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List of the best movies like Soul Surfer (2011): Chasing Mavericks, Pelé: Birth of a Legend, Blue Crush 2, Secretariat, McFarland, USA, Swimming Upstream, The Hammer, Radio, Gracie, 23 Blast.

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Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:51
CharactersTeens, Friends, Trainers, Surfers
PlotOn real events, Obsession, Friendship, Surfing, Shipwreck
PlaceUSSR, Beach, Los Angeles
StyleExciting, Serious

Surfer Jay Moriarity sets out to ride the Northern California break known as Mavericks.

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: 5.4
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA, Germany
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens, Friends, Losers, Surfers
PlotFriendship, Surfing
PlaceOcean, Africa, Beach
StyleTo cry, Serious

Haunted by the memory of her deceased mother, Dana leaves Malibu behind and heads to South Africa to fulfill her mother's dream of surfing Jefferys Bay.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, family, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:56
CharactersAnimals, Horses, Housewives
PlotOn real events, Sports, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
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: 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: 7.1
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: 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: 6.9
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.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, family, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersFamily, Disabled people, Losers, Blind
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Serious

When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Markimdb: 5.9
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersAlcoholics, Orphans
PlotOn real events, Baseball, Rivalry
PlaceUSA, New York, Boarding school
StyleTo cry, Touching, Serious

A chronicle of Babe Ruth's phenomenal story--from his hard knock beginnings at a Baltimore orphanage, to his meteoric rise to baseball superstardom and his poignant retirement from the game. His amazing career included seven American League pennants, four World Series championships, two tempestuous marriages and a wild lifestyle that earned him numerous suspensions.

Markimdb: 7.8
Genredrama, family, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
CharactersTeens, Teachers
PlotOn real events, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities
TimeCold War
StyleExciting, To cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious

Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersTrainers
PlotOn real events, Basketball, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceCollege, Texas
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching, Serious

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

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: 7.6
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersTeens, Strong women, Orphans, Losers, Poor
PlotOn real events, Sports, American Football, Life, Success
PlaceGhetto, Rugby
StyleKind, To cry, Inspirational, Fascinating, Vital signs

Oversized African-American, Michael Oher, the teen from across the tracks and a broken home, has nowhere to sleep at age 16. Taken in by an affluent Memphis couple, Michael embarks on a remarkable rise to play for the NFL.

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: 5.8
Genredrama, family, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:40
CharactersGods, Firefighters, Family, Priests, Parents
PlotOn real events, Supernatural, Religious, Life after death, Meaning of life
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, By books, Touching, Serious

Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Four-year-old Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know.

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: 7.5
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: 6
Genrecomedy, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Family
PlotLove, Figure Skating, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceSchool
StyleTo cry, Cute, Inspirational, Touching

With the help of her coach, her parents, and the boy who drives the Zamboni machine, nothing can stop Casey from realizing her dream to be a champion figure skater.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genrefantasy, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersTeens, Family, Trainers
PlotAmerican Football, Competitions, Rivalry
PlaceRugby, USA, Small cities
StyleLight, To cry, Fascinating

A former high-school football star loses his shot at a college scholarship due to a devastating gridiron injury, but gets a second chance at living his dream.

Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, drama, family, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:34
CharactersFamily
PlotOn real events, American Football, Rivalry
PlaceRugby, Small cities
StyleTouching

The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, biography, history, sport
CountryCanada, USA
Duration02:15
CharactersFamily, Trainers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Hockey, Competitions
TimeCold War
StyleInspirational, Soulful, Fascinating, Touching, For men

In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, put a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning for a distraction from world events. With the world watching, the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question to the millions viewing at home: "Do you believe in miracles?" Yes!

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: 5.4
Genreaction, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:26
CharactersFamily, Military, Tough guys, Warriors
PlotMartial Arts, Death, Depression, Funeral
StyleTo cry, Serious

Unable to cope with his military father's sudden death in combat, quick-tempered teen, Conor, starts getting into serious trouble. During an intense lacrosse camp, his father's old friend challenges Conor to get his life on track and become a man.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, documentary, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:48
PlotOn real events, Competitions, Rivalry
StyleSoulful, Heavy, Touching, Serious

Beyond the Mat is a 1999 professional wrestling documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein. The movie focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticizing it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, it's rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

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: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryUnited Kingdom, Australia, USA
Duration02:06
CharactersDoctors, Disabled people, Surgeons
PlotOn real events, Sports, Survival, Dancing, American Football
StyleFascinating, Makes me think, Serious

A dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu's emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world.

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: 7.8
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryNew Zealand, Japan, USA
Duration02:07
CharactersGood people
PlotOn real events, Racing, Adventure, Travel, Motorcycles
PlaceDeserts
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Philosophical, Fascinating, Touching

The life story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years building a 1920 Indian motorcycle -- a bike which helped him set the land-speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967.





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