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Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

Rocky (1976)

Rocky Balboa is a struggling boxer trying to make the big time, working as a debt collector for a pittance. When heavyweight champion Apollo Creed visits Philadelphia, his managers want to set up an exhibition match between Creed and a struggling boxer, touting the fight as a chance for a "nobody" to become a "somebody". The match is supposed to be easily won by Creed, but someone forgot to tell Rocky, who sees this as his only shot at the big time. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas,  friendship
Characters:catholic
Story:rocky,  reference to rocky marciano,  sex on first date,  unusual method of training,  boxing promoter,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing match,  training,  title fight,  fight club,  eating a raw egg,  blacks versus italians,  championship bout,  meat locker,  boxer hero,  ugly duckling,  skating rink,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  new year's day,  pet shop,  motivation,  reference to ludwig van beethoven,  protective male,  ice rink,  loan shark,  self esteem,  bum,  arena,  push ups,  sweat,  television news,  hit in the face,  inspiration,  strongman,  muscleman,  shyness,  underdog,  thanksgiving,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  turtle,  ice skating,  ghetto,  first kiss,  italian american,  compassion,  working class,  jogging,  eyeglasses,  domestic violence,  date,  gift,  sensuality,  locker room,  teacher student relationship,  boxing,  competition,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  mirror,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  dog,  violence,  interview

Rocky III (1982)
Drama, Sport

Rocky III (1982)

Three years and 10 successful title defenses after beating Apollo Creed, with whom he has become great friends, a now wealthy Rocky Balboa is considering retirement. Fame and complacency soon cause Balboa to lose his title to Clubber Lang, who inadvertently causes the death of Rocky's trainer Mickey. Rocky sinks into a depression, and Apollo decides to train Rocky for a rematch against Lang so Rocky can try to win the title back. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas,  friendship
Story:boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing match,  title fight,  blacks versus italians,  boxer hero,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  rocky,  arena,  push ups,  sweat,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  ghetto,  italian american,  jogging,  locker room,  training,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  interview,  fight

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Rocky II (1979)
Drama, Sport

Rocky II (1979)

Rocky Balboa is enjoying life. He has a lovely wife, Adrian, had a successful fight with Apollo Creed and is able to enjoy the money he earned from the fight and a new endorsement deal. Unfortunately, Rocky becomes embarrassed when failing to complete an advert and ends up working in a meat packing company. He believes that he will no longer have a career as a boxer. Apollo wants to rematch with Rocky to prove all his critics wrong that he can beat Rocky. Can Rocky once again have a successful fight? (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Characters:catholic
Story:rocky,  unusual method of training,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing match,  training,  title fight,  blacks versus italians,  championship bout,  boxer hero,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  pet shop,  loan shark,  sweat,  hit in the face,  muscleman,  underdog,  thanksgiving,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  ghetto,  italian american,  working class,  jogging,  locker room,  teacher student relationship,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  interview,  dog,  violence

Rocky V (1990)
Drama, Sport

Rocky V (1990)

Rocky Balboa is forced to retire after having permanent damage inflicted on him in the ring by the Russian boxer Ivan Drago. Returning home after the Drago bout, Balboa discovers that the fortune that he had acquired as heavyweight champ has been stolen and lost on the stockmarket by his accountant. His boxing days over, Rocky begins to coach an up-and-coming fighter named Tommy Gunn. Rocky cannot compete, however, with the high salaraies and glittering prizes being offered to Gunn by other managers in town. (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:rocky,  training,  boxing,  reference to rocky marciano,  unusual method of training,  boxing promoter,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing match,  boxer hero,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  pet shop,  arena,  sweat,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  ghetto,  italian american,  jogging,  locker room,  teacher student relationship,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title

Rocky Balboa (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

Rocky Balboa (2006)

When he loses a highly publicized virtual boxing match to ex-champ Rocky Balboa, reigning heavyweight titleholder Mason Dixon retaliates by challenging the Itallian Stallion to a nationally televised, 10-round exhibition bout. To the surprise of his son and friends, Rocky agrees to come out of retirement and face an opponent who's faster, stronger and thirty years his junior. With the odds stacked firmly against him, Rocky takes on Dixon in what will become the greatest fight in boxing history, a hard-hitting, action-packed battle of the ages. (Read More)

Story:rocky,  reference to rocky marciano,  boxing match,  boxing,  boxer hero,  fighting movie,  motivation,  sweat,  inspiration,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  italian american,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  dog,  violence

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Raging Bull (1980)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Raging Bull (1980)

When Jake LaMotta steps into a boxing ring and obliterates his opponent, he's a prizefighter. But when he treats his family and friends the same way, he's a ticking time bomb, ready to go off at any moment. Though LaMotta wants his family's love, something always seems to come between them. Perhaps it's his violent bouts of paranoia and jealousy. This kind of rage helped make him a champ, but in real life, he winds up in the ring alone. This is why Raging Bull (1980) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness
Story:boxing gym,  boxing,  fighting movie,  bum,  arena,  sweat,  hit in the face,  italian american,  domestic violence,  competition,  brawl,  tough guy,  mirror,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  fight

Rocky IV (1985)
Drama, Sport

Rocky IV (1985)

Ever since his match with Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa has a peaceful life. And now he and former champion, Apollo Creed, enjoy good times and are now the best of friends. But Rocky's peaceful life as a boxer gets paused after a match Apollo went into. Unfortunately, Creed fought Ivan drago, a 6'5" Russian who has never lost a match, and sadly, brutally murders Apollo in the ring. A funeral is held and times start going downhill fast. Now, in order to restore honor, Rocky challenges Drago to a match and must beat him for sweet, bitter vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas
Story:rocky,  boxing match,  boxing,  boxer hero,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  arena,  sweat,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  italian american,  jogging,  locker room,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  fight,  character name in title,  violence,  dog

Creed (2015)
Drama, Sport

Creed (2015)

Adonis Johnson is the son of the famous boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died in a boxing match in _Rocky IV (1985)_ (qv). Adonis wasn't born until after his father's death and wants to follow his fathers footsteps in boxing. He seeks a mentor who is the former heavyweight boxing champion and former friend of Apollo Creed, the retired Rocky Balboa. Rocky eventually agrees to mentor Adonis. With Rocky's help they hope to get a title job to face even deadlier opponents than his father. But whether he is a true fighter remains to be seen.... (Read More)

Story:rocky,  boxing match,  boxing,  title fight,  fighting movie,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  italian american,  jogging,  locker room,  training,  brawl,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  character name in title

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Cinderella Man (2005) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Cinderella Man (2005)

During the Great Depression, a common-man hero, James J. Braddock--a.k.a. the Cinderella Man--was to become one of the most surprising sports legends in history. By the early 1930s, the impoverished ex-prizefighter was seemingly as broken-down, beaten-up and out-of-luck as much of the rest of the American populace who had hit rock bottom. His career appeared to be finished, he was unable to pay the bills, the only thing that mattered to him--his family--was in danger, and he was even forced to go on Public Relief. But deep inside, Jim Braddock never relinquished his determination. Driven by love, honor and an incredible dose the ones who are do of grit, he willed an impossible dream to come true. In a last-chance bid to help his family, Braddock returned to the ring. No one thought he had a shot. However Braddock, fueled by something beyond mere competition, kept winning. Suddenly, the ordinary working man became the mythic athlete. Carrying the hopes and dreams of the disenfranchised on his shoulders, Braddock rocketed through the ranks, until this underdog chose to do the unthinkable: take on the heavyweight champ of the world, the unstoppable Max Baer, renowned for having killed two men in the ring. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:catholic
Story:boxing promoter,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing,  championship bout,  protective male,  inspiration,  underdog,  turtle,  working class,  locker room,  training,  competition,  brother sister relationship,  fight,  violence

Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Drama, Sport

Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Wanting to learn from the best, aspiring boxer Maggie Fitzgerald wants Frankie Dunn to train her. At the outset he flatly refuses saying he has no interest in training a girl. Frankie leads a lonely existence, alienated from his only daughter and having few friends. Maggie's rough around the edges but shows a lot of grit in the ring and he eventually relents. Maggie not only proves to be the boxer he always dreamed of having under his wing but a friend who fills the great void he's had in his life. Maggie's career skyrockets but an accident in the ring leads her to ask Frankie for one last favor. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Characters:catholic
Story:boxing trainer,  boxing,  boxing gym,  title fight,  fighting movie,  underdog,  working class,  gift,  training,  brother sister relationship,  fight

The Karate Kid (1984)
Action, Drama, Family, Sport

The Karate Kid (1984)

Daniel and his mother move from New Jersey to California. She has a wonderful new job, but Daniel quickly discovers that a dark haired Italian boy with a Jersey accent doesn't fit into the blond surfer crowd. Daniel manages to talk his way out of some fights, but he is finally cornered by several who belong to the same karate school. As Daniel is passing out from the beating he sees Miyagi, the elderly gardener leaps into the fray and save him by outfighting half a dozen teenagers. Miyagi and Daniel soon find out the real motivator behind the boys' violent attitude in the form of their karate teacher. Miyagi promises to teach Daniel karate and arranges a fight at the all-valley tournament some months off. When his training begins, Daniel doesn't understand what he is being shown. Miyagi seems more interested in having Daniel paint fences and wax cars than teaching him Karate. This is why The Karate Kid (1984) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:unusual method of training,  fighting movie,  underdog,  italian american,  date,  gift,  locker room,  training,  teacher student relationship,  showdown,  brawl,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

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Fighting (2009)
Action, Drama, Sport

Fighting (2009)

Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager, Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:fighting movie,  push ups,  locker room,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  violence

The Fighter (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Biography, Drama, Sport

The Fighter (2010)

The Fighter is a drama about boxer "Irish" Micky Ward's unlikely road to the world light welterweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky, a boxer-turned-trainer on the verge of being KO'd by drugs and crime.

Story:boxing match,  boxing,  boxing trainer,  title fight,  fighting movie,  rocky,  underdog,  training,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight,  interview

Bloodsport (1988)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Bloodsport (1988)

Frank Dux has spent most his life being trained by Tanaka to participate in the Kumite, the ultimate martial arts tournament, where participants are seriously injured, even killed. Frank decides to go despite being told by his superiors in the army that he can't because they need him. Two army officers are sent to get him and the trail leads to Hong Kong but Frank eludes them. While Frank advances, he knows that he may have to face Chong Li, the defending champion, who has killed a few participants. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:sex on first date,  competition,  fighting movie,  muscleman,  underdog,  locker room,  training,  teacher student relationship,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  fight,  violence,  dog

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Out Of The Furnace (2013)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Out Of The Furnace (2013)

Russell and his younger brother Rodney live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother becomes involved with one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast - a mistake that will cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:fight club,  loan shark,  working class,  eyeglasses,  locker room,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  mirror,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  fight

Yip Man 2 (2010)
Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport

Yip Man 2 (2010)

Ip Man 2 is a 2010 Hong Kong biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Ip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun. A sequel to the 2008 film Ip Man, the film was directed by Wilson Yip, and stars Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role. Continuing after the events of the earlier film, the sequel centers on Ip's movements in Hong Kong, which is under British colonial rule. He attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun, but faces rivalry from other practitioners, including the local master of Hung Ga martial arts. This is why Yip Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  friendship
Story:unusual method of training,  boxing match,  muscleman,  compassion,  boxing,  competition,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  beating,  character name in title,  violence,  fight

De Rouille Et D'os (2012) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Drama, Romance

De Rouille Et D'os (2012)

Themes:drunkenness
Story:sex on first date,  boxing promoter,  boxing gym,  working class,  jogging,  boxing,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog,  violence,  fight

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Ben-hur (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:brutality
Story:arena,  compassion,  gift,  training,  teacher student relationship,  showdown,  tough guy,  brother sister relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  dog

Money Train (1995)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Money Train (1995)

Two foster brothers work as transit cops. While one's life is as good as it gets, the other's is a pit. After losing his job, getting dumped by his brother, and getting the crap kicked out of him by a loan shark for the umpteenth time, He implements his plan to steal the "money train," a train carrying the New York Subway's weekly revenue. But when things go awry, will his brother be able to save him in time? (Read More)

Themes:christmas
Story:sex on first date,  loan shark,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  violence

Blue Crush (2002)
Drama, Romance, Sport

Blue Crush (2002)

Nothing gets between Anne Marie and her board. Living in a beach shack with three roommates including her rebellious younger sister, she is up before dawn every morning to conquer the waves and count the days until the Pipe Masters surf competition. Having transplanted herself to Hawaii with no one's blessing but her own, Anne Marie finds all she needs in the adrenaline-charged surf scene ... until pro quarterback Matt Tollman comes along. Like it or not, Anne Marie starts losing her balance - and finding it - as she falls for Matt. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:underdog,  jogging,  locker room,  competition,  mirror,  brother sister relationship,  fight,  dog

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Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Biography, Crime, Drama

Kill The Irishman (2011)

The true story of Danny Greene, an impoverished but charismatic young Irish-American who rises to power as president of the longshoreman's local union and is charged with corruption but evades serious jail time by becoming an FBI informant. With fearless nerve he joins forces with a Mafia gangster to rise to power in Cleveland's underworld, gaining the reputation of a Robin Hood-like figure with nine lives as he escapes countless assassination attempts. This is why Kill The Irishman (2011) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  christmas
Story:loan shark,  push ups,  thanksgiving,  italian american,  eyeglasses,  blood splatter,  beating,  violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:brutality,  friendship
Story:strongman,  muscleman,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  fight,  dog

Lionheart (1990)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sport

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier decides to take part in some very dangerous clandestine fights. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:fight club,  strongman,  muscleman,  jogging,  training,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  character name in title,  dog,  fight,  violence

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Billy Elliot (2000)
Drama, Music, Romance

Billy Elliot (2000)

County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  christmas,  friendship
Story:boxing,  boxing trainer,  motivation,  inspiration,  compassion,  working class,  training,  teacher student relationship,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  character name in title,  violence

Siu Lam Juk Kau (2001) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Action, Comedy, Sport

Siu Lam Juk Kau (2001)

After a fateful mistake costing his career, an ex-soccer player bum meets a shaolin kung fu student trying to spread the word of kung fu. The ex-soccer player helps reconcile with his five brothers, and teaches them soccer, adding shaolin kung fu as a twist.

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:bum,  inspiration,  underdog,  compassion,  eyeglasses,  competition,  tough guy,  beating,  fight,  violence

Invincible (2006)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Invincible (2006)

In the sumer of 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale is having a tough run of luck. He's been working as a substitute teacher for two days a week but has just found out that his job has been eliminated because of budget cuts. His wife gives up on him saying he'll never amount to anything and asks for a divorce. He works as a bartender and plays football with his friends. When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince reluctantly decides to give a try. Based on a true story. This is why Invincible (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  working class,  jogging,  locker room,  mirror,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  interview,  fight

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Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Assault On Precinct 13 (2005)

On New Year's Eve, inside a police station that's about to be closed for good, officer Jake Roenick must cobble together a force made up cops and criminals to save themselves from a mob looking to kill mobster Marion Bishop.

Themes:brutality
Story:new year's day,  italian american,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  violence,  fight,  dog

Never Back Down (2008)
Action, Drama, Sport

Never Back Down (2008)

At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:fighting movie,  training,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  beating,  violence,  fight

8 Mile (2002) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Drama, Music

8 Mile (2002)

This is the inspiring captivating story of the legendary rapper Eminem. The troubled young aspiring rapper from a ghetto in Michigan must exert his last chances to become successful while dealing with his life in ruins. All is seemingly lost. He is now single, has only a few friends, an insane/alcoholic mother, and is dealt with poverty and living in a violent city on 8 mile. His only way out of the ghetto and torturous life he's living in is with his talent in rapping. Will B-Rabbit prevail and seize the shot he's given or will he let it slip? (Read More)

Story:underdog,  ghetto,  competition,  mirror,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  fight

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Soldier (1998)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi

Soldier (1998)

In a futuristic society, some people are selected at birth to become soldiers, and trained in such a manner that they become inhuman killing machines. One of the most succesfull and older of these soldiers (Russell) is pitted against a new breed of soldiers, and after the confrontation is believed to be dead. His body is left behind in a semi-abandoned colonial planet, where everything is peaceful, and he is taught about the other aspects of life. But eventually he has to fight the new breed of soldiers again, this time to defend his new home... (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas
Story:training,  boxing,  competition,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  violence,  fight

Man Of Tai Chi (2013)
Action, Drama

Man Of Tai Chi (2013)

Tiger Chen is a Tai Chi student who is rather rebellious and uses Tai Chi to fight despite his master's concerns. When the temple where he studies get threatened from modern redevelopment, he fights in an underground fight club to get money the temple needs. However he soon realizes that his employer has other negative motives. This is why Man Of Tai Chi (2013) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:fight club,  strongman,  competition,  tough guy,  fight,  violence

Get Carter (2000)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Get Carter (2000)

Years ago, Jack Carter left his Seattle home to become a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer. He returns for the funeral of his brother Richard 'Richie' after a car crash during a storm, atypical of the careful house-father. Talking to the widow, daughter Doreen and enigmatic Geraldine, Jack suspects it was murder. Cliff Brumby, whose club Richie ran, is financially linked to porn and prostitution baron Cyrus Paice, who claims to be just a front-man for ITC tycoon Jeremy Kinnear. Someone hired goon Thorpey to make Jack return to Las Vegas. Jack's partner Con McCarty is restless, apparently about their boss Les Fletcher whose wife had an affair with Jack. Someone breaks into Richie's home, looking for a crucial CD. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas
Story:loan shark,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  beating,  character name in title

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Southpaw (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Drama, Sport

Southpaw (2015)

As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

Story:boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing match,  push ups,  boxing,  violence

Enough (2002)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Enough (2002)

An abused woman discovers that the dream man she married isn't who she thought he was. She and her daughter try to escape (aided by her previous boyfriend), but he pursues her relentlessly. Fearing also for the safety of her daughter, she decides that there's only one way out of the marriage: kill him. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:domestic violence,  training,  teacher student relationship,  boxing,  brawl,  tough guy,  interview,  fight,  violence

Warrior (2011)
Drama, Sport

Warrior (2011)

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. A former Marine, haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives. (Read More)

Story:fighting movie,  protective male,  arena,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  training,  violence,  fight

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Lock Up (1989)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Lock Up (1989)

Frank Leone is nearing the end of his prison term for a relatively minor crime. Just before he is paroled, however, Warden Drumgoole takes charge. Drumgoole was assigned to a hell-hole prison after his administration was publicly humiliated by Leone, and has now arrived on the scene to ensure that Leone never sees the light of day. This is why Lock Up (1989) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:italian american,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  fight,  dog

The Karate Kid (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

The Karate Kid (2010)

After his mother (Henson) accepts a job in China, preteen Dre Park (played by Jaden Smith) is forced to move to the new country. He attempts to befriend others, but loses all of them except for Mei Ying (Han), his new girlfriend, after getting attacked by a bully (Cheng). After almost being killed, he is rescued by his maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who does much more than maintenance. When Dre is forced to fight his bully, Cheng, in the upcoming tournament; Mr. Han steps in and teaches him Kung-Fu, and now Dre has to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:underdog,  first kiss,  jogging,  training,  teacher student relationship,  showdown,  brawl,  beating,  fight,  violence

Ali (2001)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Ali (2001)

In 1964, a brash new pro boxer, fresh from his olympic gold medal victory, explodes on to the scene, Cassius Clay. Bold and outspoken, he cuts an entirely new image for African Americans in sport with his proud public self confidence with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer of all time. To his credit, he sets out to prove that with his highly agile and forceful style soon making him a formidable boxer who soon claims the heavyweight championship. His personal life is no less noteworthy with his allegiance to the Nation of Islam, his friendship with the controversial Malcolm X and his abandonment of his slave name in favour of Muhammad Ali stirring up controversy. Yet, at the top of his game, both Ali's personal and professional lives face the ultimate test with the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for military induction during the Vietnam War. Despite the fact that he could easily agree to a sweetheart deal that would have meant an easy tour of duty for himself, Ali refuses to submit on principle to cooperate in an unjust war for a racist nation that treated his people so poorly. The cost of that stand is high as he finds himself unable to legally box in his own country while his case is contested in court. What follows is a battle for a man who would sacrifice so much for what he believes in and a comeback that would cement his legend as one of the great sports figures of all time. (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:boxing gym,  boxing match,  sweat,  hit in the face,  jogging,  boxing,  character name in title,  violence,  interview,  fight

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Kickboxer (1989)
Action, Sport, Thriller

Kickboxer (1989)

Kurt Sloan is the corner-man for his brother, U.S. kickboxing champion Eric Sloan. When Kurt witnesses his brother become maliciously paralyzed in the ring by Thailand champion Tong Po, Kurt vows revenge. With the help of Xian, a kickboxing trainer who lives in a remote area of Thailand, Kurt trains for the fight of his life. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  fight,  dog,  violence

Don Jon (2013)
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Don Jon (2013)

Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull "10s" every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don't compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Characters:catholic
Story:push ups,  italian american,  date,  mirror,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  character name in title,  fight

Lords Of Dogtown (2005) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Biography, Drama, Sport

Lords Of Dogtown (2005)

A fictionalized take on the group of brilliant young skateboarders raised in the mean streets of Dogtown in Santa Monica, California. The Z-Boys, as they come to be known, perfect their craft in the empty swimming pools of unsuspecting suburban homeowners, pioneering a thrilling new sport and eventually moving into legend. This is why Lords Of Dogtown (2005) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:underdog,  ghetto,  competition,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  fight,  dog

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Wild Card (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Wild Card (2015)

Nick Wild (Jason Statham) is a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal professional skills and a personal gambling problem. When a friend is beaten by a sadistic thug, Nick strikes back, only to find out the thug is the son of a powerful mob boss. Suddenly Nick is plunged into the criminal underworld, chased by enforcers and wanted by the mob. Having raised the stakes, Nick has one last play to change his fortunes...and this time, it's all or nothing. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas,  friendship
Story:showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  character name in title,  violence,  fight

New Jack City (1991)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

New Jack City (1991)

The gangster Nino has a gang who call themselves Cash Money Brothers. They get into the crack business and not before long they make a million dollars every week. A cop, Scotty, is after them. He tries to get into the gang by letting an ex-drug addict infiltrate the gang, but the attempt fails miserably. The only thing that remains is that Scotty himself becomes a drug pusher. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas,  friendship
Story:new year's day,  thanksgiving,  ghetto,  italian american,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  violence,  fight

Run All Night (2015)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Run All Night (2015)

Professional Brooklyn hitman Jimmy Conlon is more commonly known as THE GRAVEDIGGER. Jimmy was a mob hit-man, who was best friends with his boss Sean Maguire. But when Jimmy's son, Michael, is marked for death by the mob, Jimmy must go up against Sean to protect Michael at all costs. Together, he and Michael must avoid corrupt cops, contract killers and the mob to survive the night. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas
Story:boxing gym,  locker room,  boxing,  brawl,  blood splatter,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  violence

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American Gangster (2007) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller

American Gangster (2007)

Following the death of his employer and mentor, Bumpy Johnson, Frank Lucas establishes himself as the number one importer of heroin in the Harlem district of Manhattan. He does so by buying heroin directly from the source in South East Asia and he comes up with a unique way of importing the drugs into the United States. As a result, his product is superior to what is currently available on the street and his prices are lower. His alliance with the New York Mafia ensures his position. It is also the story of a dedicated and honest policeman, Richie Roberts, who heads up a joint narcotics task force with the Federal government. Based on a true story. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  christmas
Story:boxing match,  blacks versus italians,  thanksgiving,  ghetto,  italian american,  domestic violence,  blood splatter,  violence

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:brutality,  friendship
Story:strongman,  jogging,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  fight

Summer Of Sam (1999)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Summer Of Sam (1999)

Themes:drunkenness,  friendship
Story:italian american,  working class,  blood splatter,  beating,  character name in title,  dog,  violence,  interview

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Ghajini (2008)
Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Ghajini (2008)

Medical student, Sunita, is driven by curiosity to study the case of Sanjay Singhania, who is afflicted with short-term memory loss. She runs into him, befriends him, and finds out that he is out to kill a seemingly benevolent citizen, Ghajini Dharmatma. After warning the latter of the impending danger, she subsequently comes across a number of diaries written by Sanjay and attempts to put together a jigsaw puzzle as to how a successful and wealthy businessman became a crazed recluse, who re-lives his past through tattoos on his body, notes and Polaroid photographs on the wall of his Hiranandani Complex flat, and his sole obsession of carrying out his deadly mission - little knowing that Ghajini and his goons are out to erase every bit of evidence he has gathered and thus ensure that he ends up remembering nothing. (Read More)

Themes:brutality
Story:muscleman,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  mirror,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  character name in title,  violence,  fight

Menace II Society (1993) is one of the best movies like Rocky (1976)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Menace II Society (1993)

This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts, CA.

Themes:brutality,  drunkenness,  friendship
Story:ghetto,  brawl,  blood splatter,  beating,  boyfriend girlfriend relationship,  dog,  violence,  fight

Spartacus (2010)
Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance

Spartacus (2010)

The inspiration behind this series is the Thracian Gladiator Spartacus, who led a slave uprising against the Roman Republic. The Thracians had been persuaded by Claudius Glaber to serve as auxiliaries in the Roman legions in a campaign against the Getae, who had often plundered Thracian lands. However after Glaber reneges on the deal and switches his attentions from the Getae to attack Mithridates in Asia Minor, the Thracians feel betrayed and mutiny. Captured by Glaber, Spartacus is condemned to death as a Gladiator, whilst his wife Sura is condemned to slavery. Spartacus, however, proves to be a formidable gladiator, and defeats the four gladiators tasked with executing him. He becomes a favorite of the crowd, leading Senator Albinius to commute his death sentence to a life of slavery. Spartacus is purchased by Batiatus for gladiator training, who promises to help him find Sura if he proves himself in training. As the series develops, the story follows the betrayals and machinations of Roman life and a tale of one man's heroic quest for vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:arena,  inspiration,  training,  blood splatter,  beating,  character name in title,  fight,  violence

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