Competition

by road-traveled | created - 08 Dec 2012 | updated - 18 Nov 2017 | Public

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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 »

Director: Charles Wilkinson | Stars: Dan Debrabandere, Chad Ellis, Jarrod Saunders, Massey Whiteknife

Votes: 30

2. Wild Horse, Wild Ride (2011)

PG | 106 min | Documentary, Western

55 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Alex Dawson, Greg Gricus

Votes: 210

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 »

Directors: Kate Davis, David Heilbroner | Stars: Irene Roberts, Ernest Barreto, Andrew Russo, Charles Heil

Votes: 85

North Carolina- Annual Whistler's competition, with whistler's from around the world. h

4. Barbaro: A Nation's Horse (2007 TV Movie)

Sport

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

Votes: 6

Horse Racing

5. Blow Dry (2001)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

38 Metascore

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).

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Alan Rickman, Natasha Richardson, Rachel Griffiths, Rachael Leigh Cook

Votes: 7,567 | Gross: $0.64M

Annual British Hairdressing Championship

6. Brassed Off (1996)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

The coal mine in a northern English village may be closing, which would also mean the end of the miners' brass band.

Director: Mark Herman | Stars: Pete Postlethwaite, Tara Fitzgerald, Ewan McGregor, Stephen Tompkinson

Votes: 17,716 | Gross: $2.56M

Tara, Ewan and Pete, and music Brass band competition

7. Brooklyn Castle (2012)

PG | 101 min | Documentary

77 Metascore

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.

Director: Katie Dellamaggiore | Stars: Je'Daiah Ballantyne, Michelle Ballantyne, Rochelle Ballantyne, Pamela Ballard

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

Votes: 113

9. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

G | 85 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

87 Metascore

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.

Directors: Steve Box, Nick Park | Stars: Peter Sallis, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Peter Kay

Votes: 118,626 | Gross: $56.11M

giant vegetable growing competition

10. Drumline (2002)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

A band director recruits a Harlem street drummer to play at a Southern university.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Nick Cannon, Zoe Saldana, Orlando Jones, Leonard Roberts

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.

Director: Bert Haanstra | Stars: Hans Kaart, Bernard Droog, Ineke Brinkman, Wim Van den Heuvel

Votes: 716

Brass Band competition in the Netherlands.

12. The Hobart Shakespeareans (2005 TV Movie)

Documentary

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.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Rafe Esquith, Ian McKellen, Michael York

Votes: 116

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.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Steve Liptay, Scott McKain, Ralph Wade

Votes: 1,017

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.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Nicki Aycox, Uriah Shelton, Dash Mihok, Thad Mickler

Votes: 1,495

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

77 Metascore

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.

Directors: Greg Jacobs, Jon Siskel | Stars: Kevin Coval, Adam Gottlieb, Elizabeth Graf, Kevin Harris

Votes: 350 | Gross: $0.04M

Chicago schools poetry competition.

16. Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Family, Music

71 Metascore

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

Director: Marilyn Agrelo | Stars: Heather Berman, Emma Therese Biegacki, Eva Carrozza, Evangelina Carrozzo

Votes: 3,267 | Gross: $8.04M

New York City - 11 year old public school kids compete in city wide ballroom dancing competition. h

17. Make It or Break It (2009–2012)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Sport

Follows a group of teen Olympic hopefuls as they train and prepare for their day in the spotlight.

Stars: Ayla Kell, Josie Loren, Cassandra Scerbo, Candace Cameron Bure

Votes: 9,031

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 »

Directors: Angel Esteban, Elena Goatelli

Votes: 9

20. The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

78 Metascore

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.

Director: Guy Maddin | Stars: Isabella Rossellini, Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, David Fox

Votes: 5,586 | Gross: $0.67M

saddest music contest, with musicians from around the world.

21. Spellbound (2002)

G | 97 min | Documentary, Comedy, Thriller

80 Metascore

Spellbound follows eight teenagers on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Director: Jeffrey Blitz | Stars: Angela Arenivar, Ubaldo Arenivar, Jorge Arenivar, Scott McGarraugh

Votes: 11,658 | Gross: $5.73M

National Spelling Bee

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22. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 23,650 | Gross: $11.74M

Australian Pan Pacific Championships. Ballroom dancing. Costumes and hairdos!

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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 »

Director: Alex Rotaru | Stars: Henri Robert Delbeau, Mark Fuller, Clark Griffith, Ken Iisaka

Votes: 115

International Piano Competition for Amateurs.

24. War Dance (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, War

68 Metascore

Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.

Directors: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix | Stars: Dominic, Nancy, Rose, Jane Adong

Votes: 1,104 | Gross: $0.11M

Northern Uganda's National Music and Dance Festival competition.

25. Wordplay (2006)

PG | 94 min | Documentary

73 Metascore

An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Director: Patrick Creadon | Stars: Will Shortz, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, Merl Reagle

Votes: 3,533 | Gross: $3.12M

Crossword competition

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26. Word Wars (2004)

Unrated | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

61 Metascore

A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.

Directors: Eric Chaikin, Julian Petrillo | Stars: Joe Edley, Matt Graham, Marlon Hill, Joel Sherman

Votes: 1,629 | Gross: $0.06M

Scrabble competition

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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 »

Director: Christine Jezior | Stars: Ivo Pogorelich, Martha Argerich, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Garrick Ohlsson

Votes: 10

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 »

Director: Vanessa Gould | Stars: Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, Vincent Floderer, Miri Golan

Votes: 786

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 »

Director: Michael Patrei | Stars: Marion Barry Jr., Chuck Brown, Lewis Franklin, Denyce Graves

Votes: 33

30. Rize (2005)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Music

74 Metascore

Rize chronicles a dance movement that rises out of South Central Los Angeles with roots in clowning and street youth culture.

Director: David LaChapelle | Stars: Tommy the Clown, Larry Berry, Dragon, Jassy Marie

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.

Director: Carlos Lechuga | Stars: Osvaldo Doimeadiós, Mario Guerra, Mario Guerra, Lieter Ledesma Alberto

Votes: 17

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.

Directors: David Barba, James Pellerito | Stars: Kim Gaskin, Sorina Haddock, Britani Shoemaker, Sheryl Shoemaker

Votes: 7

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.

Stars: Benedict Lim, Danil Ishutin, Clinton Loomis, Toby Dawson

Votes: 12,778

34. Top Spin (2014)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

81 Metascore

Three teenagers' quest to qualify for the 2012 US Olympic table tennis team.

Directors: Sara Newens, Mina T. Son | Stars: Ariel Hsing, Michael Landers, Lily Zhang, Xinhua Jiang

Votes: 527 | Gross: $0.01M

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 »

Directors: Zachary Kerschberg, Patrick Pineda | Stars: Ly Jonaitis, Chiqui Montiel, Vanessa Peretti, Barbara Sanchez

Votes: 21

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

Votes: 28

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 »

Director: Adam Bhala Lough | Stars: Felix Arguelles, Steve Berra, Chris Cole, Red Cole

Votes: 915

38. The Short Game (2013)

PG | 99 min | Documentary, Sport

51 Metascore

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 »

Director: Josh Greenbaum | Stars: Amari Avery, Jed Dy, Allan Kournikova, Zamokuhle Nxasana

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 »

Directors: Nick Holle, Michael Zimmer | Stars: Ethan Uslan, Adam Swanson, Jim Boston, Faye Ballard

Votes: 25

40. Ping Pong (I) (2012)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Sport

68 Metascore

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 »

Directors: Anson Hartford, Hugh Hartford

Votes: 301

41. Somm (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

Four sommeliers attempt to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier exam, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

Director: Jason Wise | Stars: Bo Barrett, Shayn Bjornholm, Dave Cauble, Ian Cauble

Votes: 4,070 | Gross: $0.17M

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 »

Directors: Daniel Lucchesi, Alex Ramseyer-Bache

Votes: 47

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

Votes: 43

44. First Position (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Bess Kargman | Stars: Aran Bell, Rebecca Houseknecht, Joan Sebastian Zamora, Miko Fogarty

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.

Directors: Paul Galichia, Brian Weidling | Stars: Rich Hopkins, Robert Mackenzie, Chris Matthews, Katherine Morrison

Votes: 32

46. Stitched (2011 Video)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama