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20 best movies like Prefontaine (1997)

List of the best movies like Prefontaine (1997): The Hammer, Rudy, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Gentleman Jim, Invincible, Kano, The Keeper, Mary Kom, All the Right Moves.

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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, 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: 7.4
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: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
PlotOn real events, Justice, Rivalry
PlaceScotland
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Serious

The story of golf icon and legend, Bobby Jones, who retired from competition at the tender age of 28.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:44
CharactersPartners
PlotBoxing, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceTrains, USA, New York
Time19th century
StyleSoulful, Fascinating, Touching, Serious

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

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: 7.8
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: 7.3
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: 6.8
Genreaction, drama, biography, sport
CountryIndia
Duration02:02
PlotOn real events, Sports, Boxing, Wedding, Rivalry
PlaceIndia, Asia
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Serious

A chronicle of the life of Indian boxer 'Mary Kom' who went through several hardships before audaciously accomplishing her ultimate dream.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersTeens, Trainers
PlotAmerican Football, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Rugby, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams

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: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history, sport
CountryHungary
PlotRevolution, Political, Uprising, Rivalry
PlaceAustralia
StyleFascinating, Heavy, Serious

Children of Glory will commemorate Hungary's heroic Revolution of 1956, and takes place in Budapest and at the Melbourne Olympic Games in October and November of that year. While Soviet tanks were destroying Hungary, the Hungarian water polo team was winning over the Soviets in the Olympic pool in Melbourne, in what has been described as the bloodiest water polo match in history.

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: 6.6
Genredrama, western, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersHorses, Cinderella, Cowboys, Tough guys
PlotLove, On real events, Dancing, Jealousy, Rivalry
StyleRomantic, To cry, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

This film chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert.

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: 6.9
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
CharactersTough guys
PlotLove, On real events, Boxing, Rivalry
PlacePrison, Hotels
StyleSoulful, Serious

A black champion boxer and his white female companion struggle to survive while the white boxing establishment looks for ways to knock him down.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:50
CharactersTeens, Trainers
PlotSports, Hockey, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleExciting, To cry, Soulful, Serious

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach's daughter.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:05
CharactersTeens, Trainers, Priests
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football, Competitions
PlaceRugby, USA, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Soulful, Heavy, Serious, For men

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genremelodrama, drama, western, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersCowboys, Heroes, Friends
PlotOn real events, Gambling, Rivalry
PlaceWild West, USA, Small cities
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, By books, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James' killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James' dead body and the stage is set for the Earps' long-awaited revenge.

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: 7.5
Genredrama, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration01:54
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Competitions
PlaceSmall cities
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Serious

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, family, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersFriends, Trainers
PlotOn real events, American Football, Rivalry
PlaceRugby, USA, Small cities
StyleExciting, To cry, Soulful, By books, Fascinating

A young coach turns a losing high school football program around to go undefeated for 12 consecutive seasons.

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: 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: 6.8
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:28
PlotBoxing, Rivalry
PlaceHospitals, USA
StyleExciting, Inspirational, Heavy, Serious

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza, who after a near fatal car crash, which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sports most incredible comebacks.

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: 7.1
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: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryCanada
Duration01:37
CharactersLesbians
PlotRacing, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceCollege
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Gloomy, Serious

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. Sarah agrees but only to discover that her true heart lies elsewhere. Sarah prefers to run.

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
Duration01:53
PlotOn real events, Boxing, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York
StyleAction, By books, Heavy, Serious

The story of boxer Rocky Graziano's rise from juvenile delinquent to world champ.





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