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Cinderella Man (2005)

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The true story of boxer Jim Braddock who, in the 1920s following his retirement, makes a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Craig Bierko

The true story of boxer Jim Braddock who, in the 1920s following his retirement, makes a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Renée Zellweger  •  Paul Giamatti  •  Craig Bierko

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (2009)

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Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story is a movie based on the life story of world-renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson from 1961 to 1987.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Cuba Gooding Jr.  •  Kimberly Elise  •  Aunjanue Ellis  •  Ele Bardha

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

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The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Sonam Kapoor  •  Divya Dutta  •  Pavan Malhotra

The true story of the "Flying Sikh" world champion runner and Olympian Milkha Singh who overcame the massacre of his family, civil war during the India-Pakistan partition, and homelessness to become one of India's most iconic athletes.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST:  Farhan Akhtar  •  Sonam Kapoor  •  Divya Dutta  •  Pavan Malhotra

Erin Brockovich (2000)

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A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Albert Finney  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Marg Helgenberger

A twice-divorced mother of three who sees an injustice, takes on the bad guy and wins -- with a little help from her push-up bra. Erin goes to work for an attorney and comes across medical records describing illnesses clustered in one nearby town. She starts ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  Julia Roberts  •  Albert Finney  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Marg Helgenberger

The Walk (2015)

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The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Charlotte Le Bon  •  Ben Schwartz

The story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit's attempt to cross the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Zemeckis
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Ben Kingsley  •  Charlotte Le Bon  •  Ben Schwartz

The Karate Kid (2010)

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Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harald Zwart
CAST:  Jaden Smith  •  Jackie Chan  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Yu Rongguang

Twelve-year-old Dre Parker could have been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying but the cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harald Zwart
CAST:  Jaden Smith  •  Jackie Chan  •  Taraji P. Henson  •  Yu Rongguang

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)

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On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jonah Hill  •  Rooney Mara  •  Jack Black

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gus Van Sant
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Jonah Hill  •  Rooney Mara  •  Jack Black

Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story (2005)

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Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the mare and save it from being sacrificed by the owner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gatins
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Elisabeth Shue

Ben Crane believes that a severely injured racehorse deserves another chance. He and his daughter Cale adopt the mare and save it from being sacrificed by the owner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Gatins
CAST:  Kurt Russell  •  Dakota Fanning  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Elisabeth Shue

October Sky (1999)

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

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

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

DIRECTION:  Joe Johnston
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Chris Cooper  •  Laura Dern  •  Chris Owen

The Theory of Everything (2014)

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The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

Heart of Champions (2021)

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During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates' lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mailer
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Alexander Ludwig  •  Charles Melton  •  Michael Tacconi

During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates' lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mailer
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Alexander Ludwig  •  Charles Melton  •  Michael Tacconi

American Underdog (2021)

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The true story of Kurt Warner, who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Erwin  •  Jon Erwin
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Anna Paquin  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Bryce Bruckbauer

The true story of Kurt Warner, who went from a stockboy at a grocery store to a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl champion, and Hall of Fame quarterback.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Erwin  •  Jon Erwin
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Anna Paquin  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Bryce Bruckbauer

National Champions (2021)

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A star quarterback ignites a players’ strike hours before the biggest game of the year in order to fight for fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes who put their bodies and health on the line for their schools.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ric Roman Waugh
CAST:  Stephan James  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Uzo Aduba  •  Alexander Ludwig

A star quarterback ignites a players’ strike hours before the biggest game of the year in order to fight for fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes who put their bodies and health on the line for their schools.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ric Roman Waugh
CAST:  Stephan James  •  J.K. Simmons  •  Uzo Aduba  •  Alexander Ludwig

When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

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

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Jim Caviezel  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Laura Dern  •  Clancy Brown

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

DIRECTION:  Thomas Carter
CAST:  Jim Caviezel  •  Michael Chiklis  •  Laura Dern  •  Clancy Brown

Friday Night Lights (2004)

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A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Berg
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Lucas Black  •  Garrett Hedlund  •  Derek Luke

A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles, is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Berg
CAST:  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Lucas Black  •  Garrett Hedlund  •  Derek Luke

An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009)

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A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Sammi Hanratty  •  Austin Thomas  •  Annabeth Gish  •  Michael Learned

A fourth grader and her friends deal with bullying from a more popular girl in their class.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martha Coolidge
CAST:  Sammi Hanratty  •  Austin Thomas  •  Annabeth Gish  •  Michael Learned

A Dog's Journey (2019)

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A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gail Mancuso
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Betty Gilpin  •  Josh Gad  •  Abby Ryder Fortson

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gail Mancuso
CAST:  Dennis Quaid  •  Betty Gilpin  •  Josh Gad  •  Abby Ryder Fortson

The Way (2010)

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When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, Tom flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s life, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to Spain. Tom soon joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Martin Sheen  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  James Nesbitt

When his son dies while hiking the famed Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, Tom flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child’s life, he decides to complete the 500-mile mountain trek to Spain. Tom soon joins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Emilio Estevez
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Martin Sheen  •  Deborah Kara Unger  •  James Nesbitt

Moneyball (2011)

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The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman

The story of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball team on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bennett Miller
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Jonah Hill  •  Robin Wright  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman

Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

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Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts—Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander—crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Max Records  •  Lauren Ambrose  •  James Gandolfini

Max imagines running away from his mom and sailing to a far-off land where large talking beasts—Ira, Carol, Douglas, the Bull, Judith and Alexander—crown him as their king, play rumpus, build forts and discover secret hideaways.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Spike Jonze
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Max Records  •  Lauren Ambrose  •  James Gandolfini
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