The Best Movies About Being Underdog, Ranked

Well-rounded characters in films need to develop, grow and change as their stories are told. Besides the classic underdog story, what other genre of movies can do this? Throughout our history, people all over the world have loved to see someone rise above the life barriers in front of them and emerge as the ultimate winner, whether in movies or in real life. Inspirational stories like this are constantly being told in the world of cinema.from classics and the like Rocky and Karate Kid like young adult movies Ratatouille and Hungry Gamessome of the best movies show how any ordinary person — someone like you — can be the hero of your own story.

In general, audiences tend to focus on entertainment that they can resonate with, films that reflect the world we live in, and how we find ourselves in extraordinary ways. In many ways, everyone sometimes feels like a loser in their life. As such, stories detailing the unexpected rise of characters are some of the most engaging and inspiring stories you can tell. We’ve put together a list of some of our picks for the best movies to be underdogs.

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7 Hungry Games

Lionsgate Entertainment

Hungry Games The trilogy is one of the most successful dystopian novel adaptations of all time. The first film featured Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and Peeta Malak, played by Josh Hutcherson, as tributes from District 12 were selected for the 74th annual Hunger Games. Unlike most other regions, Division 12 has only one winner of the previous game, and from the moment the game starts, they are immediately at a disadvantage. However, both Katniss and Peta outgrew their area’s inferiority and became not only the winners of the contest, but ultimately the trailblazers who inspired the Revolution against the Capitol.especially from Hungry Games The story of failure appealed to young adult audiences and continues to inspire younger generations today.

6 longest yard

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Happy Madison Productions

sports comedy longest yard Released in 2005, it has some very well-known names in the comedy world, such as Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Terry Cruz, and Tracy Morgan. longest yard is your classic sports underdog story, where former star quarterback Paul Crewe (Adam Sandler) tries to ease his prison term by taking some prisoners and forming a winning football team. To prove itself successful, the team must win a game against some prison guards. Crewe’s task is to train his team to present himself as a truly decent contender who might eventually have a chance to win.

5 Ratatouille


Ratatouille is a 2007 Pixar animated film about Remy, a mouse who dreams of becoming a chef. Of course, this fictional story puts our protagonist at a natural and obvious disadvantage, which is that he’s a rat who wants to shine in the restaurant business. However, his refusal to fail and the help and encouragement of friends will make him the chef he was meant to be, and then some. Remy manages to defy his family’s expectations and keeps striving to be everything he’s always dreamed of being, becoming the underdog story on the record books. Ratatouille Build a sense of limitless possibilities and discover our own great potential through one simple emotion, “Anyone can cook.”

4 clown

Joker - 2019
Warner Bros.

clown is the black sheep of this may not see clown What started out as a loser’s story, because it goes against the common theme that losers are heroes, we’re destined to root for their success. In that sense, the loser of the 2019 movie happens to be a villain. clownstarring the extraordinary Joaquin Phoenix, is an origin story Batman douchebag. The main character, Arthur Fleck, is a clown and a complete loser in society. He was weakened, degraded, seen as invisible. Rather than the classic story that got him above everyone else’s minds, it brought him to a tipping point, becoming the villain we all know and hate to love.

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3 great debater

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Harp making

great debater is a 2007 historical drama starring Denzel Washington. The film is based on an inspiring true story of students on the Wiley College debate team who face off against some of the most prestigious white colleges in the country. Fit for the American South in the 1930s, these students from historically black colleges and universities were immediately labeled losers, all because of the color of their skin. However, no matter how society tries to undercut this talented group of debaters, when they finally beat defending champion Harvard, they will not let fear, limited resources or refusal limit their success.

2 Karate Kid (1984 & 2010)

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Columbia Pictures

The formula for a truly great and memorable underdog story usually has to include elements of struggle, hard work, perseverance, heart, and most importantly, growth. this Karate Kid, whether it’s the 1984 film or the 2010 remake, tick all of those boxes.s story Karate Kid Showcasing Daniel LaRusso, a young, innocent but determined protagonist who devotes himself to learning the art of karate from Mr. Miyagi. Building his skills from scratch in training requires patience, and the stakes are high, as he is expected to be face-to-face with students from the Cobra Kai dojo. The film is one of the truest stories of a loser who surpasses his opponent’s expectations, emerges victorious, and earns the respect of his now former foe.

1 Rocky

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United Artists

How could you not mention the best loser movie Rocky? The film follows Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), an amateur southpaw boxer who gets a chance to fight Creed who is convinced he doesn’t have the chance. However, his drive to prove himself as a famous boxer pushed him to take on the challenge. The fight was over and both Creed and Balboa were wounded. It’s clear that Balboa’s performance and perseverance throughout the fight made this iconic 1976 film a blueprint for future underdog stories.

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