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1. Oil Sands Karaoke (2013)
82 min | Documentary, Music
Oil Sands Karaoke is a documentary about five oil patch workers vying to win a karaoke contest in one of the most controversial places on the planet - Northern Alberta's infamous Oil Sands.... See full summary »
2. Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011)
PG | 106 min | Documentary, Western
A handful of unforgettable characters set out on a 100-day quest to tame a totally wild mustang for a Texas competition in this stunning and poignant documentary. Among them: Charles, a ... See full summary »
Horse training competition of wild Mustangs.
3. Pucker Up (2005)
Not Rated | 76 min | Documentary
Profiles six competitors in the 2004 Annual Whistler's Convention, held in Louisburg, North Carolina. We hear them whistle, and they and others talk about whistling as a way to relax, cheer... See full summary »
North Carolina- Annual Whistler's competition, with whistler's from around the world. h
4. Barbaro: A Nation's Horse (2007 TV Movie)
Documentary special detailing the life and death of "Barbaro" - Kentucky derby winning race horse put down following the breaking of his leg.
Director: Rob Highland
5. Blow Dry (2001)
R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
In 2000, a small town hosts The British Hairdressing Championship, where a former 2-time winner, his son, his run-away wife and his runaway wife's lady lover reside (not all on speaking terms).
Votes: 7,567 | Gross: $0.64M
Annual British Hairdressing Championship
6. Brassed Off (1996)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.
Votes: 17,716 | Gross: $2.56M
Tara, Ewan and Pete, and music Brass band competition
7. Brooklyn Castle (2012)
PG | 101 min | Documentary
Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts, Brooklyn Castle takes an intimate look at the challenges and triumphs facing members of a junior high school's champion chess team.
Votes: 876 | Gross: $0.22M
Junior High School Chess. competition
8. Chops (2007)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Music
Each year, Jazz at Lincoln Center and its artistic director Wynton Marsalis host the Essentially Ellington Festival, a competition of high school jazz bands from across the country. Bruce ... See full summary »
Director: Bruce Broder
G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Wallace and his loyal dog, Gromit, set out to discover the mystery behind the garden sabotage that plagues their village and threatens the annual giant vegetable growing contest.
Votes: 118,626 | Gross: $56.11M
giant vegetable growing competition
10. Drumline (2002)
PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.
Votes: 32,020 | Gross: $56.40M
Southern University marching band and drumline.
11. Fanfare (1958)
86 min | Comedy, Music
After a fight the brass band in a small village splits up into two separate bands. They both want to win a contest and will do anything to prevent the other band from winning it.
Brass Band competition in the Netherlands.
12. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)
Rafe Esquith, 1992 American Teacher of the Year and National Medal of Arts recipient, teaches 5th-grade children whose parents don't speak English at a school in a dangerous, poor, drug-infested 100% Latino/Asian neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Shakespeare play performed at end of school year.
13. How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... (1976 TV Short)
44 min | Documentary, Short
Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby.
World Championship Cattle Auctioneers competition.
14. Lifted (2010)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama
13 year old Henry Matthews struggles with life after his reservist father is deployed to Afghanistan. With the help of a local pastor, the boy decides to take part in a local singing contest.
Teen singing competition in Birmingham, Alabama. Father and son sing and move together. Great songs. Emotional ending.
15. Louder Than a Bomb (2010)
Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary
By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam.
Votes: 350 | Gross: $0.04M
Chicago schools poetry competition.
16. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
PG | 105 min | Documentary, Family, Music
The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.
Votes: 3,267 | Gross: $8.04M
New York City - 11 year old public school kids compete in city wide ballroom dancing competition. h
19. One Minute for Conductors (2013)
87 min | Documentary, Music
More than 130 young conductors participate in the Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition, in the Italian city of Trento. During one week they will have to pass several ... See full summary »
20. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical
A musical of sorts set in Winnipeg during the Great Depression, where a beer baroness organizes a contest to find the saddest music in the world. Musicians from around the world descend on the city to try and win the $25,000 prize.
Votes: 5,586 | Gross: $0.67M
saddest music contest, with musicians from around the world.
21. Spellbound (2002)
G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller
Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.
Votes: 11,658 | Gross: $5.73M
National Spelling Bee
22. Strictly Ballroom (1992)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.
Votes: 23,650 | Gross: $11.74M
Australian Pan Pacific Championships. Ballroom dancing. Costumes and hairdos!
23. They Came to Play (2008)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music
Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to ... See full summary »
International Piano Competition for Amateurs.
24. War Dance (2007)
PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, War
Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.
Votes: 1,104 | Gross: $0.11M
Northern Uganda's National Music and Dance Festival competition.
25. Wordplay (2006)
PG | 94 min | Documentary
An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.
Votes: 3,533 | Gross: $3.12M
26. Word Wars (2004)
Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy
A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.
Votes: 1,629 | Gross: $0.06M
27. Why Competitions (2011)
78 min | Documentary
Nobody less than the Hungarian Bela Bartok once declared: "Competitions are for horses, not artists!" Using the example of the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, the documentary film "Why ... See full summary »
Chopin Piano competition in Warsaw.
28. Between the Folds (2008)
G | 56 min | Documentary
Depicts a cast of fine artists and eccentric scientists (from MIT and NASA) who have devoted their lives to the unlikely medium of modern origami. Through their determination to reinterpret... See full summary »
29. Ballou (2008)
Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, Music
Ballou , a documentary film, follows the talented Washington, DC, Ballou Senior High School Marching Band, as they overcome their negative environment filled with guns, drugs, and violence,... See full summary »
30. Rize (2005)
PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Music
Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.
Votes: 3,057 | Gross: $3.28M
Clowners and Krumpers compete. Los Angeles.
31. Los Bañistas (2010)
Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Comedy
A swimming instructor teaches children to swim in a little town near Havana, but there's only one problem: the pool is empty. That will not stop the kids or the teacher from accomplishing their goal.
Practicing for a swimming competition.
32. American Cheerleader (2014)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport
Follows the journey of two high school teams vying for the coveted UCA National High School Cheerleading Championship title.
33. Free to Play (2014)
75 min | Documentary, Action
Follow three professional video game players as they overcome personal adversity, family pressures, and the realities of life to compete in a $1,000,000 tournament that could change their lives forever.
35. Beauty Factory (2013)
TV-14 | 85 min | Documentary, Drama
From oratory classes to operating room, Beauty Factory follows five girls for four months as they compete for the coveted Miss Venezuela crown; revealing the process that has won Venezuela ... See full summary »
36. Champ of the Camp (2013)
PG | 75 min | Documentary, Music
A documentary filmed in the controversial labor camps of the United Arab Emirates. The film follows a massive Bollywood singing and trivia competition that searches across 70 labor camps ... See full summary »
Director: Mahmoud Kaabour
37. The Motivation (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Sport
Eight of the world's best pro-skateboarders prepare for the upcoming Street League Championship in NYC. Each equally talented, they all must overcome unique challenges - family pressures, ... See full summary »
38. The Short Game (2013)
PG | 99 min | Documentary, Sport
The best 7 year old golfers from around the world descend on the world famous Pinehurst Golf course in North Carolina to determine the next world champion and who might become golf's next ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,218 | Gross: $0.04M
39. The Entertainers (2012)
91 min | Documentary, Comedy, History
A heartwarming comedy about six piano players striving to win the World Championship of Old-Time Piano (mostly ragtime). With brilliant showmanship and skill these competitors vie for the ... See full summary »
40. Ping Pong (I) (2012)
Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Sport
8 players with 703 years between them compete in the World over 80s Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. Terry (81) having been given a week to live, gets in sight of winning gold.... See full summary »
42. We Are Poets (2012)
Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Drama
In the age of Facebook and digital communication, a remarkable group of British teenagers have chosen to define themselves through one of the most ancient, and potent, forms of culture out ... See full summary »
43. Age of Champions (2011)
Not Rated | 71 min | Documentary
Athletes prepare for the 2009 National Senior Games: a 100-year old tennis player from Cape Cod, brothers from Washington, D.C., in their 80s who swim, a Texas widower who finds solace in ... See full summary »
Director: Christopher Rufo
44. First Position (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary
A documentary that follows six young dancers from around the world as they prepare for the Youth America Grand Prix, one of the most prestigious ballet competitions in the world.
Votes: 3,205 | Gross: $1.10M
45. Speak (I) (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary, Drama
SPEAK follows six unforgettable characters as they prepare to compete for the title, "World Champion of Public Speaking." SPEAK is a powerful, inspiring documentary about conquering life's hurdles and finding your voice.
46. Stitched (2011 Video)
Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama