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List of the best movies like Swimming Upstream (2003): Secretariat, Gracie, Pelé: Birth of a Legend, The Hammer, The Babe, The Express, McFarland, USA, Invincible, Resurrecting the Champ, Cinderella Man.

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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: 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: 7.2
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
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: 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: 7.3
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: 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
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: 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: 8
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersFamily, Fathers, Poor
PlotSports, Boxing, Fight, Depression
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Soulful, Touching, For men

The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, family, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:46
CharactersTeens, Strong women, Disabled people, Surfers
PlotOn real events, Sports, Surfing, Competitions
PlaceBeach
StyleTo cry, Inspirational, Touching, Serious, Womens in main roles

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith.Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana (Lorraine Nicholson), when everything changed. On Halloween morning, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom (Dennis Quaid) and Cheri (Helen Hunt), and supported by her youth group leader Sara (Carrie Underwood), Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

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: 6.6
Genredrama, musical, biography, sport
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersCinderella, Artists
PlotOn real events, Swimming, Diving, Scandals
PlaceEngland, London, Australia, USA
Time19th century
StyleRomantic, To cry, Serious

After overcoming polio, Annette Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

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: 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: 6.9
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:01
PlotGambling, Boxing, Life, Family life
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious

The more you love, the harder you fight.The world looks at Billy Flynn and sees a has-been who seemingly never was, an ex-boxing champion slammed to the mat years ago by booze and gambling. But Billy's son TJ sees what the world doesn't. He knows his flawed but loving father is, was and always will be The Champ.

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, 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: 7.6
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: 7.8
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: 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: 6.3
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeens
PlotDeath, Rivalry
PlaceUSA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Gloomy, Touching, Serious

A teenager overcomes odds to run a 4-minute mile race.

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: 7.1
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersTrainers
PlotOn real events, Soccer, American Football
PlaceCollege, Rugby, USA
StyleTo cry, Soulful, Touching, Serious, For men

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

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: 7.6
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: 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, 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: 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: 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.





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