first black swim team. But the odds are against them as they battle rigid rules, racism and more.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, sport
CountryAustralia, France, USA
Duration02:07
CharactersAngels, Friends, Pianists, Orphans, Chickens
PlotBoxing, Friendship, Political, Rivalry
PlaceAfrica
TimeWorld War II
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

PK, an English orphan terrorized for his family's political beliefs in Africa, turns to his only friend, a kindly world-wise prisoner, Geel Piet. Geel teaches him how to box with the motto “fight with your fists and lead with your heart”. As he grows to manhood, PK uses these words to take on the system and the injustices he sees around him - and finds that one person really can make a difference.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryFrance
Duration01:39
CharactersSpy, Friends, Losers, Artists
PlotOn real events, Friendship, Uprising
PlaceParis, France
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Touching, Serious

In Paris during WWII, an Algerian immigrant is inspired to join the resistance by his unexpected friendship with a Jewish man. Based on not very known facts about the Muslim community in Paris during WWII, when the Paris Mosque and its dynamic leader played a pivotal role in supporting the resistance and rescuing Jews.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersHeroes, Military, Soldier
PlotWar, On real events, Adventure
PlaceAsia, Korea
TimeWorld War II
StyleFascinating, Serious

Battle Hymn was inspired by the true story of American minister Dean Hess, played here with rare sensitivity by Rock Hudson. A bomber pilot during World War II, Hess inadvertently releases a bomb which destroys a German orphanage. Tortured by guilt, Hess relocates in Korea after the war to offer his services as a missionary. Combining the best elements of Christianity and Eastern spiritualism, Hess establishes a large home for orphans. The preacher's efforts are threatened when the Korean "police action" breaks out in 1950.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:28
CharactersSisters
PlotSports, Gymnastics, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
TimeNew Year
StyleFascinating, Serious, Disturbing

The true story of Gabby Douglas who becomes the first African American to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, sport
CountryGermany
Duration01:55
PlotWar, Boxing, Friendship
PlaceGermany, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Depressive, Serious

In 1942, Friedrich Weimer's boxing skills get him an appointment to a National Political Academy (NaPolA) – high schools that produce Nazi elite. Over his father's objections, Friedrich enrolls. During his year in seventh column,Friedrich encounters hazing, cruelty, death, and the Nazi code. His friendship with Albrecht, the ascetic son of the area's governor, is central to this education.

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: 6.2
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.

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.





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