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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:courage,  rivalry,  celebrity,  guilt,  redemption,  wrestling,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy,  christmas,  marriage,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Locations:pennsylvania,  beach,  bar
Characters:mayor,  warrior,  priest,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:fist fighter,  heavyweight boxer,  heavyweight champion,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  world wrestling champion,  training montage,  wrestler hero,  boxer hero,  montage with pop song,  husband wife hug,  running on the beach,  thoughts of retirement,  charity event,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  former champion,  written by star,  limousine driver,  directed by star,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  famous song,  los angeles california,  action hero,  christmas tree,  photograph in newspaper,  posing for a photograph,  sequel to best picture winner,  death of mentor,  title fight,  reference to goldilocks and the three bears,  pulled into a swimming pool,  loss of father figure,  character appears on magazine cover,  mentor student relationship,  strangle hold,  character appears on front page of a newspaper,  recap segment,  blacks versus italians,  swimming laps,  argument between couple,  tv advert,  reference to pinocchio,  southpaw,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  contender,  34 year old,  weak heart,  heavyweight,  reference to bob hope,  sleeper hold,  challenger,  loudmouth,  merchandise,  foot race,  commentator,  rematch,  quitting job,  mariachi band,  rocky,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  ends with freeze frame,  character appears on tv,  serenade,  mohawk haircut,  jewish american,  lifted by the throat,  nightie,  film reel,  fist,  mob of reporters,  video arcade,  pinball machine,  roman numbered sequel,  gala,  cpr,  self doubt,  hit with a chair,  cult figure,  dutch angle,  brother in law,  trainer,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  famous line,  trenchcoat,  homeless person,  repeated line,  famous score,  comeback,  second chance,  punching bag,  marching band,  popularity,  arena,  push ups,  cheering crowd,  sweat,  film projector,  hug,  scene before opening credits,  weightlifting,  returning character killed off,  championship,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  alley,  yelling,  media coverage,  underdog,  poster,  referee,  challenge,  writer director,  release from prison,  wrestler,  ethnic slur,  ambiguous ending,  punch,  dressing room,  title at the end,  mustache,  homoeroticism,  punched in the chest,  ghetto,  rival,  italian american,  interracial friendship,  charity,  mercilessness,  hatred,  backstage,  bravery,  reverse footage,  star,  retirement,  crying man,  parking garage,  commercial,  press conference,  friendship between men,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  male bonding,  boxer,  scene during opening credits,  jail cell,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  rage,  jogging,  helmet,  fame,  revelation,  machismo,  freeze frame,  heart attack,  newspaper headline,  fireworks,  champion,  manager,  split screen,  american flag,  gym,  written and directed by cast member,  product placement,  statue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  racial slur,  training,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  third part,  coffin,  radio,  false accusation,  security guard,  boxing,  bridge,  montage,  mansion,  california,  reporter,  fighting,  piano,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  painting,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  song,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  martial arts,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  number in title,  two word title,  sequel,  fight,  death,  flashback,  interview,  kiss,  violence

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:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  christmas,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:rocky,  boxer,  champion,  fist fighter,  heavyweight champion,  training montage,  boxer hero,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  written by star,  limousine driver,  directed by star,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  manager,  fighting movie,  boxing,  sports hero,  action hero,  christmas tree,  sequel to best picture winner,  recap segment,  southpaw,  heavyweight,  commentator,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  ends with freeze frame,  fist,  mob of reporters,  roman numbered sequel,  trainer,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  famous line,  repeated line,  famous score,  comeback,  punching bag,  arena,  sweat,  weightlifting,  returning character killed off,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  yelling,  media coverage,  underdog,  referee,  writer director,  challenge,  punch,  dressing room,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  hatred,  reverse footage,  bravery,  press conference,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  jogging,  fame,  machismo,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  split screen,  american flag,  gym,  written and directed by cast member,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  training,  cigar smoking,  coffin,  radio,  montage,  mansion,  fighting,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  african american,  death,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  sequel,  kiss,  flashback,  violence

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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:celebrity,  brutality,  marriage,  love,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  priest,  doctor
Story:rematch,  rocky,  fist fighter,  heavyweight boxer,  heavyweight champion,  boxing trainer,  boxer,  boxing gym,  training montage,  boxer hero,  trainer,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  written by star,  directed by star,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  training,  sports hero,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  title fight,  recap segment,  blacks versus italians,  southpaw,  heavyweight,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  ends with freeze frame,  character appears on tv,  jewish american,  fist,  mob of reporters,  roman numbered sequel,  brother in law,  lifting person in air,  chanting,  repeated line,  famous score,  comeback,  punching bag,  cheering crowd,  sweat,  scene before opening credits,  weightlifting,  championship,  muscleman,  underdog,  writer director,  punch,  mustache,  ghetto,  italian american,  reverse footage,  commercial,  press conference,  wristwatch,  blockbuster,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  fame,  freeze frame,  champion,  manager,  american flag,  gym,  written and directed by cast member,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  cigar smoking,  false accusation,  security guard,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  fighting,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  african american,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  number in title,  two word title,  sequel,  violence,  flashback,  interview

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:redemption,  anger,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:priest,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:rocky,  boxer,  heavyweight champion,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  training montage,  training,  boxer hero,  boxing,  heavyweight,  fighter,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  written by star,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  sports hero,  action hero,  christmas tree,  sequel to best picture winner,  recap segment,  southpaw,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  loudmouth,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  roman numbered sequel,  pinball machine,  trainer,  chanting,  repeated line,  comeback,  punching bag,  arena,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  media coverage,  underdog,  punched in the chest,  ghetto,  italian american,  bravery,  retirement,  press conference,  roman numeral in title,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  champion,  manager,  split screen,  american flag,  gym,  product placement,  statue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  montage,  mansion,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  african american,  fight,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  sequel

Rocky Balboa (2006) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
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)

Themes:love
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Story:rocky,  fist fighter,  heavyweight boxer,  heavyweight champion,  training montage,  boxer hero,  heavyweight,  charity event,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  former champion,  written by star,  directed by star,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing ring,  champion,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  action hero,  sequel to best picture winner,  mentor student relationship,  brother in law brother in law relationship,  fist,  trainer,  comeback,  punching bag,  sweat,  weightlifting,  strongman,  muscleman,  underdog,  punch,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  charity,  retirement,  press conference,  boxer,  training,  cigar smoking,  fighting,  running,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  cult film,  fight,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  two word title,  violence,  sequel,  flashback

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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.... This is why Creed (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:courage
Locations:bar
Story:rocky,  heavyweight champion,  champion,  heavyweight,  fighter,  philadelphia pennsylvania,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  fighting movie,  boxing,  los angeles california,  title fight,  mentor student relationship,  quitting job,  trainer,  punching bag,  media coverage,  underdog,  punched in the chest,  italian american,  bravery,  press conference,  boxer,  jail cell,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  jogging,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  manager,  gym,  product placement,  statue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  training,  security guard,  montage,  mansion,  brawl,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  african american,  fight,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  flashback,  sequel

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

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. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  drunkenness,  jealousy,  love
Locations:bar
Story:boxing gym,  boxing ring,  fighting movie,  boxing,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  fist,  arena,  sweat,  punch,  italian american,  backstage,  parking garage,  jail cell,  rage,  machismo,  champion,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  fight

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King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:courage,  redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  jealousy,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  self doubt,  scene before opening credits,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  punched in the chest,  interracial friendship,  mercilessness,  hatred,  reverse footage,  bravery,  blockbuster,  scene during opening credits,  jail cell,  helmet,  freeze frame,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  bridge,  montage,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  fight,  violence

Southpaw (2015)
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.

Locations:bar
Story:boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxer,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  southpaw,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  heavyweight,  trainer,  comeback,  push ups,  dressing room,  rival,  charity,  press conference,  scene during opening credits,  rage,  champion,  gym,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  running,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  flashback,  death

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. This is why Bloodsport (1988) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  wrestling,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Period:1980s
Story:champion,  training montage,  fighting movie,  action hero,  martial arts,  mentor student relationship,  video arcade,  muscleman,  fighter,  alley,  underdog,  referee,  punched in the chest,  rival,  boxer,  machismo,  freeze frame,  manager,  gym,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  training,  boxing,  montage,  reporter,  fighting,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  death,  fight,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  kiss,  flashback,  violence

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The Fighter (2010)
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.

Themes:redemption,  anger
Locations:bar
Story:boxing match,  trainer,  boxing trainer,  boxer,  boxing,  fighter,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  boxing ring,  champion,  fighting movie,  title fight,  rocky,  character appears on tv,  comeback,  scene before opening credits,  championship,  underdog,  release from prison,  press conference,  scene during opening credits,  fame,  freeze frame,  manager,  gym,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  training,  bartender,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  interview,  fight

The Bodyguard (1992) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Drama, Music, Romance

The Bodyguard (1992)

A pop singer has been receiving threatening notes, and her manager hires a bodyguard known for his good work. The bodyguard ruffles the singer's feathers and most of her entourage by tightening security more than they feel is necessary. The bodyguard is haunted by the fact that he was on Reagan's secret service staff but wasn't there to prevent the attack by Hinckley. Eventually the bodyguard and the singer start an affair, and she begins to believe his precautions are necessary when the stalker strikes close to home. (Read More)

Themes:guilt,  redemption,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  jealousy,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:famous song,  los angeles california,  media coverage,  dressing room,  star,  blockbuster,  fame,  freeze frame,  fireworks,  manager,  gym,  limousine,  racial slur,  mansion,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  song,  martial arts,  photograph,  african american,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  fight,  kiss,  violence

Menace II Society (1993)
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,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship,  revenge,  love
Story:los angeles california,  release from prison,  ethnic slur,  ghetto,  hatred,  parking garage,  roman numeral in title,  jail cell,  machismo,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  california,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  fight,  death,  flashback,  violence

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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:redemption,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:los angeles california,  action hero,  homeless person,  cheering crowd,  strongman,  muscleman,  fighter,  ethnic slur,  homoeroticism,  punched in the chest,  interracial friendship,  parking garage,  boxer,  jogging,  machismo,  limousine,  racial slur,  training,  security guard,  boxing,  montage,  mansion,  california,  fighting,  sunglasses,  showdown,  painting,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Themes:courage,  guilt,  redemption,  anger,  fear,  marriage,  love,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  mohawk haircut,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  bravery,  reverse footage,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  helmet,  revelation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  false accusation,  bridge,  montage,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  violence,  death,  fight,  flashback,  sequel,  kiss

Never Back Down (2008) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
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:guilt,  friendship,  revenge
Characters:warrior
Story:fighting movie,  punching bag,  fighter,  referee,  rage,  champion,  gym,  training,  montage,  mansion,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  violence,  fight

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Patriots Day (2016)
Crime, Drama, History, Thriller

Patriots Day (2016)

On April 15, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, Police Sgt, Tommy Saunders is pulling security duty on the annual Boston Marathon when the Tsarnaev brothers strike with their homemade bombs in an act of terrorism. In the resulting chaos as the wounded are cared for, Saunders and his comrades join forces with the FBI to get to the bottom of this attack. As the investigation continues, the Tsarnaev brothers realize that the authorities are close to identifying them and attempt to flee the city to continue their fanatical mayhem. To stop them, a police manhunt is performed that would have bloody confrontations and a massive dragnet shutting down the City of Boston to make sure there is no escape from the law. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  fear
Locations:bar
Characters:mayor,  doctor
Story:jewish american,  media coverage,  title at the end,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  bravery,  press conference,  jogging,  helmet,  newspaper headline,  fireworks,  american flag,  product placement,  security guard,  montage,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  violence,  fight

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. (Read More)

Themes:wrestling,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:boxing ring,  action hero,  weightlifting,  release from prison,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  interracial friendship,  male bonding,  jail cell,  machismo,  freeze frame,  gym,  racial slur,  cigar smoking,  montage,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence,  flashback

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)
Action, Comedy, Drama, War

Heartbreak Ridge (1986)

1983. Tom Highway is a well-decorated career military man in the United States Marine Corps, he who has seen action in Korea and Vietnam. His current rank is Gunnery Sergeant. His experiences have led him to become an opinionated, no nonsense man, who is prone to bursts of violence, especially when he's drunk, if the situation does not suit him, regardless of the specifics or people involved. Because of these actions, he has spent his fair share of overnighters behind bars. Close to retirement, one of his last assignments, one he requested, is back at his old unit at Cherry Point, North Carolina, from where he was transferred for insubordination. He is to train a reconnaissance platoon. His superior officer, the much younger and combat inexperienced Major Malcolm Powers, sees Highway as a relic of an old styled military. Highway's commanding officer, Lieutenant Ring, the platoon leader, is also a younger man who has no combat experience, but is academically inclined and happy-go-lucky. Highway finds that his team is a rag-tag bunch of slackers, who includes wannabe rock musician Stitch Jones, with who Highway had an inauspicious earlier meeting. The men in the platoon, who truly believe Highway is crazy, hate him, and don't understand why they have to follow his harsh training regimen when the United States is not currently at war. The major, who is all about efficiency regardless of combat readiness, has the same views of Highway. He is clear that he sees Highway's platoon solely as a training mechanism for his own elite squad trained by Highway's nemesis, Staff Sergeant Webster. Things for Highway and his platoon change when the United States enters into war in Grenada. Through it all, Highway tries to reconnect with his bar waitress ex-wife Aggie, he even clandestinely reading women's magazines to understand her better. Two primary obstacles stand in his way: Roy Jennings, Aggie's boss and current suitor who hates Marines, and Aggie's own remembrance of how dysfunctional their marriage was. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  redemption,  wrestling,  drunkenness,  fear,  marriage,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bar
Period:1980s
Story:directed by star,  training,  action hero,  chanting,  marching band,  cheering crowd,  strongman,  muscleman,  release from prison,  ethnic slur,  homoeroticism,  punched in the chest,  hatred,  reverse footage,  retirement,  male bonding,  jail cell,  jogging,  machismo,  american flag,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  radio,  bridge,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  hero,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  cult film,  martial arts,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  violence,  fight

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Ali (2001) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
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. This is why Ali (2001) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:drunkenness,  marriage,  friendship,  love
Story:heavyweight champion,  boxing gym,  championship,  boxer,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  boxing ring,  boxing match,  heavyweight,  trainer,  comeback,  sweat,  jogging,  champion,  american flag,  gym,  racial slur,  boxing,  running,  painting,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  fistfight,  song,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  interview,  death,  fight,  violence

Blood Father (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Blood Father (2016)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero,  pinball machine,  dutch angle,  ethnic slur,  mercilessness,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  machismo,  product placement,  racial slur,  bartender,  montage,  california,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  bare chested male,  two word title,  fight,  violence,  death

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:courage,  redemption,  brutality,  drunkenness,  fear,  christmas,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:action hero,  christmas tree,  ethnic slur,  scene during opening credits,  machismo,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  racial slur,  cigar smoking,  false accusation,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  fight,  flashback,  violence

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The Nice Guys (2016)
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The Nice Guys (2016)

Set against the backdrop of 1977 Los Angeles, The Nice Guys opens when single father and licensed PI Holland March (Gosling) is hired to investigate the apparent suicide of famous porn star Misty Mountains. As the trail leads him to track down a girl named Amelia (Qualley), he encounters less licensed and less hands-off private eye Jackson Healey (Russell Crowe) and his brass knuckles, both hired by the young hippie. However, the situation takes a turn for the worse when Amelia vanishes and it becomes apparent that March wasn't the only party interested. As both men are forced to team up, they'll have to take on a world filled with eccentric goons, strippers dressed as mermaids and even a possible government conspiracy. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  redemption,  brutality,  drunkenness,  fear,  christmas,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Story:star,  los angeles california,  action hero,  christmas tree,  film reel,  hit with a chair,  film projector,  ethnic slur,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  reverse footage,  bravery,  scene during opening credits,  revelation,  machismo,  newspaper headline,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  racial slur,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  mansion,  california,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  airplane,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  flashback,  violence

Fighting (2009) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
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:rivalry,  wrestling,  friendship
Story:boxing ring,  fighting movie,  push ups,  fighter,  rival,  manager,  locker room,  limousine,  boxing,  fighting,  bed,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  violence

Logan (2017)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Logan (2017)

In 2029 the mutant population has shrunken significantly and the X-Men have disbanded. Logan, whose power to self-heal is dwindling, has surrendered himself to alcohol and now earns a living as a chauffeur. He takes care of the ailing old Professor X whom he keeps hidden away. One day, a female stranger asks Logan to drive a girl named Laura to the Canadian border. At first he refuses, but the Professor has been waiting for a long time for her to appear. Laura possesses an extraordinary fighting prowess and is in many ways like Wolverine. She is pursued by sinister figures working for a powerful corporation; this is because her DNA contains the secret that connects her to Logan. A relentless pursuit begins - In this third cinematic outing featuring the Marvel comic book character Wolverine we see the superheroes beset by everyday problems. They are aging, ailing and struggling to survive financially. A decrepit Logan is forced to ask himself if he can or even wants to put his remaining powers to good use. It would appear that in the near-future, the times in which they were able put the world to rights with razor sharp claws and telepathic powers are now over. This is why Logan (2017) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  drunkenness,  fear,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:limousine driver,  action hero,  lifting person in air,  returning character killed off,  yelling,  ethnic slur,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  hatred,  scene during opening credits,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  rage,  newspaper headline,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  racial slur,  third part,  montage,  fighting,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  sequel,  fight,  violence,  death

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The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:courage,  rivalry,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:mayor,  warrior,  doctor
Story:hero,  action hero,  fist,  mob of reporters,  famous line,  famous score,  returning character killed off,  media coverage,  ambiguous ending,  title at the end,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  hatred,  star,  parking garage,  press conference,  blockbuster,  jail cell,  helmet,  newspaper headline,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  false accusation,  security guard,  bridge,  montage,  reporter,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  martial arts,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  sequel,  interview,  fight,  kiss,  death,  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:guilt,  brutality
Characters:priest
Story:boxing trainer,  boxer,  boxing gym,  gym,  boxing,  trainer,  directed by star,  boxing film,  boxing movie,  boxing gloves,  fighting movie,  los angeles california,  title fight,  cheering crowd,  underdog,  champion,  manager,  racial slur,  training,  california,  brother sister relationship,  number in title,  fight,  death

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Animation, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:action hero,  quitting job,  hit with a chair,  strongman,  alley,  yelling,  ambiguous ending,  title at the end,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  jogging,  helmet,  newspaper headline,  statue,  cigar smoking,  security guard,  mansion,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  fight,  kiss,  violence,  death,  flashback

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Cinderella Man (2005)
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:funeral,  marriage,  love,  friendship
Characters:priest
Story:heavyweight champion,  boxing trainer,  boxing gym,  boxing movie,  boxing,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  contender,  heavyweight,  trainer,  comeback,  second chance,  championship,  fighter,  underdog,  friendship between men,  boxer,  manager,  locker room,  training,  cigar smoking,  reporter,  fighting,  hero,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  two word title,  death,  fight,  violence,  flashback

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 III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  redemption,  brutality,  funeral,  revenge,  friendship
Characters:warrior
Story:training montage,  boxing match,  challenger,  lifted by the throat,  repeated line,  punching bag,  championship,  muscleman,  bravery,  press conference,  boxer,  champion,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  boxing,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  hero,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  number in title,  sequel,  death,  flashback,  violence,  fight

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

Ben-hur (2016)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  jealousy,  marriage,  love,  revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior
Story:arena,  cheering crowd,  mercilessness,  hatred,  reverse footage,  crying man,  friendship between men,  helmet,  racial slur,  training,  false accusation,  montage,  showdown,  arrest,  tough guy,  slow motion scene,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  death,  flashback,  violence

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Run All Night (2015) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
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:redemption,  brutality,  drunkenness,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:bar
Story:boxing gym,  limousine driver,  boxing ring,  action hero,  madison square garden manhattan new york city,  punched in the chest,  boxer,  machismo,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  limousine,  boxing,  brawl,  arrest,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  violence,  flashback

Live By Night (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Live By Night (2016)

Boston, 1926. The '20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw. But life on the dark side carries a heavy price. In a time when ruthless men of ambition, armed with cash, illegal booze, and guns, battle for control, no one-neither family nor friend, enemy nor lover-can be trusted. Beyond money and power, even the threat of prison, one fate seems most likely for men like Joe: an early death. But until that day, he and his friends are determined to live life to the hilt. Joe embarks on a dizzying journey up the ladder of organized crime that takes him from the flash of Jazz Age Boston to the sensual shimmer of Tampa's Latin Quarter to the sizzling streets of Cuba. Live by Night is a riveting epic layered with a diverse cast of loyal friends and callous enemies, tough rumrunners and sultry femmes fatales, Bible-quoting evangelists and cruel Klansmen, all battling for survival and their piece of the American dream. At once a sweeping love story and a compelling saga of revenge, it is a spellbinding tour de force of betrayal and redemption, music and murder, that brings fully to life a bygone era when sin was cause for celebration and vice was a national virtue. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  love,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:warrior
Story:written by star,  directed by star,  release from prison,  ethnic slur,  title at the end,  mustache,  punched in the chest,  rival,  italian american,  mercilessness,  hatred,  crying man,  heart attack,  newspaper headline,  fireworks,  written and directed by cast member,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  cigar smoking,  bridge,  montage,  mansion,  showdown,  painting,  arrest,  tough guy,  written by director,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  death,  violence

Paranoia (2013)
Drama, Thriller

Paranoia (2013)

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world ('Harrison Ford (I)' (qv) and 'Gary Oldman (I)' (qv)) are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar ('Liam Hemsworth' (qv)), seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  redemption,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:alley,  rival,  parking garage,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  revelation,  product placement,  training,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  security guard,  montage,  mansion,  sunglasses,  arrest,  watching tv,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  swimming pool,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  kiss

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American Psycho (2000)
Crime, Drama

American Psycho (2000)

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence. This is why American Psycho (2000) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  brutality,  anger,  drunkenness,  fear,  jealousy,  christmas,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:bar
Period:1980s
Story:christmas tree,  jewish american,  cult figure,  homeless person,  ethnic slur,  ambiguous ending,  hatred,  scene during opening credits,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  rage,  revelation,  machismo,  limousine,  racial slur,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  security guard,  montage,  bed,  running,  sunglasses,  watching tv,  black comedy,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  two word title,  kiss,  death,  violence

Senna (2010) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Biography, Documentary, Sport

Senna (2010)

The story of the monumental life and tragic death of legendary Brazilian motor-racing Champion, Ayrton Senna. Spanning the decade from his arrival in Formula One in the mid 80's, the film follows Senna's struggles both on track against his nemesis, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the politics which infest the sport. Sublime, spiritual yet, on occasion, ruthless - Senna conquers and transcends Formula One to become a global superstar. Privately, he is humble, almost shy, and fiercely patriotic, donating millions to his native Brasil and contemplating a life beyond motor-racing. Yet he is struck down in his prime on the blackest weekend in the history of the sport, watched live on television by 300 million people. Years on he is revered in Formula One as the greatest motor racing driver of all time - and in Brasil as a Saint. (Read More)

Themes:rivalry,  celebrity,  funeral,  fear
Locations:beach
Period:1980s
Story:sports hero,  34 year old,  championship,  rival,  charity,  scene during opening credits,  jogging,  helmet,  fame,  freeze frame,  champion,  coffin,  sunglasses,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  motorcycle,  brother sister relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  interview,  death,  kiss

The Accountant (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Accountant (2016)

Christian Wolff is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world's most dangerous criminal organizations. With the Treasury Department's Crime Enforcement Division, run by Ray King, starting to close in, Christian takes on a legitimate client: a state-of-the-art robotics company where an accounting clerk has discovered a discrepancy involving millions of dollars. But as Christian uncooks the books and gets closer to the truth, it is the body count that starts to rise. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  jealousy,  christmas,  revenge
Locations:bar
Characters:warrior
Period:1980s
Story:action hero,  release from prison,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  hatred,  reverse footage,  retirement,  parking garage,  press conference,  american flag,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  training,  security guard,  bridge,  montage,  mansion,  showdown,  painting,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  martial arts,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  mother son relationship,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  two word title,  death,  flashback,  fight,  violence

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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,  anger,  funeral,  fear,  christmas,  friendship,  revenge
Locations:beach,  bar
Characters:priest
Period:1980s
Story:action hero,  mob of reporters,  dutch angle,  ethnic slur,  punched in the chest,  ghetto,  italian american,  hatred,  machismo,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  racial slur,  false accusation,  montage,  mansion,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  swimming pool,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  martial arts,  african american,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  fight,  violence

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:redemption,  brutality,  anger,  revenge
Locations:pennsylvania,  bar
Story:release from prison,  ambiguous ending,  crying man,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  manager,  american flag,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  bartender,  bridge,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  painting,  brawl,  tough guy,  written by director,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  fistfight,  beating,  martial arts,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  fight,  flashback,  violence

13 Hours (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

13 Hours (2016)

Libya, 2012. At an unofficial CIA base in Benghazi a group of ex-military contractors are providing security. In the aftermath of Gaddafi's downfall a power vacuum exists and the climate is volatile. Military weapons are freely available. The US Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, makes a visit to the area, staying in a compound near the CIA base. On the night of 11 September, 2012, the Ambassador's compound is attacked by hordes of heavily armed locals. The only forces willing and able to defend it are six CIA contractors. This is why 13 Hours (2016) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982). (Read More)

Themes:courage,  brutality,  anger,  fear
Characters:warrior
Story:repeated line,  punching bag,  weightlifting,  ethnic slur,  reverse footage,  bravery,  press conference,  wristwatch,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  helmet,  machismo,  american flag,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  security guard,  montage,  mansion,  sunglasses,  tough guy,  slow motion scene,  airplane,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  swimming pool,  surprise ending,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  number in title,  death,  violence

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Natural Born Killers (1994)
Crime, Drama

Natural Born Killers (1994)

Mickey Knox and Mallory Wilson aren't your typical lovers - after killing her abusive father, they go on a road trip where, every time they stop somewhere, they kill pretty well everyone around them. They do however leave one person alive at every shootout to tell the story and they soon become a media sensation thanks to sensationalized reporting. Told in a highly visual style. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  fear,  love,  revenge
Story:tv advert,  mob of reporters,  dutch angle,  media coverage,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  scene during opening credits,  jail cell,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  fame,  freeze frame,  newspaper headline,  fireworks,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  security guard,  bridge,  montage,  reporter,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  bare chested male,  violence,  fight,  flashback,  interview,  death

The Cable Guy (1996)
Comedy, Drama, Thriller

The Cable Guy (1996)

Steven Kovak has been kicked out of his apartment by his girlfriend. Steven has a new apartment, and decides to slip the cable guy (Chip) $50 for free cable. Steven then fakes an interest in Chip's line of work. However Chip takes this to heart trying to become Steven's best bud. When Steven no longer wants to be Chips friend the man who can do it all goes on an all out assault to ruin Steven's life. In the backdrop is the delicate sub-plot of the trial of a former kid star for murdering his brother. (Read More)

Themes:jealousy,  marriage,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Story:directed by star,  dutch angle,  repeated line,  arena,  media coverage,  reverse footage,  star,  parking garage,  scene during opening credits,  jail cell,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  false accusation,  montage,  sunglasses,  brawl,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  husband wife relationship,  father son relationship,  mother son relationship,  character name in title,  fight,  flashback,  violence

Spartan (2004)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Spartan (2004)

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  fear
Locations:beach,  bar
Story:action hero,  repeated line,  media coverage,  ethnic slur,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  newspaper headline,  product placement,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  locker room,  racial slur,  bartender,  mansion,  reporter,  running,  sunglasses,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  african american,  cigarette smoking,  bare chested male,  death,  violence,  fight

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Near Dark (1987) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Near Dark (1987)

A mid-western farm boy reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires who roam the highways in stolen cars. Part of his initiation includes a bloody assault on a hick bar.

Themes:redemption,  drunkenness,  fear,  friendship,  love,  revenge
Locations:bar
Period:1980s
Story:ambiguous ending,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  reverse footage,  star,  scene during opening credits,  machismo,  freeze frame,  american flag,  product placement,  locker room,  bartender,  cigar smoking,  running,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  brother sister relationship,  surprise ending,  cult film,  cigarette smoking,  father son relationship,  bare chested male,  death,  kiss,  fight,  violence

Days Of Thunder (1990)
Action, Drama, Sport

Days Of Thunder (1990)

Cole Trickle enters the high-pressure world of Nascar racing. He's a hot driver with a hot temper, and this attitude gets him into trouble not only with other drivers, but members of his own team as well. This is why Days Of Thunder (1990) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982).

Themes:rivalry,  redemption,  drunkenness,  revenge,  friendship
Locations:bar
Characters:doctor
Story:media coverage,  blockbuster,  machismo,  freeze frame,  manager,  american flag,  product placement,  training,  cigar smoking,  montage,  mansion,  california,  sunglasses,  showdown,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Crime, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Thriller

Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm (1993)

Batman, the costumed crime-fighter who prowls the night skies in Gotham City, soon finds there's another vigilante in town knocking off prominent mob figures. Despite the scythe-like blade for a hand, a mechanical voice and the cloud of smoke that follows the figure wherever it goes, the police and outraged officials mistake the homicidal crusader for Batman himself and demand that the city's longtime hero be brought to justice. Meanwhile, Andrea Beaumont returns to town. She is the lost love of Bruce Wayne, the billionaire playboy who is Batman's alter ego, and was an integral part of Wayne's decision ten years earlier to don the cape and cowl. Now, she is back in his life and is no less a disruption than the return of his old archenemy, The Joker, who has a stake in seeing the annihilation of this new vigilante, whoever it proves to be. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  anger,  fear,  love,  revenge
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:limousine driver,  action hero,  fighter,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  hatred,  parking garage,  revelation,  newspaper headline,  statue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  limousine,  cigar smoking,  false accusation,  security guard,  bridge,  mansion,  fighting,  showdown,  brawl,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  hero,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  martial arts,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  character name in title,  bare chested male,  flashback,  death,  fight,  violence,  kiss

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Don't Say A Word (2001)
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Don't Say A Word (2001)

A group of thieves steal a rare gem, but in the process, two of the men double cross the leader of the thieving group, Patrick, and take off with the precious stone. Ten years later, prominent psychiatrist Nathan Conrad is invited to examine a disturbed young woman named Elisabeth. Patrick immediately kidnaps Nathan's daughter, forcing Nathan to attempt to get Elisabeth to reveal a secret number which will ultimately lead Patrick to the whereabouts of the precious gem that has eluded him. (Read More)

Themes:anger,  fear,  friendship,  revenge
Story:dutch angle,  marching band,  ethnic slur,  italian american,  parking garage,  wristwatch,  scene during opening credits,  revelation,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  racial slur,  coffin,  security guard,  bridge,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  watching tv,  punched in the face,  slow motion scene,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  violence,  flashback,  death,  fight

The Prophecy (1995) is one of the best movies like Rocky III (1982)
Action, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Prophecy (1995)

"Some people lose their faith because Heaven shows them too little," says Thomas Daggett. "But how many people lose their faith because Heaven showed them too much?" Daggett nearly became a priest; now he's a cop. He may want to put religion behind him, but one morning a weird, eyeless, hermaphroditic corpse turns up. Suddenly he is on a path that will put him right in the middle of a war in Heaven. And once again, Heaven will show him too much: gore, blood, charred flesh, living corpses and much worse. Even more central to the heavenly war effort is a young girl. This American Indian child has something Gabriel wants. And Gabriel is willing to kill her and anyone in his path - or even reanimate a corpse or two - to get it. (Read More)

Themes:brutality,  funeral,  fear,  jealousy
Characters:priest
Story:los angeles california,  film reel,  chanting,  trenchcoat,  film projector,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  scene during opening credits,  newspaper headline,  statue,  character repeating someone else's dialogue,  coffin,  california,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  written by director,  punched in the face,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  cult film,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  death,  kiss,  fight,  violence,  flashback

Criminal (2016)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

Criminal (2016)

Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is a CIA agent on a mission in London tracking down a shadowy hacker nicknamed "The Dutchman." When he gets mysteriously ambushed and killed, an experimental procedure is used to transfer his memories into dangerous convict Jericho Stewart (Kevin Costner). When he wakes up with the CIA agent's memories, his mission is to find The Dutchman and make the deal with him before the hacker launches ICBM's and starts World War III. But complications soon arise and the mission turns personal. (Read More)

Themes:redemption,  brutality,  fear,  revenge
Locations:beach
Characters:warrior,  doctor
Story:action hero,  repeated line,  release from prison,  punched in the chest,  mercilessness,  wristwatch,  looking at oneself in a mirror,  product placement,  security guard,  bridge,  piano,  sunglasses,  showdown,  brawl,  arrest,  tough guy,  punched in the face,  airplane,  motorcycle,  black comedy,  fistfight,  beating,  surprise ending,  photograph,  cigarette smoking,  husband wife relationship,  bare chested male,  fight,  flashback,  violence,  death

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