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20 best movies like Mean Machine (2001)

List of the best movies like Mean Machine (2001): Million Dollar Arm, Here Comes the Boom, The Longest Yard, Escape to Victory, Necessary Roughness, Over the Top, Playing for Keeps, The Damned United, Wimbledon, A Knight's Tale.

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Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, history, sport
PlotOn real events, Baseball, Rivalry
PlaceIndia, USA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious, For men

In a last-ditch effort to save his career, sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) dreams up a wild game plan to find Major League Baseball’s next great pitcher from a pool of cricket players in India. He soon discovers two young men who can throw a fastball but know nothing about the game of baseball. Or America. It’s an incredible and touching journey that will change them all — especially JB, who learns valuable lessons about teamwork, commitment and family.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, sport
CharactersTeachers, Trainers, Nurses
PlotMartial Arts, Boxing, Fight, Fights without rules, Competitions
StyleExciting, Inspirational, For men

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.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, drama, crime, sport
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotSoccer, American Football
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Smart, For men

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' semi-pro football team to a national championship.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, military, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA, Italy
PlotSoccer, Intrigue, Rivalry
PlacePrison, France, Germany
TimeWorld War II
StyleExciting, Serious, For men, Disturbing

A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, sport
CharactersFriends, Partners
PlotAmerican Football, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Texas
StyleExciting, Light, Inspirational, For men

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?

Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, sport
PlotTravel, Chase, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Aircraft
StyleExciting, To cry, Serious, For men

Sylvester Stallone stars as hard-luck big-rig trucker Lincoln Hawk and takes us under the glaring Las Vegas lights for all the boisterous action of the World Armwrestling Championship. Relying on wits and willpower, Hawk tries to rebuild his life by capturing the first-place prize money, and the love of the son he abandoned years earlier into the keeping of his rich, ruthless father-in-law.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersWomanizers, Single mothers, Parents
PlotSoccer, Passion, Growing up, Rivalry
StyleRomantic, Inspirational, Touching

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.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersTrainers, Managers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Friendship, Justice, Rivalry
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: 6.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
PlaceEngland, Australia
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Light, To cry, Cute

A pro tennis player has lost his ambition and has fallen in rank to 119. Fortunately for him, he meets a young player on the women's circuit who helps him recapture his focus for Wimbledon.

CharactersKnights, Writers, Friends, Trainers, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Cheating, Rivalry
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Inspirational, For men

William Thatcher, a peasant, is sent to apprentice with a Knight named Hector as a young boy. Urged by his father to "change his Stars", he assumes Sir Hector's place in a tournament when Hector dies in the middle of it. He wins. With the other apprentices, he trains and assumes the title of Sir Ulrich von Lichtenstein.

Markimdb: 5.8
Genredrama, music
CharactersMusicians, Family, Students, Celebrities, Singers
PlotDancing, Soccer, Music, Friendship, Mental disorders
PlaceAircraft, USA, New York
TimeNew Year
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Heavy, Tense, Makes me think

In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste and Eleanor survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, Celeste is a mother to a teenage daughter of her own and is struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention.

Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersNinja, Terrorists, Heroes, Warriors
PlotRacing, Adventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge
StyleExciting, By books, Black humor, Serious, For men

U.S. agents send a gymnastic martial artist to secure a missile-base site in the savage country of Parmistan.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, France
CharactersTeens, Losers
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Fancy, Gloomy, Touching

Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend. However, through football, and some special boots, he manages to gain the confidence to succeed and leads his school football team towards the final of the local schools cup.

Markimdb: 5.6
Genreaction, drama, biography
CountryUSA, China, Canada
CharactersHeroes, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotOn real events, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Tense

Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial-arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with fellow martial artist Wong Jack Man.

Markimdb: 4.2
Genredrama, music
CharactersFriends, Losers
PlotDancing, Music, Friendship, Hip Hop, Rivalry
PlaceNew York
StyleExciting, Serious

An hour before the five best Dutch dance crews fly to a contest in New York, the subsidized trip is cancelled. Five dancers from totally different crews don't want to give up their free plane ticket and go anyway. In New York they realize what they've done. They have no money, no plan and no crew. But... They came to dance so there is only one thing to do. Together they form a new crew and do everything they can to enter the contest they came for. In the mean time... they have to survive two weeks in New York without any cash. Written by Tijs van Marle

Markimdb: 7.1
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
PlotSoccer, Fate
StyleExciting, Action, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

Ivan Locke has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul.

Markimdb: 4.3
PlotMartial Arts, Karate, Debts, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he's fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss (Weller), Shane is forced back into the arena to pay his brother's debts and to protect his family.

Markimdb: 8
Genrecomedy, documentary, crime, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersArtists, Friends, Losers, Artists
PlotObsession, Art, Success, Uprising
PlaceEngland, London, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Soulful, Smart

Banksy is a graffiti artist with a global reputation whose work can be seen on walls from post-hurricane New Orleans to the separation barrier on the Palestinian West Bank. Fiercely guarding his anonymity to avoid prosecution, Banksy has so far resisted all attempts to be captured on film. Exit Through the Gift Shop tells the incredible true story of how an eccentric French shop keeper turned documentary maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantasy, comedy, family, sport
CharactersChildrens, Family
PlotBaseball, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Inspirational

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 that arm heals too tightly, allowing Henry to throw pitches that are as fast as 103 mph. Henry is spotted at nearby Wrigley Field by Larry "Fish" Fisher, the general manager of the struggling Chicago Cubs, after Henry throws an opponent's home-run ball all the way from the outfield bleachers back to the catcher, and it seems that Henry may be the pitcher that team owner Bob Carson has been praying for.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, thriller, adventure, crime
PlotSurvival, Robbery, Boxing, Revenge, Money
StyleUnexpected ending, Exciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

Struggling to make ends meet, former special ops soldiers reunite for a high-stakes heist: stealing $75 million from a South American drug lord.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, drama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Revolution, Uprising
StyleInspirational, Smart, Touching

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, family, biography, history, sport
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Housewives
PlotOn real events, Sports, Competitions, Rivalry
StyleExciting, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

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 navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, sport
CharactersSamurai, Dragons, Teachers, Heroes, Trainers
PlotSports, Adventure, Martial Arts, Boxing, Fight
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy, Serious, For men

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 with a tragic past.

Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller, drama
PlotRevenge, Hostage, Rivalry
PlaceGermany, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

When East German Eric Brogar wins a gold medal in the pentathlon, he escapes to freedom in the west with the help of a beautiful American athlete. But his demanding coach, Heinrich Mueller vows revenge and Eric's best friend and his father pay the ultimate price for his freedom when they are killed by the Secret Police. In Los Angeles, Eric starts to train for the gold again. But when Mueller comes to America, Eric must win the most deadly game of all… the fight for his life.

Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, sport
CharactersLosers, Trainers
PlotOn real events, American Football, Baseball, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Soulful

Maverick old-guard coach Jimmy McGinty is hired in the wake of a players' strike to help the Washington Sentinels advance to the playoffs. But that impossible dream hinges on whether his replacements can hunker down and do the job. So, McGinty dusts off his secret dossier of ex-players who never got a chance (or screwed up the one they were given) and knits together a bad-dream team of guys who just may give the Sentinels their title shot.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
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: 8
Genredocumentary, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotOn real events, Soccer, Competitions, Rivalry
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

A detailing of the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United football players (David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Phil and Gary Neville). The film covers the period 1992-1999, culminating in Manchester United's European Cup triumph.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, family, sport
CharactersFamily, Losers, Trainers
PlotSoccer, American Football, Chase, Rivalry

When Danny O'Shea's daughter is cut from the Peewee football team just for being a girl, he decides to form his own team, composed of other ragtag players who were also cut. Can his team really learn enough to beat the elite team, coached by his brother, a former pro player?

Markimdb: 5.2
Genredrama, crime, military, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Death, Funeral
PlaceEngland, London
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men, Disturbing

An old firm leader returns to Green Street for Revanche after receiving a call that his little brother was killed, but is he able to cope with a new type of hooliganism and can he find his killer?

Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy, drama, family, music
CountryFrance, Belgium
PlotLove, Dancing, Relationship, Ballet, Hip Hop
StyleRomantic, Exciting, Light, Inspirational, Soulful

After his crew breaks up, a gifted but insecure hip-hop dancer teaches at a top ballet school in Paris, where he falls for an aspiring ballerina.