Tags: movies similar to Mean Machine (2001) - full list
|Genre||drama, history, sport|
|Plot||On real events, Baseball, Rivalry|
|Style||To 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.
|Characters||Teachers, Trainers, Nurses|
|Plot||Martial Arts, Boxing, Fight, Fights without rules, Competitions|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||comedy, drama, crime, sport|
|Plot||Soccer, American Football|
|Style||Fascinating, 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.
|Genre||drama, military, sport|
|Country||United Kingdom, USA, Italy|
|Plot||Soccer, Intrigue, Rivalry|
|Place||Prison, France, Germany|
|Time||World War II|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Plot||American Football, Friendship, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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?
|Genre||action, drama, sport|
|Plot||Travel, Chase, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||comedy, melodrama, drama|
|Characters||Womanizers, Single mothers, Parents|
|Plot||Soccer, Passion, Growing up, Rivalry|
|Style||Romantic, 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.
|Genre||drama, biography, sport|
|Plot||On real events, Soccer, Friendship, Justice, Rivalry|
|Style||Action, 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.
|Genre||comedy, melodrama, sport|
|Country||United Kingdom, France, USA|
|Style||Romantic, 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.
|Characters||Knights, Writers, Friends, Trainers, Warriors|
|Plot||Adventure, Cheating, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Characters||Musicians, Family, Students, Celebrities, Singers|
|Plot||Dancing, Soccer, Music, Friendship, Mental disorders|
|Place||Aircraft, USA, New York|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Characters||Ninja, Terrorists, Heroes, Warriors|
|Plot||Racing, Adventure, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||comedy, drama, sport|
|Country||United Kingdom, France|
|Style||To 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.
|Genre||action, drama, biography|
|Country||USA, China, Canada|
|Characters||Heroes, Tough guys, Warriors|
|Plot||On real events, Kung Fu, Martial Arts, Fight, Karate|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Plot||Dancing, Music, Friendship, Hip Hop, Rivalry|
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
|Country||United Kingdom, USA|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Plot||Martial Arts, Karate, Debts, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||comedy, documentary, crime, history|
|Characters||Artists, Friends, Losers, Artists|
|Plot||Obsession, Art, Success, Uprising|
|Place||England, London, Los Angeles|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||fantasy, comedy, family, sport|
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.
|Genre||action, thriller, adventure, crime|
|Plot||Survival, Robbery, Boxing, Revenge, Money|
|Style||Unexpected 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.
|Genre||comedy, drama, biography, history|
|Plot||On real events, Revolution, Uprising|
|Style||Inspirational, Smart, Touching|
A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.
|Genre||drama, family, biography, history, sport|
|Characters||Animals, Horses, Housewives|
|Plot||On real events, Sports, Competitions, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Characters||Samurai, Dragons, Teachers, Heroes, Trainers|
|Plot||Sports, Adventure, Martial Arts, Boxing, Fight|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Genre||action, thriller, drama|
|Plot||Revenge, Hostage, Rivalry|
|Place||Germany, Los Angeles|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Plot||On real events, American Football, Baseball, Rivalry|
|Style||Exciting, 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.
|Plot||On real events, Soccer, Competitions, Rivalry|
|Style||To 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.
|Genre||comedy, family, sport|
|Characters||Family, Losers, Trainers|
|Plot||Soccer, 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?
|Genre||drama, crime, military, sport|
|Country||United Kingdom, USA|
|Plot||Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight, Death, Funeral|
|Style||Exciting, 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?
|Genre||comedy, drama, family, music|
|Plot||Love, Dancing, Relationship, Ballet, Hip Hop|
|Style||Romantic, 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.